Shanghai & The Silk Road - 11 days

Shanghai & The Silk Road - 11 days

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Shanghai & The Silk Road - 11 days

11 Days Starting and ending in Shanghai

Visiting: Shanghai, Beijing, Great Wall of China, Luoyang, Xi'An

Tour operator:

On The Go Tours

Tour code:

2767/GWWS

Specialist Group:

Family/Kids

Guide Type:

Fully Guided

Group size:

2 - 24

Age range:

16+  if accompanied by an adult

Trip Styles:

Active, Adventure Tours

Activities:

Hiking, Rail Excursion

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Tour Overview

Experience the best of China on an 11-day adventure that weaves through Shanghai's vibrant streets, Xi'an's historical treasures, Luoyang's natural beauty, the spirit of Shaolin, and the grandeur of Beijing. Stroll along the iconic Bund, witness the Terracotta Warriors, marvel at the Longmen Caves, and explore the Forbidden City. Hike the 'Yellow Flower Great Wall' and enjoy Peking duck before concluding your journey in dynamic Shanghai.

Highlights

  • Beijing - Visit the iconic Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, explore the Hutong area of Beijing, enjoy a Chinese Acrobatic Show and taste the famous peking duck

  • Huanghuacheng Great Wall - A section of the Great Wall of China, unique for its partially submerged and picturesque portion of the wall

  • Xi'an - Experience the UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Terracotta Warrior Factory, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride and savour a dumpling-making experience

  • Luoyang - Take a high-speed train to Luoyang, and enjoy a visit to the Longmen Caves, food hunt in Old City Shizi Street and learn Kung Fu at a Shaolin Monastery

  • Shanghai – Explore the French Concession, witness the unique matchmaking corner and stroll along the iconic Bund with its dramatic modern skyline

Itinerary

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Day 1: Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Friday. Huang ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Upon your arrival at Shanghai Pudong or Shanghai Hongqiao Airport, you will be transferred to your hotel for check-in.



The day is yours to explore and enjoy the vibrant energy of Shanghai, China's bustling metropolis that seamlessly marries tradition with modernity. Discover the city's captivating historic neighborhoods, futuristic skyscrapers, and iconic landmarks like the Bund and Yu Garden.

Day 2: Shanghai

Location: Shanghai, Beijing

Meals Included: Breakfast

Shanghai - Beijing. After breakfast, enjoy time at leisure to further explore the bustling city of Shanghai. Later in the day, we'll transfer you to the airport for your flight to Beijing, with departure scheduled for around 4-5 p.m.



The night is yours to traverse Beijing, the captivating capital of China. Exploring Beijing at night is a unique experience, as the city takes on a new and vibrant persona after dark. Why not check out the historic Houhai Lake area which comes alive with lively bars and restaurants? Or perhaps explore Beijing's modern skyline, especially around the CBD area, which showcases dazzling buildings beautifully illuminated against the night sky. Alternatively, the Temple of Heaven Park stays open in the evening, allowing for peaceful strolls and the chance to observe locals engaging in traditional activities.

Day 3: Beijing

Location: Beijing

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

After breakfast, our first stop today will be the iconic Tiananmen Square, where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located.



Following this, we'll enter the Forbidden City, a magnificent palace complex which served as the seat of power for Chinese emperors over five centuries. With over 800 buildings and 9,000 chambers, this is one of China's best preserved historical treasures.



In the afternoon, delve into Beijing's hutongs, a maze-like network of ancient alleyways that form the city's historical core. Wander through these charming lanes, where generations of families have lived, and discover traditional courtyards and compact houses. Afterward, you'll take a leisurely stroll along Wangfujing Pedestrian Street, a renowned shopping avenue at the heart of the city.



In the evening, enjoy a Beijing dining experience by savouring a Peking roast duck dinner, typically enjoyed wrapped in thin pancakes, with spring onions and hoisin sauce!

