Shanghai Skyline | Shanghai | China
FROM: AUD $1,995

Travelling from Shanghai to the capital, cruise the canals of Suzhou, cycle the City Wall in Xi’an, marvel at the Terracotta Warriors, take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs in Beijing and climb the Great Wall.

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Trip Highlights

Shanghai - Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huangpu River skyline of Pudong City
Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter and City Wall bike ride
Badaling - Great Wall of China at Badaling
Suzhou - Grand Canal boat trip and Lingering Garden
Beijing – Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, rickshaw ride around the Hutongs, Pearl Market and evening Chinese acrobatic performance

Included

7 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner
2 overnight trains (4-berth soft sleeper cabin)
Shanghai - Huangpu River Cruise
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Chinese acrobatic performance
Shanghai Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer day 8 from Beijing Capital Airport
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
5 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
Touring of Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Beijing and Badaling
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
Rickshaw ride through Beijings' Hutongs
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
English speaking specialist guides at local sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$100-110pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide is not included in the Tip Kitty. We suggest USD$3-5 per day, per traveller for a job well done, however the amount is up to you
Tipping Kitty: USD$50-60pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Sizzling Shanghai

Saturday. Welcome to Shanghai! Transfer from Shanghai airport to your hotel for check-in. The rest of the day is free for you to relax or head out and explore the city.
Overnight: Shanghai

Day 2

Shanghai city tour

A city with a turbulent history and a promising future, Shanghai is the best of old and new with grand colonial architecture engulfed by gleaming skyscrapers. Today we embark on a guided tour taking in sites including the lofty Plaza Tower, tranquil Yu Garden, the Old City and the bustling Bund. In the evening, we’ll take a cruise on Huangpu River and enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

Suzhou - an oriental Venice

Shanghai - Suzhou - Xi'an. 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, here 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 for our overnight train to Xi’an.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

Xi'an & Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Upon arrival into Xi'an we transfer to our hotel for breakfast and check in with time to freshen up. Today we visit the iconic Big Wild Goose Pagoda, one of Xian’s most iconic landmarks, followed by the vibrant Muslim Quarter.

Later we enjoy a leisurely bike ride along 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. Tonight, we welcome you to join the optional Tang Dynasty Show, which includes dinner, a traditional performance and transfers (bookable locally).
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an - Beijing. Today we visit the famous Terracotta Warrior archaeological site. Emperor Qin’s 2,200 year old terracotta army of life-sized warriors and horses were designed to offer protection to the emperor in the afterlife. The 7,000 clay warriors stand in military formation in excavated pits under the cover of a modern protective hanger and no two faces are alike.

Later we visit the clay workshop, specialising in making replica figurines of the Terracotta Warriors. After dinner we board the overnight express train bound for Beijing.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City

We arrive into Beijing bright and early this morning, where we’ll enjoy a full day of sightseeing in the city. Our first stop will be 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 and have lunch in the home of a local family, before watching a Chinese Acrobatic performance in the evening.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

The Great Wall

Make sure you don some comfortable shoes today as we set out to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Zig zagging some 6000 kilometres across barren hills, deserts and mountains, the now partially ruinous Great Wall stretches from east to west in northern China and was constructed over a period of 2000 years. The wall is steep in sections but the photo opportunities are well worth the effort.

After our walk we have lunch and visit a jade carving factory. In the afternoon we visit the bustling Pearl Market where you'll find anything from jewellery and clothing to gadgets and DVDs.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Beijing

Saturday. Our Chinese adventure comes to an end today. Hotel check out and transfer to the Beijing Capital Airport, to meet your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates noted with a 'G' are guaranteed to operate. All other departure dates are guaranteed with a minimum of 2 persons. Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single supplement' applies for single travellers who require their own room and needs to be added to the per person price.

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AUD $90
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Post-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
AUD $110
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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.

Ramada Encore Shanghai Hotel , Shanghai

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 3 Star Hotel

Ideally located close to several plazas and shopping centres, this modern hotel offers you a comfortable stay in one of China’s fastest growing cities. Guestrooms are equipped with all the essential amenities, with free WiFi and access to the breakfast buffet included. The onsite Dakang Restaurant also serves lunch and dinner, and you can expect a tasty menu featuring both Western and Chinese cuisine. Other amenities include a fitness centre, coffee shop and small convenience store.

