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China Adventure

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The one that hits up great walls, Terracotta Warriors, a panda sanctuary and so much more…

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Take your time and explore in-detail each destination on this trip. Find out more

  • Duration

    12 days

  • Places

    5 places

  • Meals

    11 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners

  • Transport Style

    Mini-Coach + Internal Flights

  • Group Size

    Average 24 people

  • Team

    Expert Trip Manager and Local Guides

Beijing, Xi'an, Chengdu, Yangshuo, Shanghai

Top Experiences

20 included & 5 free time add-ons available to add later

  • Witness one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu section)

    Included

    Beijing

  • Tour the Forbidden City

    Included

    Beijing

  • See the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China

    Included

    Xi'an

  • Cycle along the ancient city walls of Xi'an

    Included

    Xi'an

  • Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Sanctuary

    Included

    Chengdu

  • Learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine at a Sichuan Cooking Class in Chengdu

    CNY 400

    Chengdu

China Adventure

20 Inclusions

Experiences that are included with your trip

  • Dine on crispy Peking Duck at an authentic Chinese dinner in Beijing
  • Visit the tombs of the Ming Empire in Beiijing
  • Witness one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu section)
  • Visit a traditional artisan Cloisonné factory in Beijing
  • Tour the Forbidden City
  • Visit Tiananmen Square, site of the '89 Democracy Movement in Beijing
  • Visit Beiijing's artistic community in the 798 Art Precinct
  • Ride in a Rickshaw
  • Visit the huddled ancient hutongs (local backstreets) of Beijing
  • Visit the Summer Palace
  • Visit the TangBo Art Museum in Xi'an, full of traditional, folk, ancient & modern Chinese artefacts
  • See the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China
  • Cycle along the ancient city walls of Xi'an
  • Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Sanctuary
  • Included flight to Yangshuo
  • Group Dinner
  • Pay your respects at Shanghai's City God Temple complex
  • Explore one of China's traditional arts at the Shanghai Silk museum
  • Visit Shanghai’s Bund area
  • Shanghai Tower

5 Free Time Add-Ons

Optional experiences that you can choose from and pay for on your trip

  • Travel to ancient China at a Tang Dynasty Show & Dinner in Xi'an CNY 270
  • Learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine at a Sichuan Cooking Class in Chengdu CNY 400
  • Take a invigorating Tai Chi class surrounded by the limestone karsts of Yangshuo CNY 200
  • Treat yourself to an a mindblowing acrobat show in Shanghai CNY 250
  • Indulge in a farewell Chinese feast on your last night in Shanghai CNY 330

Where I'll Stay?

Learn more about the accommodation available on this trip

  • 11 nights

    All accommodation is included on this trip

    11 nights in Hotel, 1 night in Overnight Train

    3-star hotels and an overnight train are the name of the game. We like to keep it intrepid, but there's no compromise on comfort.

About this trip

Travel the exotic lands of China where modern cities and ancient history collide. On your 12 day tour you'll feast on peking duck, explore the Great Wall and be spellbound by museums, markets and mayhem. You'll be a guidebook to China in no time.

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Map & Itinerary

  • Start location
  • End location
  • Trip day
  • Via location
  • River route
  • Plane route

Nights spent per location

  1. 3 3 nights

    Beijing

  2. 2 2 nights

    Xi'an

  3. 2 2 nights

    Chengdu

  4. 2 2 nights

    Yangshuo

  5. 2 2 nights

    Shanghai

DAY 1 - Arrive Beijing

Beijing

Today we join up in the capital city of Beijing and begin rolling in the excitement of having 12-days of Chinese explorations lie ahead of us. Get cozy in our fancy hotel and perhaps do some DIY exploring before we get to know each other - no time like the present to begin getting cultured. 

Stay

Novotel Sanyuan Hotel (or similar)

DAY 2 - Beijing

Beijing

With another day filled with historical delights and jaw-dropping sites still here in the heart of Beijing, we will start to understand just how much this vast country has to brag about. A trip to the Great Wall, Ming Tombs & a Cloisonné Factory will fill our day, while local delicacies at the Wangfujing Night Markets will colour our night.
 

Stay

Novotel Sanyuan Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Dine on crispy Peking Duck at an authentic Chinese dinner in Beijing

  • Visit the tombs of the Ming Empire in Beiijing

  • Witness one of the wonders of the world: the Great Wall of China (Mutianyu section)

  • Visit a traditional artisan Cloisonné factory in Beijing

DAY 3 - Beijing

Beijing

This captivating city will start revealing its depths today as ancient monuments are presented to us up close and personal. We will roam the world’s largest city square, visit the resting place of the founding father of the People's Republic of China, & tour the Forbidden City. The thriving Chinese artistic community of 798 Art Precinct will contrast the historical masterpieces with its modern galleries and trendy vibe. 

