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  Culture Tour & Package - China Tours
Destinations in China
 
China has a history of over 5,000 years. With more than 40 UNESCO World Heritage Sites and 56 ethnic groups throughout the territory, China’s mysterious charms draw millions of visitors to the country every year. To explore the fascinating legends, the amazing landscapes and the diverse cultures of China, you may like to take a tailor-made tour that meets your travel schedule and budget
 
Besides the theme tours, we also offer many exotic destinations in China including the world-renowned Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan Province, Zhangjiajie in Hunnan province, Guizhou, Shanxi Province where many ancient architectures are still preserved, Southern and Northern Xinjiang, the famous Three Gorges at Yangtze River, and the picturesque Guilin, etc., which are specially designed to show you the intriguing side of China. Join us to check out the fascinating heritage sites that await you to explore, the cultural activities that are yet to unveil, and the local delicacies that you dare to give it a try!




















 
Chongqing
Located in the southwest inland of China and known as a “mountain city”, Chongqing is surrounded by mountains and has a warm and humid climate in summer. Chongqing is a prominent economic, trade and industrial center along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It became one of the four municipalities in China in 1997.
 
Chongqing is one of the most characteristic historic and cultural cities with a history of over 3,000 years.  The beauty of its natural landscape and the wealth of tourism resources it owns render it as a hot tourist city. There are several must-see spots in Chongqing.  For example, the hanging house (Diaojiaolou) of Hong Ya Dong, which is a traditional Chinese complex facing the Jianling River, exhibiting the essence of Bayu culture; the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower project and the Dazu Rock Carvings which was inscribed as the World Cultural Heritage by UNESCO in 1999.

Dali
The Dali Scenic Region lies in Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture located in the northwest of Yunnan Province.  Yunnan is made up of one municipality and eleven counties.  Dali covers a total area of 11,380 square miles with a total population of 3,063,000, of which minority nationalities make up 1,553,000.  The Bai people make up 33.2 percent of the total population and the Yi, Hui, Naxi, Miao and other minority nationalities account for a total of 16 percent.

Dali is the major region where the Bai minority live in compact communities.  The capital of the Prefecture, Dali Municipality, is 247 miles away from Kunming.  It is located at the center of Dali Bai Autonomous Prefecture, surrounded by beautiful mountains and crystal-clear lakes. Within and around the city, there are many relics and places of historical interest.  It was the political, economy and cultural center for 500 years during the Tang and Song Dynasties.  The annual average temperature is 59 degree Fahrenheit.  The climate is pleasantly spring-like all the year round.  The beautiful scenery, varied traditions and the culture of minority nationalities make Dali a well-known place of interest.
 
Datong
Datong, the second largest city of Shanxi, lies in the northern part of the Shanxi Province and serves as a central point of Jingbao Railway, Tongpu Railway and Daqin Railway. It is 352 km away from Taiyuan and about 380 km away from Beijing. Owing to its peculiar geographical position, Datong was once a military site of strategic importance and the central hub in two dynasties. Besides, Datong is regarded as one of the most influential coal mining regions in China.

Reputed as one of China’s top ancient cities, Datong is famous for its lush historic relics and valuable cultural heritage, including Yungang Grottoes, Buddhist caves with a history of 1,500 years; Hua Yan Temple, the only wooden architecture of the Liao period; The Hanging Temple, built in late Northern Wei Dynasty, is a wooden temple clinging to the cliff side. Other attractions include the Shanhua Temple and the Nine Dragon Screen, etc.


Guilin
Located in the northeast of Guangxi Province, Guilin possesses four distinct seasons and unique tourist resources.  Its distinctive landscape scenery and the unique karst landform have gained a world-renowned reputation, as an old saying goes: "Guilin has the best landscape scenery in the world".

Taking the advantage of rich tourist resources and unique folk customs, Guilin highly boosts its tourism development and forms two major tourism centres based in Yangshuo and Xing'an. Travelers can definitely feast their eyes on the splendor of Li River scenery. Besides, the spectacular Gudong Waterfall, stunning Lijiang Bay and Silver Cave are also worth seeing.

