See the real China on our range of classic tours and delve deeper into Chinese culture on an unforgettable tailor-made holiday. Plus plan ahead with our handy China Travel Guide.

China is now one of the world's most visited countries and for Brits it may be the lure of the perfect sweet and sour chicken that draws them East with Chinese food rated Britain's most popular takeaway. Chinese food is likely to play a starring role in any trip to China with its sheer diversity but there's plenty else on offer to rouse the senses. As one of the largest countries in the world and sharing borders with 14 other countries, China is a land of contrast and unique cultural heritage. From the legendary Great Wall in the north, to the stunning karst landscapes of Yangshuo in the south, and the pulsating city of Shanghai in the east, China has natural and man-made wonders galore.

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Awarded in the category of Best Tour Operator to East and Central Asia last year at the British Travel Awards, our China tours are the perfect way to explore the highlights of this fascinating country from escorted group tours to private trips and tailor-made holidays.

Upcoming China Trips in 2019 & 2020

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Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Beijing, China 29 Jun 2019 £888 was £1,045 15% off Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days Map
Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Beijing, China 29 Jun 2019 £1,866 was £2,195 15% off Great Wall & Pandas - 14 Days Map
China Express - 6 days Beijing, China 29 Jun 2019 £591 was £695 15% off China Express - 6 days Map
Take me to Tibet - 12 days Beijing, China 29 Jun 2019 £1,611 was £1,895 15% off Take me to Tibet - 12 days Map
Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Beijing, China 29 Jun 2019 £1,951 was £2,295 15% off Yin and Yangtze - 16 days Map

Our China Tours

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China Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
6 days | FROM £695

Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along...

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Shanghai to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM £845

Travelling from Shanghai to the capital, cruise the canals of Suzhou,...

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Backroads to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM £745

Take the road less travelled from Shanghai to Beijing. Explore the...

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Yulong River | Yangshuo | ChinaHong Kong to Chengdu -  8 days Map

Hong Kong to Chengdu

Trip Type : Group Tours
8 days | FROM £485

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Uncover the delights of China’s vibrant cities and...

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Great Wall & Warriors

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 days | FROM £1,045

Explore the highlights of China starting in Beijing with Tiananmen...

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Great Wall at sunrise | Beijing | ChinaBeijing to Shanghai Express - 9 days Map

Beijing to Shanghai Express

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 days | FROM £545

SEMI INDEPENDENT: This whistle stop tour of China uncovers some of...

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Xian Wild Goose Pagoda | ChinaEssence of China - 9 Days Map

Essence of China

Trip Type : Group Tours
9 Days | FROM £1,295

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Take an exhilarating 9 day journey of discovery...

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Chinese Checkers

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 days | FROM £1,195

Kick off in Beijing, explore the Forbidden City, ride around the...

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Summer Palace | Beijing | ChinaHighlights of China - 11 Days Map

Highlights of China

Trip Type : Group Tours
11 Days | FROM £1,695

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Discover China’s bustling cities and idyllic...

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Take me to Tibet

Trip Type : Group Tours
12 days | FROM £1,895

Exploring Beijing’s grand Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and the...

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Hutongs to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £1,995

Take a rickshaw through Beijing’s happening hutongs and climb the...

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Fine China

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 days | FROM £1,445

Climb the Great Wall at Badaling and Juyonguan Pass and enter the...

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Yangtze River | ChinaClassic China & Yangtze Cruise - 13 Days Map

Classic China & Yangtze Cruise

Trip Type : Group Tours
13 Days | FROM £1,995

SEMI INDEPENDENT: From bustling Beijing to Shanghai, be astonished as...

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Great Wall & Pandas

Trip Type : Group Tours
14 Days | FROM £2,195

Setting out from Beijing uncover some of China’s most famous and...

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Mandarin Sunrise

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 days | FROM £1,595

Travelling a full circle from Beijing, you will discover temples,...

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Tokyo to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 Days | FROM £3,095

Take in the highlights of Japan and China on this 15 day tour from...

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Xian City Walls | ChinaHong Kong to Beijing - 15 days Map

Hong Kong to Beijing

Trip Type : Group Tours
15 days | FROM £1,075

SEMI INDEPENDENT: Take in the buzzling metropolis from Victoria Peak...

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Yin and Yangtze

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM £2,295

Kicking off in Beijing, soak up all the attractions of China’s...

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Yangshuo Peaks & Bamboo Rafts | ChinaHong Kong to Hong Kong - 16 days Map

Hong Kong to Hong Kong

Trip Type : Group Tours
16 days | FROM £1,045

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: Discover China’s ancient and reinvented...

