Classic Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure

Classic Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure
Classic Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure
Classic Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure
Classic Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure
Classic Beijing to Hong Kong Adventure
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Stand face-to-face with the Terracotta Warriors and marvel at the Master of the Nets Garden and other national treasures on this 14-day tour through China. By crossing the country via train, you’ll go from the power of the Great Wall to the bright lights of Shanghai and through the karst scenery of Yangshuo. Plus, with optional cycling tours and treks through the countryside, you’ll experience the quieter side of China, too. Discover the country’s natural and cultural highlights with the perfect combination of included activities and free time to explore.

Highlights
  • Experience a local meal and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an
  • Visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square
  • Enjoy an acrobat show in Shanghai
  • Trek along rice terraces through different villages
Transport
Train, bus, private vehicle, walking.
Accommodation
Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts).
Destinations
  • China
  • Hong Kong
  • Far East
  • Far East
Tour Types
  • Museum
  • Trekking
  • Walking
  • Cultural
  • Flowers and Gardens
  • Photography
  • Ruins-Archaeology
  • Adventure
  • Small Group
  • Cycling

Location: Beijing

Arrive at any time.<p>Is Beijing top of your must-see list? Booking pre-trip accommodations will let you do Beijing your way before meeting up with the group.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Your opportunity to meet your CEO and fellow travellers, and learn more about your tour. Opt to join the group for a local meal afterwards. Don't forget to see the notice in the lobby (or ask reception) for the official time and place to meet up with the group.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Laurel Hotel Beijing (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Beijing

Enjoy an included visit to the Great Wall.<p>Head out of town to the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall. Spend time wandering around, taking photos, and picking up souvenirs.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs. For more specific or in-depth information, an official guided tour is recommended.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Climb the rolling hills of Huairou County at Mutianyu, one of the best-preserved sections of the Great Wall. Enjoy scenic views as the wall winds along mountain ridges, and take brag-worthy photos of the wall from any of the 22 towers.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Use your evening to explore the cityscape of Beijing.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Laurel Hotel Beijing (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Beijing, Xi'an

Take the Beijing metro to visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. Later, board a fast train to Xi'an.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Explore one of the world's largest public squares, home to the Monument to the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of the People. </p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: MORNING</strong> Our CEO will steer around crowds and help make the most of a visit to the Forbidden City.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Climb aboard, take your seat, and get around like the locals do.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Huiyuan Jinjiang International Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Xi'an

Visit one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. After, the day is yours to explore as you wish.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel. We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. However, train tickets availability is limited during peak travel times, including summer vacations and Chinese national holidays. As such, it is possible that the group may be separated into different carriages or assigned top sleeping berths.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take a guided tour of the Terracotta Warriors where more than 8,000 clay soldiers and hundreds of replica horses and chariots stand in three pits. Learn why the Emperor Qin Shihuang commissioned the statues to serve as his army in the afterlife and how they were discovered. Spend a half-day exploring this archaeological wonder.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: AFTERNOON</strong> Opt for some cycling, or just take a walk around and explore the city of Xi'an.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Huiyuan Jinjiang International Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Xi'an, Shanghai

Say goodbye to Xi'an this morning and hop on the fast train to the bustling city of Shanghai.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Shanghai

Take the train to Suzhou today for a day exploring in the city. Visit Suzhou's famed Master of the Nets Garden, one of the most beautiful in China and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Admire the impressive Tiger Hill Pagoda and its surrounding landscape.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Take the train to Suzhou for a day trip that includes a visit to the famed Master of the Nets Garden, one of the most beautiful in China and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visit Tiger Hill Pagoda, an impressive octagonal tower completed in 961 during the Song Dynasty. Walk around the hill and admire the natural beauty and landscapes all around you.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Shanghai

Enjoy free time in this bustling city before watching a spectacular Chinese acrobat show in the evening.<p><strong>FREE TIME: </strong> Take advantage of your free time today to visit Yuyuan Gardens, return to the Bund, or do some shopping on Nanjing Road.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a Chinese acrobatic show with tumbling, balancing and plate-spinning and amazing contortionists— truly not to be missed!</p>

Accommodation: Shanghai Holland Hotel

Accommodation Name: Shanghai Holland Hotel (or similar)

Location: Shanghai, Yangshuo County

Spend a free day exploring the mix of modern and historic in Shanghai before boarding an overnight train to Yangshuo.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Train is our main mode of transport in China and it's a great way to travel. We aim to get the best sleeping berths available on each train journey. However, train tickets availability is limited during peak travel times, including summer vacations and Chinese national holidays. As such, it is possible that the group may be separated into different carriages or assigned top sleeping berths.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Head out and discover energetic Shanghai. </p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Stretch out and get some well-earned rest en route to the next stop.</p>

