China on a Shoestring

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  • duration 21 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 14+ yrs
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Shanghai , China
  • +10
  • Beijing Walk along the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Explore Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City
  • Xian Meet the famous Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi
  • Yangtse River cruise Relax for 3 days whilst exploring the stunning Yangtse River landscapes
  • Villages and Rice Terraces Take in rural China as we hike amongst the villages of the Dong, Yao and Zhuan people
Starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai, the China On A Shoestring trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites tour that takes 21 days. You will travel through Chengdu, Chongqing, Xian and 9 other destinations in China. China On A Shoestring is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport, meals and others.

Witness China's highlights as we travel across this vast country with locals on public transport. From ancient sites in Beijing and the Great Wall to the lively and modern streets of Shanghai, experiencing the 'real China' in between. Xian & Chengdu - Meet the famous Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi and see pandas at the famous research centre Yangtse River cruise - Relax for 3 days whilst exploring the stunning river landscapes Villages and Rice Terraces - Take in rural China as we hike amongst the villages of the Dong, Yao and Zhuan people
5 - Excellent
Based on 307 reviews
Grant's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Grant
  • From Canada
  • On Oct 04 2019
“This trip was very well planned, routes were well thought out and beautiful. Our guides, Marcko and Zoran took great care of us. The bikes were great. The days were balanced with easier cycking days folkowing more chalenging ones. Marcko was very knowledgeable and informative. Some of the accommodation could have been a little nicer. We had a lovely group and it was a wonderful experience. Absolutely recommend it!”
Sarah's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Sarah
  • On Aug 25 2019
“Overall it was a fabulous trip of a lifetime ”
Elizabeth's review for another Explore tour
5 - Excellent
  • Elizabeth
  • On Aug 16 2019
“The trip notes recommended trainers for the mountain hiking - it should say to bring sturdy walking boots.
Not sure that Cuba was the right destination for us in August - the heat was quite unbearable (and we did survive Vietnam!) ”
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  • Day 1 : Join trip in Beijing
  • Day 2 : Discover the sights of Beijing including the Forbidden City
  • Day 3 : Discover the Temple of Heaven, free afternoon in Beijing
  • Day 4 : Walk the Great Wall; overnight train to Xian
  • Day 5 : Free time to explore Xian's Muslim Quarter
  • Day 6 : Discover the Terracotta Army; optional Tea Ceremony
  • Day 7 : Morning train to Yichang; board the Yangtse riverboat
  • Day 8 : Cruise down the Yangtse River
  • Day 9 : Continue down the Yangtse River; passing through the fabulous Three Gorges
  • Day 10 : A chance to visit the Jade Emperor's Shrine and take part in the Captain's farwell dinner
  • Day 11 : Disembark riverboat; bullet train to Chengdu
  • Day 12 : Visit the Panda Research Centre and take the bullet train to Sanjiang before driving to Ma An Zhai Village
  • Day 13 : Drive to Ma An Zhai Village. Evening with local family
  • Day 14 : Meet Yao families in Longji and Dazhai Village
  • Day 15 : Hike from Dazhai to Pingan, passing incredible views
  • Day 16 : Transfer from Pingan to Yangshuo
  • Day 17 : Free day in Yangshuo; optional bike hire and cooking classes
  • Day 18 : Transfer to Guilin; overnight train to Shanghai
  • Day 19 : Free day in Shanghai; stroll along the Shanghai Bund
  • Day 20 : Optional visit to the Pearl TV and Radio Tower
  • Day 21 : Trip ends in Shanghai
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  • 11 Breakfast, 6 Lunch, 6 Dinner
  • 5 nights comfortable hotel
  • 2 nights simple overnight train
  • 5 nights simple hotel
  • 4 nights comfortable boat
  • 4 nights simple guesthouse
  • Bus, Boat, Train
  • Explore Tour Leader, Driver(s), Local Guide(s)
  • Any international flights to Beijing and from Shanghai are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel insurance is not included in this China on a Shoestring tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
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No additional cancellation fees apply for this China on a Shoestring tour. You can cancel the tour up to 60 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 59 days of departure.


A deposit of 293 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 59 days before departure. For any departures within 24 April 2020 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

China on a Shoestring tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.


For this China on a Shoestring tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

If you have any question about this tour or need help with planning a trip, please do not hesitate to get in touch with us. We're ready to help.