Beijing to Shanghai Highlights
11 days from $1,123 (was $1,150)
- Spend the night camping on a deserted part of the Great Wall of China and watch the sun rise in the morning!
- Explore China’s capital, Beijing and the largest city in the world, Shanghai
- Visit beautiful West Lake in Hangzhou and climb to the peak of Jiuyao Mountain.
- Experience local ways of life as you travel on public transport, including night trains
- Perfect your language skills with an included Mandarin lesson!
- Pick and choose from a range of optional activities in each destination and build your perfect travel experience.
Discover the top highlights of China on this jam-packed whirlwind adventure. Starting in China’s capital city of Beijing, you’ll travel down the east coast to sleek Shanghai, stopping off at some incredible Chinese destinations along the way. Enjoy an unforgettable night of camping on the Great Wall, wander the mist-soaked forests of Hangzhou, stroll through the bustling streets of Shanghai, & more! Soak up Chinese culture, sample delicious local food and meet exciting new people on this excellent 11-day trip.
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Day 1: Welcome to China!
Arrive into Beijing at any time and make yourself comfortable in your accommodation. You have free time for the rest of the day, so why not head out and start exploring?
Day 2: Hike the Great Wall
You’ll meet your group and tour leader this morning and head off for lunch at a local farm before hiking along a remote section of the Great Wall. We’ll then make camp and enjoy an included Mandarin lesson, before watching an unforgettable sunset!
(Please note; the weather is too cold to camp outside between September and the end of April. If you have booked to travel over these dates, you will stay in a guest house near the wall instead of camping. Don’t worry; we’ll still make sure you get to see the sun set and rise over the wall)
Day 3: Sunrise over the Great Wall
Rise early for spectacular sunrise views of the Great Wall. Be sure to take some epic snap shots! Back in Beijing, opt to visit the Olympic Bird’s nest Stadium, watch an energetic Chinese Acrobatics performance or tasting Beijing’s signature dish!
Day 4: Explore Beijing
Enjoy a free day to make the most of Beijing! Choose from a range of optional activities: walk through Tiananmen Square, visit the sprawling Forbidden City, check out the Night Market for some exotic delicacies or visit Jingshan Park!
Day 5: Night Train to Hangzhou
Opt to visit the Temple of Heaven today, a stunning piece of architecture and the world’s largest complex dedicated to heaven worship! Tonight, board the night train to Hangzhou. Settle in, get some sleep and enjoy the ride.
Day 6: Explore Hangzhou
Once we’ve arrived into Hangzhou we’ll grab a tasty breakfast before visiting the beautiful West Lake. Here you can opt to embark on a boat cruise or simply gaze out over the placid waters. This afternoon, hike to the summit of Jiuyao Mountain and catch a breath-taking sunset. After our descent, we’ll head out for dinner and some exploration of the town.
Day 7: Misty Forest and transfer to Shanghai
After breakfast, we’ll explore the atmospheric trails of Misty Forest. We’ll then board the train to Shanghai, where you can opt to spend the evening relaxing with your group or heading out on a bar crawl (Saturdays only).
Day 8-10: Exploring Shanghai
You’ll have a few free days in Shanghai, and there’s plenty to do! Op to visit ZhuJiaJiao Water town, find a karaoke hotspot or head to the busiest shopping street in the world: Nanjing Road. You’ll also have the option to sip champagne whilst sitting in a hot-tub on the top floor of skyscraper! Not a bad way to spend the day!
Other optional activities include a walk to the picturesque Yu Gardens and a visit to the former French Concession and propaganda museum, where you can learn about Shanghai’s history. Tonight, enjoy a final evening with your group!
Day 11: Time to say goodbye!
All good things must come to an end and it’s time to make tracks and head home today or continue with your travels independently. There are no activities planned for today so you are free to depart at any time.
Please note itineraries and activities are subject to change. Due to operational reasons some activities may occur on different days.
