Things to do in
Northwest China

Our most recommended things to do in Northwest China

Shanghai: Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining

1. Shanghai: Night River Cruise Tour with Xinjiang Style Dining

Make the most of your Shanghai visit with a unique combination of a Huangpu River cruise and an authentic Xinjiang food experience. Say goodbye to the hassle of navigating the metro and instead travel in comfort in a private, air-conditioned vehicle. Enjoy stunning views of multiple famous Shanghai landmarks from your river cruise, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and the World Financial Center. Your guide will also be on hand to help you navigate the menu during your Xinjiang feast. Your tour guide and private driver will meet you at your hotel lobby in the evening before taking you to the Huangpu River Cruise Terminal. There, you'll embark on a relaxing cruise along the mother river of Shanghai, the Huangpu River. As you stand on the top deck of the cruise ship, you'll get a glimpse of Shanghai's past and future. Along the west side of the Bund, you'll see grand colonial buildings like the famous Peace hotel and Shanghai Pudong Development Bank. On the east side, you'll see the city's modern skyscrapers, including the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, World Financial Center, and Shanghai Tower. (Please note that the timing of dinner may depend on the sunset time.) After your river cruise, follow your guide to a popular local Xinjiang restaurant in the Pudong New Area. Sample some of the region's most famous dishes, such as Dapanji (big plate chicken), lamb kebabs, Xinjiang yogurt, and naan (a kind of Xinjiang pancake). Dapanji is a savory, aromatic chicken dish flavored with spices, chopped potato, and green pepper and typically served with hand-stretched noodles. The lamb kebabs at the restaurant are particularly popular among locals, though chicken wings and other skewers are also available. In the evenings, the restaurant sometimes offers entertainment, including cultural and belly dancing performances. If you're lucky, the dancers might even invite you to join in! After your dinner, your guide will escort you back to your hotel. If you'd like to be dropped off at another location in the city, such as Xintiandi, your guide will be happy to take you there. Relax and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere of Shanghai, confident in the knowledge that you've experienced some of the city's best sights and flavors.

Beijing: Private Transfer to Jinshanling & the Great Wall

2. Beijing: Private Transfer to Jinshanling & the Great Wall

Meet up with your friendly, expert driver at your centrally located hotel at a prearranged time. Then, board your private, air-conditioned vehicle and enjoy your comfortable road journey to Jinshanling Great Wall which will take 2.5 hours. Admire the beautiful views over Beijing city as well as the countryside, once arrive, your driver will help you to get the entrance tickets, and you will enjoy this hike at the Great Wall, afterwards, dropping you off at your centrally located hotel. Jinshanling Great Wall is about a 2.5 hours drive away from Beijing. It has been listed as one of the most beautiful sections of the Great Wall. Highly recommended by photographers, it is also a good section for experienced hikers. The transfer service is for 8-9 hours, you will have plenty time to explore the wall at your own pace.

From Shanghai: Private Zhujiajiao Tour with Boat Ride

3. From Shanghai: Private Zhujiajiao Tour with Boat Ride

Discover the enchanting Zhujiajiao Water Town on a personalized half-day private tour, starting from your Shanghai hotel. Immerse yourself in centuries of rich heritage as you wander through the atmospheric old street and traditional market, indulging in local delicacies. Marvel at iconic bridges from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, capturing memorable moments. Experience a leisurely boat ride along picturesque canals, accompanied by a knowledgeable guide who shares captivating stories. Conclude your tour with a seamless transfer back to your Shanghai hotel, leaving you with lasting memories of this remarkable excursion.

Shanghai: All-Inclusive Suzhou Day Trip by Bullet Train

4. Shanghai: All-Inclusive Suzhou Day Trip by Bullet Train

Start your Suzhou adventure with a comfortable departure from your Shanghai hotel. Board the bullet train at Shanghai Train Station, enjoying the scenic ride to Suzhou. Upon arrival, be captivated by the beauty of the renowned Humble Administrator's Garden, a unsco World Heritage site. Explore the exquisite ancient structures, pavilions, ponds, and walkways, guided by an expert who will share the rich history. Immerse yourself in the ambiance of bygone eras as you relax in the pavilion beside the tranquil pond. Continue your journey to Pingjiang Road, an enchanting old street nestled along the canal. Hop aboard a private rickshaw and embark on a mesmerizing ride, meandering through the historic streets. Witness the vibrant lifestyle of the locals and soak in the captivating surroundings. Recharge your energy with a delectable traditional Chinese lunch served on Pingjiang Road. Next, discover the remarkable Panmen Gate, hailed as the world's oldest ancient water and land gate, built for defense against enemy armies. Stroll through the park and marvel at the well-preserved gate and majestic pagodas, offering a glimpse into the past. Conclude your Suzhou exploration with a visit to Shantang Street. Unwind by the riverside, taking in the scenic views of ancient bridges and traditional houses. Indulge in local snacks or indulge your ears with the enchanting melodies of Pingtan music. If you desire additional attractions beyond the suggested itinerary, feel free to discuss alternative options with your knowledgeable guide. Choose from Tiger Hill, Hanshan Temple, Master of Net Garden, Lingering Garden, or a silk factory. As your tour comes to an end, board the bullet train for a comfortable return journey to Shanghai, cherishing the memories of your enriching Suzhou experience.

