18-day Shanghai Loop

Start: Shanghai, China Finish: Shanghai, China

Visiting: Shanghai, Yangshuo County, Chengdu, Xi'an, Shaolin Temple, Beijing, Hangzhou


Duration: 17 Nights

Physical rating: Medium, Low

Special diets catered: Vegetarians, Vegans

Tour Operator: The Dragon Trip

Group size: 4 - 20

Age range: 18-40

Tour operated in: English


Prices From: $1630

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Tour Overview

Start in Shanghai to go straight to Yangshuo, then join one of our trips all the way back to Shanghai. Our most popular trip, this group tour includes most of the highlights of our slightly longer China itinerary, including travel to the pandas in Chengdu, the Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an, bamboo rafting in Yangshuo and camping under the stars on the Great Wall.

Highlights

  • iconGreat Wall of China (Beijing)
  • iconTerracotta Warriors (Xi’an)
  • iconGiant Panda Breeding and Research Centre (Chengdu)
  • iconBamboo rafting (Yangshuo)
  • iconYulong River bike ride (Yangshuo)

Places You'll See

Countries:
Bamboo rafting (Yangshuo)
Giant Panda Breeding and Research Centre (Chengdu)
Great Wall of China (Beijing)
Yulong River bike ride (Yangshuo)
Terracotta Warriors (Xi’an)

Itinerary

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icon Day 1 : Shanghai

Location: Shanghai

Kickstart your Shanghai to Shanghai backpacking tour on the rooftop bar at the Phoenix Hostel at 1:30pm. This is where you will meet your Adventure Leader, have a trip briefing and meet your fellow travellers. After drinks, you will transfer to Shanghai South Station to board a night train to Guilin. One Adventure Leader will put you on the train and another will collect you in Guilin. Please note that this group tour does not include any time in Shanghai. To enjoy the city, it’s best to add an extra night before or after your trip.

icon Day 2 : Yangshuo

Location: Yangshuo County

Today is a free day on your group tour! You have the option to join a traditional cooking class, kayak along the Li River or experience traditional Chinese therapy such as hot cupping.

icon Day 3 : Yangshuo

Location: Yangshuo County

Get ready for adventure! You’ll start the day at 9.30am with a morning bike ride along with a cruise down the Yulong River on bamboo rafts. If you have a waterproof camera, definitely bring it along for this activity! Later on, you have the option to continue the fun and visit local mud baths and hot springs. In the evening, why not participate in some karaoke with the rest of the group?

icon Day 4 : Yangshuo

Location: Yangshuo County

Another free day! There is a tonne to see and do in Yangshuo and it’s beautiful surroundings are a feast on the eyes. To gain a new perspective, we recommend rock climbing to the top of one of the regions limestone peaks. The views are unforgettable from the top! In the afternoon, you will have the opportunity to experience life on a farm by visiting your local Adventure Leader’s home village and learning about rural life in Yangshuo.

icon Day 5 : Chengdu

Location: Chengdu

On to the next destination! You will board a bus back to Guilin and take a bullet train to Chengdu, arriving in the evening. Then, you will take the metro to the hostel and meet your new Adventure Leader.

icon Day 6 : Chengdu

Location: Chengdu

The day starts early as you will be off to the Giant Panda Breeding & Research Centre. You can’t hold or touch the pandas but you will see them up close and learn about the centres efforts to breed them and release them into the wild. Later in the day, you will also be taught some mandarin thanks to your Adventure Leader and after lunch will visit an Autism Children Rehabilitation Centre. In the evening, you have the option to enjoy a traditional Sichuan show.

icon Day 7 : Chengdu

Location: Chengdu

Today is a free day! In the morning, you have the option to go to Leshan to see the world’s largest stone Buddha. Carved into the side of Mt. Lingyun, the colossal statue is over 1,300-years-old and is considered to the tallest pre-modern statue. The site attracts millions of people every year, including Buddhist pilgrims, making it something of a sacred destination and an ancient wonder of the world. In the evening you can sample to famous Sichuan Hot Pot (if you dare). You can also have a night out in Chengdu and enjoy your freedom!

icon Day 8 : Chengdu & Xi’an

Location: Chengdu, Xi'an

This morning you can enjoy a lazy lie in to recover from the night before or get up early and explore the sights of Chengdu – perhaps enjoy a spot of shopping. After lunch, you have the option to visit the Chengdu People’s Park. There are many scenic spots in this park, including the Gold Water Stream, the Goldfish Island and the Potted Landscape Garden. Besides appreciating the charming landscape, tourists can sail on the artificial lake, drink tea in the teahouse by the lake and watch all kinds of exhibitions and performances on the Rockery Square. At around 5pm you will say goodbye to your Adventure Leader and board your train to travel to Xian, where you will meet your new Adventure Leader and go to your hostel.

icon Day 9 : Xi'an

Location: Xi'an

You have the morning free to visit temples, museums or go shopping in your own time. In the afternoon, you have the option to bike ride on Ming Dynasty City Walls and later, to explore the Bell-Drum Towers and Muslim quarter to learn about the history of the Silk Road. Make sure to enjoy some local street food!

icon Day 10 : Xi'an

Location: Xi'an

Today’s unmissable attraction is the tour of the world famous Terracotta Warriors! The Terracotta Army in Xian, is a large collection of life-size terra cotta sculptures in battle formations, reproducing the mega imperial guard troops of Emperor Qin Shi Huang (259 – 210BC), the first emperor of the first unified dynasty of Imperial China. As a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Terracotta Army is no doubt a must-see for every visitor to Xian. In the evening, you can enjoy the music and light fountain show that takes place on the North Square of the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in the Qujiang District.

