Essential China

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  • No booking fees
  • COVID-19protected
  • Cultural, religious and historic sites
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  • duration 11 days
  • tour type Group
  • age requirement 16+ yrs
  • max group size 16
  • guiding method Live Guide/Instructor
  • Starts Beijing, China
  • Ends Shanghai, China
Tour with Flexible Booking Policy
  • Change dates It is free to change your tour start date within 30 days of departure.
  • Choose a different tour Select a new tour run by the same tour operator within 30 days of departure.
HIGHLIGHTS Download trip notes
  • Beijing's Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square and Jingshan Park Giant pandas at Chengdu's Breeding & Research CentreOne of the bestpreserved parts of the Great Wall of China at MutianyuThe famous Terracotta Warriors of Emperor Qin, near Xi'anShanghai's Bund waterfront area and French Concession
Starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai, the Essential China trip is a guided cultural, religious and historic sites trip that takes 11 days. You will travel through Shanghai, Forbidden City, Chengdu and 5 other destinations in China. Essential China is a small group trip which includes accommodation, transport and others.

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 have a class in the traditional Chinese craft of papercutting inside one of the homes. 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.
4.5 - Excellent
Based on 4,280 reviews
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
4 - Very Good
  • On Apr 16 2017
“A well organised trip and with a very good group leader. A very friendly bunch of people and everyone got along well. The Polish and Slovakian mountains are just beautiful and should be visited more by tourists (although it is heavily visited by locals during holidays). We were very lucky to have all days of sunshine and clear views during the trek, and even had the opportunity(!) to hear a wild bear on the second day of walking. Exploring Krakow at the end of the trip was a relaxing treat.”
Review for another Exodus Travels tour
5 - Excellent
    “From beginning to end this was an amazing adventure ....every day filled with wow moments”
    Review for another Exodus Travels tour
    5 - Excellent
    • On Apr 16 2017
    “This was a wonderful trip that my husband and I throughly enjoyed. It gave us a great opportunity to explore this beautiful region and thanks to Eduardo we were able to really get the most out of the area. Highly recommended!”
    ITINERARY Expand All
    • Day 1: Arrive Beijing
    • Day 2: Sightseeing including the Forbidden City, Jingshan Park and a walking tour of the hutongs including a class in traditional paper cutting
    • Day 3: Visit the Great Wall of China; return to Beijing and take an overnight train to Xi’an
    • Day 4: Arrive Xi’an; afternoon walking tour of the Muslim Quarter with a shadow puppetry show at Gao’s family mansion
    • Day 5: Excursion to the Terracotta Warriors
    • Day 6: Free day in Xi’an; optional cycling along the old city walls or Mount Huashan day trip
    • Day 7: Bullet train to Chengdu; afternoon walking tour around the People’s Park – try Chinese water calligraphy (weather permitting)
    • Day 8: Visit the Giant Panda Breeding Centre
    • Day 9: Fly to Shanghai; afternoon visit to the Shanghai Museum
    • Day 10: Explore the Bund waterfront area and the French Concession
    • Day 11: End Shanghai
    • 11 days land only/12 flight inclusiveTravel by bullet train, sleeper train, domestic flight, metro/public bus and private coach9 nights hotels and 1 night sleeper trainAll breakfasts and 1 lunch includedOptional single supplement, available on request (excludes sleeper train)Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrsPremium departures available: 10 nights upgraded accommodation (no sleeper train), upgraded transport and 2 dinners in 'Michelin' class restaurants included ,All breakfasts and 1 lunchAll accommodationAll transport and listed activitiesTour leader throughout (if booking incl. flights)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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    GOOD TO KNOW Download trip notes

    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.


    For any tour departures within 25 August 2021, full payment is required. For tours that depart later than 25 August 2021, a deposit of 10% is required to confirm this tour, and the remaining balance will be charged 61 days before trip departure.

    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.


    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.

    COVID-19 Safety Measures

    This trip incorporates the following COVID-19 measures:

    • This tour has received the World Travel and Tourism Council’s ‘Safe Travels’ stamp, which provides travellers with assurance that COVID-19 health and hygiene protocols have been adhered to.
    • An average group size of maximum 10 people have been implemented on this tour to protect against COVID-19. Local authority requirements will furthermore be followed.
    • Wearing a mask, hand washing and sanitizing has been implemented on this package tour. Frequently touched surfaces are regularly disinfected. Hygiene safety measures and distancing will furthermore be followed in transportation, accommodation and meal venues.
    • Several COVID-19 distancing measures have been adopted on this package tour to keep travellers safe.
    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.
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