Bright Lights and Shanghai Nights

1-Week Highlights of China Itinerary

Prices from £1,315 pp

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Duration8 days / 7 nights (flexible)


ItineraryBeijing - Great Wall of China - Terracotta Army - Shanghai

Suitable for families

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Walk the Great Wall, visit the Terracotta Army and get lost in the buzz of Shanghai over just 9 days. This is a cultural express trip that packs a mighty punch, giving you a real taste of city life in a tight time-frame. Try traditional Chinese dishes, marvel at the mighty Terracotta army, explore the hutong alleys of Beijing and watch East crash into West on the streets of Shanghai.

What's included

  • Accommodation – price based on 2 people sharing
  • Transfers
  • Excursions as described
  • Trains
  • 1 Domestic Flight

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Temples and Hutongs of Beijing

You’ll spend three nights soaking up the sights, sounds and smells of Beijing, an intoxicating clutter of history and modern-day ambition. Wander through the atmospheric hutongs, visit the Forbidden City and take a breather from the madness of the city at the Temple of Heavenly Peace. Top off your time in Beijing with a trip along the twisting Great Wall, one of the world’s most staggering sights.

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Terracotta Army and Drum Towers

Marvel at the soldiers of the ancient Terracotta Army and wander around the Bell Tower in Xi’an. A modern city with an imperial past, it’s an eye-opening window into Chinese culture. Drenched in history and jam-packed with fascinating places to explore. You’ll spend two nights in China’s past Imperial Capital, soaking up the atmosphere and visiting the impressive Terracotta army.

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Shanghai: Back to the Future

Explore Shanghai, crammed with skyscrapers and exploding with variety. From 19th century alleyways to swanky bars and art-deco buildings, there’s nowhere like it. With twice as many skyscrapers as Manhattan, Shanghai is a sleek modern sprawl that seems to go on forever. You will stay in a colonial style hotel close to the Bund and your time is free to explore the city at your own pace.

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Man at Great Wall of China

Speak to our China specialist, Rob

"I was lucky enough to travel across China for two months and the more I explored, the more I loved; from its ancient towns to its futuristic cities. My top highlight has to be the mountainous scenery of Yunnan."

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