Capture the spirit of China on this 13-day tour from Shanghai to Beijing. Stroll along the narrow paths of Shanghai’s Nongtang, be entranced by ancient Buddhist art at the Longmen Grottoes, see the incredible Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, get a sense of local life in the Tibetan town of Xiahe and walk on the Great Wall of China. This is a journey abounding with bustling cities, natural beauty, incredible culture and history stretching through the ages. TRIP CHANGES FOR 2017: From 1st January 2017 this trip will change. We have added 1 extra day in Shanghai on Day 2 and replaced the Soft Sleeper overnight train with a flight from Lanzhou to Beijing. To constantly improve our itineraries we take on all feedback from our previous passengers and from our local team. 2017 Itinerary: 1 Shanghai 2 Shanghai 3 Overnight Train 4 Luoyang/Shaolin 5 Xi'an 6 Xi'an 7 Overnight Train 8 Lanzhou/Xiahe 9 Xiahe 10 Lanzhou to Beijing (Flight) 11 Beijing 12 Beijing 13 Depart


The Longmen Grottoes are the most stunning remnants of Northern Wei and Tang-era Buddhist art in existence, and you'll have plenty of time to explore them with your local guide

By taking three sleeper trains, you'll maximise your time in your destinations, get a chance to interact with locals and see some beautiful countryside

This trip is a fascinating story book of ancient and 20th-century history. The tale behind the discovery of Xi’an’s famous Terracotta Warriors is almost as amazing as the statues themselves

Experience the enchanting ambience and mountain scenery of Xiahe. This Tibetan pilgrimage town is the stuff of legend

Perhaps no trip to China is complete without seeing the iconic Great Wall. Take an invigorating hike along the Mutianyu section