Carve your way through China's major metropolis cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai. In only 12 days you can hike the most remote parts of the Great Wall, bike your way through Beijing's backstreets, overlook the thousands of Terracotta warriors in Xian, hike the tranquil Qingling Mountains and stroll along the Bond in Shanghai. You will go from thriving urban vibes to the quietness of the outskirts, take in stunning architecture and ancient history as well as breath-taking mountain views. Not only will you get a unique insights into Chinese culture when your guide takes you away from the regular tourist trail, you will also have time to explore on your own while not having to think about practicalities such as accommodation or onwards transport. In all, this is your ultimate introduction and fast track through China beyond the beaten track.
Included: Meals: 5 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner + tasting of local snacks
Accommodation: 4-night in Beijing, 2 nights in Xian, 2 nights in Shanghai and 2 nights on overnights train according to your choice (see “Type of Accommodation”), 1-night stay in a local farmer’s guesthouse with private bathroom
Transport: Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai; Bicycle on Day 2 and 4. Transfer for Beijing Outskirts, Xian Qinling Mountain and overnight train according to your choice (see “Type of Transport“)
English speaking tour guide: Included on the following: 1-hour orientation walking tour around your hotel if your arrival before 2pm on Day 1; bike tour on Day 2; 2-day outskirts tour on Day 3 – 4, Xian Qinling Mountain on Day 8 (according to itinerary) Not included: · Tips to guide
· Entrance tickets on Day 2 during the bicycle tour
· Entrance ticket to Bird’s Nest and Water Cube (should it be chosen to enter)
· Personal expenses
· All meals not stated as included in the above and in itinerary
· All other expenses not stated as included in the above
· The ultimate fast track to experience China’s major metropolis cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
· Uniquely tailored to include the best experiences beyond the beaten track while still leaving time for own explorations
· Hike the untouched, original parts of the Great Wall, bike Beijing’s alleyways, explore Xian’s stunning mountain range and sleep over at a farmer’s homestay
· All neatly tied together by train and accommodation so you have time to explore instead
Day 1: Arrival Beijing
Greeted at the airport/train station by driver and transferred to the centrally located hotel, Beijing Jade International Youth hostel for budget level and Soluxe Courtyard Hotel for tourist level. Join the 1- hour orientation walk hosted by our English speaking staff to get familiar with the surroundings of your hotel and get some basic travel tips about China if your arrival before 2pm.
Day 2: Beijing
Full day biking tour through the narrow back streets of the old part of Beijing, to explore the real local things beaten the crowds, pass by Lama Temple, highest academy of Imperial Learning, NanLuoguxiangHutong,"Ghost Street"– a 24-hour food street, Houhai Lake areas, Jingshan Park – the hilltop is a great place to have a bird's View of Imperial Palace, Tiananmen Square, "the Egg" - National Theaterand the Exhibition hall of urban planning and construction, Qianmen Street- the oldest and most famous business street. You can stop in for a visit at any spots you are interested (the entrance fee on your own); ride back to your hotel by evening. (B)
Day 3: Beijing-Bei Gou Village
Your guide will meet you at your hotel (remember to give us your hotel name and address in advance) and together you go by public A/C bus at 08:30 , heading towards the northeast of Beijing. Before noon, you will arrive in Bei Gou and hosted by your family.
After short refreshments you will start hiking on the not crowded parts of the Great wall for about 4 hours depending on your energy. This section of the wall is untouched and the considered as a paradise of professional photographers.
Later in the afternoon you return to your guesthouse where you can enjoy relaxing time in the courtyard. Or you can choose to help your hostess gather fresh vegetables from the fields and learn to cook Chinese dishes. Enjoy a home-style Chinese dinner with beer, soft drinks and a cup of Great Wall Wine. Afterwards you will have free time for exploration in the village where you can meet the locals. Stay overnight at a local farmer's guesthouse with simple facilities and private bathroom. (B-L-D)
Day 4: Bei Gou Village-Beijing
Enjoy breakfast in the morning in the tranquil countryside, followed by your chosen activity (please inform in advance to allow for preparations): Should you go biking the countryside or explore more of the Great Wall?
Option #1 – Biking: Go bike riding with your guide through the village and in the countryside. You will explore the area, pass by a river, the village committee offices, a rainbow trout farming base and in general enjoy the natural scenery and everyday life of the locals. You can make stops upon your request to take pictures. A Chinese lunch will be served in your home stay when back from explorations. You will have time to take a nap or hang around in the village until pick up. On the way back to Beijing you will have will have a short stop at Huanghuacheng Great wall (facade), which is built beside a beautiful lake.
Option #2 – Hiking: Go by private vehicle to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall and spend another day in the company of great mountain views, impressive man built structures and a breath-taking lake at the foot of the wall.
Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing city by private vehicle. On the way, you will have a photo stop at 2008 Beijing Olympics Park – to look closer at the Bird's Nest and Water Cube (exterior views). (B-L)
Day 5: Beijing
Today is the last day in Beijing and you have time to explore it on your own. Feel free to contact our Beijing Service office to get more information on things to do and how to go. (B)
Children age: No children price, same as adult
This tour is not recommended for: Children below 6 years due to the hiking and the size of the bikes
Beijing: Jade Hostel and a local family guesthouse with private bathroom
Xian: Bell Tower International Youth Hostel
Shanghai: Captain Hostel
Overnight Train: Hard sleeper berth, 6-berth public compartment
Beijing: Soluxe Courtyard Hotel and a local family guesthouse with private bathroom
Xian: Days Inn City Center Hotel
Shanghai: Rayfont South Bund Hotel
Overnight Train: Soft sleeper berth, 4-berth compartment with door
Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai; bicycle on Day 2 and 4.
Transfer Beijing Outskirts
Budget class: Local public A/C bus from Beijing to the outskirts and return with private car/van
Comfort class: Private car/van to and from Beijing’s outskirts
Overnight train ticket from Beijing to Xian and Xian to Shanghai:
Budget class: Hard sleeper berth, 6-berth public compartment
Comfort class: Soft sleeper berth, 4-berth compartment with door
Transfer for Xian Qinling Mountain Trekking:
Budget class: Public bus/local taxi
Comfort class: Private car/van
Beijing, Xian and Shanghai have four seasons and we generally recommend spring, summer and autumn as the best times to visit. Heavy rain may be expected in Beijing during the rainy season (Jul-Aug), while Shanghai may be very hot in the summer.
Beijing winter is normally cold with temperature around or below 0 degrees. We do not recommend this trip in this period.
This tour does not operate: 15 November – 28 February every year.
· Beijing Urban Adventure 4 Days
· Great Wall 1 Days
· Mini Packages (train, transfer & accommodation) connecting Beijing to Xian and Xian to Shanghai.
Beijing, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, National Theatre, Lama Temple, Ghost Street, Bei Gou Village, Xian, Qinling Mountain, Shanghai
· Warm sweater/jacket for night time (especially during winter time in Beijing)
· Mosquito repellent and sunscreen for the mountain tours
· Good walking boots for mountain tours
· Personal things such as toothbrush and towel for the Great Wall tour in Beijing
· Food and snacks for the train rides