Guilin is a historic city well-known for its ample antiquities. Adjacent to the Li River are the Jingjiang Prince City Scenic Area and the prominent Solitary Beauty Peak. Jingjiang Prince's Residence was a unique ancient architecture built in the Ming Dynasty, originated from the imperial residence of Zhu Shouqian, the great-nephew of the first Ming Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang. It is deemed as a historical witness of Guilin development which retains the valuable heritage of the Ming Dynasty Seignior. Other cultural relics in town such as the Lingqu Canal in Xing'an and Gongcheng Confucius Temple possess a high historical and artistic value as well.

Guiyang
Guiyang is the capital of Guizhou Province, the People's Republic of China. Guiyang is located in central Guizhou province, situated on the east of the Yungui Plateau, and on the north bank of the Nanming River, a branch of the Wu River.  The city has an elevation of about 1,100 meters.  It has an area of 8,034 square kilometers.  The climate in Guiyang is often mild and moist, neither extremely hot nor very cold.  Spring, summer and autumn are the best seasons for visiting Guiyang.

Hangzhou
Hangzhou is the capital of Zhejiang Province. It is located along the banks of the Qiantang River, at the southern end of the Beijing Hangzhou Grand Canal.
 
One of the seven capitals of ancient China, Hangzhou is an ancient cultural city and a well-known tourist city. It is most famous for the beautiful scenery of the West Lake. With an area of 6,047 square miles inhabited by a population of 5.2 million, it embraces six urban districts and seven suburban counties, namely Yuhang, Xiaoshan, Fuyang, Tonglu, Lin'an, Jiande and Chun'an. The Fuchun and Xin'an rivers and Thousand Island Lake are national scenic areas. In the 13th century, Marco Polo praised Hangzhou as the most beautiful city in the world. Hangzhou is also famous for its silk and tea products.
 
Kaili
Kaili city is the capital of the Qiandongnan Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefecture of southeast Guizhou. Ethnic people account for 70% of the population of 470,000.
           
In and around Kaili itself there are a number of industries that include building materials, textiles, paper-making, electronics, and engineering.  The lansdcape is very attractive, with its terraced rice paddies and extensive karst scenery, but perhaps the main reason for travelling to this area is to explore the fascinating ethnic minority areas, Miao and Dong.

Kaiping
Kaiping, with a total area of 1,659 square kilometers, is situated at south-central part of Guangdong Province. Kaiping, together with Xinhui, Taishan and Enping are collectively known as the “Four Counties”. Kaiping villages are hometowns to many overseas Chinese.  In early Qing Dynasty, people from Kaiping traveled afar to overseas to make a living.  But their deep-rooted heart tied them back to their hometown. When they got affluent, they returned to Kaiping and started to build houses, known as Dialou, that uniquely blended with both Chinese and Western architectural style.  Diaolou served as a strong linkage between overseas Chinese and their ancestral hometown in Guangdong.

Today, around 1,833 well-preserved Diaolou remain at the site. Their exquisite architectural design allows them to blend harmoniously with the surrounding landscape and local buildings. The most representative Kaiping Diaolou are the Diaolou Cluster in Zili Village and Majianglong Village, which were inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List.

Kunming
Kunming, capital city of Yunnan Province, is located in the central part of Yunnan. Kunming is like spring all year round and flowers and plants remain green throughout the year. It enjoys the reputation of “Spring City”. The population of the city is about 4.95 million. Some people from 26 ethnic minorities of the province reside in Kunming, and folk customs are varied and graceful. Kunming is gifted for many scenic spots such as Stone Forest, Lake Dianchi and Yunnan Nationality Village, etc. It offers convenient transportation to different cities such as Dali, Lijiang and Zhongdian (Shangri-La).

Leishan
Leishan is major ethnic settlement in central and western regions of China.  Xijiang Miao Village, Grande Village etc, are all belong to the county's jurisdiction.  Leishan is very rich in tourism resources. It is one of China's top ten funniest places, with major tourist attractions like the West River, the cultural land of the Miao minority; the Thunder Mountain National Park, a national forest park.  

Leishan have four towns and five villages, namely Danjiang Town, West River Town, Yongle Town, Grande Town, Datang village, Taojiang village, Dadi village, Wangfeng village and Fangxiang village.


Lhasa
Lhasa, the capital of the Tibet Autonomous Region established in 1960, is located along the banks of the Lhasa River, a tributary of the Yarlung Zangbo River. It is the centre of Tibet’s politics, economy, and religious activities. Tibet is a charming place to visit, with its beautiful landscapes, brilliant culture, and mysterious folklore. Lhasa has an abundance of sunshine and it is also known as the Sunlight City.
 