Accommodation: ,Overnight Train

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Yangshuo

Transfer to Yangshuo. Admire the region's unforgettable landscape, dotted with towering karst mountains along the winding Li River.<p>Spend two days in Yangshuo enjoying the heaps of activities available in this scenic region. Some favourites include dabbling in Tai Chi or Chinese calligraphy, walking and cycling through the countryside, climbing atop a karst for panoramic views or relaxing at one of the town's many cafés. Try your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school and pre-book the Central Chinese Cooking Class by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a brief walk with your CEO. He/she will give you some tips on finding things like supermarkets, main squares, and ATMs.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Xinfuan Hotel (West Street) (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Yangshuo

With an entire free day, Yangshuo is yours to discover.<p>Try your hand at cooking local fare at a boutique cooking school and pre-book the Central Chinese Cooking Class by adding it to your checkout page, or ask your GCO or travel agent for assistance.</p><p><strong>FREE TIME: FULL DAY</strong> Get out and explore scenic Yangshuo.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Xinfuan Hotel (West Street) (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Yangshuo, Longjingjie

Enjoy a morning float down the Li River, then enjoy a traditional lunch at the Jia Community Restaurant. After lunch, transfer to Longji and get ready for the next day's hike with some free time.<p><strong>Additional Information: </strong> Luggage Storage: You have the option of storing your larger luggage at the entrance - we recommend bringing a 2-day pack and all valuables. From last stop of bus ride to the guesthouse it takes approx. 20 minutes of walking uphill.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Get on a local boat (called a bamboo raft) and enjoy the gentle ride along the Xingping section, known as the most beautiful portion of the Li River.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy a traditional Chinese meal served by rural women working to create new opportunities for their families. Since the migration of men to urban centres is common in rural regions, women and children now have a safe place to gather and learn together at Community Corners, created by the Rural Women's Development Foundation. In Liandaowan Village, you'll enjoy a meal and support women developing new work skills to become self-reliant. This initiative helps to create meaningful employment alternatives to agriculture as a source of income.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Liqing Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,Lunch,

Location: Longji

Enjoy village to village trekking along the rice terraces.<p>Longji is famous for its centuries old rice terraces, often referred to as the Dragon's Backbone, built along forested mountain slopes that seem to poke into the clouds. Check out the unique wooden architecture of the local Zhuang and Yao people.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Enjoy an included half-day trek along hills and terraces, and admire the rice paddies that this area is famous for. Stop for lunch along the way. Longji means "Dragon-backed Mountain", due to the appearance of what look like scales on the mountains when the rice paddies are filled with water in the spring.</p>

Accommodation: ,Hotel,

Accommodation Name: Liqing Hotel (or similar)

Meals: ,No Meals,

Location: Longji, Hong Kong

Transfer to Guilin and board a bullet train to Hong Kong, arriving in the late afternoon.<p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Settle in and scan the scenery from the convenience of a private vehicle.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get to your next destination faster than the speed of light (ok maybe not that fast) aboard a high-speed train.</p><p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Ready for a little more ink in your passport? Grab your bags and get ready to check another country off your bucket list.</p><p><strong>TRANSPORT: </strong> Get around underground via public transit.</p>

Accommodation: Harbour Plaza North Point

Accommodation Name: Harbour Plaza North Point (or similar)

Location: Hong Kong

Depart at any time. <p><strong>ACTIVITY: </strong> Not ready to leave? Your CEO can help with travel arrangements to extend your adventure. </p>

Accommodation: ,

Meals: ,No Meals,

Included
  • - Master of the Nets Garden visit
  • - Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour
  • - All transport between destinations and to/from included activities
  • - Great Wall excursion
  • - Longji Terraces half-day trek
  • - Orientation walks in Shanghai and Yangshuo
  • - Terracotta Warriors tour
  • - Chinese acrobat performance in Shanghai
  • Your G for Good Moment: Jia Community Restaurant, Yangshuo
  • Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group
  • Your Discover Moment: Shanghai
  • Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo
  • Accommodation
    -Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts).
  • Meals
    -1 lunch Allow USD365-475 for meals not included.
  • Fully Guided
    -English-speaking Chinese CEO (Chief Experience Officer) throughout.

