9-day Backpacking Tour of China | Beijing - Shanghai | The Dragon Trip
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9-day Backpacking Tour of China | Beijing – Shanghai

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9 days / 8 nights - from £485

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 Moganshan - a deserted getaway that makes for a quieter side to the East cost - 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. See below for tour details - contact us with any Qs!



Day 1-4: Beijing

Camp out under the stars on a remote section of the Great Wall. After an unforgettable sunrise, head back to the city for more history, culture and food. Learn about Beijing


Day 5-6: Hangzhou & Moganshan

A breath of fresh air between two major stops. Discover a stunning mountainous area that has accommodated Shanghai’s elite; from the old colonialists to Chairman Mao. Learn about HZ/Moganshan


Day 7-9: Shanghai

With a fascinating modern history and sizzling economy, Shanghai dazzles as an epic place for nightlife, Western comforts, getting lost and much, much more. Learn about Shanghai

Day 1-4: Beijing

  • Meet your group and Adventure leader at Leo Hostel.
  • Join them for the mandarin Lesson.
  • It’s time for the Mandarin Challenge! Use your freshly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways. The winning team earns a prize.
  • Mandatory meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall
  • Unmissable Attraction – Hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section of the wall to watch the sunset on one of the Wonders of the World (Please note, due to cold weather before end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping, but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning)
  • Unmissable Attraction – Sunrise on the Wall
  • Return to Beijing
  • Optional: Visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium designed by one of the most controversial figures in modern China
  • Optional:A stunning Chinese Acrobatics Performance performed by young talents recruited from around China
  • Enjoyed exclusively by royalty in ancient times, taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck
  • Optional: Take a walk through the globally recognized, Tiananmen Square
  • Optional: Visit the Forbidden City. The largest palatial complex in the world, the grounds boast 980 buildings, and a history of housing 24 different Chinese royalty
  • Optional: Go to Jingshan park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square.
  • Test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market!
  • Push your taste buds to the limit at the WangFuJing night market where you can sample most foods you’ve never tried, like scorpion, dog, cat, bugs and more
  • Optional: Go to the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world and where ancient sacrifices were made to bring bountiful harvests
  • Board night train to Hangzhou

Day 5-6: Hangzhou & Moganshan

  • After breakfast the group will take a minivan from Hangzhou railway station to Moganshan, famed for it’s bamboo forests
  • Optional: Hike to Moganshan Peak
  • Dinner
  • Have breakfast then check-out, but you can leave your bags at the hostel
  • Unmissable Activity: Bike Trek
  • Lunch at the hostel
  • Travel to Hangzhou East Train Station to take your bullet train to Shanghai
  • Arrive in Shanghai and transfer via metro to your hostel
  • Optional: Set off for the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl – a big favourite with our fun-loving travellers!

Day 7-9: Shanghai

  • Optional: Take the bus to ZhuJiaJiao Water Town, a Chinese equivalent to the Italian Venice
  • Take the bus back to Shanghai
  • Enjoy the night Chinese-style by going out for some Karaoke at KTV
  • Optional: Walk to the Yu Gardens and back a bustling historical site of a former dignitaries lavish family quarters
  • Optional: See People’s Square, before heading on to the World’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road. Afterwards, go for a walk along the bund, a hub of global architecture. To finish off, head to the top floor of a skyscraper to enjoy some champagne whilst sitting in a hot tub.
  • Stroll through the former French Concession to hear a little bit about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum, take in the sights of the ultra modern Shanghai financial district, take a local ferry cross the famous Huangpu river from east to the west of The Bund and finish off the afternoon by visiting TianZiFang a local artisan’s lane that blends the chique and traditional
  • Say goodbye to your group and finish up your tour with The Dragon Trip. We wish you safe travels!

