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CHINA – TREK THE GREAT WALL

The Great Wall of China is an amazing structure. Snaking its way for what appears to be endless miles, undulating like a Chinese Dragon’s back, following the earth’s natural contours.

  • 5 day treks, avoiding the busier sections; superb photography opportunities.
  • Camp on the Wall itself for a night; wake up to the sunrise, no-one about! Tents, sleeping mats and sleeping bag for this 1 night supplied.
  • All meals and drinking water on trek, b’fasts in hotels.
  • Includes a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; no forced shopping trips!
  • Options to extend; Terracotta Warriors or Panda breeding centre.
  • Shanghai – option to extend to vibrant Shanghai; fly back from there (no additional fees for split flights).

Our itinerary snatches the best of the Wall, ranging from original sections to restored watchtowers, from wide open vistas to narrow overgrown paths, it all forges its way over mountains and through valleys.

To get the best out of the Wall, you have to live it, be close to it and even in our case, live on it! On our final trek night, when everyone else has gone, we trek back up to the Watchtower and camp overnight there to experience the silence and see the sun rise (camping equipment supplied).

We maximise our time in China. On arrival, we transfer you straight to the Wall, staying overnight in a local guesthouse before trekking the next morning. The Wall can be demanding at times; very demanding. Following the contours of the land, it is a consistent undulation, relentless and seemingly endless like the back of the legendary Chinese Dragon.

Subsequent overnight stays are in local farmhouses or guesthouses close to either the beginning or end of the day’s trek. We learn to make Chinese dumplings with a local family and your picnic lunches are hand made to ensure you get to eat what you want to eat! Once you come off of the Wall on the final day, we get you back to Beijing early afternoon to allow you some free time before a complimentary celebration traditional Peking roast duck dinner that evening. There are a total of 2 nights in hotels in Beijing.

No visit to the capital would be complete without seeing the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, both of which are included on our Tour. After the morning tour, you have more free time to explore the city before your flight home in the morning.

Over 10,000 steps! – and that’s a conservative estimate of how many you will encounter. They vary enormously with depth, height, etc.. nothing is consistent.

Need a break from the Wall’s steps? – then take the day off. We’ll transfer you onwards, no problem.

Great Wall of China
China, Great Wall, Beijing bikes

The Great Wall of China is an amazing structure. You have to experience it.

Our itinerary snatches the best of the Wall, ranging from original sections to restored watchtowers, from wide open vistas to narrow overgrown paths, it all forges its way over mountains and through valleys.

  • 5 day treks, avoiding the busier sections; superb photography opportunities
  • Experience waking up on the Wall itself for 1 night; wake up to the sunrise, no-one about! Camping equipment for this 1 night supplied
  • All meals and drinking water on trek, b’fasts in hotels
  • Includes a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square; no forced shopping trips!
  • Options to extend to see the Terracotta Warriors and a Panda breeding centre

On arrival in China, we transfer you straight to the Wall ready to trek the next day. The Wall can be demanding at times; very demanding. To get the best out of the Wall, you have to live it, be close to it and even in our case, live on it! On our final trek night, we trek back up to the Watchtower and camp overnight there to experience the silence and see the sun rise (camping equipment supplied).

We stay in local farm/guest houses and learn to make Chinese dumplings with a local family. Your picnic lunches are hand made to ensure you get to eat what you want to eat!

Once back in Beijing, there there is a celebration roast duck dinner (evening) and a tour of the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square (next day); both are complimentary).

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CHINA EXTENSIONS

Why not make use of your time in China (make use of that visa!); the possibilities are endless. Here are some ideas…

  • Experience Shanghai; travel from Beijing to Shanghai on the superfast 300 km/h ‘Bullet’ train, first class!
  • Fly into Beijing and back from Shanghai; easy.
  • Visit rural China …., then train into Hong Kong and fly back from there.
  • And don’t forget the Terracotta Warriors and Chengdu’s Panda Breeding Centre.

