Discover the ancient sights and modern delights of China's north. From Shanghai to Beijing and through the Old World cities of Pingyao, Xitang and Xi'an discover the best of the north as you encounter friendly people, bustling markets and some of the most amazing historical sights around.
Day 1-2 Shanghai
Colonial sailors used to be very reluctant to leave this remarkable city - hundreds of years later, it's easy to see why. Grab a bargain at the bustling Yuyuan Bazaar, see an acrobatic performance or soak up the city's hedonistic nightlife.
Days 3-4 Xitang
Trade modern for ancient and step back in time to Xitang for an overnight stay in a traditional guesthouse. Visit ancient villas and stroll on cobblestone streets alongside the many canals in town. Explore the well-preserved Ming and Qing Dynasty buildings and absorb the old world atmosphere.
Days 5-6 Xi'an
Xi'an is alive with many historical sites. Explore the Muslim Quarter and Great Mosque or taste exotic food from busy street stalls. Perhaps make an optional visit to the ancient Terracotta Warriors.
Days 7-8 Pingyao
This walled city offers a rare glimpse into the architecture of imperial China. Spend the day exploring the temples, houses and museums of this former commercial centre. There may be time to indulge in a relaxing massage.
Days 9-12 Beijing/Great Wall
The grand city of Beijing is overflowing with ancient, imperial and modern sights. Stroll across Tiananmen Square, explore the Forbidden City, wander through the maze of hutongs and try out your bargaining skills at the many markets. A walk along China's most iconic sight, the Great Wall, is a fitting end to the adventure.