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Watch the sunrise over the Great Wall of ChinaEssential China Adventure - 18 Days Map

Essential China Adventure

Trip Type : Group Tours
18 Days | FROM £1,275

SEMI INDEPENDENT TOUR: From Shanghai discover the karst landscape of...

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The Harbin Ice Festival | China	Harbin Ice Festival Express - 5 Days Map

Harbin Ice Festival Express

Trip Type : Festival Tours
5 Days | FROM £945

Let it snow! See the world's largest and most elaborate ice sculptures...

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The Harbin Ice Festival | ChinaHarbin Ice Festival - 11 days Map

Harbin Ice Festival

Trip Type : Festival Tours
11 days | FROM £1,245

Discover China this Christmas to see the Great Wall, Beijing's...

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaChina Family Adventure - 8 days Map

China Family Adventure

Trip Type : Family Holidays
8 days | FROM £995

FAMILY TOUR OF CHINA (children 5 years and over): Take your little...

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Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | ChinaChina Discovery For Teenagers - 8 days Map

China Discovery For Teenagers

Trip Type : Family Holidays
8 days | FROM £1,145

FAMILY TOUR TO CHINA (for children aged 12 years and above): Climb the...

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing & Shanghai City Break - 7 days Map

Beijing & Shanghai City Break

Trip Type : Private Tours
7 days | FROM £1,095

Enjoy a well-rounded week long city break in China’s top two cities....

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Black Dragon Lake | Lijiang | ChinaYunnan Experience - 8 days Map

Yunnan Experience

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £1,195

Home to many of China's ethnically diverse minority peoples, Kunming &...

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Travertine pools | Sichuan | ChinaSizzling Sichuan - 8 days Map

Sizzling Sichuan

Trip Type : Private Tours
8 days | FROM £2,495

Explore China’s beautiful Sichuan province! Discover Huanglong...

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Garden in Suzhou | ChinaPostcard from China - 10 days Map

Postcard from China

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM £1,345

From Beijing to Shanghai via the Jinan Province, visit UNESCO sites,...

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Temple and mountains | Lijiang | ChinaJourney Down South - 10 days Map

Journey Down South

Trip Type : Private Tours
10 days | FROM £1,895

Get off the beaten track and see the highlights of China’s scenic...

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Gaint pandas | ChinaClassic China & Chengdu - 12 Days Map

Classic China & Chengdu

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 Days | FROM £2,545

Journey south from the nation's capital Beijing to the terracotta...

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The River Li | Yangshou | ChinaSouthern China Explorer - 12 days Map

Southern China Explorer

Trip Type : Private Tours
12 days | FROM £3,095

Take in the highlights of southern China on this unique 12 day tour,...

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Three Pagodas and Cangshan Mountain | Dali | ChinaBest of Yunnan and Beijing - 13 Days Map

Best of Yunnan and Beijing

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 Days | FROM £4,295

SEMI-INDEPENDENT: Setting out from Shanghai uncover China’s diverse...

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Turpan | The Silk Road | ChinaSilk Road Adventure - 13 days Map

Silk Road Adventure

Trip Type : Private Tours
13 days | FROM £3,595

Taking in Urumqi, Kashgar & Turpan in China's far west before heading...

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The Great Wall of China | China	Totally China - 15 days Map

Totally China

Trip Type : Private Tours
15 days | FROM £2,795

Visiting the nation’s capital - Beijing, Xi’an, Guilin and...

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The Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Visa Free - 3 days Map

Beijing Visa Free

Trip Type : Short Stays
3 days | FROM £375

The perfect city stay for those in transit through Beijing, it is now...

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Shanghai by night | ChinaShanghai Visa Free - 3 days Map

Shanghai Visa Free

Trip Type : Short Stays
3 days | FROM £425

Short and to the point this is a perfect city stay for those in...

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Guardian lion in Forbidden City | Beijing | ChinaBeijing Breakaway - 5 days Map

Beijing Breakaway

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM £525

Enjoy a city break with a difference. Explore Tiananmen Square, enter...

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The Bund | Shanghai | ChinaEye on Shanghai - 5 days Map

Eye on Shanghai

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM £545

Shanghai is where east really meets west. Explore the city on our 5...

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Lake Temple in Lijiang | ChinaLijiang Short Stay - 5 days Map

Lijiang Short Stay

Trip Type : Short Stays
5 days | FROM £785

Uncover the beauty of Tiger Leaping Gorge, spend a night with a local...

Our China Trip Types

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China Group Tours

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Our fun and informative group tours are perfect for first-time visitors with the services of qualified English-speaking local guides, plenty of sightseeing covering China's main highlights and enough free time for you to explore too.

