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China On A Shoestring QCH

Visiting: China
Tour Duration 21 Days

Budget China Holiday

Experience the real China with us as we travel with locals on public transport on this journey across the country. We visit China’s greatest sights including the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors. Staying in traditional village houses we explore rice paddies, discover dramatic limestone landscapes and visit tribal families. We also cruise down the Yangtse River and visit endangered Giant Pandas.

Tour Highlights

  • Beijing - Walk along the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Explore Tiananmen Square and the sprawling Forbidden City
  • Xian - Meet the famous Terracotta Army of Qin Shi Huangdi
  • Yangtse River cruise - Relax for 3 days whilst exploring the stunning Yangtse River landscapes
  • Villages and Rice Terraces - Take in rural China as we hike amongst the villages of the Dong, Yao and Zhuan people
  • Yangshuo - Enjoy beautiful karst landscapes as we drift down the Li River
  • Shanghai - Explore one of Asia's most vibrant and dynamic cities


Itineraries on some departure dates may differ, please select.

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  • 1
    Join tour Beijing

  • 2
    Free in Beijing

  • 3
    Drive to Mutianyu and visit the Great Wall

  • 4
    AM free. PM overnight train to Xian

  • 5
    Arrive in Xian

  • 6
    Visit Terracotta Warriors

  • 7
    Train to Yichang, then transfer to Yangtse riverboat

  • 8
    Yangtse River cruise

  • 9
    Yangtse River cruise

  • 10
    Yangtse River cruise

  • 11
    Disembark riverboat and take the train to Chengdu

  • 12
    Visit the Panda Research Station. Overnight train to Sanjiang

  • 13
    Arrive Sanjiang and transfer to Ma An Zai village

  • 14
    Bus to Dazhai village via Longji

  • 15
    Walk from Dazhai to Pingan

  • 16
    Drive to Yangshou

  • 17
    In Yangshou

  • 18
    Bus to Guilin. Overnight train to Shanghai

  • 19
    Arrive Shanghai. Free day

  • 20
    In Shanghai

  • 21
    Tour ends Shanghai

Tour notes

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Customer rating:
China On A Shoestring
4.5 out of 5 based on 17 ratings. Read reviews
Included meals 7 5 6
Breakfast Lunch Dinner
Bus, Train, Boat
8 nights Simple Hotel
3 nights Basic Overnight Train
4 nights Standard Boat
3 nights Simple Guesthouse
2 nights Standard Hotel
Tour Staff
Driver(s), Explore Tour Leader, Local Guide(s)
Group Size
Generally 8 - 14