Beijing to Shanghai

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Group Size: Avg 10-15

Trip code: CHBS

Duration: 11 days

Discover China on a budget on this epic 11-day backpacking trip! Kicking off in Beijing, you’ll head straight to the iconic Great Wall for an unforgettable night of camping. After a stunning sunrise on the wall, you’ll head down to the enchanting bamboo forests of Moganshan and discover the area by bicycle. The tour ends in the electric buzz of Shanghai, where you’ll wander the city sights and celebrate your adventure with a night of karaoke. It’s an incredible Chinese adventure!

Trip highlights

  • Camp on a remote section of the Great Wall and watch a perfect sunset
  • Learn Mandarin with an included lesson at your campsite
  • Explore the enchanting bamboo forests of Moganshan
  • Head out on a group bar crawl through Shanghai
  • Sing your heart out at a karaoke evening!
Further trip information

Day 1: Arrive into Beijing. Arrive into Beijing at any time today and relax and explore the local area before meeting your group and leader tomorrow. No activities are planned today.

Day 2: Beijing. Meet your group and guide and then head to a local farm for a meal. You’ll then begin a hike along a deserted stretch of the Great Wall of China. Set up camp on a remote section and watch the sunset/sunrise. Enjoy an included Mandarin lesson at camp.

Please note: In the colder months between April and September you will stay in a comfortable guesthouse near the wall. Don’t worry though – you’ll still walk to the wall to see the sunrise!

Day 3-5: Beijing. The next three days are free to explore this magical city. Taste some local delicacies and check out the Wangfujing night market to try some yummy creepy crawlies! Explore the city with your group. On the evening of day 5, board the night train to Hangzhou.

Day 6: Hangzhou/Moganshan. Wake up as the train rolls into Hangzhou. Transfer to Moganshan, an exquisite area of bamboo forests and rolling hills. Enjoy an included bike ride around the village and then tuck into dinner with your travelling mates!

Day 7: Moganshan/Shanghai. After breakfast, join an optional hike up to Moganshan Peak, which offers breath-taking views of the green-blanketed hills below. Then tuck into a tasty lunch at the hostel before returning to Hangzhou and boarding a bullet train to Shanghai. Head out for an optional bar crawl with your group.

Day 8-10: Shanghai. The next 3 days are spent soaking up the buzz and beauty of Shanghai and the surrounding area. Sing your heart out at a karaoke evening, wander through the former French Concession, cross the Huangpu River on a ferry and visit the artistic and alternative Tianzifang. Your tour officially ends on day 10. A final night of accommodation is included.

Day 11: Departure. Depart at any time.

Looking for a longer adventure in China? Have a look at our 27 day China Adventure!

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