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Great Wall & Warriors - 10 days map

Beginning in Beijing, uncover the Forbidden City, explore historic Hutongs, and relish a Peking Duck feast. Then, journey to Luoyang for Longmen's Caves and the famed Shaolin Kung Fu Temple. In Xi'an, meet the iconic Terracotta Warriors before concluding your epic journey in dynamic Shanghai, where you'll explore the French Concession, witness the unique matchmaking corner, and take in the city's captivating skyline along the Bund.

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Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Trip Highlights

Beijing - Visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, explore the Hutong area of Beijing, enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic Show and taste the famous peking duck
Xi'an - Experience the UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Terracotta Warrior Factory, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride and savour a dumpling-making experience
Shanghai – Explore the French Concession, witness the unique matchmaking corner and stroll along the iconic Bund with its dramatic modern skyline
Huanghuacheng Great Wall - A section of the Great Wall of China, unique for its partially submerged and picturesque portion of the wall
Luoyang - Take a high-speed train to Luoyang, and enjoy a visit to the Longmen Caves, food hunt in Old City Shizi Street and watch Kung Fu at a Shaolin Monastery

Included

Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, inclusive of traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing and dumpling-making experience in Xi'an
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Touring of Beijing, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Luoyang, Xi'an & Shanghai
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
Shadow puppetry show
Huangpu River Cruise in Shanghai
9 nights 4 star hotels
Highspeed train ticket to Luoyang (2nd class)
Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Visit to Shaolin Monastery
Economy class flight from Xi'an to Shanghai

Not Included

International flights and visa
Departure airport transfer
Tipping Kitty: USD$45-65pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$100-120pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Beijing!

Saturday. Huang ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

The day is yours to explore Beijing, the captivating capital of China, renowned for its blend of history, contemporary skyscrapers, and iconic cultural sites such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby to kick off your exciting journey.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

The Forbidden City

After breakfast, our first stop today will be the iconic Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. While we won't enter the tomb, we will get to view the exterior.

Following this, we'll enter the Forbidden City, a magnificent palace complex which served as the seat of power for Chinese emperors over five centuries. With over 800 buildings and 9,000 chambers, this is one of China's best preserved historical treasures.

In the afternoon, delve into Beijing's hutongs, a maze-like network of ancient alleyways that form the city's historical core. Wander through these charming lanes, where generations of families have lived, and discover traditional courtyards and compact houses. Afterward, you'll take a leisurely stroll along Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, a renowned shopping avenue at the heart of the city.

In the evening, enjoy a Beijing dining experience by savouring a Peking roast duck dinner, typically enjoyed wrapped in thin pancakes, with spring onions and hoisin sauce!
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall of China

Today, prepare for an exciting journey to the iconic Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Wall stands as an enduring symbol of Chinese civilization and ingenuity. Initially constructed for defensive purposes, it snakes an impressive 6,700 kilometers across diverse terrains and towering mountains.

We'll be visiting the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, known as the "Yellow Flower Great Wall." Its name originates from the vibrant yellow wildflowers that bloom along the wall during specific seasons. What sets Huanghuacheng apart is that a portion of the wall is partially submerged underwater. We'll embark on a scenic hike along the wall, offering breathtaking views and a deeper understanding of the structure's historical significance.

This evening promises an enchanting spectacle as we attend a Chinese acrobatic performance. These skilled artists will leave you spellbound with their gravity-defying feats.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Welcome to Luoyang

Beijing - Luoyang. After breakfast this morning, we'll head to the railway station for a comfortable 2nd class high-speed train journey to Luoyang, which will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. Luoyang is one of the four ancient Chinese capitals, renowned for its magnificent peony blooms and the celestial Longmen Caves.

After meeting our local guide and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, prepare to be captivated by the Longmen Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These remarkable caves are perched densely along the cliffs lining the Yi River, and they house the world's most extensive collection of celestial art treasures, boasting the largest array of statues to be found anywhere on Earth. This enduring art form, etched into the stone, has not only withstood the test of time but has also borne witness to the reign of over 10 dynasties spanning more than 1,400 years.

