China Express

  • China

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

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 China’s 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.

was €1,0998 days from €889

(€111.13 per day)

Suitable for
All ages
Trip Code
Travel Style
Service Level
Physical Grading
2 - Light
Trip Type
Small Group
Group Size
Max 16, avg 12
Train, local bus, air-con bus, walking.
Hotel (6 nights), sleeper train (1 night).
1 lunch
  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing)
  • Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • Terracotta Warriors tour (Xi'an)
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    • Master of the Nets Garden visit (Suzhou)
    • Shanghai orientation walk
    • Chinese acrobat performance
    • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
China Express itinerary
  • Day 1Beijing

    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.

    Arrival Day and Welcome Meeting

    The adventure begins tonight. Feel free to explore before your welcome meeting, but make sure you’re back in time to meet the group. After introductions, your CEO will review the details of your tour. Please note that normal check-in times apply at our start hotels, but you can usually store your luggage for the day if you arrive early.


    Hong Li Yuan Plaza

  • Day 2Beijing

    Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.

    Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Spend time wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs.

    Orientation Walk

    Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Great Wall Mutianyu Visit

    Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    free time

    Use your evening to explore the cityscape of Beijing.


    Hong Li Yuan Plaza

    Optional Activities:

    • Cable Car at Great Wall

      The cable car ride is about 5 minutes ride up to tower 14, from where you may walk to the highest point of Mutianyu Great Wall at Tower 23. The walk from ticket check to tower 10 is about 30 minutes.The cable car ride is a good option if you are hoping to save energy to challenge the Tower 23. Return ticket is recommended as you may spend more time on the wall.

    • Toboggan at Great Wall

      Toboggan Station is at Tower 6. The return ticket include a cable car up to Tower 6 and the Toboggan.

      After your hike on the Great Wall, opt to take a Toboggan ride back down instead of the cable car!

    • Factory 798 Art & Galleries

      Explore the modern art district of Beijing! Named after 798 factory which was built in 1950's, now an exhibition centre of Chinese culture and art, also the world - famous culture and creative industries centralized area. This is a place to not miss while in Beijing!

    • The Pearl Market

      Shoppers get ready. The Pearl Market is great place to get souvenirs for friends and family! This market is well know for the verity of pearls but, make sure to also checkout the other vendors selling goods like crafts, clothing, and silk.

    • Hutong Cycling Tour

      Roll through the ancient alleyways and lanes typical of Beijing. This old area of the city is rapidly diminishing as modernization takes over, but taking to the streets by bike is the perfect way to explore the neighbourhood. See daily life in these old lanes while cycling by.

    • Drum and Bell Tower Visit

      Climb to the top of the Drum Tower for an unforgettable aerial view of the city. Back in the Han Dynasty the towers were used to echo the time to the city with bells in the morning and drums in the evening. Today the 63-ton bell still stands in one tower and drum performances happen daily in the morning and afternoon.

    • Kung Fu Show - Beijing

      Follow the tale of a young boy on his journey to becoming a kung fu master through six gripping scenes told through traditional Chinese art and live modern dance. (Don’t worry; there are subtitles above the stage). Developed by some of China’s top stage directors and designers, the performance showcases the skills of its talented cast, most of whom are just 17 years old.

    • Beijing Acrobatics Performance

      Show will begin at 19:30.

      Enjoy an evening of spectacular acrobatics performed by some of China’s most talented performers and athletes. This unforgettable spectacle features Chinese-style tricks, like plate-spinning, contortion, foot-juggling, and a host of circus-style acrobatics, too.

  • Day 3Beijing / Xi’an

    Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.


    Get around underground via public transit.

    Tiananmen Square

    Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People.

    Forbidden City Tour

    Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.

    free time

    Free time in Beijing lets you create your own unique experiences to add to your adventure. Hungry? Sample the delicacies from the food stalls or head to a local restaurant to try Peking duck. If there's a temple you're dying to see ask some of your new friends to tag along or go explore solo.

