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Capture the spirit of China on this 12-day tour from Shanghai to Beijing. From fast-paced modern cities to the well-preserved remnants of a long and storied history, this adventure reveals the many sides of one of the world’s great cradles of civilisation. We think it’s important to contrast the big and the bold with quiet moments and real connections. That’s why our tour of the Terracotta Warriors finishes with lunch at a local family home, and why we spend a few days in the Tibetan Buddhist town of Xiahe before tackling boisterous Beijing. Whether you’re scaling the Great Wall or sharing crispy Beijing (Peking) duck with your fellow travellers, this tour is packed with unforgettable moments.

Availability

From 24/03/2024 to 22/10/2025

Departure dates & prices

Dates Availability Price
  • Mar Sun 24 2024 to Apr Thu 04 2024
    Limited Availability
    From
    $4,470*
  • Apr Sun 14 2024 to Apr Thu 25 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,555*
  • May Sun 05 2024 to May Thu 16 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,735*
  • May Sun 12 2024 to May Thu 23 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,340*
  • May Sun 19 2024 to May Thu 30 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,385*
  • Jun Sun 16 2024 to Jun Thu 27 2024
    Limited Availability
    From
    $4,685*
  • Jul Sun 14 2024 to Jul Thu 25 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,430*
  • Sep Sun 01 2024 to Sep Thu 12 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,510*
  • Sep Sun 15 2024 to Sep Thu 26 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,555*
  • Oct Sun 13 2024 to Oct Thu 24 2024
    Available
    From
    $4,510*

What's included

Explore the Longmen Grottoes and wonder at the thousands of Buddha statues carved directly from the limestone cliffs, including the 17-metre-high Vairocana.
Take a spectacular walk along the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall and see towers that date back to the Ming dynasty about 600 years ago.
Fall in love with Chinese food during a vegetarian feast at a Buddhist temple, a home-cooked lunch with a family in rural Xi’an, a Beijing (Peking) duck dinner, and more.
Check out the mind-blowing Terracotta Army, then head to a local’s house for lunch and some insight into how life has changed since farmers discovered the vast mausoleum.
Immerse yourself in Tibetan culture with a two-day stay in Xiahe, an autonomous Tibetan region with a deeply ingrained Buddhist tradition centred around the legendary Labrang Monastery, without having to apply for a permit for Tibet.
Breakfasts Included: 11.
Lunches Included: 4.
Dinners Included: 3.
Hotel (11 nights).
Plane,Private vehicle,High Speed Train,Subway,Taxi.
Age: min 15.
Group Size: 1 - 12.
Complimentary Arrival Transfer.
Shanghai - Leader-led Orientation Walk.
Shanghai - Yuyuan Gardens.
Shaolin - Temple, Pagoda Forest & Kung Fu show (entrace fee and transport included, leader-led).
Shaolin - Buddhist vegetarian lunch.
Luoyang - Longmen Grottoes (entrance fee, transport included).
Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors Tour.
Xi'an - Home-cooked lunch.
Xiahe - Leader-led orientation walk.
Xiahe - Labrang Monastery (entrance fee, local guide).
Xiahe - Tibetan family visit & lunch.
Xiahe - Sangke Grassland (transport included).
Beijing - Mutianyu Great Wall.
Beijing - Leader-led Hutong walking tour.
Beijing - Forbidden City.
Beijing - Beijing duck dinner.
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Itinerary

