Embrace the diversity of China's cities, coast and countryside on this journey from Beijing to Shanghai
Discover the breathtaking countryside of China's north on this 12-day journey bookended by bright city lights. From the dizzying heights of Huangshan and the Great Wall, to the underground pits that hold thousands of Terracotta Soldiers and the waterfront Shanghai, this trip reveals myriad sides of China. Go beyond the tourist trail and immerse yourself in local life with stays in small guesthouses and travel on public transport.
Start with a bang in Beijing, hike the heights of Huangshan, explore the Great Wall, soak up the glow of Shanghai’s city lights and step back in time in the idyllic rural villages of Huizhou
Spend two night at the base of the Great Wall, and follow in the footsteps of soldiers hundreds of years ago when you trek the Gubeikou to Jinshanling section
Forget seeing the sights from the window of a packed tour bus, this tour offers plenty of opportunity to get active among the wonders of China. Explore cities laneways on walking tours, climb the steps of Yellow Mountain, trek the Great Wall and cycle countryside lanes in Hongcun
Two overnight trains means you'll maximise your time in each destination, get to know your fellow travellers, and get a real sense of the vast size of the country
Go local every step of the way with an experienced local leader, public transport, and family-run guesthouses and local hostels where possible – this trip is all about authentic local experiences
As this is a Basix trip our days aren’t packed full of inclusions and compulsory sightseeing. Instead, your leader will take you on city walks in each destination and give you plenty of options and ideas of how to spend the rest of your free time.
This trip pack packs a lot into a short amount of time, so we highly recommend spending extra time in Beijing and Shanghai before and after your trip if you are able.
This trip has some overnight stays at family-run guesthouses and hostels, which tend to have more basic facilities than hotels (but often a lot more character). You’ll encounter some cold water showers, might need to rug up inside in the colder months and need to use a few squat toilets. The local experience is worth it, trust us!
With treks on the Great Wall and Huangshan, both of which can be tough going with many steps, uneven surfaces and steep terrain, 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 as is being prepared to sweat it out a bit.
The overnight train travel included on this trip is in 'hard sleeper' class – carriages sectioned off into 3 tier/6 berth compartments. It’s not luxury, but it’s efficient and a great local experience. If you would prefer more comfort, upgrades to 'soft sleeper' (2 tier/4 berth compartments with lockable doors) can be requested, subject to availability, through your booking agent. If you would prefer a trip without overnight train travel, check out our Explore China (CBKS – 2019 only), China: Great Wall Hike, Bike & Kung Fu (CBXG – 2019 only) or South China: Hike, Bike & Kayak (CBXA – 2019 only) trips.
This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2019 to 31 December 2019. View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2018 - 31 December 2018
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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-Feb), we may stay in alternative guesthouses near the Great Wall due to the cold weather. This may also alter our trekking route along the Great Wall.
Our North China Getaway trips score an average of 4.81 out of 5 based on 77 reviews in the last year.
A great trip that was extremely hot and so humid in summer. Pack light as you carry your own bags quite a lot to and from accommodation. There are a lot of steep steps up and down on the wall, yellow mountains and rice terraces so bring good shoes.
Review submitted 29 Aug 2018
The North China Getaway gives you the Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors and the Yellow Mountain. It is a budget holiday so you get what you paid for. When planning this trip check the dates for summer holidays and school holidays and avoid going during those times due to the CROWDS. China is a populated country but on summer holidays this means HUGE queues and waiting in line for ages (sometimes more than an hour). Carry your passport with you at all times as you will get asked to produce it at hotels and at some security check points. Be prepared to having your bags scanned when entering the subway system and also some sites that you may visit. I was impressed that there were lots of public toilets around. The toilets are not always up to the hygienic conditions that us westerners are used to and are usually squats (get some squat exercises going before leaving for China) and ALWAYS carry some toilet paper and hand sanitisers. Enjoy the food but only at proper restaurants. The food was the best part of this trip. I was so surprised at how different and delicious Chine food is from what I thought it was from the Chinese food in Australia. OMG the food was to die for.
Review submitted 25 Aug 2018