The Tibetan ethnic group makes up the majority of the population in Lhasa, while ten other ethnic groups including Han Chinese and Hui make up the minorities. Tibetan Buddhism is the major religious belief in Tibet. Jokhang Temple, Ramoche Temple and Drepung Monastery are all sacred temples of Tibetan Buddhism located in Lhasa. Another famous heritage in Lhasa is the Potala Palace, an ancient architectural complex built on the Red Hill. It is regarded as a bright pearl on the roof of the world, and was inscribed as the World Culture Heritage by UNESCO in 1994.

Lijiang
Situated in Lijiang Naxi Autonomous County, Yunnan Province, the Old Town of Lijiang, habitat of Naxi nationality, was first built in the period of late Song and early Yuan dynasties (late 12th century-mid 13th century) with an area of 1.6km2. There are Black Dragon Pond, Five Phoenixes Tower and other scenic and historic sites here,  with “Lijiang Man” stone found here after the founding of the PRC. Green mountains surround the ancient city, and the water from the Black Dragon Pond flows through the ancient town in three branches, which in turn drop into fine streams flowing into wall-surrounded households, to form an integral water system with the wells and springs dotted here and there. The Dongba pictographic characters, paintings, music, dance and Dongba classics, full of rich connotation, are well-known far and near. They are the precious material examples for studying the dwelling environment, local historical culture and ethnic folk custom of the Naxi Nationality. In 1997, it was inscribed in the “World Cultural Heritage List”.
 
Nanjing
Nanjing, known as Jinling in ancient times, is the capital of Jiangsu Province and it lies on the south bank of the Yangtze River. Nanjing served as the capital for ten dynasties. It covers an area of 2.5 thousand square miles and has 5.06 million residents.  It is one of the important communication hubs in China.  Its well-developed transportation network, railway, highway and aviation makes Nanjing’s port the biggest port of the inland rivers.  Nanjing is the famous ancient city in China with many interesting scenic spots.  A lot of Chinese ancient monarchs took here as their capital city, such as Wu Dynasty, Jin Dynasty, Song Dynasty and Ming Dynasty.  Confucian Temple and the Mausoleum of Sun Yat-sen are the national major places of interest in Nanjing.
 
Pingyao
Situated at the central Shanxi Province and south of the Taiyuan basin, Pingyao has an excellent geographical location and convenient transportation network. Taking the advantage of the distinctive seasons and ample natural resources, Pingyao becomes one of the most important agricultural regions in Shanxi Province.

With more than 2,700 years of history, where the spectacular architectures were remarkably well-preserved with a wealth of historic antiquities of Ming and Qing dynasties, the ancient city of Pingyao was inscribed as the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997. There are several worth-seeing spots in the old town, such as Rishengchang Exchange Shop, the first draft bank in China; Shuanglin Temple, the “Treasure house of Painted Sculpture”; Zhenguo Temple, one of the remaining oldest wooden architectures in China.

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 in the Jiangsu Province, 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.  With rivers crisscrossing and “little bridges, flowing streams, and residences" surrounding the city, Suzhou has gained the name as the “Venice of the Orient”.  Streets and alleys in Suzhou run parallel to centuries-old canals. Little bridges and flowing streams, white walls and dark grey roof tiles match one another in tranquil elegance.   The thousand-year-old ancient towns, including Zhouzhang, Tongli and Mudu, scatter around Suzhou, making it a typical water town in Jiangnan region.

Suzhou is also a garden city.  Many cloistered gardens were built during and after the Song Dynasty in complete harmony with nature, making the city famous for its awe-inspiring classical gardens.  There are flowers and trees, pools, hills, bonsai works and pavilions within the boundaries, forming a natural yet richly landscaped environment.  Currently, there are 9 UNESCO gardens in Suzhou, including the Humble Administrator's Garden, the Lingering Garden, the Wangshi Garden, and the Lions Grove.


Wuhan    
        
Wuhan lies in the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River, Hubei Province. It is the intersection of the Yangtze River and Han River, and named after the three cities Wuchang, Hankou and Hanyang. Wuhan embraces four distinct seasons, traditional Chinese landscape and a unique geographical pattern of “two rivers and three towns”. Owning to its strategic location, Wuhan was regarded as a transport pivot along the Yangtze River in the early establishment of the People's Republic of China.  Wuhan’s thriving industrial development once gained a reputation as "Chicago of the East".

