Historic north east
Destinations Destinations
Beijing, Xi'an, Mutianyu, Great Wall of China, Pingyao
Activity Activity
Culture & History, Family, Cities, Photography

Experience some highlights of old China between Beijing and the country’s original capital of Xi’an. Start in Beijing where you can experience traditional Chinese culture as you wander through hidden hutong communities. One of the best places to see the Great Wall is less than 100km north of the capital at Mutianyu. From here, go southwest to Xi’an, the ancient city that is home to the Terracotta Army. While you’re there, discover its history with a cycle around the city wall. From here, return to Beijing via Pingyao, a city famed for its history and well-preserved ancient architecture.

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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.

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.

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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