Day 4: Great Wall

Location: Great Wall of China

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today, prepare for an exciting journey to the iconic Great Wall of China. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Great Wall stands as an enduring symbol of Chinese civilization and ingenuity. Initially constructed for defensive purposes, it snakes an impressive 6,700 kilometers across diverse terrains and towering mountains.



We'll be visiting the Huanghuacheng section of the Great Wall, known as the "Yellow Flower Great Wall." Its name originates from the vibrant yellow wildflowers that bloom along the wall during specific seasons. What sets Huanghuacheng apart is that a portion of the wall is partially submerged underwater. We'll embark on a scenic hike along the wall, offering breathtaking views and a deeper understanding of the structure's historical significance.



This evening promises an enchanting spectacle as we attend a Chinese acrobatic performance. These skilled artists will leave you spellbound with their gravity-defying feats.

Day 5: Beijing

Location: Beijing, Luoyang

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Beijing - Luoyang. After breakfast this morning, we'll head to the railway station for a comfortable 2nd class high-speed train journey to Luoyang, which will take approximately 4-4.5 hours. Luoyang is one of the four ancient Chinese capitals, renowned for its magnificent peony blooms and the celestial Longmen Caves.



After meeting our local guide and enjoying lunch at a local restaurant, prepare to be captivated by the Longmen Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage site. These remarkable caves are perched densely along the cliffs lining the Yi River, and they house the world's most extensive collection of celestial art treasures, boasting the largest array of statues to be found anywhere on Earth. This enduring art form, etched into the stone, has not only withstood the test of time but has also borne witness to the reign of over 10 dynasties spanning more than 1,400 years.



In the evening, we'll take a stroll through Old City Shizi Steet, a renowned food street in old city Luoyang. Here, you'll have the chance to follow tantalizing aromas and sample a wide variety of local flavours.

Day 6: Luoyang

Location: Luoyang

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Today will begin with a visit to the vibrant Xiyuan Park. Here, residents gather to dance and sing, infusing the park with a lively burst of morning energy. It's an excellent opportunity to observe and perhaps even join in the joyful morning activities that reflect the spirit of the community.



Afterwards, brace yourself for an exhilarating adventure as we head to the legendary Shaolin Monastery, renowned as the reputed birthplace of Chinese martial arts. This sacred temple is not only a spiritual haven but also the epicenter of Kung Fu mastery. Witness a mesmerising performance that promises to entertain and awe. The skills and discipline of these martial artists are sure to leave a lasting impression.



As the day comes to an end, we'll enjoy dinner at a local restaurant, allowing you to indulge in the flavours of Luoyang cuisine.

Day 7: Luoyang

Location: Luoyang, Xi'An

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Luoyang - Xi'an. Rise and shine, today we'll catch an early morning train bound for Xi'an. Enjoy a swift yet scenic journey as we head toward this ancient city. Upon arriving in Xi'an, we'll start our day with a bike ride along the Xi'an City Wall. This remarkable structure stands as one of the oldest and best-preserved among the few remaining Chinese city walls.



Afterwards, get ready for the sensory delights of Xi'an's Muslim Quarter, a bustling neighbourhood in the heart of the city. Here, the air is thick with the mouthwatering aromas of sizzling lamb skewers and fragrant spices emanating from the food stalls that line the narrow alleys. Engage with the warm and welcoming locals, witness their skilled craftsmanship in action, and let the diverse flavours tantalize your taste buds.



Not far from the Muslim Quarter, discover the majestic courtyard of the Gao Family. Within these hallowed walls, a unique spectacle awaits—a 15-minute shadow puppetry show, an art form believed to originate from this province. These performances breathe life into simple yet vibrant leather or paper figures, spinning enchanting narratives that have captivated audiences for generations.



Then, pay your respects at the Small Wild Goose Pagoda, a serene contrast to the bustling Big Wild Goose Pagoda. Within this peaceful Buddhist complex, you'll discover intriguing exhibits in the Xi'an Museum.



Tonight, roll up your sleeves and try your hand at making dumplings, a local delicacy that is also a true form of culinary art. Enjoy the delicious dumplings you've created, accompanied by a cup of rice wine.

