China Adventure(Twin Share Room,Start Beijing, End Shanghai)

China Adventure
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  • Contiki

Travel the exotic lands of China where modern cities and ancient history collide. On your 12 day tour you'll feast on peking duck, explore the Great Wall and be spellbound by museums, markets and mayhem. You'll be a guidebook to China in no time.

Highlights
  • Beijing - Dine on crispy Peking Duck at an authentic Chinese dinner in Beijing
  • Beijing - Visit the tombs of the Ming Empire in Beiijing
  • Beijing - Witness one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu section)
  • Beijing - Visit a traditional artisan Cloisonné factory in Beijing
  • Beijing to Overnight Train to Xi'an - Ride in a Rickshaw
  • Beijing to Overnight Train to Xi'an - Visit the huddled ancient hutongs (local backstreets) of Beijing
  • Beijing to Overnight Train to Xi'an - Visit the Summer Palace
  • Overnight Train to Xi'an - Visit the TangBo Art Museum in Xi'an, full of traditional, folk, ancient & modern Chinese artefacts
  • Overnight Train to Xi'an - See the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China
  • Xi'an to Chengdu - Cycle along the ancient city walls of Xi'an
  • Chengdu - Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Sanctuary
  • Chengdu to Yangshuo - Included flight to Yangshuo
  • Shanghai - Pay your respects at Shanghai's City God Temple complex
  • Shanghai - Explore one of China's traditional arts at the Shanghai Silk museum
  • Shanghai - Visit Shanghai’s Bund area
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Tower
  • Dine on crispy Peking Duck at an authentic Chinese dinner in Beijing
  • Visit the tombs of the Ming Empire in Beiijing
  • Witness one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu section)
  • Visit a traditional artisan Cloisonné factory in Beijing
  • Ride in a Rickshaw
  • Visit the huddled ancient hutongs (local backstreets) of Beijing
  • Visit the Summer Palace
  • Visit the TangBo Art Museum in Xi'an, full of traditional, folk, ancient & modern Chinese artefacts
  • See the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China
  • Cycle along the ancient city walls of Xi'an
  • Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Sanctuary
  • Included flight to Yangshuo
  • Pay your respects at Shanghai's City God Temple complex
  • Explore one of China's traditional arts at the Shanghai Silk museum
  • Visit Shanghai’s Bund area
  • Shanghai Tower
  • Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Base
  • Lunch with a local family
  • Take a rickshaw ride through the huddled ancient hutongs (local backstreets) of Beijing
Destinations
  • Far East
  • China
Tour Types
  • In Depth Explorer
  • Youth
  • 18-30 somethings
  • Youth
  • 18-30 somethings

Location: Beijing

Today we join up in the capital city of Beijing and begin rolling in the excitement of having 12-days of Chinese explorations lie ahead of us. Get cozy in our fancy hotel and perhaps do some DIY exploring before we get to know each other - no time like the present to begin getting cultured.<br/>

Accommodation: Novotel Sanyuan Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Dinner

Location: Beijing

With another day filled with historical delights and jaw-dropping sites still here in the heart of Beijing, we will start to understand just how much this vast country has to brag about. A trip to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs & a Cloisonné Factory will fill our day, while local delicacies at the Wangfujing Night Markets will colour our night.<br/>

Accommodation: Novotel Sanyuan Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Beijing

This captivating city will start revealing its depths today as ancient monuments are presented to us up close and personal. We will roam the world’s largest city square, visit the resting place of the founding father of the People's Republic of China, & tour the Forbidden City. The thriving Chinese artistic community of 798 Art Precinct will contrast the historical masterpieces with its modern galleries and trendy vibe.<br/>

Accommodation: Novotel Sanyuan Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Location: Beijing, Overnight Train to Xi'an

Though we won't be spending another night in the capital, we've still got a few things to tick off our Bejing to-do list, not to mention some free time to do your own last bits of exploring. Roam the 1,700 stalls of the Silk Market (which offers way more than just silks), check out the Summer Palace, venture to the Temple of Heaven or just hang out at one of Beijing's many museum with a rickshaw ride in-between to really do it local. Tonight we kick on to Xi'an.When in China, ride the overnight train - that's our go local motto. Sleep soundly knowing tomorrow a new city will be ours to uncover.<br/>

Accommodation: Overnight Train

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner,Lunch

Location: Overnight Train to Xi'an, Xi'an

With a tasty Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner & show in our sights for this evening, we’ve got an equally incredible day lined up. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Terracotta Army & the TangBo Art Museum, anyone? Oh hell yes. Our Local Guide will show us around the site of the Terracotta Army, discovered in 1974 by local farmers. Excavation projects since have unearthed three pits containing over 8,000 soldiers as well as chariots & horses. Our guide will give us an insider’s look at how the site was discovered, its historical significance & the effort that has gone into restoring the warriors. Back in the city, a Free time add-on dinner awaits. Sixteen dumpling variations is more than our foodie dreams could ever imagine.<br/>

Accommodation: Skytel Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Lunch

Location: Xi'an, Chengdu

Rise, shine, and give your legs a shake out – today we’ll be taking on Xi’an by two wheels, cycling on the Xi'an City Wall will give us panoramic views of the city. Then we’ll head ‘home’ and pack our bags for another incredible destination.After a speedy train journey we’ll land in Chengdu, where we can settle into our hotel before heading out to explore the teahouse dotted city.<br/>

