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.
Overnight at the Great Wall at a family run guesthouse, and see this iconic structure without the crowds
With journeys on two sleeper trains, you'll maximise your time in your destinations, get a chance to interact with locals, and see some beautiful countryside
Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors
Venture into the idyllic Huizhou countryside and explore rural villages on foot or by bike
Discover the mountain heights of Huangshan, where the stunning rock pinnacles of the Yellow Mountain peek through atmospheric mists
This trip travels on overnight hard sleeper trains on sections of the journey. 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.
We cover a fair amount of ground to enable you to see some of China's biggest cities and main highlights, so be prepared for some long travel days. As we use plenty of public transport, you will be better off to bring only minimal belongings, or to leave your larger luggage in Beijing/Shanghai and take a smaller bag with you to the Great Wall, Huangshan and Hongcun.
We pack a lot in, in a short amount of time, so if you have some time to spare we highly recommend extra time in Shanghai and Beijing.
This trip includes a mixture of free time and included activities, giving you choice and flexibility to pursue your own interests in China.
This trip includes overnight stays at family-run guesthouses and homestays, with more basic facilities than hotels, such as cold water showers and outdoor squat toilets.
With walks on the Great Wall and Huangshan, you'll need a good level of fitness to get the most out of this trip. 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 at times. You'll be rewarded with sensational views!
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2018 to 31 December 2018. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
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1. A Single Supplement is available on this trip, excluding overnight trains and guesthouses
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. Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilets (squat/western) are available in each carriage, but there are no shower facilities.
4. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
5. In winter months (Nov, Dec, Jan and Feb), we may not stay in the guesthouse at the Great Wall due to insufficient heating there. In those months, we will either visit the Great Wall on a day tour from Beijing or stay at a hotel nearby.
6. Please note that Jinshanling Great Wall is being renovated at the moment and is said to be open in November , 2017. Should the Jinshanling Great Wall remain closed in 2018 with no clear due date to open, we will reroute to another section of the Great Wall for the overnight stay and trekking.
Our North China Getaway trips score an average of 4.85 out of 5 based on 52 reviews in the last year.
I would definitely recommend this one in a lifetime trip. Good balance between countryside and city activities. Very long travel days on buses and trains. If you are not fit enough you can take the cable car at the Great Wall and Yellow Mountains and still be able to see the sights
Review submitted 03 Oct 2017
Intrepid really gave me a full insight into life in China, not just the tourist areas. They take you off the beaten track, which made some wonderful memories. As a single traveller, I met lots of like minded people on my trip and we all became good friends. Tips- pack light as there is a lot of moving around so you'll need to be able to walk to/from train stations etc with your bags.
Review submitted 01 Oct 2017