Experience China on a tour from Shanghai to Beijing.

Travel to China and embark on a tour from Shanghai to Beijing. 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. Explore some of the greatest markets the Middle Kingdom has to offer and discover fascinating customs and culture. Add the opportunity to dine on local delicacies, and you have the recipe for classic adventure travel.

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
751kg pp per trip


  • 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


Travel to China and uncover the treasures of Shanghai from the ground level on a guided walking tour of the city. Look towards the heavens to take in the glimmering, strangely shaped skyscrapers re-shaping the skyline. Relax in peaceful Yuyuan Gardens before marvelling at the agility and flexibility of the Shanghai Acrobats at a performance.
Journey to a tranquil water town and get a taste of old-world China. By boat, weave along the many canals that give this region the title of ‘Venice of the East’. Appreciate centuries-old architecture and bridges that are valuable time capsules of a past era.
Arrive in Xi’an, an important cultural centre brimming with temples, museums and galleries. Walk or cycle along the historic city walls for incredible views of this ancient region. Delve into 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 Beijing's Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, once the home of China's great imperial rulers. Marvel at the monumental Great Wall of China, an extraordinary feat of engineering spanning 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. Why not attend an evening Beijing opera performance before this adventure ends.
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8 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 3 dinners
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Public bus, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (7 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Complimentary airport arrival transfer
  • Great Wall - Cable car
  • Great Wall - Mutianyu section
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Museum
  • Tongli - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Dumpling banquet
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Xi'an - Walking tour


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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.

Trip notes

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