Great Wall of China | China
FROM: £1,195 pp

Uncover the best of China, from Beijing to Shanghai and Xi'an to Suzhou. This nine-day adventure takes you through China's illustrious living history, along its traditional streets, and into the heart of its ultra-modern mega cities.

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Trip Highlights

Beijing - explore China's captivating capital, from Tiananmen Square to the Forbidden City and enjoy a rickshaw ride through the backstreets
Xi'an - marvel at the sculpted army of Terracotta Warriors and cycle along the Xi'an City Wall
Suzhou - wander through the classical Lingering Garden and explore this oriental Venice
The Great Wall - discover two separate sections of this ancient masterpiece, at Badaling and Juyongguan Pass
Shanghai - take in the highlights of the bustling metropolis, where age-old tradition meets the future

Included

8 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 Peking Duck dinner
High speed train: Xi'an - Shanghai
Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou
Rickshaw ride through Beijings' Hutongs
Shanghai - Huangpu River cruise
Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
English speaking specialist guides at local sights
7 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
1 overnight train: Beijing - Xi'an (4-berth soft sleeper cabin)
Chinese acrobatic performance
Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
Suzhou - historic Grand Canal Cruise
Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer day 9 from Shanghai Airport
All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

Not Included

International flights and visa
Entrance Fees: USD$105-115pp, 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$60-70pp, paid in local currency

Itinerary

Day 1

Welcome to China!

Saturday. You've arrived in Beijing and your adventure has begun! There's an included arrival transfer to your hotel. Once you've checked in, the rest of the day is yours. Why not head out for your first glimpse of China's captivating capital?

Included:

  • Direct transfer from the airport to the hotel

Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Beijing

Day 2

A Beijing beginning

We're kicking off our adventure with a day of Beijing sightseeing! We'll visit the iconic Tiananmen Square and the majestic Forbidden City. And we'll take a traditional rickshaw ride through the winding hutongs (backstreets).

This evening, we'll head to an acrobat show in the heart of the city. Expect stunning costumes, captivating colours, and gravity-defying tricks, then tuck into a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Beijing   |  Breakfast, Dinner

Day 3

The Great Wall

Beijing - Great Wall. Today, we're ticking the big one from the bucket list. After a free morning, we'll bid farewell to Beijing and head north to Badaling. And the most preserved stretch of the Great Wall. We'll walk the cobbles, we'll cross the watchtowers, and we'll follow the way of the rugged mountains. We spend the night at our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel near Juyongguan Pass  |  Breakfast

Day 4

Granite and limestone, jade and pearl

Great Wall - Beijing - Xi'an. We'll be up bright and early for a final view of the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass - arriving as it opens to beat the crowds. From here, we'll visit a jade carving workshop. And we'll learn about its importance in Chinese culture.

After lunch, we'll head back to Beijing to catch the sleeper train to Xi'an. You'll have a couple of hours to spare before boarding - ideal for a spot of shopping at the Pearl Market!
Overnight: Overnight sleeper train to Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5

Ancient warriors and archaeological treasures

Today we discover the Terracotta Army: 7,000 unique soldiers carved in exquisite detail, with no two faces alike. The warriors have stood strong for over 2,000 years, originally created to protect Emperor Qin Shihuang in the afterlife. The iconic sculptures have inspired the work of clay workshops across China - including the one we'll visit!

Tonight, we welcome you to join the optional Tang Dynasty Show, which includes dinner, a traditional performance and transfers (bookable locally).
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Xi'an  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 6

Step back into old Xi'an

Xi’an - Shanghai. Xi'an was once the centre of Chinese culture and politics. It was once home to emperors, warriors, merchants, and monks. And relics of the past are hidden at every turn.

Today, we'll explore Xi'an's towering Big Wild Goose Pagoda. We'll cycle along the ancient city walls. And we'll wander through the vibrant Muslim Quarter. After our morning of sightseeing, we board the high-speed train to Shanghai. Arrival Shanghai and check into our hotel.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 7

Set your sights on Shanghai

Where centuries of tradition and culture meet the modern age - and get a glimpse of the future. Today, we'll tour Shanghai. From the bustling Bund to the charming Old City. From the striking Plaza Tower to the serene Yu Garden. We'll also cruise the Huangpu River. And you'll get the best view of the famous Pudong skyline.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Shanghai   |  Breakfast

Day 8

Canal streets in Suzhou

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today we'll swap Shanghai for Suzhou. With serene canals, tranquil waterways, and traditional gardens, Suzhou is the Venice of the Orient. We'll enjoy a cruise along its Grand Canal. And we'll explore its ancient Lingering Garden - a peaceful spot of classic pavilions, hidden pagodas, wooden walkways, and calm ponds.