In the evening, we'll take a stroll through Old City Shizi Steet, a renowned food street in old city Luoyang. Here, you'll have the chance to follow tantalizing aromas and sample a wide variety of local flavors.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xiyuan Park & Shaolin Monastery

Today will begin with a visit to the vibrant Xiyuan Park. Here, residents gather to dance and sing, infusing the park with a lively burst of morning energy. It's an excellent opportunity to observe and perhaps even join in the joyful morning activities that reflect the spirit of the community.

Afterwards, brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we head to the legendary Shaolin Monastery, renowned as the reputed birthplace of Chinese martial arts. This sacred temple is not only a spiritual haven but also the epicenter of Kung Fu mastery. Witness a mesmerizing performance that promises to entertain and awe. The skills and discipline of these martial artists are sure to leave a lasting impression.

As the day comes to an end, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, allowing you to indulge in the flavors of Luoyang cuisine.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

The Train to Xi'an

Luoyang - Xi'an. Rise and shine, today we'll catch an early morning train bound for Xi'an. Enjoy a swift yet scenic journey as we head toward this ancient city. Upon arriving in Xi'an, we'll start our day with a bike ride along the Xi'an City Wall. This remarkable structure stands as one of the oldest and best-preserved among the few remaining Chinese city walls.

Afterwards, get ready for the sensory delights of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, a bustling neighborhood in the heart of the city. Here, the air is thick with the mouthwatering aromas of sizzling lamb skewers and fragrant spices emanating from the food stalls that line the narrow alleys. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals, witness their skilled craftsmanship in action, and let the diverse flavors tantalize your taste buds.

Not far from the Muslim Quarter, discover the majestic courtyard of the Gao Family. Within these hallowed walls, a unique spectacle awaits—a 15-minute shadow puppetry show, an art form believed to originate from this province. These performances breathe life into simple yet vibrant leather or paper figures, spinning enchanting narratives that have captivated audiences for generations.

Then, pay your respects at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a serene contrast to the bustling Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Within this peaceful Buddhist complex, you'll discover intriguing exhibits in the Xi'an Museum.

Tonight, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making dumplings, a local delicacy that is also a true form of culinary art. Enjoy the delicious dumplings you've created, accompanied by a cup of rice wine.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Our day begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army and Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable collection of terracotta sculptures depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. These life-sized figures were meticulously modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army, displaying incredible attention to detail. The army consists of an astounding 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots, and 600 horses, and each figure is unique. The purpose of this vast army was to guard the remains of Emperor Qin Shihuang, entombed within a massive mausoleum complex.

Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit a Terracotta Warrior Factory. Here, you can delve deeper into the intricate production process, which remains unchanged since the time of the Qin Dynasty. Gain insights into the techniques behind these captivating artworks, adding a layer of appreciation to these ancient treasures.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we'll return to the hotel. From here, enjoy time at leisure to explore Xi'an at your own pace.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Surreal Shanghai

Xi'an - Shanghai. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Shanghai is a true melting pot of cultures and experiences, offering travelers an array of areas to explore.

Our first stop in Shanghai is the French Concession. Here, you'll have the chance to stroll through tree-lined streets, decorated with elegant architecture. This area beautifully fuses Chinese and Western influences, creating a charming atmosphere.

One of the intriguing experiences awaiting you in Shanghai is a visit to the "Matchmaking Corner." In a culture where many individuals work long hours, concerned parents often gather at the matchmaking corner in the hopes of finding suitable partners for their children. Witnessing this cultural tradition provides insights into the significance of family and relationships in Chinese society.

Your day continues with a visit to a silk factory, where you'll learn about the intricate art of silk production. Later in the day, you'll embark on a leisurely walk along the Bund, a historic waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River. If we're lucky, we will witness the stunning sunset aboard a river cruise.