Wuchang is the most familiar one out of the three towns in Wuhan, where the Wuchang Uprising broke out, indicating the commencement of the Xinhai Revolution. Wuhan is also a historic city replete with rich ancient Chu culture, possessing a great deal of cultural heritages, such as Yellow Crane Tower, one of the Three Famous Towers in Jiangnan; East Lake, the largest lake within a city in China; and Guiyuan Temple, which houses a collection of 500 sculptures of Buddhist disciples.

Xiamen
Xiamen, situated in the southeast of Fujian Province and facing the East China Sea and Taiwan, is the most important trading port and one of the five special economic zones in China.  Han takes up the major population while there are more than 20 other ethnic minorities, with Minnan as the typical dialect spoken in Xiamen.  Legend has it that Xiamen is also named Egret Island because of its favourable natural environment that has attracted thousands of egrets to inhabit.

Xiamen has many famous nearby sightseeing spots, including Fujian Earth Building (also called Tulou cluster) which is a complex of giant, earth-rammed architectures developed by Hakka people who migrated from the Central Plains to the southern part of China centuries ago. The unique architectural design equipped the Earth Building with fireproof, earthquake-resistance and mechanical defense, showcasing the wisdom of traditional Chinese architecture. Another popular attraction is the beautiful Gulangyu Island which earns the reputation as "Garden on the Sea". The whole island pervades with fresh air and pleasant climate all year round, and the picturesque scenery blends harmoniously with historical, cultural and architectural elements.

Xining
Located in the northeastern part of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, Xining is the capital city of Qinghai Province. It is the hub of Qinghai’s politics, economy, culture, science and education, and transportation.  There are 36 ethnic minorities including Han, Tibetan, Tu, Mongolian, etc.  With an average altitude of 2,261 meters, Xining has a continental plateau climate. Summer in Xining is relatively cool and the average temperature is about 17- 19℃, so it is regarded as a summer resort.

Xining has unique and beautiful scenery and many places of interests. The Ta’er Lamasery which holds plenty of precious relics and good editions of Tibetan scriptures.  Other attractions include the world-famous Qinghai Lake, Bird Island, Sun & Moon Hill, and the Dongguan Mosque.

Yangshou
Located in the south of Guilin in Guangxi Province, Yangshou is well-known for its unique and picturesque natural scenery which has made it a popular tourist destination. The verdant peaks, crystal-clear water, magnificent caves and grotesque rocks interlace with the picturesque Li River area, the highlight of travelling Guilin. The incredible Elephant Trunk Hill, Folded Brocade Hill and the surrounding mountains form a distinctive landscape, which translates the old saying: "While Guilin has the best landscape scenery in the world, Yangshuo has the most beautiful part of Guilin".

Other tourist destinations include the Yulong River which is also known as a “little Li River”, with Yulong bridge, Fuli bridge, Xiangui bridge, and a local fruit village as highlights of the area.  Not far from Yangshou lies the Baisha Town, a small town with beautiful countryside scenery that captivates thousands of local and foreign visitors.
 
Yangtze River
Originated from the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau of China, Yangtze River is well-known as the longest river in Asia and the third longest river in the world, subsequent to the Nile River and the Amazon River. Yangtze River has an abundance of fresh water and more than 3,600 tributaries crisscrossing 11 provinces or municipalities in China.  With ample waters around, shipping and trading prosper in the cities such as Wuhan, Shanghai and Nanjing, along the Yangtze River.

The Three Gorges on the Yangtze River include Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge, forming the world’s famous natural scenery.  They start from Fengjie County of Chongqing to Yichang of Hebei Province.  Each gorge has its own appeal: the upper reach of the Qutang Gorge is magnificent, the Wuxia Gorge is graceful, and the Xiling Gorge is cliffy.  All these showcase the beauty and uniqueness of the Three Gorges.

Yichang
Yichang, known as Yiling in ancient time, lies in the southwest of Hubei Province and clings to the east end of the Xiling Gorge. With its picturesque landscape, it is regarded as “A Pearl of the Gorge”. Taking the advantages of the completion of the Three Gorges Dam, coupled with the local ample natural resources and favorable geographical location, Yichang enjoys a boost in economic development and becomes a popular tourist city and hydroelectric power supply center in China.
 
