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Silk Route between Xi'an and Beijing
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17 days between Beijing and Xi'an or vice versa...
Asia is the continent where overlanding all started, and Dragoman has been the leading operator there since our first trucks went through in the 1980s - take advantage of our years of experience and come with us as we include all the must-see attractions as well as heading into the wilds, well away from the usual tourist trail. This short but intensive trip is a fantastic blend of active adventure and cultural sites, and is absolutely packed with some of the phenomenal highlights of China every single day, making it one of the best holiday-length trips in our catalogue! We start in the huge historic city of Xi'an, home to the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, fascinating museums, colossal city walls, and a vibrant market district and nightlife! We will journey to Mao Tse-Tung's old headquarters of Yan'an and the amazing cave village of Lijiashan on our way to the stunning town of Pingyao, a traditional town that provides an authentic slice of 'Old China' and has plenty of fantastic highlights to explore. We then head to the holy Buddhist pilgrimage site of Wutai Shan and past the phenomenal Hanging Monastery on our way to Datong, home to some of the most incredible Buddha caves in China at the Yungang Grottoes. We will visit the breathtaking Jinshanling section of the magnificent Great Wall of China before heading to the old imperial summer retreat of Chengde, home to some huge parks and inpressive temples. We will then arrive in China's bustling capital of Beijing, home to the famous Forbidden City and countless other highlights! Join us on this wonderful and unforgettable overland experience in China!

Itinerary

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Chairman Mao's portrait at Tianan'men Square, Beijing
Beijing

Border Information: if joining in Beijing, you will most likely enter China at Beijing Capital International Airport (IATA code: PEK).

There will be a group meeting today at 6:00pm - please look out for a note from your tour leader at the hotel reception with more information about this important meeting. The rest of the day will be free to explore the incredible city of Beijing!

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Beijing before the start of your trip with us - please contact the Sales team if you would like to book pre-tour accommodation with us to have extra time exploring Beijing.

In Beijing we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Head out to see an acrobatic or martial arts show in Beijing, always an incredible mix of athleticism and choreography

CNY 250
Optional

Discover all about the varied and interesting history of China at the National Museum, with its huge collection of over a million artifacts

Free
Optional Explore the vast Temple of Heaven, once the site of an annual religious ceremony conducted by the Emporer to pray for a good harvest CNY 10
Optional Visit the beautiful Tibetan-style Lama Temple (Yonghe Temple) in Beijing Free
Optional See the iconic modern 'Bird's Nest' Stadium, the centrepiece of the 2008 Olympic Games CNY 50
Sunrise of the Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Beijing

Today we will head out on the Beijing metro to the city centre's famous Tiananmen Square, which we will walk through and then take a tour of the Forbidden City. We will then have a free afternoon to further explore the many sights, sounds and flavours of Beijing.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Head out on a guided tour of the colossal Tian'anmen Square and the Ming Dynasty imperial palace of the Forbidden City in Beijing

Included in Kitty
The spectacular Sledgehammer Rock near Chengde
Chengde

This morning we will start our journey with a drive to the city of Chengde.

Estimated Drive Time - 3-5 hours (please note that all drive times given here are the approximate number of hours that the truck will be in motion only, and does not include any time taken for coffee or lunch stops, border crossings, photo stops, activities en route, comfort breaks, shopping stops, toilet stops, etc. The times given are approximate estimates only and whilst given with the best of intentions, the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On the following day we will have a full day to explore the Puning Temple and the famous Imperial Summer Resort.

In Chengde we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the Puning Temple, modelled after the famous Samye Monastery in Tibet, and see it's incredible thousand-arm wooden Buddha statue

Included in Kitty
Optional See the beautiful Putuo Zongcheng Temple, modelled after the famous Potala Palace in Tibet CNY 80
Included Explore the incredible Imperial Summer Resort in Chengde, a vast park with a variety of gardens, pagodas, temples and palaces from various regions of China Included in Kitty
The vast spectacle of the Great Wall of China
Jinshanling

This morning we will have a short drive to one of the world's most incredible sights - the Jinshanling section of the Great Wall of China! We will have time this afternoon to thoroughly explore and walk along the Great Wall.

In Jinshanling we will stay in a basic local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 1-2 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Fully explore the awe-inspiring Great Wall of China at Jinshanling, one of the most spectacular stone sections of the wall

Included in Kitty
The ancient Yungang grotto near Datong, China
Datong

Today we will drive to the city of Datong in China's Shanxi province.

Estimated Drive Time - 6-7 hours.

On the following day we will head out of Datong in the truck on an included visit to the awe-inspiring Yungang Buddha Caves. 

In Datong we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

See the phenomenal, gravity-defying Hanging Monastery, built hanging from a cliff 75m above the ground over 1500 years ago

Included in Kitty
Optional

Visit the stunning wooden pagoda of Fogong in the village of Yingxian, the oldest of its kind in China (if time allows)

CNY 60
Optional See the beautiful and ornate Nine Dragon Screen, a screen of glazed tiles depicting nine multi-coloured interweaving dragons CNY 10
Included Explore the phenomenal site of the Yungang Caves, a network of 252 caves containing over 51,000 incredibly crafted sculptures of Buddha from the 5th and 6th centuries Included in Kitty
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Ryan Dwight K - - 4th June 2015
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Claire was fantastic trying to accommodate everyone special requests.
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Barbara L - - 4th June 2015
Both Domingo and Euan were helpful and did their jobs perfectly.
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26 Apr
2017
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12 May
2017
17 Days

Xi'an to Beijing
Price (USD)  Kitty (USD)        Approx. (USD)
$1,550 + $540 = $2,090
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10 Jun
2017
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26 Jun
2017
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Xi'an to Beijing
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$1,600 + $540 = $2,140
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9 Jul
2017
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25 Jul
2017
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Beijing to Xi'an
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$1,500 + $540 = $2,040
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20 Aug
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5 Sep
2017
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Beijing to Xi'an
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$1,500 + $540 = $2,040
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25 Apr
2018
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11 May
2018
17 Days

Xi'an to Beijing
Price (USD)  Kitty (USD)        Approx. (USD)
$1,600 + $540 = $2,140
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9 Jun
2018
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25 Jun
2018
17 Days

Xi'an to Beijing
Price (USD)  Kitty (USD)        Approx. (USD)
$1,640 + $540 = $2,180
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8 Jul
2018
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24 Jul
2018
17 Days

Beijing to Xi'an
Price (USD)  Kitty (USD)        Approx. (USD)
$1,640 + $540 = $2,180
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19 Aug
2018
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4 Sep
2018
17 Days

Beijing to Xi'an
Price (USD)  Kitty (USD)        Approx. (USD)
$1,640 + $540 = $2,180
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