As the day winds down, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 9

Explore at your own pace

Today is a day of leisure, allowing you to explore the dynamic city of Shanghai at your own pace. Whether you choose to revisit favorite spots, indulge in shopping, or uncover more of Shanghai's local experiences, you have the freedom to spend the day however you'd like to!
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 10

Goodbye

Monday. Today marks the conclusion of your remarkable China adventure, full of cultural wonders and tasty delicacies. After breakfast and 12pm hotel check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
25 May - 03 Jun 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
08 Jun - 17 Jun 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
06 Jul - 15 Jul 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
20 Jul - 29 Jul 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
03 Aug - 12 Aug 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
17 Aug - 26 Aug 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
07 Sep - 16 Sep 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
21 Sep - 30 Sep 20% off
USD $2,815
USD $2,252
USD $3,565
USD $2,852
05 Oct - 14 Oct 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
12 Oct - 21 Oct 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
19 Oct - 28 Oct 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
26 Oct - 04 Nov 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
02 Nov - 11 Nov 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
09 Nov - 18 Nov 20% off
USD $2,905
USD $2,324
USD $3,525
USD $2,820
21 Dec - 30 Dec 20% off G
USD $2,805
USD $2,244
USD $3,315
USD $2,652
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
USD $2,815
USD $3,565
USD $2,815
USD $3,565
USD $2,815
USD $3,565
USD $2,815
USD $3,565
USD $2,815
USD $3,565
USD $2,815
USD $3,565
USD $2,815
USD $3,565

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room

Hotels

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.

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, nestled in Beijing's Cultural Tourism District, offers a rich cultural experience with its proximity to historical attractions. Comprising of three distinct buildings from 1918, 1953, and 1985, this Republic of China-themed hotel seamlessly blends nostalgia with classic charm. Guests can savor traditional Shandong cuisine at the 'Flavor 1918 restaurant'.

New Friendship Hotel, Luoyang

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The New Friendship is a modern hotel with a beautiful garden of bridges, brooks and peonies. The practical rooms are cosy and comfortable with modern amenities including internet access. The hotel is on Xiyuan Road, a few blocks from Wancheng Park and the museum. It is 15km from the airport and 7km from the railway station.

Xi'an Minsheng International Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Wangyuan Minsheng International Hotel in Xi'an offers a comfortable stay with amenities like relaxing rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also provides a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, and express check-in and check-out for guest convenience. With its proximity to landmarks such as Daming Palace Site Park and Xi'an Mosque, along with popular attractions like the Muslim Quarter and the Xi'an Bell Tower, guests can easily explore the city's rich history and vibrant culture. Additionally, an on-site restaurant allows for convenient dining, making it a convenient choice for travelers looking to enjoy their stay in Xi'an.

SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Hongkou, Shanghai

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Hongkou boasts a convenient location near the Wujiaochang business district, Fudan University, and Tongji University, all accessible within 10 minutes by car. The hotel offers well-appointed rooms ensuring a comfortable stay with 'KingKoil' mattresses and tropical rainforest showers. Guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast at the Four Seasons Garden Restaurant, and the hotel's proximity to Quyang Road Station (Subway Line 8) makes exploring Shanghai's attractions, including the Hongkou Football field, the Bund, and Nanjing East Road Pedestrian Street, a breeze.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.61 out of 5 based on 38 recent reviews

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Feng was a great guide.

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Lisa, I can not recommend her highly enough. If at all could beds be softer.

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We've throughout enjoyed the tour. Many highlights, a good pace and good amount of free time.

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Feng was so helpful and polite and knowledgeable and took great care for everyone. We felt very safe with her. Highly recommend her.

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We love Lisa. Great tour guide very friendly, helps with everything. Highly recommend on the go.

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Lisa was an excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable & patient.

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Lisa was very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. She helped me for vegetarian food everyday.

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The guides were incredibly helpful, friendly and informative. As a Wistong student I have loved learing all about the Wistong of China. Perhaps in future the option of an upgrade to premium cabins on the sleeper trains could be offered to make the journey more comfortable. However, I enjoyed the whole trip immensely.

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Overall the trip was memorable and the guides really good. Lisa was extremely helpful and will definitely use onthego again.

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Regina is an angel. Excellent tour guide who made our tour even better than we thought possible.

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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 2, Dinner: 4
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No - bookable for a supplement
Click to play videoTaihemen gate of the Supreme Harmony Imperial Palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing
Click to play videoGreat Wall Highlight
Click to play videoCarved rock statues of Buddha in Luoyang
Click to play videoCyclists on the old city walls in Xian
Click to play videoThe view across the Huangpu River to the modern cityscape of Pudong in Shanghai

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Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall
Updated
15th July 2021

Feng was a great guide.

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