- Trek along the Great Wall with a guide and know more about this wonder of the world
- Visit the Forbidden City of Beijing and the canal town of Suzhou
- Experience a local meal and visit the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
- Enjoy a Chinese acrobat show in Shanghai
- Experience the train rides in China
- Explore the best of ancient cities and modern glittery world in China
This adventure tour is aptly made for those who wish to get the taste of China in a short amount of time. If you are in your gap year and dream about exploring the Great Wall while learning more about the history of the place, then the China Express Tour will perfectly suit you! And not just the Great Wall, but you'll get to experience exclusive guided tours around other places of immense historical importance like Forbidden City in Beijing and Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an. It'll also be a great opportunity for you to immerse yourself in the rich Chinese culture and savor the taste of authentic Chinese cuisine. This trip will surely leave you craving for more!
Day 1 - Arrival in Beijing
Welcome to the People's Republic of China. You'll have to book your flight to Beijing Capital International Airport. 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 in the evening before the Welcome Meeting. Your coordinator will introduce you to your fellow travelers.
Day 2 - Beijing
Your coordinator will take you for an Orientation Walk and show you the markets and main centers in the city. Later, you’ll go for a guided tour of the Great Wall, that's considered as one of the seven wonders of the world. Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Spend your day enjoying the scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take jaw-dropping photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.
Day 3 - Beijing to Xi’an
Take the Beijing Metro and go for exploring the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square with our coordinator. You can ask as many questions to him as you want, and he'll be gladly explaining all about their history to you. You can also try to visit the Temple of Heaven and the Summer Palace, considered as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tonight, you'll be traveling to Xi’an. Train rides in China are just amazing, so be prepared to experience the magic!
Day 4 - Xi’an to Suzhou
Explore one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures - the Terracotta Warriors - and enjoy a local lunch at a farmhouse.You can also visit the Great Mosque, Big Goose Pagoda, etc. Tonight, you'll catch the train to Suzhou.
Day 5 - Suzhou
Known as the 'Venice of the East', this place will surely leave you mesmerized. Explore the Master of the Nets Garden, one of China's most exquisite gardens. In the evening, head out for a karaoke session in a private room for the group and party hard with you fellow travelers - this is sure to be a memorable night!
Day 6 - Suzhou to Shanghai
And then, you arrive at the final destination - one of the finest cities in the world! Go for an Orientation walk along the Bund, a main road that follows the Huangpu River, with your coordinator. Later, you can explore the city on your own.
Day 7 - Shanghai
It's your day to explore Shanghai and you can hop out to see all that's there on your checklist. Don't miss out shopping at the famous Nanjing Road - it's a must! Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Oriental Pearl Tower as well. In the evening, you'll go for a Chinese Acrobatic Show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning. It's worth watching!
Day 8 - Departure from Shanghai
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
Accommodation - Simple hotels or guesthouse (twin-share) (11 nts), sleeper train (1 nt), homestay (2 nt).
A variety of styles of hotels/guest houses are used in India. These can vary in terms of service, efficiency and cleanliness. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home. Power cuts can and are a regular occurrence in many places, especially throughout North and Central India. Although a number of hotels have generators there may be times when these won’t work. It is also recommended when you are in your room to lock the door, as staff will sometime enter without reason.
Meals Included - 1 lunch
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. Vegetarians will be able to find a huge range of different foods - India is vegetarian heaven. For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.