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Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days

Explore the highlights of China starting in Beijing with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before exploring two parts of the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyongguan Pass. Travel onwards to Xi'an and meet the Terracotta Warriors. Continue to Shanghai and Suzhou - two of the south's most fascinating cities - both ancient and modern.

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Trip Highlights

BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing, Chinese Acrobatic Show
XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride
SUZHOU - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden
BADALING & JUYONGGUAN - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
SHANGHAI - Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu River skyline of Pudong City

Included

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner including a Peking Duck dinner
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 9
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
6 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou
Rickshaw ride through Beijings' Hutongs
Shanghai - Huangpu River cruise
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$105-115, paid in local currency
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: USD$60-70, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing

Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

Forbidden City

This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing and 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.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall

After a free morning to further explore the city, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening we spend the night at our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Great Wall  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Beijing - Xi’an. We rise early this morning and head (5 min bus drive) to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass when it opens to beat the crowds. We have time to enjoy and explore the wall before visiting a Jade Carving Centre to learn about this ornamental rock and its importance in Chinese culture. After lunch we head back to Beijing. Free time is offered in the cavernous Pearl Market - three floors of shoppers paradise with clothing, jewellery, gadgets and much more, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xi'an & Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Upon arrival into Xi'an we transfer to our hotel for breakfast and check in with time to freshen up. Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, followed by the vibrant Muslim Quarter.

Later we enjoy a leisurely bike ride atop the Xi’an City Wall. Dating back to 1370 the 12m-high walls are some of the few remaining urban fortifications still standing in China today and after extensive restorations the City Walls offer ample opportunities from which to explore Xi'an. Tonight, we offer our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Check out our Tang Dynasty bolton for more details.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Terracotta Warriors

Xi’an - Shanghai. Today's highlight is the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Standing in battle-ready formation and numbering into the thousands, the Terracotta Army is Xian’s most popular sight and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, 13 years after the army was discovered. Built by local craftsman during the 3rd century BC for emperor Qinshihuang, the life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection in the afterlife. Later we visit to a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. After an early dinner before boarding the overnight express train bound for spectacular Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Sizzling Shanghai!

Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps, China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. After breakfast at our hotel, we take a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 8

Suzhou - an oriental Venice

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today we travel by road to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty a thousand years ago, they are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal, we enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal before exploring the Lingering Garden - a beautiful classical Chinese garden dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Today’s final visit is a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Shanghai

Sunday. Shanghai. Our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to airport.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. 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.

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2018
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Person
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20 Oct - 28 Oct 15% offG
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $490
03 Nov - 11 Nov 15% offG
USD $1,645
USD $1,398

USD $490
17 Nov - 25 Nov 15% offG
USD $1,645
USD $1,398

USD $490
2019
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09 Mar - 17 Mar 15% off
USD $1,645
USD $1,398

USD $490
23 Mar - 31 Mar 15% off
USD $1,645
USD $1,398

USD $490
06 Apr - 14 Apr 15% offG
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $490
20 Apr - 28 Apr 15% offEaster departure, book early!
Easter departure, book early!
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $490
04 May - 12 May 15% offG
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $490
18 May - 26 May 15% off
USD $1,695
USD $1,441

USD $490
USD $1,645
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USD $1,645
USD $490
USD $1,645
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Extra Prices

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Person
Single
Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $750
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
USD $100
USD $100
Post-Tour Accommodation - Shanghai
USD $75
USD $70

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 when necessary.

Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven is an elegant and comfortable hotel with well-furnished and spacious rooms. Practical in design, the guestrooms feature internet access and the hotel also boasts a range of restaurants and bars, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Temple of Heaven, the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating city.

Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a stones throw from the Beitucheng Subway station, with access to Line 10 & Line 8, the Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan is a perfect base to explore the many amazing highlights of Beijing. Within walking distance of the hotel you'll find the famous Birds Nest Olympic Stadium. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Wan Nian Grand is a comfortable, friendly hotel with light and spacious guest 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. The hotel is located 4 kilometres from the railway station and 30 kilometres from the airport.

