Xian to Beijing

The real China waits to be discovered on this epic holiday adventure. Travel from Xi'an to Mongolia, along the Great Wall and finish in Beijing city.

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Discover the Imperial heart of China

If you're looking to combine China's highlights with some of the country's hidden gems and don't have much time to spare, Xi'an to Beijing is the perfect way to do it. Travel through Inner Mongolia for an authentic glimpse of life in provincial China, revisit the country's Imperial past in Chengde and stroll along the Great Wall. From the moment you arrive in bustling Xi'an, China will amaze and surprise you with its old-world wonder and modern-day mischief.

  • Cycle through charming Chengde
  • Delight your tastebuds with classic cuisine
  • Explore the Yungang caves
  • Lose yourself in busy Beijing
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an
  • Mosey along the astonishing Great Wall
  • Slide through the sandy playground of Shapotou
  • Visit the tombs of Qing emperors

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Xi'an, China
  • Finish:

    Beijing, China
  • Group size:

    Min 4 , Max 21
  • Ages:

    Min 18
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Hotel (15 nts), Yurt (1 nt)
  • Transport:

    Overland vehicle
  • Included activities:

    Beijing - Forbidden City, Datong - Hanging Monastery, Datong - Yungang Grottoes, Great Wall, Entrance, Jinshanling section, Beijing, Imperial City, entrance, Chengde, Ming Tombs, entrance, Beijing, Pingliang - Kongtong Mountain, Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors guided tour

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Days 1-2 Xi'an

Admire the 2,000-year-old army of Terracotta Warriors and explore significant cultural sites and museums both in and around Xi'an. Enjoy a plate of hand-pulled noodles as you watch the locals dance, eat and practice martial arts in South Park.

Days 3-4 Gansu Province/Mount Kongtong

Admire the view from atop the temple-studded Kongtong Mountain and enjoy the spoils of Gansu Province, which has a rich and colourful history as one of the important links on the ancient Silk Road.

Day 5 Shapotou

The reward for a morning of travel is letting off steam in Shapotou, where daredevils will delight in the dune sliding madness of this sandy wonderland. And if the stars align, embark on an overnight camel safari on the fringes of the stunning Tengger Desert.

Day 6 Yinchuan

After a pit stop at the grand temples of Zhongwei Gao Miao, enjoy fraternising with locals amid the ebb and flow of daily life in provincial China in the friendly city of Yinchuan.

Days 7-8 Hohhot

Travel to the cultural centre of Hohhot, the gateway to Inner Mongolia. This busy ancient city gives off a laidback vibe making it the perfect place to reload before embarking on a Mongolian homestay. Yak butter tea, anyone?

Days 9-10 Datong

Marvel at the Hanging Monastery, delicately perched on a steep cliff face in Golden Dragon Gorge, and explore the World Heritage listed Yungang Grottoes, home to a staggering collection of over 50,000 statues and fascinating ancient rock art.

Days 11-12 Chengde

Stroll through the lush Shanzhuang gardens in the footsteps of past Emperors who holidayed here. Take in the rich heritage of Chengde by bicycle or admire Mongolian and Tibetan influences in local temples and monasteries.

Day 13 Huairou

Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see. Imagine the exhaustive effort of farmers and labourers who toiled for many generations to construct the Wall.

Day 14 Qing Dongling

Perhaps go on a short trek along a stunning section of the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai.

Days 15-17 Beijing

Journey into the valley of the Changrui Mountains, where emperors and their concubines lay entombed at Qing Dongling. End the tour by joining the buzzing hive that is Beijing - a place where discovery and intrigue lie around every corner. Visit the Forbidden City to admire imperial architecture or the sprawling Summer Palace on the banks of Kunming Lake.
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