(English) There are a few things to know before you enter China. Traveling to China can be a very special experience, but keep in mind that it does come with challenges. Do not worry! down below we have written down some tips for you before going to China, so you can be prepared at all times.
Get your visa before entering China
This might be one of the most important steps because without a visa you will not be able to enter China.
Purchase VPN before you go to China
You might or might not already know this, but you are not able to access Facebook, Google, YouTube, etc. This is because these sites are banned in China. There is a way to still access these sites, by purchasing a VPN. VPN disguises the computer’s or mobile’s IP address.
Learn the basic Mandarin
It is not necessary, but it does help a lot! Especially in the "smaller" cities of China where a lot of people do not speak English. If you are only going to visit big cities like Beijing or Shanghai, most younger people are able to speak English.
Bring your own napkins
Most of the toilets in China do not provide toilet papers. What is worse than finding out there is no toilet paper after you have used the toilet? This is why you should always carry napkins with you.
Do not tip in China
In many western countries, it is usual to tip a waitress for her or his service. This is not the case in China. You are not expected to tip.
Get a SIM card in China
You can easily find a cheap SIM card at the airport for your stay in China. This is very handy because you are able to contact others or use Google if it is necessary. For example, if you want to search for a specific location.
Download WeChat (Weixin)
The most used app where locals use to communicate with is WeChat. You can download the app for free on your phone If you like to communicate with Chinese people you have met and stay in contact.
Flight to Beijing.
Arrive Beijing and transfer to hotel. Take a stroll in Tiananmen Square and visit the quaint hutong quarter by Lake Houhai. Enjoy a welcome dinner. (D)
Morning visit to the Forbidden City, the complex of imperial palaces which were home to the Emperors for over 500 years. Grand halls and courtyards gradually give way to more intimate domestic quarters, giving a glimpse into the pampered isolation of the Emperors. Afternoon visit to the beautiful Summer Palace where the Emperors went to escape the heart of the city. (BL)
Drive north to the less-crowded and more scenic part of the Great Wall at Mutianyu. Afternoon visit to the Ming-era Temple of Heaven where the Emperors performed annual sacrificial rituals for good harvests. Enjoy a Beijing Duck dinner. (BLD)
Visit the ornate Lama Temple and the serene Confucius Temple with its cypress trees and large stone tablets, before flying to Xi'an. On arrival visit the Ming City Wall. Transfer to hotel (B)
Visit the world-renowned Terracotta Army – 7000 individually crafted life-sized figures, complete with chariots and horses. Afternoon visit to the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the Grand Mosque and Muslim quarter. This evening there is an optional Tang- era music and dance dinner performance. (BL)
Fly to Chengdu and visit the People’s Park where the locals congregate for serious tea drinking and practise Tai Chi, ball room dancing, singing and walking the ‘cat walk’. Join the locals for afternoon tea. Optional Sichuan opera performance after a dinner of typical Sichuan cuisine. Stay at hotel in Chengdu. (BD)
Drive to Leshan and take a cruise to marvel at the magnificent Giant Buddha, hewn from the mountainside in the 8th century, and 233ft high. Back in Chengdu visit the quaint old quarter at Jinli. Enjoy a Sichuan flavour dinner followed by optional Sichuan opera performance. (BLD)
This morning see the world’s beloved Giant Pandas at the Panda Research Base. Visit the quaint old quarter and the Shu Brocade Institute.Take the train to Chongqing and board the Yangtze river cruisesfor your 3-night cruise to Yichang. (BD)
Optional excursion to Fengdu. In days gone by, Fengdu was believed to be the abode of devils and the 700 temples on Mingshan Hill with their bizarre statuary bear testimony to the city’s notoriety as the ‘City of Ghosts’. Afternoon shore visit to the quaint wooden temple of Shibaozhai. Captain’s welcome dinner. (BLD)
Pass through the shortest and narrowest gorge, Qutang Xia (8km). Mists frequently swirl around the mysterious limestone peaks in Qutang Xia, some nearly 1200 meters high, while the river rushes by, swift as an arrow. Cruise through the second gorge, Wu Xia, 44km long with its peaks rising to dizzy heights above the river. Visit the Daning River or Shennong Stream. (BLD)
Enter the western section of Xiling Gorge. Moor at Yanjiawan for a shore visit to the Three Gorges Dam construction site, one of mankind’s greatest engineering feats to date. Resume sailing through Xiling Gorge, which, stretching 75km, is the longest of the gorges and known for its swift current
and dangerous shoals. Arrive Yichang and fly to Shanghai to stay at hotel for 3 nights. (B)
Visit the elegant Yuyuan Garden. Opposite are the Huxing Teahouse and the old Chinese quarter of Shanghai where cobbled streets are lined with traditional shops selling herbal medicines, handicrafts, Chinese tea and a variety of tantalising snacks. We sample a Shanghai ‘dim sum’ lunch at the quarter’s most famous restaurant and explore the quaint bazaar. Afternoon admire bird’s eye views from the Oriental Pearl Tower. This evening there is a cruise on the Huangpu River to see the illuminated Bund and Pudong District. (BD)
Take a day trip to Suzhou by train. Visit the ancient city gate at Panmen and the Garden of the Master of the Nets. Explore the bustling old town and continue to a silk mill to see the ancient technique involved in producing the region’s silks. Enjoy a cruise on the Grand Canal to Marco Polo Bridge. (BL)
Fly to Guilin and visit the Tea Research Institute. Overnight at hotel in Guilin. (B)
Take the world-renowned Li River cruise to Yangshuo and drift gently through magical landscapes. Browse through Yangshuo’s colourful shops and stay at the hotel. Admire impressive scenery at the sunset view point. Evening spectacular son et lumiere show on the river by a cast of 600. (BLD)
Morning visit to the extraordinary Silver Cave. Lunch is taken at a riverside setting. This afternoon admire magical scenery along the Yulong River with free time to relax and enjoy the resort. (BL)
Return to Guilin, fly to Shanghai/Beijing or Hong Kong to connect with your homeward flight.
(English) The tour cost includes:
- Twin room in specified hotels and room type specified
- Domestic flights: Beijing-Xi’an, Xi’an-Chengdu, Yichang-Shanghai, and Shanghai-Guilinin economy
- Bullet train ticket: Chengdu-Chongqing (first class)
- Service of professional English-speaking local guides accompanying for all transfers and sightseeing
- Transfers as specified on the itinerary
- The entrance fees to all listed sightseeing
- Meals as specified B-Breakfast, L-Lunch, D-Dinner
(English) Not included in the tour
- International flights in Economy.
- Chinese Visa
- Travel Insurance
- Meals not specified & drinks
- Sightseeing not specified
- Personal expenses, i.e. Laundry, communication, use of internet, souvenirs etc.
(English) **All flight timings are subject to change without notice. In cases were we are aware of any major schedule changes made to your itinerary before your departure, we shall revise your arrangements and notify you accordingly. However, it is possible for changes to occur whilst you are in China. Our representatives will do all that is necessary to rectify the problems these changes may cause and will endeavour to seek your advice concerning new arrangements. However, at times there can be limited options and some decisions may have to taken without your consent to protect the well being of your tour in general**