China Express

14 Days
Beijing to Shanghai
From (AUD)
$ 8,390
Dates & Pricing

2021 Beijing > Shanghai

China’s must-see sights in one compact journey

This insightful itinerary is designed for those short on time, but it’s not short on either substance or flavour. In just 14 days you’ll get to sample some of the very best this delectable land has to offer.
Distil those aspects of China that make it such a delightful destination and you’ll end up enjoying a journey such as this one, a seminal tour of Asia’s most populated and influential nation, with all the essential ingredients included. You’ll be guided through three of the country’s most prominent cities – Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing – with many of the must-sees included, from the Great Wall of China to Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors. History, culture, cuisine – it’s all on the table, including a cruise along the beautiful Yangtze River.
Tour Map
Tour Code:
CHEY
Duration:
14 days
Departure City:
Beijing
Return City:
Shanghai

14 Day Itinerary

  1. Day 1 - Beijing

    Welcome to China. Begin your discovery with a welcome dinner of the famous Peking duck. Your home for the next three nights is Beijing, your hotel is located close to the Forbidden City and many shopping malls.

    Meals Included: Dinner

  2. Day 2 - Beijing

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

    Freechoice

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

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  3. Day 3 - Beijing

    Wander through Tiananmen Square, the largest public square in the world and enter the mysterious Forbidden City, completed in 1420 and home to 24 emperors until the last Qing emperor, Puyi, left in 1924. 

    Enrich

    Visit a private section of the Forbidden City. Once used as the living quarters of Emperor Qianlong, this section is not usually open to the general public.

    Afterwards, enjoy lunch with a local family in a traditional home to experience what it would have been like to live in the Hutongs, before relaxing on a rickshaw ride through the ancient alleyways. 

    Freechoice Dining

    Choose between mixed Asian at Lost Heaven or Western cuisine at the Exchange.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  4. Day 4 - Beijing > Yichang > Yangtze River Cruise

    Explore the landscaped beauty of the Summer Palace, the last but largest of the summer palaces of the Chinese emperors. Cruise Kunming Lake before flying to Yichang to join your cruise, the Yangzi Explorer. On board, enjoy included wine and beer with lunch and dinner. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

  5. Day 5 - 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

  6. Day 6 - 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

  7. Day 7 - 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

  8. Day 8 - Chongqing > Xi’an

    Disembark and visit Chongqing Zoo to see the rare and treasured Giant panda before travelling by high speed train to Xi’an. Later, check into your historically located in Xi’an for a three night stay. 

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  9. Day 9 - Xi’an

    Enrich

    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. 

    Enrich

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

    Sundowners

    Enjoy refreshments overlooking the Big Wild Goose Pagoda at sunset.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  10. Day 10 - 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

  11. Day 11 - 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 from the airport before settling into your luxurious hotel for a three night Special Stay.

    Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

  12. Day 12 - 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

  13. Day 13 - Shanghai

    Freechoice

    Wander through the Shanghai Museum and People’s Square. Explore the French Concession and Xintiandi pedestrian dining and entertainment area and its unique 1920’s ‘shikumen’ buildings. 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

  14. Day 14 - Shanghai

    It’s time to bid farewell to China and transfer to Shanghai airport for your onward flight.

    Please note: pre-release itinerary subject to change

    Meals Included: Breakfast

Tour inclusions

5-star luxury inclusions
  • The intimacy of small group touring with a maximum of 24 guests
  • 3 exclusive Scenic Enrich experiences
  • Your choice of 7 Scenic Freechoice activities
  • 1 Scenic Sundowners event
  • 1 memorable Scenic Special Stay
  • 32 meals – 13 breakfasts (B), 11 lunches (L) and 8 dinners (D)
  • Expert Tour Director
  • All internal transport
  • Return airport transfers
  • All tipping and gratuities

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