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Hong Kong and Continental China

Hong Kong & China in 14 Days, 12 Nights in Destination

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Relish in China’s magical heritage, oscillating between modern and traditional, as you visit cities from Hong Kong to Beijing, as well as historically significant sites and culturally defining landmarks.

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    Xi'an

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    Accommodation: 12 Nights

    Itinerary

    Experience four of Greater China's most iconic destinations! Start with Hong Kong's bright lights and towering peaks. In Beijing, explore the Temple of Heaven and walk on the Great Wall. Head to Xi'an, the heart of ancient dynasties, and admire the Terracotta Warriors. Let Shanghai amaze you with its mix of new and old as you visit the city’s highlights.

    1st Day: UK/Ireland - Night on board
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    Arrive at your UK/Ireland departure airport, ready to board your flight* to Hong Kong. Night on board.

    * If either your outbound or inbound flights depart in the early hours (before 4:00 a.m.) you must arrive at the airport the night before the indicated departure day.

    2nd Day: Hong Kong
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    Touch down in Hong Kong, a vibrant metropolis where east-meets-west and the skyscraper-studded skyline enthralls all who see it! Transfer to the hotel for check-in and spend the remainder of the day relaxing at the hotel or taking a stroll along the beautiful bay area.

    Alternatively, take part in our optional night tour of the city*, the perfect way for you to become acquainted with your new surroundings. Overnight stay in Hong Kong.

    * Optional Hong Kong Night Tour: Take part in a fully-guided sightseeing tour of Hong Kong where you will discover the city’s most emblematic sites, including the dazzling Temple street, the Avenue of Stars, modeled after the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Tsim Sha Tsui Promenade before ending your excursion witnessing the Symphony of Lights, an unforgettable nightly spectacle.

    Please note: You will only be able to join this tour if your flight lands before 4 PM.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Metropark Hotel Kowloon or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    2042 Reviews

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    Activities

    Optional
    Evening city tour

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    3rd Day: Hong Kong
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today, embark on a half day tour of Hong Kong that will take you to some of the city’s top tourist attractions, including the city’s tallest hill (552 meters), Victoria Peak, which you will get to by cable car. You will then make your way to Repulse Bay, a luxurious residential area for dining, relaxation, and aquatic activities.

    From here, stop by tourist favorites, Aberdeen and Sampan Ride before heading over to Stanley Market to visit an array of different shops selling everything from silk garments, art, Chinese costume jewelry, souvenirs and more. Return to your hotel and enjoy the rest of the day at your leisure. Overnight stay in Hong Kong.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Metropark Hotel Kowloon or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    2042 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Half Day Tour of Hong Kong

    Light

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    4th Day: Hong Kong
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy the entire day at your leisure. Perhaps you can take this time to go sample the local cuisine in the hundreds of cafes, bars and restaurants this city has to offer. Alternatively, take part in one of our two optional activities; either a full day excursion to Macau* or a full day excursion to Lantau Island**.

    * Optional Full Day Excursion to Macau: Take part in this tour of the city of Macau, once a Portuguese territory and today considered the ‘Las Vegas of Asia’. Stop by some of the most emblematic sights of Macau, including: A-Ma Temple, Penha Hill, Ruins of St. Paul, Leal Senado Square and Casino Venetian. 

    ** Optional Full Day Excursion to Lantau Island: Experience the world-renowned NP 360, a bicable gondola lift on Lantau Island in Hong Kong where you will take an incredible cable car journey to the culturally-themed Ngong Ping Village and visit the city’s biggest statue of the Buddha.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Metropark Hotel Kowloon or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    2042 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Full Day Excursion to Lantau Island

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    Optional
    Full Day Excursion to Macau

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    5th Day: Hong Kong - Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today you will be transferred to the airport for a flight to mainland China. Arrive in Beijing, the enormous capital of China, famed for its ancient sites such as the iconic Forbidden City, and as being the gateway to some of the most visited portions of the Great Wall. Transfer to the hotel. Overnight stay in Beijing.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    51 Reviews

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    6th Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel.  Enjoy a half-day tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Afterwards, visit a Pearl Factory to learn about the production of this precious object. In the afternoon we recommend an optional Hutong Excursion* and a Kung Fu Show experience in the evening.** Overnight stay in Beijing.

    * Optional Hutong Excursion: Hop on a rickshaw, the traditional form of transportation, and visit Bell Tower and Drum Tower from the outside before stepping into one of the local Siheyuan courtyard houses to learn about Chinese paper cutting. Finally take advantage of the shopping on Wangfujing street.

