Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer and hotel check in.
This morning, we embark on a guided sightseeing tour of the nation’s capital - host of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square, partly framed by illustrious Chang-an Avenue, is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home to the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Probably one of Beijing’s most famous sights is the Gate of Heavenly Peace. Up above the gate and looking out across to all his people, is Chairman Mao. Heading back a few centuries, we step into the Forbidden City, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors. Entry was forbidden to all but those on imperial business until 1911, when the last emperor, Puyi, was overthrown.
This afternoon we take rickshaws to explore the Hutongs of Beijing. As our trusty rickshaw driver peddles us through the network of alleys, old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, it gives us a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. There is time to meet a local family and take a peek inside their home, before returning to our hotel.
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. We also visit a Jade Carving Centre before heading to our quaint hotel at the foot of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass.
Overnight: Great Wall | Breakfast, Lunch
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 markets - 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
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
Luoyang - Xi’an. Today we explore the UNESCO-listed 6th Century Longman Caves etched into the cliffs of the 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
Renowned for its noodles, Xi’an in Shaanxi Province is perhaps most famous for the discovery of Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors. Discovered in 1974 by local farmers digging a well, the 2,200 year old terracotta warriors comprise more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers which stand battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. Made of local clay, each is said to be an individual portrait. We tour the Terracotta Warrior site and a workshop where replicas are crafted.
This evening, On Broadway - Chinese style 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
Xi’an - Shanghai. Today we visit the Wild Goose Pagoda followed by a delicious hot pot lunch. This afternoon we also visit the Grand Mosque and Muslim Quarter of Xi'an before boarding our train destined for sizzling Shanghai.
Overnight: Sleeper Train to Shanghai | Breakfast, Lunch
Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is stunning. We enjoy a tour of the many city sights including Yuyuan Garden and The Bund, with a cruise on the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast
Today, it's a short train journey to ancient Suzhou by high speed express train. The Venice like city is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We take a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk workshop. Day 11 offers the opportunity to head out and discover Shanghai - your way.
Overnight: Shanghai | Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1
Shanghai - Kowloon/Hong Kong. Early this morning we fly to the bustling island territory of Hong Kong. Upon arrival your will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel in Kowloon. You'll have a full free day to explore.
Hong Kong, with its remnants of the colonial era plus its Chinese heritage, is a fascinating, lively city. The development of Hong Kong really began with the British traders arrival, the Opium Wars and the signing of Nanking Treaty, which gave Hong Kong to the British in 1842. The Sino-British Joint Declaration paved the way for Britain to hand back sovereignty of the territory including Kowloon, in return for Hong Kong maintaining its existing economic system for fifty years. The hand over proved to be smooth and the city today is alive, booming economically and great for shopping.
Night markets, temples and the 260 surrounding islands offer a tranquil respite from the hustle and bustle of downtown Hong Kong, museums, horseracing and the views from Victoria Peak all make Hong Kong an exciting destination. You could also opt for a Chinese adventures with a sampan (junk) boat ride around Aberdeen’s harbour and a seafood dish in one of the famed restaurants by the water front.
Note: The services of an On The Go tour guide are not offered in Hong Kong, though upon arrival to the airport our representatives will be there to meet and transfer you to your hotel in Kowloon.
Overnight: Hong Kong | Breakfast
Thursday. Enjoy breakfast and the morning sightseeing if you wish. Our tour concludes upon hotel check out at approximately 12 noon. For reference, Hong Kong International airport is a quick 24min journey on the Airport Express train, running at 12 minute intervals.
It is possible to extend your stay in Hong Kong by purchasing extra nights accommodation, please contact us for more info.
Prices & Dates
For all our tours and tailor-made holidays we provide you with a clear categorisation of all hotels we use. The REGIONAL CATEGORY indicates the local rating of each hotel in each respective country. We have also rated each hotel using OUR CATEGORY, which will be in line with generally accepted western hotel grading standards.
Basic hotels and simple accommodation is a no frills option with an adventurous authentic feel.
Standard accommodation equates to a Western 3-star standard, always featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant.
Superior accommodation equates to a Western 4-star standard, featuring en-suite rooms and usually a restaurant and often a swimming pool and/or a fitness centre.
Deluxe accommodation equates to a Western 5-star standard, usually featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, excellent service and customer care.
Lavish accommodation equates to a Western 5-star plus standard - the creme de la creme. Featuring spacious, en-suite rooms, a restaurant, swimming pool and fitness centre and an array of amenities, this accommodation is a cut above the rest. Sheer opulence!
