Explore China


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Tour length 12 days

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In-depth Cultural
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About this tour

Capture the spirit of China on this 12-day tour from Shanghai to Beijing. From fast-paced modern cities to the well-preserved remnants of a long and storied history, this adventure reveals the many sides of one of the world’s great cradles of civilisation. We think it’s important to contrast the big and the bold with quiet moments and real connections. That’s why our tour of the Terracotta Warriors finishes with lunch at a local family home, and why we spend a few days in the Tibetan Buddhist town of Xiahe before tackling boisterous Beijing. Whether you’re scaling the Great Wall or sharing crispy Beijing (Peking) duck with your fellow travellers, this tour is packed with unforgettable moments. The best way to experience a place is by doing as the locals do – and in this case that means using public transport such as trams, buses or metro at some locations. It’s better for the environment and you’ll get an authentic look at daily life, just be aware you may find yourself sharing a busy bus ride with local commuters (for example). Train travel in China may not be entirely luxurious, but it's certainly one of the best ways to come face-to-face with the country and its people.This trip travels to altitudes of up to 3100 metres above sea level and as a result, some travellers can feel the effects of altitude sickness, regardless of age or physical health.In order to see as much as possible, this tour includes some long journeys. Please read the itinerary carefully for travel time estimates.You'll need a reasonable level of fitness for the Great Wall walk. Shoes with good support and grip are essential. There are many steps and slopes on the way, so be prepared for a tough climb in sections. You are free to walk as far as you want, and it is possible to reach the section we visit via cable car.
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Tour ID 81976
Tour length 12 days
Language English
Group size 12
Age range 15 - 99

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Intrepid Travel


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Day 1: Shanghai
Day 2: Shanghai
Day 3: Luoyang
Day 4: Shaolin – Luoyang
Day 5: Longmen – Xi'an
Day 6: Xi'an
Day 7: Xiahe
Day 8: Xiahe
Day 9: Lanzhou – Beijing
Day 10: Beijing
Day 11: Beijing
Day 12: Beijing


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