Chinese Checkers - 11 days

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Kick off in Beijing, explore the Forbidden City, ride around the Hutongs and relax over a delicious Peking Duck dinner. Discover the Great Wall at both Badaling and Juyongguan before taking a high speed train to Luoyang - home to the Longmen's Caves and the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple. Continue to Xi'an - home to the Terracotta Warriors before ending in futuristic Shanghai.

Highlights
  • Luoyang – UNESCO listed Longmen Caves and stone carvings, Shaolin Kung Fu Temple, Xiyuan Park activities
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Pearl markets, Jade Carving Factory, Hutong area of Beijing, 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, City Wall and bike ride, Muslim Quarter, Great Mosque and market
  • Shanghai - Shanghai Plaza Tower, The Bund and Old Shanghai, Yuyuan Garden, Huang River skyline of Pudong City
  • Suzhou - UNESCO listed gardens, Grand Canal and waterways, Silk factory, Lingering Garden
Age Policy
16+  if accompanied by an adult
Destinations
  • Far East
  • China
Tour Types
  • Small Group
  • Singles
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Cultural
  • History
  • Photography

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.

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Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven

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Location: Beijing

Today, we embark on a guided tour of the nation’s capital. Tiananmen Square, a patriotic vision of grandeur and the Forbidden city, the walled city of the former Chinese emperors boasting stunning temples, courtyards and reception halls. We take an afternoon rickshaw ride navigating the old back lanes and courtyards of Beijing’s Hutongs. 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.

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Accommodation Name: Holiday Inn Temple of Heaven

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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. We also visit a Jade Carving Centre before heading to our quaint hotel near Juyongguan Pass, which offers views of the Great Wall.

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Location: Juyong Pass

Beijing - Luoyang. 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. Later we return to Beijing to explore the famous Pearl Market - an Aladdin's Cave of clothing, jewellery and electronic gadgets before taking an afternoon bullet train to Luoyang. Reaching speeds of up to 305km per hour the journey is an experience in itself! Check in to hotel in Luoyang, late evening.

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Accommodation Name: Peony Plaza

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Location: Luoyang

First thing today we drive to the Shaolin Kung Fu Temple (approx 2 hours), set on the foothills of the Songshan Mountain. Here generation after generation of Shaolin monks have devoted themselves to practising Chan Buddhism and a martial art widely recognised as the origins of kung fu. Over the years hundreds, if not thousands, of people have flocked to this very site to learn this ancient discipline and we'll have the opportunity to watch a performance of kung fu during our visit. Returning to Luoyang you’ll have some free time, and the option to walk to Xiyuan Park where ball room dancing, tai chi, aerobics and badminton lessons take place every evening.

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Accommodation Name: Peony Plaza

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Location: Xi'an

Luoyang - Xi’an. Today we explore the UNESCO-listed 5th and 6th Century Longmen Caves etched into the cliffs of the Yi River. The 2,300 caves (grottoes) are adorned with 110,000 statues and images of Buddha, carved during the Northern Wei Dynasty. This afternoon we board the high speed train to Xi’an (journey time approx 2hrs). After hotel check-in and some time to fresh up we’ll embark on a casual bike ride around the Xi’an City Wall. Looking down as you pedal offers delightful views of the Old City in the centre of the walls and the modern city on the outside.

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Accommodation Name: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

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Location: Xi'an

Emperor Qin’s Terracotta Warriors are reputed to be the greatest discovery of the 20th century - 7,000 life-sized clay soldiers stand ready for battle. We visit the archaeological site and the workshop where the replica warriors are crafted. Tonight, we welcome you to join the optional Tang Dynasty Show, which includes dinner, a traditional performance and transfers (bookable locally).

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Accommodation Name: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

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Location: Xi'an

Xi’an - Shanghai. First up this morning, we tour the lofty Big Wild Goose Pagoda. The complex of temples, pagodas and expansive gardens, constructed during the 7th century offered refuge and a store house for Chinese Buddhists translating the very important Buddhist sutras from India. After we visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some free time to explore the backstreets of this ever lively area. After lunch we board our express train to Shanghai, where upon arrival we check into our hotel late this evening.

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Accommodation Name: Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel

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Location: Shanghai

Good morning Shanghai! Just the mere mention of ‘Shanghai’ conjures up mystery, romance and general decadence. Pre – 1949, cosmopolitan Shanghai was a magnet for seekers of wealth, idle colonialists, explorers and the dispossessed. Everything went belly up in 1949, when Mao and the communists took to power and swept the good times and rock and roll away. A legacy of these heady times is Shanghai’s Bund where on and around this waterfront promenade are a vast series of grandiose pre-1949 buildings. Just across the Huangpu River is the new Shanghai, a high-tech development of gravity defying skyscrapers. <br/><br/> Today we tour many of the city’s top spots - Yu Gardens and Bazaar- Shanghai’s finest traditional garden, the Bund, Pudong and the Shanghai Plaza Tower and take a cruise along the Huangpu River.

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Accommodation Name: Ramada Encore Shanghai Hotel

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Location: Suzhou

Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai. Today we travel by road to ancient Suzhou. A sort of oriental Venice, ancient Suzhou is interwoven by a series of canals and pretty waterways which feed a series of classical gardens, laid out here since the Song dynasty a thousand years ago, they are justly famous across China. Suzhou sits very close to the Grand Canal, we enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal before exploring the Lingering Garden - a beautiful classical Chinese garden dating back from the Ming Dynasty. Today’s final visit is a silk workshop before returning to Shanghai.

