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. Get 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.

Xi'an, China
Beijing, China
Physical rating
Cultural rating
Min 18
Group size
Min 4, Max 22
Carbon offset
697kg pp per trip


  • Jump on a bike to experience regal Chengde
  • Lose yourself in busy Beijing
  • Delight your tastebuds with classic cuisine
  • Hike sacred Wutai Mountain
  • Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an
  • Mosey along the astonishing Great Wall
  • Gaze upon thousands of Buddhas at the Yungang Grottoes
  • Step back into revolutionary history in Yan'an
  • Explore the ancient walled town of Pingyao
  • Overnight in the unique cave village of Lijiashan


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.
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.
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.
Head to the Five Terrace Mountains, a focus for transnational pilgramage for Chinese, Tibetans, Mongols and Manchus alike. Many magnificent artworks are on show and powerful temples are scattered throughout the wilderness.
Marvel at the Hanging Monastery and explore the World Heritage-listed Yungang Grottoes.
Take a walk along the monumental Great Wall as it snakes its way through rolling hills as far as the eye can see.
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.
End the tour by joining the buzzing hive that is Beijing. Visit the Forbidden City to admire imperial architecture or the sprawling Summer Palace on the banks of Kunming Lake.
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Overland vehicle
Cave house (1 night), Hotel (15 nights)


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