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China Express

7 days  |  Starts/Ends: Beijing  |  from USD $1,849  |   Guaranteed Departure 

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!

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Day 1

Saturday. Hello China! Arrive Beijing and included airport transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

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  |  Breakfast

Day 5

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  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Xi’an - Beijing. Today 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  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

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.
Breakfast

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.

The hotels listed below are ones which we frequently use on this tour. We reserve the right to substitute these hotels to ones of a similar standard when necessary.

Accommodation on Tour

For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.

Simple
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.

Standard
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.

Superior
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.

Deluxe
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.

Lavish
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!

Rainbow Hotel, Beijing
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Rainbow is a contemporary hotel accented by the colours of traditional Chinese folk art culture. The spacious guestrooms display character of the Ming and Qing dynasties with beautiful wooden furniture whilst providing modern amenities fit for international travellers. The hotel also has a restaurant, cafe and bar.

Train - 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, Beijing
Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

Soft sleeper cabins are private compartments which have four bunks - two upper and two lower. A door separates the compartment from the aisle and bedding and pillows are provided. Each bunk is equipped with a small reading lamp. Temperature controls are installed alongside the door. Generally, the facilities include a clothes rack, slippers, clothes brush, stainless steel thermos, fine porcelain teacup, a waste bin and wall socket.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an
Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light, good sized rooms. Elegantly decorated, the rooms also boast modern amenities and the hotel has a wealth of facilities including an indoor pool and sauna house, a cafe and bar, and well-equipped business centre.

Trip Highlights

BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, UNESCO listed Emperor's Summer Palace, Silk Alley markets, Cloisonne Factory, Hutong area of Beijing and Chinese Acrobatic Show
XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride.
BADALING - UNESCO listed Great Wall of China

Included

6 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 2 dinners including a traditional Chinese dinner in Beijing
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Rickshaw ride through Beijings Hutongs
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 7
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
4 nights 3-4 star hotels
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Touring of Beijing, Badaling and Xi'an
English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: $70-75 USD
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$3 - 5 per day, per traveller. Tipping your guide is an entirely personal gesture
Tipping Kitty: $45-50 USD

Fantastic trip , well planned, with enough flexibility to allow for everyone's different interests

Stephanie was absolutely fantastic ensuring everyone was catered for. Going above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly . She was friendly , helpful and great fun.

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Thanks to our guide Feng who did a lot of behind the scenes organizing and made it look easy. A very enjoyable and safe experience.

Mandy was so amazing. I have never seen a guide so hard-working. She always made sure every guest was completely happy and went above and beyond to make our tour fantastic! Benny was also an amazing local guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much. Great at his job. Our driver in Beijing was also very good!

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Mandy was so amazing. I have never seen a guide so hardworking. She always made sure every guest completely happy and went above and beyond to make our tour fantastic! Benny was also an amazing local guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much.

We had a fantastic trip with On the Go tours. This is the first tour we have ever done and it has been an amazing trip. It has shown me a a better way of visiting cultural countries. Plus meeting some new friends. Thank you for an amazing trip.

Prices shown are per person travelling. 'Twin/Double' prices per person apply when there are 2 people travelling, sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the 'Twin/Double' price. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

Easter departure, book early!
Easter Departure
Please note this tour departs on a Friday.
Friday Departure
2015
Price/Person
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USD $1849
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Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $550
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $66
USD $64
Beijing - Post-tour accom.
USD $66
USD $64

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices at the bottom of this page.

Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Beijing
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 6, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 2
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Fantastic trip , well planned, with enough flexibility to allow for everyone's different interests

Stephanie was absolutely fantastic ensuring everyone was catered for. Going above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly . She was friendly , helpful and great fun.

Mary Schutte
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.
Guaranteed Departures
This tour is 100% guaranteed to depart with 2 travellers.