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Walk backwards in time along the Great Wall and stare down an army of Terracotta Warriors before leaping into the future of Shanghai's incredible high-rise towers on this fast-paced tour of Chinas highlights. With the perfect blend of guided activities and free time to explore on your own, this adventure is made for those who want to get a taste of China in a short amount of time.


Duration: 8 Days Guaranteed Departure: Yes
For lovers of: Physical rating: Light
Accommodation standard:   Budget% Traveller Tour Rating: 80.0%  
Your Guide: English speaking Tour code: 126483
Starts: Beijing, China Finishes: Shanghai, China
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Shanghai

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Day 1: Beijing

Is Beijing top of your must-see list? Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group.

Included Activities:
Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

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Day 2: Beijing

Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

Included Activities:
Tiananmen Square
Forbidden City Tour

Transport:
Metro

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Day 3: Beijing/Xi’an

Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After time spent wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs, hop on a fast train to Xi'an.

Included Activities:
Great Wall Mutianyu Visit
Orientation Walk

Transport:
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Private Vehicle (2.00 hour(s))
Train (5.75-6.00 hours)

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Day 4: Xi’an/Suzhou (1L)

Visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors—and enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou.

Included Activities:
Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour

Transport:
Basic overnight train (beds) (14.00-16.00 hours)

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Day 5: Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens.

Included Activities:
Master of the Nets Garden Tour

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Day 6: Suzhou/Shanghai

Arrive in the afternoon to Shanghai. After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer.

Included Activities:
Orientation Walk of the Bund

Transport:
Private Vehicle

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Day 7: Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening.

Included Activities:
Shanghai Acrobatic Performance

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Day 8: Shanghai

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

Included Activities:
Departure Day

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • 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
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek along the Great Wall
  • Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing and the canal town of Suzhou
  • Experience a local meal and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Enjoy an acrobat show in Shanghai


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Rhoda D Posted on: 

We really had a great trip. Excellent organization and excellent local guide.

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Pracad L Posted on: 

Fantastic blend of sight seeing and culture. I got to see many things regular tourists don't get to see. The tour guide warned us of many potential dangers and made the experience a memorable one.

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Andrea V Posted on: 

Excellent. This was my first time using G Adventures and it was exactly what I was hoping for--a way to explore a substantial part of a country without feeling like we were just getting on and off the same bus---local experiences and flexibility of the trip were great.

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Ursula D Posted on: 

I found the tour to be excellent. It was very informative. A lot of traveling just for one week though!

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Aurelie P Posted on: 

The tour was lots of fun. We had a great group and we got to see a lot in a very short time.

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Brenda S Posted on: 

The China Express trip was amazing! While short in time it was so packed with sights and adventures that my daughter and I left China feeling that we had seen and done everything we could possibly have wished for. Spending my birthday hiking on the Great Wall of China was without a doubt the best! A suggestion would be to always travel with a copy of The Lonely Planet covering the areas you are to visit and read it before or during your trip....it has all sorts of great ideas of where to go for your free times as well as great street maps!

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Lisa H Posted on: 

It was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time. The guide was there to give you tips on what you could do and see on your free time.

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Bianca P Posted on: 

The tour was just GREAT. We travelled long distances in only 8 days and saw much of the country, but still it was never stressful. The group including our guide was sooo nice, I had a very good time with these open minded people!

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Colleen S Posted on: 

The tour was well planned, well executed, Andy (our guide) kept us well informed, and the accommodation was good.

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Steven R Posted on: 

One of our best holiday experiences. The trip was well organized and the tour leader was fantastic. China proved to be an amazing place to visit and the tour exceeded our expectations.

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Priscila D Posted on: 

Our tour guide Chris Che went above and beyond the call to make our group experience amazing. He took care of us and made us experience the real Chinese culture. It was an amazing trip.

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Shaun T Posted on: 

The Great Wall, the Terracotta Warriors, The Bund, the Peking Duck, our local G Adventures guide and our travel mates were all amazing! We had a wonderful time in China!