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 and spacious guest 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. The hotel is located 4 kilometres from the railway station and 30 kilometres from the airport.

Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

The Beijing Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven is an elegant and comfortable hotel with well-furnished and spacious rooms. Practical in design, the guestrooms feature internet access and the hotel also boasts a range of restaurants and bars, as well as an indoor swimming pool. Located just a 10 minute walk from the Temple of Heaven, the hotel is the perfect base from which to explore this fascinating city.

Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan, Beijing

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located just a stones throw from the Beitucheng Subway station, with access to Line 10 & Line 8, the Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan is a perfect base to explore the many amazing highlights of Beijing. Within walking distance of the hotel you'll find the famous Birds Nest Olympic Stadium. The hotel boasts a stylish restaurant offering breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.62 out of 5 based on 21 recent reviews

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James was excellent, I cannot fault his organisation and skills. He showed genuine concern for our well being.

• Submitted 16 Oct 2019
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James is a great host. We would definitely recommend him as a tour guide. He was helpful, his English is fantanstic and he has a great sense of humour dealing with all different nationalities and personalities.

• Submitted 14 Oct 2019
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Fei was am excellent tour guide. He constantly tries to help and give special attention to our specialized requirements. I would like to an onthego tour again.

• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
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A very interesting and pleasant holiday. Thank you to Fei for all the help.

• Submitted 26 Aug 2019
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Our guide,Fei, was wonderful and there was nothing he wasn't prepared to help with. Very funny and friendly - couldn't have asked for anyone better.

The Cites we visited were just amazing.

• Submitted 08 Jul 2019
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I enjoyed the tour very much. China is such a remarkable country. I had no idea how much I would fall under its spell.

James, our tour leader, is a remarkable man. He was the perfect host. He got to know us and understood the needs of each of us. He possesses a wealth of information on culture, history, politics, the economy.

Andrew was our local guide in Xi'an. Like James he is proud of his cultural heritage and was happy to respond to our questions.

All hotels were fine. The train sleeper - well, it was what one would except. It was ok.

The food … what can I say? Everything I ate in China was brilliant.

I would return to China any time I could, the tour provided a great introduction to China.

James, Andrew and Matthew are invaluable to the success of On The Go Tours.

• Submitted 18 Jun 2019
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The tour was fabulous. James was very informative and showed a personal interest in making sure everyone was happy and catered to, nothing was a problem. The places we visited were beyond our expectations. We highly recommend a tour with On The Go.

• Submitted 26 Oct 2018
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Had a fabulous holiday in china, weather was very kind. Jackie our tour guide was brilliant any thing you wanted was never to much trouble, he spoke very good English .I must say he was the best tour guides I've been on a tour with.

• Submitted 27 Jul 2018
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I just want to thank On The Go Tours for a fantastic holiday. Everything was exceptionally well organised. Our flight to Shanghai was delayed but when we arrived at the airport, our tour guide was waiting for us. He was so friendly and immediately made us feel at home. Jackie has a very uplifting and outgoing personality and he made sure that everyone had a marvelous time in China. Thank you ON THE GO for making this dream to see China come true. A special thank you to Jackie without whom the tour would not have been the same. We will definitely make use of On The Go again for future travels.

• Submitted 17 Jul 2018
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Very enjoyable tour, and Peter was a great guide - very helpful and informative. The itinerary in Xi'an and Beijing were good, but I would have changed things in Shanghai. As there was only a limited time in Shanghai, leaving the hotel at 11am felt like we lost half a day of touring. I would have preferred to spend more time at Yu Gardens, or going to Jing'an Temple.

• Submitted 16 Jun 2018
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Shanghai
Ends
Beijing
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 7, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Countries
Click to play videoThe view across the Huangpu River to the modern cityscape of Pudong in Shanghai
View of Suzhou lit up at night from across the water
Click to play videoCyclists on the old city walls in Xian
Click to play videoBeijing cityscape with a view of the sprawling Forbidden City palace complex from above
Click to play videoGreat Wall Highlight

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James was excellent, I cannot fault his organisation and skills. He showed genuine concern for our well being.

Angus Stansfield
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