China Express

16 Days
Beijing to Shanghai
From (GBP)
£ 5,195
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2019/2020 Beijing > Shanghai

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16 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Depart UK

    Fly to Beijing from a choice of UK airports with selected airlines.

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

    Begin your discovery of ancient China with an authentic Peking duck welcome dinner. Enjoy a three-night stay in Beijing.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Start your journey with a visit to China’s most iconic attraction, the Great Wall at Mutianyu.


    Look forward to an unforgettable evening at either the famed Peking Opera or the spectacular Kung Fu Show.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  4. Day 4 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square and enter the mysterious Forbidden City. Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways.

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western dishes at The Cut.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace and cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise ship, the Yangzi Explorer. On board enjoy included wine and beer with your lunch and dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  6. Day 6 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Visit the Three Gorges Dam project site. Later, sail through Xiling Gorge while sampling afternoon tea. Tonight, enjoy the Captain’s reception.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  7. Day 7 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Glide through the dramatic gorges of Shennong Stream by longboat (sampan). Later, traverse Wu Gorge, known for its sheer rock walls, and Qutang Gorge, the most dramatic of the three gorges.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  8. Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise

    Enjoy an insightful excursion to Fuling and 816 Underground project. Tonight, mingle at the Taste of China gala dinner. Be sure to dress in your finest Chinese outfit.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  9. Day 9 - Chongqing > Xi’an

    Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo where you’ll get to see the rare and treasured giant panda before flying to Xi’an. Later, check into your historically located hotel for a three night stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  10. Day 10 - Xi’an

    Gaze at Emperor Qin Shi Huang’s amazing Terracotta Warriors in the company of a museum curator, an amazing opportunity to learn first-hand about the restoration process.

    Enjoy a stroll around the Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Thanksgiving Temple.


    Be treated to a special private after hours viewing of ancient artefacts at a local museum. Savour refreshing drinks and learn about the history of Shaanxi Province from the museum’s curator.


    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  11. Day 11 - Xi’an

    Visit a local painter’s home in nearby Hu Xi’an County, famous for its rural peasant paintings, and learn about his art before you enjoy lunch with his family. Later explore Xi’an’s ancient city wall on foot, by push bike or electric buggy. Tonight enjoy the wonderful Tang Dynasty Cultural Show with dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  12. Day 12 - Xi’an > Shanghai

    This morning explore the Muslim Quarter, an integral part of daily life in Xi’an at the eastern end of the Silk Road. Later fly to Shanghai and experience the speed of the Maglev train before settling into your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  13. Day 13 - Shanghai

    Discover Shanghai’s stark historical contrasts. Stroll along the famous Bund before comparing its heritage buildings to those in Yu Gardens. Across the Huangpu River, explore the Pudong area and discover modern China. Admire the view from Shanghai Tower, the tallest building in Pudong. Tonight, enjoy the agility and skill of the Shanghai Acrobats.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  14. Day 14 - Shanghai


    Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square before exploring the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area. Alternatively, visit Zhujiajiao, a town with a rich canal life and a wealth of traditional buildings and bridges, or cruise along Huangpu River.

    Later, spend your free time exploring shopping opportunities on Nanjing Road before enjoying your Chinese farewell dinner.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Dinner

  15. Day 15 - Shanghai

    It’s time to bid farewell and transfer to Shanghai Airport for your return flight home with your chosen airline. Alternatively, extend your journey with an inbound stopover in Dubai, Bangkok or Singapore.

    Meals Included: Breakfast

  16. Day 16 - Arrive UK

    Welcome Home.

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