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12-Day Best of China National Geographic Journeys: Beijing - Xi'an - Yangshuo - Shanghai
Product Code: 1113-213040


  • • Walk the Great Wall
  • • Cycle along the Xi'an city walls
  • • Explore Beijing's traditional alleys and backstreets known as hutongs
  • • Enjoy an awe-inspiring Shanghai acrobats show
  • • Face the Terracotta Warriors
  • • Visit the farming community where they were discovered
  • • Learn to cook local specialities at a rural cooking school
Tour Code
12 days
Departure City
End City
Tour Type:

Experience: Cultural, Family, Backpacker, Historical, Nature

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

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: Dong Fang Hotel or similar

Today you'll arrive in Beijing and self-transfer to the hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax until 6:00pm.

In the evening you will meet your fellow travelers and tour guide at 6:00pm. Please check for a notice from your Tour Leader. Following the meeting, we'll head out into the city to eat some delicious Beijing delights with your new group. Our dinner tonight is the traditional specialty, as we enjoy some delicious Peking Duck.

Dinner is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 02


Hotel: Dong Fang 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.

One of the greatest structures ever built, the Great Wall was constructed in stages over 2,000 years. This massive structure stretches 6,000km (3,728 mi) westwards from the sea to western China.

Afterwards you'll have free time to explore the city on your own. Wander through its scene streets or maybe take in one of its famous Beijing Opera performances.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 03


Hotel: Dong Fang 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.

In the afternoon, we will visit the Temple of Heaven, which is a refuge for Chinese retirees who practice water calligraphy, tai chi, or walk pet crickets here. Tour the temple itself and learn the history of this intricate structure, historically used only twice a year.

Breakfast is included.
Day 04

Beijing - Xian

Hotel: Train or similar

We'll enjoy some free time today to explore Beijing with our local CEO and enjoy some free time on your own.

In the evening, we'll catch an overnight train to Xi'an.

Accommodation this evening will be in Soft Sleeper train cars which have 8-9 compartments per cabin. Each compartment includes 4 beds (two upper and two lower beds) and a sliding door which can be locked.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 05


Hotel: Skytel Hotel or similar

In the morning we'll arrive in Xi'an and transfer to the hotel, where we'll have time to refresh.

Then we'll rent bikes and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.

Afterwards we'll take a guided walking tour around the Xi'an’s Muslim Quarter and explore the multicultural feel of the shopping lanes and street-side food stalls selling naan, kebabs, and a fine array of sweets. Opt to try some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favorite.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 06


Hotel: Skytel Hotel 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 visit a Village close to where, in 1974, a local farmer digging a well unearthed one of the greatest archaeological discoveries of the century: the Terracotta Warriors. Explore a bit and enjoy a delicious local lunch.

Opt to enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner banquet in the evening.

Breakfast and lunch are included.
Day 07

Xian - Yangshuo

Hotel: Outside Inn or similar

Today we'll depart the historic city of Xi'an and fly to Guilin, traveling from here to China's lush southwest to experience the rural culture and unique limestone karst scenery of the Yangshuo area.

In the afternoon, we'll enjoy the Li River cruise, a centrepiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Take in breathtaking scenery and a taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis. See gorgeous karst mountains peeking out each river bend, water buffalo patrolling fields, and locals reaping rice paddies. Greet school kids and fishermen as they float by on bamboo rafts. Be sure to bring your camera for this popular water tour.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 08


Hotel: Outside Inn or similar

Embark on a day of walking, venturing out from Yangshuo into the countryside by the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes, including small villages surrounded by karst mountains, winding rivers, and stunning scenery.

In the evening, enhance your culinary skills with a hands-on cooking class in Yangshuo. Learn how to prepare fantastic local dishes and enjoy your wok-prepared creation afterward.

Breakfast and dinner are included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 09


Hotel: Elite Garden Hotel or similar

Start the day early with a private Tai Chi class led by a local expert. This weaving together of calming yoga and meditation is practiced by millions daily throughout China and around the world. Learn the basic principles and moves of this ancient practice and start to discover firsthand why Tai Chi is revered for such health benefits as stress relief, improved balance and circulation, and overall well-being.

Next, we'll Embark on a day of cycling, venturing out from Yangshuo into the countryside by the Dragon River area to take in the montage of rural scenes, including small villages surrounded by karst mountains, winding rivers, and stunning scenery.