- 10 nights’ accommodation
- Experienced tour leaders throughout
- Transport between included destinations
- Hike and camp at un-restored section of the Great Wall
- Sunrise on the Great Wall
- Mandarin lesson
- Sunset views from Jiuyao Mountain
- Misty Forest hike
- 24 Hour Emergency Support
- Travel Insurance
- Airport Transfers
- Optional Activities
- Food and Drinks
You will spend one night camping on the Great Wall of China (weather dependant) where you will stay in a tent and sleeping bag that has been provided by the in-country team. One night will be spent on a night train, where you will have a fully flat bed.
Every other night on your trip will be spent in hostels which have been chosen because of their great atmosphere, location and hygiene. You'll be sharing mixed sex dorms which normally contain 4-12 beds.
Food is not included on the trip, but our guide will always offer to take you to a local restaurant where they can arrange a great discount for you. You should budget approximately 30CNY per meal (25 CNY for breakfast). If you want to eat cheaper than that, then your guides can help you order basic and delicious fried noodles/fried rice for 10CNY per dish.
You should arrange your flights to arrive into Beijing International Airport on your programme start date. Your programme ends in Shanghai, so please arrange your flights home or onward travel from Shanghai Airport for your programme end date.
To arrange your flights, contact our fantastic flights team on 01892 277037 or email them at [email protected] They will be able to search for the best flight offers to your chosen destinations, so you can plan and organise your trip in one place. Just make sure you give them your full name, as stated in your passport, along with your chosen departure dates, return dates, and any other details you want to include.
It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively, you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination.
Minimum age 18 years old.
For stays of up to 30 days, citizens of the European Union, the USA, Australia and New Zealand must obtain a Tourist (type L) visa in advance of travel. Visas can be obtained from your local embassy and must be used within 3 months of issue.
As part of your visa application you will need an 'Invitation Letter' which we will provide for you as a document on your Online Account. It lists all the accommodation details you require to obtain your L visa
You will need to apply for your visa through a Chinese embassy or consulate and you should consult your relevant embassy for detailed instructions.
You should ensure that your passport will still be in date for six months after your return. All visa information is subject to change and you should consult the nearest High Commission or Embassy for the most up to date information.
How Many People Will Be In My Group?
Usually there will be a maximum of 20 people travelling in your group.
Do I Need A Visa To Visit China?
Yes, once you have sent us a scanned copy of your passport we will issue you with a visa invitation letter to support your visa application. You should allow 90 days to apply for your visa prior to flying to China.
Can I Book A Private Room?
Private room upgrades may be available at extra cost. Please speak to a travel advisor for more information.
Do I Need To Bring A Sleeping Bag Or Mosquito Net?
No need for either – you won’t need a mosquito net and all bedding will be provided.
Due to Covid-19, many of our partners and suppliers across the globe are putting in place new procedures and policies regarding health and safety in response to the outbreak. These new measures will adapt and change as the state of travel evolves, and the policies and procedures will vary depending on each trip. Some changes that you may experience on our trips are:
Updated safety & hygiene procedures
Health and safety measures will be adapted by our partners and suppliers, dependent on local laws and restrictions.
Different transport & accommodation
You may find yourself on transport or in accommodation that would not typically be used, such as hostels that are more secluded, or on more private transport. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Most trips include a meeting on arrival with the guide or local team to discuss the trip, and this is an opportunity for you to ask any questions. You should arrive in time to attend these briefings.
Emergency support 24/7
We have a UK based 24/7 emergency phone line if you have a genuine urgent matter that you need attending.
Knowledgeable & Trained Staff
We can help answer any questions or concerns you may have before you depart. Whilst travelling the guide or local team on our trips are there to help, and to ensure the smooth running of our trips.
Should you require medical assistance whilst travelling, the local team or guide will be able to help you get to a point of care. Medical facilities and standards can vary across the glove, so you should ensure you have adequate travel insurance in place.
Varying group sizes
To begin with, many trips will run with amended group sizes, so you may find smaller groups than would be typical. This may vary by trip, or even by individual departure dates.
Whilst there may be changes on our trips, it is vital that you make travelling safer for yourself, your travel companions, the local staff and guides, and the people of the country you are visiting. You should follow all local laws and restrictions, and follow the guidance of the local team. In addition, you can help make travel safer by bringing and using your own face coverings/masks and hand sanitiser, social distance where appropriate, wash your hands frequently, and cover your face when coughing or sneezing.