Explore China Itinerary

Visit China and explore the best of China's attractions from Shanghai to Beijing. Visit the Great Wall of China, tour the fringe of Tibet and spend time in Xi'an.

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Forbidden palace, Beijing

Great Wall of China

Terracotta warriors, Xian

Shanghai cityscape

Chinese street food

Days 1-2 Shanghai

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 3-5 Xi'an

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 6-7 Xiahe

Stop over in Xiahe, a leading monastery town for Tibetans that plays host to swarms of pilgrims in their eccentric, colourful and finest outfits. Visit Labrang Monastery, one of six major Tibetan monasteries of the Gelugpa sect and home to some 1,200 Buddhist monks, and witness the remarkable traditions and worshippers walking the kora.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2

Day 8 Tongren

Known as the 'Gateway to eastern Guizhou', Tongren is home to the Longwu Temple, a fascinating Buddhist site whose origins can be traced back to the 1300s. Be lucky to witness a public Anduo Tibetan play, which are performed by monks throughout the year and make nearby villages hotbeds of diverse entertainment and cultural activities.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1

Days 9-10 Xining

Journey onwards to Xining and stop off at Kanbula National Park en route for a spot of trekking. Be stunned by the incredible mountain scenes and become immersed in the forested hillside scenery. Then jump aboard the Qinghai-Tibetan Railway for a spectacular train journey to Beijing.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1

Days 11-14 Beijing

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.
ACCOM: Hotel - 3