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.

Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
953kg pp per trip


  • Sample an exotic treat from a street vendor
  • See where the Great Wall meets the sea
  • Join the hustle and bustle of busy Beijing
  • Be awed by modern Shanghai
  • Discover the Muslim Quarter of Xi'an
  • Greet the mountain mists at holy Huangshan
  • Have your own Crouching Tiger moment in Hongcun


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.
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.
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.
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.
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Cable car, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus
Guesthouse (2 nights), Hostel (4 nights), Hotel (3 nights), Overnight sleeper train (2 nights)
Included activities
  • Great Wall - Dongjiakou section
  • Great Wall - Shanhaiguan section
  • Hongcun - Guided village tour
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Walking tour


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