Stay

Novotel Sanyuan Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Tour the Forbidden City

  • Visit Tiananmen Square, site of the '89 Democracy Movement in Beijing

  • Visit Beiijing's artistic community in the 798 Art Precinct

DAY 4 - Beijing Overnight Train to Xi'an

Beijing

Though we won't be spending another night in the capital, we've still got a few things to tick off our Bejing to-do list, not to mention some free time to do your own last bits of exploring. Roam the 1,700 stalls of the Silk Market (which offers way more than just silks), check out the Summer Palace, venture to the Temple of Heaven or just hang out at one of Beijing's many museum with a rickshaw ride in-between to really do it local. Tonight we kick on to Xi'an.

Xi'an

When in China, ride the overnight train  - that's our go local motto. Sleep soundly knowing tomorrow a new city will be ours to uncover. 

Stay

Overnight Train

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Ride in a Rickshaw

  • Visit the huddled ancient hutongs (local backstreets) of Beijing

  • Visit the Summer Palace

DAY 5 - Xi'an

Xi'an

With a tasty Tang Dynasty dumpling dinner & show in our sights for this evening, we’ve got an equally incredible day lined up. A visit to the UNESCO World Heritage Listed Terracotta Army & the TangBo Art Museum, anyone? Oh hell yes. Our Local Guide will show us around the site of the Terracotta Army, discovered in 1974 by local farmers. Excavation projects since have unearthed three pits containing over 8,000 soldiers as well as chariots & horses. Our guide will give us an insider’s look at how the site was discovered, its historical significance & the effort that has gone into restoring the warriors. Back in the city, a Free time add-on dinner awaits. Sixteen dumpling variations is more than our foodie dreams could ever imagine.

Stay

Skytel Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Visit the TangBo Art Museum in Xi'an, full of traditional, folk, ancient & modern Chinese artefacts

  • See the ancient Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, depicting the armies of the first Emperor of China

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Travel to ancient China at a Tang Dynasty Show & Dinner in Xi'an

    CNY 270

DAY 6 - Xi'an to Chengdu

Xi'an

Rise, shine, and give your legs a shake out – today we’ll be taking on Xi’an by two wheels. Cycling through the chaotic streets, we’ll be able to poke through back alleys and learn to navigate the city. Then we’ll head ‘home’ and pack our bags for another incredible destination. 

Chengdu

After a speedy train journey we’ll land in Chengdu, where we can settle into our hotel before heading out to explore the teahouse dotted city. 

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Cycle along the ancient city walls of Xi'an

DAY 7 - Chengdu

Chengdu

Team squeals will fill the air at breakfast this morning, as we prepare for half a day at a Panda Sanctuary. If hanging out with these gorgeous creatures hasn’t completely worn you out, you can sign up for a Sichuan Cooking Class in the evening. 

Stay

Holiday Inn Express Chengdu Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Meet cute giant pandas in their natural habitat-like setting at the Chengdu Panda Breeding Sanctuary

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Learn the secrets of Chinese cuisine at a Sichuan Cooking Class in Chengdu

    CNY 400

DAY 8 - Chengdu to Yangshuo

Chengdu

This morning we say goodbye to panda land and get ready to board a flight to Guilin. This city will be the gateway to our time in the countryside – it’s time to get a little bit traditional. 

Yangshuo

After a drive out of Guilin we’ll arrive in Yangshuo, where we’ll sip Tsingtao and shop the late night markets. With the quaint setting of this village & surrounding limestone karsts, we may never want to leave this endlessly scenic region. Drag yourself from staring at your surroundings long enough for your group dinner, it's going to be tasty!

Stay

New Century Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Included flight to Yangshuo

  • Group Dinner

DAY 9 - Yangshuo

Yangshuo

With all the city time we've had of late, today's the perfect change to soak up some of mother nature's beauty by roaming the nearby hills. And what better way to do that with a Tai Chi Class in the park? Follow it up with some wandering around Yangshuo.
 

Yangshuo

 

Stay

New Century Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Take a invigorating Tai Chi class surrounded by the limestone karsts of Yangshuo

    CNY 200

DAY 10 - Yangshuo to Shanghai

Yangshuo

On yet another conveniently included flight we’ll hop from Yangshuo to Shanghai, waving to the charming countryside setting on take off. 

Shanghai

Our ultimate scene change awaits us in Shanghai, a city bursting with energy and lights. The first night is yours to explore as you please 
with the chance to see some acrobats in full swing.

Stay

Merry Rendezvous Hotel (or similar)

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Treat yourself to an a mindblowing acrobat show in Shanghai

    CNY 250

DAY 11 - Shanghai

Shanghai

Wakey wakey travellers - it's our first full day in Shanghai and it promises to be an epic one. First up we're heading to Chenghuang Miao (City God Temple) where 3 temples, teahouses, shops and restaurants will keep us entertained. Shanghai's Silk Museum and riverside promenade of Bund are also ours to explore before the chance to spend the final night together reminiscing on your trip while overlooking the Shanghai skyline and indulging in beautifully unique Chinese feast.

