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8-Day Express China Tour: Beijing - Xi'an - Suzhou - Shanghai
Product Code: 1113-203380


  • • Beijing
  • • Forbidden City
  • • Tiananmen Square
  • • Great Wall
  • • Terracotta Warriors
  • • Xi’an
  • • Suzhou
  • • Master of the Nets Garden Tour
  • • Orientation Walk of the Bund
  • • Shanghai
  • • Chinese Acrobatic Performance
Tour Code
8 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:

Experience: Cultural, Historical, Nature, Backpacker, Family

Learn about local culture with in-depth tours and activities; Encounter rich historical landmarks with expert guides; Get in touch with Mother Earth; Geared to the "Get up and go!" traveler who wants to enjoy independent or semi-guided adventures; Enjoy activities and tours that are perfect for the whole family

Style: Guided, Escorted

Multiple local tour guides/drivers available throughout your tour/activity; Tour director/guided escort is available from the beginning to the end of the vacation

Group Type: Small group

Take an intimate and semi-private trip with a small group

Activity Level: Moderate

Designed for travelers in good health who are comfortable with light walking or hiking

Quality: Standard

Travel with professional guides, enjoy more time at attractions and/or stay at comfortable accommodations

Day 01


Hotel: Chong Wen Men Hotel or similar

Today you'll arrive in Beijing and self-transfer to the hotel. You'll have the rest of the day to explore Beijing on your own, but make sure to return to the hotel by 6:00pm.

In the evening you'll meet the rest of the tour group and your guide, who will introduce the tour details.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02


Hotel: Chong Wen Men Hotel or similar

Today we'll introduce ourselves to Beijing's most famous attractions and explore the city as the locals do.

First we'll travel by city metro to Tiananmen Square, one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

From here we'll transfer to the iconic Forbidden City where your expert guide will help you navigate the crowds and explore the rich history of this amazing attraction.

After our tour, you'll be free to explore the city on your own. Sample the delicacies from the food stalls or head to a local restaurant to try Peking duck. If there's a temple you're dying to see ask some of your new friends to tag along or go explore solo.

Day 03

Beijing - Xi’an

Hotel: HNA Hotel or similar

In the morning we'll take the trip to the attraction you've been dying to see: The Great Wall! We'll visit the nearby section of Mutianyu in the hills of Huariou County, just outside the city. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

In the evening, we'll transfer to the airport and flight to Xi'an. Upon arrival your tour guide will give you an orientation walk and provide some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs.

Visiting Attractions

Day 04

Xi’an - Suzhou

Hotel: Train or similar

Today we'll visit one China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors!

We'll transfer to the exhibition site for a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.

Afterwards we'll enjoy enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse. Then you can opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou.

Overnight train (beds)
Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

Lunch is included.
Day 05


Hotel: Qianshenyuan Hotel or similar

Today we'll arrive in Suzhou, the "Venice of the East."

We'll begin our visit here by exploring the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens.

Afterwards you may relax and enjoy the city on your own.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06

Suzhou - Shanghai

Hotel: Nanying Hotel Shanghai or similar

In the morning we'll travel by private vehicle to Shanghai and arrive in the afternoon.

Here we'll take an orientation walk along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our tour guide. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.

Afterwards you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer.

Visiting Attractions

Day 07


Hotel: Nanying Hotel Shanghai or similar

Today you'll be free to explore this bustling city.

There's plenty to see and do in Shanghai, and we wanted to make sure that you had some time to take it all in. Feel free to relax or try optional activities like visiting the Shanghai Museum or wandering around the Yuyuan Gardens.. Your guide has more ideas if you need them. Just ask!

In the evening we'll meet back up to see a spectacular Chinese acrobat show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!

Visiting Attractions

Day 08


On our final day of the tour we'll say farewell and depart for our next adventure.

We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully experience all Shanghai has to offer.

Pick-up Details/Transfers
When arriving in Beijing International Airport, you have a few choices on how to get to your starting point hotel.

A. Taxi: Follow the signs to the taxi ranks once you have come out of the baggage hall. The ranks are clearly defined, and traffic guards will systematically put you into a taxi. Print out the name of your hotel in Chinese. A taxi ride will take 1 hour depending on traffic, and should cost between RMB 95-120 (plus an extra 10 for the tollway).