    Local train

    Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.


    Guanzhong Hotel

  • Day 4Xi’an / Suzhou

    Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors—and enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse. Enjoy some free time exploring the city before hopping on an overnight train to Suzhou.

    Terracotta Warriors Guided Tour

    Take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.

    Basic overnight train (beds)

    The hard-sleeper class of trains in China consist of cabins with 6 beds—3 top, 3 middle and 3 lower bunks. There is no door and there is a social aspect to the train with everyone from the cabin sitting along the bottom bunks before turning in for the night. Expect locals to practice their English with you. Toilets are mostly Chinese-style squat toilets but there should be one or two bathrooms with a Western-style toilet. Bed linens are provided.

    Experience overnight travel like a local. Sit back and get some well-earned (and likely much-needed) rest en route to your next stop.

    Optional Activities:

    • Cycling Xi'an City Walls

      Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. The walls – built for protection in the Tang Dynasty and expanded in the Ming dynasty –are a great way to absorb local history. Hop off where you like and admire the views as you pedal along the 12m (39 ft) wide wall, which takes about 2 hrs to cycle along.

    • The Great Mosque

      Discover this hidden oasis behind the markets of the Muslim Quarter. Learn about the Great Mosque's centuries-old history, and explore the temples and gardens to see how Chinese and Islamic architecture came together in this place of worship.

    • Muslim Quarter Visit

      Explore the lively Muslim Quarter and its serene Great Mosque, making time to indulge in the offerings of exotic local street food stalls. At night, head out for some of the best street food in China – the spicy beef and lamb kebabs are always a favorite.

    • Big Goose Pagoda Visit

      Head to the outskirts of the city to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, a beautiful, brick Buddhist temple. Check out the Music Fountain Square at the base of the leaning pagoda at night to see an amazing light show.

    • Bell and Drum Towers - Xi'an

      Climb to the top of the Drum Tower for an unforgettable aerial view of the city. Back in the Han Dynasty the towers were used to echo the time to the city with bells in the morning and drums in the evening. Today the 63-ton bell still stands in one tower and drum performances happen daily in the morning and afternoon.

    Meals Included

    • Lunch
  • Day 5Suzhou

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

    Master of the Nets Garden Tour

    Tour through the serene classical garden and UNESCO World Heritage Site.


    Suzhou Overseas Chinese Hotel

  • Day 6Suzhou / 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.

    Private Vehicle

    Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.

    Orientation Walk of the Bund

    Take a stroll along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with our CEO. This is a great opportunity to get a layout of the city and figure out what you want to explore next.


    Kingtown Hotel Hongkou

  • Day 7Shanghai

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

    free time

    Take advantage of your free time today to visit Yuyuan Gardens, return to the Bund, or do some shopping on Nanjing Road.

    Shanghai Acrobatic Performance

    Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. There are amazing contortionists and high-wire walkers— truly not to be missed!


    Kingtown Hotel Hongkou

    Optional Activities:

    • Yuyuan Gardens

      Explore this tranquil, 400-year-old, five-acre garden. Climb to the top of the Rockery to see the greenery from above. Check out the Jade Rock and watch the swarms of goldfish swim around in the ponds. With multiple pavilions and halls there’s plenty to see. Depending on when you visit there may be flower shows or tea ceremonies in the area. Opt to visit the bustling bazaar located outside the gardens and hone your bargaining skills.

    • Shanghai Museum

      Visit Shanghai Museum, home to a world-class collection of ancient Chinese art. Tour individual galleries devoted to such items as sculpture, bronze, ceramics, jade, coins, Ming and Qing Dynasty furniture, paintings, and calligraphy. Stop at the gift shop on your way out.

  • Day 8Shanghai

    Depart at any time.

    We highly recommend post-accommodation to fully experience all Shanghai has to offer.

    Departure Day

    Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure.

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