Welcome to China

Journey to the Orient and discover a land of ancient traditions and a culture rooted in ancient mythology. Over the centuries, China has developed a unique history on sometimes epic proportions such as thousands of Terrocotta warriors in Xi’an at the tomb of the first Emperor and the unmissable Great Wall of China that stretches for countless miles north of Beijing. This part of the world is also rapidly modernising with cities such as Shanghai changing year by year as flashy new towers rise up over the historic Bund. It hasn’t always been smooth sailing, with a famous incident occurring in Tianenmen Square and much of Beijing’s priceless cultural heritage being destroyed during the 20th century, but a resurgence of appreciation for the country’s rich past means that the Forbidden City and ancient parts of Beijing are now preserved and celebrated to their full extent.

We’ll uncover this exotic land’s cultural triangle by speedy train and ensure we throw ourselves at every traditional Chinese activity going such as tucking into a famous Peking roast duck banquet, experiencing a Kung Fu lesson in a park, riding gondolas through historic canals and browsing and bartering in authentic Chinese bazaars.

Tour Highlights

  • Walk on a section of the Great Wall of China
  • Discover the Summer Palace and Forbidden City
  • Sample traditional and modern Chinese cuisine
  • Uncover row upon row of spectacular Terracotta Warriors
  • Explore Shanghai from the water to the top of high towers
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  • Dates & Prices

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    April 30 - May 9, 2020 (10 days)

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    Terracotta Warriors of Xian China lined up between rock trenches
  • An ornate wooden bridge crosses over water to a temple

    What's Included

    • Flights and transfers from the UK (UK prices only)
    • 4 nights' accommodation at the Nostalgia Hotel Guomao Branch in Beijing
    • 2 nights' accommodation at the Yitel Hotel Dayanta Shaanxi in Xi'an
    • 1 night accommodation at the Holiday Inn Express Zhabei in Shanghai
    • 2 nights' accommodation on board night trains
    • All breakfasts
    • 8 dinners
    • Specified excursions
    • Services of local guides
    • Services of a Traveleyes tour manager
  • Excursions

    • Hutong walking tour
    • Kung Fu lesson
    • Beijing City tour
    • Summer Palace tour
    • Terracotta Warriors tour
    • Xi'an tour
    • Yu Yuan Bazaar visit
    • Shanghai tour
    • Shanghai River cruise
    • Zhujiajiao Water Town gondola ride
    A view of Shanghai during sunset

Below is the itinerary for the holiday. Please click each day for more information.

Thursday 30th April

Begin your journey to China, arriving tomorrow.

Overnight on board a flight to China.

Friday 1st May

We’ll arrive into Beijing this morning and transfer from the airport into the city where we’ll check into our hotel. Once we’re settled, we’ll begin our exploration of Beijing in one of the city’s ancient hutong areas. Once prestigious and neat neighbourhoods of Beijing, many hutongs faced decline and were demolished in the 20th century. Today, they’re valued over the wide boulevards and high rises that have appeared in much of Beijing so are protected and appreciated for their long history and links to the country’s six dynasties.

Tonight, we’ll enjoy our first group dinner together before retiring for the evening.

Dinner included. Overnight in Beijing.

Saturday 2nd May

Today we’ll begin with a traditional Kung Fu lesson in a park. This famous martial art is the study and practice of patience, energy and time and will be a great way to stretch and take part in a traditional Chinese activity.

Following this, we’ll head to the Temple of Heaven, one of the most aesthetically pleasing temples in China. The round temple is packed with symbolism and widely considered a masterpiece of Chinese civilisation thanks to the important role the temple played in the ceremonial connection between the Emperor of China and heavenly authority.

We’ll then tour Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City complex where China’s leaders once lived and ruled over the whole country. This monumental collection of palatial buildings is intricately planned and gives a great sense of scale for the grandeur and power of China’s ruling dynasties. To culminate our visit we’ll finish in Jingshan Park, a lush green area full of follies and beautiful views of Beijing.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Beijing.

