North China Getaway Overview

Travel to China on a getaway from Beijing to Shanghai. Visit Xi'an and Huangshan, see the Great Wall and witness China's ancient and modern delights.

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There is a later version of this trip also available for travel from Jan 1, 2015 to Dec 31, 2015. View later North China Getaway.

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Trip Validity

  • 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.

  • 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

What's included in this trip

  • Start:

    Beijing, China
  • Finish:

    Shanghai, China
  • Group size:

    Min 1 , Max 16
  • Ages:

    Min 15
  • Meals:

    No meals included
  • Accommodation:

    Guesthouse (2 nts), Hostel (4 nts), Hotel (3 nts), Overnight sleeper train (2 nts)
  • Transport:

    Cable car, Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Public bus
  • Included activities:

    Great Wall - Dongjiakou section, Great Wall - Shanhaiguan section, Hongcun - Guided village tour, Shanghai - Walking tour, Xi'an - Walking tour

  • Carbon emissions offset:

    953kg pp per trip
  • Notes:

    1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip. See under the Single Traveller section of your Trip Notes for more information. 2. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport is required at time of booking in order for us to purchase your train tickets.

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Day 1 Beijing/Große Mauer

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.

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.

Days 5-6 Xi´an

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.

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.

Days 8-9 Xitang

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.

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.

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.
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