9 days Beijing to Shanghai
9-day Beijing to Shanghai Tour
Get a taste of China as you travel between two of its biggest cities.
From the capital city (the centre of politics and loads of history), to Hangzhou- a scenic and relaxed pace settlement – to the most populated city in the world, famed for its nightlife and fascinating colonial past. This mini-trip rapidly encompasses both China’s urban and rural sides.
Including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night camping
Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each city
Transport within China – all train, boat and bus tickets
Itinerary & map
Day 1 – Beijing:
On your first day in Beijing, you will meet your group and Adventure Leader at the Beijing Spring Time Hostel at 10am. This is where you’ll have a trip briefing, drop off your bags and get to know your fellow travellers.
You’ll have a fun mandarin lesson and then you will be able to use your freshly learned language skills to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets. The winning team will earn a prize!
After a lunch at a local farm, you will gain access to a section of the Great Wall that only the locals get to see. Then, you will hike on the unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp for the night on a deserted section of the Wall.
Day 2 – Beijing:
The sunrise on the Great Wall of China will be the most unforgettable part of your trip. Today you will wake up early, enjoy the silence and watch the sun rise over the Great Wall. Take in your surroundings and enjoy this beautiful view.
Around 9am, you’ll return to Beijing and have the option to visit fake good markets and the nearby Temple of Heaven. You can also watch a traditional Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents.
In the evening, you will feel like royalty and taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck, which in the ancient times was exclusively enjoyed by royals.
Day 3 – Beijing:
Today is a free day!
You’ll have the option to take a walk through Tiananmen Square, or visit the Forbidden City. The Forbidden City is the largest palatial complex in the world, with 980 buildings and a history of housing 2 different Chinese emperors. You can also go to Jingshan Park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
In the afternoon, you can visit the Nanluo district, a historical area in Beijing, famous for its hutongs and siheyuan courtyards as well as the bars, cafes and craft shops.
Day 4 – Beijing:
Enjoy a free morning to visit the last few of Beijing’s sights before heading to your next destination – you can visit the trendy 798 Art District, wander around the Summer Palace, or see any other Beijing highlights before setting off.
Later, you will board the night train to Hangzhou. Sleep well!
Day 5 – Hangzhou:
You’ll arrive in Hangzhou in the morning where you’ll go to your hostel for a late breakfast. Then, you will visit the famous West Lake and take a relaxing boat tour to one of the islands.
You will also have the option to learn about China’s trade history with visits to the China National Tea Museum or the National Silk Museum. Later, around 5pm, you will hike up Jiuyao Mountain to catch the view of the stunning sunset reflecting over West Lake.
Day 6 – Hangzhou & Shanghai:
An early start today, to hike up to the Nine Creeks meandering through the Misty Woods. This is where you will witness a peaceful and charming setting in the hills of Hangzhou, with paved paths winding along streams and trails that lead to beautiful waterfalls and breathtaking landscapes.
Then you will return to the hostel, check out and have lunch before heading to Shanghai by train, and then you’ll take the metro to the hostel. Once settled in, you will have the option (if it’s a Saturday) to experience the city’s nightlife with the Shanghai Dragon Pub Crawl!
Day 7 – Shanghai:
Today is a free day!
There are plenty of fun activities to do. A highlight for many is visiting the famous Disneyland theme park! If you fancy something more cultural, we also recommend visiting the Shanghai Museum, the Moganshan Art Street or the ZhuJiaJiao Water Town.
Day 8 – Shanghai:
In the morning, you will have another mandarin lesson held by professional teachers from the Mandarin Garden Chinese Language School. By now, you should be getting the hang of things.
Later, you’ll have the option to walk to the Yu Gardens, a bustling historical site of a former dignitary’s lavish family quarters. After, you can also see the People’s Square, before heading on to the world’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road and walking along the bund, a hub of global architecture.
To finish off the afternoon, why not head to the top floor of a skyscraper to enjoy some champagne whilst sitting in a hot tub and admiring Shanghai’s ever-changing skyline?
Enjoy your free evening!
Day 9 – Shanghai:
In the morning, you have the option to stroll through the former French Concession to learn about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum and take in the sights of the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district.
