Hidden China & Inner Mongolia

12 days,Beijing to Beijing

Envision ancient times at the Great Wall of China, live like a local in an Inner Mongolian ger, marvel at the Hanging Monastery of Datong, stare down the Terracotta Warriors, learn traditional Chinese painting in Pingyao

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To truly understand China, you’ve got to get out and meet it on its own terms, which is exactly what this 12-day trip through the country’s northern reaches delivers. Up here, you’ll get to the big stuff (the Great Wall, Xi’an’s Terracotta Army, Beijing) and lesser-known treasures that only the hardiest of travellers ever get to see: village life in Inner Mongolia, the amazing Yungang Buddha Caves and the nearly 3,000-year-old city of Pingyao, to name just a few.

What's Included

  • Great Wall excursion and entrance. Inner Mongolia city tour. Traditional Mongolian ger stay. Yungang Grottoes visit (Datong). Hanging Monastery visit. Local family visit with Chinese painting lesson (Pingyao). Terracotta Warriors excursion including local lunch with a farmer's family (Xi'an). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City tour (Beijing). Language support throughout. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.
  • 11 breakfasts, 1 lunch, 1 dinner. (Allow USD200-260 for meals not included.)
  • Hotels (7 nts), traditional ger (1 nt, multi-share), sleeper train (3 nts)
  • Train, private van, public bus, walking
  • English-speaking Chief Experience Officer (CEO) throughout, local guides.
  • Small group experience; Max 16, avg 12
Day 1 Beijing

Arrive at any time.

Day 2 Beijing (1B)

Visit the Great Wall of China and return to Beijing in time for an overnight train to Inner Mongolia.

Day 3 Inner Mongolia (1B,1D)

Arrive to Ulanchap and visit the grasslands. Spend the night in a traditional ger and enjoy an included dinner at the homestay.

Days 4-5 Datong (2B)

Enjoy a free morning in Inner Mongolia before travelling by bus to Datong. On Day 5, visit the Yungang Grottoes to see the thousands of Buddha statues and the Hanging Monastery on the outskirts of town.

Day 6 Pingyao (1B)

Travel by train, arriving in Pingyao in the evening. Enjoy some down time staring at the beautiful scenery, playing cards or chatting to your fellow passengers.

Day 7-8 Pingyao (2B)

Explore this traditional town and enjoy an included visit to a local family with a traditional Chinese painting lesson. Overnight train on Day 8.

Day 9 Xi'an (1B,1L)

Visit the Terracotta Warriors and enjoy an included lunch at a local farmer's house.

Day 10 Xi'an (1B)

Enjoy a free day in Xi'an. Opt to visit the Muslim Quarter, ride a bike around the city walls, visit the Big Goose Pagoda or do some shopping. Take an overnight train to Beijing.

Day 11 Beijing (1B)

Arrive in the early morning. Enjoy a guided tour of Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. In the evening, choose to take in a Chinese acrobats show, a kung fu show or the Chinese Opera.

Day 12 Beijing (1B)

Depart at any time. With so much to see in Beijing,we highly recommend you book pre- or post-tour accommodation and take in all the sights there are to see.

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