Shanghai: Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Day Tour

5. Shanghai: Shanghai & Zhujiajiao Water Town Private Day Tour

Embark on a fascinating journey with your knowledgeable guide, starting at your hotel lobby. After a scenic one-hour drive, your adventure begins in the enchanting Zhujiajiao water town. With a history spanning over 1,700 years, it boasts remarkable preserved features. Marvel at the antiquated architecture, traverse old bridges, and follow the bubbling streams. Meander along the picturesque canals, wander through ancient lanes, and explore houses with stunning gardens. Capture the beauty with your camera as you enjoy a leisurely boat ride through the serene waterways. As hunger calls, delight in a delectable lunch at a local restaurant, savoring a variety of mouthwatering dishes that showcase the flavors of the region. In the afternoon, return to Shanghai and embark on the next leg of your adventure. Visit the renowned Yuyuan Garden, a pristine oasis that has stood for over 400 years, with its elegant Chinese pavilions and authentic architectural treasures. Alternatively, opt to explore the famous Jade Buddha Temple, a revered spiritual sanctuary (please note that Yuyuan Garden is closed on Mondays). Next, venture to the iconic Bund, where you will be treated to breathtaking vistas of the city's skyline, encompassing architectural marvels like the Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and the awe-inspiring Shanghai Tower. Allow the vibrant cityscape to captivate your senses and leave an indelible mark on your Shanghai experience. Conclude your tour with a visit to the magnificent Shanghai Tower, soaring 632 meters into the sky. Ascend to the observatory and be rewarded with a panoramic 360-degree view that showcases the city in all its glory. If you have already explored the aforementioned sites, fear not! There are alternative attractions and activities to choose from, such as the Pearl TV Tower, World Financial Center, Jinmao Tower, or the esteemed Shanghai Museum. At the end of your captivating journey, your guide will ensure a comfortable return to your hotel, cruise port, or airport, leaving you with cherished memories of your time spent exploring the wonders of Shanghai.

Xi'an Highlights: Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

6. Xi'an Highlights: Terracotta Warriors Private Day Tour

This private customizable day tour will take you to visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum and two of the following highlights of Xian according to your personal interests: The Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi, Banpo Museum, Shaanxi History Museum, Xian City Wall, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, The Great Mosque or the Muslim Street. Start with a pickup from your downtown Xi'an hotel lobby and a one-hour drive onboard a private vehicle. Visit the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum. Marvel at the massive life-sized terracotta warriors and horses troops. Experience the wonder of these ancient artifacts and gain a deep understanding of the First Emperor’s vision for his afterlife and his unification of China. Afterward, visit two of the following recommended sites. If you cannot decide on what to see, then the Xian City Wall and the Muslim Streets will be the default. At the end of the tour, get a transfer back to your downtown Xi'an hotel.

Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Private Tour with Options

7. Beijing: Jinshanling Great Wall Private Tour with Options

Your English speaking guide and private car will pick you up at your preferred time in your hotel's lobby. Then heading to the Jinshanling Great Wall, the trip will take about 2.5 hours. While driving your English speaking guide will explain the histories and stories about the Great Wall of China, sit back enjoy the beautiful countryside view of the Beijing. Once arrive at Jinshanling Great Wall, you will enjoy a less hurried tour with your guide, you can decide how far you want to hike and how long you want to spend at the Wall. Your tour guide will accompany you all the time , and will be available to take photos of your group so that you have amazing shots from your day out at Jinshanling! The Jinshan ling Great Wall was first built in the sixth century during the Northern and Southern Dynasties (420-589). Along it are 67 watchtowers, all in different styles, at average intervals of 150 meters.Jinshanling is also relatively undeveloped for those looking for a more authentic Wall experience. Viewed from a distance, the Jinshan ling Great Wall is like a giant dragon, curving its path over the mountain peaks whose line it follows. Afterwards, you will stop at a local restaurant for lunch. Your wonderful day tour will end with your Beijing city hotel drop off. You also can customize the tour to your wish, here are few options 1: Combine Jinshanling and Mutianyu Great Wall After hotel pick up, your first stop is Mutianyu Great Wall, follow your tour guide to take the ski lift up to Wall, hike up and down for 1.5 hours to explore different towers, then enjoy the fun toboggan down to the ground After lunch spend the afternoon at Jinshanling Great Wall. This tour will last about 9-11 hours. 2: Combine Jinshanling with Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall After hotel pick up, you will visit Jinshanling Great Wall first, after 2 hours hiking, enjoy lunch in the local restaurant then explore the Gubei Water Town and Simatai Great Wall in the late afternoon. Built at the foot of Simatai Great Wall, Gubei Water Town used to be an important military site and attracted numerous literati and hosted more than 3 emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasty. Now it is becoming a popular resort for photographers and foodies. Stroll around Gubei Water Town with your tour guide and take the cable car to discover the charms of Simatai Great Wall. Tour ends with your downtown hotel drop off.

