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17 days between Xi'an and Beijing 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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The vast Terracotta Army in Xi'an, China
Xi'an

Border Information: if joining in Xi'an, you will most likely enter China at Xi'an Xianyang International Airport (IATA code: XIY).

Welcome to the amazing city of Xi'an, the ancient capital of Shaanxi province and the end of the 'Silk Road'!

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.

This afternoon we head out of Xi'an on the truck to the site of the world-famous Terracotta Warriors, where we have an included visit and a guided tour.

Please note that many of the options listed below will only be possible for those with extra time in Xi'an 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 Xi'an.

In Xi'an we will stay in a comfortable hotel with good facilities.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Explore the world-famous site of the Terracotta Warriors, an army of 8000 life-size figures built to protect the Emporer Qin Shi Huang in the afterlife

Included in Kitty
Xi'an at night, China
Xi'an

Today we will have a free day to explore the city of Xi'an, it's famous walls, bell and drum towers, pagodas and Muslim Quarter.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Optional

Visit the ornate 14th-century Bell and Drum towers, which originally marked the sunrise and sunset

CNY 40
Optional

Wander through the atmospheric Muslim Quarter and visit the Xi'an Great Mosque, the first mosque constructed in China

CNY 30
Optional

Learn about the fascinating history of the ancient Chinese capital of Chang'an at the Shaanxi History Museum, without doubt one of the finest museums in China

CNY 30
Optional

Visit the mind-blowing Tomb of Emporer Jingdi of the Han Dynasty, containing 50,000 doll-sized terracotta figures

CNY 90
Optional

Walk or cycle around the Ming Dynasty Xi'an City Wall, the largest city wall in the world

CNY 80
Optional

Visit the impressive Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xi'an's most famous landmark dating from the Tang and Ming Dynasties

CNY 80
Optional Visit the Forest of Stelae Museum, a collection of 3000 stone tablets of Chinese calligraphy that has been collected here since 1057 CNY 50
Yan'an, end of the Communist Long March and home ot the Revolution Museum, China
Yan'an

Today we make our way to the city of Yan'an. Yan'an is famous for being the ending point for those on the 'Long March', and became the CCP headquarters for a brief period. During our time here we have an included visit to the Revolutionary Museum and the CCP Headquarters site.

In Yan'an we will stay in a local hotel.

Estimated Drive Time - 4-6 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!).

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the Revolution Museum and the Yangjialing Headquarters site, the former headquarters of Mao Tse Tung's Communist Party during the revolution

Included in Kitty
Houses built into the cliff wall in Lijiashan, China
Lijiashan

Today we continue our journey to visit the ancient village of Lijiashan, famed for settlement of cave dwellers and still home to more than 600 families.

In Lijiashan we will stay in a cave room, run by a local family and set up for guests.

Please note that some caves include a traditional 'Kang Stove bed'. The Kang bed is a hollow platform made from bricks that is used both as a bed and as a work area, these are common in remote villages in Northern China. In winter a coal fire can be lit under the bed, providing a huge amount of warmth day and night and it is very common for the whole family to sleep on one large bed. This means there may be times that members of the group may have to share 1 large bed with others in the group.

Estimated Drive Time - 5-6 hours.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included Stay overnight in a local guesthouse built into a cave, in the cliff-side village of Lijiashan Included in Kitty
Looking towards one of Pingyao's main gates, China
Pingyao

We will set off early this morning for an included visit to the Black Dragon Temple just outside of Lijiashan. We will then drive to China's best-preserved ancient walled town, Pingyao.

Estimated Drive Time - 2-3 hours.

We will stay for 3 nights in Pingyao, giving us plenty of time to explore this ancient town and surrounding sites such as the Mian Shan Mountain Resort and the Zhangbi Underground City.

In Pingyao we will stay in a comfortable hotel.

Activities Description Approx. Cost
Included

Visit the beautiful and ornate Black Dragon temple near Lijiashan

Included in Kitty
Included

Freely explore the old town of Pingyao, a well preserved walled city that offers a fantastic glimpse into 'Old China'

Included in Kitty
Optional

Visit the incredible Shuanglin Temple near Pingyao, with its 2000 colourful sculptures of various gods and warriors

CNY 25
Optional

Visit the 10th-century Zhenguo Temple, one of the oldest wooden buildings in China

CNY 25
Optional Take a day trip out to the impressive Wang family compound and the Zhang Bi underground village near Pingyao CNY 205
Optional Take a day trip to the photogenic Mian Shan Mountain Resort, and explore the incredible array of buildings and scenery there CNY 160
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