12 days
from $2,999


16 people max



China: Beijing to Shanghai

Ancient history and modern vibes

With over 5,000 years of recorded history, it’s no wonder China is bursting with traditions, symbolism and authenticity. Wander along the Great Wall, explore rice terraces in the countryside, and explore amidst the lights of the Shanghai skyline. Gourmet delights, genuine local interactions and discovery await.

Tour Highlights

  • Explore the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall

  • Come face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors

  • Cycle along rice fields in Yangshuo

Trip code: 11CHINATR

Activity Level:

Unscripted experiences, insider access and authentic local flavors

Our team of travel specialists and local contacts have curated some of the best, most exclusive and authentic experiences, restaurants and accommodations in China to truly immerse yourself in a way that wouldn't be possible in larger groups or just on your own.


Treasures of China 2020

12 days



  • Countries Visited: China
  • Accommodation: Hotel (10 nights)
  • Single Supplement: Starting at $800
  • Transportation: Air conditioned vehicle, Train, Flights
  • Airport Transfers: Group arrival and departure transfers included
  • Meals: 10 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners
  • Passengers: Maximum 16, Average 12

Day-by-day itinerary from Beijing to Shanghai

Day 1: Beijing
Nimen Hao! Tonight, we gather with our Local Leader and fellow travelers at a welcome meeting.

  • Our hotel in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel

Day 2:  Beijing
Our Insider Expert leads us on a journey of discovery through Beijing. The Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and Jingshan Park are yours to explore. Tonight, time-honored Peking duck is on the menu. (b, d)

  • Our hotel in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel

Day 3: Beijing
Explore one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall — Mutianyu. This afternoon, explore the imperial gardens of the stunning Summer Palace. Get local tonight with dinner on Wangfujing shopping street. (b, l, d)

  • Our hotel in Beijing: Sunworld Hotel

DAY 4: Beijing > Xi’an
Ride the rails of the fast train to Xi’an — a walled city and the start of the ancient Silk Road. Meet local friends at Huiling, a local NGO, inspiring members of the community. Tonight, the famous Wild Goose Pagoda is the backdrop for a spectacular fountain and music show. (b)

  • Our hotel in Xi’an: Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel

Day 5:  Xi’an
Today visit the Terracotta Warriors — once buried for 2,000 years before being unearthed. Later, it’s your choice — walk through Xi’an with an Insider Expert, or journey along the ancient city walls by bike. (b, l)

  • Our hotel in Xi’an: Tang Dynasty Art Garden Hotel

Day 6:  Xi’an > Guilin > Longji Rice Terrace
A flight to Guilin transports us to Longji Rice Terrace. Called “the best under heaven,” Guilin’s inspiring landscape surrounds you. (b)

  • Our hotel in Longji Rice Terrace: Longji Ping An Hotel

Day 7:  Longji Rice Terrace > Yangshuo
A scenic morning hike takes us through the rice terraces, set with waterfalls and colorful fields. In the village of Dazhai, we meet the Yao population who proudly preserve their traditional lifestyle. We end the day in Yangshuo, a charming little town on the Li River. (b)

  • Our hotel in Yangshuo: Snow Lion Riverside Resort

Day 8: Yangshuo
A leisurely bike ride through a dramatic limestone landscape brings us to the home of a local family for lunch. (b , l, d)

  • Our hotel in Yangshuo: Snow Lion Riverside Resort

Day 9: Yangshuo > Shanghai
Today, we leave the calm countryside for electrifying Shanghai. Guided by our Insider Expert, we see this vibrant city through a local lens. Tonight, a river cruise on The Bund stars the colorful Shanghai skyline. (b)

  • Our hotel in Shanghai: Kingtown Riverside Hotel Plaza

Day 10: Shanghai
Today, we explore another side of Old Shanghai with visits to the French Concession, Yuyuan Garden and Propaganda Museum. (b)

  • Our hotel in Shanghai: Kingtown Riverside Hotel Plaza

Day 11: Shanghai
Our adventure ends today. (b)

Things to know before traveling to China

The official currency in China is the Yuan or Renminbi (CNY).

ATMs are widespread, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Look for ATMs with your card logo.

Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash. Commission is sometimes charged for currency exchange. Check the rate before you exchange and carefully check the amount you are given and ask for a receipt.

Please note that due to restrictions on currency conversion for foreigners in China it may not be possible to change left over CNY back into foreign currency, so please plan your budget and spending money well by withdrawing/exchanging what you need as you go.

We strongly advise against bringing travelers checks as in China they can be extremely difficult or impossible to change

While traveling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your Local Leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company however you are also welcome to go and make your own food discoveries!

Vegetarians in China certainly won't go hungry as there are always plenty of meat free options on menus including vegetable, tofu and egg dishes. Your Local Leader can advise on some local favorites. Vegans should also have few problems finding tasty meals in most locations. Nearly all cities will have vegetarian restaurants, often near to temples or monasteries that specialize in Buddhist cuisine.

Wherever possible we will cater for dietary needs for included meals, but there may be times when those with special requirements may wish to supplement inclusions with their own supplies from markets or supermarkets.

For those suffering from particular food allergies, your Local Leader will endeavor to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.

Please note that China's national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move - that's over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware your group will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at our preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organization is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.

Most nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be difficult to obtain outside your country of residence. You will need a Single Entry Tourist for your trip valid for 30 days.

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveler. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it’s important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarize yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects. Please ask your travel agent or Club Adventures team member for insurance options at time of booking.

Add-ons available before and after your trip to see the most of China

Pre-Night Add-ons

BEIJING: $150 USD per room (double occupancy); $150 (single occupancy)

Post-Night Add-ons

SHANGHAI: $120 USD per room (double occupancy); $120 (single occupancy)

Optional Tours

We’ve already included everything you need to see! While there are no optional tours on this tour, your Local Leader can always point you in the right direction for you to write your own adventure.

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