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Chinese Checkers - 11 days

Kick off in Beijing, explore the Forbidden City, ride around the Hutongs and relax over a delicious Peking Duck dinner. Discover the Great Wall at both Badaling and Juyongguan before taking a high speed train to Luoyang - home to the Longman's Caves and the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple. Continue to Xi'an - home to the Terracotta Warriors before ending in futuristic Shanghai.

Itinerary
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Hotels
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Itinerary

Day 1

Beijing

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

    Beijing
Day 2

Forbidden City

Today, we embark on a guided tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, a patriotic vision of grandeur and the Forbidden city, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors boasting stunning temples, courtyards and reception halls. We take an afternoon rickshaw ride navigating the old back lanes and courtyards of Beijing’s Hutongs. 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 at the foot of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass.
Overnight: Juyongguan Pass  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Morning at the Great Wall

Beijing - Luoyang. We rise early this morning and head to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass for when it opens to beat the crowds. Later we return to Beijing to explore the famous Pearl Market - 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

Longman Caves & Xi'an city wall

Luoyang - Xi’an. Today we explore the UNESCO-listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs ofthe 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

    Xi'an
Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors are reputed to be the greatest discovery of the 20th century - 7,000 life-sized clay soldiers stand ready for battle. We visit the archaeological site and the workshop where the replica warriors are crafted. Tonight, optional Tang Dynasty Bolt-on, with dinner and performance.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Wild Goose Pagoda & lively Muslim Quarter

Xi’an - Shanghai. First up this morning, we tour the lofty Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The complex of temples, pagodas and expansive gardens, constructed during the 7th century offered refuge and a store house for Chinese Buddhists translating the very important Buddhist sutras from India. After we visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some free time to explore the backstreets of this ever lively area. Later tonight we board our overnight train to Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Shanghai

Good morning Shanghai! Just the mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre – 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers and the dispossessed. Everything went belly up in 1949, when Mao and the communists took to power and swept the good times and rock and roll away. A legacy of these heady times is Shanghai’s Bund where on and around this waterfront promenade are a vast series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings. Just across the Huangpu River is the new Shanghai, a high-tech development of gravity defying skyscrapers.

Today we tour many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Shanghai Plaza Tower and take a cruise along the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

    Shanghai
Day 10

Suzhou, Grand Canal Cruise

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today, we journey to an oriental Venice via high speed train - ancient Suzhou interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We cruise on the Grand Canal at 1800km in length it's the longest canal on earth and ranks alongside the Great Wall as China’s greatest engineering achievement, tour the Ming Dynasty Lingering Garden and visit a silk workshop.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11

Shanghai

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

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.

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Extra Prices

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Person
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Private Tour Supplement
USD $890
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $80
Shanghai - Post-tour accom.
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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Trip Highlights

Luoyang – UNESCO listed Longman Caves and stone carvings, Shaolin Kung Fu Temple, Peony Square activities
Badaling & Juyongguan - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
Shanghai - Shanghai Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
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, City Wall and bike ride, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and market
Suzhou - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden

Included

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

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$145-155, 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$65-75, paid in local currency

Reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.75 out of 5 based on 12 recent reviews

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The guide Sabrena was very knowledgable, thoughtful and caring for the whole trip.

A very genuine person, could not have had a better guide! And the Drivers and van excellent. I was surprised to have such good accommodation no complaints there.

Too many gardens to visit, although beautiful but instead would have preferred to have visited the best historical museum in Beijing to help understand the depth & richness of Chinese culture. I'm sure our friendly savvy group who were all well over 30yrs (we all gelled as a group and eight perfect number sure they would have appreciated it too! And a modern art Gallery say in Shanghai. These two things would give more depth to the tour. (Not the traditional art which everyone knows in west so well). Acrobatic performance was brilliant.

Benny the guide in Xian was good and fun too. He obviously loves his city. I loved the bike ride around the city wall best way to view the it. Ramps and all. Amazing markets there.

The whole tour for me was so enjoyable, China"s exciting, vibrant and spectacular sites The Great Wall (so good to have two days walking it.) Terracotta (Bike ride, the cruises, towers...all good) So glad to have travelled by trains than go through domestic airports!

Longman Caves( here would have been good to have connected us with the little ferries that plied the river we tried but language a barrier would have been a highlight of our stay there viewing the caves sailing along instead we walked.

Shanghai"s Cruise was stunning, loved it the best and great way to finish our tour, especially and special thanks to Megan our FlightCentre agent in Adelaide for working so hard to arrange the best, for our trip, very thorough and helpful a job well done.