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Chengdu

Team squeals will fill the air at breakfast this morning, as we prepare for half a day at a Panda Sanctuary. If hanging out with these gorgeous creatures hasn’t completely worn you out, you can sign up for a Sichuan Cooking Class in the evening.<br/>

Accommodation: Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Chengdu, Yangshuo

This morning we say goodbye to panda land and get ready to board a flight to Guilin. This city will be the gateway to our time in the countryside – it’s time to get a little bit traditional.After a drive out of Guilin we’ll arrive in Yangshuo, where we’ll sip Tsingtao and shop the late night markets. With the quaint setting of this village & surrounding limestone karsts, we may never want to leave this endlessly scenic region. Drag yourself from staring at your surroundings long enough for your group dinner, it's going to be tasty!<br/>

Accommodation: New Century Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Yangshuo

With all the city time we've had of late,today's the perfect change to soak up some of mother nature's beauty by roaming the nearby hills. And what better way to do that with a Tai Chi Class in the park? Follow it up with some wandering around Yangshuo.<br/>

Accommodation: New Century Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Yangshuo, Shanghai

On yet another conveniently included flight we’ll hop from Yangshuo to Shanghai, waving to the charming countryside setting on take off.Our ultimate scene change awaits us in Shanghai, a city bursting with energy and lights. The first night is yours to explore as you please with the chance to see some acrobats in full swing.<br/>

Accommodation: Merry Rendezvous Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast,Dinner

Location: Shanghai

Wakey wakey travellers - it's our first full day in Shanghai and it promises to be an epic one. First up we're heading to Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple) where 3 temples, teahouses, shops and restaurants will keep us entertained. Shanghai's Silk Museum and riverside promenade of Bund are also ours to explore before the chance to spend the final night together reminiscing on your trip while overlooking the Shanghai skyline and indulging in beautifully unique Chinese feast.<br/>

Accommodation: Merry Rendezvous Hotel (or similar)

Meals: Breakfast

Location: Shanghai

Okay Chinese revellers, our trip has come to a close. Though we knew this sad day was inevitable, it doesn't make saying goodbye any easier. Hug it out and go back to your corners of the world armed with a wealth of new knowledge, a stack of new pals and endless life-lasting memories.<br/>

Meals: Breakfast

Included
  • -3-star hotels and an overnight train are the name of the game. We like to keep it intrepid, but there's no compromise on comfort.
  • -Re-fuel with our hearty breakfasts, luscious lunches and delicious dinners, plus we'll also give you the opportunity to sample some of the best eats in the East. We'll get 17 of your meals, you get the rest. Taste it all - spicy street eats, the freshest fruit and delicious gourmet dining.
  • -A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.
  • A highly trained Trip Manager who brings your adventure to life, along with Local Guides who make tourist traps a thing of the past. This is your team. Smart, friendly, fun, and integral to everything we do.

Touring with Contiki

Started by one man with big dreams in 1962, Contiki now offers over 300 trips to 6 continents for 18 to 35 year olds, with the mantra #NOREGRETS. It’s their way of life; it’s about changing your perspective on the world, walking in other’s shoes, witnessing different cultures, religions, and ways of living; it’s about living in the moment, pushing past your comfort zone, challenging yourself to do the things you never thought possible.

Contiki believe that travel is so much more than just ticking boxes and saying you were there. It’s not about doing things for the sake of doing them, or seeing things just because you should. For them, travel is all about experience. It’s the number of sunsets you’ve watched with best friends, the number of ancient landmarks you’ve visited, the number of times you’ve defied your comfort zone and done the extraordinary. So that’s what their trips are all about – the #NOREGRETS experiences that will make you, the traveller, richer than your wildest dreams.

Their incredible experiences encompass all interests and cultures – bathing in the Blue Lagoon in Iceland, seeing the pyramids of Giza, walking the Great Wall of China, roadtrip along Route 66, watch the sunrise over Uluru, party in Las Vegas, snorkel the Great Barrier Reef, zipline through the Costa Rica rainforest, see the Mona Lisa, fly over the Grand Canyon or cuddle a Koala. The cost of your trip ensures Contiki take care of all your travel arrangements, accommodation, breakfasts and dinners, organised activities, plenty of free time and optional ‘me’ time activities to put your own unique stamp on your travel experience.

Contiki cater to all travellers, whether you want to cram in as many destinations as possible and experience everything or stick in one region for a while for an in depth exploration to really get under the skin of the country, they have the trip for you and many other options in between. Choose a purely water-based adventure with their Sailing, Cruise and Beach holidays, or snowy travels with the Winter holidays and even purely camping accommodation to make the most of your holiday budget but still see and experience all your destination has to offer.

Contiki is a founding partner of TreadRight, a not-for-profit foundation established by The Travel Corporation in 2008 to encourage sustainable tourism within its family of amazing travel brands. The TreadRight Foundation acts as an older, wiser sibling to Contiki, guiding them down a more sustainable path. The TreadRight Foundation supports projects that help the environment, protect and conserve ecosystems, and benefit communities. The foundation, along with The Travel Corporation brands, has donated in excess of US$2 million towards international sustainable tourism projects - a figure that continues to rise.

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Start:Beijing
Finish:Shanghai
Group size:15 - 50
Suitable for: 18-35
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact Contiki with specific dietary requirements
Tour operated in: English
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