Begin in Beijing, where you'll explore Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and hike the Great Wall. In Luoyang, discover celestial art in the Longmen Caves, then journey to Xi'an to meet the Terracotta Army. Get close to China's adorable pandas at the Panda Research Center in Chengdu. Then, board a Yangtze River cruise and enjoy breathtaking landscapes and historic sites, before ending your adventure in the vibrant metropolis of Shanghai.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Xi'an - Chengdu. 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 and prepare for our next adventure. We'll then hop on a second-class high-speed train bound for Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province. This dynamic city is famous for being the home of China's beloved pandas and a hotspot for spicy cuisine. Chengdu showcases China's relaxed and easygoing way of life, promising an enjoyable experience over the next few days.
Overnight: Chengdu | Breakfast, Lunch
Today's the day you'll get to meet China's famous fuzzy mascots - the panda! After breakfast, we'll take a short drive out of town to visit the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.
China's giant pandas are considered the most endangered mammals on the planet, with less than 1500 remaining in the wild. Of this number, 80% of them are located in Sichuan Province. This center is dedicated to breeding, research, and education. The facility covers over 92 acres, providing ample space for giant pandas and other rare and endangered animals. While here, don't miss the opportunity to visit the Panda nursery to get close to the center's infant population!
After the panda visit, explore the Wenshu Monastery, built during the Qing Dynasty under the guidance of Zen Master Ci Du Hai Yue in 1697. Make sure to visit the teahouse located inside the temple grounds, where you can enjoy a fine cup of green tea and some of the best vegetarian food in the city. Afterwards, we'll head to Jinli Street, an ancient pedestrian street in the old city, filled with food stalls and vendors of every description. We'll also visit the Wuhou Memorial Temple, a peaceful temple set amongst expansive gardens.
In the evening, enjoy an unmissable Chengdu experience – a hotpot dinner! Chengdu is renowned for its hotpot, which offers a unique combination of spiciness and numbing flavors.
Overnight: Chengdu | Breakfast, Dinner
This morning, we'll embark on a trip to the Great Buddha of Leshan, which is close to Chengdu. Marvel at the iconic colossal Buddha statue, and don't forget to join the queue for a brief boat ride on the Minjiang River to capture a panoramic view of the Giant Buddha in all its glory. The statue is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill and overlooks the treacherous confluence of the Min, Qingyi, and Dadu rivers below it. The dimensions of the Buddha are immense, with 8-meter feet, 7-meter drooping ears, a 28-meter span of shoulders, and a 5.6-meter nose.
Afterwards, we'll enjoy lunch, and if time permits, make a stop at the ancient town of Huanglongxi on our way back to Chengdu. Huanglongxi offers a glimpse into the past with its quaint streets, traditional architecture, cobbled pathways, age-old temples, and bustling market stalls.
Tonight, enjoy the evening at leisure. You can relax, explore the city further, try local foods or even consider attending a Sichuan Opera performance at the Shufengyayun Theater!
Overnight: Chengdu | Breakfast, Lunch
Chengdu - Chongqing - Yangtze River Cruise. After breakfast, we'll head to the train station, where you'll hop aboard a comfortable 2nd class high-speed train bound for Chongqing, a city famously known as the 'Mountain City.'
Upon your arrival in Chongqing, you'll step into the heart of excitement as you board our extraordinary Yangtze River Cruiser. It's not just a cruise; it's an adventure that unfolds over the next three thrilling nights! Enjoy the glow of mesmerizing sunsets and dive into the historical significance of the mighty Yangtze River, often referred to as the lifeblood of China.
Overnight: Yangtze & Three Gorges | Breakfast
River Cruising. Good morning from the magnificent Yangtze River! Spanning an impressive 6,340 kilometers, the Yangtze ranks as the third longest river globally. This waterway gracefully divides China into distinct north and south regions as it meanders through eight diverse provinces. Our journey primarily explores the upper reaches of the river, including the renowned Three Gorges. Prepare to be captivated by sheer and natural beauty that these gorges offer.
Day 1 of our cruise begins with a shore excursion to the Jade Emperor Scenic Area, nestled near Fengdu. Here, you'll witness the world's largest image of the Jade Buddha. Depending on river conditions, an alternative excursion might take you to Shibaozhai, home to a remarkable wooden pagoda.
On Day 2 of the cruise, we visit the Three Gorges, a masterpiece sculpted by nature itself. Your journey will take you through the first two of these remarkable gorges: Qutang Gorge, the shortest and narrowest, and Wu Gorge, stretching approximately 40 kilometers.
Prepare for a change of scenery as you transfer to another vessel for a leisurely excursion through the enchanting gorges of Goddess Stream. If river conditions permit, an alternative excursion to the gorges of Shennong Stream might be on the agenda. To top it off, you'll enter Xiling Gorge, the longest and deepest of the Three Gorges.
Overnight: Yangtze & Three Gorges | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 2, Dinner x 2
Yangtze River Cruiser - Yichang - Shanghai. As the sun rises over the Yangtze, your adventure on the river continues. Today, we bid farewell to our cruise and embark on an exciting morning tour of the Three Gorges Dam. The dam stretches across the Yangtze River at Sandouping in the heart of the Xiling Gorge and holds the title of the world's largest power station.
