China Express - 7 days

FROM USD $1,849

Explore the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike a medieval fortress and meet a Terracotta Warrior - the perfect introduction to the charms of China!

Day 1: Beijing
Saturday. Hello China! Arrive Beijing and included airport transfer to our hotel. Overnight - Beijing
The Forbidden City in Beijing and its portrait of Chairman Mao
This morning, we explore the heart of Beijing, China's pulsating capital, including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city centre is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city. Later we take an exciting rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, gaining a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant. Overnight - Beijing (B, D)
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The UNESCO listed Great Wall of China
Don some comfortable shoes, today as we walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Zig zagging some 6000 kilometres, ducking and weaving through mountain peaks and lush terrain, climbing the Great Wall is one of those ‘must do’ experiences! Afterward we visit a cloisonne workshop, viewing the unique art of decorating copper with colourful enamel.

This evening take an optional Beijing by Night city tour and see some of the capital's monuments illuminated against the night sky (payable locally). Overnight - Beijing (B, L)
Beijing - Xi’an. Free morning, why not opt to take a walk through the local street market or head to Wangfujing Street for an alternative breakfast of stir fried scorpions or silk worms on a skewer? Later we visit the beautiful Emperor’s Summer Palace and drive past the 2008 Olympic Stadium and Aquatics Centre. Free time is offered in the cavernous Silk Alley Market, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B)
Emperor Qin's Terracotta Warriors at the archaeological site in Xi'an
We pull in to Xi'an in the morning - home to the Terracotta Warriors archaeological site. 7,000 Warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2,200 years. Have a go at counting them! Later on we visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance. Overnight - Xi'an (B, L)
Enjoying a bike ride on the medieval city wall of Xi'an on one of our China Tours
Day 6: Xi'an
Xi’an - Beijing. Early this morning opt for our Panda excursion to the Shaanxi Rare Wildlife Rescue and Breeding Centre a 2 hour drive from Xi’an. Later, we tour the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and take a casual bicycle ride on top of the 9 mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Later, this evening we board the express soft sleeper train back to Beijing. Overnight - Sleeper Train (B, D)
The Summer Palace set on Kunming Lake on the outskirts of Beijing - a highlight on our China Tours
Day 7: Beijing
Friday. Arrive Beijing and transfer to a nearby hotel for breakfast. Our tour concludes after breakfast and onward departure transfer to the airport. Please ensure that onward international flights are booked after 14:00pm. This will allow sufficient time for arriving into Beijing, breakfast, transfer to the airport and check in prior to your flight. Alternatively, extra nights accommodation are available should you require. (B)

Tang Dynasty Bolt-on

Don’t miss the colourful Tang Dynasty performance in Xi’an. A night of Chang’an music, dance and song fit for a Tang emperor!

Check out this and our other great bolt-ons.

Uncover North Korea - 5 days

A bronze statue of Kim Jong UnJoin us on a fascinating 5 day tour of North Korea. Isolated, controversial and almost untouched by tourism, North Korea is a mysterious place with a bumpy recent history yet offers the inquisitive traveller stunning mountain scenery, halls of treasure, ancient temples historic monuments and a warm welcome.

Highlight of our tour include a visit to Pyongyang Schoolchildren's Palace, a centre of extra-curricular activities for gifted children, the DMZ (demilitarised zone) border crossing with South Korea, various landmarks and projects relating to Presidents Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il and ride the Pyongyang metro - the deepest underground system in the world. See our Uncover North Korea Bolt-on for more info.

Tour Details
  • Starts in: Beijing / Ends in: Beijing
  • Departs: Saturdays - March to November
  • No local payment required
  • Breakfast:6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
  • Hotel Rating: 3 - 4 star
  • Tour Guide: Yes (for groups of 6 or more)
The On The Go Theatre
Discover the highlights of China on one of our group tours