Do not go with anyone who approaches you offering a metered taxi which is parked in the lot. They will rip you off.

B. Airport Express Train: Once you have come out of the luggage hall, follow the signs to the underground Airport Express Line. This line takes you to the center of Beijing, to DONGZHIMEN, where you can transfer to Subway line 2, or take a taxi from here to your hotel. The Airport Express ticket costs 25 yuan. It takes about 16 minutes from Terminal 3 of the Airport to Dongzhimen. Train hours are from 6:30am to 10:30pm.

To continue to the Chongwenmen Hotel by subway, it is very easy to transfer to Line 2 of the Subway and take it 5 stops to the Chongwenmen stop. Exit C. Turn right. The hotel is on your right hand side. Subway Fare is 2 yuan.

C. You may contact us for a quote if you need airport transfer.

Package Includes

  • 6-Night hotel accommodations and 1-night sleeper train
  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Terracotta Warriors tour (Xi'an)
  • Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou)
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • Chinese acrobat performance
  • Internal flight
  • 1 lunch
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Professional tour escort

Package Excludes

  • All personal expenses
  • Tips to tour guide/driver
  • Optional activities (availability subject to change. Please note these are examples of the entrance fees charged, this does not include hiring transport to/from the destination (unless stated otherwise)):
    ▪ Cable car at Great Wall - CNY 60.00
    ▪ Toboggan at Great Wall - CNY 60.00
    ▪ Forbidden City - CNY 60.00
    ▪ Temple of Heaven - CNY 35.00 (Taxi 12 CNY per taxi from your hotel)
    ▪ Summer Palace - transfer - CNY2 PP by subway (Taxi or Subway)
    ▪ Summer Palace - CNY 50.00 (30 main entry; 10 Cixi Museum; 10 Dragon boat)
    ▪ Lama Temple - CNY 25.00 (Subway 2 CNY PP)
    ▪ Legend of Gongfu Beijing - CNY 200-680
    ▪ Beijing Opera Performance - CNY 180-680
    ▪ Hutong Trishaw Cycle Tour - CNY 100-150
    ▪ Bike tour Drum Tower & Houhai - CNY 25.00 (Bike Rental)
    ▪ Factory 798 Art & Galleries - Free
    ▪ Tiananmen Square - Free
    ▪ Beijing Duck - CNY 100-150
    ▪ Hutong Cycle tour - CNY 100-150

    ▪ Terra Cotta Warriors Museum - CNY 150
    ▪ Bell & Drum Towers - CNY 35 - one way; CNY 50 - round trip
    ▪ Great Mosque - CNY 25
    ▪ City Wall Xi'an South Gate - CNY 54 (CNY 20/hr to bike the wall)
    ▪ Big Wild Goose Pagoda - CNY 50 PP (CNY 15 per taxi - one way)
    ▪ Shanxi History Museum - Free (CNY 20 for non-reserved visitors)
    ▪ Dumpling Banquet Defachang Restaurant - CNY 108

    ▪ Yuyuan Garden Shanghai - CNY 40
    ▪ Jinmao Tower - CNY 120
    ▪ Huangpu River night cruise - CNY 100 (CNY 10 taxi from your hotel to the pier - one way)
    ▪ Shanghai Museum - Free
    ▪ Old Town Shanghai - Free
    ▪ Urban Planning Exhibition Centre - CNY 30
    ▪ Oriental Pearl View deck - CNY 120 for second ball view deck; CNY 150 for third ball view deck
    ▪ Maglev Train Longyang train station to Pudong Airport - CNY 100 (Round Trip)

