China travel map - Train Lover’s Tour of China

Are you a railway buff that longs to travel to China by train? This is an epic railway journey perfect for train lovers to explore an old yet new nation and experience various kinds of rail rides, from the narrow-gauge railway on history to world’s fastest bullet trains that run at upmost to 350km/h. You’ll visit China's best railway museums and old train stations to learn the history of Chinese train system and take photos of the memorable ruins and sites. Furthermore, the holiday takes you to China’s iconic destinations in China – Beijing Xian Shanghai and Chengdu to explore lesser-visited Great Wall, Terracotta Army, enjoy unique gourmet trip, meet giant panda in person, and more!

Duration: 15 days & 14 nights

Destinations: Beijing - Shenyang - Beijing - Shanghai - Xian - Chengdu - Leshan - Chengdu

Travel style: Private tour

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Upon arrival at Beijing Airport you will be welcomed by your private English speaking guide, and then transferred to your hotel to check in. Free at leisure for rest of the day to recover from the jet-lag.

After breakfast in hotel, you will be picked up by your guide and driver to begin today’s city sightseeing from the largest city square in the world - Tiananmen Square. You will have chance to visit the Memorial Hall of Chairman Mao. Across Chang’an Avenue, it is the Forbidden City, the largest imperial palace in China for 24 emperors' reign during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Since the year of 2014, more areas of the palace have opened to public, including the southern, eastern and northern sections of the wall. You can take a walk on the wall and overlook three-quarters of the palace. After lunch in local restaurant, visit Temple of Heaven, an imperial complex of religious buildings visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. It is now a park for local people spend their time to do exercises, sing & dance, play the game of chess. You an even join them to share their pleasure.

Optional Tour: Legend of Kung Fu Show at Red Theatre Beijing. It is a high level performance with the wonderful story layout, perfect stage design, professional martial arts actors, and the real Kung fu actions and scenes. English subtitles are shown above the stage to keep you informed of the story line. There is no talking among the performers. The fusion of modern dance with Chinese traditional martial arts makes this show unique and spectacular.

Meal: B, L

Forbidden City

Excursion to Huanghuacheng Great Wall this morning. 75km north from city center, Huanghuacheng is a lakeside Great Wall with part of the wall is under water and becomes submerged at high tide, which make its nickname "Water Great Wall". The scenery here is unique and will surprise you. Unlike Badaling and even Mutianyu, this section is a non-crowded Great Wall with breathtaking views. You will take a picnic lunch on the Great Wall. Transfer back to downtown in the afternoon, you will spend some leisure time at local Hutongs at Houhai area. Hutongs were first established in the Yuan dynasty and expanded in the Ming and qing dynasties. These narrow street or alley connects traditional courtyard residences – Siheyuan. You will have chance to take a pedicab tour or a bicycle tour in Hutongs and visit one or two courtyard family to learn more of their buildings, architectures, folk customs and histories.

Meal: B, L

Morning visit to China Railway Museum (Dongjiao Exhibition Hall). In the exhibition hall, more than 50 locomotives were displayed, and their manufacturing ages spanned from 1881 to 1993. Among them are the earliest existing locomotive in China, No. 0 steam locomotive, Mao Zedong locomotive and Zhude locomotive named after the great man, and various types of steam locomotives manufactured in Britain, the United States, Japan, Russia and Belgium in different periods. The diesel locomotives include the first generation of "Dongfeng" electric drive trunk freight locomotives made in China and the first generation of "Shaoshan" electric locomotives made in China. After the visit, transfer to train station for high speed train to Shenyang.

Located in Northeast China, Shenyang is an important central city of this area. It is also a famous historical and cultural city. As the birthplace of the Qing Dynasty, it is known as "the birthplace of one dynasty, the capital of two generations of emperors". In 1625, Emperor Taiji built a prosperous capital city and established the Qing Dynasty. This was a turning point in Shenyang's history. From a small military sanitary post, it became one of the two capital cities of the Qing Dynasty, named Shengjing Huangcheng, and began to become the central city of Northeast China. In After the founding of New China, Shenyang has become an important heavy industry base in China, mainly in equipment manufacturing industry. Due to its importance in both politics, economy and military, the railway in northeast China developed fast since 1891, when the Qing government built the railway inside and outside Guanzhong. It’s a must visit place for a ferroequinologist.