We'll finish our day with a silk workshop visit, before heading back to Shanghai.
Overnight: 3-4* hotel in Shanghai  |  Breakfast, Lunch

Day 9

So long, Shanghai

Sunday. Wake up in Shanghai for one last time. For now, anyway...

After breakfast, we'll transfer you to the airport in time for your flight. You'll land back home with a lifetime's worth of memories, and a love of adventure.

Included:

  • Direct transfer to the airport

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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Extra Prices

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Private Tour Supplement
£500
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Pre-Tour Accommodation - Beijing
£65
£65
Post-Tour Accommodation - Shanghai
£50
£50

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.

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.

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel, Xi'an

Our Category: Standard   |   Regional Category: 4 Star Hotel

Located a stone’s throw away from the Ancient City Wall and Islamic Mosque, is the Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel. The hotel offers modern comforts in the heart of the city. Each air-conditioned guestroom features WiFi, a minibar and satellite TV. There is an onsite restaurant which serves a daily buffet or a la carte breakfast as well as a variety of Asian and Western dishes. During free time, guests can enjoy a relaxing massage or work out in the fitness centre.

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.

Reviews

Travellers have rated this tour as 4.5 out of 5 based on 38 recent reviews

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Matthew was brilliant excellently organizor.

• Submitted 07 Nov 2019
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Great tour and friendly people & country.

• Submitted 15 Oct 2019
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Matthew was unfailingly kind and helpful. We could not have hoped for a better guide.

• Submitted 02 Oct 2019
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The tour was fantastic and we would highly recommend it. Lucky for us there were only four of us on the tour and we got on great. Jason our guide in Beijing was absolutely wonderful and we cannot recommend him highly enough. You have a wonderful, helpful, personable employee there who most definitely goes the extra mile. Our driver in Beijing was terrific too Mr. Sun.

I really cannot say more than that everything was wonderful and we would not hesitate to travel with you again.

• Submitted 20 Sep 2019
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Jason was absolutely wonderful and did an amazing job. Our driver was also excellent. Both very highly recommended.

• Submitted 27 Aug 2019
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Both driver and guide were very accommodating and would recommend to others.

• Submitted 24 Aug 2019
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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.

• Submitted 16 May 2019
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Fantastic tour. Leo was a great guide and we were so lucky that the other 16 people in the group were all lovely - we hope to keep in touch with all of them. The tour was packed with a great variety of sightseeing and activities and the accommodation was very good. We have been very impressed with On The Go Tours at all stages and we'll definitely book again. Thank you!

• Submitted 03 Oct 2018
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Excellent tour, exceptional guide.

The only thing I would change is that I would like to do the bullet train to Shanghai and then stay in a hotel rather than a second night in a sleeper train. It’s an experience that you only need once!

• Submitted 02 Oct 2018
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Absolutely amazing experience. Matthew was with us until the end of the tour but we also had Andrew and Faye with us along the way. They are all very professional and well spoken guys. Nothing was too much for all of them, they made the whole experience even more enjoyable

I would not hesitate to recommend On the Go Tours to anyone.

• Submitted 21 Aug 2018
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In Brief

Range
Trip Type
Starts
Beijing
Ends
Shanghai
Departs
Saturdays
Group Size
Min 2 / Max 24
Hotel Rating
3 - 4 star
Tour Guide
Yes - escorted by a tour guide
Meals
Breakfast: 8, Lunch: 4, Dinner: 1
Visiting
Beijing, Great Wall, Juyongguan Pass, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou
Countries
Click to play videoBeijing cityscape with a view of the sprawling Forbidden City palace complex from above
Click to play videoGreat Wall Highlight
Click to play videoCyclists on the old city walls in Xian
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

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Extra Tour Info

Visiting the Great Wall
Our guide to the various sections of the Great Wall
Updated
20th December 2019

Matthew was brilliant excellently organizor.

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