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8 Moons of China

Trip Length

Trip Code

8 days GCTC

Maximum Passengers

16 people
Minimum Age

Countries Visited


Start City

End City

Beijing Shanghai, Shanghai, China
8 Moons of China

The China highlights tour – the Great Wall in Beijing, killer street food and Terracotta Warriors in Xian, and the high life in China’s biggest city, Shanghai. Haaaii there dumplings.

3 wise Chinese proverbs (and one that made us laugh):- He who strikes the first blow admits he's lost the argument.- War does not determine who is right, war determines who is left.- Cheap things are not good, good things are not cheap.- Man who streaks is unsuited for his work.(Was Fast & Furious China)

8 Moons of China

Day to Day Itinerary

Day 1-3: Beijing & Great Wall

Arrive at any time today and get acquainted with Beijing on your own before joining your group and leader for a meeting at the hotel at 6pm. Then head out for an optional first night dinner. Go nuts and order your Peking duck for your first meal in the country. First the skin is carved and served in pancakes, next the carcass is chopped and cooked up into a soup. Don't forget to grab your doggy bag (ducky bag?) of leftovers.
On Day 2 we head out to the Great Wall at Mutianyu - one of the best preserved and easily accessible sections from Beijing. Take in the surrounding amazing views (provided that it is a clear day!).
Day 3 we spend the morning exploring the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. In the afternoon enjoy free time to explore as you wish, maybe visiting the 798 Art District, jumping on a bike and riding through the hutongs, hanging out in the Temple of Heaven park or visiting the Lama Temple.
Included Activities
Forbidden City
Great Wall Mutianyu

Day 4-5: Xian

Board a high-speed train train to Xi'an, the capital of Shaanxi province and start of the Silk Road. In your free time today we highly recommend visiting the Muslim Quarter with its great market and peaceful Great Mosque, climbing the Bell or Drum Towers or feasting on amazing street food.
On Day 5 we visit the Terracotta Warriors with a local guide, spending a good few hours wandering around this phenomenal historical site. 
Board the overnight six-berth hard-sleeper class train to and sleep all the way to Shanghai.
Included Activities
Terracotta Warriors

Day 6-8: Shanghai

Arrive in Shanghai, China's largest city, once known as the 'Paris of the East'. Join your leader for a walking tour of historical Shanghai including the Bund with its spectacular array of art deco style buildings, the narrow winding lanes of the Nongtang or the European-influenced French Concession. Choose your own adventure next: Visit the Propaganda Museum for a fascinating look at China's revolutionary past. Get a bird's eye view of the city from the Pearl Tower's observation decks. The impressive Shanghai Museum houses one of the best collections of Chinese bronze and artwork - you could easily spend the whole day here discovering the various exhibitions. 
If you're really brave, ask your leader to order the most "local" dish on the menu tonight for your final night dinner tonight. The trip finishes on Day 8 after breakfast.
Included Activities
Walking Tour

Your Trip

Nuts and Bolts

• Gecko’s expert English-speaking Chinese tour leader throughout the tour.
• Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): Forbidden City in Beijing, Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an.
• Walk a section of the Great Wall at Mutianyu.
• Free time to explore in Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai.
• Travel by super fast high-speed train from Beijing to Xi'an.
• Overnight train from Xi'an to Shanghai in six-berth, air-conditioned cabins (hard sleeper class).

Summary of accommodation, transport & meals



Not Included

International flights, arrival and departure transfers, departure and airport taxes, visas, all other meals, all optional tours or activities during free time, transfers outside of the tour program, travel insurance, tips and items of a personal nature.

Important Information

Local Emergency Contacts In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, our Beijing Office can be reached on Tel: +861064067328

Chinese National Holidays Please note that China's national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move - that's over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware your group will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at our preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organisation is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.

Train Travel in China Overnight train accommodation on this tour is in 6-berth ‘hard-sleeper’ class, which are six bunk beds set out in an open cubicle compartment. Bedding is provided and wash basins and toilet facilities (usually one with a toilet seat and one squat-style in each compartment) are available on all trains, but there are no showers or baths. There are urns or thermos flasks for making hot beverages. It is quite possible that our group may be divided over a series of different compartments and we may also have to share our compartments with other passengers on the train. Train travel is an integral part of the China travel experience and offers some of the best chances of meeting and making friends with the locals.

About this Information

The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please ensure that you have the most up-to-date information for your trip. We recommend that you check the trip notes for your tour around one month before departure. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!

Last Updated

18 September 2014

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