Sunday 3rd May

Today we’ll depart Beijing and travel north to the Great Wall of China. This man-made wonder of the world snakes over hills and through valleys for countless miles and now consists of rustic and sections of crumbling rock as well as painstakingly restored sections of ramparts and towers ascending and descending typical Chinese countryside.

Upon arrival at the Great Wall, we’ll walk to a secluded and incredibly beautiful section away from the crowds to explore, touch and understand this incredible monument.

Upon return to Beijing, we’ll tuck into a delicious and traditional Peking roast duck banquet, a true highlight of any visit to this incredible region!

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Beijing.

Monday 4th May

This morning we’ll head to the Summer Palace for a walk around the beautiful ensemble of gardens, interesting buildings and serene lakes. Most of the Summer Palace was destroyed in the 19th century by European powers with many treasures also being looted and sent to museums around the world, but there remains numerous traditional follies and temples scattered around the manicured landscape that we’ll explore.

Following this, we’ll make our way through the Panjiayuan Flea Market, looking for Mao’s Little Red Book and other era-defining artefacts.

This evening, we’ll board a night train from Beijing West Station to Xi’an Station. Our train will depart at 8.40pm, arriving into Xi’an at 8.31am the next morning.

Travellers who have booked a single room will not be able to have a single cabin to themselves for this train journey.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight on board a night train to Xi’an.

Tuesday 5th May

Once we pull into the train station we’ll set out for a deeper look into China’s ancient past as we visit the Terracotta Warriors. These figures are a form of funerary art buried with an ancient Chinese emperor and date to 210BC, making them over 2000 years old. It is estimated that there are more than 8000 warriors, 130 chariots and over 600 horses forming the army that was believed would escort the emperor into the afterlife.

Each figure is individual and incredibly detailed. They were once painted and held real weapons that have since been looted or rotted.

This afternoon, we’ll explore the Muslim Quarter and take our time to absorb the smells and sounds of the market before tucking into a Hui Muslim dinner.

After dinner, we’ll stroll to see the Drum and Bell Tower lit up at night.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner included. Overnight in Xi’an.

Wednesday 6th May

Today we’ll walk along the top of the ancient city walls of Xi’an before enjoying some free time for lunch.

In the afternoon, participate in a traditional cloth dying experience of in an authentic pottery class, showing the unique techniques used in this part of the world to create fine fabrics and ornaments.

This evening, board a bullet train to Shanghai, departing at 8.23pm and arriving at 6.26am.

Travellers who have booked a single room will not be able to have a single cabin to themselves for this train journey.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight on board a night train to Shanghai.

Thursday 7th May

When our train pulls up into Shanghai we’ll head to Yu Yuan Gardens and Bazaar in search of gifts and local delicacies. A particularly loved Shanghai food are Xiao Long Bao dumplings that you can seek out for lunch.

This afternoon, we’ll tour Shanghai’s shining financial district, Lujiazui, which is known for futuristic skyscrapers, fine European dining and heritage as well as luxurious historic hotels that line the river. Whilst here, we’ll take the opportunity to ascend to the top of the Oriental Pearl TV Tower which commands gorgeous views of the city and beyond.

This evening, we’ll conclude our day with an evening river cruise to take in the Bund and Pudong.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Shanghai.

Friday 8th May

This morning we’ll embark on a tour of Zhujiajiao Water Town, a beautiful old town on the outskirts of Shanghai. Once there, we’ll board a gondola boat and ride around the canals enjoying the traditional atmosphere that can only be captured in China’s ancient cultural spaces.

This afternoon, we’ll board a fast train back to Beijing at 3.52pm, arriving at 9.18pm, we’ll then check into our hotel for the final evening.

Breakfast and dinner included. Overnight in Beijing.

Saturday 9th May

Today we’ll transfer to Beijing Airport for our journey home.

Breakfast included.

Single supplement is £240.

Please note that if you book a single room you will still be in a shared train cabin for the two overnight train journeys this trip includes. If you wish to book an entire cabin to yourself, please let one of the Traveleyes team know.

Overnight train cabins will be booked in entirety for Traveleyes customers only.

You will be required to apply for a visa to enter China.