Xi'an to Beijing

Highlights

Jump on a bike to experience regal Chengde , Lose yourself in busy Beijing, Delight your tastebuds with classic cuisine, Hike sacred Wutai Mountain , Marvel at the Terracotta Warriors of Xi'an, Mosey along the astonishing Great Wall, Gaze upon thousands of Buddhas at the Yungang Grottoes , Step back into revolutionary history in Yan'an , Explore the ancient walled town of Pingyao , Overnight in the unique cave village of Lijiashan

Tour description provided by Intrepid

If you're looking to combine China's highlights with some of the country's hidden gems and don't have much time to spare, Xi'an to Beijing is the perfect way to do it. Get an authentic glimpse of life in provincial China, revisit the country's Imperial past in Chengde and stroll along the Great Wall. From the moment you arrive in bustling Xi'an, China will amaze and surprise you with its old-world wonder and modern-day mischief.

Itinerary

Days 0-1 Xi'an
As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.
Days 1-2 Xi'an
As the start of the ancient trading route the Silk Road and an imperial centre for 2,000 years, Xi'an has a fascinating history and rich cultural sites to discover.
Days 2-3 Yan'An
Yan'an was where Mao's Long March ended in 1935, and was the Communist Party's base until 1948 - it's also filled with cultural sites and nature to enjoy.
Days 3-4 Yan'An
Yan'an was where Mao's Long March ended in 1935, and was the Communist Party's base until 1948 - it's also filled with cultural sites and nature to enjoy.
Day 4 Lijiashan
With cave dwellings adorning the hills around Lijiashan, this fascinating town is a definite highlight of any trip to China.
Day 5 Lijiashan
With cave dwellings adorning the hills around Lijiashan, this fascinating town is a definite highlight of any trip to China.
Days 5-6 Pingyao
Walking through the beautifully preserved streets of Pingyao is like stepping back into Imperial China with red lanterns lighting streets, imposing city walls and traditional buildings at every turn.
Days 6-7 Pingyao
Walking through the beautifully preserved streets of Pingyao is like stepping back into Imperial China with red lanterns lighting streets, imposing city walls and traditional buildings at every turn.
Days 7-8 Wutai Shan
Wutai Shan is also called 'Five Plateau Mountain', and is home to the Bodhisattva of wisdom and harbours some of China's most sacred monasteries and temples.
Days 8-9 Wutai Shan
Wutai Shan is also called 'Five Plateau Mountain', and is home to the Bodhisattva of wisdom and harbours some of China's most sacred monasteries and temples.
Days 9-10 Datong
Bordering Inner Mongolia, Datong is a coal rich city that founded in 200BC and is the gateway to the incredible Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery.
Days 10-11 Datong
Bordering Inner Mongolia, Datong is a coal rich city that founded in 200BC and is the gateway to the incredible Yungang Grottoes and Hanging Monastery.
Day 11 Jinshanling
Jinshanling is a mountainous area with an attractive section of the Great Wall, which zigzags up the steep terrain and straddles peaks like a suspension bridge.
Day 12 Jinshanling
Jinshanling is a mountainous area with an attractive section of the Great Wall, which zigzags up the steep terrain and straddles peaks like a suspension bridge.
Days 12-13 Chengde
Sitting pretty in the mountains, Chengde is a breath of fresh air, especially the enchanting Mountain Resort which is a former royal summer residence.
Days 13-14 Chengde
Sitting pretty in the mountains, Chengde is a breath of fresh air, especially the enchanting Mountain Resort which is a former royal summer residence.
Days 14-16 Beijing
Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.
Days 15-17 Beijing
Beijing has a long and colourful history and this rapidly modernising city is an amazing whirl of ancient sites, modern buildings, bicycles, people, shops and eateries.