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15 days  |  Starts/Ends: Beijing  |  from USD $2,965  |   Guaranteed Departures  4 reviews

Ultimate China! Travelling a full circle that begins and ends in Beijing, you will discover temples, tombs, palaces and ancient cities, uncovering culture, tradition, religion and local communities along the way. This is China at its very best - it’s the full monty!

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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.
Overnight: Beijing

    Beijing
Day 2

Forbidden City

Today we tour of the nation’s capital and host of the 2008 Olympics. Tiananmen Square is essentially the heart of Beijing. A patriotic vision of grandeur, Tiananmen Square is a square for the public and also home of the mausoleum of Chairman Mao and the striking Monument to the People’s Heroes. Perhaps 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. Comprising of 9999 rooms, temples and hallways the complex is an architectural feat and stunningly beautiful. 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 we gain 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. 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

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: Great Wall  |  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 - a treasure trove of souvenirs, handbags and clothing, 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

Xi'an

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

    Xi'an
Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Xi’an 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 of more than 7,000 life-sized soldiers standing battle-ready in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger. No two faces are alike – each is said to be an individual portrait. Today, we visit the archaeological site of the Terracotta Warriors and a workshop where crafts people make clay warrior replicas. This evening we offer 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 - 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

Day 9

City tour

Arrive Shanghai and hotel check in. Focus your eyes on spectacular Shanghai. Perhaps China’s most modern city, its amazing Pudong skyline is breathtaking. After time to freshen up we enjoy a tour of the Yuyuan Garden, old Shanghai, the Bund and take a Huangpu River cruise.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

    City tour
Days 10-11

Waterways

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai - Qufu. Today, we journey to Suzhou by high speed train. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. We enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal and visit a silk workshop. There’s plenty to see and do in Shanghai, Day 11 is free for you to venture to the Old City, French Quarter or opt to shop along the famous Nanjing road. This evening we bunk down in our soft sleeper train cabins en route to Qufu.
Overnight: Shanghai (1) Sleeper Train to Qufu (1)  |  Breakfast x 2, Lunch x 1

Day 12

Qufu

Qufu, birthplace of Confucius and home to the Confucius Temple, ranks with Beijing’s Forbidden city as a great classic Chinese architectural complex. With 466 rooms and over a kilometre long, the complex was built and dedicated to the descendants of the great sage, who lived here continuously for more than 2,500 years, spanning 77 generations. The grandeur and opulence of the mansion conveys the power and wealth of the mighty Kong clan and their head Yansheng Duke (Confucius’ direct male descendant). The clan rose throughout imperial history as the family head was granted increased privileges. With the decline of imperial rule, the end was nigh and in 1940, the last of the family line - Kong Dechend - fled to Taiwan during the Japanese invasion. Not surprisingly, half of Qufu now claims descent from the Kongs.

After visits to the mansion and temple we take a rickshaw ride around the city wall with a visit to the eerie Confucius forest. The forest is studded with tombs and graves of Kong family members dating back some centuries. Anyone with the surname Kong can still be buried here today. Evening stroll through the colourful night market.
Overnight: Qufu  |  Breakfast

Day 13

Bu Yang Village

Qufu – Bu Yang village - Mt Tai Shan – Jinan. A short drive leads us to Bu Yang Village. The principles of Communism and communal work and land ownership are somewhat still in place here. We stop for a light lunch at Mr Peng’s (one of the party officials) home. Seated around the family’s low to the ground lazy Susan, Mrs Peng serves up local dishes and copious bottles of beer. This is real village life! A short stroll leads us to the village prep-school, (our Change 4 Children project) we step into the class room to be swarmed by the mass of 5yr olds all vying for our attention. Later we drive to Mt Tai Shan, perhaps the holiest of the five Chinese holy mountains devoted to Taoism. There are more than 6000 steps to the summit, streams of pilgrims take the challenge, we take the cable car. With stunning scenery and many ancient temples dotting the slopes we visit Heaven Street, Cloud Bridge and the Jade Emperor’s temple. A short drive to Jinan.
Overnight: Jinan  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 14

Jinan

Jinan - Beijing. Today, we embark on a short city sightseeing tour and enjoy a fabulous Hotpot lunch. Afternoon express train journey to Beijing.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 15

