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North China Getaway
- 2014-01-01 - 2014-12-31
Journey through northern China from Beijing to Shanghai
Discover the ancient sights and modern delights of China's north. Journey from Beijing to Shanghai and travel through the ancient city of Xi'an, to the heights of Huangshan, the base of the Great Wall and deep into the Huizhou countryside. Encounter friendly people, bustling markets and amazing historical landmarks as you take in the crazy contrasts and profound experiences that render China such a remarkable country.
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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. Snaking over the landscape for 8,851 km, the building of China's Great Wall started in the 5th century BC with the aim of protecting China's northern borders from invading Mongolian hordes.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
North China Getaway Reviews
Our North 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 27/06/2014
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 30/05/2014
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