Finally, we'll return to Yangshuo for a free evening, which you can choose to spend relaxing or experiencing some of Yangshuo's vibrant nightlife.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 10

Yangshuo - Shanghai

Hotel: Hotel Yun's Paradise or similar

In a great day of contrasts, you'll awake overlooking the rural countryside and fly to Shanghai, finishing the day in the heart of China's bustling metropolis, Shanghai.

Cosmopolitan Shanghai is a mesmerizing array of old and new, from the 19th century Asian-infused Victorian and early 20th century Art Deco architecture to the bold 21st century futuristic skyline additions.

We'll begin our exploration here with a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 11


Hotel: Hotel Yun's Paradise or similar

Enjoy free time to explore on your own. Opt to visit Yuyuan Gardens or the Shanghai Museum.

In the evening we'll get a behind-the-scenes peek at the famed Shanghai acrobats, visiting their training room, interacting with the artists and learning about this ancient tradition. After, enjoy the awe-inspiring performance of tumbling, balancing, and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers. The show blends Chinese acrobatics with state-of-the-art multimedia technology unlike anything you have ever seen.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

Day 12


Today we'll say farewell and check out of the hotel, ending our tour.

Breakfast is included.

Visiting Attractions

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.

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

Package Includes

  • Hotels (10 nts), soft-sleeper overnight train (1 nt)
  • Meals: 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 3 dinners (Allow USD 325-425 for meals not included.)
  • Arrival transfer
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven
  • Visit Beijing's traditional hutongs
  • Excursion to the Great Wall
  • Xi'an Muslim quarter orientation walk
  • Cycle along the Xi'an city walls
  • Terracotta warriors tour
  • Lunch in a local village
  • Li River boat ride
  • Bicycle ride through the countryside with village visits
  • Cooking class and dinner in Yangshuo
  • Tai Chi class
  • Shanghai orientation walk
  • Shanghai acrobats show and behind-the-scenes tour
  • Internal flight
  • 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
    ▪ 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
    ▪ Acrobatic Performance Beijing - CNY 180-880
    ▪ 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

    ▪ 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

    ▪ Calligraphy Yangshuo - CNY 60-80 (depends on groups size) (40 mins)
    ▪ Chinese Language lesson - CNY 60-80 (depends on groups size)
    ▪ Gongfu Lesson Yangshuo - CNY 60-80 (depends on groups size) (per hour)
    ▪ Moon Hill - CNY 15
    ▪ Cooking School & market Tour - CNY 150-180 (depending on the meal)
    ▪ Bike-riding - CNY 25-50 (bike rental - depends on the bike)
    ▪ Kayaking Yangshuo - CNY 220

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 15, avg 10
  • Important Notes
    1) Luggage
    As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks, soft rolling bags or duffles are much more suitable than hard suitcases for this style of trip.
    2) Luggage Weight Restrictions
    There may be a weight restriction for the internal flight on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 20 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.
    3) Expectations
    China has emerged as a great tourist destination in the last ten years and is an intriguing and rewarding destination to visit. Developing at a fast rate, travel is becoming easier for foreigners but please be aware that English is still not widely spoken outside the large cities and that accommodation, toilet facilities and some transportation is not yet at the same level as you would expect in developed countries. If you are able to bring with you a lot of patience, a great sense of humor and a willingness to try and interact with the local people, your travel experience will be greatly enhanced.
  • 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.
    Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each others company. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited.
    For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
  • 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
    • Flight info
    • Insurance info
    • Passport
    • Required visas or vaccination certificates
    • Vouchers and pre-departure information
    • Binoculars (optional)
    • Camera
    • Cash, credit and debit cards
    • Day pack
    • Ear plugs
    • First-aid kit
    • Flashlight/torch
    • Fleece top/sweater
    • Footwear
    • Hat
    • Locks for bags
    • Long pants/jeans
    • Moneybelt
    • Outlet adapter
    • Personal entertainment
    • Reusable water bottle
    • Shirts/t-shirts
    • Sleepwear
    • Small travel towel
    • Sunglasses
    • Swimwear
    • Toiletries
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Waterproof backpack cover
    • Windproof rain jacket
    Light Hiking:
    • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes
    • Hiking pants
    Smart Dress:
    • Smart outfit
    Train Travel:
    • Slip-on shoes
    • Small container with lid
    • Travel cutlery
    • Travel or camp cup
    Warm Weather:
    • Sandals/flip-flops
    • Shorts/skirts
    • Sun hat/bandana
  • Visas
    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 travelers 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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