Shanghai: Private Guided Tour to Hangzhou by Bullet Train

8. Shanghai: Private Guided Tour to Hangzhou by Bullet Train

Embark on a memorable journey as you meet your private guide in the morning at your hotel lobby. Board the high-speed bullet train for a swift 1-hour ride to Hangzhou City, where you'll have the chance to discuss your Hangzhou bucket list with your knowledgeable guide. Your guide will offer valuable insights and tailor the day's itinerary to suit your specific interests and preferences. Please note that the itinerary provided below is just an example, which can be customized to your liking. Upon arriving in Hangzhou, start your exploration with a leisurely walk along the scenic West Lake, known for its serene beauty and captivating landscapes. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of the surroundings as you enjoy a 45-minute boat ride, listening to intriguing tales of local history and culture shared by your friendly guide. Following your West Lake visit, proceed to the renowned Longjing green tea farm, where you'll be treated to a sumptuous local lunch paired with exquisite tea tasting. Take in the picturesque views of the tea plantations, stroll through the lush greenery, and learn about the intricate process of tea cultivation from knowledgeable locals. After indulging in the flavors of Hangzhou, set off to explore the famous Lingyin Temple, a revered Buddhist sanctuary with a rich heritage. Marvel at the intricate architecture, intricate carvings, and serene atmosphere of this sacred site. If you've previously visited Hangzhou and wish to explore different attractions this time, feel free to discuss alternative options with your guide. Some suggested alternatives include the Meijiawu Tea Village, Hefang Street, Leifeng Pagoda, Yuewang Temple, or Liuhe Pagoda. As your memorable day draws to a close, board the bullet train for a comfortable journey back to Shanghai. Your guide will ensure your safe return to your hotel, leaving you with cherished memories of your flexible Hangzhou adventure. Regenerate response

Private Half-day tour to the Terracotta Army Museum

9. Private Half-day tour to the Terracotta Army Museum

Meet your local guide in the lobby of your Xi’an downtown hotel, heading directly to Terracotta Warriors. On the way, your tour guide will explain Xi’an’s history, culture and local's life, feel free to ask questions if you have. The Terracotta Army Museum is considered one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world, and one of the greatest discoveries of the 20th century.  Explore the massive museum with your tour guide, hear stories about the first emperor Qinshihuang. The museum mainly consists of three vaults and an exhibition hall with 8000 life size terracotta warriors all in the real battle formation, which were buried underground over 2200 years You will spend about 2 hours in the museum, then you will be transferred back to your hotel in city.

Xi'an: Private Half-Day Terracotta Warriors Tour with Pickup

10. Xi'an: Private Half-Day Terracotta Warriors Tour with Pickup

A quick tour to explore the UNESCO listed world-heritage, Terracotta Warriors and Horses of the First Emperor of Qin, with airport and train station pickup and drop-off for people have a limited time in Xi'an. You will be picked up at downtown Xian hotels and drive directly to this historical highlight of Xi'an with no unnecessary stops at any shopping facility. Our licensed tour guides will share their knowledge and the history behind the world-renowned archeological wonder.

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Dear Anna /Berlin Just wanted to say Thankyou for a lovely evening Berlin was not only good but excellent Her knowledge and able to answer our question was very good. It was delightful xxx She is an asset to your tour and very thorough, we had A very nice time Thankyou again for a wonderful evening and Thankyou for the biscuits 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽👍👍her general knowledge was very very good

This trip is fantastic! Super easy and very comfortable! Our guide Mr. Zhang was great and provided us with the outstanding hospitality, despite having speaking Chinese only!! We felt very safe and highly recommending Jinshanling for the Great Wall trip as it’s beautiful and not crowded at all!!

The tour was excellent and the service from our guide and the driver could not have been better. We were very pleased with today. Congratulations! 👍👍🫂🫂👏👏

very competent guide. Very good english. She knows well the subject and can also tell lots of interesting details. I would sure recommend her

Caroline guide was awesome. Stunning view of the city at night