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With the Great Wall topping most travellers' wish lists in China, closely followed by the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, we've ensured that all our China group tours include these two incredible sites.

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China Tailor-made Holidays

Plan Your Dream Holiday

Explore China your way with a tailor-made holiday designed exactly how you want it. We're here to recommend activities and overnight stays for that perfect tailor-made holiday to China.

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Whether it’s a special stay at the Great Wall, a cruise down the Yangtze River, a visit to see the pandas in Chengdu or heading to the summit of Thousand Tortoise Mountain, let us know what interests you and we'll put it in your holiday. And from classic itineraries to journeys off-the-beaten track, our expert team are on hand to create the ultimate trip to China.

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China Festival Tours

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A number of colourful festivals take place in China each year and we've arranged special festival tour departures to coincide with the most popular ones.

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For something a little different this festive period, consider a visit to Harbin in the north-east of China. Nicknamed the Ice City, the local arctic climate makes it the ideal setting for the Harbin Ice Festival which has now gained worldwide recognition. See mammoth snow creations carved expertly by local and international sculptors, depicting anything from people and animals to monuments. For the young at heart this popular festival offers an endless array of winter fun with massive ice slides illuminated by neon lights.

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China Family Holidays

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China is an incredible destination with so much to uncover, irrespective of age. Our family friendly itineraries include a range of cultural and historical experiences, with a fun twist designed to keep the kids entertained.

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Whether it’s learning the ancient art of calligraphy, discovering the world-renowned Great Wall or visiting the famous Panda Conservation Centre in Chengdu, there's something for all the family to enjoy.

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China Private Tours

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If you'd like to travel to China on your own private tour then we've got a selection of itineraries that are bound to get your travel bug biting.

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From the vibrant ethnic minorities, stunning stone forest and spectacular Tiger Leaping Gorge in Yunnan, the birthplace of Confucius in Qufu to the famous Silk Road, the natural beauty of the Sichuan province and China's monochrome mascots, the giant pandas, in Chengdu, whatever brings you to China, we've got it covered.

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China Short Stays

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Soak up all that Beijing and Shanghai have to offer with one of our short stay packages, ideal for those planning a stopover en route elsewhere.

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In Beijing explore the vast Forbidden City and marvel at the Great Wall whilst in Shanghai discover the old and new with funky bars, modern department stores, towering skyscrapers, traditional temples and gardens, plus fantastic shopping.

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China Day Tours

Maximise your time in China's greatest cities with our range of day tours and activities in Beijing, Hong Kong and Shanghai with trips to the iconic man-made wonder that is the Great Wall.

China tour reviews

Scoring an average traveller rating of 4.72 out of 5 based on 69 recent reviews — See All China Reviews

Our tour guide, Feng was very good. Navigating our way through China was certainly helped with her translation skills and forward planning, as we were able to see parts of the Great Wall and Terrocottoa sodiers before the mass of other tourists arrive. ”  

Darren Ridings • Submitted 11 Jun 2019

The route ensured we experienced some of china's main attractions and areas of historic interest. Our guide was absolutely brilliant throughout our 16 day holiday. She ensured we were in the right place at the same time, was very knowledgeable and simply blended in. Couldn't have asked for a more helpful, friendly and welcoming guide. ”  

Melody Green • Submitted 10 Jun 2019

Absolutely fantastic trip.

Lisa made the trip uniquely brilliant and should be considered for annual tour guide award.

We will be looking for our next holiday via On the Go. ”  

Deborah McAllion • Submitted 16 May 2019

Frequently asked questions about our touring holidays in China

I want to visit the Great Wall - do you include this on your tours?

You'll get to see the world's most famous wall on our China tours that begin or end in Beijing. And that's the vast majority of them. An afternoon is spent at the popular Badaling section of the wall and unlike many other operators, we also spend a night at a hotel right beside the wall. This means you get to revisit the Great Wall the following morning before the crowds arrive and enjoy views of the Juyongguan Pass from your hotel. If you're interested in knowing more about the different sections of the wall, check out our page on visiting the Great Wall.

Where can I see pandas in China?

The best place to see pandas in China is the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. This non-profit facility is home to over 80 pandas and enables visitors to observe the monochrome bears at play. We have five different escorted itineraries that include time in Chengdu and a morning visit to the panda centre so you have a few options available if pandas are on your wishlist. For more information, see our guide to visiting pandas in China.

Do you have any China trips that start in Shanghai?