Stay

Merry Rendezvous Hotel (or similar)

INCLUDED EXPERIENCES

  • Pay your respects at Shanghai's City God Temple complex

  • Explore one of China's traditional arts at the Shanghai Silk museum

  • Visit Shanghai’s Bund area

  • Shanghai Tower

FREE TIME ADD-ONS

  • Indulge in a farewell Chinese feast on your last night in Shanghai

    CNY 330

DAY 12 - End Shanghai

Shanghai

Okay Chinese revellers, our trip has come to a close. Though we knew this sad day was inevitable, it doesn't make saying goodbye any easier. Hug it out and go back to your corners of the world armed with a wealth of new knowledge, a stack of new pals and endless life-lasting memories. 
 

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Frequently Asked Questions

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Are flights included in my trip?

International flights to/from the destination your trip starts and ends in are not included in the cost of the trip, and must be purchased separately. You can book these independently if you want to shop around for the best quote, or through your travel agent.

Any flights you take during your Contiki are included in the cost of your trip. On certain Asian trips we use planes to get you from A to B as quickly as possible, and all of this is included.

What documents do I need to travel?

Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter certain countries on your trip. In Asia, some visas – but not all – can be purchased at the border with US$ or local currency. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas that are required prior to the departure of your trip. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a trip. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) do change regularly.
Your passport must have at least six months’ validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider:
1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged.
2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to
miss part of your trip & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience.
3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. Be aware that some visas can be purchased & arranged on arrival.
4. It is very important that the entry & exit dates are correct on the visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. In these cases passport photos and US$ will be required and your Trip Manager will explain the process.

What are the luggage restrictions?

On our Asia trips, you can bring one bag or suitcase of 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29” x 20” x 10”), with a max weight of 20kg (44lbs) – 15kg in India – plus one piece of hand luggage suitable as a carry-on for flights.

What do the Contiki team do?

People are at the heart of everything we do, and our team is what makes our trips the best. Our worldwide On-Road Team, locally based staff & network of Local Guides are all extensively trained & widely travelled, & are the best in the business. But we know it’s not just about training, it’s about passion & our team have it in their blood. 
Your Trip Manager is like your walking, talking guidebook – just for you. They plan your itinerary every day, organise your food and accomodation and book your Free Time Add ons, and because they know everything about where you’re going, you will too. Local Guides provide specialist knowledge when you need it and will always help you avoid the tourist traps.

What's not included that I should budget for?

There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you’re in Asia – from a trip to an offshore island, to a special dinner or an outfit that you just can’t resist... So how much money should you bring?

Remember your trip already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more


Before you travel, it’s a good idea to read up on and get an idea of the Free Time Add-Ons you think you’ll want to do on trip, as these will form part of your overall budget. We’d advise doing some research on your chosen destinations beforehand, looking at things like:
 
- Cost of a local lunch
 
- Cost of a local dinner
 
- Cost of a local taxi
 
- Cost of entry to a sightseeing spot
 
Remember, there’s a big budgetary difference between a country like Japan & a country like Thailand, so do your research.

Will I be able to access WiFi on my trip?

Contiki Asia is mostly hotel accommodation with great amenities like WiFi. We have also included accommodation that reflects Asian culture, too. Like a family-run Guest house in the Mekong, a traditional junk boat in Halong Bay & an authentic local guesthouse in Laos. At these Special Stays, take the time for a digital detox and soak in all of that natural beauty.

What are Contiki’s sustainability credentials?

We believe that travelling sustainably and consciously, matters. Contiki Cares is our commitment to protecting the communities we visit, the wildlife we interact with, and the planet we all share. Our founding partner, the TreadRight Foundation was established 10 years ago as a not-for-profit organisation focused on promoting sustainable tourism within The Travel Corporation’s family of brands. From the Dhonk centre in India to the COPE visitor centre in Laos, our projects in Asia are all about giving something back. Find out more at https://www.contiki.com/uk/en/about/contiki-cares.

How do I pay for my Free Time Add Ons?

Free Time Add Ons in Asia are paid for in cash with local currency and USD only. Payments with other currencies (eg. AUD) or credit card cannot be accepted.

How do I redeem the % off deal?

Our great deals and offers are only in market for a limited time are subject to pay in full deadlines. If you cannot pay in full by the specified date shown alongside the offer/deal you can still  lock in the trip date of your choice at our Standard Price where normal payment terms of pay in full 45 days prior to your trip departing apply.  Visit the deals page for the full terms & conditions. Discounts apply to the land portion of your trip price only (this excludes taxes, included flight costs, extra accommodation & optional activities. Your trip price does not include the costs of international flights that start or end your trip).