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Unique Experiences:

The ultimate fast track to experience China’s major metropolis cities of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai
Uniquely tailored to include the best experiences beyond the beaten track while still leaving time for own explorations
Hike the untouched, original parts of the Great Wall, bike Beijing’s alleyways, explore Xian’s stunning mountain range and sleep over at a farmer’s home stay
All neatly tied together by train and accommodation so you have time to explore.

Participants:
Up to 8 travelers may book this trip.
Trip Length: 12 Day(s) 11 Night(s)
Type of Transportation:

Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai; bicycle on Day 2 and 4
Transfer Beijing Outskirts: Local public air-conditioned bus from Beijing to the outskirts and return with private car/van
Overnight train ticket from Beijing to Xian and Xian to Shanghai: Hard sleeper berth, 6-berth public compartment
Transfer for Xian Qinling Mountain Trekking: Public bus/local taxi.

Type of Accommodation:

Beijing: Jade Hostel and a local family guesthouse with private bathroom
Xian: Han Tang Inn
Shanghai: Captain Hostel
Overnight Train: Hard sleeper berth, 6-berth public compartment.

Physical Rate: 4/5
Included in Price:

Meals: 5 x breakfast, 3 x lunch, 2 x dinner + tasting of local snacks
Accommodation: 4-night in Beijing, 2 nights in Xian, 2 nights in Shanghai and 2 nights on overnights train according to your choice, 1-night stay in a local farmer’s guesthouse with private bathroom
Transport: Private car/van transfer on Day 1 from Airport/Train station to hotel in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, Bicycle on Day 2 and 4. Transfer for Beijing Outskirts, Xian Qinling Mountain and overnight train according to your choice
English speaking tour guide: Included on the following: 1-hour orientation walking tour around your hotel if your arrival before14:00 pm on Day 1, bike tour on Day 2, 2-day outskirts tour on Day 3 – 4, Xian Qinling Mountain on Day 8 (according to itinerary).

Excluded from Price:

•  Tips to guide
•  Entrance tickets on Day 2 during the bicycle tour
•  Entrance ticket to Bird’s Nest and Water Cube
•  Personal expenses
•  All meals not stated as included in the above and in itinerary
•  Travel Insurance (compulsory)
•  All other expenses not stated as included in the above.

Map

Locations Visited:
Beijing, Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, National Theatre, Lama Temple, Ghost Street, Bei Gou Village, Xian, Qinling Mountain, Shanghai
Start City:
Beijing
End City:
Shanghai

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival Beijing
Greeted at the airport/train station by driver and transferred to the centrally located hotel, Beijing Jade Hotel for budget level and Ron Yard Hotel Beijing for tourist level. Join the 1- hour orientation walk hosted by our English speaking staff to get familiar with the surroundings of your hotel and get some basic travel tips about China if your arrival before 14:00 pm.

Accommodation: Overnight at Beijing Jade Hotel, or similar

Day 2: Beijing
Full day biking tour through the narrow back streets of the old part of Beijing, explore the real local things beaten the crowds, pass by Lama Temple, highest academy of Imperial Learning, NanLuoguxiangHutong,“Ghost Street”– a 24-hour food street, Houhai Lake areas, Jingshan Park – the hilltop is a great place to have a bird’s View of Imperial Palace, Tiananmen Square, “the Egg” - National Theaterand the Exhibition hall of urban planning and construction, Qianmen Street- the oldest and most famous business street. You can stop in for a visit at any spots you are interested (the entrance fee will be on your own expense), ride back to your hotel by evening.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight at Beijing Jade Hotel, or similar


Day 3: Beijing-Bei Gou Village
Your guide will meet you at your hotel (remember to inform us your hotel name and address in advance) and together you go by public air-conditioned bus at 8:30 am, heading towards the northeast of Beijing. Before noon, you will arrive in Bei Gou and hosted by your family.

After short refreshments you will start hiking on the not crowded parts of the Great wall for about 4 hours depending on your energy. This section of the wall is untouched and the considered as a paradise of professional photographers.

Later in the afternoon you will return to your guesthouse where you can enjoy relaxing time in the courtyard. Or you can choose to help your hostess gather fresh vegetables from the fields and learn to cook Chinese dishes. Enjoy a home-style Chinese dinner with beer, soft drinks and a cup of Great Wall Wine.

