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.

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 12
Group size
Min 1 Max 12
Carbon offset
1 565kg pp per trip


  • 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


Begin your China adventure by taking a walking tour to Shanghai’s art deco delights. Stroll down the elegant Bund, discover the French Concession and visit the urban planning museum for a glimpse of Shanghai's future.
Visit the legendary city of Shaolin and watch kung-fu students practise their moves at the famed Shaolin Temple. For those feeling game, there is the opportunity to attend a class and soak the wisdom of these ancient warriors.
This former imperial capital is heavily linked with the introduction of Buddhism to China. See more than 100,000 images of Buddha carved into the side of a mountain at Longmen Grottoes. Later in the day, choose to visit the White Horse Temple or take an evening stroll around the Luoyang town square.
Travel to Xi'an and visit the incredible underground necropolis of the First Emperor, guarded by an army of terracotta warriors. Ascend to the top of the Bell and Drum towers, escape the noise of the city in the peaceful Great Mosque and savour some local food from the markets in the Muslim Quarter.
Explore Chengdu attractions and visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre. Perhaps sample a vegetarian meal made from an ancient recipe at the Wenshu Monastery.
Head to the mountains of the Sichuan province for a taste of ancient China. Help pick tea leaves, take a lesson in the game of mahjong and soak up the mountain scenery.
Explore some of China's most iconic sights, including the sprawling Forbidden City. In free time, feast on dumplings or rent a bike and cycle to the Temple of Heaven. A walk along the Great Wall of China is a fantastic finale to this adventure.
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Bus, Overnight sleeper train, Plane, Private Bus, Taxi
Guesthouse (2 nights), Hotel (10 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
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


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Important 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

Trip notes

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Explore China , May 2014

Explore China , May 2014