Apart from the spectacular natural scenery, several famous historic battles in ancient China were taken place in Yichang.  Some of the historic sites, for example, the Battle of Changban, can still be found today. Yichang is also the hometown of the eminent patriotic poet Quyuan of the Warring States Period and the concubine Wang Zhaojun of the Han Dynasty.  The Quyuan Temple and Zhaojun Village are still well preserved and become famous cultural tourist destinations in Yichang.
 
Zhenyuan
Zhenyuan is an ancient town in the eastern part of Guizhou province, 3 hours’ drive from Kaili. Zhenyuan Black Dragon Cave is an architectural complex dating back to the Ming and Qing dynasties. It consists of six parts (Black Dragon Cave, Ziyang Academy, Zhongyuan Buddhist Temple, Longevity Palace, Prayer Bridge and Lotus Blossom Pavilion).  Its layout and design rely on a skillful incorporation of cliffs and architectural form.  

Zhenyuan has long been an ancient town of the Miao people.  Its long history endows the town with many rich and generous cultural relics, making it much like a historic garden.
 
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Special thanks to Wing for the tight communication with me all these months on creating this itinerary and making it happen. Though it was just 4 days trip, but it is my most enjoyable trip in this year because of the lovely sights, which would not have happened if Wing did not assist me with her advice and planning.
And I felt that this being the third trip with your company, Wing has understood me better and better with each trip, and I see the improvements with each trip as Wing really took in my feedback and make those improvements as I would like to see. Thank you very much to Wing.

Ms. Joyce Kwa
4 Days Jiuzhaigou (2 - 5 Nov 2013)

Here are some comments that didn’t fit neatly onto the feedback form you provided. First, please don’t think that because we marked almost everything “VG” that we raced through the form and didn’t give it any thought. We truly were very satisfied with almost every aspect of our trip that you arranged.
 
Second, for the information of your future clients, we want to point out some places we found exceptionally interesting. Mogao Caves—we imagine anyone who goes there knows something about them, so we won’t say anything more. We will urge anyone interested in the Mogao Caves to seriously consider a trip to the Yulin Grottoes. Many of the paintings there are much better preserved than those at Mogao. Moreover, the site is interesting, as is the trip there from Dunhuang.
 
The provincial museum in Lanzhou boasts a terrific exhibition of objects connected with the Silk Road. This covers the period from Western Han to Qing, with the major emphasis on early periods—Tang and before. This exhibit and two others—one on Buddhist art and another on Gansu painted pottery—could easily take two days to cover thoroughly.
 
The provincial museum in Taiyuan (it’s formal title is 泰源博物園 not 泰源博物館) is equally rewarding. The museum’s holdings are especially rich in Jin objects, as we would expect, but all early dynasties are very well represented in an exhibition titled “Cradle of Chinese Civilization.” What I didn’t expect was a fascinating exhibition of early Chinese money and an equally fascinating exhibition of architectural models. This museum also would occupy a careful observer most of two days.
 
Pingyao—we enjoyed our stay there, but we probably wouldn’t return, since we feel we saw what there was to see.
 
Wutai Shan is an embarrassment of riches. Our guide told us that all the other local guides wanted to know what we were going to do for such a long time there (three days and four nights). We had no trouble filling the time, and we wished we could have stayed longer. Three days is enough time to see the major sights in the Taihuai cluster, but no time to see outlying temples. We would have enjoyed a longer stay.
 
Here I should say a word about the received wisdom concerning Shanxi province—it’s dirty, polluted, and dull. In our experience that’s not the case. The sky was bluer than we have ever seen it in Xi’an (we have spent two months, more or less, there) and the air is definitely less polluted than in Beijing. The mountain scenery is spectacular, though not in a green forest way but in a harsh, arid climate way. It’s definitely not 江南, but it’s important to see this cradle of Chinese civilization.
 
Datong surprised us, especially given what I said above about Shanxi’s province’s image. The sky was blue, the sights very interesting, and the local knife-cut noodles delicious. The high point was Yungang grottoes. We had just half a day there and wished to have time to spend a full day. The municipal museum was surprisingly strong in Northern Wei objects, which complemented seeing Yungang very nicely.
 
