China Explorer

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Day 1: Arrive Beijing

Arrive at anytime during the day and make your way to the hotel.  An evening group meeting is planned followed by dinner.

·Group Meeting and Beijing Duck Dinner

Day 2: Beijing

Spend the morning visiting central Beijing's sites with free time in the afternoon to explore many old hutong laneways.

·Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven

Day 3: Great Wall Trek

Trek the Great Wall from Jinshaling to Simatai and overnight in a local village.

·Jinshaling to Simatai Great Wall Trek

Day 4: Great Wall Trek

Continue to Mutianyu and spend the day exploring this part of the Great Wall with its added tourist attractions.

·Mutianyu Great Wall

Day 5: Great Wall / Sleeper Train

In the morning trek around the Great Wall at Jiankou before returning back to Beijing for an overnight train to Xi'an.

·Jiankou Great Wall

Day 6: Xi'an

Arrive in the historical Silk Road city of Xi'an and spend the morning visiting the Terracotta Warriors, leaving the afternoon free to wander the old Muslim quarter.

·Terracotta Warriors

Day 7: Mt Huashan

Arrive by train to Huashan Mountain, considered a sacred Taoist site the hiking trail offers beautiful natural scenery and ancient temples.

·Huashan Mountain Hike

Day 8: Mt Huashan

Spend the day hiking numerous trails and make your way to one of the top summits.

·Huashan Mountain Hike

Day 9: Luoyang / Shaolin

Morning fast train to Luoyang and take an optional visit of the Longmen Grottoes before driving to Shaolin home of the famous Shaolin Monastery.

·Longmen Grottoes

Day 10: Shaolin / Sleeper Train

Morning is free to explore the Shaolin Monastery and see the monks practise their ancient martial arts before proceeding to Zhengzhou to catch an overnight train to Shanghai.

·Shaolin Monastery and martial arts performance

Day 11: Zhujiajao Canal Town / Shanghai

Visit the ancient canal watertown of Zhujiajiao on the way to the modern metropolis of Shanghai.

·Zhujiajiao Canal Watertown tour, Group walk along Nanjing Road to the Shanghai Bund riverfront

Day 12: Depart

You are free to depart anytime during the day


Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.

Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:

- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency

- Copy of Flight tickets

- Hotel booking confirmation

- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document) 

In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.

Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.

Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years. 

Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.

Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.


What to Expect on Tour

Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. 

Accommodation -Your accommodation is selected for convenient.

12 Days