Another World Adventures

Beijing to Shanghai Express tour

Duration: 10 days
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Budget, active adventure tour of China visiting Beijing, Hangzhou province and Shanghai.

Experience the best of China's urban sprawl and beautiful rural landscapes on an adventure through this magical country.

Starting in the sprawling capital of Beijing this short tour of China gives you plenty of time to explore on of the most historic and culturally rich cities in the world. We also head out to marvel at one of the true wonders of the world, the Great Wall of China, and camp on a deserted section of the wall to watch the sunset.

Leaving the city crowds behind we next head out into rural China to the Hangzhou region and an option to trek to Moganshan Peak and to Chairman Mao's old summer residence. We'll also visit a stunning lagoon to swim in the crystal clear waters.

Our final destination is Shanghai, the biggest city in the world, and time to sample the vibrant nightlife on offer. There is plenty of opportunity to explore the sights, sounds and mouth-watering cuisine of this amazing city, and no doubt enjoy a little shopping spree as well.

Highlights

Sprawling Beijing, sunrise on the Great Wall of China, swimming in crystal clear lagoons, beautiful rural landscapes of Hangzhou, bamboo forests of Mogan Mountain, night out in lively Shanghai, amazing Chinese cuisine

Why you'll love this adventure

  • Admire the sunrise on the Great Wall of China
  • Enjoy the beautiful rural landscapes of Hangzhou
  • Spend the night out in lively Shanghai
Start
Beijing, China
Finish
Moganshan & Shanghai, China
Trip Duration
10 Days
Group Size
Min group size 1 and Max group size 20
Activity
Culture, Explorer, Mixed Activity
Style of Travel
Guided Group, Incentive Travel, Private Departure, Solo Traveller

Dates

From

Saturday

1 June 2024

To

Monday

10 June 2024

From

Saturday

15 June 2024

To

Monday

24 June 2024

From

Saturday

29 June 2024

To

Monday

8 July 2024

From

Saturday

13 July 2024

To

Monday

22 July 2024

From

Saturday

27 July 2024

To

Monday

5 August 2024

From

Saturday

10 August 2024

To

Monday

19 August 2024

From

Saturday

24 August 2024

To

Monday

2 September 2024

From

Saturday

19 October 2024

To

Monday

28 October 2024

From

Saturday

5 April 2025

To

Monday

14 April 2025

From

Saturday

19 April 2025

To

Monday

28 April 2025

From

Saturday

24 May 2025

To

Monday

2 June 2025

From

Saturday

7 June 2025

To

Monday

16 June 2025

From

Saturday

21 June 2025

To

Monday

30 June 2025

From

Saturday

5 July 2025

To

Monday

14 July 2025

From

Saturday

19 July 2025

To

Monday

28 July 2025

From

Saturday

2 August 2025

To

Monday

11 August 2025

From

Saturday

16 August 2025

To

Monday

25 August 2025

From

Saturday

30 August 2025

To

Monday

8 September 2025

From

Saturday

13 September 2025

To

Monday

22 September 2025

From

Saturday

25 October 2025

To

Monday

3 November 2025

This trip can be tailor made for your perfect travel dates. Please make a booking enquiry for more information.

Itinerary

This trip includes an action packed itinerary! Please make an enquiry and we'll send you the full itinerary for each day including meals, activities, travel and accommodation.

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Beijing to Shanghai Express tour

What's included

  • All accommodation as stated in the itinerary in basic hostels
  • All transport and transfers in trains, buses & public transport
  • Sightseeing tours as detailed in the itinerary
  • Entry fees to included activities
  • Bilingual adventure leaders
  • Meals as indicated in the itinerary

Trip notes

Price

From £659.00 land only

Who is this trip for?

  • Suitable For Solo
  • Suitable For Couples
  • Suitable For Children
  • Suitable For Groups
  • Suitable For Students
  • Suitable For Business
  • Suitable For Wheelchairs

Additional notes

Itinerary

DAY 1: Meet in Beijing, Great Wall of China Camping
Our tour starts at the Beijing Spring Time Hostel at 10 am, where you’ll meet your tour leader and the rest of the group.