    ** Optional Red Theatre Kung Fu Show: Admire the intricacies of this martial art as you enjoy a professional show.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    51 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Half-day Temple of Heaven and Pearl Factory

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    Optional
    Red Theater Kung Fu Show
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    Half-Day Hutong Tour

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    7th Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Set off on an exciting excursion to the best-preserved section of the Great Wall of China. The Juyongguan section is the most visited part of the wall and is the best representation of the former splendour of this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of unimaginable length, the wall can be seen from space. On the way, admire the countryside and stop at a Jade craftsmanship exhibition, where you can learn about the culture surrounding this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you will have plenty of time to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. Return to Beijing to visit a Chinese Natural Remedies Factory, to learn about the ancient practices and remedies used in traditional eastern medicine for more than 2000 years. Then, stop at the famous Olympic Park for a photo stop and admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre from outside. We reccommend attending a Golden Mask Show in the evening, a beautiful cultural performance* Overnight stay.

    * Optional Golden Mask Show: Set in the Golden Mask Dynasty, a legendary age in China, the story tells the story of a queen, who wears a golden mask, and creates a splendid dynasty. It is a fabulous insight into China's history and arts.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    51 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Half Day Tour of the Great Wall of China

    Light

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    Optional
    Golden Mask Dynasty Show
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    8th Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day exploring Beijing at your leisure, visiting the sights or delving into the fabulous cuisine. Alternatively, we recommend an optional excursion to Tiananmen Square & the Forbidden City*. Overnight stay in Beijing. 

    * Optional Full-Day Tiananmen Square & Forbidden City Excursion: Explore the iconic Tiananmen Square to then head to the Forbidden City, an impressive palace complex and home to the former Imperial Chinese Palace for the years spanning from the Ming to the Qing dynasties. It is the world's most visited attractions and showcases immaculate Chinese design and architecture. Afterwards, visit a traditional Bamboo Factory and finally, explore the Summer Palace, a former imperial garden from the Qing era.

    Please note: the Forbidden City is closed on Mondays, so the order of the itinerary may be changed to accommodate this closure.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Beijing Marriott Hotel Ch... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    51 Reviews

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    Activities

    Optional
    Full Day Beijing City Tour

    Light

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    9th Day: Beijing - Xi'an
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station for an exciting bullet train journey to Xi'an. Arrive and check-in at the hotel. Afterwards, visit the Muslim Quarter and enjoy some shopping time there. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Tang Dynasty Show for an evening of entertainment.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

    * Optional Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater: Enjoy the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show with fabulous music and dancing from the era of the Tang Dynasty, China's golden age. The show is a unique way to get to know the historical culture of the ancient city of Xi'an.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Jianguo Hotel Xian or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    489 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Xian's Muslim Quarter Walking Tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Tang Dynasty Show at Shanxi Theater
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    10th Day: Xi'an
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Today, discover one of China's most iconic sights as you enjoy a visit to the Terracotta Warriors Museum. Approximately 8,000 sculpted figures were buried alongside Qin Shi Huang, the first Emperor of China, and today you can see this once in a lifetime sight for yourself. Each figure is impressively crafted and unique. Be blown away by the intricacy and the sheer number of the figures as you learn about their significance. Also visit the local Terracotta Factory and the Xian Museum, to learn about the history of this ancient Chinese capital. In the evening we recommend an optional night tour of the Old City.* Overnight stay in Xi'an.

    * Optional Old City Night Tour: Tour the Old City of Xi'an at night and enjoy the ambience of the old city walls and the Wild Goose Pagoda (from outside) with photo stops, the North Square and the Music Fountain.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Jianguo Hotel Xian or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    489 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Terracotta Warriors and Xian Museum
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    Optional
    Xian's night tour

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    11th Day: Xi'an - Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. At the indicated time, transfer to the station to take a high-speed train to Shanghai. Arrive, and transfer to the hotel. After resting for a while, take a walking tour of Nanjing road and the Bund to get to know Shanghai's diverse neighbourhoods. Return to the hotel and in the evening you have the option to enjoy a Huangpu River Cruise.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    * Optional Huangpu River Cruise: View the city's skyline from the comfort of the river cruiser as you enjoy an evening of spectacular views.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu E... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    1031 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Short Shanghai Walking Tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Huangpu River Night Cruise

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    12th Day: Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Head out into the city on a tour of the Old Bazaars to experience authentic Chinese culture. Learn about the city's history at the Shanghai Museum and see the modern side of the city. Visit an authentic Silk Factory to discover how this coveted fabric is manufactured. Return to the hotel. We recommend an optional Acrobatic show this evening.* Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    * Optional Acrobatic Show: Experience one of the world's oldest performing arts as you are immersed in an evening of culture and entertainment. Note: This activity is only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu E... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    1031 Reviews

