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China in 14 Days, 12 Nights in Destination

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Delve into eclectic China in this journey through revered traditions and fast paced modernity; from imposing skyscrapers and serene temples to the historical Great Wall, relish the infinite beauty of this country.

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    Beijing
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    Chengdu
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    Shanghai
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    Xi'an

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    Accommodation: 12 Nights

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    Novotel Shanghai Qingpu Excellence

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    Shanghai

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    The hotels we select comply with our high standards and requirements per category. The allocation is dependent on availability and seasonality, so you can be assigned any of our selection, including the following: Crowne Plaza Shanghai Xiayang Lake, Harbour Plaza Metropolitan Shanghai, Royal International Hotel, Suning Novotel Shanghai, Wyndham Shanghai Nanxiang

    Itinerary

    Experience the cultural diversity of China by high-speed train. Explore the mix of new and old in dazzling Shanghai, and stroll along the Bund. In Beijing, discover the Forbidden City and walk on the mighty Great Wall. Head to Xi'an, the heartland of the ancient dynasties, to admire the Terracotta Warriors and visit leafy Chengdu to meet the endangered pandas.

    1st Day: UK / Ireland - Night on board
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    Arrive at your UK / Ireland departure airport*, ready to board your flight to China. 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: Shanghai
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    Arrive in dazzling Shanghai and transfer to the hotel. Shanghai is the largest of all Chinese cities and is known for its futuristic buildings, culinary scene and importance as a global financial centre. Spend the rest of the day exploring at your leisure. Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    Accommodation

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

    983 Reviews

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    3rd Day: Shanghai
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    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, take a walking tour of Nanjing road and the Bund neighbourhood to get to know Shanghai's diverse neighbourhoods. Next, visit an authentic Silk Factory before heading into the bustling Old City Bazaar for a taste of the local culture. Return to the hotel and in the afternoon, we recommend an optional half-day city tour.* In the evening you have the option to enjoy an acrobatic show.** Overnight stay in Shanghai.

    *Optional Shanghai City tour: Discover the delights of Shanghai including the Shanghai Museum, famous for its large collection of rare cultural pieces. Also, visit the Pudong area and enjoy included entrance to the second sphere of the iconic Jinmao Tower.

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

    Accommodation

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

    983 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Walking Tour of Shanghai

    Light

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    Optional
    Chinese Acrobatic Show
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    Optional
    Half-day Shanghai City Tour

    Light

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    4th 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. Otherwise, we recommend an optional tour of Suzhou Gardens* or a Huangpu River Cruise later in the evening.**  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.

    **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

    983 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Suzhou Gardens and Canal Boat Tour

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Huangpu River Night Cruise

    Light

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    5th Day: Shanghai - Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station to catch a bullet train to Beijing in 2nd class seats. 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. In the evening, we recommend an optional Kung Fu Show at the Beijing's Red Theatre* Overnight stay in Beijing.

    *Optional 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

    50 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Red Theater Kung Fu Show
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    6th Day: Beijing
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    Breakfast at the hotel. This morning, enjoy a tour of the fantastic Temple of Heaven, a religious complex used by the emperors of the Qing and Ming dynasties. Here you have the opportunity to watch the locals practising Tai Chi in the tranquil surroundings. Afterwards, visit a local Pearl Factory for a fascinating insight into the production of these precious jewels. Return to the hotel and spend the afternoon at your leisure. We recommend an optional Hutong tour* through central Beijing. Overnight stay in Beijing. 

    *Optional excursion to Shichahai Hutong & Lama Temple: Hop on a rickshaw, the most popular form of transportation in recent years, and visit Bell Tower and Drum Tower from the outside before stepping into one of the local Siheyuan courtyard houses of Hutong to learn about Chinese paper cutting. Finally, visit the Lama Temple, also known as the Yonghe Temple, which is considered as the largest and most perfectly preserved Buddhist monastery in present-day China.