Day 8: Xi'an

Location: Xi'An

Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Our day begins with a visit to the awe-inspiring Terracotta Army and Warriors, a UNESCO World Heritage site. This remarkable collection of terracotta sculptures depicts the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China. These life-sized figures were meticulously modeled after actual soldiers of the Qin Army, displaying incredible attention to detail. The army consists of an astounding 8,000 life-size soldiers, 100 chariots, and 600 horses, and each figure is unique. The purpose of this vast army was to guard the remains of Emperor Qin Shihuang, entombed within a massive mausoleum complex.



Next, you'll have the opportunity to visit a Terracotta Warrior Factory. Here, you can delve deeper into the intricate production process, which remains unchanged since the time of the Qin Dynasty. Gain insights into the techniques behind these captivating artworks, adding a layer of appreciation to these ancient treasures.



After lunch at a local restaurant, we'll return to the hotel. From here, enjoy time at leisure to explore Xi'an at your own pace.

Day 9: Xi'an

Location: Xi'An, Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

Xi'an - Shanghai. After breakfast, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Welcome back to this city - a true melting pot of cultures and experiences, offering travelers an array of areas to explore.



Our first stop in Shanghai is the French Concession. Here, you'll have the chance to stroll through tree-lined streets, decorated with elegant architecture. This area beautifully fuses Chinese and Western influences, creating a charming atmosphere.



One of the intriguing experiences awaiting you in Shanghai is a visit to the "Matchmaking Corner." In a culture where many individuals work long hours, concerned parents often gather at the matchmaking corner in the hopes of finding suitable partners for their children. Witnessing this cultural tradition provides insights into the significance of family and relationships in Chinese society.



Your day continues with a visit to a silk factory, where you'll learn about the intricate art of silk production. Later in the day, you'll embark on a leisurely walk along the Bund, a historic waterfront promenade along the Huangpu River. If we're lucky, we will witness the stunning sunset aboard a river cruise.



As the day winds down, enjoy dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast

Today is a day of leisure, allowing you to explore the dynamic city of Shanghai at your own pace. Whether you choose to revisit favourite spots, indulge in shopping, or uncover more of Shanghai's local experiences, you have the freedom to spend the day however you'd like to!

Day 11: Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Meals Included: Breakfast

Monday. Today marks the conclusion of your remarkable China adventure, full of cultural wonders and tasty delicacies. After breakfast and 12pm hotel check-out, make your own way to the airport for your onward flight.

What's Included

  • Accommodation
    3 - 4 star

  • Daily breakfasts, 3 lunches and 4 dinners, inclusive of traditional Peking Duck dinner in Beijing and dumpling-making experience in Xi'an

  • 10 nights 4 star hotels

  • Chinese acrobatic performance

  • Highspeed train ticket to Luoyang (2nd class)

  • Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1

  • Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall

  • Touring of Beijing, Huanghuacheng Great Wall, Luoyang, Xi'an & Shanghai

  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

  • English speaking specialist guides at local sights

  • Visit to Shaolin Monastery

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What's Not Included

  • International flights and visa

  • Tip for your tour guide. We recommend you allow USD$5 - 7 per day, per traveller as a tip for your guide. Tipping your guide and driver is an entirely personal gesture

  • Departure airport transfer

  • Entrance Fees: USD$100-120pp, paid in local currency

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  • What Ethical Travel credentials does the tour company have?

    Ensuring our footprint is light and that the benefits of travelling reach the local communities you visit is paramount to us. We’re proud to say that when travelling with us, the large majority of your holiday funds remain within the countries you visit, supporting local economies at a grass roots level.

  • How long has the tour company been trading?

    Since 1998

  • Who will be my travelling companions on the tour?

    With English-speaking tours, it's not a huge surprise that most on our travellers are from English-speaking countries or have English as their second language. Our group tours cater for everyone from 18 years old to 70+

  • Will the accommodation included meet local health and safety regulations?

    Yes

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