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    Activities

    included
    Shanghai city tour

    Light

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    Optional
    Chinese Acrobatic Show
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    13th Day: Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Spend the day at your leisure, shopping in one of the many shopping centres, strolling around colonial Bund or sampling the street food. Alternately, you can join our optional tour of Suzhou's gardens and canals*. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    * Optional Tour of Suzhou Gardens: Acquaint yourself with Suzhou, known as the ‘Venice of the East’ and one of the most historically significant cities of Southern China where you will visit Lingering Gardens, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and Suzhou Museum before taking a boat ride on Pingjiang River to make your way to the charming Old City and gaze at the Wumen brigde and Prince Zhonog's Mansion.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu E... or similar
    tripadvisor rating

    1031 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Suzhou Gardens and Canal Boat Tour

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    14th Day: Shanghai - UK/Ireland
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    Breakfast at the hotel*. At the indicated time, transfer to the airport for a flight back to the UK/Ireland.

    Arrive in the UK/Ireland and end your trip**.

    * Depending on your flight departure time, you might not be able to enjoy the included breakfast. 

    ** Depending on the flight combination you might arrive to the UK on the following day. 

    Included activities

    Included

    Half Day Tour of Hong Kong

    Included activity for day 3 in Hong Kong

    Take part in a half day sightseeing tour of the very best the city has to offer, including: Victoria Peak, Repulse Bay, Aberdeen, Sampan Ride and Stanley Market for all your shopping needs.

    Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Half-day Temple of Heaven and Pearl Factory

    Included activity for day 6 in Beijing

    Enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex where you could have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Visit then the Pearl factory to discover the techniques around this craft.

    Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Included

    Half Day Tour of the Great Wall of China

    Included activity for day 7 in Beijing

    Start the day at a Jade exhibition on the way to the Juyongguan Great Wall. Discover this ancient wonder, built to protect China from invaders. Continue visiting the Chinese Medicine Center and finish the tour at the Olympic park.

    Duration 06:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Included

    Xian's Muslim Quarter Walking Tour

    Included activity for day 9 in Xi'an

    Get to know the rich history and culture of the Muslim Quarter of the city where you will stop by its main attractions including top eateries to sample delicious local Xian snacks.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Available Activities

    Activities are subject to availability. The price for each optional activity will be shown in the next step of the booking process.
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    You will only be able to join this activity if your flight lands before 4 PM

    Evening city tour

    Suggested activity for day 2 in Hong Kong

    Start exploring Hong Kong heading to the Avenue of Stars, discovering the entertainment district of Lan Kwai Fong, or eating local snacks at night markets.

    Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: 18:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Tour not compatible with Macau daytrip. Must choose only one of them on this day.

    Full Day Excursion to Lantau Island

    Suggested activity for day 4

    Hop on the famous NP360 to take an unforgettable cable car ride to the culturally-themed Ngong Ping Village and gaze at the majestic sight of Hong Kong’s biggest Buddla statue.

    Duration 07:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Tour not compatible with Lantau daytrip. Must choose only one of them on this day.

    Full Day Excursion to Macau

    Suggested activity for day 4

    Get to know this one-time Portuguese colony now known for its array of casinos and being the sin city of China. Stop by emblematic sites such as: A-Ma Temple, Penha Hill, Ruins of St. Paul, Leal Senado Square and Casino Venetian.

    Duration 08:00h Approx. Pick up time: 07:30 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    Half-Day Hutong Tour

    Suggested activity for day 6 in Beijing

    Visit the traditional Shichahai Hutong neighbourhood and take a rickshaw ride. Discover the historic Drum and Bell towers and learn how chinese paper is traditionally made. End the day with some free time for shopping around Wangfujing street.

    Duration 03:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

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    Light

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    The price includes

    • Included in all our trips. more information
    • Departures from main UK/Ireland airports.
    • International Flights: UK/Ireland - Hong Kong, Shanghai - UK/Ireland.
    • Train: Beijing - Xi'an - Shanghai in 2nd class seats. *
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    • 12 nights accommodation in Superior & Deluxe category hotels. **
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    • 12 breakfasts.
    • Transfers in an air conditioned vehicles.
    • Visits and entrance fees with english speaking guide as indicated in the itinerary.
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    • All air taxes and fuel surcharge.
    • Invitation letter for Chinese Visa.
    • ATOL Protection.
    • English-speaking guide during the whole trip.
    *The cancellation policy applicable is according to the Terms and Conditions available and agreed at the time of your purchase

    Not included

    Visa (mandatory), entrances not mentioned on the itinerary, drinks, early check in, tips and any other services not mentioned in what's included.