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.
Juyongguan Pass Great Wall, Great Wall
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
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
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
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
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.
Nathan Hotel, Hong Kong
The Nathan is a stylish hotel with good sized, comfortable rooms that come fully-equipped with modern amenities. Facilities include a 24hr business centre, a handsome wine cellar, a contemporary restaurant and open-air bar, that serve up fresh local dishes, colourful cocktails and delicious, vintage wine. The complex also houses a state of the art gym, where guests can work up a sweat before they feast on the treats on offer in the restaurants. The hotel is in a central location in Kowloon, 1km from the railway station and 30km from the airport.
Tipping is not a natural part of many Western cultures and many of us feel uncomfortable, or unsure, about when, or how much, to tip. However, in China, tipping makes up a significant part of many people's wages so it's important that we get it right. For this reason we've developed a very simple system to take all the hassle out of tipping. With our 'tipping made easy' policy, a nominal pre-determined amount is collected from all group tour participants to cover tips en route. This then saves you the hassle of when and how much to tip bellhops, luggage handlers, local guides and other support staff through the tour. Our 'tipping made easy' doesn't include a tip to your group tour leader. Naturally, though, the amount is up to you as tipping is an entirely personal gesture.
Having travelled quite extensively, this was my first time of being on a tour. We were meet by Lisa who extended a warm and friendly welcome to Beijing. Lisa kindly took matters into her own hands to reunite me with my delayed luggage, allowing me go ahead to the hotel. It arrived with Lisa later that night after midnight who made it appear to be no bother at all after what was a long day for her. Very impressed. The tour itself was well organised and structured with a few minor amendments to the itinerary which we were notified of beforehand. There was enough time spent in each city to get an overview of the place. The tour gave so many great experiences and exposure to a side China that was more than I imagined. The highlight for me was The Great Wall - so majestic. Right now I'm still trying to take it all in. My only moan would be that on a few occasions there was not enough time for photo opportunities as we had to be moving very quickly - understandable as time was of the essence. That said, it was one of my best travel experiences and one that I won't forget having been accompanied by a very friendly & fun group and a fantastic tour guide. Lisa is a genuine credit to your company and a nice person too. Nothing was ever too much for Lisa to assist with and was very patient too. Hopefully on my next tour I'll meet someone just as nice and helpful as Lisa.”
Wonderful tour and guide. Cannot express exactaly how I feel. But I had the best tour till now in life. Thanks”
Justin was a great guide, very informative. Trip was a lot of fun and I will definitely be looking at booking with On the Go tours in the future. ”
Benny and Feng are both excellent tour guides, they made this trip even better than it already was, they are a great attribute to the "On the Go" Name. All other tour guides who joined us on the tour were also a credit to On the Go. ”
This has been a fantastic trip, living up to our experience of On the Go tours ,the range of experiences was excellent and made all the better by the support of an excellent guide! We have enjoyed our trip to China and will definitely chose On the Go for the next trip!”
Excellent tour! Great value for money! We all have enjoyed a fantastic trip together and have met some really nice people as part of our group. Feng has been an excellent leader and has kept the group very happy. Thank you for a life changing experience!”
Our guide, Feng, was very good at her job, made sure that we were happy with the tour. ”
We had a wonderful trip to China with “on the go” for the second year in a row! (Egypt in 2010).
The Tour Guide Lee was fantastic and all the local guides were really friendly and helpful.
Many thanks to all at “on the go”!
Best Wishes ”
What a fantastic trip, with an absolutely amazing tour guide for company!
It was my first time visiting China and I was not disappointed at all. It is a fascinating country to visit with so much history and culture to take in that does not disappoint.
I felt so looked after from the moment I arrived through to the moment the trip finished. Our tour guide (Mandy) was just the most amazing person ever, she was so attentive and made sure all members of the group had a great time as well us telling us lots of interesting facts and history about the various locations we visited.
It is a comprehensive trip that covers all the main cities with lots of nice hotels and meals along the way!
If I had to sum up the country and the trip, I would say it was it is simply a "must do"!
Thank you so much for such a memorable trip. ”
I really enjoyed my tour of China (Hutongs to Hong Kong)! My trip tour guide, Fong, was amazing and really added to the trip! The hotels were great.
Overall, the trip was great cultural experience! ”
Wonderful tour and guide. Cannot express exactaly how I feel. But I had the best tour till now in life. Thanks”