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North China Getaway Itinerary
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive in China's grand capital; a city that harbours an impressive mix of ancient citadels, architectural marvels and soaring skyscrapers. Perhaps arrive a few days early and explore the sprawling Forbidden City, check out the city's burgeoning art scene at the 798 Art District or bargain up a storm in one of Beijing’s markets.
ACCOM: Hotel - 1
Days 2-4 Great Wall
Jump on a bullet train and power from Beijing to Shanhaiguan. Take a tour of Old Dragon Head - Shanhaiguan's section of the wall and the only part that enters the ocean. The following day, travel out to Dongjiakou village and visit a part of the wall that hasn't been restored. Then get a taste of rural Chinese life on a local family homestay.
ACCOM: Hotel - 2, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Days 5-6 Xi'an
Discover a plethora of fascinating historical sites and modern big city conveniences in Xi'an. Sample street food on a guided tour in the lively Muslim Quarter, pay a visit to the Great Mosque and climb to the the top of the Bell and Drum towers for impressive views. Make sure to leave time for an optional trip out to the Terracotta Warriors, a battle formation of incredible military precision.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1, Overnight sleeper train - 1
Day 7 Shanghai
Visit China’s most dynamic city, Shanghai. Embark on a guided tour of the city's historical quarters, such as The Bund, Nongtang and the European-influenced French Concession. To gain a deeper understanding of China’s engrossing past, perhaps stop by the Shanghai Museum or Propaganda Museum for a versing in local history.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1
Days 8-9 Huangshan
Catch a local bus out to Huangshan. Also known as Yellow Mountain, the dramatic limestone peaks populating this superbly beautiful area make for some of the country's most breathtaking scenery.
ACCOM: Guesthouse - 2
Day 10 Hongcun
Pass through verdant bamboo and pine forests en route to the age-old village of Hongcun. Amble along the quiet cobblestone streets, hire a bike and pedal out to surrounding villages or do your best Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon re-enactments – this is where a bunch of the film's scenes were shot.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1
Days 11-12 Shanghai
Return to the bustle of Shanghai. After freshening up at the hotel, why not head out as a group for a traditional tea ceremony or visit the Bund's hippest bar and toast the conclusion of this memorable Chinese journey.
ACCOM: Hostel - 1
North China Getaway Reviews
Our China Getaway trips score an average of 4.13 out of 5 based on 16 reviews in the last year.
North China Getaway, June 2014
Gina was the best tour leader I've ever had. She made it so much easier for us traveling through China.
Review submitted 27 Jun 2014
North China Getaway, May 2014
I really enjoyed China and felt this tour made the best of a short amount of time. The only reason I did not give it a 5 is I think there can be some improvements made on how much time we spend in some citys. Our guide Michael was a really great guy, who frequently goes above and beyond.
Review submitted 30 May 2014
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