    MANDATORY TIPS: Mandatory tips of 40 USD in cash per person are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour and will be covering the guide tips during the whole tour. 

    IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear on your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us (approximately two months prior to departure) you will be required to make an appointment to go to the Chinese Visa Center in person with your passport with at least 6 months validity, a passport photo, a visa application form and the invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa. You will also be required to make another appointment to return to the Chinese Visa Center a second time to collect your Chinese Visa (it can be replaced for a home-delivery service with an extra fee). For more information about your nearest Chinese Visa Center, application form and appointment reservations please see: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/visa/. Parallel to the embassy and consulate there are specialized China Visa service companies that can help with a more personalized service. Select UK and your closest center in this website for more information: https://www.visaforchina.cn/globle/ 

    The cost of a Chinese Visa can range from 85 to 150 GBP / person depending on possible added services, express delivery upgrades, etc. It usually takes around 10 days to get a visa approval. 

    MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to customers@exoticca.com  once you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.

    Please be advised that it is the traveler's responsibility to follow-up and be aware of any changes in either Visa requirements or entry conditions.

    * We cannot guarantee that you and your travel companions will be allocated seats together on the train. Some train journeys and flights can be early in the morning in order to successfully follow the schedule.

    ** The hotels stated in the letter of invitation do not need to be definitive; the hotels will be confirmed between 45 and 30 days before departure.

    We recommend carrying cash in either the local currency or in US Dollars.

    MANDATORY TIPS: Mandatory tips of 40 USD in cash per person are not included in the price and must be paid at the destination. These are the ONLY mandatory tips you will be required to pay during this tour and will be covering the guide tips during the whole tour. 

    IMPORTANT: In order to receive your invitation letter for your Chinese Visa (mandatory) it is important that all of your details and names are given to Exoticca exactly as they appear on your passport. Once you receive your invitation letter from us (approximately two months prior to departure) you will be required to make an appointment to go to the Chinese Visa Center in person with your passport with at least 6 months validity, a passport photo, a visa application form and the invitation letter to apply for your Chinese Visa. You will also be required to make another appointment to return to the Chinese Visa Center a second time to collect your Chinese Visa (it can be replaced for a home-delivery service with an extra fee). For more information about your nearest Chinese Visa Center, application form and appointment reservations please see: http://www.chinese-embassy.org.uk/eng/visa/. Parallel to the embassy and consulate there are specialized China Visa service companies that can help with a more personalized service. Select UK and your closest center in this website for more information: https://www.visaforchina.cn/globle/ 

    The cost of a Chinese Visa can range from 85 to 150 GBP / person depending on added assistance services, express delivery upgrades, etc. It usually takes around 10 days to get a visa approval. 

    MANDATORY: Please send copies of the passports of all passengers to customers@exoticca.com  once you have booked your trip in order for us to process your Chinese Visa Invitation Letter.

    Please be advised that it is the traveler's responsibility to follow-up and be aware of any changes in either Visa requirements or entry conditions.

  • Hong Kong
  • China
    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      No visa is required for stays of up to 90 days.

    • Currency

      Hong Kong Dollar.

    • Language

      English and Chinese.

    • Electricity

      220 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      There are no mandatory vaccinations for travellers from EU countries.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 08:00.

    • Other useful information

      People drive on the left-hand side of the road.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://www.tourism.gov.hk/english/welcome/welcome.html

    Remember to download your e-ticket to confirm the times of your flights and to complete online check-in using the airline’s website, or directly at the check-in desk at the airport.

    Accommodation at the hotels is as indicated. In the event of any changes to accommodation, they will always be of the same, or a higher category. The category of hotels is not standardized across all countries in the world. For this reason, the criteria may differ depending on the destination country's own standards.

    In the case of adverse weather conditions, for safety reasons or for any other reasons deemed appropriate, the order and duration of the excursions included in the itinerary may be changed or cancelled without prior notice.

    Triple room: the third bed will be a rollaway bed.

    Children: 2 - 11 years.

    If you have reduced mobility, require the use of a wheelchair, or you would prefer this tour to be a private experience for you and your group, you must contact our Experts at +44 20 8068 3176 before booking to ensure that your needs can be met.

    While on the road, it is highly unlikely that the vehicle will be equipped with wifi or bathroom facilities, though rest stops will be made for long trips. We recommend purchasing a new SIM card at the airport or placing an e-SIM before travel to guarantee internet connection.

    The Foreign & Commonwealth Office offer up-to-date travel advice by visiting https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

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