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 47 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,092
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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
Explorer, Rail
Physical rating
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Min 15
Group size
Min 1 - Max 16
Trip code
This trip generates 58 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 - CNY150
  • 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 47 reviews submitted.
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Elizabeth · Traveled June 2024
An excellent tour of the highlights of China for first time visitors. The accommodations and optional restaurants and activities were carefully selected by Intrepid. The sunset hour at the Great Wall was unbelievably lovely with more time to explore the next morning. The best Wall experience imaginable!
Review submitted 27 Jun 2024

Carrie · Traveled June 2024
I loved China! This trip covers the ‘must do’s’ - apart from Pandas! My advice is to arrive at least a day before and book several days after the trip ends to make the most of your time there. By the end, you will understand how to travel/get about on your own. To me it felt safer than London. Just do it!
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

Hayley · Traveled June 2024
This trip was incredible. It was jam packed and very full on but that's what you want in a short holiday . A chance to see as much as you can . I only advise everyone not to pack any large aerosols such as deodorant , even in checked in luggage as these will be confiscated at the train stations in china as it is like an airport . Even smaller aerosols sometimes get taken away so try and pack roll ones / creams . I even had a shower gel confiscated because it looked like an aerosol even though it was not . The whole trip was amazing and words can not describe how incredible the great wall of china is , it was absolutely breathtaking . Anyone thinking of booking this trip with intrepid should not hesitate . Peter our tour guide went out of his way to teach us various Chinese words and enhance our knowledge in everywhere we went . He often gave us a stream of jokes to go with it .
Review submitted 24 Jun 2024

Adrian · Traveled June 2024
This was the first time booking a group tour vacation and the first time visiting China. Thanks to our amazing group leader Peter and the awesome people who made up this group it quickly became one of the most memorable vacations of my life!
Review submitted 25 Jun 2024

Sarah · Traveled June 2024
Trip was excellent - particularly loved the visit to the Great Wall (blew our minds !) and the home stay evening was fab
Review submitted 10 Jun 2024
China Highlights
EUR €1,092