Note – we do not charge admin fees for a different return flight date but that return date must be decided no later than the time of the interim payment.

Shanghai 2 night stay – fly back from there (2 days)

Catch the mid morning superfast 300 km/h Bullet train to Shanghai, in a first class seat! This is an experience in itself but also simple. From central Beijing to central Shanghai in comfort. You have 2 nights in this vibrant city to explore before you fly back to London from Shanghai.

Day 9, Bullet Train to Shanghai, free to explore
After breakfast, we transfer you to the station to catch the mid morning superfast Bullet train to Shanghai, in a first class seat! This is an experience in itself but also simple. From central Beijing to central Shanghai in comfort with no extensive airport transfers or waits or delays. Once you arrive in Shanghai and settled into the hotel, you have the rest of the day to plan and explore this vibrant city. You are highly likely to be accommodated in the Bund area.
Meals: B

Day 10, Shanghai, free to explore
Meals: B

Day 11, Depart Shanghai
Depart for international flight back to the UK arriving the same day.

Costs and Services Included

  • Cost from £385 pp
  • Transfer hotel to train station in Beijing
  • Train ticket, Beijing – Shanghai, first class (buffet service is available for snacks/drinks at your own expense)
  • Hotel accommodation in Shanghai (2 nights), twin share, B&B basis

Not Included

  • Transfer from Shanghai train station to hotel*
  • Transfer from hotel to Shanghai international airport*
  • Meals other than breakfast

* Both of these transfers are excluded for practical reasons. It would cost far more to provide private transfers than to use the public services available. The Bund area (where you are highly likely to be accommodated) is very close to the arrival station and a short taxi ride is all that is required. The hotel will help you with arrangements with the transfer back to the airport; they may even have their own shuttle bus.

Terracotta Army

Xi’an – Terracotta Warriors (2 extra days)

Catch the overnight sleeper train to Xi’an. The Guide will meet you on arrival, spend the day exploring Xi’an including the incredible Terracotta Warrior Army. Overnight hotel before catching the high speed day train back to Beijing, overnight hotel and depart on Day 11.

Day 8, City Tour of Beijing; Beijing to Xi’an by overnight Train
You will still conduct the Tour of Beijing with the group and at the appropriate time, we transfer you to the station to catch the overnight train to Xian. There is a supermarket at station if you wish to stock up on snacks and drinks.
Note: the sleeper is based on air conditioned, four-berth cabins, mixed sexes. 2 berth, en suite cabins at additional cost; not guaranteed.
Accommodation: overnight sleeper train. Meals: B/L

Day 9, Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors
On arrival in Xi’an, our guide will pick you up and drive to the Terracotta Warriors; one of the most important archaeological discovery in the 20th century. Coming back to the city, we will visit the 500-year City Wall and ride a bike on the top of the Wall. It will take 1.5 hours for 11 km. A dumpling dinner plus Tang Dynasty show will be organised at night.
Accommodation: hotel in Xi’an
Meals: L/D

Day 10, High Speed Train back to Beijing
After breakfast, we walk through the Muslim Quarter which is alive at this time of day. We visit the Great Mosque, which displays features of both local and Arabic architecture. We then head back to the station for the wonderful high speed train journey back to Beijing. Accommodation is in a hotel close to the airport for ease of transfer the next day; transfer is by the hotel shuttle bus.
Accommodation: airport hotel in Beijing
Meals: B/L

Day 11, Departure Beijing
Depart for international flight back to the UK arriving the same day.

Terracotta Warrior Extension, Costs and Services Included

  • Cost from £595 pp
  • Transfer to train station in Beijing and overnight train to Xi’an based on 4 berth, mixed berth cabin
  • English speaking local guide in Xi’an
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Xi’an (1 night), twin share
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Ground transport as required by the itinerary, air conditioned
  • Entrance fee to Terracotta Warrior exhibition
  • Dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in evening in Xi’an
  • Bullet train back to Beijing, overnight hotel (twin share) near airport
  • Hotel shuttle bus back to the airport
Terracotta Army

Xi’an (as above) and Chengdu (Pandas) (3 days)

Catch the overnight sleeper train to Xi’an and spend the day exploring including the incredible Terracotta Warrior Army. You will overnight in Xi’an before catching the afternoon flight to Chengdu. The following morning is spent at the Panda Research Base where both adult and baby Pandas are cared for (the Pandas are most active in the mornings). Fly back to Beijing in the afternoon (flight time just under 3 hrs). Overnight airport hotel, fly back to London on Day 12.

