From the mountain lakes of Tibet to the vast arid deserts of Inner Mongolia, vast China truly is nature at its very best. Beijing, with its Great Wall and Forbidden City, offers many sightseeing trips and chances to explore local culture. Shanghai, meanwhile, is a sprawling metropolis, ideal for food, wine, events and nightlife. Or, head to Xian for day tours of the Terracotta Army.
This is our most popular trip in China and one of the top trips from the entire Intrepid range.
In addition to the main highlights in the big cities of Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai, you'll get a glimpse of small-town life in Xitang and a taste of the countryside when we stay near the Great Wall. .
Our small group size allows us to explore destinations on foot together, eat in authentic local restaurants, travel by subway and train, and escape the tourist traps - all under the expert guidance of a passionate local leader..
“World Expeditions is an amazing company that runs amazing trips to amazing places. I would travel with them over & over again. Anytime, anywhere. They are responsible, fair & practical. The scenery was absolutely mind blowing. But the people were also a huge part of the wonderful experience.”
“This was our first group travel experience after many years of independent travel. We enjoyed not having to worry about ongoing
transport, accommodation and language issues. While we would have liked to stayed longer in some places, the tour enabled us to see sites we would have found difficult to visit independently. We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday with World Expeditions.”
“This trip was amazing and our guide Jimmy was extremely helpful and made sure we all had a good time. A special thanks to John (Mr. John Jiang) who came to the airport at 9 pm to escort me to my hotel in Beijing upon my arrival.”
Explore incredible Buddhist art in the Mogao Caves
Cross part of the Great Wall of China
Walk through Beijing’s Forbidden City
Visit Qin Shi Huang’s Terracotta Army in Lintong District
China Travel Tips
Don’t go looking for the ‘Chinese’ food you’re accustomed to eating at home. Proper Chinese cuisine is mostly simple meat and cooked vegetables, and is very different from what you’ll find in Westernised Chinese restaurants.
The only currency you can use in China is the yuan (or RMB). Businesses will not accept Hong Kong dollars or US dollars. If you can’t exchange currencies before you travel, many large banks allow you to exchange money using their ATMs at a reasonable exchange rate.
Receive a compliment? Don’t say thank you - it’s a sign of vanity. Refuse them - it’s polite.
Many websites are blocked in China, including Google (Gmail) and Facebook. If you desperately need these tools to contact friends and family back home, seek advice from the locals. WeChat is one of the most popular messaging app.
Purchasing a Chinese sim card for your mobile phone is simple and cheap. Carriers even offer a service where you can call to request directions and they text you the address in Mandarin for easy communication with taxi drivers.