China Highlights Itinerary

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Days 1-2 Shanghai

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.
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Day 3 Water Town

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?
ACCOM: Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 4-6 Xi'an

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 7-9 Beijing

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2