China Express - 6 days

5 nights from £672

Start:Beijing
Finish:Xi'an
Duration:5 Nights
Group size:2 - 24
Suitable for: 16+  if accompanied by an adult
Accommodation:3 - 4 star
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests
Tour operated in: English

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Overview

Hide out in the Forbidden City, climb the Great Wall, bike ride along Xi’an’s medieval wall and encounter Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Army - this 6 day tour is the perfect introduction to the charms of China!
Highlights
  • BEIJING - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing and Chinese Acrobatic Show
  • BADALING and JUYONGGUAN - 2 UNESCO listed sections of Great Wall of China
  • XI'AN - UNESCO listed Terracotta Warriors, Clay warrior workshop, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Muslim Quarter, City Wall and bike ride
Age Policy
16+  if accompanied by an adult

Itinerary

Location: Beijing

Saturday. Huan ying, welcome to China and the start of your holiday! Airport arrival transfer from Beijing Capital Airport to your hotel for check-in. The remainder of the day offers free time for you to independently explore this astonishing city.

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven

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Location: Beijing

This morning, we explore the heart of Beijing, China's pulsating capital, including the vast Tiananmen Square where Chairman Mao’s tomb lies and various monuments to the people are located. Dominating the city centre is the Forbidden City, a centre of power for five centuries and seat of the emperors. Entering through the Gate of Heavenly Peace (replete with Chairman Mao’s portrait), we enjoy a guided tour of this old city within a city. Later we take an exciting rickshaw ride through the Hutongs of Beijing, weaving through old back lanes, traditional courtyards and compact houses, gaining a fascinating snapshot of the city’s traditional way of life. This evening, we enjoy an eye boggling Chinese acrobatic performance. Swinging ropes, juggling hoops, spinning plates and human pyramids are just a few tricks these show stoppers pull out followed by a Welcome Dinner of Peking Duck at a city restaurant.

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Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan

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Location: Great Wall of China

After a free morning to further explore the city, we drive beyond Beijing to Badaling, to walk a section of the famous Great Wall. Built in the Ming Dynasty, a 6m wide pathway makes a formidable defence, following the highest contours of a steep range of hills. This evening we spend the night at our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.

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Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan

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Location: Beijing

Beijing - Xi’an. We rise early this morning and head (5 min bus drive) to the Great Wall at Juyongguan Pass when it opens to beat the crowds. We have time to enjoy and explore the wall before visiting a Jade Carving Centre to learn about this ornamental rock and its importance in Chinese culture. After lunch we head back to Beijing. Free time is offered in the cavernous Pearl Market - an Aladdin's Cave of souvenirs, handbags and gadgets in Beijing, before travelling by express soft sleeper train to Xi’an in Shaanxi Province.

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Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Express Beijing Minzuyuan

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Xi'an

We pull in to Xi'an. This morning we discover the Terracotta Warrior archaeological site, where 7000 warriors stand battle ready and have done so for the past 2200 years. Later on we visit a clay workshop specialising in making replica figurines, followed by the Muslim Quarter. Tonight, we welcome you to join the optional Tang Dynasty Show, which includes dinner, a traditional performance and transfers (book/pay locally).

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Accommodation Name: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

Location: Xi'an

Thursday. Today we take a casual bicycle ride on top of the nine mile Xi’an City Wall (no need to go the entire way around) perimeter peeking down upon the lively city beneath us. We the visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda. You’ll be transferred to the airport for your onward flight. Please ensure your flight is booked to depart Xi’an after 6pm.

If you require pre or post tour accommodation, or to return to Beijing for your onward travel arrangements (by train or flight) please see "Extra Prices" on the "Prices & Dates" tab for further details.

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Accommodation Name: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

Meals: ,Breakfast,Lunch,

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What's Included

Included
  • Accommodation
    3 - 4 star
  • 5 breakfasts, 3 lunches and 1 traditional Chinese dinner in Beijing
  • 4 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
  • 1 overnight train: Beijing - Xi'an (4-berth soft sleeper cabin)
  • Chinese acrobatic performance
  • Rickshaw ride through Beijings Hutongs
  • Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
  • Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer day 6 from Xi'an Airport
  • Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan and Xi'an
  • Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
  • English speaking specialist guides at local sights
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles

Not Included
  • International flights and visa
  • Tip for your tour guide is not included in the Tip Kitty. We suggest USD$3-5 per day, per traveller for a job well done, however the amount is up to you
  • Entrance Fees: USD$65-75pp, paid in local currency

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Reviews

5* China Express - 6 days
Had a great time, I filled out one of these on paper too, but 10/10 would recommmened.
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Date: 05-Apr-2016

5* China Express - 6 days
The tour was very well organized and packed in s lot in a short time. Absolutely brilliant! Phung was so calm, knowledgable and always aware of everyone's individual needs. A better guide you could not ask for. We also enjoyed Benny's passion and humor in Xi'an.
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Date: 18-Apr-2018

5* China Express - 6 days
We loved every minute and especially our guide Matthew, he made our trip so much fun, interesting and he was so helpful.
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Date: 03-Oct-2019

4* China Express - 6 days
Fantastic trip , well planned, with enough flexibility to allow for everyone's different interests Stephanie was absolutely fantastic ensuring everyone was catered for. Going above and beyond to ensure things ran smoothly . She was friendly , helpful and great fun.
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Date: 16-Apr-2015

5* China Express - 6 days
We had a fantastic holiday, Matthew was a brillaint tour guide and very helpful and funny! The tour was really informative and we loved it! Thank you so much for everything and for looking after us.
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Date: 06-Oct-2019

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Start:Beijing
Finish:Xi'an
Duration:5 Nights
Group size:2 - 24
Suitable for: 16+  if accompanied by an adult
Accommodation:3 - 4 star
Diets:Vegetarians, Please contact On The Go Tours with specific dietary requests
Tour operated in: English
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