Following a morning of sightseeing, the time has come to disembark our cruise. You'll be transferred to the nearby city of Yichang and from there, we'll board a fight to Shanghai, where the journey continues. Shanghai is a true melting pot of cultures and experiences, offering travelers an array of areas to explore.
The rest of the evening is at leisure, allowing you to enjoy the dynamic city of Shanghai at your own pace.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast
Today, enjoy a day at your leisure in Shanghai, where you can explore the city's vibrant attractions and neighborhoods at your own pace. We also offer optional tours (booked and paid locally) if that's more your style.
Our optional tours include a Full Day City Tour of Shanghai's cultural and historical treasures, starting at the enchanting Yu Garden and exploring the Jade Buddha Temple, a local silk factory, and the iconic Bund.
Another option is Full Day Tour to Zhujiajiao Water Town. Escape the busy city and enjoy a day trip to Zhujiajiao, a picturesque water town nestled on the outskirts of Shanghai. Encounter bridges from the Ming and Qing dynasties and enjoy a boat ride along Zhujiajiao's waterways.
Lastly, we offer a Full Day Tour to Suzhou, a city celebrated for its classical Chinese gardens and historical charm. Discover the Humble Administrator's Garden, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and stroll through the historic Pingjiang Road. Enjoy a boat trip on the Grand Canal and visit a local silk factory.
However you choose to spend this day, rest assured it will be filled with memorable moments and experiences.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast
Saturday. 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.
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.
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
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' and enjoy the hotel's advanced technology, making it an ideal choice for both leisure and business travelers.
New Friendship Hotel, Luoyang
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.
Xi'an Minsheng International Hotel, Xi'an
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.
Dorsett Chengdu, Chengdu
Dorsett Chengdu offers 556 spacious guest rooms and suites, blending modern amenities with warm hospitality. For leisure, there's a 24-hour gym and a games room with chess. The rooms feature contemporary decor with subtle Asian touches, bay windows for city views and natural light, and plush bedding. The hotel's amenities include an executive lounge, a well-equipped ballroom, and various function rooms, Dining options include Fuyuexuan Chinese Restaurant, offering Cantonese and Sichuan cuisines, and Yue Rong Cafe, serving international dishes to suit every palate.
Victoria Jenna, Yangtze & Three Gorges
Victoria Jenna is a luxurious cruise ship that offers a top-notch experience while sailing along the Yangtze River. The ship prioritizes passenger comfort with well-appointed cabins that blend modern and traditional Chinese styles, and each cabin boasts a private balcony for enjoying the stunning scenery along the way. The ship offers a range of amenities and activities to make your cruise enjoyable, including multiple restaurants, cultural lectures, demonstrations, a gym, and a sauna. The cruise offers an authentic taste of Chinese cuisine, with a focus on culinary traditions, and you can also engage in various onboard activities or simply relax in your cabin with a view.
SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Hongkou, Shanghai
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.
Jason was an excellent guide. He had everything organised and his friendly personality made the tour very enjoyable.”
Our tour guide, Feng was very good. Navigating our way through China was certainly helped with her translation skills and forward planning, as we were able to see parts of the Great Wall and Terrocottoa sodiers before the mass of other tourists arrive. ”
The route ensured we experienced some of china's main attractions and areas of historic interest. Our guide was absolutely brilliant throughout our 16 day holiday. She ensured we were in the right place at the same time, was very knowledgeable and simply blended in. Couldn't have asked for a more helpful, friendly and welcoming guide. ”
It was our first trip with On The Go Tours, I can highly recommend both the tour and the company.
From making initial inquiries, then booking the trip to our arrival and subsequent departure we were looked after.
The tour exceeded our expectations, the guides were knowledgeable, their English was excellent and they looked after the group, going above and beyond.
I would definitely use this company again.”
Thank you for the excellent tour, we enjoyed every minute. Our tour guide Mrs Feng did an outstanding job.”
Truly amazing experience”
Feng was simply amazing. She provided us with lots of extra information when visiting sites, came along with us every time even when there was an option that she didn't need to be there with us, had such a great grasp of English, she was simply amazing. Please make a note of how good a guide she really is. If you have awards etc I would really love to nominate her for Guide of the Year! We will miss her and she really made the trip even more brilliant than we could have imagined.”
Excellent guide - confident and patient.”
Travelled to China to take this tour in March 2014. Yet another unforgettable experience with OTG. Tour guides were well organised, informative and fun throughout. A good mix of people within the tour group lead to a great tour of these amazing places and historic sites. The tour takes in all the major historic sites of China and all tour guides were well equiped to answer all of our questions. Amazing and would highly recommend! Thank you once again OTG!!”
The guides were well informed. They were professional and caring throughout the whole tour. They were accommodating regarding requests. It was a pleasure to be with them.”
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Jason was an excellent guide. He had everything organised and his friendly personality made the tour very enjoyable.”