Beijing

Saturday. Tour ends after breakfast and included onward 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 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 - 25 Mar
25% off
G
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
08 Apr - 22 Apr
25% off
G
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
06 May - 20 May
25% off
G
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
17 Jun - 01 Jul
25% off
G
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
09 Sep - 23 Sep
25% off
G
USD $3235
USD $1160
23 Sep - 07 Oct
25% off
G
USD $3235
USD $1160
07 Oct - 21 Oct
25% off
G
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
04 Nov - 18 Nov
25% off
G
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $2965
USD $1160
2018
Price/Person
Single Supp.
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3100
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $3235
USD $1160
USD $2965
USD $1160

Supplementary Prices

 
Twin/Double
Single Supp.
Private Tour Supplement
USD $1030
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Beijing - Pre-tour accom.
USD $80
USD $80
Beijing - Post-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.

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.

Queli Hotel, Qufu

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: Standard Heritage

The Queli a sublime hotel that combines excellent service with a great location to ensure each guest a fantastic stay. Designed in traditional Shandong style, the beautiful complex blends with the ancient town of Qufu and boasts modern amenities including a business centre and a bar. Rooms are spacious and comfortable and have been decorated with a neutral colour scheme. The hotel is in the city centre, adjacent to the Confucius Temple and 16 km from the railway station.

Shungeng Hillview Hotel, Jinan

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Situated at the foot of a mountain, this modern hotel sits amongst wonderful landscapes and offers splendidly decorated rooms with an array of mod-cons. The hotel has several restaurants, a bar, a health club featuring a sauna and fitness centre, and a number of other recreational facilities including bowling, tennis and billiards. Upon entering guests can marvel at the magnificent lobby before making their way to their spacious room. The hotel is 3km from the city centre, 6km from the railway station and 38km from the airport.

Rainbow Hotel, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

The Rainbow is a contemporary hotel accented by the colours of traditional Chinese folk art culture. The spacious guestrooms display character of the Ming and Qing dynasties with beautiful wooden furniture whilst providing modern amenities fit for international travellers. The hotel also has a restaurant, cafe and bar.

Trip Highlights

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing and Chinese Acrobatic Show
Luoyang – UNESCO listed Longman Caves and stone carvings, Kung Fu Shaolin Temple, Peony Square activities
Shanghai - Shanghai Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
Qufu – UNESCO listed Confucius Mansion, temple and forest
Jinan – UNESCO listed Mt Tai Shan (Peaceful Mountain). Heaven Street, Cloud Bridge, Jade Emperor’s Temple
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
Suzhou - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden
Bu Yung village – village, homestead and kindergarten

Included

14 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 2 dinners including a Traditional Chinese meal in Beijing and a local dinner in Xi'an
2 overnight trains (soft sleeper cabin)
Rickshaw ride through Beijing's Hutongs
Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Luoyang, Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Qufu and Jinan
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Airport arrival and departure transfer on day 1 and day 15
High speed trains between Beijing and Luoyang & Luoyang and Xi'an
12 nights 3-4 star hotels,
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
Return cable car journey – Mt Tai Shan
All relevant transfers and transportation
Tour leader escorted for groups of 6 or more

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$225-235, 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 4.25 out of 5 based on 4 recent reviews

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Great Tour and top organisation by On The Go Tours, especially last 3 days which took as away from the usual tourist attractions showing more the life of the local people. Highlight visiting a Chinese Kindergarten and a Chinese family which gave us an impression on how local people live.

Competent tour guides (tour and local). We will recommend Go any time

• Submitted 29 May 2016
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Nothing was too much trouble for Lisa she made time for everyone of us always going the extra mile even when my suitcase broke she helped me find another one. We were all in agreement she was the best guide any of us had.

• Submitted 08 Oct 2015
Tour
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The tour was absolutely great and our tour guide made it even more special. Stephanie was awesome, knowledgable and so much fun. She was always full of surprises for us and made the whole experience even better. The sleeper train from Xi'an to Shanghai was the highlight of the trip. The whole group was cramped in one berth singing songs having few bears, even the local kids came to join us. The Great Wall and the teraccota soldiers were absolutely stunning and it is a must see. Also I can't forget to mention the kids in the local school in the Bu Yang village who were so addorable and I enjoyed myself playing games, teaching them how to make paper planes and dancing with them. The only thing that wasn't so good was Jinan as there is not much to see and that day could have been used to visit some other place.

