China's Eastern Seaboard

Starting in Beijing and ending in Shanghai, this 10-day itinerary offers an in-depth overview of China's east coast, including Qingdao, Qufu, Nanjing and Hangzhou.

China's Eastern Seaboard

Encompassing the provinces of Zhejiang, Shandong and Jiangsu, China’s Eastern Seaboard extends for 1,200 miles between the mouths of the Yangtze and Yellow rivers. This is the country’s most developed and populous region, containing several of its most spectacular cities, including Shanghai, Hangzhou and Nanjing. Yet it is also a region rich in history and, away from the urban centres, great natural beauty.

Outline Itinerary

  1. Day 1: Arrive Beijing

    On arrival in Beijing you will be collected by your guide and transferred to the Orchid, a charming boutique hotel situated in Beijing’s central Gulou district.

  2. Day 2: Beijing – Qingdao

    After breakfast at the Orchid, embark on a full day of sightseeing in and around Beijing. Start with Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City, the traditional landmarks that form the cultural and geographic heart of Beijing. The Forbidden City is a vast complex, housing nearly 1,000 buildings. Allow 2-3 hours to explore the site.

  3. Day 3: Qingdao and Mount Lao

    After an early breakfast, embark on a full-day tour of Qingdao and its surrounds accompanied by a local guide.

  4. Day 4: Qingdao to Qufu

    Depart Qingdao on the early morning train to Qufu (3 hours). On arrival in Qufu, you will be met by your guide and checked into the Queli, your hotel in Qufu’s old quarter.

  5. Day 5: Qufu

    The former capital of the vassal state of Lu, Qufu dates back to the classical Spring and Autumn period of Chinese history (8th-6th centuries BCE), making it one of the country’s oldest heritage towns.

  6. Day 6: Qufu to Nanjing

    Depart Qufu this morning on the early train to Nanjing (3 hours). On arrival in Nanjing you will be met by your guide and embark on a tour of the city.

  7. Day 7: Nanjing to Suzhou

    Depart Nanjing this morning on the early train to the ancient city of Suzhou, arriving late morning.

  8. Day 8: Suzhou to Hangzhou

    Depart Suzhou this morning on the train for Hangzhou, arriving late morning. On arrival, you will be met by your guide and transferred to your hotel in the city centre, Lake View Hotel. A short walk from Hangzhou’s central attraction, West Lake, the Lake View is a convenient base from which to explore the city.

  9. Day 9: Hangzhou

    “Up there is heaven, down here is Hangzhou”, or so the Chinese saying goes. The capital of Zhejiang province, Hangzhou has long held a reputation as one of China’s most beautiful cities, eulogised over the centuries for its scenic vistas and classical architecture. Today you’ll have a chance to explore the best of the city’s attractions on a full-day guided tour.

  10. Day 10: Hangzhou to Shanghai / international departure

    Depart Hangzhou on the morning train to Shanghai, where your tour ends.

Price guide

The price shown is based on two travellers in twin/double accommodation. Please see full itinerary for inclusions & exclusions. This is a private itinerary that can be tailored to your interests, and priced for families or groups.

10 days from £2175pp


10 days from £2175pp

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