Late Morning we visit one of the wonder of the world, the Great Wall of China. To obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall, we enjoy a mandatory meal at a local farm. We’ll then hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall where we set up camp on a deserted section of the wall. In the evening we take in suneset in this ancient and dramatic setting (Please note, due to cold weather before the end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping, but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning. Between April and September monsoon rain may also mean we are unable to camp on the wall.).

OVERNIGHT:
Great Wall camping
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 2: Beijing, free day (optional excursions available)
After sunrise on the Wall we return back to Beijing. Back in Beijing the rest of the day is free for you to explore at your own leisure or try one of the many optional tour available (see the Options tab for all available local options). Perhaps you could visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest Stadium, or enjoy the incredible Beijing Acrobatics Show. For dinner tonight there is a chance to taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck, enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times.

OVERNIGHT:
Beijing hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 3: Beijing, free day (optional excursions available)
Today is a full free day to see more of Beijing like Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. In the evening you could explore the WangFuJing night market where you can push your taste buds to the limit and sample many foods you’ll have never tried before, like scorpion, bugs and more.

OVERNIGHT:
Beijing hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 4: Beijing, free day (optional excursions available), then overnight train to Hangzhou
Our last day in Beijing is free to do some more sightseeing or perhaps test your bargaining skills with a visit to the Fake Goods Market or visit the Summer Palace. Finally we board the overnight train to Hangzhou.

OVERNIGHT:
On board overnight train
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 5: Arrive Hangzhou, West Lake visit & Sunset Hike
After arriving in Hangzhou this morning, transfer to your hostel for a late breakfast. We hope you slept on the train! Next, we’re off to the famous West Lake, ready to take a stunning boat tour to one of the Lake’s beautiful islands.

Once you’ve checked in this afternoon,you’ll have some free time. If you’re keen to stay vertical, why not check out China’s National Tea Museum, or the Lingyin Temple?

This evening, it’s an unmissable hike up Jiuyao Mountain to see the stunning sunset from there. Before you head back down to street level for dinner and a free evening to explore. Make sure you check out Hefang Road – the most famous ancient street in town!

OVERNIGHT:
Hangzhou hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 6: Nine Creeks Hike, transfer to Shanghai
This morning you have time to take a hike through misty woods to the Nine Creeks. Returning to the hostel for lunch we then catch the bullet train to Shanghai where we transfer via metro to your hostel.

OVERNIGHT:
Shanghai hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 7: Shanghai, Mandarin Lesson (optional excursions available)
After a lazy morining, you’ll have a Mandarin Lesson. This extra special class will be held by professional teachers, all the way from the Mandarin Garden Chinese Language School.

Later in the day, there is an option to join a visit to the Yu Gardens , a busy historical site, formerly the site of a lavish family home. You could also visit People’s Square before heading to the worlds busiest shopping street ‘Nanjing Road’

In the evenings, you can enjoy Shanghai’s lively bar scene, and perhaps try out the largest bar crawl in China “the Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl”. If you’re looking for something a little more sophisticated try sipping champagne in a hot tub on the rooftop of a skyscraper, taking in Shanghai’s spectacular skyline.

OVERNIGHT:
Shanghai hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 8: Shanghai, free day (optional excursions available)
Today is another free day in Shanghai. There’s lots to do to keep yourself busy, with plenty of sightseeing and shopping on offer. Alternatively you can let us do it for you and choose to take one of the many optional sightseeing tour available (see the Options tab for all available local options).

OVERNIGHT:
Shanghai hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 9: Shanghai, free day. Evening Huangpu River Cruise.
This morning you have the option of joining a stroll through the former French Concession to learn about Shanghai’s international history. You can visit the Propoganda Museum and take in the famous city scapes of the ultra modern Financial District. You could also make a visit to TianZiFang, a local artists lane blending chic and traditional styles.

For any daredevils in the group, you could head to the top of Jinmao Tower and brave the sky walk!

In the evening, you’ll take in the bright city lights from the water with a night cruise down the Huangpu River

OVERNIGHT:
Shanghai hostel
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

DAY 10: Tour ends
Today your tour ends and it’s time to say goodbye to the group and new friends made.

OVERNIGHT:
N/A
MEALS:
None
EXTRAS:
None

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