Then we arrived in Beijing to our first disappointment of the trip. Ms. Yau, the room you had originally arranged for and in which we stayed when we stopped here on the way to Dunhuang was not available. When we were here in October I checked with the desk to be sure they had us booked for that room or its equivalent, and I was assured they had. But upon our arrival we were told we could have the room for one night and then would have to move out for three nights and then cold move back. That was simply too much moving. So we stayed in a standard room for four nights, wishing all the while we could have been in the room to which you so kindly upgraded us. That said, when we return to Beijing next year we almost certainly will stay there again.
 
One note about Beijing: The newly opened National Museum of China is marvelous. We spent two full days working our way through the exhibits of Chinese antiquities up to the end of the Tang. The objects are very clearly and thoughtfully displayed; labels in both Chinese and English are well-written and informative; and, wisely, the administration of the museum allows photograph (no flash or video). This is a real benefit for people like me whose visual memories are weak.
 
Finally, my wife and wish to stress how much we appreciated the local guides and drivers. Their help, their sharing their knowledge, their careful driving—all those were crucial to our enjoyment.
 
 
Janet and Michael Rodriguez
 
8 – 31 Oct 2011
Gansu & Shanxi provinces

Tour guide in Wuhan is Mr Cheung who was exceptionally good.  He was well-informed, witty, friendly and hard working.  The Wuhan driver was careful and polite.  They are a good team.
 
Linda's hard work pays off.  We had a wonderful holiday.  Thank you, Linda.  We also appreciate Linda calls to China to make sure that everything was O.K.
Mrs M Wong & family
7 Days Wuhan - Yangtze Cruise - Chongqing Tour (12 - 18 Jul 2010) 

Good choices were made on tour guides, drivers and hotels.  Excellent follow up by Ms Linda Yau
 
Mrs Jan Chan & family
7 Days Huangshan & Shanghai Tour (17 - 24 Apr 2010)


After a fantastic couple of weeks in China we leave for Hong Kong tomorrow.  We have had a great time and the memories will stay with us for a lifetime.
 
Could you please forward our sincere thanks to our local guides, ZHAO in Beijing, SUSAN in Xian and SISSI in Shanghai who have made our trip so memorable?  They have all been extremely kind and helpful making sure we experienced the local culture and history in each location.
 
Thank you also for organising the trip and ensuring we had such a great time.
 
With sincere thanks.
 
Kevin & Sallie Redmond 
2010


M/M SY Tse    兩位導遊服務細心妥貼,使我們整個旅程愉快的渡過,謝謝
M/M Auyang   領隊 Mona 與導遊服務態度很好,比較細心,和照顧各團友都好,當我們有意見時也能接受並即改善。
M/M S. Tse      The tour guides are excellent
 
8 Days Guilin (16 – 23 Oct 2007)

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.
 
Accommodation
“Culture Hotel” is our hotel brand that aims to bring to you a unique hotel concept. Each hotel blends in with local architectural style and décor to preserve the indigenous flavour of the region. During your trip, you may have a chance to stay at one of below distinctive hotels that have character and soul:
 
Beijing  : Lusongyuan Hotel
Dunhuang : The Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel
Shaoxing : Baicao Hermitage
Suzhou : Pingjiang Lodge
Tunxi : Tunxi Lodge
Xidi : Xidi Travel Lodge









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.   To visit Tibet, all overseas passport holders are required to apply for a special permit. Please allow at least 14 working days to apply for the Tibet Permit.   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 desert 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. 

Health information for Travelling Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau
With an elevation ranging from 3,660 meters to 5,500 meters above sea level, the air pressure of most of the region in Tibet is relatively low. For those who visit plateau for the first time may suffer from different levels of high altitude sickness such as headache, shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting and other symptoms. One should avoid vigorous activities on the plateau and dress properly to keep warm. Normally, the symptoms will be relieved or disappear gradually after 2 to 3 days. Get restful sleep to maintain good health, take more deep breath and keep your walking speed slow upon arrival. If you are constantly not feeling well, please go to the nearest hospital or return to a low altitude place to rest.  Our itineraries are designed to ascend gradually from relatively low altitude spots such as Xining in Qinghai (2,200 to 3,200 meters) so that travelers can acclimatize to high altitude environment gradually.

 
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