Backpacking in China - Xi'an To Beijing

Trip code: ACXB

Trip Highlights

  • Explore the best of ancient cities and modern glittery world in China
  • Trek along the Great Wall of China
  • Explore Xi'an's Muslim Quarter
  • Explore Hanging Monastery & Yungang Grottoes at Datong
  • Savor the taste of delicious dimsums
  • Visit the Chinese markets and shop till you drop!
  • Experience the train rides in China

Tour Details


As the name suggests, this classic tour will take you on a journey from Xi'an to Beijing, covering cities like Datong and Pingyao - which tourists rarely visit! experience the treasures that this Northern Chinese stretch has to offer you, from Datong’s Hanging Monastery, the amazing Yungang Buddha Caves, the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao and even a calligraphy class, to name just a few. During this perfect gap year tour, you'll get to know a lot about China that's otherwise never mentioned in books. Meet the locals, listen to their stories and experience a journey that's different in every aspect. 


Day 1 - Arrival in Xi’an

Welcome to People's Republic of China. You'll have to take a flight to Xi'an Xianyang International Airport, which is the main airport of the province. You can head towards the hotel and relax after a long flight or just drop your luggage and go out for exploring the city. Make sure you come back by evening before the Welcome Meeting. Your coordinator will introduce you to your fellow travelers.

Day 2 - Xi’an to Pingyao

Take a walk through the Muslim Quarter. Later, you can explore the city on foot or cycle down the old lanes. Visit the Great Mosque, Big Goose Pagoda, etc and then fill your tummy at the Defachang Dumpling Banquet. In the evening, catch the fast train to Pingyao.

Day 3 - Pingyao

If you wish to learn the art of calligraphy or Chinese painting, then try your hands here. This ancient city is one of the best destinations that has rich Chinese art culture.

Day 4 - Pingyao to Datong

Enjoy your day exploring Pingyao and in the evening, board the train for Datong. Datong is famous for its temples, pagodas, and other Buddhist structures in the area. The Huayan Monastery and Nine-Dragon Screen are excellent examples of the treasures found in the middle of the city.

Day 5 - Datong

Datong is also known as 'The City of Pagodas' - so you can't miss exploring the 6 remaining pagodas from ancient times in this beautiful destination. The Hanging Monastery (or Hanging Temple) is a wooden structure built into a cliff at the foot of a mountain more than 1,500 years ago. It includes Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian elements. Enjoy a guided visit to the Yungang Grottoes to marvel at them in person. Beyond that is Mt Hengshan, one of the five sacred mountains of China.

Day 6 - Datong to Beijing

And finally, you'll reach the bustling Chinese capital - Beijing! If you aren't tired and have time in hand, then head out to explore the market and binge on some delicious dimsums.

Day 7 - Beijing

It's time to explore the capital city of China and witness the Great Wall, that's considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. You can also go for exploring the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. There's a lot to see in Beijing, so you need to chalk out in your mind which all places you wish to see, and seek guidance from the coordinator who'll be happy to assist you.

Day 8 - Depart from Beijing

The fun filled trip comes to an end, and it's time for you to bid goodbye to everyone and fly back home or towards the next destination. You can seek help from the coordinator in case you need airport drop.

Dates & Cost

Price Includes
  • Calligraphy Class in Pingyao
  • Forbidden City Tour
  • Excursion to the Great Wall in Beijing
  • Hanging Monastery & Yungang Grottoes visit at Datong
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation - Hotels (6 nights), sleep train (1 night)
Price Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fee 
  • Meals not mentioned
  • Any personal expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Return Airport Drop



Accommodation - Hotels (7 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), junk boat (1 nt), aboard the Toum Tiou II Riverboat (7 nts).

Cabins on board the Toum Tiou II all have exterior view windows and private bathrooms. Length: 38m (125 ft) riverboat Built: 2008 Flag: Cambodian Draft: 1.8m Engine power: 450 HP Speed: 11 Knots Capacity: 28 Passengers Cabins: 14 – 6 upper, 8 lower Boat Layout: Large screen television in lounge showing movies nightly. Library with classic literature, Wifi in public areas, outdoor dining and lounge areas with comfortable seating


Meals Included - 14 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 5 dinners

Eating is a big part of traveling. Travelling with Go Discover Abroad you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Included breakfasts will usually be asian style consisting of noodles or congee (rice porridge) or bread and eggs. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice maybe limited. While trekking in remote regions food is included, plentiful and made of fresh local ingredients. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.