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China Highlights

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

5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
EUR €1,008
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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 49.84 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)


This itinerary is valid for departures from 01 January 2024 to 31 December 2024.

View the itinerary for departures between 01 January 2023 - 31 December 2023

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 - Kungfu Show (ticket) - CNY280
  • Beijing - Temple of Heaven (entrance fee) - CNY40
  • Beijing - Hutong family visit - CNY100
  • Beijing - Lama Temple (entrance fee) - CNY25
  • Beijing - Beijing Opera show (ticket) - CNY300
  • 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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5 out of 5 based on 6 reviews submitted.
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Paul · Traveled October 2023
The trip was amazing, our guide was exceptional, and I felt we certainly saw the highlights of China and more! The pre-trip admin getting a visa is a bit of a faff but it's well worth the effort. I was expecting this to be great trip and on the whole it exceeded my expectations.
Review submitted 31 Oct 2023

Jacob · Traveled August 2023
This tour was my first solo travel experience and I would love to come back. I never understood how beautiful China was until I experienced it first hand, I’ll never forget the culture, art and nature I saw. My tour guide Long Ma was a true professional but also felt like travelling with a good friend!
Review submitted 07 Sep 2023

Farrokh · Traveled June 2023
Short but sweet
Review submitted 18 Jul 2023

Christine · Traveled June 2023
One of the best trips I have been on. Our guide, Jay, went out of his way to accommodate our needs and was available at all times. He navigated us through the busy Forbidden City and Terracotta Warriors. He has since sent us groups photos taken at every major location. To my surprise the hard sleeper turned into one of the highlights as we interacted with locals. I am now keen to see more of China.
Review submitted 08 Jul 2023

Carly · Traveled June 2023
Jay our tour leader for our China tour was phenomenal, and made our first trip to China one to remember! I’d love to return to China again thanks to Jays insights !
Review submitted 13 Jul 2023
China Highlights
EUR €1,008