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14 Days/13 Nights
Availability : 13th - 26th May 2020
Beijing, China
Shanghai, China
Min Age : 2+
Max People : 40

From 13th-26th May 2020, Worldschooling Central will welcome members of our community on an exciting 14-day adventure through the fascinating country of China! Join us for an incredible adventure as we explore and learn about China together as a traveling community! Many families dream of visiting China, so in May 2020, Worldschooling Central is helping you make it a reality!

From the incredible Great Wall of China, Tiananmen Square, and the Forbidden City, to the Terracotta Warriors, the city of Shanghai and of course Shanghai Disney, we’ll travel with a group of like-minded families, living, exploring and learning together.

Our China Adventure will be a wonderful opportunity to learn about China, connect with other like-minded families, learn about the Worldschooling lifestyle and create a sense of community that will stay with you, no matter where you are in the world.

ITINERARY

Day 1Arrival in Beijing (D)

Today you will arrive in the exciting city of Beijing. You will make your way to the hotel (private transport available) and enjoy a free afternoon to explore Beijing. In the evening we will come together for a Welcome Dinner, to officially begin our adventure through China.

For those Guests who would like private transport to the hotel, this can be arranged on your behalf ($15/person). You will be met by a driver in the arrival area with a sign, who will then transport you directly to our hotel.

Accommodation

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (4*)

Day 2Great Wall of China (B/L)

After breakfast, we will drive about 70km to witness one of the Seven Wonders of the World – The Great Wall of China. We will visit the Mutianyu section, a less crowded yet well-preserved segment of the Great Wall built in the Ming Dynasty. You’ll ride up to the top of the wall via cable car, enjoy free time to hike the most beautiful and interesting part of Mutianyu and complete your visit with a once in a life time toboggan ride down the wall. Guests who prefer, may also choose to use the chair lift.

We will then drive back to Beijing City with a short stop at the Beijing Olympic Village to view the magnificent Bird’s Nest and Water Cube from the outside.

Accommodation

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (4*)

Day 3Tiananmen Square & The Forbidden Palace (B/L)

After breakfast, we will begin our day with a brief visit to Tiananmen Square, now the largest city plaza in the world. From here you will see one of the world’s five most important palaces, the Forbidden City, a huge palace complex of more than 9,000 rooms where 24 emperors of the Ming and Qing Dynasties lived. We will have the opportunity to explore the Forbidden City, passing through various doorways in this magnificent structure to admire the beautiful and well-preserved buildings decorated with yellow-glazed tile roofs, white marble bases and splendid colorful paintings.

After a Chinese lunch, we will make our way to the Temple of Heaven, a site originally used to pay homage to Heaven and pray for good harvests, it is now a bustling place where locals take part in traditional activities such as Tai Chi, dancing, kite flying, water calligraphy, and others.

Accommodation

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (4*)

Day 4Free Day (B/D)

Today is a Free Day, for you to enjoy exploring Beijing with your new friends.

In the evening, we will enjoy a meal together and then guests will have the opportunity to take part in one of two optional activities:

  • Kung Fu show to trace the history of Chinese Kung Fu ($20/person)
  • Acrobatic show at Chaoyang Theater ($20/person)

Accommodation

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (4*)

Day 5Beijing Zoo & Hutongs (B/L)

For those that wish to, today we will spend the morning at the Beijing Zoo, where guests will have the opportunity to see the famous Giant Pandas. Founded in 1906 during the late Qing dynasty, it is one of the oldest zoos in China and is also a center of zoological research that studies and breeds rare animals from various continents.

After lunch, you will have the opportunity to explore the Beijing Hutongs by rickshaw. These small alleys made of neighboring quadrangle dwellings are an important part of Chinese life. You will shuttle among different Hutongs to feel the old Beijing lifestyle, meet various antique shops and small boutiques and feel the historical changes of Beijing.

Today you will also have the opportunity to take part in a Chinese Tea Ceremony.

Accommodation

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao (4*)

Day 6Travel to Xi'an (B/D)

Today marks the end of our time in Beijing. We will be transported to the Beijing West Railway Station where we will board a high-speed bullet train and make our way to the city of Xi’An. This journey will take approximately 5 hours.

In Xi’an, we will be met by our guides who will escort us to our hotel before heading out to enjoy dinner together.

Accommodation

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (4*)

Day 7Terracotta Warriors & Hot Springs (B/L)

After breakfast, drive about 40 km to discover one of the greatest man-made wonders in the world – the Terracotta Warriors and Horses. Before the Terracotta Warriors Museum visit, you will have a rare opportunity to make a miniature Terracotta Warrior on your own under the instruction of a local potter in a factory.

