Classic China: Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Pingyao and Beijing


The Great Wall, the Terracotta Soldiers, the Mogao Grottoes – when one thinks of classical China, these names leap out at you.  This trip takes you there and more.

Although Shanghai today is perhaps the most cosmopolitan of China’s cities, it has an incredible museum and very special sites located in the Old City.  You begin with a trip through time and an architectural tour of this dynamic metropolis.  From here, you head to a place on few itineraries, Pingyao, one of China’s three best-preserved ancient cities.  Moving on, your path leads to Xian, famous for its Terra Cotta Soldiers and Tang Dynasty relics.   From Xian, you fly to Dunhuang, located on the Silk Route, to experience the Gobi Desert and explore the art and history of the Mogao Grottoes.  You end your journey in Beijing, walking the Great Wall, visiting the Forbidden City and other great sites that are integral to China’s history.


Land Cost

Starting at



Based on 4-6 People
(excluding international air)

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ITINERARY at a Glance

Day 1

Arrive in Shanghai. Walk around the area. Welcome dinner.

Day 2

Architectural tour of Shanghai. Shanghai Museum. Optional acrobatic show.

Day 3

Fly Taiyuan on FM 9163 (0745/1015) Drive Pingyaro. Qiao Family Compound. Explore city.

Day 4

Ri Sheng Chang Financial House, Ming and Qing Street Residence.

Day 5

Drive Taiyuan and bullet train to Xian by D2561 (0923/1303). Visit Terracotta Soldiers and Horse Museum.

Day 6

Tour Xian. Big and Small Wild Goose Pagodas, Great Mosque. Dumpling Dinner.

Day 7

Fly Dunhuang on MU 2215 (1230/1500). Visit Crescent Lake and Gobi Desert.

Day 8

Full day visit to see the Grottoes.

Day 9

Fly Beijing on CA 1288 (1110/1355) Late afternoon visit to the Great Wall in Muntianyu.

Day 10

Tour the Summer Palace, 798 and the Lama Temple. Walk around night market.

Day 11

Explore the Temple of Heaven, Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City and the Hutongs. Farewell dinner.

Day 12

Transfer to the airport for your flight home.