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Beijing to Xi'an
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Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This short but intensive trip is a fantastic blend of active adventure and cultural sites, and is absolutely packed with some of the phenomenal highlights of China every single day, making it one of the best holiday-length trips in our catalogue! We start in the huge historic city of Xi'an, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, fascinating museums, colossal city walls, and a vibrant market district and nightlife! We will journey to Mao Tse-Tung's old headquarters of Yan'an and the amazing cave village of Lijiashan on our way to the stunning town of Pingyao, a traditional town that provides an authentic slice of 'Old China' and has plenty of fantastic highlights to explore. We then head to the holy Buddhist pilgrimage site of Wutai Shan and past the phenomenal Hanging Monastery on our way to Datong, home to some of the most incredible Buddha caves in China at the Yungang Grottoes. We will visit the breathtaking Jinshanling section of the magnificent Great Wall of China before heading to the old imperial summer retreat of Chengde, home to some huge parks and inpressive temples. We will then arrive in China's bustling capital of Beijing, home to the famous Forbidden City and countless other highlights! Join us on this wonderful and unforgettable overland experience in China!


Duration: 17 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Trekking, Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Historical Sites, Parks & Nature Reserves Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 157984
Starts: Beijing, China Finishes: Xi'an, China
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Chengde
  • Jinshanling
  • Datong
  • Wutai Shan
  • Pingyao
  • Lijiashan
  • Yan'an
  • Xi'an

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Border Information: if joining in Beijing, you will most likely enter China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK).

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. The rest of the day will be free to explore the incredible city of Beijing!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Beijing before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Beijing.

In Beijing we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

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Day 2: Beijing

Today we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the Forbidden City. We will then have a free afternoon to further explore the many sights, sounds and flavours of Beijing.

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Day 3-4: Chengde

This morning we will start our journey with a drive to the city of Chengde.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort.

In Chengde we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 5: Jinshanling

This morning we will have a short drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall.

In Jinshanling we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

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Day 6-7: Datong

Today we will drive to the city of Datong in China's Shanxi province.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves. 

In Datong we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 8-9: Wutai Shan

This morning we continue to the stunning mountainous area known as Wutai Shan, one of the holiest sites of Chinese Buddhism and a major centre of pilgrimage in the country. We will have an included visit to the incredible Hanging Monastery en route.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-5 hours.

On the following day we will have a full day to explore the area and visit its incredible array of temples and religious sites.

In Wutai Shan we will stay in a basic local hotel.

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Day 10-11: Pingyao

We will then drive to China's best-preserved ancient walled town, Pingyao. 

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours.

We will stay for 2 nights in Pingyao, giving us plenty of time to explore this ancient town and surrounding sites such as the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and the Zhangbi Underground City.

In Pingyao we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

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Day 12: Lijiashan

Today we continue our journey to visit the ancient village of Lijiashan, famed for settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families. We will stop en route for an included visit to the Black Dragon Temple just outside of Lijiashan.

In Lijiashan we will stay in a cave room, run by a local family and set up for guests.

Please note that some caves include a traditional 'Kang Stove bed'. The Kang bed is a hollow platform made from bricks that is used both as a bed and as a work area, these are common in remote villages in Northern China. In winter a coal fire can be lit under the bed, providing a huge amount of warmth day and night and it is very common for the whole family to sleep on one large bed. This means there may be times that members of the group may have to share 1 large bed with others in the group.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

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Day 13-14: Yan'an

Today we make our way to the city of Yan'an.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Yan'an is famous for being the ending point for those on the 'Long March', and became the CCP headquarters for a brief period. During our time here we have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters site.

In Yan'an we will stay in a local hotel.

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Day 15: Xi'an

Today we will drive to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'! On arrival we will have a free afternoon to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 hours.

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Day 16: Xi'an

This morning we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour. We will return to Xi'an for a free afternoon to further explore this diverse city.

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Day 17: Xi'an

Border Information: if leaving in Xi'an, you will most likely exit China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Today is the end day for passengers finishing their trip in Xi'an. Please note there is no accommodation included on the trip tonight - please contact the Dragoman Sales team if you are interested in booking extra nights of accommodation in order to fully explore and take part in some of the optional activities listed below.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Head out on a guided tour of the colossal Tian'anmen Square and the Ming Dynasty imperial palace of the Forbidden City in Beijing
    • Visit the Puning Temple, modelled after the famous Samye Monastery in Tibet, and see it's incredible thousand-arm wooden Buddha statue
    • Explore the incredible Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde, a vast park with a variety of gardens, pagodas, temples and palaces from various regions of China
    • Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, one of the most spectacular stone sections of the wall
    • See the phenomenal, gravity-defying Hanging Monastery, built hanging from a cliff 75m above the ground over 1500 years ago
    • Explore the phenomenal site of the Yungang Caves, a network of 252 caves containing over 51,000 incredibly crafted sculptures of Buddha from the 5th and 6th centuries
    • Explore the myriad of temples at Wutai Shan, one of the Four Sacred Mountains of Chinese Buddhism
    • Freely explore the old town of Pingyao, a well preserved walled city that offers a fantastic glimpse into 'Old China'
    • Visit the beautiful and ornate Black Dragon temple near Lijiashan
    • Stay overnight in a local guesthouse built into a cave, in the cliff-side village of Lijiashan
    • Visit the Revolution Museum and the Yangjialing Headquarters site, the former headquarters of Mao Tse Tung's Communist Party during the revolution
    • Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife
    Tour Staff
    • 2 Dragoman crew and 1 Chinese crew
    Accomodation
    • 0% Camping - 100% Hotels
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Ryan Dwight K Posted on: 

At first the sight of the truck, it was not as expected. But it grew on me, and having a refillable drinking water tank was definetly a plus!

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Urvashi P Posted on: 

Both crew were extremely helpful, friendly and funny, which made the trip more enjoyable.

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Barbara L Posted on: 

Zoe and Yan were very personable - I felt safe and cared for.

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Elva B Posted on: 

Both Domingo and Euan were helpful and did their jobs perfectly.

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