• Submitted 18 Aug 2015
Tour
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Mandy as a tour guide is a real treasure. Her interest and concern for the party was unsurpassed. She advised the party of what was happening at every step of the tour, particularly when travelling. She also checked as to how we all felt about each of the local guides and the information they were giving us. Mandy also went above beyond by arranging to meet 3 of us who continued the tour back to Beijing at the station and, while she wasn't the one to take us to the airport, she phoned us on route to ask if everything was OK and to wish us a happy journey.

Generally the local guides were fine, and engaged with the Group with the exception of the guide in Shanghai. She showed little interest for the Group and was more interested in her mobile phone. She never told us what was happening with catching trains and often walked off without ensuring that all the group were ready,or telling us fully what was happening. Many of the Group were particularly unhappy at having to queue for nearly 4 hours to go up the TV Tower, and not being given any option. This was compounded by having to come out of the queue half way through for about 20 mins for a toilet break.

Generally the Tour was good, and covered all of the major sites that you would want to see. from a personal perspective, I would like to have seen a bit more of the countryside, and the picturesque side of China. The Shanghai to Beijing section of the trip was a highlight, particularly in the village, and the walking tour of Jinan. The guide Jin was great on this leg of the Tour.

Re the Tour, I think that a night tour of the cities should have been included. While we paid for the night tour of Beijing, this should have included seeing Tianamen Square at night. Also, Xian is very picturesque at night which we only saw by taking a taxi ride.

In Beijing, the trip to the Silk market was a waste of time. Most of us did not expect it to be a shopping mall, and really didn't want to spend the time there. More time could have been spent at the Summer Palace which was rushed, and quite a bit wasn't covered.

In Shanghai, we had a very long and tiring day having travelled overnight by train, and some of the party had a very early start the previous day going to see the pandas. An improvement would be to have the nighttime boat trip the following evening rather than all on that 1 day.

I did feel that the allocation of hotel rooms was unfair and that we got a particular bad deal. In many of the hotels, the rooms were of different standards, the higher the floor the better quality of room. From discussions with the other members of the Group, our allocated room was always of the lowest quality.

Hope that these comments are helpful.

Regards.

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• Submitted 14 Oct 2014
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Hello

I’ve just come back from a great trip to China with your Mandarin Sunrise package. It was amazing even unexpected in places. Justin was a great tour leader and a gentleman. He gave up his low bunk for me on an overnight train – there was no way I could climb to the top bunk, helped me with bag which was getting heavier by the day with all the goodies I’d been buying, and then shared his brolly with me when I’d left my rain jacket on the bus during a big down pour in Shanghi.

The Dragon Boat racing was a dream we were given VIP passes to had the best seats in the house right opposite the finish line.

I should also mention Tom, Benny and Richard and their in depth knowledge of area’s and jokes made the trip.

Thank you, am just looking where to go next.

Susan Chant • Submitted 23 Jun 2014

Activities were well paced with necessary free time included. The guides were sensitive to the needs of the group. Guides were knowledgeable and efficient especially Mandy who guided us to local eateries when meals weren't provided. We learnt a lot about the history of places we visited, also about the political and economic situation of China in general, very fascinating. They all worked very hard to make our visit very enjoyable. Thank you.

Anthony Woodhouse • Submitted 25 Apr 2013

The "On the Go" tour guides did an excellent job of looking after the group and answering our questions, the organization of the tour made the tour in China very easy for us, Great trip!

Christopher Cornish • Submitted 17 Sep 2012

Mandy was an excellent tour guide. Her smile and kind attitude made everything just so much more special. Thank you

Johannes Dreyer • Submitted 03 Sep 2012

All tour guides were excellent, friendly, konwledgeable, good sense of humor. In particular, Feng was a superb tour guide and a very caring person, taking care of everybody on the tour. Nothing was too much trouble for her and she is a credit to the company. I also very much enjoyed and appreciated Tom's singing :)

Catherine Tickle • Submitted 29 Aug 2012

Excelled group, I will tell our friends to book with "on the go"!

A. Dempsey • Submitted 03 Apr 2012

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Tour Details
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Beijing
Departs
Saturdays
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Local Payment
None
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 14, Lunch: 6, Dinner: 2

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

Great Tour and top organisation by On The Go Tours, especially last 3 days which took as away from the usual tourist attractions showing more the life of the local people. Highlight visiting a Chinese Kindergarten and a Chinese family which gave us an impression on how local people live.

Competent tour guides (tour and local). We will recommend Go any time

Peter Klausli
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