A short but sweet adventure from Shanghai to Beijing

Get a taste of China on this short but culture-filled adventure. Travel from modern Shanghai to old Beijing and explore busy Xi'an, taking in iconic attractions such as the Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors along the way. Of course, there is time to delve beneath the surface, discovering gourmet delights and learning about Chinese lifestyles and traditions.

Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 15
Group size
Min 1, Max 16
Carbon offset
367kg pp per trip


  • Walk a section of China's Great Wall
  • Stand in the centre of Tiananmen Square
  • Visit Beijing's ornate Forbidden City
  • Uncover the spirit of Shanghai
  • Sip tea by a canal in a water town
  • Salute the ancient Terracotta Warriors


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2015 to 31 December 2015. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2016 - 31 December 2016

Journey to Shanghai, the vibrant pulse of new China. Enjoy free time to barter in markets, stroll through modern Pudong or scope out the city’s buzzing nightlife at a local bar. Take an optional visit to the thought-provoking Shanghai Museum and browse an impressive collection of artwork and bronze.
Get a taste of traditional China on a day trip to a ornate water town. Chill out by the canals, sip steaming cups of tea at a local teahouse or learn about local history at one of the many museums. Get lost among the maze of peaceful cobblestone streets lined with village buildings - a nice break from the chaos of modern Shanghai. While here, gliding along the waterways in a gondola is the ideal way to enjoy a real water town experience
Hop aboard an overnight train to Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and the beginning of the ancient Silk Road. Explore this vibrant, modern city that is bursting with some of China’s most famous cultural and historical attractions. Come face-to-face with the imposing Terracotta Warriors, a stoic army set out in battle formation and complete with horses and chariots. Learn about this incredible archaeological site before making a lunch stop at Huiling - an Intrepid Foundation-supported project that assists people in the local community who have intellectual disabilities.
Head to this world wonder and spend a day ambling along the ancient stone pathways that make up the spectacular Great Wall of China.
Arrive in Beijing and become immersed in a city of culture, modernity and chaos. Spend time visiting Tiananmen Square - the largest city square in the world - and the Forbidden City, an oasis of gardens and courtyards in the heart of an urban jungle.
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1 breakfast, 1 lunch, 1 dinner
Metro, Overnight sleeper train, Private Bus, Public bus, Train
Guesthouse (1 night), Hotel (6 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Included activities
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Great Wall - Gubeikou section
  • Shanghai - Acrobat show
  • Shanghai - Walking tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors & Guide
  • Xi'an - Walking tour
  • Xitang - Walking tour


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Important 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.
3. An upgrade to Soft Sleeper trains is available on this trip. Please see Trip Notes for full details.

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