Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights
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Hutongs to Hong Kong - 13 days

Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the magnificent Great Wall at Badaling and Juyonguan Pass, visit Longman Grottoes, the Terracotta Warriors and futuristic Shanghai. Top off this classic journey through China where East meets West and ancient meets modern with wonderful Hong Kong - a shopper’s paradise.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
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Trip Highlights

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing, Chinese Acrobatic Show
Luoyang – UNESCO listed Longman Caves and stone carvings, Shaolin Kung Fu Temple, Peony Square activities
Shanghai - Shanghai Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
Badaling & Juyongguan - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
Xi’an - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall and bike ride, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and market
Hong Kong – city and free time to explore Victoria Peak, Stanley Markets, Aberdeen Harbour and more!

Included

12 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners including a Traditional Chinese meal in Beijing and a local dinner in Xi'an
1 overnight train (soft sleeper cabin) and High speed trains from Beijing to Luoyang and Luoyang to Xi'an
Touring of Beijing, Juyongguan, Luoyang, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong
Chinese acrobatic performance
Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more - days 1 - 10
Airport arrival transfer on day 1
11 nights 3-4 star hotels
Economy Class flight Shanghai - Hong Kong
Rickshaw ride through Beijing's Hutongs
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Tipping Kitty: USD$85-95, paid in local currency
Entrance Fees: USD$150-160, 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

Tiananmen Square

This morning, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital - host of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home to the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Probably one of Beijing’s most famous sights is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Entry was forbidden to all but those on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown.

This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, it gives us a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. There is time to meet a local family and take a peek inside their home, before returning to our hotel.

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. We also visit a Jade Carving Centre before heading to our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Great Wall  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Beijing - Luoyang. 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. Later we return to Beijing to explore the famous Pearl markets - an Aladdin's Cave of clothing, jewellery and electronic gadgets before taking an afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself! Check in to hotel in Luoyang, late evening.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Shaolin Kung Fu Temple

First thing today we drive to the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple (approx 2 hours), set on the foothills of the Songshan Mountain. Here generation after generation of Shaolin monks have devoted themselves to practising Chan Buddhism and a martial art widely recognised as the origins of kung fu. Over the years hundreds, if not thousands, of people have flocked to this very site to learn this ancient discipline and we'll have the opportunity to watch a performance of kung fu during our visit. Returning to Luoyang you’ll have some free time before we join together in the evening for a visit to Peony Square where ball room dancing, tai chi, aerobics and badminton lessons take place every evening.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

Xi'an

Luoyang - Xi’an. Today we explore the UNESCO-listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 1300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 100,000 statues and images of Buddha carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. This afternoon we board the high speed train to Xi’an (journey time approx 2hrs). After hotel check-in and some time to fresh up we’ll embark on a casual bike ride around the Xi’an City Wall. Looking down as you peddle offers delightful views of the city hubbub and daily life with the Old City in the centre of the walls and the modern city on the outside.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Renowned for its noodles, Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old terracotta warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, each is said to be an individual portrait. We tour the Terracotta Warrior site and a workshop where replicas are crafted.

This evening, On Broadway - Chinese style we can attend a Tang Dynasty dinner and performance with Chang’an music and dance originally performed for the illustrious Tang emperors.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Xi’an - Shanghai. Today we visit the Wild Goose Pagoda followed by a delicious hot pot lunch. This afternoon we also visit the Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarter of Xi'an before boarding our train destined for sizzling Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train to Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Shanghai city tour

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

Days 10-11

Suzhou Water canals

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, here 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. Day 11 offers the opportunity to head out and discover Shanghai - your way.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 12

Fly to Hong Kong

Shanghai - Kowloon/Hong Kong. Early this morning we fly to the bustling island territory of Hong Kong. Upon arrival your will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kowloon. You'll have a full free day to explore. Hong Kong, with its remnants of the colonial era plus its Chinese heritage, is a fascinating, lively city. The development of Hong Kong really began with the British traders arrival, the Opium Wars and the signing of Nanking Treaty, which gave Hong Kong to the British in 1842. The Sino-British Joint Declaration paved the way for Britain to hand back sovereignty of the territory including Kowloon, in return for Hong Kong maintaining its existing economic system for fifty years. The hand over proved to be smooth and the city today is alive, booming economically and great for shopping.

Night markets, temples and the 260 surrounding islands offer a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong, museums, horseracing and the views from Victoria Peak all make Hong Kong an exciting destination. You could also opt for a Chinese adventures with a sampan (junk) boat ride around Aberdeen’s harbour and a seafood dish in one of the famed restaurants by the water front.

Note: The services of an On The Go tour guide are not offered in Hong Kong, though upon arrival to the airport our representatives will be there to meet and transfer you to your hotel in Kowloon.
Overnight: Hong Kong  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Hong Kong

Thursday. Enjoy breakfast and the morning sightseeing if you wish. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at approximately 12 noon. For reference, Hong Kong International airport is a quick 24min journey on the Airport Express train, running at 12 minute intervals.

