Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

China Express

6 days  |  Beijing to Xi'an  |  from USD $1,345  |   Guaranteed Departures  4 reviews

Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along Xi’an’s medieval wall and encounter Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army - the perfect introduction to the charms of China!

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing

Saturday. Hello China! Arrive Beijing and included airport transfer to our hotel.
Overnight: Beijing

    Beijing
Day 2

The Forbidden City

This morning, we explore the heart of Beijing, China's pulsating capital, including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city centre is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city. Later we take an exciting rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, gaining a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. 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 at a city restaurant.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Great Wall of China

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 basic hotel at the foot of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass.
Overnight: Juyongguan Pass   |  Breakfast

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Beijing - Xi’an. We rise early this morning and head to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass for 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 - an Aladdin's Cave of souvenirs, handbags and gadgets in Beijing, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Wild Goose Pagoda & City Wall

We pull in to Xi'an in the morning - hotel check-in and time to freshen up. Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Quarter before taking a casual bicycle ride on top of the nine mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Terracotta Warriors

Thursday. This morning we discover the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site, where 7000 warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2200 years. Later on we visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines. Our tour comes to an end after today's sightseeing. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure your flight is booked to depart Xi’an after 6pm.
Breakfast, Lunch

Prices & Dates

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. If you are happy to be paired up with another single traveller of the same sex on your tour, this can be arranged, thus avoiding the single person supplement.

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

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2017
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Single Supp.
USD $1345
USD $430
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2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $1345
USD $430
USD $1345
USD $430
USD $1345
USD $430
USD $1795
USD $430
USD $1795
USD $430
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USD $1345
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USD $1345
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USD $430

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $600
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $80

This tour is also available on a private basis - for details please see the Supplementary Prices above.

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.

Juyongguan Pass Great Wall, Great Wall

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: 2 Star Hotel

At the foot of the Great Wall, Juyongguan Great Wall Hotel offers classic Chinese architecture and basic but comfortable en suite rooms. An on site restaurant serves up local cuisine and Wi-Fi is available throughout. Being just a few minutes from the entrance to the Juyongguan Pass gives us the opportunity to be first up at the Wall in the morning.

Train - 4 berth soft sleeper cabin, Beijing

Our Category: Simple   |   Regional Category: Train

Soft sleeper cabins are private compartments which have four bunks - two upper and two lower. A door separates the compartment from the aisle and bedding and pillows are provided. Each bunk is equipped with a small reading lamp. Temperature controls are installed alongside the door. Generally, the facilities include a clothes rack, slippers, clothes brush, stainless steel thermos, fine porcelain teacup, a waste bin and wall socket.

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.

Trip Highlights

BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing and Chinese Acrobatic Show
XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride
BADALING & JUYONGGUAN - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China

Included

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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$65-75, 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$35-45, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.5 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

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Excellent Local Knowledge and friendliness

• Submitted 03 Jun 2016
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Guide
Country

Had a great time, I filled out one of these on paper too, but 10/10 would recommmened.

• Submitted 05 Apr 2016
Tour
Guide
Country

Fantastic trip , well planned, with enough flexibility to allow for everyone's different interests

Stephanie was absolutely fantastic ensuring everyone was catered for. Going above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly . She was friendly , helpful and great fun.

• Submitted 16 Apr 2015
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Guide
Country

Thanks to our guide Feng who did a lot of behind the scenes organizing and made it look easy. A very enjoyable and safe experience.

Shannon Berg • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

Mandy was so amazing. I have never seen a guide so hard-working. She always made sure every guest was completely happy and went above and beyond to make our tour fantastic! Benny was also an amazing local guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much. Great at his job. Our driver in Beijing was also very good!

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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Guide
Country

Mandy was so amazing. I have never seen a guide so hardworking. She always made sure every guest completely happy and went above and beyond to make our tour fantastic! Benny was also an amazing local guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much.

Marc Greetham • Submitted 24 Jul 2014

We had a fantastic trip with On the Go tours. This is the first tour we have ever done and it has been an amazing trip. It has shown me a a better way of visiting cultural countries. Plus meeting some new friends. Thank you for an amazing trip.

William Bailey • Submitted 09 Jun 2014

Stephanie is the perfect guide, very friendly, informative, fun, caring and handle different situations with professionalism. She has ensured we all had a wonderful time.

Eleanor Johnston • Submitted 09 May 2014

Hello, I have just returned home from the "China express" tour from 09/08/13 to 16/08/13 and had a wonderful time. I was travelling with my daughter Kate (5 months pregnant) and I just wanted to let you know the the tour guide Feng was absolutely wonderful. Nothing was too difficult for her and she went above and beyond the call of duty on many occasions. Feng assisted myself and my daughter greatly, it was very hot and humid and her concern for Kate was greatly appreciated. I think she should be recognised as an outstanding tour guide within your company and I will certainly be going on another ONTHEGO tour in the near future.

Well done and thank you very much,

Paul Johnson • Submitted 19 Aug 2013

This tour was much better than we expected.

Paul Burgess • Submitted 04 Jun 2013

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Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Xi'an
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 5, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 1

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Excellent Local Knowledge and friendliness

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