    Accommodation

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

    50 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Half-day Temple of Heaven and Pearl Factory

    Light

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    Optional
    Hutong District & Lama Temple

    Moderate

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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 an impressive Jade exhibition, where you will learn about the traditional significance of this precious stone. Arrive at the Great Wall where you have time to learn about the history of the wall and enjoy walking on this ancient relic of the past. On the way back to Beijing, visit a traditional Chinese Medicine factory. Return to Beijing and stop at the famous Olympic Park, where you can admire the beautifully architected Bird's Nest Stadium and Water Cube Aquatics Centre. Transfer to the hotel. We recommend an optional Golden Mask Show, a beautiful cultural performance.* Overnight stay in Beijing.

    *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

    50 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. Also, visit the Tea House to then admire the enigmatic Summer Palace. After the tour, try the famous Peking Duck for dinner. Watch the chef slice the golden-brown duck, so that you can admire his skills and the thin crispy skin. You will also learn how to eat this dish correctly.

    Accommodation

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

    50 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Full-day Tour of Beijing

    Moderate

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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, transfer, and check-in to the hotel. Afterwards, enjoy free time to get to know your new surroundings. Try walking around the neighborhood, or join an optional night tour* to get a deeper view of the local highlights. Overnight stay in Xi'an.

    *Optional night tour: Take an evening tour, beginning with the North Square of the Wild Goose Pagoda, then heading all the way to The Grand Tang Mall, also known as Datang Everbright City. This pedestrian-friendly park offers a captivating experience that transports you back to the Tang Dynasty with lights, statues, and stalls.

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Jianguo Hotel Xian or similar

    489 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Xi'an Evening Tour and Datang Everbright City

    Moderate

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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. Visit the terracotta workshop and get closer to the warriors while learning traditional crafting techniques. Next, dive to visit Great Mosque and Muslim Quarter, where you will challenge yourself to take a food adventure and enjoy your shopping time there. Overnight stay in Xi'an.

    *Optional Tang Dynasty show with dumpling banquet dinner: 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. Enjoy a dumpling banquet for dinner, included with this activity!

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Jianguo Hotel Xian or similar

    489 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Terracotta Warriors & Muslim Quarter

    Moderate

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    Optional
    Tang Dynasty Show with Dumpling Banquet Dinner
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    11th Day: Xi'an - Chengdu
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Transfer to the train station to catch a Bullet Train to Chengdu in 2nd class seats. Arrive and transfer directly to the Panda Base Center, home to the iconic and elusive giant pandas, one of the most endangered animals in the world. Here, you may be lucky enough to watch the pandas in the huge outdoor enclosures. After getting up close to these beautiful creatures, head to the Panda Museum to learn about these endangered animals. Next, enjoy a visit to the Shu Embroidery Museum, for an insight into one of China's most prestigious traditions of embroidery. Transfer to the hotel and in the evening we recommend an optional Sichuan Opera Show.* Overnight stay in Chengdu.

    *Optional Sichuan opera show: Enjoy a vibrant and colourful evening of entertainment. The Sichuan Opera involves a multitude of colourful masks, costumes and traditional performing arts. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Felton Gloria Grand Hotel... or similar

    40 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    included
    Chengdu's Panda Base and Panda Museum

    Light

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    Optional
    Sichuan Opera Show

    Light

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    12th Day: Chengdu
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure in Chengdu, walking along the riverside, delving into the stretching history of the city, which stretches back to the 4th-century BC, or sampling the local cuisine. We recommend an optional excursion to Huanglongxi Ancient Town & Leshan Big Buddha.* Overnight stay in Chengdu.

    *Optional Full-day excursion to Huanglongxi & Leshan Big Buddha: First, visit Huanglongxi Ancient Town, home to more than 1700 years of history. Here you can explore old Chinese culture and customs and soak up the beautiful natural landscapes. Continue to Leshan to visit the famous Leshan Big Buddha, the largest sitting stone Buddha in the world at 71 metres high. Situated on the banks of the Dadu River, walkways enable you to get up close to the Buddha. On the way back to Chengdu, stop at a local Tea Plantation. End the day with a delicious Hot Pot Dinner. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Felton Gloria Grand Hotel... or similar

    40 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Full-day Tour to Leshan Big Buddha, Tea Planation & Hot-pot Dinner

    Moderate

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    13th Day: Chengdu
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    Breakfast at the hotel. Enjoy a day at your leisure, relaxing or exploring the galleries, museums and historical monuments of Chengdu. We recommend a full-day excursion to Dujiangyan and the Sichuan Cuisine Museum.* Overnight stay in Chengdu.