• Submitted 07 Dec 2016
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Lisa was excellent, she spoke with enthusiasm and captured the interest from the youngest (21 years) to the oldest (60+) people of our Chinese Checkers tour. She went out of her way to make sure we all enjoyed the experience and we would highly recommend her to receive recognition of all of her hard work!

• Submitted 25 Oct 2016
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Excellent trip from start to finish, well organised with the needs of the travellers given high priority. Stefanie our guide, is a credit to your company, she is professional at all times, well informed and knowledgeable about her country but also cares about the well being of her "charges".

Special thanks to "Jay" whose job was to just see us to the airport - but due to all Beijing flights being delayed/cancelled his task became considerably harder!!!! Would be nice to get a message to him that we made our connection in Beijing, by minutes only!

• Submitted 03 Aug 2016
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I loved every minute of this trip. The friend I was going to travel with had to cancel at the last minute due to a death in the family, but Stephanie was fantastic, always making sure I was ok. Stephanie's knowledge of Chinese history was amazing. I will travel with again with On The Go tours and will be sure to recommend to family and friends.

• Submitted 24 Oct 2015
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Tour was great. The group was a little older than I had expected but that was fine, they were overall a great bunch of people to tour with. If there is anything to say, it would be too many temples. I understand that extra temples were added due to the closing to the public of the Forbidden City. The Buddhas were quite spectacular, maybe there could be more free time to walk and wander, rather than hear the story over and over again.

Accommodation in Luoyang was troublesome. I can sympathise that in a "rural town" in China, accommodation standards won't be the best, but this place felt very dusty, dry and uncomfortable.

Stephanie as a tour guide was unbelievably fantastic. She constantly went out of her way to help us all, and it was lovely to see that she so clearly understood the western sense of humour. She was brilliant and great fun.

Jackie I had for Shanghai, and he was great too. Only had time with him for a little throughout the two days, but he was incredibly enthusiastic, passionate and engaging. Was also very willing to help above the bare necessity.

• Submitted 15 Sep 2015
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Excellent tour which was great value for money and delivered everything promised and more. The main guide Stephanie was outstanding and totally gelled with the group.

I would now happily recommend this tour and On the Go Tours to anybody

• Submitted 11 Sep 2015
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We have done quite a few tours, and I must say that Chinese Checkers rates among the best. Justin our tour guide was such a good support, very caring, very knowledgeable and he went out of his way to be helpful and to make sure we saw and did all that we wanted to do.

I filled in the survey at the end of the tour, and I don't think I mentioned Justin by name so I thought I would just let you know.

• Submitted 16 Jan 2015
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The tour was great! We had lovely tourmates and guide. The weather was good, thanks to the APAC meeting held in Beijing, thus the air pollution was limited. Our guide, Stephanie was like a "mother" to us. She explains very well and will always inform us of the good food near the hotel. She will also ask if we are comfortable in the different hotels. She is a really good guide and takes good care of us. I will recommend friends to request for her should they go on this tour to Beijing. Unfortunately, our time spent together ended when we board the overnight train to Shanghai.

Over at Shanghai, we had another lovely guide, Billy. He brought us to places we wish to go and explained the history of diff places we visited. He did a good job in meeting our wishes to wish different places and buying things before we all return home.

• Submitted 29 Nov 2014
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Extremely pleased with the tour. Stephanie, the tour guide was exceptional in every way and made the trip very special for my daughter and I. Nothing was too much trouble for her. She was efficient and extremely well organised,everything was done with a smile. She is real asset to your company in every way. She attended to the finer details of the trip with diligence and professionalism.

The content of the tour was well balnced and certainly lived up to the lable on the tin:'On the Go'!

My only recommendation would be to take a bullet train from Xi'an to Shanghai and have an extra night at the hotel rather than the sleeper train even this was refelcted in a slight increase in price.

The transfers too and from the airports were excellent,especially the guide in Shanghai who escorted us to the airport.

Ray, the guide in Shanghai was the least efficient of the guides, not giving clear time frames and showed a lack of interst int he people on the tour. readying the newspaper rather than attending to queries.

Overall I would recommend this tour or take anothet tour with this comp[any but most of all I would congrate Stephanie on all aspects of the tour guides role. Well Done !

• Submitted 29 Oct 2014
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Stephanie was an excellent guide, very personable with a wealth of knowledge and very easy going. She went out of her way to make sure everyone was well looked after and happy.

• Submitted 29 Oct 2014
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In Brief

Range
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 9, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 2
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Visiting the Great Wall
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall

Lisa was excellent, she spoke with enthusiasm and captured the interest from the youngest (21 years) to the oldest (60+) people of our Chinese Checkers tour. She went out of her way to make sure we all enjoyed the experience and we would highly recommend her to receive recognition of all of her hard work!

Stuart Bottomley