China Getaway Itinerary

Travel to China on a getaway from Shanghai to Beijing. Visit Xitang, Xi'an, Pingyao, see the Great Wall of China and visit China's ancient and modern delights.

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Local selling handmade shoes, Shanghai

Forbidden city, Beijing

Great Wall, China

Cityscape, Shanghai

Terracotta Warriors, Xian

Days 1-2 Shanghai

Travel to China and see the bustling metropolis of Shanghai. A perfect blend of old-world character and modern charms, Shanghai is the perfect place to begin your China adventure. Take in the futuristic skyline, stroll the Bund or grab a bargain at the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar. Perhaps stop by the Shanghai Museum and delve deeper into China’s storied history.
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Days 3-4 Watertown

Leave the bright lights of Shanghai behind and step back in time in Xitang. Visit ancient villas and stroll alongside the many canals that crisscross the town. Explore the well-preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings and absorb the old-world atmosphere.
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Days 5-6 Xi'an

With a plethora of historical sites and all conveniences of a big city, Xi'an is a place of contrasts. Explore the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque or taste exotic food from busy street stalls. Leave time for an optional visit to China's ancient Terracotta Warriors, lined up with extraordinary military precision. Cycle or walk the city walls and take in the views from the top of the Bell or Drum towers.
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Days 7-8 Pingyao

The walled city of Pingyao offers a rare glimpse into the architecture of imperial China. Spend the day exploring the temples, houses and museums of this former commercial centre. Perhaps take a calligraphy class or indulge in a relaxing massage.
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Days 9-12 Beijing/Great Wall

China's grand city of Beijing is overflowing with both ancient and modern sights. Stroll across Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, wander through the maze of hutongs and give bargaining skills a workout at the many markets. A chance to see China's most iconic sight - the Great Wall - slowly illuminated by the sunrise is a fitting end to the China Getaway adventure.
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