Exploring China - Beijing To Shanghai

Trip code: ACBI

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
  • Stroll the historic canals of Suzhou
  • Enjoy a night out and karaoke with your travel mates
  • Experience the train rides in China

Tour Details


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

Price Includes
  • Big Night Out in Suzhou with Private Karaoke Session
  • Excursion to the Great Wall in Beijing
  • Orientation walks in Xi'an and Shanghai
  • All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • Accommodation - Simple hotels (twin-share) or hostels (multi-share) (5 nights), sleeper trains (2 nights)
Price Excludes
  • International Airfare
  • Visa Fee 
  • Meals
  • Any personal expenses
  • Vaccinations
  • Return Airport Drop



Accommodation - Hotels (3 nts), Hostels (standard twin/double) (2 nts), sleeper trains (2 nts).

A variety of styles of hostels/guest houses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in local guest houses in stunning locations - rooms are small and simple and there may only be shared toilet facilities and showers. Multi-share Accommodation: Multi-share same-sex accommodation is used on this tour, as such, if you are travelling with someone of a different gender you will not be in the same room. For private accommodation please see tours in our Classic Travel Style.


Meals Included - No meals included

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.