- 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
- Stroll the historic canals of Suzhou
- Enjoy a night out and karaoke with your travel mates
- Experience the train rides in China
Exploring the two biggest Chinese cities - Beijing & Shanghai, will add the ultimate adventure to your gap year trip. Trek along the Great Wall of China and explore the other places of immense historical importance. China has a perfect mix of the ancient world and modernity - and you'll be absolutely thrilled to explore the best of both worlds! This eight-day trip will surely fill you with thousands of memories and it'll be the perfect dose of adventure that you are seeking. So what's the wait for? - Go ahead and explore China on a shoestring budget.
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
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 3 - Beijing to Xi’an
You have the entire day in Beijing, so you can head out to explore the markets and catch a Kung Fu Show! 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 magic!
Day 4 - Xi’an
Your coordinator will take you for an Orientation 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.
Day 5 - Xi’an to Suzhou
Enjoy your day at Xi'an. Rent a bike and cycle the Xi’an city walls. Tonight, you'll be heading towards Suzhou.
Day 6 - 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 7 - 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. Don't miss you shopping at the famous Nanjing Road - it's a must! Visit the Shanghai Museum and the Oriental Pearl Tower as well.
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.