Exciting Days, Comfortable Nights

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13 days  |  Beijing to Shanghai  |  from USD $2,695  |   Guaranteed Departures  4 reviews

Climb the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyonguan Pass and enter the Forbidden City, explore the Longman grottoes and encounter an army of Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. Then cruise the River Li in scenic Yangshuo before ending your adventure in Shanghai, the Paris of the East.

Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
Inclusions
Reviews

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

    Beijing
Day 2

Forbidden City

Today, we embark on a tour of the nation’s capital. The famous portrait of Mao Zedong, China’s communist father still looks out over gargantuan Tiananmen Square from the Gate of Heavenly Peace. On the square you can not miss the mausoleum, an austere behemoth in granite where Mao lies in state in his crystal coffin. We take a stroll on the square all under the watchful eye of the dutiful guards. A vision in grandeur with it’s imperial yellow roofs and vermilion walls, the Forbidden city was forbidden to all those except on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was turfed off his throne. We enjoy a guided walk through the city’s many temples, grand halls and courtyards. The Forbidden city boasts 9999 rooms! Afternoon rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing.

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

Luoyang

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  |  Breakfast

Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Most famous for the legendary Terracotta Warriors, perhaps the greatest find of the 20th century and only just usurped by the discovery of King Tut’s gold-laden tomb in Egypt. These warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand in military formation in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, no two faces are alike, each is said to be an individual portrait. We visit the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site and a workshop where warrior figurines are made. This evening 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 - Guilin - Yangshou. Today we visit the Wild Goose Pagoda followed by a delicious hot pot lunch. Later we fly south to Guilin. Onward transfer to Yangshuo (approx 1.5hrs drive). Hot pot lunch, late evening hotel check in.
Overnight: Yangshuo  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Days 9-10

Guilin & Yangshuo

Yangshuo - Guilin. Renowned for the striking scenery of vast areas of karst limestone outcrops that rise up from flat rice paddy fields, Guilin and Yangshuo are often the subject of many Chinese paintings. Today, we take a 2 hour rafting cruise along the calm clean waters of Yu Long River. As our captain punts (propels us forward by pushing against the river bed with a long pole) our flat bottom boat along the shallow waters endless photo opportunities arise. The remainder of our time in Yangshuo is spent at leisure. Choose to hike, hire a bicycle or motorbike and head off on one of the many mountain trails or stop to watch the local fishermen use their trained cormorants to catch fish - a centuries old tradition, though somewhat commercialised these days. Time can also be spent exploring West Street. The ancient alley is laden with quirky shops, tea shops, antiques, calligraphers and art studios. Maybe take a beginners art class with a local painter or enjoy a morning class at the ‘Cloud 9’ cooking school. By nightfall, sit in any of the al fresco cafes, pubs or bars serving cold beer and delicious speciality foods from the region, catch a film at any of the outdoor cinemas or attend the nightly ‘Impression Liu Sanjie’ musical, with a cast of 500 singers and dancers. In the late afternoon of day 10 we return to Guilin.
Overnight: Yangshuo (1), Guilin (1)  |  Breakfast x 2

Day 11

Dragon's backbone

Guilin – Longsheng – Shanghai. A 90 minute drive leads us to Longsheng, to walk the rice terraces of the Dragon’s Backbone. Beginning at the base of Mt Longji the verdant green rice fields coil up the steep mountain, layer upon layer, climbing to its summit. Taking a walk along the stone paths no more than a metre wide, we’ll pass many of the Yao and Red Yao minority women, baskets on their backs, who are also climbing skyward. Reaching the ‘Seven Stars accompanying Moon’ lookout, soak up the spectacular views. The full panorama offers thousands of ribbon like terraces cascading to the meandering streams and valley floor beneath. Returning to Guilin, transfer to the airport and board an evening flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival you'll be met and transferred to your hotel.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 12

Free day in Shanghai

Focus your eyes on Shanghai! Today is free day for you to independently explore the city. Perhaps visit The Bund, Jade Buddha Temple or the Old City where you can shop on Nanjing Road. Head for the Shanghai Plaza Tower at sunset, Shanghai dazzles at dusk!
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Shanghai

Thursday. After breakfast and hotel check out, transfer to the airport for your onward flight.
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 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 provided there is another single traveller booked on the tour date of your choosing.

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

Guaranteed Departure
4+ places available
Limited places
Sold out
On Request (Please Contact Us)
2017
Price/Person
Single Supp.
11 Mar - 23 Mar
25% off
G
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
08 Apr - 20 Apr
25% off
G
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
06 May - 18 May
25% off
G
USD $2965
USD $940
20 May - 01 Jun
25% off
G
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
17 Jun - 29 Jun
25% off
G
USD $2875
USD $940
01 Jul - 13 Jul
25% off
G
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
09 Sep - 21 Sep
25% off
G
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
07 Oct - 19 Oct
25% off
G
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
04 Nov - 16 Nov
25% off
G
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2695
USD $940
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2965
USD $940
USD $2875
USD $940

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $1040
-  
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.

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.

Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel, Yangshuo

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Yangshuo Tangrenjie is a modern hotel with a unique architectural style in beautiful surroundings. The tastefully furnished rooms are well-equipped with a range of modern amenities and the hotel has an excellent range of facilities including a sauna, business centre and a number of restaurants, all of which serve an array of sumptuous dishes. Yangshuo Tangrenjie Hotel is located in the Yangshuo District facing the Li River, boasting beautiful views. West Street is 15 mins on foot.

