9 Days / 8 Nights

Beijing to Shanghai Trip - China - The Dragon Trip


4.5 (2 reviews)

Adventure Awaits

We want to give you a taste of true Chinese culture on this trip, starting in Beijing and finishing in Shanghai. Our itineraries are packed full of activities to ensure you see the best of each destination and enjoy your exploration along the way, seeing as much as possible in just 10 days!


Day 1 to 4: Beijing
Meet your group and adventure leader at Leo Hostel. Join them for a Mandarin lesson then it’s time for the Mandarin Challenge! Use your freshly learned Mandarin to complete challenges around Beijing’s ancient streets and alleyways. The winning team earns a prize. Mandatory meal at a local farm to obtain permission to access the locals only sections of the unrestored Great Wall. Hike on totally unrestored sections of the Wall before setting up camp on a deserted section to watch the sunset on one of the Wonders of the World (Please note, due to cold weather before end of April and after September, we stay in a guest house near the Wall instead of camping but still return to the Wall to watch sunrise in the morning).
Option activities whilst staying in Beijing include: visit the Olympic Bird’s Nest stadium designed by one of the most controversial figures in modern China, see a stunning Chinese acrobatics performance performed by young talents recruited from around China, taste Beijing’s signature dish Peking Roast Duck, take a walk through the globally recognised Tiananmen Square, visit the Forbidden City, the largest palatial complex in the world, go to Jingshan park for a bird’s eye view of the three palaces (Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace and Tiananmen Square), test your bargaining skills in the Fake Goods Market, push your taste buds to the limit at the Wangfujing night market where you can sample exotic foods or go to the Temple of Heaven, the largest complex dedicated to heaven worship in the world.
At the end of Day 4, board a night train to Hangzhou. 
Meals: None


Day 5 to 6: Hangzhou - Monaghan
After breakfast the group will take a minivan from Hangzhou railway station to Moganshan, famed for its bamboo forests. Here you have the option to hike to Moganshan Peak or partake in a bike trek. On Day 6, we have breakfast then check-out, but you can leave your bags at the hostel if you want to participate in any activities offered. We have lunch at the hostel then travel to Hangzhou East Train Station to take your bullet train to Shanghai. Arrive in Shanghai and transfer via metro to your hostel, with the option to set off for the Shanghai Drunken Dragon Pub Crawl that evening – a big favourite with our fun-loving travellers!
Meals: None


Day 7 to 9 - Shanghai
Welcome to the final leg of your journey - Shanghai! While you are here, you have plenty of optional activities. Take the bus to ZhuJiaJiao Water Town, a Chinese equivalent to the Italian Venice, enjoy the night Chinese-style by going out for some Karaoke at KTV, walk to the Yu Gardens, see People’s Square, before heading on to the world’s busiest shopping street, Nanjing Road. Afterward, go for a walk along the bund, a hub of global architecture. To finish off, head to the top floor of a skyscraper to enjoy some champagne whilst sitting in a hot tub. Stroll through the former French Concession to hear a little bit about Shanghai’s international history, visit a secretive propaganda history museum, take in the sights of the ultra modern Shanghai financial district, take a local ferry cross the famous Huangpu river from east to the west of The Bund and finish off the afternoon by visiting TianZiFang a local artisan’s lane that blends the chique and traditional. 
Meals: None

Your Adventure Includes

  • Accommodation
  • A combination of Western and Chinese English-speaking Adventure Leaders
  • Free Mandarin tuition for beginners
  • Transportation
  • Some activities as per the itinerary 
  • All taxes and charges

The Specifics

Additional Costs:

  • Some meals are included, others must be purchased at an additional cost
  • Accommodation is not provided the night before Day 1 of your trip or for the night of the last day of your trip
  • Some activities included. Extra activities offered at own expense
  • Any train/bus tickets for journeys made after the trip- we provide a booking service at a cost of 30 RMB per ticket booked, on top of the price of the ticket
  • Upgrade to a private room: single, double and twin rooms
  • If you are starting and finishing in the same location you are able to leave luggage at the hostel for approximately 300 HKD/CNY. We advise a rucksack of 50 – 70L but a suitcase is also fine. If necessary, arrangements can also be made to send things domestically, for an extra fee

Extra Information:

  • Departures: Contact us to find out the full list of departure dates and days
  • A visa is required for China, so once you’ve made your booking with us, we will send you detailed instructions on applying for your visa, a visa invitation letter and a detailed itinerary, and a number of other items in your booking packet
  • We require all our customers to have travel insurance for this trip
  • All bookings must be reconfirmed 24-48 hours prior to departure 
  • Contact us for more information on inclusions, extras and essential info to know before you go!


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Emily 03 Sep 2019
I took their Beijing tour back a few years ago and loved it!! I still can't believe I saw so much of China in just 3 weeks! The hostels were actually really nice, and the experiences were incredible. Guides were all super friendly and had fun recommendations. When meals weren't provided, we'd get a group dinner together which was super fun. At times I was the most exhausted I've ever been, but the guides were super motivated and kept the energy up. I know people who have gone on more expensive tours of China and didn't get to do the cool stuff we did like camping on the great wall of china or training with shaolin warriors.
Colleen G 09 Apr 2019
I was very impressed with the accounting for optional activities, and with the knowledge of the guides.
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