Upon arrival in Shenyang, you will be met and transfer to hotel check in.

Meal: B

China railway Museum

Full day excursion to Tiemei Diaobingshan Steam Locomotive Museum today. The museum is located at Tieling city, 95km north to Shenyang. It is one of the biggest steam locomotive museums in China. Opened in 2004. The museum has 113 kilometers of railway main line and 101 kilometers of station track. There are 21 steam locomotives in the museum, including 4 types of the locomotives China have produced. Once a year, a 3-day international steam locomotive photography and tourism festival hold in Tieling city, attracting over thousands of locomotive lovers from all over the world. The date of manufacture varies from 1943 to 1999. After the visit, transfer back to Shenyang and take a stroll at North Market.

Meal: B, L

Before taking train back to Beijing, you will visit Shenyang Imperial Palace and Qing Zhaoling Tomb. Shenyang Imperial Palace is the only existing royal palace in China outside of the Forbidden City in Beijing. The main structure was built in 1625 when Nurhachi was in power. It was finished in 1636 by his son Abahai (Huangtaiji). Nurhachi and Abahai were both founding emperors of the Qing Dynasty (1644 - 1911). The palace covers an area of more than 60,000 square meters (about 71,760 square yards), is one twelfth the size of the Forbidden City in Beijing. It consists of more than 300 rooms, formed around 20 courtyards. Zhaoling Tomb is the mausoleum of Huang Taiji (Emperor Taizong) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911) and his queen Bo'erjijite. Huang Taiji was the eighth son of Nurhachi, a great leader who established the Later Jin State and laid the foundation of the Qing Dynasty.

Upon arrival in Beijing, be met and transfer to hotel check in.

Meal: B

china bullet train

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to rail station for high speed train to Shanghai. Experience the fastest high speed train in China. It takes only 4.5hrs to run 1318km, and highest speed is 350KPH.

Upon arrival, you will be met at the rail station and transfer to hotel check in. After a rest in hotel, meet the guide again and transfer to take a cruise on Huangpu River and followed a walking tour at the Bund, Shanghai's famous waterfront to see new-erect modern skyscrapers and aged buildings of the colonial period.

Meal: B, L

Go to experience the Maglev Train between Pudong Airport and Longyang Station this morning. The train is the first maglev train used in business in the world with the function of transporting, displaying, tourism and sightseeing. The whole line was 30km long with the speed of 430km/h, and takes only 8 minutes for a single way ride. After a round-way journey, continue to the Former French Concession and Xintiandi area for a troll. Visit the historical buildings and visit a couple of small museums like the Propaganda Poster Art Centre. In the afternoon, you will visit Yu Garden. It used to be a private garden with 400 years' history and features traditional architectural style of Yangtze Delta. The Shanghai Old Street near the garden is a good place to learn local lifestyle of Shanghai people.

Meal: B, L

Shanghai Maglev Ride

Visit Shanghai Railway Museum in the morning. The museum was built on the former site of Shanghai Railway Station, which was built in 1901 in classic English style. It shows the history of Shanghai and East China Railway since the railway entered China in the 1870s. The No. 26 locomotive in this museum is one of the only three “narrow-gauge railway” locomotives left in China. The No. 641 KD7 model locomotive was one of the steam locomotives provided by UNRRA (the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration) as an aid to help China’s rebuilding after World War II. These steam locomotives were the last that China imported from USA.

Transfer to train station for high speed train to Xian in the afternoon.

Meal: B

Morning excursion to the Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, one of the most important archaeological finds in the 20th century. Back to down town in the afternoon and transfer to hotel for a rest. At around 5pm, you will be met by the guide again and transfer to meet your guide for a shared food tour by tuktuk. Get whisked through Xian’s streets and alleys by tuktuk to eat the most authentic food where the locals eat. The tours visit the most traditional eats you’ll find in the hidden corners of the famous Muslim Quarter, plus a few more favorites as we explore the entire city center and cruise by the ancient city walls. Unlimited food and beer/drinks plus your local guide are all included. Get back to hotel on your own after the tour.

