A short but sweet adventure from Shanghai to Beijing

Get a taste of China on this short but culture-filled adventure. Travel from modern Shanghai to old Beijing and explore busy Xi'an, taking in iconic attractions such as the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors along the way. Of course, there is time to delve beneath the surface, discovering gourmet delights and learning about Chinese lifestyles and traditions.

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
714kg pp per trip


  • Walk a section of China's Great Wall
  • Stand in the centre of Tiananmen Square
  • Visit Beijing's ornate Forbidden City
  • Uncover the spirit of Shanghai
  • Sip tea by a canal in a water town
  • Salute the ancient Terracotta Warriors


A fusion of ancient and modern, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of new China. Enjoy free time to barter in busy markets, stroll through modern Pudong or scope out the buzzing nightlife at a local bar. The Shanghai Museum is home to one of the most impressive collections of artwork and bronze in China and is also worth a visit if time permits.
Step back in time and enjoy a day trip to one of Shanghai region's water towns. Chill out on the waterside, sip tea at a local teahouse or visit one of the local history museums. Get lost along the maze of tranquil cobblestone streets lined with traditional village buildings, a nice break from the chaos of modern Chinese cities. Why not glide along the canals and byways in a gondola for a real water town experience?
Take an overnight train to Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and the beginning the ancient Silk Road. This vibrant, modern city is full of things to do. Come face-to-face with the imposing Terracotta Warriors, a stoic army set out in battle formation, complete with horses and chariots. This incredible archaeological find had been buried for more than 2000 years, before being discovered in 1976. Leave the warriors behind for a lunch stop at Hui Ling, an Intrepid Foundation project that supports people in the area with intellectual disabilities.
Arrive in bustling Beijing and be immersed in a city of culture, modernity and chaos. Tour the city sights, including the massive Tiananmen Square – the largest city square in the world. Take the time to marvel at the Forbidden City’s incredible amount of palaces and courtyards. No journey to China would be complete without a Great Wall experience, so spend a day exploring this ancient structure.
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1 lunch
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus
Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Local-style lunch
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Xitang - Walking tour


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Important notes

1. A single supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
2. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see 'Accommodation' in the trip notes for full details.
3. 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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China Highlights , January 2016

China Highlights , January 2016