Special Notes
  • Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
  • Group Size Notes: Max 16, avg 12
  • Meals
    Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. While trekking in remote regions, food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips, please refer to the meals included and budget information. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
    All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are issued locally and will be given to you prior to the flight departure.
  • What to Take
    What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. While suitcases are not recommended for most G Adventures trips a rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) is quite suitable for this trip as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.
    Do not bring any knives or swords into China (gifts or otherwise). If they do make it into the country, they will not be permitted on trains. If you purchase a knife or sword while travelling elsewhere before arriving in China your best option is to post/mail it home before entering the country as no post/mail companies in China will accept it as a parcel.
  • Checklist
    Suggested Items:
    ▪ Windproof / waterproof jacket / umbrella / poncho
    ▪ Small towel / swimsuit
    ▪ Day pack for daily personal items
    ▪ Sunblock/Sun hat
    ▪ Sunglasses
    ▪ Wet wipes / Moist towelettes / Hand sanitizing lotion
    ▪ Alarm Clock
    ▪ Hiking pants /track pants / long trousers
    ▪ Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    ▪ Ear plugs for light sleepers
    ▪ Sleeping bag/ sheet
    ▪ Moisturizer, Lip balm
    ▪ Toiletries (biodegradable)
    ▪ Water bottle / Plastic mug / Cutleries
    ▪ Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs)
    ▪ Money belt
    ▪ Insect Repellent
    ▪ Tampons
    ▪ Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
    ▪ First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re hydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

    Optional Items:
    ▪ Camera with extra memory cards and batteries
    ▪ Personal Entertainment
    ▪ Binoculars
    ▪ Waterproof backpack cover

    ▪ Passport (with photocopies)
    ▪ Travel insurance (with photocopies)
    ▪ Airline tickets (with photocopies)
    ▪ USD cash
    ▪ Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
    ▪ G Adventures vouchers, pre-departure information and dossier
    ▪ Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
  • Visas
    ** Please be advised that if you have recently travelled to Turkey, or you are a Turkish citizen, it is possible that your Chinese visa will not be approved. Please contact your local embassy for further information. **
    Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country.
    CHINA: all nationalities require a visa to visit China
    Most nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Chinese visa.
    You can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in China. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details.
    When filling out your Chinese Visa Application form, Please ensure that you list the same details as appear on your LOI when filling out your Chinese Visa Application form.
  • How to Fill in China LOI form online:
    As Chinese visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates. We also recommend you add on an extra day to both the start/end of your trip so your visa length will cover any unexpected delays. Please, remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Chinese embassy.
    Please do not submit the below application until 3 months prior to your entry into China. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in China and you will be emailed your Chinese Invitation Letter (With day by day Itinerary) only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date.
    Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the nearest Chinese embassy.Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct.
  • Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on the trip. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
  • This tour/activity is overseen by a select local operator in the region. Upon booking your tour or activity and after receiving confirmation, you will be issued an e-ticket detailing the local operator's name and contact information. If you require assistance finding a specific tour, please contact us for more information.

Pricing Info

Your reservation is always subject to confirmation by email, normally within one to two business days.

* Adult: 18 and older
* Child: 12-17 years of age
* Children younger than 12 are not permitted on this tour.
* All travellers under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult.
* Prices for Single Occupancy apply when one person stays in one standard hotel room.
* Prices for Double Occupancy apply when two people stay in one standard hotel room.

Reservation Info

    1.Immediately after submitting your reservation you will receive a Receipt of Reservation via email.
    2. Within one to two business days of submitting your reservation you will receive a confirmation email from us. If you need to book an airline ticket, we recommend that you do so after you receive a confirmation of your tour reservation from us.
    3. An E-Ticket will be sent to you via email as soon as details of your reservation are confirmed or your supporting information is received by us. We will provide you with all detailed information about your tour on the E-Ticket. Contact information for local tour provider will be included on E-Ticket for your convenience or re-confirmation purpose if re-confirmation is required.
    4. Simply print your E-Ticket and present it with your valid photo ID on the day of your activity to your tour guide. Please remember E-Ticket is your proof of purchase.

Terms and Conditions

    - Your purchase does not guarantee confirmation. Your purchase will initiate a reservation process. We will confirm with you via email within one to two business days.
    - Prices may vary due to availability. We reserve the right to make price adjustment without prior notice.
    - Please refer to our Standard Amendment, Cancellation and Refund Policy before you make reservation.
    - Please refer to Customer Agreement before you make reservation.
    - Local tour provider reserves the right to make modifications to tour arrangements including order of tour activities, hotel and its location if deemed necessary.

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