China Highlights

07/31/2022 through 12/27/2023
07/31/2022 through 01/07/2024
Intrepid Travel

China Highlights

Get a taste of historical China on this culture-stuffed adventure. Travel from Shanghai to Beijing, taking in iconic attractions such as the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors along the way. In between the well-known sights, you’ll delve beneath the surface, making dumplings with a family who lives near the Great Wall and exploring the quiet canals in the ancient water town of Xitang.

Activities

  • Shanghai – Leader-led walking tour
  • Xitang – Leader-led walking tour
  • Xi’an – Muslim Quarter walking tour
  • Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors Tour (entrace fee, transport, local guide included)
  • Xi’an – Home-cooked lunch
  • Great Wall – Dumpling making demonstration
  • Great Wall – Jinshanling section
  • Beijing – Forbidden City
  • Beijing – Tiananmen Square

Highlights

  • This is our most popular trip in China and one of the top trips from the entire Intrepid range. The trip may be quick, but it is packed full of experiences that will give you a great insight into China in a short time.
  • In addition to the main highlights in the big cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai, you’ll get a glimpse of small-town life in Xitang and a taste of the countryside when we stay near the Great Wall. 
  • Our small group size allows us to explore destinations on foot together, eat in authentic local restaurants, travel by subway and train, and escape the tourist traps – all under the expert guidance of a passionate local leader.
  • Spend the night in a charming, family-run guesthouse near the Great Wall. Learn how to make dumplings for dinner and see this iconic structure without the masses.
  • Stay overnight in Xitang, a water town just outside of Shanghai. Imagine a way of life lost long ago as you explore the narrow alleys and canals after the daytrippers go home. 
  • Like everything it does, China’s ancient history is on an epic scale. No matter how many guide books you have read, nothing truly prepares you for the grandeur and immensity of sights like the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Army (or thousands of local tourists at the Forbidden City!).

Itinerary

Day 1 Shanghai
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Day 2 Shanghai - Xitang
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Day 3 Xitang - Overnight train
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Day 4 Xi'an
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Day 5 Xi'an
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Day 6 Great Wall
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Day 7 Great Wall - Beijing
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Day 8 Beijing
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Day 9 Beijing
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