Ramada Encore Shanghai Hotel , Shanghai

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Ideally located close to several plazas and shopping centres, this modern hotel offers you a comfortable stay in one of China’s fastest growing cities. Guestrooms are equipped with all the essential amenities, with free WiFi and access to the breakfast buffet included. The onsite Dakang Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, and you can expect a tasty menu featuring both Western and Chinese cuisine. Other amenities include a fitness centre, coffee shop and small convenience store. People’s Square is also close by, where you can marvel at Shanghai’s beautiful fountains and soaring skyscrapers.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.52 out of 5 based on 31 recent reviews

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Fantastic tour. Leo was a great guide and we were so lucky that the other 16 people in the group were all lovely - we hope to keep in touch with all of them. The tour was packed with a great variety of sightseeing and activities and the accommodation was very good. We have been very impressed with On The Go Tours at all stages and we'll definitely book again. Thank you!

• Submitted 03 Oct 2018
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Excellent tour, exceptional guide.

The only thing I would change is that I would like to do the bullet train to Shanghai and then stay in a hotel rather than a second night in a sleeper train. It’s an experience that you only need once!

• Submitted 02 Oct 2018
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Absolutely amazing experience. Matthew was with us until the end of the tour but we also had Andrew and Faye with us along the way. They are all very professional and well spoken guys. Nothing was too much for all of them, they made the whole experience even more enjoyable

I would not hesitate to recommend On the Go Tours to anyone.

• Submitted 21 Aug 2018
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From the moment Matthew greeted me at the Airport until he said goodbye at the end he was always smiling and happy nothing was too much trouble and he had a wealth of information he real made my holiday Please thanK him for me

• Submitted 11 Aug 2018
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Tristan was the ultimate in guides! From the moment he met me at the airport his friendliness was the first thing that I noticed. He gave me his number and I was to call him with even the smallest issue. He was so full of historical knowledge that no question went unanswered. He is a real asset to On The Go. Tom was our local guide for Xian and was well versed in local history. Nice man.

Fei, in Shanghai I found to be a little abrupt and not as warm as the others. He didn't seem to be happy the first day but did warm up after that a little.

• Submitted 22 Nov 2017
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The tour lived up to our expectations and more. We did everything we wanted to do and see and loved the little unexpected things as well. It was a fantastic tour and would highly recommend it to all our friends. And as for our tour guide Harry he was lovely very kind very patient and very informative. If you asked him a question he always had the right answer. We enjoyed his company and I think or hope he enjoyed ours. One of the ladies in our group kept singing the song to herself mainly I'm just wild about Harry and I quite agree with her. Thank you so much Harry for a fantastic week. Xx

• Submitted 08 Nov 2017
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Great guide, very attentive, fantastic tour, train journeys a bit long but great company made the time fly

• Submitted 30 Oct 2017
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Fung was wonderful. First she met us at the airport and I instantly felt she was a friend. Personally attentive to all 16 of us. She learned our names, Always counting us (felt silly) but secure she would not leave one of us behind. Answered our questions like it was the first time she had heard it. Never felt rushed even though we were on a schedule. On our over night train she checked on all of us for questions and concerns. Matched us up perfectly. I could go on and on about how pleased I was with Fung. I only hope that on my next trip with On the go tours they are just as friendly. Thank you

• Submitted 27 Sep 2017
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Very good and well organised

• Submitted 15 Sep 2017
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Lisa is a fantastic guide who has great knowledge of each area. Lisa gave us plenty of time for photos and was really helpful when trying to order food and buy things.

The tour was really good. The 2 days at The Wall were amazing and the warriors are great.

• Submitted 10 Jun 2017
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Beijing, Great Wall, Juyongguan Pass, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou
Countries

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Extra Tour Info

Visiting the Great Wall
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall
Updated
4th October 2017

Fantastic tour. Leo was a great guide and we were so lucky that the other 16 people in the group were all lovely - we hope to keep in touch with all of them. The tour was packed with a great variety of sightseeing and activities and the accommodation was very good. We have been very impressed with On The Go Tours at all stages and we'll definitely book again. Thank you!

Susan Stephenson