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China Express
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Until Dec 17 From Jan 18

Walk backwards in time along the Great Wall and stare down an army of Terracotta Warriors before leaping into the future of Shanghai's incredible high-rise towers on this fast-paced tour of Chinas highlights. With the perfect blend of guided activities and free time to explore on your own, this adventure is made for those who want to get a taste of China in a short amount of time.

  • Duration: 8 Days
  • Guaranteed Departure: Yes
  • For lovers of: Hiking, Local Culture & Cuisine, Sightseeing, Walking Tour
  • Physical rating: Light
  • Accommodation standard:   Budget%
  • Traveller Tour Rating: 100%  
  • Your Guide: English speaking
  • Supplier Tour ID/Link Tour Code: ACCR.A/201380
  • Starts: Beijing, China
  • Finishes: Shanghai, China
You will Visit
  • Beijing
  • Xi’an
  • Suzhou
  • Shanghai

Itinerary

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Day 1: Beijing

Arrive at any time.
Is Beijing top of your must-see list? Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group.

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Day 2: Beijing

Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square.

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Day 3: Beijing/Xi’an

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.
Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. After time spent wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs, hop on a fast train to Xi'an.

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Day 4: Xi’an/Suzhou

Visit one of China's greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors—and enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls before an overnight train to Suzhou.

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Day 5: Suzhou

Visit Suzhou, the "Venice of the East." Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens.

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Day 6: Suzhou/Shanghai

Travel to Shanghai and take an orientation walk along the Bund.
Arrive in the afternoon to Shanghai. After an orientation walk along Shanghai's famous Bund, you are free to explore the delights this modern Chinese city has to offer.

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Day 7: Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening.

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Day 8: Shanghai

Depart at any time.
We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully experience all Shanghai has to offer.

Inclusions:
    Activities
    • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
    • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
    • Terracotta Warriors tour (Xi'an)
    • Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou)
    • Shanghai orientation walk
    • Chinese acrobat performance
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
    Accommodation
    • Hotel (6 nts), sleeper train (1 nt)
    • 1 lunch
    Transport
    • Train, local bus, air-con bus, walking
    Group Leader
    • English-speaking Chinese Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides
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Tour Highlights:
  • Trek along the Great Wall
  • Visit the Forbidden City in Beijing and the canal town of Suzhou
  • Experience a local meal and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Enjoy an acrobat show in Shanghai


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Rhoda D Posted on: 

We really had a great trip. Excellent organization and excellent local guide.

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Pracad L Posted on: 

Fantastic blend of sight seeing and culture. I got to see many things regular tourists don't get to see. The tour guide warned us of many potential dangers and made the experience a memorable one.

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Andrea V Posted on: 

Excellent. This was my first time using G Adventures and it was exactly what I was hoping for--a way to explore a substantial part of a country without feeling like we were just getting on and off the same bus---local experiences and flexibility of the trip were great.

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Ursula D Posted on: 

I found the tour to be excellent. It was very informative. A lot of traveling just for one week though!

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Aurelie P Posted on: 

The tour was lots of fun. We had a great group and we got to see a lot in a very short time.

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Christopher J Posted on: 

Accommodations were in awesome locations; The tour guide outstanding! Overall tour itinerary was super.

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Brenda S Posted on: 

The China Express trip was amazing! While short in time it was so packed with sights and adventures that my daughter and I left China feeling that we had seen and done everything we could possibly have wished for. Spending my birthday hiking on the Great Wall of China was without a doubt the best! A suggestion would be to always travel with a copy of The Lonely Planet covering the areas you are to visit and read it before or during your trip....it has all sorts of great ideas of where to go for your free times as well as great street maps!

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Lisa H Posted on: 

It was a good balance between scheduled activities and free time. The guide was there to give you tips on what you could do and see on your free time.

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Bianca P Posted on: 

The tour was just GREAT. We travelled long distances in only 8 days and saw much of the country, but still it was never stressful. The group including our guide was sooo nice, I had a very good time with these open minded people!

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Colleen S Posted on: 

The tour was well planned, well executed, Andy (our guide) kept us well informed, and the accommodation was good.

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