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Accommodation Name: Ramada Encore Shanghai Hotel

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Location: Shanghai

Tuesday. Our tour ends after breakfast and onward departure transfer to airport.

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Included
  • Accommodation
    -3 - 4 star
  • 10 breakfasts, 4 lunches and 2 dinners (a traditional Chinese meal in Beijing and a local dinner in Xi'an)
  • 10 nights 3 - 4 star hotels
  • Chinese acrobatic performance
  • Rickshaw ride through Beijings Hutongs
  • Xi’an - bike ride on medieval City Wall
  • Shanghai - Huangpu River cruise
  • Suzhou - historic Grand Canal cruise
  • Touring of Beijing, Badaling, Juyongguan, Luoyang, Xi'an, Shanghai and Suzhou
  • Tour Guide escorted for groups of 6 or more
  • English speaking specialist guides at local sights
  • Beijing Capital Airport arrival transfer on day 1 and departure transfer day 11 from Shanghai Airport
  • All relevant transfers and transportation in private A/C vehicles
  • High speed trains: Beijing - Luoyang, Luoyang - Xi'an, and Xi'an - Shanghai

Not Included
  • International flights and visa
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  • 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
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  • Entrance Fees: USD$150-160pp, paid in local currency
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5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
We love Lisa. Great tour guide very friendly, helps with everything. Highly recommend on the go.
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Date: 01-Nov-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Renny was and absolutely fantastic guide. She made our trip really special and is a credit to your company. Highlights of our tour were the second day on The Great Wall and the boat trip in Shanghai.
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Date: 25-Jun-2018

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
I was very impressed with almost everything about this tour and the guide, Lisa, who was excellent. The pacing of the holiday was just right for me - we covered a lot of ground but that was exactly what I was hoping for. I was also happy about the ratio of group activities to free time for individuals . Again, that ratio seemed spot on to me. The only minor quibble was about the two/three visits to local factories (Silk factory, Jade factory) I'd highly recommend the tour. It was an excellent and fascinating introduction to China and I wish I was still out there!
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Date: 02-Apr-2019

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Lisa, I can not recommend her highly enough. If at all could beds be softer.
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Date: 09-Nov-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
The guides were incredibly helpful, friendly and informative. As a Wistong student I have loved learing all about the Wistong of China. Perhaps in future the option of an upgrade to premium cabins on the sleeper trains could be offered to make the journey more comfortable. However, I enjoyed the whole trip immensely.
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Date: 26-Sep-2019

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
We loved the tour, the guides we had in each city were very informative. Overall, we loved the tour, well organised, nice guides, good pace, value for money. We would recommend this tour.
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Date: 11-Jul-2019

3* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Some restaurants did not provide many vegetatian food options. Our guide Feng was very helpful in finding vegetarian food options, such an excellent and professional guide!
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Date: 07-Sep-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Regina is an angel. Excellent tour guide who made our tour even better than we thought possible.
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Date: 22-Sep-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Feng was so helpful and polite and knowledgeable and took great care for everyone. We felt very safe with her. Highly recommend her.
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Date: 08-Nov-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
I felt it was very well organized. The places we went were interesting and we were able to get a feel for the history and culture of China. I would have liked a day or a few hours to go around each city to explore on my own. I think if we could have done a cooking class somewhere, that would have been really great because there were a lot of dishes that we ate that I would like to know how to cook. Our tour guides were informative and entertaining. Overall I had a good time and would definitely go on a On The Go Tours again.
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Date: 16-Aug-2018

3* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Tour guide was excellent, Regina was accommodating and helpful even when faced with difficulties. Local guides were very knowledgeable. Feedback to onthego would be to have more plans in place for when natutual disasters occur.
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Date: 14-Sep-2019

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Overall the trip was memorable and the guides really good. Lisa was extremely helpful and will definitely use onthego again.
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Date: 23-Sep-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
We've throughout enjoyed the tour. Many highlights, a good pace and good amount of free time.
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Date: 09-Nov-2019

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Just wanted to reiterate how wonderfully attentive Lisa was on our tour. Being a small group I'm sure this made her job easier. We had such a wonderful time and felt like we were with old friends. The only thing I would pick on is the presumption that we wouldn't like the local food I'm sure there would have been some things that we would have found to our liking. A little but of information overload with the facts, figures and history from the local guides also.
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Date: 07-May-2018

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
All good. Tiring but interesting. Good food.
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Date: 02-Sep-2019

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Feng was a great guide.
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Date: 16-Nov-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Lisa was very helpful, knowledgeable and friendly. She helped me for vegetarian food everyday.
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Date: 02-Oct-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
Lisa was an excellent tour guide and very knowledgeable & patient.
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Date: 29-Oct-2019

5* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
This tour was full on with so much to see. Seeing the great wall was my biggest wish, and it didn't let me down. It was an awesome sight and although I didn't walk it as much as some, I was happy with what I achieved. I loved the quaintness of the accommodation at Changjuyuan hotel which also gave us great views of the wall and mountains surrounding us. Many thanks to all the guides, especially Feng who proved to be very professional. And thank you to On The Go Tours for ensuring they cover all areas so that we can get the most out of tours.
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Date: 26-Apr-2019

4* Chinese Checkers - 11 days
We were so lucky to get Regina as our guide, she was an angel, looking after us very step of the way. No request was too hard for her. Thank you so much for making our first holdiday to China amazing. Too bad typhoon occurred in Shanghai wo we missed seeing the city but we can return anothe time!
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Date: 19-Sep-2019

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Start:Beijing
Finish:Shanghai
Group size:2 - 24
Suitable for: 16+&nbsp; 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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