China Highlights

8 Days | Discover the highlights of China, from the neon lights of Shanghai to the Great Wall wonder

4.9 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
AUD $2,185
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Get a taste of historical China on this culture-stuffed adventure. Travel from Shanghai to Beijing, taking in iconic attractions such as the Great Wall of China (one of the Seven Wonders of the World!) and the Terracotta Warriors along the way. In between the well-known sights, you'll delve beneath the surface, visit the ancient town and traditional garden in Wuxi City, snack through the Muslim Quarter in Xi’an and watch the sun setting on the Great Wall. In just eight days, you’ll have the perfect introduction to the highlights of China.

Trip overview

Map of China Highlights including China
Shanghai, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 50 kg of CO2-e per person per day.
We offset these emissions on your behalf. But we know that is not enough, so we also have a carbon reduction target.

Why you'll love this trip
  • Take on one of the most popular trips in China, packed full of experiences that will give you a great insight into China in just a short time.
  • Be dazzled by Shanghai’s neon lights and the stunning night skyline. Then, get a peek into what life was like in ancient times with a visit to the incredibly scenic Huishan Ancient Town and one of the finest examples of traditional Chinese gardens – Jichang Garden.
  • Spend the night in a charming, family-run guesthouse near the Great Wall of China – a great opportunity to experience local life – and take the chance for a short sunset hike over one of the Seven Wonders of the World.
  • Explore Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City in Beijing with a local leader who knows all the history, tips and tricks for this fascinating and historic area.
  • Witness the incredible sight of the Terracotta Army – buried for over 2000 years, this fantastic historical wonder is an excellent example of the genius and artistic prowess of man.
  • By travelling on this trip, you’ll directly support our Intrepid Foundation partner, Eden Reforestation Projects. Donations help them provide local employment opportunities and tackle climate change one tree at a time as they restore forests across 10 different countries.

Is this trip right for you?
  • Be prepared for some long travel days as you’ll need to cover over 2000km to see China's main highlights in this 8-day adventure, without a flight.
  • This trip packs a lot in over a short amount of time, so it’s highly recommended you spend some extra time in Shanghai and Beijing before or after your trip to experience more of what these great cities have to offer.
  • As a short, city-based trip, there isn't a lot of time to experience China's beautiful natural landscapes or get further off the beaten track. If you have more time to explore, consider China Experience (CBSE), or Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure (CBSJ)


Map of China Highlights including China



3 breakfasts


Private Vehicle, Public Bus, High Speed Train, Subway


Hotel (6 nights), Guesthouse (1 night)

  • Wuxi - Huishan Ancient Town
  • Wuxi - Jichang Garden
  • Xi'an - Muslim Quarter Walking Tour and Snack Sampling
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors Tour
  • Great Wall - Sunset
  • Great Wall - Jinshanling section
  • Beijing - Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
Add on activities
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Centre (entrance fee) - CNY25
  • Shanghai - Yuyuan Garden (entrance fee) - CNY40
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Museum (entrance fee) - Free
  • Xi'an - Great Mosque (entrance fee) - CNY25
  • Xi'an - Bell & Drum Towers (entrance fee) - CNY50
  • Xi'an - City Wall bike hire - CNY45
  • Xi'an - Tang Dynasty Show - CNY290
  • Xi'an - Big Goose Pagoda (entrance fee) - CNY80
  • Xi'an - Little Wild Goose Pagoda - CNY50
  • Beijing - Temple of Heaven (entrance fee) - CNY40
  • Beijing - Hutong family visit - CNY100
  • Beijing - Lama Temple (entrance fee) - CNY25
  • Beijing - Acrobat show (ticket) - CNY290

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Important notes

1. Your trip starts at 4pm on Day 1.
2. A single supplement is bookable for this trip and is subject to availability. Please speak to your booking agent for further information.
3. A scanned copy of the personal details page of your passport needs to be sent to your booking agent no later than 40 days before departure in order for us to purchase our train tickets.
4. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.

Essential Trip Information

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4.9 out of 5 based on 16 reviews submitted.
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Todd · Traveled March 2024
China Highlights not quite as long as stated on the web site in my opinion. But, this trip is fantastic with the highlight for us being the Great Wall. You visit an area of the wall that is three hours outside of Beijing. With the views of something out of a movie. Truely break taking in every way. We would recommend arriving a few days early as there is a lot to see in Shanghai. And the food on the trip was outstanding.
Review submitted 27 Mar 2024

Janice · Traveled March 2024
We really enjoyed the China Highlights trip! Highly recommend for the small group size: 16 people max per tour (ours only had 10 people). Go during the off season, it's much less crowded. Our tour leader was very fluent in both Chinese and English. We had a great time.
Review submitted 28 Mar 2024

Kathryn · Traveled March 2024
This is a wonderful quick trip of China with a packed itinerary! It’s great fun and a great introduction to the country. Our guide William made everything easy and fun (including meal times for the vegetarians)! I recommend this trip to anyone who wants an introduction to China!
Review submitted 23 Mar 2024

Anne · Traveled March 2024
Perfect way to see China and see and learn of the history. Our guide made the trip so easy and was accommodating to everyone’s needs. Plenty of exercise food and rest.
Review submitted 26 Mar 2024

Elliott · Traveled March 2024
If you've never travelled to China before, or never travelled solo, then this trip is absolutely perfect. It's a fantastic and well-timed adventure through the sights, history, food and culture of an enormous and fascinating country. It attracts a mix of people from across the world meaning you'll be guaranteed to share the experience with an interesting group of people from all backgrounds.
Review submitted 17 Mar 2024
China Highlights
AUD $2,185