The Gate of Heavenly Peace | Beijing | China
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China Express - 8 days map

Experience an unforgettable journey through China's cultural gems on this 8-day adventure. In Beijing, explore the historic Tiananmen Square, wander through the magnificent Forbidden City, and savour the world-famous Peking roast duck. Venture to the enchanting Great Wall for a unique hiking experience. In Luoyang, discover the celestial art of Longmen Caves. Witness captivating Kung Fu performances at a Shaolin Monastery. Travel to Xi'an by high-speed train, visit the Terracotta Army and create your own dumplings in an extraordinary culinary experience.

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Itinerary
Prices & Dates
Hotels
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Trip Highlights

Beijing - Visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, explore the Hutong area of Beijing, enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic Show and taste the famous peking duck
Xi'an - Experience the UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Terracotta Warrior Factory, Small Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride and savour a dumpling-making experience
Huanghuacheng Great Wall - A section of the Great Wall of China, unique for its partially submerged and picturesque portion of the wall
Luoyang - Take a high-speed train to Luoyang, and enjoy a visit to the Longmen Caves, food hunt in Old City Shizi Street and watch Kung Fu at a Shaolin Monastery

Included

Daily breakfasts, 2 lunches and 3 dinners, inclusive of traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing and dumpling-making experience in Xi'an
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Touring of Beijing, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Luoyang & Xi'an
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
Shadow puppetry show
7 nights 4 star hotels
Highspeed train ticket to Luoyang (2nd class)
Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
Visit to Shaolin Monastery

Not Included

International flights and visa
Departure airport transfer
Tipping Kitty: USD$35-55pp, paid in local currency
Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture
Entrance Fees: USD$85-105pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to Beijing!

Saturday. Huang ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon your arrival at Beijing Capital Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.

The day is yours to explore Beijing, the captivating capital of China, renowned for its blend of history, contemporary skyscrapers, and iconic cultural sites such as the Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China. In the evening, there will be a welcome meeting in the hotel lobby to kick off your exciting journey.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

The Forbidden City

After breakfast, our first stop today will be the iconic Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. While we won't enter the tomb, we will get to view the exterior.

Following this, we'll enter the *Forbidden City, a magnificent palace complex which served as the seat of power for Chinese emperors over five centuries. With over 800 buildings and 9,000 chambers, this is one of China's best preserved historical treasures. *Tickets to the Forbidden City are limited, see trip notes for more information.

In the afternoon, delve into Beijing's hutongs, a maze-like network of ancient alleyways that form the city's historical core. Wander through these charming lanes, where generations of families have lived, and discover traditional courtyards and compact houses. Afterwards, you'll take a leisurely stroll along Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, a renowned shopping avenue at the heart of the city.

In the evening, enjoy a Beijing dining experience by savouring a Peking roast duck dinner, typically enjoyed wrapped in thin pancakes, with spring onions and hoisin sauce!


Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall of China

Today, prepare for an exciting journey to the iconic Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Wall stands as an enduring symbol of Chinese civilization and ingenuity. Initially constructed for defensive purposes, it snakes an impressive 6,700 kilometers across diverse terrains and towering mountains.

We'll be visiting the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, known as the "Yellow Flower Great Wall." Its name originates from the vibrant yellow wildflowers that bloom along the wall during specific seasons. What sets Huanghuacheng apart is that a portion of the wall is partially submerged underwater. We'll embark on a scenic hike along the wall, offering breathtaking views and a deeper understanding of the structure's historical significance.

This evening promises an enchanting spectacle as we attend a Chinese acrobatic performance. These skilled artists will leave you spellbound with their gravity-defying feats.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Welcome to Luoyang

Beijing - Luoyang. After breakfast this morning, we'll head to the railway station for a comfortable 2nd class high-speed train journey to Luoyang, which will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. Luoyang is one of the four ancient Chinese capitals, renowned for its magnificent peony blooms and the celestial Longmen Caves.

After meeting our local guide and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, prepare to be captivated by the Longmen Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These remarkable caves are perched densely along the cliffs lining the Yi River, and they house the world's most extensive collection of celestial art treasures, boasting the largest array of statues to be found anywhere on Earth. This enduring art form, etched into the stone, has not only withstood the test of time but has also borne witness to the reign of over 10 dynasties spanning more than 1,400 years.

