For ambitious travellers on a tight budget who are after an experience full of the very best this country has to offer, this tour showcases the scenic wonders without missing its most famous cities and sites. Walk back in time along the Great Wall then see the future in Shanghai. Our CEOs will help you dig deeper into the very best of China. Offering a great deal of flexibility, our optional activities allow you to go beyond the highlights.
Excursion to the Great Wall. Half-day hike through the Longji Terraces. Orientation walks in Shanghai and Xi’an. Visit Victoria Harbour in Hong Kong. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
Group Leader Details
Your group trip is accompanied by a Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in China. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.
Train, local bus, air-con bus, boat, walking
My Own Room
During your tour, sometimes it’s just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room, which is why we offer travellers a ‘My Own Room’ option – a single room all to yourself.
Simple hotels (13 nts), sleeper train (4 nts, 6-berth train)
Max Group Size
Day 1 Beijing
Arrive at any time.
Day 2-4 Beijing
Visit the Great Wall of China. Enjoy an orientation walk. Options include exploring Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City or the Temple of Heaven. Overnight train to Xi'an.
Day 5-7 Xi'an
Orientation walk. Opt to visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors—or cycle the ancient city walls. Board an overnight train to Shanghai.
Day 8-10 Shanghai
Free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city after an orientation walk. Options include a visit to the world-famous Shanghai Museum or witnessing the breathtaking Chinese acrobats. Overnight train on Day 10.
Day 11-12 Longji Terraces (1B)
Transfer to the breathtakingly beautiful Longji Terraces area. Enjoy an included half-day trek along the hills and terraces to Dazai.
Day 13-16 Yangshuo (1B)
Opt to cycle through the countryside of Yangshuo, experience a local cooking school, practice tai chi, or see the light and sound show on the river produced by Zhang Yimou. Overnight train on Day 16.
Day 17 Hong Kong
Cross the border into Hong Kong. Visit Victoria Harbour. Enjoy free time to explore this vibrant and exotic city.
Day 18 Hong Kong
Depart at any time.
AIRPORT PICKUP $60
Book an airport pickup in advance and be met at the airport arrivals area - just look for a sign with your name on it!
Haven't booked your flights yet? No problem. You can always book a transfer and send us the details later - up to 30 days before the start of your tour!
MY OWN ROOM $499.00
During your tour, sometimes it's just more convenient and comfortable to have your own room, which is why we offer travellers a 'My Own Room' option - a single room all to yourself.
Please note that if you have booked the "My Own Room" option for this tour, you will receive your own single room for all night stops, with the following exceptions: Nights 4, 7, 10, 13, & 16, Sleeper train.
China Cultural Theme Pack
Li River Light Show
Yangshuo, 1 hour
Directed by Zhang Yi Mou (Hero, House of Flying Daggers), this show set on the banks of the Li River incorporates triggered lights that reflect off the water, creating a magical, otherworldly effect. Gape in amazement as the 500-strong cast bands together to sing and dance in celebration of China’s unique cultural heritage.
Shanghai, 80 minutes
Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks like plate-spinning, contortionism, foot-juggling and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.
Shaolin Kung Fu Show
Beijing, 80 minutes
Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, this show and its specially-designed theatre showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.