China overland
Destinations Destinations
Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Chengdu, Mutianyu, Great Wall of China, Yangshuo, Longsheng
Activity Activity
Nature & Wildlife, Culture & History, Family, Cities, Photography

You can experience a lot of China’s highlights with this two-week tour down east of the country. Start in Beijing, from where you can visit one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Next, venture south to the ancient capital, Xi’an, home to an incredible amount of history including its epic city wall. From here, head east to the huge metropolis of Shanghai and marvel at its famous skyline. Chengdu’s teahouses are the perfect places to experience China’s renowned tea culture before finally getting away from the crowds with a bamboo raft trip down the Li River from Guilin.

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Our recommended activities and highlights

See old and new China in Shanghai’s Bund
Shanghai

See old and new China in Shanghai’s Bund

Shanghai is China’s biggest city and a rising financial powerhouse. In the heart of the city is the Bund. This famous promenade symbolises Shanghai and from here you can see its enigmatic mix of architecture, from grandiose colonial buildings to modern skyscrapers.

Sip a hot drink in Chengdu’s teahouses
Chengdu

Sip a hot drink in Chengdu’s teahouses

China is famous for its tea-drinking culture and the charming city of Chengdu (also considered the panda capital of China), with its beautiful traditional teahouses, is the perfect place for this typical Chinese experience.

Visit the hutongs of Beijing
Beijing

Visit the hutongs of Beijing

Step into the hidden world of old Beijing and meander its maze of hutongs - hidden alleyways of ancient siheyuan courtyard houses. Go shopping, dining and experience an authentic Chinese way of life in these compact communities that pack in more than their fair share of culture and tradition.

Take a day trip to Longji Rice Terraces
Longsheng

Take a day trip to Longji Rice Terraces

Visit the Longji Rice Terraces (known as the Dragon’s Back) in Longsheng and you’ll see a beautiful landscape shaped by the agriculture it supports, with row upon mesmerising row of terraced rice fields built centuries ago along the hillside slope.

Head to the unspoilt Great Wall at Mutianyu
Mutianyu, Great Wall of China

Head to the unspoilt Great Wall at Mutianyu

Mutianyu is easy to reach from downtown Beijing and home to one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall of China, with densely distributed watchtowers and breathtaking woodland views. Go early to avoid the worst of the crowds, and choose from a cable car, chair lift or hike up, and a hike or toboggan back down.

Cycle the old city wall of Xi’an
Xi'an

Cycle the old city wall of Xi’an

Xi’an is China’s original capital and home to the oldest and best-preserved city wall in China — and a great way to see it is by bike. Give yourself a few hours for regular stops so you can take in the wall’s amazing engineering.

Go bamboo rafting on the Li River
Yangshuo

Go bamboo rafting on the Li River

Connect with nature with a paddle down the gentle waters of the Li River in southeast China on a natural bamboo raft. The strikingly prominent green karst hills between the towns of Guilin and Yangshuo provide a dramatic backdrop.

Sample the food in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter
Xi'an

Sample the food in Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter

If you’re heading to Xi’an, you’ll no doubt want to see its famous Terracotta Army, but include some time to see the rest of the city too. The Muslim Quarter in the heart of the city is famous for its mosques and markets where you can sample delicious street food.

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