Afterwards you will have free time for exploration in the village where you can meet the locals.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at a local farmer’s guesthouse


Day 4: Bei Gou Village-Beijing
Enjoy breakfast in the morning in the tranquil countryside, followed by your chosen activity (please inform in advance to allow for preparations): Should you go biking the countryside or explore more of the Great Wall?

Option #1 – Biking:
Go bike riding with your guide through the village and in the countryside. You will explore the area, pass by a river, the village committee offices, a rainbow trout farming base and in general enjoy the natural scenery and everyday life of the locals. You can make stops upon your request to take pictures. A Chinese lunch will be served in your home stay when back from explorations. You will have time to take a nap or hang around in the village until pick up. On the way back to Beijing you will have will have a short stop at Huanghuacheng Great wall (facade), which is built beside a beautiful lake.

Option #2 – Hiking: Go by private vehicle to the Huanghuacheng Great Wall and spend another day in the company of great mountain views, impressive man built structures and a breath-taking lake at the foot of the wall.
Transfer back to your hotel in Beijing city by private vehicle. On the way, you will have a photo stop at 2008 Beijing Olympics Park – to look closer at the Bird’s Nest and Water Cube (exterior views).

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch
Accommodation: Overnight at Beijing Jade Hotel, or similar

Day 5: Beijing
Today is the last day in Beijing and you will have time to explore the city on your own. Feel free to contact our Beijing Travel Center to get more information on things to do and how to go.

Meals: Breakfast
Accoomodation: Overnight at Beijing Jade Hotel, or similar


Day 6: Beijing-Xian, overnight train
Check out time before 12:00 noon. Self-transfer to the Train Station for your next destination Xian.

Meals: Breakfast
Accommodation: Overnight on train in the hard sleeper berth, 6-berth public compartment
Note: You will receive your train ticket from Beijing to Xian by your local guide/Beijing service office staff. Make sure to arrive at your train station at least 1.5 hours in prior to departure time. Keep all your belongings with you, don’t bring too much cash when you get on the train. Bring simple food or snacks as your dinner and/or breakfast. There is 24 hours hot water and a restaurant on the train, but the meal is very simple and do not expect great culinary experiences!


Day 7: Xian
Upon arrival in Xian, please make sure you bring all your belongings with you, before you get off the train. Please go to Exit where your driver will be holding a sign with your name waiting to transfer you to your hotel and check-in.

The rest of the day is free on your own arrangement. We recommend you bring a card from the hotel to make sure you will find your way back safely.

Accommodation: Overnight at Han Tang Inn, or similar

Day 8: Xian
Your local guide will meet you at your hotel and depart at 8:30 am heading towards the Qinling Mountain. You will arrive at the foot of the Mountain at 10:00 am and start your hiking. Expect to finish hiking around 16:00 pm.

During the hike, you will stop to have picnic lunch, make stops along the way as you wish and of course have the opportunity to take pictures from the top the of the mountain. Also, you will pass a natural swimming pool so do not forget to bring your swimwear especially in the hot summer.

After returning back down the mountain, you will have local snacks as your dinner with your guide. The trip will end at your hotel around 18:00 pm.

Meals: Lunch, Dinner
Accommodation: Overnight at Han Tang Inn, or similar


Day 9: Xian-Shanghai Overnight train
The day time is free for you to explore the city further. Check-out from your hotel before 12:00 noon and self-transfer to the Train Station for your next destination Shanghai.

Accommodation: Overnight on train in the hard sleeper berth, 6-berth public compartment
Note: You will receive your train ticket from Xian to Shanghai by our local guide/staff. Make sure to arrive at your train station at least 1.5 hours in prior to departure time. Keep all your belongings with you, don’t bring too much cash when you get on the train. Bring simple food or snacks as your dinner and/or breakfast. There is 24 hours hot water and a restaurant on the train, but the meal is very simple, please do not expect great culinary experiences!

Day 10: Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, please make sure to bring all your belongings with you before you get off the train. Please go to the Exit where your driver will be holding a sign with your name waiting to transfer you to your hotel and check-in. The rest of the day is free on your own arrangement. We recommend you bring a card from the hotel, to make sure you find your way back safely.

Accommodation: Overnight at Captain Hostel, or similar

Day 11: Shanghai
Free day for you to explore Shanghai on your own arrangements.

Accommodation: Overnight at Captain Hostel, or similar

Day 12: Return
Check out from your hotel before 12:00 noon.

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