After lunch, pay a visit to Huaqing Palace and enjoy Hot Springs. Don’t forget to bring your swimwear so you can enjoy the hot springs for yourself.

Accommodation

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (4*)

Day 8Explore Xi'an (B/D)

Today we will spend the morning enjoying some leisure time around Zhonggulou Square where the famous landmarks of Bell Tower and Drum Towers are located. Guests can climb up to the towers to enjoy the panoramic view of Xian.

The afternoon will be spent enjoying time on the Ancient City Wall, the largest and best-preserved ancient city wall in China. Enjoy panoramic views of modern Xian while you leisurely examine this well-maintained city wall which is 12 meters high and 18 meters wide with a total circuit of nearly 14 kilometers. Rent a bike (approx $6USD/bike) to enjoy a fun afternoon with your family.

In the evening enjoy a Muslim Quarter Walking Tour with our guides and experience the famous snacks that the area is known for (food cost not included)

OPTIONAL TOUR: For those wishing to take part in the Chengdu Giant Panda Volunteer Experience, today you will depart Xi’an by bullet train and travel approx 4 hours to Chengdu, in preparation for a full day experience with the Giant Pandas on Day 9. Find out more!

Accommodation

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (4*)

Day 9Free Day in Xi'an (B)

Today is yours to explore Xi’an at your leisure. Get out and see the sights with your new friends or have some quiet time to relax and soak up everything that we’ve experienced so far.

Accommodation

Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel (4*)

Day 10Free Morning & Overnight Sleeper Train to Shanghai (B)

Today is yours to enjoy until our guide escorts us to the train station for the overnight high speed train to Shanghai.

Accommodation

2nd Class Overnight Sleeper Train

Day 11Arrival & Shanghai Exploration (B)

We will arrive into Shanghai early in the morning and immediately transfer to the hotel for early check in and breakfast.

You will then have the day to explore Shanghai with a 48 Hour Hop On Hop Off Bus pass. With 3 routes to explore you will have the choice as to what you see. Explore with friends or enjoy time out and about with your family.

Don’t forget to visit the Jinmao Building 88/F Observation Deck, do the Bund Sightseeing Tunnel, and enjoy a 1-hour cruise on Huangpu River – all included with your ticket.

Accommodation

Sunrise On The Bund Hotel (4.5*)

Day 12Explore Shanghai (B)

Today you can continue your time exploring Shanghai with the 2nd day of your 48 hour Hop On Hop Off Bus pass. See the sights that you missed yesterday or go back and visit your favorites again!

Accommodation

Sunrise On The Bund Hotel (4.5*)

Day 13Shanghai Disney (B)

What better way to end our tour than with a magical day at Disneyland Shanghai.

After breakfast, your guide and driver will pick you up and drive to Shanghai Disney Resort, the first Disney resort in mainland China. The whole day is yours to explore until the evening when our driver will return to transport us back to the hotel.

In this magical land, you’ll have the full day to enjoy different kinds of activities in the six themed parks – Mickey Avenue, Gardens of Imagination, Fantasyland, Adventure Isle, Treasure Cove and Tomorrowland.

For full details on Shanghai Disney CLICK HERE

Day 14Farewell Breakfast and Departure (B)

Today we say our goodbyes over a lovely Farewell Breakfast. This breakfast will give us all an opportunity to reflect over the two wonderful weeks we’ve had together before we all head our separate ways.

We recommend that departure flights be booked no early than late afternoon to evening to ensure plenty of time to say your goodbyes and get to the airport.

For those Guests who would like private transport to the airport, this can be arranged on your behalf ($15/person). Your driver will drive you directly to the airport and ensure you arrive with plenty of time to spare. Please note: guests should plan on arriving at the airport a minimum of 3 hours ahead of flight time.

Please note: This itinerary is subject to change. Any changes will be communicated to guests as early as possible.

TOUR DETAILS

Departure & Return Location

Sunrise On The Bund Hotel, Shanghai, China Google Map

Novotel Beijing Xinqiao, Beijing, China Google Map

Arrival Time

No later than the morning or early afternoon of the 13th May 2020

Pricing

  Early Bird
(Until 31st Jan)
Regular
(1st Feb – Sold Out)
Adult (12+ Years) $1,999 $2,199
Child (4-11 Years) $1,499 $1,699
Infant (1-3 Years) $499 $699

(Infant pricing is for children 3 and Under that share parents bedding and do not require their own seat on trains. If you require an individual bed and seating you will need to pay the regular child price.)