Hotel Universal, Guilin

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

As well as a great location with views of the Li River, the hotel offers a full range of facilities to ensure a comfortable stay. The guestrooms are smart and tastefully furnished, and the hotel's restaurant provides tasty dishes with spectacular views.

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

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
Guilin/ Yangshuo – karst landscape, riverside villages and lush scenery, cruise along the peaceful River Li
Shanghai – free time to explore the city - highlights include the Jade Buddha Temple, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund and Old Shanghai.
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
Longsheng – the Dragon’s backbone rice terraces

Included

12 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 2 dinners including a traditional Chinese meal in Beijing and a local dinner in Xi'an
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
2 economy class flights - Xi’an to Guilin and Guilin to Shanghai
Tour leader escorted for groups of 6 or more
All relevant transfers and transportation
2 high speed trains - Beijing to Luoyang and Luoyang to Xi'an
12 nights 3-4 star hotels
Rickshaw ride through Beijings' Hutongs
Raft/cruise excursion on the Yu Long River
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Luoyang, Xi'an, Guilin, Yangshuo and Longsheng
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 13

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$120-130, 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$70-80, 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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Feng was an amazing guide. She was very helpful & informative. Some of our tour group came down with gastro & Feng took great care of us.

Part of our group went on & did Chinese Checkers but those who were left continued our tour with Tom who was also great & just as informative.

The local guides were very knowledgeable & very entertaining so the tour was never boring.

The tour itself I would definitely recommend to my clients as I believe the tour covered all the major sights and offered great optional tours.

• Submitted 19 Sep 2016
Tour
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We had a wonderful time. It was great to see the cities and then travel into the country side of Guilin and Yangshou. The hotels were good as were the breakfasts excepr at the hotel in Guilin, breakfast was terrible. We had a flight cancelled and the guide (Louise) worked to remedy this satisfactorly. Everything we saw was what we wanted. The times allowed at each site was realistic. The only place we thought was a waste of time was the Silk Market - but we don't like shopping. When we reached Shanghai we were a little disappointed that nothing was organised for us to do, that said we saw heaps of the city using the subway and the Hop on Hop off bus. We really enjoyed the 3 shows we went to especially the kung Fu show.

Justin, our main guide was fantastic. His English was great. His knowledge and enthusiasm for China was amazing. Justine explained any questions clearly and fully, especially anything related to Chinese culture and customs. He coped well with a couple of difficult people on the tour. Joe in Luoyang was great. Beni in Xian was extremely entertaining and informative. Louise in Yangshou and Guilin went way beyond expectations, she showed us her hometown with love. She explained lots of culture and customs and took us to some amazing local restaurants.

All in all our trip was fantastic.

• Submitted 08 Oct 2014
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The tour was very interesting and pleasant, often due to the organisational talent, the flexibility and the nice personality of our national tour guide Mandy. Her local and English knowledge is very good. The additional local tour guides we had in Xi’an, Chongqing, Yichang, Nanjing, Suzhou and Shanghai were also very good in their local knowledge and in English. The personal stories from all of them gave us a glimpse into Chinese family life.

• Submitted 23 Sep 2014
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Justin is an excellent tour guide, friendly, very calm. I really enjoyed his company.

• Submitted 12 Aug 2014
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We've enjoyed our holiday and appreciate the efforts of the guide.

Lee Dawson • Submitted 09 Jun 2014

Friendly and professional, good tour group, great tour guides. Thank you for such a good holiday.

David Miller • Submitted 25 Apr 2014

This is our second "On the Go' tour and it has been another excellent experience. Stefanie has been excellent and would be highly commended as a tour guide. She has been professional and informative throughout the tours. This would not be the last tour that we go on with On the Go and I can not wait to recommend it to others.

Benjamin Machell • Submitted 15 May 2013

Our guide - Feng is brilliant! Efficient, organized and fun. Overall exceptional tour and value for money. Fine China gives excellent contrast between city and rural cultures. We would definitely recommend this tour to friends and relatives!

Elaine Fleming • Submitted 12 Nov 2012

Stephanie did an amazing job as our tour leader, she cared, was happy all the time, she is definitely an asset to On The Go! It has been an amazing trip - beautiful country and people! Thank you.

Kelly Wills • Submitted 08 Oct 2012

Charlie,

I am just back in work today after having a wonderful trip to China with On the Go Tours. Everything went so well , all promises were kept and we had a wonderful guide Feng who met us on arrival in Beijing and really minded us well. I would have no hesitation in using your company again and thank you

so much for all the very happy memories.

I will definiately recommend your company to many of my friends here in Ireland and if they can have Feng as their guide then they will really be on a winner! thanks again

Tommy Maher • Submitted 19 Sep 2012

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Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 12, Lunch: 3, Dinner: 2

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

Feng was an amazing guide. She was very helpful & informative. Some of our tour group came down with gastro & Feng took great care of us.

Part of our group went on & did Chinese Checkers but those who were left continued our tour with Tom who was also great & just as informative.

The local guides were very knowledgeable & very entertaining so the tour was never boring.

The tour itself I would definitely recommend to my clients as I believe the tour covered all the major sights and offered great optional tours.

Christine D'Agostino
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