  • 1 - Shanghai Nimen Hao! Welcome to Shanghai. Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6 pm where you'll meet your tour leader and fellow travellers. If you arrive with time to spare, maybe head to the newest crown jewel of Shanghai skyscrapers - Shanghai Tower, for a birdview of the city, or visit the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Center or Shanghai Urban Exhibition Hall (both closed on Monday) for different tastes of the city's past and future. Your evening is free after the welcome meeting but consider heading out with your group afterwards for a dinner on your leader's recommendation.
  • 2 - Shanghai Today join your leader for a walking tour to historical Shanghai. Get a taste of 1920s Shanghai at the Bund, a spectacular array of art-deco style buildings lining what was once the most important financial street in Asia. The afternoon is free for you to explore the city. Perhaps stroll the tree-lined streets of the French Concession, visit one of the tranquil temples or contemporary art galleries, or indulge in a little shopping. Rejoin your group tonight for an included dinner of local specialties.
  • 3 - Luoyang The complex and spectacular Yuyuan Gardens await you this morning. A classic example of traditional Chinese gardening, these lands were first crafted by Pan Yunduan during the Ming Dynasty as a place of comfort and enjoyment for his parents. From the serenity of the gardens to the rush of high speed train travel! Board a westbound train and relax as the scenery whisks by. Arrive in Luoyang in the early evening. Ancient China's prosperous capital for many dynasties, archaeological digs of the surrounding countryside have unearthed some fascinating ancient treasures. After settling into your hotel, perhaps venture to the Old Town for dinner with the group.
  • 4 - Shaolin - Luoyang Today, travel to the legendary birthplace of kung fu - the Shaolin Monastery (approximately 3 hours). The monastery remains the primary source of Shaolin Buddhist training to this day. Learn about the warrior monks of Shaolin and how the martial art has changed over the centuries. Watch an athletic kung fu performance and then wander through the Pagoda Forest, where respected monks have been laid to rest in towering tombs since AD791. For lunch enjoy a vegetarian feast at nearby Yongtai Temple. Head back to Luoyang after lunch and enjoy a free evening in Luoyang. As night falls, you'll see thousands of colourful lamps light the streets and squares across the city, creating a lovely ambiance.
  • 5 - Longmen - Xi This morning you'll drive to the Longmen Grottoes (approximately 40 mins). These 2100 caves, filled with more than 100,000 statues of Buddha dating back as far as the fourth century, are rare examples of exquisite Buddhist rock carving. Learn more about this UNESCO World Heritage-listed site as you explore some of the masterpieces with your leader. In the afternoon, take a bullet train from Luoyang to Xi'an (approximately 2 hours), arriving in the early evening. Xi'an, capital for 13 dynasties and kingdoms over the last 2500 years, is not only rich in ancient history but also full of life. Muslim quarter is a local favorite for great food experiences. Join your leader for a sizzling local dinner here in the evening. In your free time, don't miss out on a bike ride on the ancient city wall, or a visit to the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda.
  • 6 - Xi Visit Xi'an's most famous site today, the Terracotta Warriors. You'll travel by bus (approximately 2 hours) to reach the site. Once there, you will hear all about this incredible archaeological find, which was uncovered by farmers digging a well in 1976. Until then, the site had been buried for thousands of years. These clay statues of soldiers, horses, and chariots all standing in battle formation were commissioned by the emperor of the Qin dynasty as part of his mausoleum and a number of pits are now on display to the public. Enjoy a local lunch nearby and return to Xi'an in the afternoon.
  • 7 - Xiahe This morning you'll get another taste of China's efficient bullet trains as you travel about 3-hours west to Lanzhou. From there, transfer to the enchanting Tibetan town of Xiahe (another 3 hours). A place of pilgrimage for many Tibetans, Xiahe is as scenic as it is tranquil. Get acquainted with the town on a short walking tour with your leader. The rest of the day is yours to spend how you please.
  • 8 - Xiahe Visit the fascinating Labrang Monastery today and see Tibetan monks going about their daily rituals. The rest of the day will change depending on the season. From June to August, the group will head to the Sangke grasslands to visit nomadic Tibetans to learn about their life over some yak butter tea. If you're travelling during the other months of the year, pay a visit to a Tibetan family in town and enjoy a deliciously home-cooked lunch. The evening is free for you to do as you please.
  • 9 - Lanzhou - Beijing Today is largely made up of travel. Head back to Lanzhou (about 4 hours), then catch an afternoon flight to Beijing, arriving in China's capital in the late afternoon. After settling into your hotel, you will have the rest of the day free to explore bustling Beijing. Depending on the time of your arrival, you can choose to visit one of the many historical sites in the city or check out one of the shows that are on in the evening. Your leader is a wealth of suggestions for optional activities and places to eat, to be sure to ask them for advice.
  • 10 - Beijing Today, explore the legendary Great Wall. Take a private bus to the Mutianyu section of the wall. (approximately 1.5-2 hours). Spend some time exploring the wall, including guard towers that date back to the Ming dynasty-era. You can either walk to the wall or take a cable car (at your own expense). When returning, you can walk, take a cable car or take a toboggan ride. The latter is highly recommended!
  • 11 - Beijing Today visit Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest downtown squares then you'llenter the Forbidden City, former home of China's imperial rulers. Discover its many palaces, gardens, and courtyards. Then head to an area known for its hutongs (narrow streets and alleys) and explore the historic streets. Although Beijing is modernising rapidly (its contemporary culture is a huge source of fascination in itself), there are still some pockets in which to discover the nation's ancient roots. Enjoy a classic dinner tonight with the perhaps the most well known of all the capital's dishes - Beijing (or Peking) Duck.
  • 12 - Beijing Your trip comes to an end this morning after breakfast. Staying an extra few days in Beijing is highly recommended, as there is so much to see and do. Check out our Urban Adventure day tours for some ideas at urbanadventures.com/destination/Beijing-tours.
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