Guests have the option to pay in full or to pay a 25% deposit followed by equal payments on the 1st of each month prior to the trip, with full payment required no less than 60 days before departure. Upon booking, guests will receive a payment plan invoice which must be completed within 48 hours of booking.

Price Includes

  • 5 Nights Accommodation
    Novotel Beijing Xinqiao 4*
  • 3 Nights Accommodation
    Grand Dynasty Culture Hotel 4*
  • 1 Night Overnight Sleeper Train Soft Sleeper
  • 3 Nights Accommodation
    Sunrise on the Bund Hotel 4*
  • Cable Car Ride up the Great Wall with Toboggan or Chair Lift ride down.
  • High Speed Train Beijing to Xi’an (Second Class Seating)
  • English Speaking Tour Guides
  • 48 Hour Hop On Hop Off Bus Ticket including Entrance to 3 Venues
  • 1 Day Pass to Shanghai Disneyland
  • All entry fees for sites listed in the itinerary
  • Transportation in Private Vehicle
  • All applicable taxes
  • 13 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 3 Dinners

Price Excludes

  • Transportation to and from China
  • Activities not included in the itinerary
  • Meals not included in the itinerary
  • Transportation on arrival or departure
  • Tips for Guides and Service Providers
  • Trip/Travel Insurance (Compulsory)
  • Chinese Visa (Compulsory)

Optional Extras

  • Private Pickup on Arrival
    $15/person
  • Private Drop Off on Departure
    $15/person
  • Chengdu Volunteer Experience
    10+ $400/person - Under 10 $300/person
  • Dedicated Group Photographer & Videographer
    $120/family
  • China Group Visa (Min 5+ People)
    $150/person

For full details on all optional extras CLICK HERE

Is This Trip right for you?
  • You have a real sense of adventure! There is always the potential for things to go wrong – that’s just a part of travel. Of course, we will always do our very best to avoid issues along the way.
  • You are open to new experiences and don't expect western standards. The culture in China is very different - personal space is much more limited, waiting in line is not common place (people will push in), and as foreigners you may notice extra attention by locals who have limited experience with people from other countries.
  • You understand that group travel is completely different to single family travel. We will travel with approximately 40 guests, and while we will do our very best to accommodate all of our guests needs, at some time on the trip, compromise will be necessary by everyone! Having said that, the benefits of traveling with a community like this will far outweigh the negative! For full details read our Group Travel Guide
  • You are OK sleeping onboard a train! The overnight train travel on Day 10 is in “soft sleeper” class. Bedding is sectioned off into 4 berth private compartments with lockable doors. It’s not super luxurious, but it’s neat and tidy and an incredible experience. Bedding is not actually very soft (as in most of China beds are quite firm). If this is not for you, you could choose to fly onwards to the next destination, however this will be at your own expense and without a tour guide.
  • You are adaptable! As the journey progresses, we may need to make changes to our itinerary to ensure we have an increrdible adventure. We will always keep you up to date and give as much notice as possible if/when changes are necesarry.
Important Information
  • All prices are in USD
  • The overnight train travel included on this trip is in “soft sleeper” class – carriages sectioned off into 4 berth compartments with lockable doors. Families with less than 4 people will need to share with other guests unless they choose to pay for the extra beds in the cabin ($75 per bed).
  • Guests are required to have Trip/Travel Insurance to participate on a trip with Worldschooling Central. We recommend Insured Nomads. Guests will be required to supply details of their insurance to Worldschooling Central prior to departure.
  • All guests will be required to have a Visa issued prior to arrival. For groups of 5+ we are able to obtain a Group Visa, which is a much simpler process, however guests need to arrive and depart China on the same flights. We are happy to coordinate flights with our guests to help facilitate a group visa application.
  • Guests need to be aware that internet access can be challenging in China because of Government regulations. We have chosen hotels that include wifi, however the quality, and the physical location will vary by hotel. You MAY NOT have access in your room. We strongly recommend at least one guest per family purchase a SIM card on arrival to ensure you have wifi connection. To access sites like Facebook and Google, guests will also require a VPN (download before arrival) as these sites are blocked in China.
  • A minimum of 25 guests is required for this trip to proceed. We will notify all guests when this number has been reached. We recommend that guests not book flights to China until written confirmation has been received.
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