Experience China on a tour from Beijing to Shanghai.

Travel to China and embark on a tour from Beijing to Shanghai. Classic China offers a fine blend of China's highlights experienced in true Intrepid style - just with a softer landing. Encounter friendly locals on this journey between China's two great cities, Shanghai and Beijing, with plenty of time to marvel at ancient archaeological wonders. Delve into some of the greatest markets the Middle Kingdom has to offer and with the opportunity to dine on local delicacies, discover China's fascinating customs and culture and even cook up your own exotic fare - this is classic adventure travel.

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 243kg pp per trip


  • Learn to cook local specialties in Yangshuo
  • Admire Shanghai's eclectic architecture
  • Soak up the old-world charm of one of China's water towns
  • Visit China and explore the imperial sights of Beijing
  • Dine on Peking duck
  • See the stoic expressions of Xi'an's Terracotta Warriors


Uncover the many modern and historical treasures of Beijing. Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once home to China's imperial rulers. Marvel at the monumental Great Wall, an extraordinary architectural accomplishment that spans more than 6,000 km. Enjoy a mouth-watering Peking duck dinner, then work off the feast with a wander through ancient hutongs. Perhaps visit the Summer Palace, snare a bargain at the markets or hire a bicycle and join the locals pedalling around the city. In the evening, why not attend a Beijing opera performance.
Arrive in Xi’an, an important cultural centre brimming with temples, museums and galleries. Get a taste of Chinese history and visit the iconic Terracotta Warriors, the Bell and Drum towers, the Muslim Quarter as well as the Big Goose Pagoda - an impressive structure built to house Buddhist scriptures. Stop by Xi'an Huiling, an Intrepid Foundation-supported project for people with intellectual disabilities, before devouring a tasty Chinese Muslim meal.
Explore the idyllic countryside that surrounds picturesque Yangshuo. Take an optional cruise down the Li River, hire a bike to explore nearby villages and meet farmers working with their water buffaloes in the fields. Embark on a guided walk through a local market before learning some of the secrets of Chinese cuisine at a cooking class. In the evening, hit the town and check out Yangshuo’s vibrant bar scene.
Get to know Shanghai from the ground level on a guided walk. Relax in peaceful gardens before marvelling at the agility and flexibility of the Shanghai acrobats at a performance. Take a day trip to a tranquil water town, the perfect place to experience old-world China.
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10 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 4 dinners
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi
Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall - Cable car
  • Great Wall Experience Urban Adventure
  • Informal Chinese language lesson
  • Peking duck dinner
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Water town day trip
  • Xi'an - Dumpling banquet
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Yangshuo - Cooking school & market tour
  • Yuyuan Gardens


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Important notes

1. Arrival airport transfer is included, please advise flight details at time of booking.
2. A single supplement is available for this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information.
3. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking.

In 2013 the CBKB will be shortened to 10 days and will also run in the opposite direction. The itinerary will run as follows:

Days 1-2 Shanghai
Day 3 Watertown
Days 4-6 Xian
Days 7-10 Beijing

Trip notes

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