Explore the highlights of China starting in Beijing with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City before exploring two parts of the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyongguan Pass. Travel onwards to Xi'an and meet the Terracotta Warriors. Continue to Shanghai and Suzhou - two of the south's most fascinating cities - both ancient and modern.
Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
This morning, we tour the centre of Beijing, China's magnificent capital, including the massive Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City. Boasting some 9999 rooms, the city within a city was once the sole preserve of the Chinese emperors. This afternoon we take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing and 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
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 quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: Great Wall | Breakfast
Morning at the Great Wall
Beijing - Xi’an. 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. 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 - three floors of shoppers paradise with clothing, jewellery, gadgets and much more, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Lunch
Upon arrival into Xi'an we transfer to our hotel for breakfast and check in with time to freshen up. Today we visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, followed by the vibrant Muslim Quarter.
Later we enjoy a leisurely bike ride atop the Xi’an City Wall. Dating back to 1370 the 12m-high walls are some of the few remaining urban fortifications still standing in China today and after extensive restorations the City Walls offer ample opportunities from which to explore Xi'an. Tonight, we offer our Tang Dynasty dinner and show. Check out our Tang Dynasty bolton for more details.
Overnight: Xi'an | Breakfast, Lunch
Xi’an - Shanghai. Today's highlight is the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Standing in battle-ready formation and numbering into the thousands, the Terracotta Army is Xian’s most popular sight and was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, 13 years after the army was discovered. Built by local craftsman during the 3rd century BC for emperor Qinshihuang, the life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection in the afterlife. Later we visit to a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. After an early dinner before boarding the overnight express train bound for spectacular Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train | Breakfast, Lunch
Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps, China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. After breakfast at our hotel, we take a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast
Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. 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, 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.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast, Lunch
Sunday. Shanghai. Our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to airport.
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.Read More
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
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
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.
Wan Nian Grand Hotel, Xi'an
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
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.
Absolutely amazing tour & Feng was the best guide we could've had.”
An amazing experience with the perfect guide.
Feng was so knowledgeable, welcoming & extremely helpful & friendly. She made the early mornings bright.
A beautiful country that was well worth the journey. Xx ”
This was a great tour of China. The great wall and warriors are a great experience on this tour and we even got our own time to explore them. Our tour guide was Lisa and she did a fantastic job throughout the tour especially in Beijing by herself. ”
Very well organised and all the guides did their utmost to pander to every whim, it was an excellent tour with no worries cos the tour guides sorted everything to the finest detail. Lots of laughter and smiles all the way. The only disappointment waz the dated rainbow hotel otherwise the accommodation was lovely, even the hotel classed as basic was veryvtraditionbal and quaint and I was expecting much worse so was pleasantly surprised. Thanks to all for a very well organiused tour”
Just a brief but late note to say that we had a fantastic time on the tour this past July.
It was a great experience and On The Go lived up to the name, right up our alley.
The tour guide Stephanie was wonderful and made sure we had no issues with my son's food allergy.
Local guides Tom and Jackie were both knowledgeable and approachable doing an excellent job.
Although you don't arrange who our traveling companions will be the group was a good mix and contributed to our enjoyment.
Awesome is a word I rarely use but find no other word to describe the whole event from pick up in Beijing to drop off in Shanghai.
THANK YOU! ”
I would like to comment on the professionalism of Cherylyn in assisting me with arranging the holiday. She was always helpful and very prompt with her advice. With regards to the trip, the tour guide was fantastic. Stephanie was always so happy and helpful, offering just the right amount of commentary regarding the sites we visited. This particular tour was quite challenging with severe flooding in China which did impact our tour. Stephanie did her best to ensure that we go to where we need to get to and consistently went above and beyond to ensure that all the travelers had a great trip. ”
Our guide was outstanding, informative, helpful, went out of her way to help and assist each of us. I was picked up and taken back to the airport and assisted until I got my boarding pass, just as the trip notes indicated. I believe we got to do everything.
Truly enjoyed the tour, also the other tourist were all friendly and nice. Group got along well.
I would have paid extra to have had only two persons to share the two overnight train rides with, evidently that is an option on the train. ”
Sabreena was absolutely fantastic! She went above and beyond to make sure that our trip was comfortable and easy. If we had any spare time she made sure she filled it by showing us extra things such as gardens and a tea house. She was always happy to translate for us, even getting out of bed on the sleeper train to tell us what a sign meant, even though we told her she needn't bother. I couldn't ask for a better tour guide. ”
My tour guides were all excellent. I had a different one during each segment of the trip. My first one, Feng, was very helpful. She met us at the airport and provided us with a lot of useful information on things to do for the days we were there early. She was especially helpful in working my issue with the hotel and the misunderstanding with regards to my separate booking. In Xian, Feng was with us still but we picked another tour leader - Lenny. Lenny was very entertaining, a very high energy sort of chap. He was also very informative of the local culture in Xian and is a longtime resident of that area. Our time in Xian was short so we only had Lenny for about a day and a half. In Shanghai, "Jackie" Chan was the man! He was very accommodating with all our photo requests and was also very knowledgeable about the city. With Jackie we also saw Suzhou and got see the silk worm factory and some local markets combined with a boat ride in the canals. Overall, the tour guide were excellent. The tour covered most of the places I wanted to see in China. I might have liked to stay a little longer, but the expenses outside the prepaid tour package were really starting to add up even after just 7 days. ”
Stephanie was a joy to be with her local knowledge was very informative and her jovial personally shone though a wonderful tour that was enhanced by Stephanie ”
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Absolutely amazing tour & Feng was the best guide we could've had.”