China - Beijing & Xi’an

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Explore this magnificent country steeped in ancient traditions, unique customs and modern wonders. Journey from the magnificence of the Great Wall through Beijing’s imperial heritage to the enigmatic Terracotta Warriors. Enjoy an encounter with a panda and learn kung fu from a Shaolin monk.

China is the worlds second largest country by land area with the territory of 9.6 million square km. The coastline stretches 18000 km and its oceanic area covers 4.73 million square km. China is a multinational country with 56 ethnic minorities, each of which has its own characteristic customs and traditions. China’s landscape is vast and diverse, it is a country with an ancient history and one of the earliest civilisations.

Highlights
  • Trek along a private section of the Great Wall of China
  • Discovery Beijing’s history visiting the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City
  • Take an overnight sleeper train to Xi’an
  • Visit the Terracotta Warriors & tour Xi’an ancient city walls by bicycle
  • Visit a Shaolin temple for a kung fu show & lessons from Shaolin monks

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day to day

Day 01

Arrive Beijing

Arrive in to Beijing and transfer to the hotel (approx. 1.5 hours). After check-in and freshening up, the group will be taken on a guided tour through one of Beijing’s hutong areas before enjoying a welcome banquet in a traditional restaurant.

Day 02

The Great Wall of China

Travel to a private, but incredibly beautiful section of the Great Wall Jinshanling Second Valley. The Great Wall is one of the greatest wonders of the world, winding up and down across approximately 13,170 miles (21,196 kilometres) from east to west of China. The hike is 5km and should take 2-3 hours.

Day 03

Trekking

The group will rise early and make sandwiches for today’s trek towards Jinshanling and depart at 0830. The trek will take approximately 5 hours (12km) with a break for lunch on the wall. In the evening, watch a stunning traditional acrobatics show.

Day 04

Temple of Heaven

Today, the group will visit the Temple of Heaven to see wonderful imperial China architecture and join in with Chinese park life. First built in 1420 the grand architectural style gives an insight into ancient eastern civilisation. Then learn about Imperial China with a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Later in the day climb up Jingshan Park Hill for spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing. In the evening, the group will take the night train (soft sleeper) to Xi’an.

Day 05

Terracotta Warriors

Discover ancient China’s mystery at the Terracotta Warriors. The royal tomb was discovered in 1974 and so far over 7,000 life-size pottery soldiers, horses, chariots, and weapons have been unearthed, arranged in battle formations and dating from the Qin Dynasty 211-206 BC. Explore the city of Xi’an by bicycle.

Day 06

Kung Fu lesson & Performance

The team will take the fast train to Luoyang Longmen and then transfer by coach to Dengfeng – the closest town to the Shaolin Temple. Arriver at a local Kung Fu school to both watch local students perform a spectacular Kung Fu show and then also have a Kung Fu lesson by the a monk from the Shaolin Temple.

Day 07

Shaolin Temple & Fly to Beijing

Visit the Shaolin temple and watch a show from the monks from the temple before exploring the surroundings of the forest. In the afternoon, the group will take a domestic flight back to Beijing.

Day 08

Depart

Transfer to airport for your flight home.

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What's included

Comprehensive travel insurance
UK Expedition Leader
Project funds and management
All meals
Unlimited drinking water
All accommodation mentioned in the itinerary
Entrance fees for all sights in the itinerary
all program transfers in private vehicles
Local Expedition Leader
Tips for Guides
24 hour support throughout expedition