In the evening, we'll take a stroll through Old City Shizi Steet, a renowned food street in old city Luoyang. Here, you'll have the chance to follow tantalizing aromas and sample a wide variety of local flavours.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Xiyuan Park & Shaolin Monastery

Today will begin with a visit to the vibrant Xiyuan Park. Here, residents gather to dance and sing, infusing the park with a lively burst of morning energy. It's an excellent opportunity to observe and perhaps even join in the joyful morning activities that reflect the spirit of the community.

Afterwards, brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we head to the legendary Shaolin Monastery, renowned as the reputed birthplace of Chinese martial arts. This sacred temple is not only a spiritual haven but also the epicenter of Kung Fu mastery. Witness a mesmerising performance that promises to entertain and awe. The skills and discipline of these martial artists are sure to leave a lasting impression.

As the day comes to an end, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, allowing you to indulge in the flavours of Luoyang cuisine.
Overnight: Luoyang  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 6

The Train to Xi'an

Luoyang - Xi'an. Rise and shine, today we'll catch an early morning train bound for Xi'an. Enjoy a swift yet scenic journey as we head toward this ancient city. Upon arriving in Xi'an, we'll start our day with a bike ride along the Xi'an City Wall. This remarkable structure stands as one of the oldest and best-preserved among the few remaining Chinese city walls.

Afterwards, get ready for the sensory delights of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, a bustling neighbourhood in the heart of the city. Here, the air is thick with the mouthwatering aromas of sizzling lamb skewers and fragrant spices emanating from the food stalls that line the narrow alleys. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals, witness their skilled craftsmanship in action, and let the diverse flavours tantalize your taste buds.

Not far from the Muslim Quarter, discover the majestic courtyard of the Gao Family. Within these hallowed walls, a unique spectacle awaits—a 15-minute shadow puppetry show, an art form believed to originate from this province. These performances breathe life into simple yet vibrant leather or paper figures, spinning enchanting narratives that have captivated audiences for generations.

Then, pay your respects at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a serene contrast to the bustling Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Within this peaceful Buddhist complex, you'll discover intriguing exhibits in the Xi'an Museum.

Tonight, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making dumplings, a local delicacy that is also a true form of culinary art. Enjoy the delicious dumplings you've created, accompanied by a cup of rice wine.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 7

Terracotta Warriors

Our day begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army and Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable collection of terracotta sculptures depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. These life-sized figures were meticulously modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army, displaying incredible attention to detail. The army consists of an astounding 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots, and 600 horses, and each figure is unique. The purpose of this vast army was to guard the remains of Emperor Qin Shihuang, entombed within a massive mausoleum complex.

Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit a Terracotta Warrior Factory. Here, you can delve deeper into the intricate production process, which remains unchanged since the time of the Qin Dynasty. Gain insights into the techniques behind these captivating artworks, adding a layer of appreciation to these ancient treasures.

After lunch at a local restaurant, we'll return to the hotel. From here, enjoy time at leisure to explore Xi'an at your own pace.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 8

Goodbye

Saturday. Today marks the conclusion of your remarkable China adventure, full of cultural wonders and tasty delicacies. After breakfast and 12pm hotel check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.
Breakfast

Prices & Dates

Departure dates marked with a 'G' are operating. All dates are guaranteed to operate when there are 4 persons booked on the tour. 'Twin Share' prices are per person when there are 2 people sharing a room. 'Single Room' prices are applicable to solo travellers or anyone wanting the privacy of a single room.

Guaranteed Departure
2024
Twin Share
Single Room
06 Jul - 13 Jul 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
20 Jul - 27 Jul 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
03 Aug - 10 Aug 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
17 Aug - 24 Aug 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
07 Sep - 14 Sep 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
21 Sep - 28 Sep 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
05 Oct - 12 Oct 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
12 Oct - 19 Oct 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
19 Oct - 26 Oct 35% off
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
26 Oct - 02 Nov 35% off
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
02 Nov - 09 Nov 35% off G
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
09 Nov - 16 Nov 35% off
£1,805
£1,173
£2,245
£1,459
21 Dec - 28 Dec 35% off
£1,705
£1,108
£2,075
£1,349
2025
Twin Share
Single Room
08 Mar - 15 Mar 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
22 Mar - 29 Mar 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
29 Mar - 05 Apr 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
12 Apr - 19 Apr 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
19 Apr - 26 Apr 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
26 Apr - 03 May 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524
03 May - 10 May 35% off
£1,755
£1,141
£2,345
£1,524

Extra Prices

Twin Share
Single Room
Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing (From price)
£55
£105
Post-Tour Accommodation - Xian (From price)
£35
£65
Full Day Shanghai City Tour
£145
N/A
Full Day Suzhou Tour
£205
N/A
Full Day Zhujiajiao Water Town Tour
£165
N/A

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.

