Beijing to Shanghai Highlights

See the Great Wall and explore stunning Shanghai!

9 days

from £619

Trip Highlights

  • Spend the night camping on a deserted part of the Great Wall of China and watch the sun rise in the morning!
  • Explore China’s capital, Beijing and the largest city in the world, Shanghai
  • Visit an authentic bamboo forest and take a dip in a crystal clear lagoon.
  • Pick and choose the optional activities available, to make your trip perfect for you. 

Trip Summary

Want to travel around China but not got much free time? Then this jam-packed 9 day trip is for you!

Starting in China’s capital city of Beijing, you’ll travel down the east coast to Shanghai, stopping off at some incredible places along the way. We’ve included some unforgettable activities to make your time in China extra special… Camping on the Great Wall of China anyone?

With tons of additional optional activities to choose from like joining the Drunken Dragon bar crawl, visiting the Forbidden City, hiking to Moganshan Peak and enjoying a Chinese-style Friday night at KTV Karaoke, there is plenty for you to experience.  

Interested and want to find out more? Download more trip information and detailed itinerary HERE!

Trip Info

Day 1: Hike the Great Wall

You’ll meet your group and tour leader this morning and head off for a Mandarin lesson. Then it’s time to hit Beijing’s streets to test your language skills! This afternoon, enjoy a local lunch and view unrestored sections of the Great Wall. We’ll then hike up the Great Wall for an unforgettable night of camping!

We strongly advise you to arrive the day before your itinerary begins, as activities on Day 1 will start early.

(Please note; the weather is too cold to camp outside between September and the end of April. If you have booked to travel over these dates, you will stay in a guest house near the wall instead of camping. Don’t worry; we’ll still make sure you get to see the sun set and rise over the wall)

Day 2: Sunrise over the Great Wall

Rise early for spectacular sun rise views of the Great Wall. Be sure to take some epic snap shots! Back in Beijing, opt to visit the Olympic Bird’s nest Stadium, watch an energetic Chinese Acrobatics performance or tasting Beijing’s signature dish! Just let your guide know which activities you’d like to participate in.

Day 3: Explore Beijing

Today you’ll explore Beijing with some optional activities! Walk through Tiananmen Square, visit the sprawling Forbidden City, check out the Night Market for some exotic delicacies or visit Jingshan Park!

Day 4: Hangzhou and Moganshan

Opt to visit the Temple of Heaven today, the world’s largest complex dedicated to heaven worship! This afternoon we’ll transfer to Hangzhou and head onto Moganshan!

Day 5: Explore Deqing and Monganshan

Once we’ve arrived into Hangzhou we’ll grab a tasty breakfast before transferring to Deging. Then it’s time to check out Mogan Mountain, famous for incredible bamboo forests! This afternoon you’ll have the option to hike to Moganshan Peak and visit Chairman Mao’s previous summer residence.

Day 6: Lagoon Trek and transfer to Shanghai

After breakfast we’ll trek to some crystal clear lagoons where you can swim and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. This afternoon we’ll board the bullet train to Shanghai , where you can opt to spend the evening enjoying the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl – A much-loved optional activity for anybody who likes to party! 

Days 7-8: Exploring Shanghai

You’ll have a couple of free days in Shanghai, and there’s plenty to do! Visit ZhuJiaJiao Water town, find a karaoke hotspot or head to the busiest shopping street in the world: Nanjing Road. You’ll also have the option to sip champagne whilst sitting in a hot-tub on the top floor of skyscraper!

Day 9: Time to say goodbye!

Today is a free day with no activities planned, so whether you continue with your travels independently or make your own way to Shanghai Airport for your flight home, you are free to depart whenever you like.

Accommodation & Meals

You will spend one night camping on the Great Wall of China (weather dependant) where you will stay in a tent and sleeping bag that has been provided by the in-country team. One night will be spent on a night train, where you will have a fully flat bed.

Every other night on your trip will be spent in hostels which have been chosen because of their great atmosphere, location and hygiene. 

Food is not included on the trip, but our guide will always offer to take you to a local restaurant where they can arrange a great discount for you. You should budget approximately 30CNY per meal (25 CNY for breakfast). If you want to eat cheaper than that, then your guides can help you order basic and delicious fried noodles/fried rice for 10CNY per dish.

Eligibility & FAQ's

Minimum age 18 years old, maximum dependent on health of participant.

Whats Included

  • Hike at unrestored section of the Great Wall
  • Sunrise on the Great Wall
  • Mandarin lesson
  • Visit to WangFuJing Night Market
  • Lagoon trek
  • Experienced tour leaders throughout
  • Accommodation
  • Transport as stated in the Itinerary
  • 24 Hour Emergency Support

What's Not Included

  • Flights
  • Visas
  • Travel Insurance
  • Arrival and Departure Airport Transfers
  • Optional Activities
  • Food and Drinks

Flights

Flights

You should arrange to arrive into Beijing Airport for this trip. We recommend arriving a day earlier, so that you are ready for the 10am orientation on the programme start date. If arriving on the start date please ensure you arrive by 8:00am to be ready for the 10am orientation. 

Your programme ends in Shanghai, so please arrange your flights home or onward travel from Shanghai Airport. 

To book your flights why not contact our flight specialist on 01892 277037, who'll find you some great deals.

It is important that once you have booked your flights you add these details to your Online account, or alternatively, you can contact us with your departure date, the flight number and arrival time at your destination. 

Visa Information

You should ensure that you have a full passport that is valid for 6 months beyond the intended length of stay. It is your responsibility to have the correct personal documents and to obtain your own visa, if one is necessary, in accordance with the regulations of the country you are to visit. The information provided below is to help you with that process. We are not responsible for the actions of local immigration and customs officials, whether at points of entry or otherwise, and any subsequent effects.

To enter mainland China

For stays of up to 30 days, citizens of the European Union, the USA, Australia and New Zealand must obtain a Tourist (type L) visa in advance of travel. Visas can be obtained from your local embassy and must be used within 3 months of issue.

As part of your visa application you will need an 'Invitation Letter' which we will provide for you as a document on your Online Account. Please request this letter from us. It contacts all the accommodation details you require to obtain your L visa

You will need to apply for your visa through a Chinese embassy or consulate and you should consult your relevant embassy for detailed instructions.

Visa courier service

If you prefer to use a specialist visa courier service to apply for your Chinese visa on your behalf, we recommend Travcour who can offer you assistance and advice, making your visa application straight forward.

To investigate costs for this service click here to select the country or countries that you wish to travel to.

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