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 38 reviews submitted.
ZAR  26,720
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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.

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4.9 out of 5 based on 38 reviews submitted.
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Carolyn · Traveled May 2024
This was a great trip to get a feel for China and see the main attractions from a Western point of view. We have learnt that there is so much more and will plan to come back at some time to see more! Brilliant tour leader, who had an amazing knowledge of China. Using local buses, trains and the bullet train to get around, gave us a chance to mix with locals, something you don't do with other companies. Would highly recommend this tour to get a taste of the amazing place China is.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Ellie · Traveled May 2024
This tour was incredible. I have come away with a better understanding of China’s history, people and culture. Each highlight stop was great and Intrepid has taken care to provide the best experience possible (seeing the Great Wall with no one else around was amazing!) The accomodation is comfortable and the food is incredible.
Review submitted 03 Jun 2024

Faiza · Traveled May 2024
As 72 and 82 year olds, from a small South African town, have grown accustomed to great care from Intrepid leaders and all round excellence on Intrepid tours. Travelling with much trepidation from South Africa, which has no metro and deals in cash, we grew immeasurably on this 8 day trip through China's awe-inspiring, future-oriented cities of Shanghai,Beijing and Xian.
Review submitted 28 May 2024

Jake · Traveled May 2024
An eye-opening experience of China which, for us, put to be many Western perceptions. Peter was an unbelievable guide and an invaluable resource.
Review submitted 30 May 2024

William John · Traveled May 2024
On this my third Intrepid trip I, as an 82 year old, was again well cared for and inspired. This fast pace trip through a futuristic cities revealed a world I could never imagine, despite all my reading. I feel rejuvenated and inspired to seek out another such life-changing Intrepid trip. William Leith Cape Town.
Review submitted 28 May 2024
China Highlights
ZAR  26,720