Day 8, City Tour of Beijing; Beijing to Xi’an by overnight Train
You will still conduct the Tour of Beijing with the group and at the appropriate time, we transfer you to the station to catch the overnight train to Xian. There is a supermarket at station if you wish to stock up on snacks and drinks.
Note: the sleeper is based on air conditioned, four-berth cabins, mixed sexes. 2 berth, en suite cabins at additional cost; not guaranteed.
Accommodation: overnight sleeper train. Meals: B/L

Day 9, Xi’an, Terracotta Warriors
On arrival in Xi’an, our guide will pick you up and drive to the Terracotta Warriors; one of the most important archaeological discovery in the 20th century. Coming back to the city, we will visit the 500-year City Wall and ride a bike on the top of the Wall. It will take 1.5 hours for 11 km. A dumpling dinner plus Tang Dynasty show will be organised at night.
Accommodation: hotel in Xi’an
Meals: L/D

Day 10, Xi’an, Yangling Tomb, fly to Chengdu
After breakfast, we walk through the Muslim Quarter which is alive at this time of day. We visit the Great Mosque, which displays features of both local and Arabic architecture. On the way to airport, we will visit Yangling Tomb where half-sized terracotta figures are exhibited, a different collection from the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD). We catch the late afternoon flight to Chengdu where our Guide will meet you at the airport and transfer to the city.
Accommodation: hotel in Chengdu
Meals: B/L/D

Day 11, Chengdu (Pandas), fly to Beijing
First thing, we head to Chengdu Research Base of Pandas Breeding where both adult and baby pandas are taken care of. They are active in the morning. Afternoon flight to Beijing. Accommodation is in a hotel close to the airport for ease of transfer the next day; transfer is by the hotel shuttle bus.
Accommodation: airport hotel in Beijing
Meals: B/L

Day 12, Departure Beijing
Depart for international flight back to the UK arriving the same day.

Terracotta Warrior & Chengdu Pandas Extension, Costs and Services Included

  • Cost from £950 pp
  • Transfer to train station in Beijing and overnight train to Xi’an based on 4 berth, mixed berth cabin
  • English speaking local guide in Xi’an
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Xi’an (1 night), twin share
  • 4* hotel accommodation in Chengdu (1 night), twin share
  • Meals as shown on the itinerary
  • Ground transport as required by the itinerary, air conditioned
  • Entrance fee to Terracotta Warrior exhibition and Pandas Breeding Centre
  • Dumpling dinner and Tang Dynasty Show in evening in Xi’an
  • Domestic flight to Xi’an – Chengdu and Chengdu – Beijing
  • Overnight hotel in Beijing, twin share, near airport
  • Hotel shuttle bus back to the airport
Terracotta Army

Beijing – stay a little longer…

An extra day or two in Beijing can make all the difference. Explore the city further, down the traditional ‘hutongs‘ (this link goes to wikipedia), or grab a bike for the day and ride with the locals! What you do and where you go will very much depend on your personal preferences so do your homework.
Hotel per person per night – £35 based on twin share. Airport transfer £30.

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Yangshou (3 nights) and Hong Kong (2 nights)

Coming soon … fly south to beautiful Yangshou for a 3 night stay in a wonderful hotel before boarding a high speed train that eventually takes you right into the heart of Hong Kong. A spectacular way to finish off your trip, the colourful and iconic skyline of this once British Territory. So much to do and see here before your flight back to London.
Costs and more details to follow.

Hong Kong