Departures 2017/2018

Departing Finishing Price Status
20th Mar, 2017 28th Mar, 2017 £479 FULLY BOOKED
25th Mar, 2017 2nd Apr, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
27th Mar, 2017 4th Apr, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
1st Apr, 2017 9th Apr, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
3rd Apr, 2017 11th Apr, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
15th Apr, 2017 23rd Apr, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
17th Apr, 2017 25th Sep, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
24th Apr, 2017 2nd May, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
1st May, 2017 9th May, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
6th May, 2017 14th May, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
15th May, 2017 23rd May, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
22nd May, 2017 30th May, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
29th May, 2017 6th Jun, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
3rd Jun, 2017 11th Jun, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
5th Jun, 2017 13th Jun, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
10th Jun, 2017 18th Jun, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
12th Jun, 2017 20th Jun, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
17th Jun, 2017 23rd Jun, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
19th Jun, 2017 27th Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
24th Jun, 2017 2nd Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
3rd Jul, 2017 11th Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
10th Jul, 2017 18th Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
15th Jul, 2017 23rd Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
17th Jul, 2017 25th Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
22nd Jul, 2017 30th Jul, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
29th Jul, 2017 6th Aug, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
31st Jul, 2017 8th Aug, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
5th Aug, 2017 13th Aug, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
7th Aug, 2017 15th Aug, 2017 £485 FULLY BOOKED
14th Aug, 2017 22nd Aug, 2017 £485
19th Aug, 2017 27th Aug, 2017 £485
21st Aug, 2017 29th Sep, 2017 £485
28th Aug, 2017 5th Sep, 2017 £485
4th Sep, 2017 12th Sep, 2017 £485
11th Sep, 2017 19th Sep, 2017 £485
16th Sep, 2017 24th Sep, 2017 £485
18th Sep, 2017 26th Sep, 2017 £485
25th Sep, 2017 3rd Oct, 2017 £485
30th Sep, 2017 8th Oct, 2017 £485
2nd Oct, 2017 10th Oct, 2017 £485
9th Oct, 2017 17th Oct, 2017 £485
14th Oct, 2017 22nd Oct, 2017 £485
16th Oct, 2017 24th Oct, 2017 £485
21st Oct, 2017 29th Oct, 2017 £485
23rd Oct, 2017 31st Oct, 2017 £485
30th Oct, 2017 7th Nov, 2017 £485
6th Nov, 2017 14th Nov, 2017 £485
13th Nov, 2017 21st Nov, 2017 £485
19th Mar, 2018 27th Mar, 2018 £485
24th Mar, 2018 1st Apr, 2018 £485
26th Mar, 2018 3rd Apr, 2018 £485
31st Mar, 2018 8th Apr, 2018 £485
2nd Apr, 2018 10th Apr, 2018 £485
14th Apr, 2018 22nd Apr, 2018 £485
16th Apr, 2018 24th Apr, 2018 £485
23rd Apr, 2018 1st May, 2018 £485
28th Apr, 2018 6th May, 2018 £485
5th May, 2018 13th May, 2018 £485
14th May, 2018 22nd May, 2018 £485
21st May, 2018 29th May, 2018 £485
28th May, 2018 5th Jun, 2018 £485
2nd Jun, 2018 10th Jun, 2018 £485
4th Jun, 2018 12th Jun, 2018 £485
9th Jun, 2018 17th Jun, 2018 £485
11th Jun, 2018 19th Jun, 2018 £485
16th Jun, 2018 24th Jun, 2018 £485
18th Jun, 2018 26th Jun, 2018 £485
23rd Jun, 2018 1st Jul, 2018 £485
2nd Jul, 2018 10th Jul, 2018 £485
9th Jul, 2018 17th Jul, 2018 £485
14th Jul, 2018 22nd Jul, 2018 £485
16th Jul, 2018 24th Jul, 2018 £485 FULLY BOOKED
21st Jul, 2018 29th Jul, 2018 £485
28th Jul, 2018 5th Aug, 2018 £485
30th Jul, 2018 7th Aug, 2018 £485
4th Aug, 2018 12th Aug, 2018 £485
6th Aug, 2018 14th Aug, 2018 £485
13th Aug, 2018 21st Aug, 2018 £485
18th Aug, 2018 26th Aug, 2018 £485
20th Aug, 2018 28th Aug, 2018 £485
27th Aug, 2018 4th Sep, 2018 £485
3rd Sep, 2018 11th Sep, 2018 £485
10th Sep, 2018 18th Sep, 2018 £485
15th Sep, 2018 23rd Sep, 2018 £485
17th Sep, 2018 25th Sep, 2018 £485
24th Sep, 2018 2nd Oct, 2018 £485
29th Sep, 2018 7th Oct, 2018 £485
1st Oct, 2018 9th Oct, 2018 £485
8th Oct, 2018 16th Oct, 2018 £485
13th Oct, 2018 21st Oct, 2018 £485
15th Oct, 2018 23rd Oct, 2018 £485
20th Oct, 2018 28th Oct, 2018 £485
22nd Oct, 2018 13th Oct, 2018 £485
29th Oct, 2018 6th Nov, 2018 £485
5th Nov, 2018 13th Nov, 2018 £485
12th Nov, 2018 20th Nov, 2018 £485

Price includes:

  • Bilingual Adventure Leaders
  • Accommodation (hostels, guest houses, and 1 night camping)
  • Transport within China
  • All unmissable activities (see itineraries)
  • Please note: Accommodation is in dorm rooms as a standard.
  • Upgrade options (to single, twin, or double rooms) are available - please contact us for more information.
All our hostels have WIFI

Upgrades, extras & payments

  • 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, with the balance due one month prior to departure (unless booking with one of our promotions, for which specific balance due dates may apply). The deposit is £200 GBP / $300 USD / $300 AUD / €300 EUR.
  • 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.
  • Room upgrades are $200 USD. Train upgrades are $110 USD.
  • The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers. The price is GBP 30 for a pick up and GBP 30 for a drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 4 PAX). 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 GBP 20 for a pick up and GBP 20 for a drop off (up to 3 PAX). This service is available from and to the following airport locations: Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, and 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. Every group travels with a Dragon Trip emergency phone. 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.)

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