Explore China

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  • 2013-01-01 - 2013-12-31

Visit China and explore its highlights from Shanghai to Beijing via the Tibetan Plateau

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. This adventure combines famous sights with lesser-known destinations, offering more excitement than you can poke a chopstick at. Head from cosmopolitan Shanghai to Xi'an which was the starting point of the ancient Silk Road. The stunning Tibetan grasslands allows for glimpses of rural life and a walk along the Great Wall makes Beijing truly memorable.

  • Trek through tea terraces
  • Set foot on the iconic Great Wall of China
  • Experience modern China in Shanghai
  • Stand among the ancient Terracotta Warriors

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Days 1-3 Shanghai

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

Days 4-6 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.

Days 7-8 Xiahe

The colours of Tibet can be seen on the streets of Xiahe, a celebrated town for Tibetans due to the Labrang Monastery and its stunning surrounding landscapes.

Day 9 Tongren

Greatly influenced by Tibetan culture, Tongren is famous for its Thankga art and the peaceful Longwu Monastery, which retains its authentic religious atmosphere.

Days 10-11 Xining

The biggest city on the Qinghai-Tibetan plateau, Xining is a multi-ethnic city of 3 million people composed mainly of Han people, Chinese Muslims and Tibetans.

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.