Not Included
  • Tipping and Gratuities
    -
  • International Travel
    -
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for our travellers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. The exploitation of people in the sex trade is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our CEOs have the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they utilize the services of paid sex workers, in any capacity.
Train travel is often used throughout our China trips as it's an easily accessible and fast way to make the most of the time you have in China. While packing for your trip please note the following restrictions and remember that the local policies in place are for yours and everyone's safety. Prohibited items on China's trains and metro: 1. Any knives or scissors 2. Items or food that have an unpleasant odour (ex. Durian) 3. Open liquor bottles (new bottles with the seal intact are okay) 4. Pressurized/flammable containers over 120ml in size (ex. sunscreen spray, mosquito repellent spray, hairspray, etc.) Prohibited items on trains to/from Guangxi Province - Guilin/Yangshuo 1. Floria Water - a mosquito repellent water common in China 2. Self-heating food items (self-heating hot pot, rice, etc.) 3. As well as everything on the previous list above
Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts).
We don't expect any problems, and nor should you, but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the emergency contact details provided in this dossier and contact us as soon as possible. If you have a pre-booked transfer, and you have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the Starting Point hotel, following the Joining Instructions. Please apply to your travel agent on your return for a refund of the transfer cost if this occurs.
The information in this trip details document has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. It may differ slightly to the one in the brochure. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience. Please note that our brochure is usually released in November each year. If you have booked from the previous brochure you may find there have been some changes to the itinerary. VERY IMPORTANT: Please ensure that you print a final copy of your Trip Details to review a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans.
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All our G Adventures group trips are accompanied by a G Adventures Chief Experience Officer (CEO) in China. The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting – we think it's the best of both worlds.
Max 16, avg 12.
Visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square, Experience a local meal and the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, Enjoy an acrobat show in Shanghai, Admire towering karst mountains along the Li River, Trek along rice terraces through different villages
1. LUGGAGE As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. Train travel means that bags have to be stowed either overhead or under beds, so travelling as light as possible is recommended. 2. COMBO TRIP Please note that this tour combines with other G Adventures tours. As such, the staff and some travel companions on your tour may have previously been traveling together with G Adventures, prior to Day 1 of your tour. Likewise, some staff and travel companions may be continuing together on another G Adventures tour, after your trip concludes. 3. Peak season notice: Golden Week falls between October 1st and 7th, 2019/2020/2021. Please note that Golden Week is a semi-annual 7-day or 8-day national holiday for the people of China. This is a very busy time of the year for domestic tourists, so expect some crowding at major attractions. We recommend booking these dates well in advance as accommodations and transportation availability is extremely limited.
Check-in times and baggage allowances/restrictions vary by airline and can change at any time. For the most up-to-date information for your flight, please contact your airline. We recommend checking in online in advance to avoid potential delays at the airport.
While it is our intention to adhere to the route described below, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The Trip Details document is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered. Aboard expedition trips visits to research stations depend on final permission. Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.
For details of your joining hotel please refer to your tour voucher, G Account, the G Adventures App or contact your travel agent.
When arriving to Beijing International Airport, if you have not pre-booked an arrival taxi with G Adventures, you can take a taxi or the Airport Express Train. Taxi: Follow the signs to the taxi ranks once you have come out of the baggage hall. The ranks are clearly defined, and traffic guards will systematically put you into a taxi. Print out the name of your hotel in Chinese. A taxi ride will take between 45min-1hour depending on traffic, and should cost between 95-120 Yuan (plus an extra 10 for the tollway). DO NOT GO WITH ANYONE WHO APPROACHES YOU OFFERING A METERED TAXI WHICH IS PARKED IN THE LOT. THEY WILL RIP YOU OFF. Airport Express Train: Once you have come out of the luggage hall, follow the signs to the underground Airport Express Line. This line takes you to the center of Beijing, to DONGZHIMEN, where you can take a taxi to your hotel(taxi fare is about 30 yuan). The Airport Express ticket costs 25 yuan. It takes about 16 minutes from Terminal 3 of the Airport to Dongzhimen. Train hours are from 6:30am to 10:30pm. If you have paid in advance for an arrival transfer, a G Adventures representative will be at the airport to meet you. If for any reason you are not met at the airport, please call our local support line. If you are unable to make contact for whatever reason, please make your way to the joining point hotel via taxi. Please note that Day 1 is an arrival day and no activities have been planned for that day other then your welcome meeting in the evening, so you can arrive at any time. Similarly the last day is a departure day during which no activities have been planned. A G Adventures Representative will organize a short meeting soon after arrival, during which you will meet other tour participants and receive information about general and specific aspects of the trip. A welcome note will be left for you in the hotel so you have all the necessary information regarding the meeting time. If you arrive late, s/he will leave you a message detailing what time and where you should meet the next morning.
Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist, Hindu and Muslim countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting small rural communities or visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites as this may restrict your entry.
Eating is a big part of travelling. Travelling with G Adventures you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally, meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally, food is cheap. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your CEO will be able to suggest favourite restaurants during your trip. Vegetarians will be able to find a range of different foods, although in some areas the choice may be limited. Should breakfast not be included, your CEO can suggest some local options For all trips please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.
Night 4 and 8, Sleeper train
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Beijing - Drum and Bell Tower Visit (20CNY per person) - The Pearl Market (Free) - Beijing Kung Fu Show Mutianyu - Toboggan at Great Wall (100-120CNY per person) - Cable Car at Great Wall (100-120CNY per person) Xi'an - Cycling Xi'an City Walls (100-150CNY per person) - Muslim Quarter Visit (25CNY per person) - The Great Mosque (25CNY per person) - Big Goose Pagoda Visit (50CNY per person) - Bell and Drum Towers - Xi'an (50CNY per person) Shanghai - Yuyuan Gardens (45CNY per person) - Shanghai Museum (Free) - Shanghai Acrobatic Performance - Oriental Pearl Tower (220CNY per person) Yangshuo - Chinese Language Lesson (80-150CNY per person) - Yangshuo Tai Chi Lesson (80-150CNY per person) - Central Chinese Cooking Class - Yangshuo - Calligraphy Yangshuo (80-150CNY per person) - Moon Hill Entrance and Hike (20CNY per person) Hong Kong - Temple Street Night Market (Free) - The Symphony of Lights - Victoria Harbour (Free)
Cold Weather: • Long-sleeved shirts or sweater • Scarf • Warm gloves • Warm hat • Warm layers Documents: • Flight info (required) (Printouts of e-tickets may be required at the border) • Insurance info (required) (With photocopies) • Passport (required) (With photocopies) • Required visas or vaccination certificates (required) (With photocopies) • Vouchers and pre-departure information (required) Essentials: • Binoculars (optional) • Camera (With extra memory cards and batteries) • Cash, credit and debit cards • Day pack (Used for daily excursions or short overnights) • Ear plugs • First-aid kit (should contain lip balm with sunscreen, sunscreen, whistle, Aspirin, Ibuprofen, bandaids/plasters, tape, anti-histamines, antibacterial gel/wipes, antiseptic cream, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, water purification tablets or drops, insect repellent, sewing kit, extra prescription drugs you may be taking) • Flashlight/torch (Headlamps are ideal) • Fleece top/sweater • Footwear • Hat • Locks for bags • Long pants/jeans • Moneybelt • Outlet adapter • Personal entertainment (Reading and writing materials, cards, music player, etc.) • Reusable water bottle • Shirts/t-shirts • Sleepwear • Small travel towel • Sunglasses • Toiletries (Preferably biodegradable) • Watch and alarm clock • Waterproof backpack cover • Windproof rain jacket Health & Safety: • Face masks (required) • Hand sanitizer (required) • Pen (Please bring your own pen for filling out documents.) • Rubber gloves Smart Dress: • Smart outfit (For evenings out) Train Travel (Optional): • Slip-on shoes • Small container with lid • Travel cutlery • Travel or camp cup Trekking: • Gloves • Hat • Hiking boots/sturdy walking shoes • Hiking pants (Convertible/Zip-off and quick dry recommended) • Snacks (Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies, energy sweets.) • Socks (Trekking socks (woollen or synthetic, not cotton).) • Thermal base layer (Woollen or synthetic, not cotton.) • Walking poles (Highly recommended.) Warm Weather: • Sandals/flip-flops • Shorts/skirts (Longer shorts/skirts are recommended) • Sun hat/bandana • Swimwear Note: from Apr-Aug is rainy season for most of Southern China, so please ensure you have some waterproof clothing. From Nov-Apr weather can be cold, so please pack warm clothing.
Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewelery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it deemed necessary, due to safety concerns. Your Chief Experience Officer (CEO) will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy and explore at your leisure. While your CEO will assist you with options available in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions. Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards), have a balanced approach to safety. It is our policy not to allow our CEOs to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s). Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk. <a href="/travel-resources/safety/">Read more about travel safety</a> for ways to further enhance your personal safety while traveling.
We believe solo travellers should not have to pay more to travel so our group trips are designed for shared accommodation and do not involve a single supplement. Single travellers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Some of our Independent trips are designed differently and solo travellers on these itineraries must pay the single trip price.
Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