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Angela W Posted on: 

The tour was very well run and covered a good number of sites etc. in the area from Bejing to Shanghai.May was our guide and she was fantastic with a wealth of knowledge about the whole area and very helpful to all of us in the group. Accomodations were excellent for cleanliness and location.

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Nicola D Posted on: 

Well organised. Enthusiastic and knowledgeable tour leader. A great bunch of people.

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Cheryl K Posted on: 

Our leader, Leah, and G Adventures. gave us a high level of comfort in a country we would not have been able to travel alone. Many thanks Leah.

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Joanne S Posted on: 

we really enjoyed this tour. We visited all the main sights we wanted to see over a large area of China in a short time. We were well taken care of and would definitely recommend this trip.

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Tracy H Posted on: 

Although this was an express trip we never felt rushed. There were only 8 in our group, which was perfect, as it never felt like an organized tour.

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Samantha R Posted on: 

I was so pleasantly suprised at how easy & relaxed the tour was overall. The small group of only 8 people was just like traveling with a bunch of friends. I feel very lucky to have been a part of such an interesting & fun tour. G Adventures will always be looked at first when planning all my future trips. Thank you!

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Anthony L Posted on: 

Everything about my experience with G Adventures was great, starting with the G Adventures Travel Agent who booked the tour with me. Incredibly organized and friendly. On the trip, the hotels were great, the sites were great, our tour guide Frank was great.

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Julie L Posted on: 

Really well organized tour leader. Group size was great and we really bonded as a group during our week together. Tour was fantastic and allowed me to see places I would never have been able to see on my own

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Barbara M Posted on: 

Long days but well worth it as we saw everything we wanted to see and more

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Rohan A Posted on: 

Well executed. Good pace and our trip leader ensured that we all enjoyed ourselves.

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Elaine B Posted on: 

We both had an excelent experience in China. Our tour leader Michelle was a great leader, very friendly and knowledgeable on Chinese history.

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Stewart M Posted on: 

The tour took us to many places we would not have found ourselves.

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Logan E Posted on: 

It was a good tour and a great way to start our 6 month trip. Everything was well organized and we were well looked after. It gave us a great look at what China has to offer tourists in the amount of time that we had.

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Elke W Posted on: 

Overall tour experience was good! The whole trip was well organized and I felt well informed and safe at any time. My highlights of the trip were the Forbidden city, the Great Wall and the journey from Beijing to Xian with the overnight train.

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Sally B Posted on: 

This was our first time using G Adventures. It was a very well planned and organized trip. We had such an amazing time. We are already planning to take another adventure with G Adventures.

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Danielle O Posted on: 

This trip was excellent! It was a great way to see the major sights in China in only a few days. It was fast paced, but we still had plenty of time to enjoy all that China has to offer. Overall great trip!

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Emma J Posted on: 

I had an amazing time and May was brilliant as a leader and was perfect for the job. The tour was really good, packed in lots of sights and good food. Hotels and transport were good.

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Susanne C Posted on: 

I loved this tour! It was a safe and economical way for me to see a country I have always dreamed of seeing. The tour gave me a good insight into Chinese culture and the countryside and as always was a great way to travel and meet like minded adventurous individuals. G Adventures took care of my needs with an exceptional, knowledgeable local guide which made the trip enjoyable and relaxing by not having to worry about anything or having to overcome any communication difficulties.

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Keiko T Posted on: 

This was my first G Adventures tour. I didn't know what to expect. But after the trip I knew I made the right choice. China express was planned well to see major and famous places in China.

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Lullit G Posted on: 

The tour was well organized and well run. Given the short duration for which we signed up, I feel that we got an excellent introduction to China. I really enjoyed the combination of guided tours and free time we were given to roam on our own.

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Arthur F Posted on: 

Had a great time! It was a diverse group in age, ethnicity, and where in the world we came from, and we bonded like a family. Also, a lot to see in a short period and G Adventures came through on getting to see the most possible.

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Matthew A Posted on: 

I was initially dubious about such a large group but the people were very friendly and the group was well balanced

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Jennifer A Posted on: 

I love how G Adventures. tours are organized, they are especially great for single travelers. My favorite tours are the Original tours, it would be great to see some Original tours of China. I also like the small sizes on most of the tours.

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