Journey from Shanghai to China’s vibrant capital
Capture the spirit of China on this 13-day tour from Shanghai to Beijing. Stroll along the narrow lanes of Shanghai’s nongtang, be entranced by ancient Buddhist art at the Longmen Grottoes, see the incredible Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, get a sense of Tibetan life in the town of Xiahe and walk on the Great Wall of China. This is a journey abounding with bustling cities, natural beauty, incredible culture and history stretching through the ages.
See the best known sights in Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an, as well as visiting towns that may not be quite as iconic but perhaps even more intriguing because of it
The Longmen Grottoes are the most stunning remnants of Northern Wei and Tang-era Buddhist art in existence, and you'll have plenty of insight into their history with a local guide
Visit Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of Kung Fu
By taking two sleeper trains, you'll maximise your time in your destinations, get a chance to interact with locals and see some fascinating landscapes
Experience the enchanting ambience and mountain scenery of Xiahe. This Tibetan pilgrimage town and its Labrang Monastery is the stuff of legend
Perhaps no trip to China is complete without seeing the iconic Great Wall. Take an invigorating hike along the Mutianyu section
This trip travels to altitudes of up to 2,900 metres above sea level, and as a result some travellers can feel affects of altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.
We use a mix of transport on this itinerary: plane, overnight sleeper trains, high speed trains, private and public buses, and the subway. The trip covers a fair amount of ground, so be prepared for some long journeys.
Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people. It's the main form of transport for locals, so take the chance to interact.
You'll need a reasonable level of fitness for the Great Wall walk. Walking shoes with good support and grip are essential. There are many steps and slopes on the way, so be prepared for a tough climb in sections. The views and overall experience are a real highlight for many travellers. This isn't a trek as such, so you are free to walk as far (or not!) as you wish. The section that we visit also has the options of a cable car or chair lift up and down from the wall.
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding overnight trains.
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 and flight tickets.
3. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 4-berth ‘soft-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities.
4. Parts of your trip go above 2800 metres / 9200 feet where it is common for travellers to experience some adverse health effects due to the altitude - regardless of your age, gender and fitness. It is imperative that you discuss your pre-existing medical condition/s with your doctor or for medication that'll aid the acclimitization.
5. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.