China Getaway Overview

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Enjoy a getaway through northern China from Shanghai to Beijing.

Travel to China and discover the ancient sights and modern delights of the northern region. From Shanghai to Beijing and through the old world cities of Xitang, Xi'an and Pingyao, see the best that North China has to offer. Immerse yourself in this land of friendly people, bustling markets and amazing historical landmarks - China is full of crazy contrasts and profound experiences at every turn.

  • Sample an exotic treat from a street vendor
  • See the sun rise over the Great Wall of China
  • Join the hustle and bustle of busy Beijing
  • Explore the walled city of Pingyao
  • Visit China and see modern Shanghai
  • Sip tea by a canal in charming Xitang
  • Discover the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Shanghai, China
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (3 nts), Hostel (5 nts), Overnight sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Transport:

    Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Taxi
  • Included activities:

    Great Wall - Jinshanling to Gubeikou trek, Hutong walking tour, Informal Chinese language lesson, Shanghai - Walking tour, Xi'an - Walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    953kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.

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Days 1-2 Shanghai

Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of new China.

Days 3-4 Watertown

With nine rivers and alleys joined by old stone bridges, Xitang is a unique water town with narrow, maze-like streets, antique temples and atmospheric waterways.

Days 5-6 Xi'an

As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.

Days 7-8 Pingyao

Walking through the beautifully preserved streets of Pingyao is like stepping back into Imperial China with red lanterns lighting streets, imposing city walls and traditional buildings at every turn.

Days 9-12 Beijing/Great Wall

Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries. Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes. This populous Chinese city can trace its origins back to the 11th century BC. With an energy that exists little place else, Beijing will no doubt leave you breathless.
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