Download brochureA Musical Discovery of China -
Beijing, Xian, Shanghai

Specialist music and cultural tour
16th - 25th September 2017

Songlines Music Travel, in association with Master Travel, invites music lovers and travellers alike on this wonderful trip to explore the ancient, contemporary and next generation Chinese music. Join us on our journey through China to find the best local sounds and to immerse yourself into a true cultural adventure.

With so much choice, it can be difficult to find the best places to go to, but through the expertise of our Songlines Travel Leader who will accompany the group throughout the trip, you will gain unique access to artists and musicians, visit the best live music venues, and share intimate knowledge of the places you will visit.

China Great Wall

Highlights include:

  • Meetings with record producers and listening to local folk musicians
  • Experiencing the Peking Opera with privileged behind-the-scenes access
  • Visiting the music studio of the Academy Award winning composer, Tan Dun
  • Exploring the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square and the Terracotta Warriors
  • Taking part in cooking classes, visiting families and learning about Chinese culture

China: Beijing - Xian - Shanghai Itinerary

Please note that this is a provisional itinerary only. The final itinerary will be confirmed in your pre-departure pack which will be sent to you 2 weeks before departure.

Saturday 16th September: Beijing

AM: Upon arrival into Beijing, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel, where you can relax after your flight.
PM: Meet our tour leader and the rest of the group in the hotel lobby, before being taken out on a city tour.
EVE: Enjoy a welcome dinner and experience our first night of music in the city.

Sunday 17th September: Beijing

AM: Drive to Zhongshan Park, then visit Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City.
PM: Visit an independent record company for an introduction to Chinese music.
EVE: Watch a live music performance in The School in the old town.

Monday 18th September: Beijing

AM: Drive to the Great Wall of China, have lunch on the wall.
PM: Visit a traditional music instrument workshop.
EVE: Have a backstage tour of the Peking Opera and enjoy a live performance.

Tuesday 19th September: Beijing - Xian

AM: Visit the Hutong, have a rickshaw ride, a cookery lesson and lunch with a family.
PM: Free time to do some shopping or listen to some street music.
EVE: Travel to Xian on the overnight sleeper train.

Wednesday 20th September: Xian

AM: Transfer to the hotel and rest after the overnight journey.
PM: Explore the city and watch Huayin old tunes in the Muslim Quarter.
EVE: Experience some live music in Xian's bars.

Thursday 21st September: Xian

AM: Drive to the Terracotta Warriors.
PM: Visit the Xian Music Academy to hear more about Chinese music culture.

Friday 22nd September: Xian - Shanghai

AM: Fly to Shanghai and transfer to the hotel.
PM: Visit the Yu Yuan Garden, the old town and the Bund.
EVE: Free time in Xintiandi, the French Quarter.

Saturday 23rd September: Shanghai

AM/PM: Day trip to Zhujiajiao, a traditional water town. Visit Tan Dun's studio and watch a performance.
EVE: More time to experience Shanghai's night life.

Sunday 24th September: Shanghai - Suzhou - Shanghai

AM/PM: Day trip to Suzhou by bullet train.
EVE: Farewell dinner and live music by the Bund.

Monday 25th September: Shanghai - London

AM: Drive to Meglev train station and travel to the airport using the fastest train in the world.

Pricing Details

Tour price excluding flights to/from Beijing/Shanghai: £2,895 per person
Early Bird booking*: £2,795 per person valid only until 28th April 2017
*After 28th April 2017, the tour price will be fixed at £2,895 for all travellers

For more information on this trip please email or call +44 (0)20 7501 6741