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, Beijing

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Dong Fang Hotel Beijing, nestled in Beijing's Cultural Tourism District, offers a rich cultural experience with its proximity to historical attractions. Comprising of three distinct buildings from 1918, 1953, and 1985, this Republic of China-themed hotel seamlessly blends nostalgia with classic charm. Guests can savor traditional Shandong cuisine at the 'Flavor 1918 restaurant'.

New Friendship Hotel, Luoyang

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 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 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.

Xi'an Minsheng International Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Superior   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Wangyuan Minsheng International Hotel in Xi'an offers a comfortable stay with amenities like relaxing rooms equipped with flat-screen TVs, air conditioning, and free Wi-Fi. The hotel also provides a 24-hour front desk, concierge service, and express check-in and check-out for guest convenience. With its proximity to landmarks such as Daming Palace Site Park and Xi'an Mosque, along with popular attractions like the Muslim Quarter and the Xi'an Bell Tower, guests can easily explore the city's rich history and vibrant culture. Additionally, an on-site restaurant allows for convenient dining, making it a convenient choice for travelers looking to enjoy their stay in Xi'an.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.75 out of 5 based on 8 recent reviews

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We had a fantastic holiday, Matthew was a brillaint tour guide and very helpful and funny! The tour was really informative and we loved it! Thank you so much for everything and for looking after us.

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We loved every minute and especially our guide Matthew, he made our trip so much fun, interesting and he was so helpful.

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What an amazing jam packed tour of China. From tasting some local food, visiting the Terracotta Warriors, and walking the Great Wall twice this tour is suitable for everyone. A well paced tour with 2 expert local guides we were in good hands during the tour. Lisa organised everything perfectly in Beijing, from being collected by the bus at every point, and organising the group at Beijing Train Station, her level of professionalism was first class. As we left the tour group in Xian, we would like to thank the local guide Andrew, who surprisingly arrived to meet us at 3am to travel with us to Xian Airport and assist with us checking in for our flights to Vietnam. Great work.

• Submitted 29 Apr 2019
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The tour was very well organized and packed in s lot in a short time. Absolutely brilliant! Phung was so calm, knowledgable and always aware of everyone's individual needs. A better guide you could not ask for. We also enjoyed Benny's passion and humor in Xi'an.

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Excellent Local Knowledge and friendliness

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Had a great time, I filled out one of these on paper too, but 10/10 would recommmened.

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Fantastic trip , well planned, with enough flexibility to allow for everyone's different interests

Stephanie was absolutely fantastic ensuring everyone was catered for. Going above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly . She was friendly , helpful and great fun.

• Submitted 16 Apr 2015
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Thanks to our guide Feng who did a lot of behind the scenes organizing and made it look easy. A very enjoyable and safe experience.

Shannon Berg • Submitted 27 Oct 2014

Mandy was so amazing. I have never seen a guide so hard-working. She always made sure every guest was completely happy and went above and beyond to make our tour fantastic! Benny was also an amazing local guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much. Great at his job. Our driver in Beijing was also very good!

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Mandy was so amazing. I have never seen a guide so hardworking. She always made sure every guest completely happy and went above and beyond to make our tour fantastic! Benny was also an amazing local guide and we enjoyed our time with him very much.

Marc Greetham • Submitted 24 Jul 2014
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At a Glance

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Xi'an
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: 2, Dinner: 3
Countries
Minimum Age
15 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes
Dep. Transfer
No - bookable for a supplement
Click to play videoTaihemen gate of the Supreme Harmony Imperial Palace at the Forbidden City in Beijing
Click to play videoGreat Wall Highlight
Click to play videoCarved rock statues of Buddha in Luoyang
Click to play videoCyclists on the old city walls in Xian

Extra Tour Info

The Great Wall of China | China
Visiting the Great Wall
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall
Updated
25th September 2023

We had a fantastic holiday, Matthew was a brillaint tour guide and very helpful and funny! The tour was really informative and we loved it! Thank you so much for everything and for looking after us.

Gershom Gooden
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