Yes we do. The majority of our China group tours start in Beijing and end in Shanghai but we also have two touring itineraries that operate in reverse - starting in Shanghai and ending in Beijing. The most popular is our 8 day Shanghai to Beijing tour. There's also a round-trip itinerary from Shanghai that covers the highlights of southern China. Browse our collection of China tours to find the one that's right for you.

I'm a second time visitor to China and I've seen the north already. What can you offer me?

If you've already visited Beijing and the Great Wall then you might want to consider China's scenic south. This region of China is famous for its iconic landscapes, holy mountains, lush rice terraces and delicious cuisine. We have two itineraries that focus solely on the south of China, kicking off in either Shanghai or Chengdu. We also offer tailor-made holiday arrangements in China and our expert team are on hand to help create your perfect itinerary.

How big are your tour groups and what is the age of your travellers?

Our average tour size in China is 18 travellers and you can expect an interesting dynamic with people from all walks of life. And this includes a wide range of ages from the mid-20s to the early 70s. The average age is somewhere between 45 and 55 years of age.

What is the standard of hotels on your trips?

You'll be staying in comfortable, Western-style 3-4 star hotels with good sized rooms and modern amenities. Our hotel beside the Great Wall is a little more simple but what the hotel lacks in facilities it more than makes up for with its location and views of China's most impressive man-made structure.

What sort of transport do you use?

You'll get to sample a range of transport modes on our China tours from bicycle rides along ancient city walls to rickshaw rides through Beijing's most historic districts. There's also the chance to cruise along the Huangpu River in Shanghai and the pretty canals of Suzhou. For road transfers we use private A/C vehicles and for longer journeys we use comfortable overnight soft sleeper trains in private four-berth carriages. See our Top Travel Tips page for more details on sleeper trains in China.

When is the best time to visit China for general sightseeing?

The spring months (March - May) and autumn months (September - November) are considered the best time to visit China. During these seasons the weather is generally dry and temperatures not too hot nor too cold. The skies are also clearer with less smog in the cities and lower rainfall. You can find more detailed information, including climate averages, on our best time to visit China page.

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Beat the crowds
Spend a night at the Great Wall

On our group tours to China, we include an overnight stay at the Juyongguan Pass section of the Great Wall to rise early the next morning and visit the wall in peace and quiet. By staying right beside the Great Wall, we can get there before the day trippers and other tour groups, enjoying time to wander the wall free of the usual crowds. It's the best way to enjoy this incredible World Wonder.

Highlights of our China tours

With such a varied geography, illustrious history and fascinating collection of cultures, China offers travellers an astonishing choice of travel destinations. Here are just some of the highlights you'll find on our tours.

The Great Wall

The Great Wall of China | China

Tick this New World Wonder off your bucket list with a walk along the Badaling section of the Great Wall and a night spent beside Juyongguan Pass for an early morning visit without the crowds.

Beijing

The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China

Explore the sprawling Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, take a rickshaw ride through the Hutongs, enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance and feast on traditional Peking Duck.

Xi'an

Terracotta Warriors | Xi'an | China

Come face-to-face with the famous Terracotta Warriors, visit the Wild Goose Pagoda, ride the ancient city walls by bike and explore the atmospheric Muslim Quarter with hot pot for lunch.

Chengdu

Gaint pandas | China

Visit the famous Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding to see China's animal emblem in the flesh and visit the quiet Wenshu Monastery for tea in the delightful teahouse.

Yangshuo

Rafting on the Yu Long River in Yangshuo

Admire the striking scenery of karst limestone outcrops and enjoy a rafting cruise along the calm, clean waters of the Yu Long River with plenty of time at leisure to enjoy the activities on offer.

Shanghai

Shanghai by night | China

Take a guided tour of this glittering metropolis to see the beautiful Yuyuan Garden and historic Bund with a cruise on the Huangpu River to soak up views of the Pudong skyline.

Booking your China tour from United Kingdom

To book your tour to China, please call us on +44-20-7371-1113, email us at info@onthegotours.com or book online. Alternatively, we work with a number of travel agents, so you can book through your travel agent if you prefer. Recent travel agents that booked a trip to China with us:

Bath Flight Centre

15 Union Passage, Bath, UK
01225444413
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days

Guildford - Flight Centre

23 Swan Lane, Guildford, UK
01483 654 412
Great Wall & Warriors - 9 days

Hemel Hempstead - Flight Centre

Unit 53, The Marlowes Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK
01442 261 161
Beijing to Shanghai Express - 9 days

Hemel Hempstead - Flight Centre

Unit 53, The Marlowes Centre, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, UK
01442 261 161
Shanghai to Beijing - 8 days