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Classic China & Chengdu - 12 Days map

PRIVATE TOUR: Journey south from the nation's capital Beijing to the terracotta warriors in Xi'an and the beautiful Giant Pandas in Chengdu. Spend some time marvelling at these amazing creatures before continuing on to sensational Shanghai - China's gateway to modernity!

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Trip Highlights

Beijing - historic Tiananmen Square and the fascinating Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace
Xi’an - UNESCO-listed Terracotta Warriors, clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, City Wall cycle ride, and the Muslim Quarter
Leshan's Great Buddha - one of the world's largest Buddhas
Walking along the world famous Great Wall of China in a more remote location than big tour groups - Mutianyu
Chengdu - the original Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Wuhou Memorial Temple, People's Park and Jinlli Street
Shanghai - the Shanghai Plaza Tower, Jade Buddha Temple, the lively Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City and the beautiful waterways of Zhujiajiao


9 nights accommodation in superior hotels (deluxe upgrade available on request)
2 overnight trains: Beijing - Xi'an and Xi'an - Chengdu (4 berth soft sleeper cabin)
Touring and excursions as per itinerary
English speaking local guides
All relevant transfers and transportation
10 breakfasts, 4 lunches, 2 dinners
One way economy flight: Chengdu - Shanghai
Airport arrival from Beijing Capital Airport on day 1 and departure transfer Shanghai on day 12
Entrance fees into all included sights

Not Included

International flights and visa
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


Day 1


On arrival into Beijing International Airport you will be met by and On The Go Representative and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure, so you can start exploring Beijing independently or relax and rest up for the evening at the hotel.
Overnight: Beijing

Day 2

Beijing City Tour

Today you will set out on a guided tour of the nation's capital, starting with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Tiananmen Square - home to the Monument of the People's Heroes and many important events in Chinese history - most notably the 1989 Student Protests. The Forbidden CIty - so called as it was only visited by people on Imperial business up until 1911 - is a vision in grandeur with yellow roofs, vermilion walls and the innermost sanctum of Beijing. This afternoon you will walk through the city's many temples, grand halls and courtyards before visiting the Temple of Heaven later today.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall of Mutianyu

Beijing - Mutianyu. Today take a journey outside of the city to the most famous wall in the world - the Great Wall of China. Take a walk or maybe even a climb on a lesser visited part of the wall at Mutianyu. Later on you can opt to see how they make traditional noodles and sample them afterwards. When you have walked enough of the wall you return to Beijing for the evening.
Overnight: Beijing  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4

The Summer Palace

This morning is free to further explore Beijing, shop till you drop or take a leisurely walk to the Temple of Heaven and join in some Tai Chi in a local park. This afternoon you head over to the Summer Palace with its UNESCO listed imperial gardens on Kunming Lake. Tonight you'll be transferred to the train station for your overnight sleeper train to Xi'an.
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 5

Big Wild Goose Pagoda

Xi'an. Your morning in Xi'an starts with a visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda before a leisurely bike ride around the City Wall, which dates from the Ming Dynasty. You then head to the local Muslim Quarter and the Great Mosque.
Overnight: Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6

Terracotta Warriors

Xi'an - Chengdu. Home to the world famous Terracotta Warriors, which were discovered in 1974 by local farmers who were digging for a well. These soldiers are over 2200 years old and no two warriors are the same - it is believed they are a self portrait of the individual soldiers. After an informative look around this battle ready army you'll visit local crafts people who make clay warrior replicas which you can purchase. This evening you head for the station and board another overnight sleeper train - this time to Chengdu - land of the Giant Pandas!
Overnight: Sleeper Train  |  Breakfast

Day 7


Awaken this morning in Chengdu - capital of Sichuan province - famed for its outstanding natural beauty, fiery cuisine and China’s first, largest and best known Panda research and breeding centre. On arrival into the station you'll be transferred to your hotel. Afterwards, visit Wenshu Monastery and Kuan-zhai Lane . Also known as China's Lane the protected historical and cultural area is the place to try delicious local food or buy handmade clay figurines and Shu embroidery.

The evening is spent at leisure. If you are interested, most nights Sichuan Opera is performed at the Shufengyayun Theatre. Tickets can be booked locally or in advance.
Overnight: Chengdu

Day 8

Chengdu Pandas

A short drive out of town takes you to the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. China’s Giant Pandas are considered the most endangered mammal on the planet. Due to a loss of habitat in the Sichuan, Shaanxi, and Gansu Provinces it is estimated that there are less than 1500 giant pandas remaining in the wild - 80% of which are located in Sichuan Provence.

The centre opened in 1993 and for the purpose of breeding, research and education. A team of 46 collaborating with researchers from 8 different countries and 15 guest experts work within the facility. Covering an area of over 92 acres, there is plenty of space for the Giant Pandas and several species of rare and endangered animals to freely roam. Visiting the Panda nursery is a must, here you can get relatively close to the centre’s infant population.

The Breeding Center has achieved breakthroughs in captive breeding, has set up the largest semen and cell bank for the Giant Pandas in the world and created the first Giant Panda stud book! Afterwards you head to Renmin park to drink some tea as the locals love to do. The evening is spent at leisure.
Overnight: Chengdu  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

Great Buddha

Driving to Leshan your morning is spent exploring the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Dafo (Great Buddha), which is carved into the red sandstone face of Lingyun Hill overlooking the treacherous confluence of the Min, Qingyi and Dadu rivers below it. It is standing at Dafo's huge 8m feet that you can really appreciate the scale of one of the world's largest Buddhas. Talking numbers, his ears droop 7m, his shoulders span 28m and his nose measures a whopping 5.6m!

Later you return to the city and to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Arriving there our friendly local rep awaits for you in arrivals and transfers you to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure - why not head out into the city and explore?
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 10


Take in the highlights of Shanghai today on a guided tour of the city. Visit the Yu Gardens and Bazaar - Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, with its waterfront promenade and grandiose pre-1949 buildings, Pudong and the Shanghai Plaza Tower, the Jade Buddha Temple and take a cruise along the Huangpu River.
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast

Day 11

Ancient Zhujiajiao

Today, you journey to an oriental Venice – ancient Zhujiajiao interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways. Enjoy the day with your guide taking in the scenic town and having a wander along it’s many pretty streets. Return for an evening at leisure in Shanghai. Tonight you can have a booking made at one of the many cities revolving rooftop restaurants and enjoy a dinner overlooking the stunning city lights - a great way to spend your final night!
Overnight: Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 12


After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your onward flights.

Prices & Dates

Prices shown are per person when there are 2 persons sharing a room. The 'Single Room' price is applicable when a single room is required, based on a travelling party of at least 2 adults.

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At a Glance

Trip Type
Most days of the year
Hotel Rating
Superior (deluxe available on request)
Tour Guide
Yes - for all included sightseeing
Breakfast: 10, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 2
Minimum Age
5 yrs, accompanied by an adult
Arr. Transfer
Yes, 1 transfer per booking
Dep. Transfer
Yes, 1 transfer per booking
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 videoCyclists on the old city walls in Xian
The riverside view of Chengdu city with Anshun bridge beautifully illuminated
The riverside view of Chengdu city with Anshun bridge beautifully illuminated
Click to play videoThe view across the Huangpu River to the modern cityscape of Pudong in Shanghai
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