Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
FROM: USD $1,895

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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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Reviews

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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Extra Prices

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Private Tour Supplement
USD $830
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
USD $80
USD $80
Post-Tour Accommodation - Shanghai
USD $75
USD $75

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.

Yong An Hotel, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Just a 5 minute walk from the Agricultural Exhibition Centre, the Yong An hotel is a modern hotel with great amenities. Guest rooms are classically decorated with large windows allowing lots of natural light. The hotel has a restaurant that serves up both Chinese and western dishes. Complimentary wi-fi is available and the popular buzzing bar street is just a 15 minute taxi ride away.

Changjuyuan Hotel, Great Wall

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

Just a 15 minute walk to the Great Wall, Changjuyuan Hotel is a quaint property with some lovely views of the surrounding area. Guest rooms are basic but clean and comfortable with air conditioning and en suite facilities. The hotel has a number of facilities including a karaoke room and picking garden.

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, 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.

Ramada Wujiaochang Shanghai , Shanghai

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located within the Wujiaochang business district, this modern high-rise hotel boasts comfortable living. Guests can grab a drink at the lobby bar and dine in the on-site restaurant, or alternatively venture out into the city to find somewhere to local to eat. Guest rooms benefit from high-speed internet access and LCD TVs. There's also a gym, sauna, spa, shop and concierge for additional convenience. The Bund and People's Square, in the heart of Shanghai are less than 10km away as is the shopping haven of Nanjing Road.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.48 out of 5 based on 25 recent reviews

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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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A great tour. I cannot believe how much we packed into 9 days. It was a brilliant mix of history, food, culture, art, nature, fitness. A well coordinated tour that appeals to all ages.

• Submitted 18 May 2017
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Feng made our trip very special by teaching us how to make dumplings. She always went out of her way to make sure we ordered the food we wanted in local restaurants. Feng has a great sense of humor so we had a few laughs on the way too. We were kept informed throughout the tour and felt very well looked after.

• Submitted 26 Apr 2017
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Absolutely amazing tour & Feng was the best guide we could've had.

• Submitted 28 Mar 2017
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An amazing experience with the perfect guide.

Feng was so knowledgeable, welcoming & extremely helpful & friendly. She made the early mornings bright.

A beautiful country that was well worth the journey. Xx

• Submitted 27 Mar 2017
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This was a great tour of China. The great wall and warriors are a great experience on this tour and we even got our own time to explore them. Our tour guide was Lisa and she did a fantastic job throughout the tour especially in Beijing by herself.

• Submitted 09 Sep 2016
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Very well organised and all the guides did their utmost to pander to every whim, it was an excellent tour with no worries cos the tour guides sorted everything to the finest detail. Lots of laughter and smiles all the way. The only disappointment waz the dated rainbow hotel otherwise the accommodation was lovely, even the hotel classed as basic was veryvtraditionbal and quaint and I was expecting much worse so was pleasantly surprised. Thanks to all for a very well organiused tour

• Submitted 07 Sep 2016
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Hi Mark

Just a brief but late note to say that we had a fantastic time on the tour this past July.

It was a great experience and On The Go lived up to the name, right up our alley.

The tour guide Stephanie was wonderful and made sure we had no issues with my son's food allergy.

Local guides Tom and Jackie were both knowledgeable and approachable doing an excellent job.

Although you don't arrange who our traveling companions will be the group was a good mix and contributed to our enjoyment.

Awesome is a word I rarely use but find no other word to describe the whole event from pick up in Beijing to drop off in Shanghai.

THANK YOU!

Phil Ewart • Submitted 30 Aug 2016
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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
Updated
4th October 2017

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Visiting the Great Wall
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall

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

Peggy Lewis