- duration 11 days
- tour type Group
- age requirement 16+ yrs
- guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
- Beijing's Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park
- Giant pandas at Chengdu's Breeding & Research Centre
- One of the bestpreserved parts of the Great Wall of China at Mutianyu
- The famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, near Xi'an
Visit China's iconic sites and bring its fascinating history and culture to life! Beijing's history stretches back three millennia and the scale of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City never fail to amaze. Leaving the grandeur behind, explore the old town's narrow 'hutongs', and locals house for a more humbling experience and a class in the traditional Chinese craft of papercutting. Head out of the city and step foot on one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall; here you'll begin to comprehend the magnitude of this construction as it snakes across the mountains to the horizon and beyond. Juxtaposed to this is Xi'an's vibrant Muslim Quarter, where we catch a shadow puppetry show at Gao's Family Mansion. Xi'an is most famed for the nearby Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, where excavations have revealed thousands of hand-crafted life-size and lifelike army figures. A China holiday would not be complete without a trip to Chengdu to see the endangered Giant pandas - these black and white furry animals are a national emblem and a rare sight. End in cosmopolitan Shanghai, with its unmistakable skyline illuminated at night.
Everything went smoothly, from the pre-tour info, to information at the hotel and the logistics of the domestic flights and checking in on the boat. It felt very safe, especially for a woman travelling alone.
The crew on board was excellent! I loved the way every guide had his own ‘field of expertise’ which covered everything you wanted to know (and things you didn’t know you wanted to know ;-)).
The Staff was extremely helpful, happy, smiling and overall serviceminded. It was a pleasure!
Overall the program on board made sure that you almost didn’t have an idle moment, which for me was amazing! And the logistics of getting nearly 200 passengers into zodiacs 10 at the time, went so incredible easy, they crew are really professional and know how to make your experience the best possible.
I can highly recommend this trip to anyone who wants to explore the magic of Antarctica.”
Sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and a walking tour of
the hutongs including a class in traditional paper cutting
Visit the Great Wall of China; return to Beijing and take an overnight train
Arrive Xi’an; afternoon walking tour of the Muslim Quarter with a shadow
puppetry show at Gao’s family mansion
Excursion to the Terracotta Warriors
Free day in Xi’an; optional cycling along the old city walls or Mount
Huashan day trip
Bullet train to Chengdu; afternoon walking tour around the People’s Park
– try Chinese water calligraphy (weather permitting)
Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre
Fly to Shanghai; afternoon visit to the Shanghai Museum
Explore the Bund waterfront area and the French Concession
- 9 nights hotels and 1 night sleeper train , Premium departures available: 10 nights upgraded accommodation (no sleeper train), upgraded transport and 2 dinners in 'Michelin' class restaurants included , All accommodation
- All breakfasts and 1 lunch included , All breakfasts and 1 lunch
- 11 days land only/12 flight inclusive
- Travel by bullet train, sleeper train, domestic flight, metro/public bus and private coach
- All transport and listed activities
- (if booking incl. flights)
- Optional single supplement, available on request (excludes sleeper train)
- Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs
- Tour leader throughout
- Arrival and departure transfers
- 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 Essential China 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 Essential China tour. You can cancel the tour up to 62 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 61 days of departure.Payment
A deposit of 248 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 61 days before departure. For any departures within 03 June 2020 full payment is required.Travel Insurance
Essential China 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.Visa
For this Essential China 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.