4.6
13 reviews
China on a Shoestring - Explore!
21 days

China on a Shoestring

From Beijing to Shanghai
Tour Operator:
Explore!
Max group size:
14
Age range:
14 to 85
Operated in:
English
Tour id:
124809
From
US $3,080
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Itinerary

Start in Beijing and end in Shanghai! With the discovery tour China on a Shoestring, you have a 21 day tour package taking you through Beijing, China and 15 other destinations in China. China on a Shoestring includes accommodation in a hotel as well as an expert guide, meals, transport and more.
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  1. Introduction
  1. Day 1: Join trip in Beijing
  2. Day 2: Discover the sights of Beijing including the Forbidden City
  3. Day 3: Discover the Temple of Heaven, free afternoon in Beijing
  4. Day 4: Walk the Great Wall; overnight train to Xian
  5. Day 5: Free time to explore Xian's Muslim Quarter
  6. Day 6: Discover the Terracotta Army; optional Tea Ceremony
  7. Day 7: Morning train to Yichang; board the Yangtse riverboat
  8. Day 8: Cruise down the Yangtse River
  9. Day 9: Continue down the Yangtse River; passing through the fabulous Three Gorges
  10. Day 10: A chance to visit the Jade Emperor's Shrine and take part in the Captain's farwell dinner
  11. Day 11: Disembark riverboat; bullet train to Chengdu
  12. Day 12: Visit the Panda Research Centre and take the bullet train to Sanjiang before driving to Ma An Zhai Village
  13. Day 13: Drive to Ma An Zhai Village. Evening with local family
  14. Day 14: Meet Yao families in Longji and Dazhai Village
  15. Day 15: Hike from Dazhai to Pingan, passing incredible views
  16. Day 16: Transfer from Pingan to Yangshuo
  17. Day 17: Free day in Yangshuo; optional bike hire and cooking classes
  18. Day 18: Transfer to Guilin; overnight train to Shanghai
  19. Day 19: Free day in Shanghai; stroll along the Shanghai Bund
  20. Day 20: Optional visit to the Pearl TV and Radio Tower
  21. Day 21: Trip ends in Shanghai
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What's Included

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  • Accommodation
  • Guide
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Additional Services
  • Optional Extras
  • Flights
  • Insurance
  • Additional Services

Where You'll Stay

Hotel
10 nights
Berth / Cabin
4 nights
Guesthouse
4 nights
Sleeper Train
2 nights

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Customer Reviews

  • Overall Rating
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Itinerary
    Excellent
    4.9
  • Guide
    Excellent
    4.6
  • Transport
    Excellent
    4.8
  • Accommodation
    Excellent
    4.2
  • Food
    Excellent
    5.0
  • 4.5
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  • A
    · December 23, 2019
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    Trip date: August 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23, 2019
    Really enjoyed out trio and have already recommended Explore to family and friends.
    Trip date: September 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · December 23, 2019
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    Trip date: September 2019
    Review collected by Explore!
  • R
    · November 02, 2019
    You will see a huge variety of things, ranging from ancient buildings, spectacular scenery, Pandas, everyday life of remote communities and cities. The trip goes mainly by public transport so you will see the real Chinese way of live and interact with... Show more
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    Trip date: October 2019
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    More of the same
    Trip date: October 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    Excellent group of fellow travellers combined with a great guide allowed us to see some of the great sights of China at reasonable cost.. Highlight for me was definitely the days spent walking in the rice terraces, high up in the mountains.
    Trip date: October 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    I think the trip notes need updating to give a full picture of the optional activities and costs. It would also have been useful to know that quite a lot of the trek is going up and down steps (I have an old knee injury which responds badly to a large... Show more
    Trip date: July 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    I would thoroughly recommend this trip - the food was excellent - Oliver was able to direct us to safe eating establishments and there was always a new or different style of food to try.
    Trip date: April 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    The guide was absolutely excellent with timings and as vegetarians we were very well catered for. (Guide was Oliver Luo)
    Trip date: July 2018
    Review collected by Explore!
  • A
    · May 17, 2019
    A must do trip to experience as much as possible of this vast country in one hit - very full on but fascinating.
    Explore! commented on this review
    Thanks for taking the time to write a review. I am really pleased that you enjoyed the trip. I hope to see you travelling with us in the future!
    Trip date: April 2018
    Review collected by Explore!

Dates & Availability

21 days
China on a Shoestring
From Beijing to Shanghai
No credit card fees
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    Vaccines

    These are only indications, so please visit your doctor before you travel to be 100% sure.
    • Typhoid - Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Hepatitis A - Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Cholera - Recommended for China. Ideally 2 weeks before travel.
    • Tuberculosis - Recommended for China. Ideally 3 months before travel.
    • Hepatitis B - Recommended for China. Ideally 2 months before travel.
    • Rabies - Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    • Yellow fever - Certificate of vaccination required if arriving from an area with a risk of yellow fever transmission for China. Ideally 10 days before travel.
    • Japanese B encephalitis - Recommended for China. Ideally 1 month before travel.
    • Tick-borne encephalitis - Recommended for China. Ideally 6 months before travel.
  • Payment information
    • For any tour departing before 7 June 2020 a full payment is necessary. For tours departing after 7 June 2020, a minimum payment of 30% is required to confirm your booking with Explore!. The final payment will be automatically charged to your credit card on the designated due date. The final payment of the remaining balance is required at least 65 days days prior to the departure date of your tour. TourRadar never charges you a booking fee and will charge you in the stated currency.
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