A short but sweet adventure from Shanghai to Beijing
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 and Terracotta Warriors along the way. In between the well-known sights, you'll delve beneath the surface, making dumplings with a family who lives near the Great Wall and exploring the quaint canals of Xitang.
Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale – see it when face-to-face with thousands of Terracotta Warriors (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!)
Imagine a way of life lost long ago while exploring the narrow alleyways and canals of Xitang, a water town just outside of Shanghai
Escape the chaos of China's cities and spend the night in a charming guesthouse near the Great Wall where we learn to make dumplings with the family who run it
No matter how many photos you've seen, nothing can quite prepare you for the grandeur of the Great Wall - see this iconic structure without the masses
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.
The trip covers 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.
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.
As a short, city based trip there's not a lot of time to experience China's beautiful natural landscapes or get further off the beaten track. If you have longer to spend exploring, consider our Yunnan & Tiger Leaping Gorge, North or South China Getaway, China Experience, or Travel the Silk Road 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 to have your own room is available on this trip, excluding the overnight train.
2. 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 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. An upgrade to a Soft Sleeper train compartment (4-berth compartment) is available to book on this trip.
5. Please note while traveling through mainland China you will not be able to access some popular internet websites.
Our China Highlights trips score an average of 4.8 out of 5 based on 207 reviews in the last year.
Perfect trip for those with limited time but wanting to cover key high lights of China. Guide was knowledgeable and went above and beyond to ensure we got the most out of the trip.
Review submitted 12 Jul 2018
The highlights of China trip gives an insight into the country and was a very enjoyable tour especially the Terracotta Warriors, the Great Wall and Beijing. We recommend spending more time in Shanghai and definitely in Beijing as the tour allows just one full day in each. Our tour guide Jay was great and one of the other highlights was the shared meals he arranged in less touristy locations - as a group we sampled many different dishes.
Review submitted 11 Jul 2018