Meal: B, L

Terracotta Army

Visit the fortifications of Xi'an, also known as Xi'an City Wall after breakfast. It is was first built in the beginning of Ming Dynasty, and is now one of the oldest, largest and best preserved Chinese city walls. You can rent a bike to ride on the wall. And then, go to Big Wild Goose Pagoda, which was first built in Tang Dynasty for the storage of Buddhist scriptures taken from India by Monk Xuanzang, and now it is regarded as the city emblem. After lunch in local restaurant, visit Bell Tower at the city center. There are several large bronze-cast bells from the Tang Dynasty in the tower. Head to Grand Mosque to finish today’s visit. The Great Mosque is built in a Chinese architectural style and most of the grounds are taken up with gardens, except for some Arabic lettering and decorations, the mosque has neither domes nor traditional-style minarets. It's still an active place of worship and several prayer services are held each day.

Meal: B, L

Pick up at the hotel and transfer to rail station for high speed train to Chengdu. Upon arrival, you will be met and drive directly to Leshan (2hrs). Visit Leshan Giant Buddha park in the afternoon. Walk along the thrilling plank road around the Buddha to get close to the Buddha and take awesome photos. Overnight in Leshan.

Meal: B, D

Leshan Giant Buddha

Transfer to Jiayang National Mine Park at Jianwei by private car (1.5hrs) to experience the narrow-gauge railway riding specially designed for railway enthusiasts. Learn its history. Built in 1958, this rail is only 762mm wide, which is about half of the standard gauge at 1435mm. It is the only passenger train under normal operation. The whole journey is 19.8Km with 5 stations. You can get off en route for pictures. Visit a mine pit before taking the return train back.

rive to Chengdu in the afternoon and overnight.

Meal: B, L

Jiayang Steam Train

Visit Giant Panda Breeding Research Base in the early morning when pandas are having breakfast and playing together. Afterwards, you will go to visit a local wet market, in which you can see how Chinese people purchase the cooking materials for their foods. You will have chance to learn spring rolls or wonton making in the market. After lunch, take a stroll in Kuanzhai Alley and visit Chengdu People's Park. In the park, you can Teahouse in the People's Park. Take a tea tasting in local teahouse like local people, and you can learn the most popular Mahjong game in the park.

Meal: B, L

Pick up at the hotel, your guide and driver will escort you to the airport for your flight back home or to another destination. Your 15 days China tour for train lovers ends. 

Meal: B

What's included

  • 1-on-1 Travel Consultant

    Your China based expert listens to your wishes carefully, provides professional advice, ensures unlimited itinerary revisions before done and 24/7 helpline service while traveling.

  • Private Local Guide and Driver

    Your guides are friendly, helpful and knowledgeable, and your drivers are professional, polite and patient. They are very flexible to accommodate your personal needs and happy to show you the local attractions, history, culture, foods and real life. 
    Private transfers from hotel to attractions, airport or train station are also included.

  • Accommodation to Suite Your Preference

    In each place, we hand pick hotels ranging from luxury 5 star, superior 4 star to comfortable 3 star. Luxury or cozy boutique hotels and budget guesthouses are also among your choices. You could decide where to stay to meet your taste and budget.

  • Gourmet Meals

    Most of the hotels we select offer both Western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Lunch and dinner included are arranged in selected restaurants to taste authentic Chinese cuisine and local specialties. Thus you may also have a unique food tour.
    Meals specified in itinerary as B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner.

  • Attractions and Activities Listed on the Itinerary

    Our China tour packages have included the (first/main) entry to all attractions and the expenses of activities on the itinerary (except the optional activities).

  • Internal Transportation

    Based on your needs, we could make bookings of internal transportation, including domestic flights, inter-city trains, long-distance bus, etc.

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