Beijing to Shanghai tour in China
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Description of Beijing to Shanghai tour in China
Discover the ancient sights and modern delights of China’s north on this 12-day adventure. Journey from Beijing to Shanghai and travel through the ancient city of Xi’an, to the heights of Huangshan, the base of the Great Wall and deep into the Huizhou countryside. Encounter friendly people, bustling markets and amazing historical landmarks as you take in the crazy contrasts and profound experiences that render China such a remarkable country.
This is a small group guided trip with journeys on two sleeper trains, to help maximise your time in your destinations, while also giving you a chance to interact with locals and see some beautiful countryside. You will also travel by public and private bus, high speed train, subway and taxi. To keep initial costs down, no meals are included, giving you freedom to decide where and what you eat.
There is a lot packed into a short amount of time on this exciting trip, with highlights including an overnight stay at a family run guesthouse at the Great Wall, seeing the thousands of Terracotta Warriors, exploring the idyllic Huizhou countryside and villages on foot or by bike and discovering the mountain heights of Huangshan, where the stunning rock pinnacles of the Yellow Mountain peek through atmospheric mists.
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1 Reviews of Beijing to Shanghai tour in China
Reviewed on 18 Oct 2012 by Jennifer Jenkins
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
The best part of my holiday came unexpectedly on the last day, when I found myself gazing at the roofs of the Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan Temple.
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
When packing for your night train trips, make sure to bring your own toilet paper!
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
I think our holiday benefited local people as our guide was always keen to recommend local shops and restaurants for us to try and we always followed her advice.
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
It was a great experience and it made me want to go and explore more of the Asian continent.
PlanetOn this trip, we provide all travellers with reusable bags and chopsticks in order to avoid waste. We encourage the use of “tea flasks” for drinking water (or tea, like the locals do!). All travellers in the group will be encouraged to travel with refillable water bottles and purification tablets rather than purchasing water in plastic bottles to minimise waste and your group leader will also be on hand to advise on the responsible discarding of rubbish throughout the trip, recycling wherever possible.
We prefer that our passengers don’t purchase plastic water bottles, however any bottles that are purchased are given to the community of waste collectors who rely on this for an income.
Wherever possible we take local transport in China. This means anything from public bus, trolley bus, tram or subway. We also have the opportunity to explore on bikes and on foot and travel overland on all our basix trips.
The list of ways we help the local community:
All left over food after our group meals is collected, boxed up and left for homeless people. During the trip, our local leader will take the time to give all passengers and understanding of the local culture and about people you will meet along the way.
We will travel by trail and stay in the 2nd or 3rd class to give the maximum opportunity to meet other people, share stories, food, games and the journey with local travellers.
On this trip, we appreciate passengers donating unwanted clothes, toiletries or other goods which we then distribute to the local community.
Join your local leader for a walking tour through Old Beijing along the ancient network of alleyways and lanes known as hutong to see how important it is to protect cultural heritage in the face of rapid development.
After the closure of the Simatai section of the wall last year we needed to look for a new route. This has meant that we are now able to stay in a family run guesthouse in a nearby village rather than in a YHA hostel. We can be assured of great local hospitality and a welcome night sleeping out in the fresh countryside air! Most travelers will choose to eat dinner and breakfast at the guesthouse (not included) to sample great local produce and delicious home style cooking.
In Xi’an we meet with our friends at Xi'an Huiling (meaning "wise spirit"). Xi’an Huiling provides adults with learning disabilities opportunities to develop their personal abilities, helping them become fully integrated citizens of the community. All donations through our own Foundation support around 50 global projects.
Xi’an being one of them, monies raised go towards teaching materials, teacher training and equipment that supports independent living training for Xi’an Huiling’s clients, as well as helping to advocate for improved conditions for the disabled.