You are viewing this site in staging mode. Click in this bar to return to normal site.
  • Subject
    • Cross Curricular

Beijing, Xi'an & Shanghai

Experience ancient and modern China, from the Forbidden City and the Great Wall to the Terracotta Army and Shanghai’s global financial hub

Sample itinerary

Day Morning Afternoon Evening
1 Your flight time to China is approximately 10 hours. Make sure you get some rest on the flight ahead of your exciting itinerary
2 Arrive Beijing & meet your coach & guide Visit Beihai Park, the largest & oldest ancient imperial garden in China from the 10th Century. Main highlights include the White Dagoba, the Nine-Dragon Screen & the Five-Dragon Pavilions Sample the delights of a traditional Chinese meal
3 Depart for Tianamen Square. Visit the Monument to the People’s Heroes & the National Museum of China. Tour the Forbidden City in the centre of Beijing See the Sacred Way & the Ming Tomb. Constructed in 1540, this archway is the oldest & biggest in China today. En route back to Beijing see the impressive National Stadium, ‘Bird’s Nest’, which hosted the Olympic Games in 2008 Enjoy some Sichuan food in a local restaurant followed by an Acrobatic Show at the Chaoyand Theatre. See spectacular routines of strength & flexibility
4 Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Great Wall of China which stretches over 20,000kms Visit a local Chinese food market & soak up the culture. Try some exotic snacks like scorpions, sparrow or grasshopper! Explore the UNESCO World Heritage Site Temple of Heaven, the inspiration of architecture in the Far East over many centuries After dinner attend a Chinese Kung Fu Show! The performance is a mix of acrobatics, dance & kung fu. Take the overnight train to Xi’an
5 Arrive Xi’an, transfer to hotel for Breakfast. Take a guided tour of Xian & take in sights like The Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Bell & Drum Towers & the Grand Mosque Take an excursion to the world famous Terracotta Army. Marvel at the scale of the huge terracotta scultpures to depict the armies of Qin Shi Huang, the first Emporer of China Enjoy an evening meal in your accommodation
6 Morning transfer to airport for your flight to Shanghai Visit the 100-storey Shanghai World Financial Centre for a spectacular view of downtown Shanghai & the Huang Pu River from a height of 474 metres. Cross the river & visit the Bund, a famous waterfront with dozens of stunning buildings which used to house banks & trading houses from all over the world. Then onto Nanjing Road which is one of the world’s busiest shopping streets Enjoy & evening meal & rest after a very busy day
7 Visit the Shanghai Museum where you will be able to see impressive examples of Chinese art, ancient bronze, ceramics, coins, sculptures & Ming & Qing furniture Explore the ancient water town of Zhujiajioa. See the well preserved Ming & Qing architecture, ancient stone bridges & ancient streets Enjoy an evening meal & return to your accommodation
8 Fit some last minute shopping in before leaving for the airport Take an overnight flight back to the UK to arrive the following morning

More to see in Shanghai, Xi’an and Beijing

Ask us for optional day trips from both cities, we are happy to tailor to your needs.