Confucius Say: Go
Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Keanu Reeves and that giant panda were all awesome at kung fu. Take a lesson at the 1500-year old Shaolin Temple and you might discover that you are too. But probably not.
(Was Legends of China)
Day 1-3 - Beijing - Great Wall
China holds the record for the world's longest man-made structure (the Great Wall, obviously). It also holds the record for most needles inserted into the head and largest bottle of cooking oil.
- Arrive in Beijing and enjoy free time to explore many of the city's main attractions
- Pre-departure briefing with your tour guide in the early evening (approx. 6 pm)
- After entering through an archway beyond Tiananmen Gate, we spend the morning exploring The Forbidden City
- Take a walk along the Great Wall
- Survey the spectacular surrounding countryside from the wall - the surrounding views are amazing
- Enjoy ample free time to explore the many other sights of Beijing, such as the Summer Palace or the Temple of Heaven
- Board an overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train for Xian
Day 4-5 - Xian - Terracotta Warriors
Xian's great for markets and you can ride a bike along the ancient wall. Then see the Terracotta Warriors, discovered in 1974 by a bunch of farmers digging a well. Not a bad day’s work.
- Arrive in Xian, the capital of Shaanxi province
- Explore the awesome army of Terracotta Warriors
- Enjoy free time to wander around this historical city
- Perhaps swing by the Muslim Quarter - a fascinating place to visit
- Why not cycle along the top of the ancient city walls or climb the Bell Tower
Day 6-8 - Luoyang - Shaolin Temple
Live out your martial arts fantasies at Shaolin Temple, the birthplace of kung fu. Then check out the Longmen Grottoes - 2100 caves filled with more than 100,000 statues of Buddha.
- Catch a day train to Luoyang (5 hours)
- Stroll down to the Luoyang people square and watch the Chinese practice kung fu, ballroom dancing or tai chi
- Travel up to the famous Shaolin Temple and witness a Shaolin show by some of the more gifted students
- Perhaps enrol in a kung fu lesson
- Seize the opportunity to visit one of the most famous treasure houses of stone Buddha images in China - the Longman Grottoes
- Board an overnight train to Suzhou
Day 9-10 - Suzhou - Zhouzhuang
Get your mum something nice in Suzhou, famous for its silk. Jump on a bike to explore backstreets, gardens and pagodas. See why Zhouzhuang is known as ‘The Venice of the Orient’ (hint: it’s something to do with water).
- Perhaps hire bikes and explore the backstreets, gardens and pagodas
- Why not of attend the master of the nets performance - a great snapshot of tradtional Chinese culture
- Visit Zhouzhuang - 'The Venice of the East' - and wander the streets where Marco Polo once roamed
Day 11-12 - Shanghai
Shanghai’s got the world’s largest bus system. Why not hop on one and see if you can get to Nanjing Road for some last-minute shopping. Hit the French Concession area for great cafes and restaurants.
- Board a train bound for the Paris of the East', Shanghai
- Take a stroll along the famous river waterfront known as The Bund
- Enjoy plenty of free time to visit any of the fascinating museums or the many shopping arcades
- Perhaps check out Shanghai's multitude of bars, restaurants and nightclubs
The trip ends this morning in Shanghai. You can depart at any time
What to Know
• Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour guide throughout the tour and local site guides at some sites.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Beijing, Terracotta Warriors, Zhouzhuang and Shanghai.
• Kung fu display at the famous Shaolin Temple.
• Walk on a remote section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
• Free time to explore Beijing, Xian, Suzhou and Shanghai.
• Overnight trains from Beijing to Xian and Luoyang to Suzhou. Accommodation in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins.
• Train from Xian to Luoyang and Suzhou to Shanghai.
- International flights, departure taxes, visas, insurance, meals unless indicated, drinks, optional additional tours or activities during free time, tips and items of a personal nature.
Past Travellers' Ratings & Comments
At the end of each trip, we ask our travellers to provide feedback. We publish the positive, negative and neutral feedback on this page to give you an overall idea of what to expect on this trip.
Confucius Say: Go
Christina - Malaysia, 9 Jun, 2013
China blew us away, were were very impressed with the country and our overall experience was excellent. The food, culture, scenery, and people were beyond our expectations and we've been inspired to go back and explore more. In terms of the value, we found the cost slightly expensive, but in the end it was worth it as the trip went off with very little problems or hassles.
Confucius Say: Go
Luca - Australia, 26 May, 2013
More days in shanghai would have made the tour better.
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