    *Optional Full-day tour to Dujiangyan & Sichuan Cuisine Museum: Embark on an exciting tour of the ancient Dujiangyan waterworks, an impressive feat of engineerings and construction, still used today to control flooding on the Min River and to irrigate the arid regions around Chengdu. It helped to boost Sichuan to a successful and prosperous province. Afterwards, head to the Sichuan Cuisine Museum to taste and cook classic dishes such as Kung Pao Chicken. 

    Accommodation

    ONE OF OUR SELECTED HOTELS
    Felton Gloria Grand Hotel... or similar

    40 Reviews

    See our full selection

    Activities

    Optional
    Full-day Tour to Dujiangyan and Sichuan Cuisine Museum

    Moderate

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    14th Day: Chengdu - UK / Ireland
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    Breakfast* at the hotel. Enjoy a morning at your leisure in Chengdu before transferring 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. 

    Included activities

    Included

    Walking Tour of Shanghai

    Included activity for day 3 in Shanghai

    Visit the neon-lit Nanjing Street and the Bund to experience the modern Shanghai. Continue discovering how one of the most renowned Chinese luxury products is made at the silk factory. Finish exploring the old city bazaars and street food stalls.

    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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    Terracotta Warriors & Muslim Quarter

    Included activity for day 10 in Xi'an

    Discover the famous Terracotta Warriors! See the troops in battle formation and learn about this archeological find. Visit a terracotta workshop and end the day in the historic Muslim Quarter and its Great Mosque.

    Duration 05:00h Approx. Pick up time: 09:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

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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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    Activity only available on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The show will be performed in chinese and some functions might have screens with subtitles in English

    Chinese Acrobatic Show

    Suggested activity for day 3 in Shanghai

    Experience one of the world's oldest performing arts as you are immersed in an evening of culture and entertainment.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 19:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

    more information
    Optional

    Half-day Shanghai City Tour

    Suggested activity for day 3 in Shanghai

    Discover the delights of Shanghai including the Shanghai Museum, famous for its large collection of rare cultural pieces. Also, visit the Pudong area and enjoy the views from the iconic Jinmao Tower.

    Duration 04:00h Approx. Pick up time: info at destination

    Physical rating:

    Light

    more information
    Optional

    Suzhou Gardens and Canal Boat Tour

    Suggested activity for day 4 in Suzhou

    Get to know the top sites not to be missed of Suzhou, including the Lingering Gardens and the Suzhou Museum before hopping on a boat ride to make your way to the charming Old City.

    Duration 09:00h Approx. Pick up time: 08:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Moderate

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    Optional

    Huangpu River Night Cruise

    Suggested activity for day 4 in Shanghai

    View the city's skyline from the comfort of the river cruise as you enjoy an evening of spectacular views of Shanghai.

    Duration 02:00h Approx. Pick up time: 19:00 Approx

    Physical rating:

    Light

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    The price includes

    • Included in all our trips. more information
    • Departures from main UK and Ireland airports.
    • International Flights: UK/Ireland - Shanghai, Chengdu - UK/Ireland.
    • High-Speed/Bullet Trains: Shanghai - Beijing - Xi'an - Chengdu in 2nd class seats. *
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    • 12 nights accommodation in Superior 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.
    • Visit of Panda Base, home to the iconic and elusive giant pandas.
    *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 of 50 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 are not 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.

    • Entry requirements

      Passport with a minimum of six months validity.

    • Visa

      A visa is required to enter China. Issued by the embassy or consulate.

    • Currency

      Chinese Yuan.

    • Language

      Mandarin Chinese.

    • Electricity

      220 V. Adapter required.

    • Health

      Please consult your doctor regarding malaria prophylaxis.

    • Time zone

      UTC + 08:00.

    • Other useful information

      Different signs, numbers and symbols.

    • Tourist Office website

      http://tourismchina-ca.com/

    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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