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10 days Beijing to Shanghai

10-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), via Hangzhou – a scenic and relaxed pace settlement – ending at the most populated city in the world, famed for its nightlife and fascinating colonial past. This short Beijing to Shanghai tour encompasses both China’s urban and rural sides, giving travellers a whistle-stop journey through the fascinating country.

What's included

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Accommodation

Including hostels, guesthouses & 1 night camping

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Adventure Leader

Bilingual Adventure Leaders in each city

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Local transport

Transport within China – all train, boat and bus tickets

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Activities

7 activities included
Optional activities can be added.
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Itinerary & map

Day 1: The Great Wall of China

Your Beijing to Shanghai tour starts today! You’ll meet your Adventure Leader in the late morning, ready to transfer straight to one of the most incredible experiences you can have – an overnight stay on the Great Wall! Before we lace up our hiking boots, we’ll stop for lunch at a local farm to fuel up for our hike. Then, in the mid-afternoon, we’ll take to the Wall to hike on totally secluded, unrestored parts of the Wall. It’s here that we’ll set up camp to watch the sunset from atop one of the Wonders of the World.  

[Please note: Due to cold weather before the end of April and after the end of September, we stay in a guesthouse near the Wall, instead of camping.] 

Day 2: Beijing 

Wake up early to watch the magnificent sunrise across the Great Wall of China. Once you’ve picked your jaw off the floor, we’ll pack up and head back into Beijing, ready to explore this mammoth city. If you’d like, you can join us with a walk through Tiananmen Square, a visit to the Forbidden City, and a look around Jingshan Park.  

This evening, why not get an entertainment fill with an acrobatics show? These amazing circus-like performances feature young talents recruited from all over China.  

If you’ve worked up an appetite, now is your chance to make like ancient royalty and try Beijing’s signature dish – Peking duck!  

Day 3: Beijing 

Today is a free day! You’ll have the option to visit the fake good markets for a spot of shopping, as well as the nearby Temple of Heaven. 

In the afternoon, you can visit the Nanluo district. Nanluo is one of the best-preserved historical areas in Beijing that’s famous for its hutongs and siheyuan courtyards, as well as the bars, cafes and handicraft shops. 

Day 4: Beijing to Hangzhou 

Enjoy another free morning and afternoon to pack in the last few of Beijing’s sights, before heading to your next destination. You can visit the 798 art district, the Summer Palace, or any other highlights of Beijing. Be sure to ask your Adventure Leader for recommendations! 

In the late afternoon/early evening, we’ll transfer to Beijing station, where we’ll board a night train bound for Hangzhou.  

Day 5: Hangzhou 

After arriving in Hangzhou this morning, transfer to your hostel for a late breakfast. We hope you slept on the train! Next, we’re off to the famous West Lake, ready to take a stunning boat tour to one of the Lake’s beautiful islands.  

Once you’ve checked in this afternoon, you’ve got time for an optional activity if you’d like – or you can take a couple of hours respite! If you’re keen to stay vertical, why not check out China’s National Tea Museum, or the Lingyin Temple? 

This evening, it’s an unmissable hike up Jiuyao Mountain to see the stunning sunset from there. Before you head back down to street level for dinner and a free evening to explore. Make sure you check out Hefang Road – the most famous ancient street in town!  

Day 6: Hangzhou to Shanghai 

This morning, kick your day off with a beautiful hike to the Nine Creeks. On your way, meander through the Misty Woods – a truly magical place. Once you’re back at the hostel, you’ve got time to freshen up and grab some lunch before your check out, ready to travel onwards!  

This afternoon, we’re off to our next stop on the China backpacking tour: Shanghai! You’ll arrive early evening – just in time to check in and explore the local area!  

Day 7: Shanghai 

After a lazy-ish morning, you’ll get another Mandarin lesson – this time, with a twist! This extra special class will be held by professional teachers, all the way from the Mandarin Garden Chinese Language School! 

Later, you’ll have the option to walk to the Yu Gardens, a bustling historical site of a former dignitary’s lavish family quarters. You can also see People’s Square, before heading on to the world’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road. 

Afterwards, you can go for a walk along the Bund, a hub of global architecture. To finish off, head to the top floor of a skyscraper to admire Shanghai’s skyline from a rooftop bar. Enjoy your free evening! 

Day 8: Shanghai 

Shanghai is a bustling, melting-pot of history, culture, and modernity – so it’s only fair we give you a day off to explore it! Your Adventure Leader will be the best person to ask for tips, but here’s a taste of what you might get up to today: 

  • Disneyland Shanghai! 
  • The Shanghai Museum 
  • Moganshan Art Street 
  • Zhujiajiao Watertown 

This evening, why not venture out for a night on the town with your fellow Dragons?  

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 the Propaganda History Museum, and take in the sights of the ultra-modern Shanghai financial district. You can also visit TianZiFang – a local artisan’s lane that blends the chic and the traditional. 

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’ll take in the bright city lights from the water with a night cruise down the Huangpu River 

Day 10: Farewell

Sadly, today marks the end of your amazing Beijing to Shanghai tour – so you’re free to make your way home or travel onwards. We hope you’ve enjoyed your time with us!

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Our included activities:

  • Hiking & camping on the Great Wall of China, with Adventure Leader-led Mandarin lesson (Beijing)
  • Sunrise on the Great Wall of China (Beijing)
  • West Lake visit & boat tour (Hangzhou)
  • Sunset hike to Jiuyao Mountain (Hangzhou)
  • Nine Creeks/Misty Woods hike (Hangzhou)

Train Tickets

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 have 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 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.)

Drones

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.

Not included on the tour:

  • Forbidden City (Beijing)
  • Temple of Heaven (Beijing)
  • Jingshan Park (Beijing)
  • Acrobatics & circus show (Beijing)
  • National Tea Museum (Hangzhou)
  • National Silk Museum (Hangzhou)
  • Lingyin Temple (Hangzhou)
  • Zhujiajiao Watertown (Shanghai)
  • Vue Bar (Shanghai)
  • Yu Garden (Shanghai)
  • Propaganda Art Museum (Shanghai)
  • Karaoke (Shanghai)
  • Viewing platform on Jinmao Tower (Shanghai)
  • Skywalk on Jinmao Tower (Shanghai)
  • Huangpu River Cruise (Shanghai)

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.)

Train Tickets

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.

Drones

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.

Upgrades

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 10-day Beijing & Shanghai tour start at £175 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 £15.

Pre/Post Night Accommodation

We can book additional nights accommodation at the start and end of your trip to allow for some time to relax as our tours are fast-paced. Prices are listed below:

  • Pre/post-night dorm in Beijing – £40
  • Pre/post-night private (twin/double) in Beijing – £85
  • Pre/post-night private (single) in Beijing – £85
  • Pre/post-night dorm in Shanghai – £22
  • Pre/post-night private (twin/double) in Shanghai – £60
  • Pre/post-night private (single) in Shanghai – £60

 

Airport Transfers

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.

Need hostels booked for after your trip ends? We are more than happy to help – just let us know what you need!

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.

Visit our FAQs page. If you can’t find what you’re looking for, don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

Please note: The Chinese Golden Week public holidays take place from 1st-7th May and 1st-7th October. During this time, many attractions can be much busier than usual.

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