For the daredevils, you can head up to the top of Jinmao Tower and brave the Skywalk! Or you can just go up and take in the stunning panoramic views.
In the evening, you take in the bright city lights from the water with a night cruise down the Huangpu River. The optional activities will finish at around 7pm – say goodbye to your group and finish up your tour with The Dragon Trip.
We wish you safe travels!
Need hostels booked for after your trip ends? We are more than happy to help – just let us know what you need!
A deposit is required to make a reservation on our China tours, with the full balance due 40 days prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £100 GBP / $150 USD / €150 EUR / $200 AUD. If you book on to our China tours less than 40 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
For customers making payment from the UK: please note that when you are making a payment into our US dollar account you must request your bank to send the money directly to our US dollar account at HSBC UK. Otherwise they may use an intermediary bank resulting in an added wiring fee charged to you of $25.00.
Late booking customers must understand that they may be sat separately from the rest of the group on trains, and may have to be booked into a separate dorm room. No bookings can be accepted within 18 days of a trip departure date.
If you would like to alter your trip itinerary from the one provided to you by us then please let us know more than 30 days before your trip departs so that we can make your trip the perfect one for you! When you let us know that means we can relay all information to our on the ground staff and make the appropriate arrangements. Some such requests from previous Dragon Trippers are: I would like to skip Macau and go directly to Hong Kong from Fujian, I don’t need accommodation in Shanghai because I am staying with a friend, I would not like to camp on the wall and instead want to stay in regular accommodation, I would like to take a flight instead of a train for certain legs of the trip. Please let us know more than 30 days in advance. If you do not let us know in advance The Dragon Trip will not be responsible for assisting you, or for providing reimbursement for accommodations or transportation not used.
Room and train upgrades for the entirety of this route are available. Room upgrade requests must be communicated to the Dragon Trip before the start of the trip. Customers wishing to upgrade once the trip has started must do so independently. Train upgrades are unavailable once train tickets have been booked, train upgrades only apply to over-night trains.
Room upgrades for our 9-day Beijing to Shanghai tour are £90 for a single room upgrade and £45 per person for a double room upgrade. On Day 5 (Hangzhou) there is no option for a room upgrade. In Beijing everyone will get twin rooms, those who have paid for an upgrade will receive a superior room. Train upgrades are £55.
The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers. In Beijing and Shanghai, the price is £40 for a pick up or drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 3 customers). If you’d like a bilingual guide to meet you and ride with you from the airport to your destination, or vice versa, it is £40 extra for a pick up or drop off (up to 3 customers). In Guilin, Xi’an and Chengdu, the price is £30 for a pick up or drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 3 customers). If you’d like a bilingual guide, it is £30 for a pick up or drop off (up to 3 customers). This service is not available in Hong Kong.
Our included activities:
- Tiananmen Square (Beijing)
- Fake market (Beijing)
- Great Wall of China (Beijing)
- Visit the 2009 Olympic Park (Beijing)
- National Tea or National Silk Museums (Hangzhou)
- Explore the Old Town (Hangzhou)
- People’s Square (Shanghai)
*Unmissable activities are listed in bold. Find our extra optional activities here.
All train tickets in China must be purchased through a central booking centre which means there is always a small chance that you may not be seated together with the person that you have booked the tour together with. If you or your PAX has a seat that is not next to the group’s our Adventure Leaders have a process to help you switch your tickets, so that you are seated next to the group. (In some train stations, the Adventure Leader will be able to board the train even when they won’t be travelling themselves. In this case, they will switch you or your PAXs tickets with a local so that Dragon Trippers can sit together. In the case that our Adventure Leader cannot board the train, they will be able to explain in Mandarin over the phone to a conductor, or directly to a local passenger to help switch seats so that Dragon Trippers may be seated together.)
There is always a small chance a group member’s ticket may not be sat with the rest of the group on one of the trains. Not to worry, in this situation the Adventure Leader will help you switch with a local so that the Dragon Trippers can sit together.
The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.
You will receive a wristband which will have a phone number on it for you to call in emergencies.