Traditionally in China tipping is not expected and thus there is no need to tip in restaurants and your general interaction with locals; however, tipping is customary - though not compulsory - in the tourism industry and not only shows an expression of satisfaction it may also be of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. There are times during the trip where there is opportunity to tip the local guides or drivers we use. You may do this individually, or your CEO may offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from 1 to 3 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your CEO for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group as a whole should gather to present the gift to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for a friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s). Also at the end of each trip if you felt your G Adventures CEO did an outstanding job tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $5 USD per person per day can be used.
Train, bus, private vehicle, walking.
** Please be advised that if you have recently travelled to Turkey, or you are a Turkish citizen, it is possible that your Chinese visa will not be approved. Please contact your local embassy for further information. ** Please note that visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change. It is important that you check for yourself with the embassy of each country. Your travel agent can assist. Please, keep in mind that all countries require passports valid for at least 6 months from the moment of departure from the country. CHINA: all nationalities require a visa to visit China Most nationalities also need an official Letter Of Invitation (LOI) before they can apply for their Chinese visa. You can obtain the LOI through our visa support agent in China. The visa support link you need to complete will be sent to you or your travel agent by email when you confirm your booking. You must read the instructions carefully and fill out all the details. Please ensure that you list the same details as appear on your LOI when filling out your Chinese Visa Application form. HOW TO FILL IN CHINA LOI FORM ONLINE: As Chinese visas are dated specifically for entry and exit, please ensure you enter the correct dates as per your flights entering and exiting China. Please remember to put exactly the same dates when you fill out the application at the Chinese embassy. You will need to provide additional documentation to the consulate (i.e. flights tickets, hotel reservations) if these dates fall outside the duration of the tour. Please do not submit the below application until 3 months prior to your entry into China. The details will be forwarded to our local agent in China and you will be emailed your Chinese Invitation Letter (With day by day Itinerary) only once we are within 60 days of the trip start date. Once you have received your LOI you can apply for your visa by going to the nearest Chinese embassy. Please, remember that it is your responsibility to check whether passport details, name spelling and dates on the LOI are correct. As of April 3rd, 2018, all Chinese visa application forms must be typed. Handwritten forms will no longer be accepted. Following the successful implementation of their 144 hour visa free program for the Shanghai district, The Ministry of Public Security of China have announced the extension of the 144 hour visa free program for provinces of Beijing, Tianjin and Hebei. As of the 29th of December 2017, over 50 foreign nationals can now enter or exit via one of the following ports: - Beijing Capital International Airport - Railway West Railway Station - Tianjin Binhai International Airport - Tianjin International Cruise Homeport, or - Shijiazhuang Zhengding International Airport in Hebei Province and Qinhuangdao Harbor. HONG KONG: all Indian nationalities require a 'pre-arrival registration' to enter Hong Kong Indian nationals must apply for and successfully complete pre-arrival registration online before they can visit or transit the Hong Kong. Pre-arrival registration is not required for Indian nationals in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area. An Indian national can make use of the online service to apply for pre-arrival registration free of charge if he/she: - Holds an Indian passport valid for at least six months; and - Intends to visit or transit (except in direct transit by air and not leaving the airport transit area) in Hong Kong for a stay not exceeding 14 days. Information accurate as of December, 2018. Link to Indian pre-arrival registration: https://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/pre-arrival_registration_for_indian_nationals.html
What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 minutes with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones. Do not bring any knives or swords into China (gifts or otherwise). If they do make it into the country, they will not be permitted on trains. If you purchase a knife or sword while travelling elsewhere before arriving in China your best option is to post/mail it home before entering the country as no post/mail companies in China will accept it as a parcel.
Your G for Good Moment: Jia Community Restaurant, Yangshuo Your Welcome Moment: Meet Your CEO and Group Your Discover Moment: Shanghai Your Discover Moment: Yangshuo. Great Wall excursion. Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Terracotta Warriors tour. Master of the Nets Garden visit. Orientation walks in Shanghai and Yangshuo. Chinese acrobat performance in Shanghai. Longji Terraces half-day trek. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

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Start:Beijing
Finish:Hong Kong
Group size:12 - 16
Suitable for: 18-99
Accommodation:Hotels (10 nts), guesthouse (2 nts), sleeper trains (1 nts).
Physical rating:3 - Average
Meals:1 lunch
Diets:Vegetarians, Vegans
Tour operated in: English
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