It is possible to extend your stay in Hong Kong by purchasing extra nights accommodation, please contact us for more info.
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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!

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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 $920
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
USD $80
USD $80
Post-Tour Accommodation - Hong Kong Low Season (Jan-Mar)
USD $185
USD $185
Post-Tour Accommodation - Hong Kong High Season (Apr-Dec)
USD $230
USD $235

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.

New Friendship Hotel, Luoyang

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 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 also boasts a sauna and spa. When hunger strikes, guests can feast on a range of Chinese delicacies from the generous buffet before heading to the night club for some karaoke. 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.

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.

Nathan Hotel, Hong Kong

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Nathan is a stylish hotel with good sized, comfortable rooms that come fully-equipped with modern amenities. Facilities include a 24hr business centre, a handsome wine cellar, a contemporary restaurant and open-air bar, that serve up fresh local dishes, colourful cocktails and delicious, vintage wine. The complex also houses a state of the art gym, where guests can work up a sweat before they feast on the treats on offer in the restaurants. The hotel is in a central location in Kowloon, 1km from the railway station and 30km from the airport.

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on 2 recent reviews

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Having travelled quite extensively, this was my first time of being on a tour. We were meet by Lisa who extended a warm and friendly welcome to Beijing. Lisa kindly took matters into her own hands to reunite me with my delayed luggage, allowing me go ahead to the hotel. It arrived with Lisa later that night after midnight who made it appear to be no bother at all after what was a long day for her. Very impressed. The tour itself was well organised and structured with a few minor amendments to the itinerary which we were notified of beforehand. There was enough time spent in each city to get an overview of the place. The tour gave so many great experiences and exposure to a side China that was more than I imagined. The highlight for me was The Great Wall - so majestic. Right now I'm still trying to take it all in. My only moan would be that on a few occasions there was not enough time for photo opportunities as we had to be moving very quickly - understandable as time was of the essence. That said, it was one of my best travel experiences and one that I won't forget having been accompanied by a very friendly & fun group and a fantastic tour guide. Lisa is a genuine credit to your company and a nice person too. Nothing was ever too much for Lisa to assist with and was very patient too. Hopefully on my next tour I'll meet someone just as nice and helpful as Lisa.

• Submitted 02 Nov 2016
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Wonderful tour and guide. Cannot express exactaly how I feel. But I had the best tour till now in life. Thanks

• Submitted 29 Jun 2016
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Justin was a great guide, very informative. Trip was a lot of fun and I will definitely be looking at booking with On the Go tours in the future.

Jade Lacebal • Submitted 30 Jun 2014

Benny and Feng are both excellent tour guides, they made this trip even better than it already was, they are a great attribute to the "On the Go" Name. All other tour guides who joined us on the tour were also a credit to On the Go.

Christian Brady • Submitted 19 Nov 2012

This has been a fantastic trip, living up to our experience of On the Go tours ,the range of experiences was excellent and made all the better by the support of an excellent guide! We have enjoyed our trip to China and will definitely chose On the Go for the next trip!

John Thurlbeck • Submitted 17 Sep 2012

Excellent tour! Great value for money! We all have enjoyed a fantastic trip together and have met some really nice people as part of our group. Feng has been an excellent leader and has kept the group very happy. Thank you for a life changing experience!

Karl Chan • Submitted 17 Sep 2012

Our guide, Feng, was very good at her job, made sure that we were happy with the tour.

Angurth Ajodha • Submitted 18 Apr 2012

We had a wonderful trip to China with “on the go” for the second year in a row! (Egypt in 2010).

The Tour Guide Lee was fantastic and all the local guides were really friendly and helpful.

Many thanks to all at “on the go”!

Best Wishes

William • Submitted 15 Nov 2011

What a fantastic trip, with an absolutely amazing tour guide for company!

It was my first time visiting China and I was not disappointed at all. It is a fascinating country to visit with so much history and culture to take in that does not disappoint.

I felt so looked after from the moment I arrived through to the moment the trip finished. Our tour guide (Mandy) was just the most amazing person ever, she was so attentive and made sure all members of the group had a great time as well us telling us lots of interesting facts and history about the various locations we visited.

It is a comprehensive trip that covers all the main cities with lots of nice hotels and meals along the way!

If I had to sum up the country and the trip, I would say it was it is simply a "must do"!

Thank you so much for such a memorable trip.

Shiraz Janjua • Submitted 04 Oct 2010

I really enjoyed my tour of China (Hutongs to Hong Kong)! My trip tour guide, Fong, was amazing and really added to the trip! The hotels were great.

Overall, the trip was great cultural experience!

Jackie Gallina • Submitted 29 Jul 2010
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Hong Kong
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 2
Visiting
Countries
China, Hong Kong
Updated
4th October 2017

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

Wonderful tour and guide. Cannot express exactaly how I feel. But I had the best tour till now in life. Thanks

Fernando Gallo