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Planning for a short trip for your family and loved ones?  No matter it is a weekend getaway or a leisure hideaway, we offer a wide range of packages of your choice.  Check it out now.









 






















 
 

Almaty 
Almaty, formerly the capital (1991 – 1997) of Kazakhstan, is located in the biggest city in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. It is also a major commercial and cultural centre of the country.  The name Almaty comes from the word “alma”, meaning apple, and is dubbed “The City of Apples”.
 
Astana
Previously called Akmola, Astana replaced Almaty to become the capital of Kazakhstan in 1997.  In 1998, it was named Astana, which means “the capital” in Kazakh.  It is located in the north central part of Kazakhstan and is the second largest city in the country.  It is a major industrial and agricultural production centre and a transportation hub of the country.


Beijing
As the capital of the People's Republic of China, Beijing is the nation's center of government, economy, culture, and international activities, as well as serving as a transportation hub to the entire country. With a population of 11 million people, Beijing contains 18 districts and counties covering an area of 10,450 square miles. The suburbs contain: Dongcheng, Xicheng, Xuanwu, Chongwen, Chaoyang, Haidian, Fengtai, and Shijingshan. An outer suburban area consists of: Fangshan, Mengtougou, Changping, Tongxian, Shunyi, Daxing, Huairou, Miyun, Pinggu, and Yianqing.
Beijing City is an independently administered municipal district located in the northeastern part of China at an elevation of 143 feet above sea level. Beijing has a continental climate. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 24 degrees Fahrenheit. At an average temperature of 79 degrees Fahrenheit, July is the warmest. The best time to visit Beijing is May, September and October.
 
Beijing has a long history. As early as 500,000 years ago, ancient "Peking Man" lived at Zhoukoudian 30 miles southwest of Beijing. King Wu was the first to declare Beijing the capital city in 1057 B.C. Established in 1045 B.C., Beijing is an ancient cultural city, serving for 800 years as the capital of the Liao, Jin, Yuan, Ming, and Qing dynasties.

Beijing was also known as Peking by the Western world before 1949. In the early nineteen twenties, Beijing became the cradle of China's new democratic revolution. The May Fourth Movement against imperialism and feudalism began in 1919. On October 1st, 1949, Chairman Mao announced to the world the founding of the People's Republic of China.
Beijing is also known as a tourist city for its many places of interest, including ancient architecture, royal gardens, mansions, towers, temples, palaces, and modern structures. It is a gathering place of artists and other talented people.

 
Shanghai
Shanghai, located along the coast of the East China Sea and the southern banks of the mouth of the Yangtze River, is a city under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government.  It has a population of over 13 million people and.is the largest metropolis in China and one of the most historically significant cities.  It is a flourishing international metropolis, known worldwide for its highly developed industrial, commercial and financial components.

Shanghai is an ideal "shopping paradise". Nanjing Road, known as "China's No.1 Street", the reconstructed Huaihai Road, Jinling Road, East and North Sichuan Road, the Yuyuan Garden shopping and tourist area, the Ever Bright City Commercial Center, Xujiahui Commercial Center, and Zhangyang Road Commercial Center in Pudong are all packed with rows of shops.  Shanghai is also a paradise for gourmets.  There are over a thousand restaurants serving the famous 16 styles of Chinese food, such as Beijing, Sichuan, Guangdong, Yangzhou, Fujian.  There is also French, Russian, Italian, English, German, Japanese, Indian and many other tantalizing types of foreign cuisine, genuine Muslim food and vegetarian food. In Shanghai you have the world at your fingertips.
 
 
Suzhou
Located along the side of Lake Taihu in the Yangtze River region, 62 miles east of Shanghai, Suzhou is an ancient cultural city built 2,500 years ago.
 
Suzhou is crisscrossed by rivers and enjoys a mild and humid climate, easily accessible by water, land and air transportation. Many cloistered gardens were built during and after the Song Dynasty, making the city famous for its awe-inspiring classical gardens. The natural scenery of hills and streams in Suzhou is as charming as a delicate flower. Streets and alleys in Suzhou run parallel to centuries-old canals. Small bridges and flowing waters, white walls and dark gray roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance. There are many historical sites which are extremely attractive for visitors.
 
Most of the gardens in Suzhou, Jiangsu Province were private gardens built in ancient China. They are tranquil, exquisite, elegant, and created to be in complete harmony with nature. The creators of these gardens invented ingenious techniques to put a cramped space to best use. There are flowers and trees, pools, hills, bonsai works and pavilions within the boundaries, forming a natural yet richly landscaped environment. The most famous gardens in Suzhou are the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Wangshi Garden, and the Lions Grove.
 

City/Province/Theme Tour Name Prices
Beijing 北京3 Days Beijing Free & Easy Package >HK$1,890
Suzhou 蘇州3 Days Suzhou Free & Easy Package >HK$2,020
Almaty 阿拉木圖4 Days 2 Nights Almaty Package >HK$3,760
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Before Departure
A set of travel kit which includes a detailed itinerary, flight schedule, hotel information and contacts will be provided before departure.
 
Weather
China has a diverse climate which varies from different regions.  It is cold and dry in most of the cities during winter.  In summer, it is hot and wet in the southeast and southwest China due to rainy season, while it is hot and dry in the northwestern part of China.
 
Clothing
Light cotton dresses, sunglasses and a hat to guard against sunburn for the summer.  Wool and fleece layers, topped with a down jacket with wind-breaking shell, scarves, gloves, hats and woolen socks for the winter.  Wear layers that can be added on or discarded as weather changes.  Comfortable rubber-soled shoes are recommended.
 
Food & Beverages
Hotels in China usually offer buffet breakfast or continental breakfast. You may bring some snacks along with you for the trip. Avoid drinking tap water and eating cold dishes or beverages at the street market. Drink only bottled water and well cooked food during the trip.  
 
Transportation
The most efficient and comfortable way to travel is by air.  Air China, China Southern Airlines, and China Eastern Airlines operate regular flights between cities in China.  Train and high-speed rail will be arranged occasionally.  The itinerary states clearly the transportation that will be used throughout the trip. 
 
China Visa & Travel Document
Most of the overseas passport holders are required to apply for a China Visa to enter China. Please check with your local Chinese embassy for visa application.   Remember to check if your passport is valid for at least 6 months before your departure date.
 
Communication
There are two service systems for China Cell Phone – GSM and CDMA.  China Mobile's feature is the GSM system, while China Unicom the CDMA system.  Cell phone network covers most provinces in China except that transmission may sometimes be interrupted in certain sub-urban areas.  Most hotels have IDD lines where you can make IDD calls in your room. Internet access is available at the business centre of most hotels.
 
Money
The currency is called Chinese Yuan (CNY), which is also known as Renminbi (RMB) locally.  International credits cards like Visa and Master are accepted by hotels in the major cities.  US Dollar Travellers Cheques are acceptable for money exchange in most hotels.

 
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