icon Day 11 : Shaolin

Location: Shaolin Temple

The next morning, you will be off on a long journey to Shaolin. This afternoon, you can visit a local Kung Fu Children’s Home and join in on a lesson and show run by a master from the Shaolin Temple.. After dinner, you can have another Mandarin lesson to top up what you have learned so far!

icon Day 12 : Shaolin

Location: Shaolin Temple

You have two options today: – You can visit the home of Kung Fu, The Shaolin Temple, and hike to Dharma Cave, a spiritual spot for Buddhist pilgrims. Here, you will be rewarded by beautiful views of both the shrines and temples in the area. – Or if you’ve had enough of temples and Kung Fu isn’t your combat style, you can visit the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO world heritage site with over 100,000 carved Buddha’s. Later, you can have a late lunch at the guesthouse then check out and depart to Zhengzhou to board your night train to Beijing.

icon Day 13 : Beijng

Location: Beijing

When you arrive in Beijing, you will meet your next Adventure Leader and go to a hostel for a rest. You won’t be staying the night here, but can use the showers and common areas to relax before heading to the Great Wall of China in the afternoon. After a couple of hours, you can take another mandarin lesson and you can use your freshly learned language skills to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways on a scavenger hunt. The winning team earns a prize! After a late lunch at a local farm we will gain access to a section of the Great Wall that only the locals get to see and then we will hike on the unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section

icon Day 14 : Beijing

Location: Beijing

The sunrise on the Great Wall of China will be the most unforgettable part of your trip. Today you will wake up early, enjoy the silence and watch the sun rise over the Great Wall. Around 9am, you’ll return to Beijing and have the option to visit fake good markets and the nearby Temple of Heaven. You can also watch a stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China. Additionally, enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, you can taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck.

icon Day 15 : Beijing

Location: Beijing

Today is a free day! You’ll have the option to take a walk through the infamous, Tiananmen Square, or visit the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the largest palatial complex in the world, with 980 buildings and a history of housing 2 different Chinese emperors. You can also go to Jingshan Park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square. In the afternoon, you can visit the Nanluo district, a historical area in Beijing, famous for its hutongs and siheyuan courtyards as well as the bars, cafes and craft shops.

icon Day 16 : Beijing

Location: Beijing

Enjoy another free morning to pack in the last few of Beijing’s sights before heading to your next destination. You can visit the 798 art district, the Summer Palace, or any other highlights of Beijing. In the evening, you will board the night train to Hangzhou.

icon Day 17 : Hangzhou

Location: Hangzhou

You’ll arrive in Hangzhou in the morning where you’ll go to your hostel for a late breakfast. Then, you will visit the famous West Lake and take a relaxing boat tour to one of the islands. You will also have the option to learn about China’s trade history with visits to the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum and then around 5pm, you will hike up Jiuyao Mountain to catch the stunning sunset over West Lake.

icon Day 18 : Hangzhou & Shanghai

Location: Hangzhou, Shanghai

An early start today to hike up to the Nine Creeks meandering through the Misty Woods. This is where you will witness a peaceful and charming setting in the hills of Hangzhou, with paved paths winding along streams and trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes. Then you will return to the hostel, check out and have lunch before travelling to Shanghai by train – this marks the end of your trip! Say goodbye to your fellow Dragons and enjoy the onwards adventure. Safe travels!

What's Included

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    Accommodation

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    Fully Guided

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    All Domestic Transportation (including internal flights)

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    Entrance Fees

    For all included activities

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    Country Entry Visas

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    Airport Transfers at Destination

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    International Travel

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Had a brilliant time
I have just finished 2.5 weeks with Dragon trip, and had a brilliant time. it's more expensive than solo travel but provides a different experience. we saw a lot in ....more I have just finished 2.

5 weeks with Dragon trip, and had a brilliant time.

it's more expensive than solo travel but provides a different experience.

we saw a lot in a short time, i got to travel with an interesting group of people and the guides were great and always around to give information and help when needed.

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Charlotte

28-Mar-2019

The tour was incredible it far passed expectation
The tour was incredible it far passed expectation. If your thinking of going to China you should 100% go and with the dragon trip. All the guides couldn't be more ....more The tour was incredible it far passed expectation.

If your thinking of going to China you should 100% go and with the dragon trip.

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Gideon

15-Nov-2019

Had an amazing time on the China trip
Had an amazing time on the China trip. Everything is organised for you so no worrying about trains/buses/hostels while you're travelling. Good size group and you fit so much in ....more Had an amazing time on the China trip.

Everything is organised for you so no worrying about trains/buses/hostels while you're travelling.

Good size group and you fit so much in during the month I really feel like we made the most of it! Would definitely go with Dragon Trip again! ; ....less
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Maddi

09-Aug-2016

Amazing trip!
It was an amazing trip! De guides were very nice, and around our ages. We had a lot of fun with most of them! The traveling was nice with the ....more It was an amazing trip! De guides were very nice, and around our ages.

We had a lot of fun with most of them! The traveling was nice with the train.

It is nice when everyone is around the same place in the train, so we can talk with each other.

The things we have seen were fantastic! thank you for this great trip and new friends!; ....less
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Anita

31-May-2016

The dragon trip has been a lot of fun
The dragon trip has been a lot of fun. It includes good activities, good transportation, good food and really good leaders. The Great Wall was the best part about the ....more The dragon trip has been a lot of fun.

It includes good activities, good transportation, good food and really good leaders.

The Great Wall was the best part about the whole trip.

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