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Visit China and explore the best of China's attractions from Shanghai to Beijing. Visit the Great Wall of China, tour the Sichuan province and enjoy this adventure through the Orient.

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Visit China and explore its highlights from Shanghai to Beijing.

Looking for adventure? Visit China and explore the country from Shanghai to Beijing on an adventure that offers more excitement than you can poke a chopstick at. Head from cosmopolitan Shanghai to Luoyang where Shaolin monks practise kung-fu. From here, continue through Luoyang and Xi'an, the starting point of the Silk Road, and then on to the stunning Sichuan countryside for glimpses of rural life. Our final stop is Beijing with a memorable walk along the Great Wall of China. Visit grottoes, mix with monks and hike to hilltop villages on this exploration of China.

  • Gain insight into rural life in the Sichuan province
  • Trek through tea terraces
  • Set foot on the iconic Great Wall of China
  • See rare and endangered giant pandas
  • Experience modern China in Shanghai
  • Practise kung-fu moves in Shaolin
  • Stand among the ancient Terracotta Warriors

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Shanghai, China
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 12
  • Ages:

    Min 12
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (2 nts), Hotel (10 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

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

    Beijing - Forbidden City, Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base, Great Wall - Gubeikou to Jinshanling trek, Informal Chinese language lesson, Luoyang - Longmen Caves, Mahjong lesson, Shanghai - Walking tour, Shaolin - Temple & Kung Fu show, Tea picking walk, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors, Xi'an - Walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    1565kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. An upgrade to soft sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see trip notes for full details. 2. Please provide Intrepid or your booking agent with a scanned copy of the personal details page from your passport at time of booking. 3. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, please ask your booking agent for more information In 2013 the CBSW will have an itinerary change as follows Days 1-3 Shanghai Day 4 -6 Xian Day 7-8 Xiahe Day 9 Tongren Days 10 Xining Days 11-15 Beijing

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Days 1-3 Shanghai

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

Day 4 Shaolin

This legendary Shaolin Temple is the home of kung fu and still attracts thousands of young disciples each year.

Day 5 Luoyang

Luoyang was one of the four great ancient capitals of China and is famed for being the gateway to the Longmen Grottoes.

Days 6-8 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.

Day 9 Chengdu

Chengdu has plenty of traditional flavour with its famous tea houses, numerous markets and as the home of Sichuan cuisine, known the world over for its spiciness.

Days 10-11 Sichuan Countryside

Meaning 'four rivers', China's Sichuan region is abundant in spicy food, verdant tea terraces, ancient towns, narrow country roads and expansive mountain ranges.

Days 12-15 Beijing

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.
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