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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...
This short but intensive trip, a fantastic blend of active adventure and cultural sites, combines many of China’s highlights with some of its hidden gems. So, you’ll see the Terracotta Warriors, trek the Great Wall, catch up on the glories of Chengde’s Imperial past and be treated to a guided tour of the Forbidden City. But you’ll also be stopping to visit the charming town of Pingyao which is packed with Qing dynasty architecture and the Yungang grottoes near Datong. All in all, a comprehensive but fascinating introduction to China!

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The Forbidden City, Beijing, China
Beijing

Border Information: if joining in Beijing, you will most likely enter China at Beijing Capital International Airport.

There will be a group meeting today at 10:00am - 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!

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
The outer moat around 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
Inside the Summer Palace of the Emperor at Chendge, China
Chengde

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

Drive time - 4 hours (please note that all drive times given here are approximate estimates only and are given with the best intentions - however please be aware that the drive times are heavily dependent on traffic, road conditions, weather, police roadblocks, borders and many other factors - flexibility is essential on any overland trip!).

On Day 4 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
Optional See the curious and seemingly-impossible Sledgehammer Rock near Chengde (if time allows) CNY 130
Optional See the phenomenally-positioned Shuangta Shan Twin Pagodas, mysteriously constructed on the summits of two free-standing rock monoliths (if time allows) CNY 50
Hiking on the Great Wall of China
Jinshanling Great Wall

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.

Drive time - 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
Optional Walk all the way along an unrestored section of the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simitai (if open to the public) CNY 50
The spectacular Hanging Monastery at Datong, China
Datong

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

Drive time - 7-8 hours.

On Day 7 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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At first the sight of the truck, it was not as expected. But it grew on me, and having a refillable drinking water tank was definetly a plus!
Ryan Dwight K - - 4th June 2015
Both crew were extremely helpful, friendly and funny, which made the trip more enjoyable.
Urvashi P - - 4th June 2015
Claire was fantastic trying to accommodate everyone special requests.
Ryan Dwight K - - 4th June 2015
Zoe and Yan were very personable - I felt safe and cared for.
Barbara L - - 4th June 2015
Both Domingo and Euan were helpful and did their jobs perfectly.
Elva B - - 4th June 2015
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2015
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$1,465 + 640 USD = $2,105
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