from US$1898 per person

China Memorable Honeymoon Tour

Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Sanya, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai

This memorable honeymoon tour takes you to the most beautiful and romantic destinations in China. Besides, we provide you with considerate itinerary, quality accommodation and unexpected gifts. Begin our tour from Beijing, enjoy a welcome ceremony, witness and climb the magnificent ancient construction of the Great Wall, get a brief impression of this big capital. Then we go to Yunnan province. Be affected by the romantic atmosphere there and spend leisure time at Dali and Lijiang ancient town, which bring you sense of ancient time and feeling for love. Our highlights come in Sanya, where you walk on the silver beach and take water sports with your sweetheart. A con amore hot spring arouses your feel. Relax and indulge in the fairy island of Wuzhizhou. Our tour ends in the largest city of China-Shanghai, which will amaze you by its modern atmosphere and traditional culture and art. The West Lake in Hangzhou is sure to impress you deeply and bring your faith in love. This tour definitely makes your honeymoon memorable and significant.

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  • Tour Code:
  • CET-HM04
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Beijing, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Sanya, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Forbidden City, Great Wall, The Stone Forest, Dali Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain (Yulong Xue Shan ), The Ancient Town of Lijiang, Songzanlin Monastery, Dadonghai Beach, Wuzhizhou Coral Island, West Lake, Wuzhen Town, Humble Administrator's Garden(Zhuozhengyuan), Yu Yuan Garden, The Bund
  • Experience & Features:
  • Tibetan Family Visit, Sands, Sea, Sunshine in Sanya
  • Physical Rating : 1
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is given a Physical Rating, which indicates how much physical activity is required to participate in it.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Always very easy to go! Sometimes getting around on your own, up and down steps and carrying your own small backpack.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : Light walking or hiking that is suitable for most fitness levels.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : May include high altitude hiking of up to 4-6 hours per day some days of the tour or other activities that require a moderately high level of fitness.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : High altitude trekking suitable only for those with a higher level of fitness and endurance.
  • Cultural Shock Rating : 1
    (What Is It?)
    • Every CET tour is also given a Culture Shock Rating, designed to help you choose a trip that is suitable to your travel tastes and preferences.
    • Rating of 1 ( ) : Little or no adjustment at all is required. The comforts of home are here for the most part.
    • Rating of 2 ( ) : A generally easy trip but there may be the occasional local home accommodation, remote lodging or some public transportation, simple meal or language barrier.
    • Rating of 3 ( ) : Expect an occasional cold shower and remote or even multi-share accommodation, and public transportation or train ride without shower on board…Remember though, this is all part of your CET authentic travel experience!
    • Rating of 4 ( ) : Expect to rough it here and there. This may mean a packed public bus, very remote and rustic accommodation, and no access to western-style food.
    • Rating of 5 ( ) : You are totally off the beaten track with none of the comforts of home, and are exposed to a totally foreign culture to what you are accustomed ... Sounds fantastic, doesn't it!
Itinerary
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Itinerary
Pricing & Accommodation
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Tour Reviews
Trip Notes
Day 1: Beijing

Welcome to Beijing, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel. A high standard honeymoon room is ready for you. Besides, you will be welcomed by an interesting Chinese ceremony to you. And you can put on traditional Chinese wedding dresses and take photos. The rest of the day is free at leisure.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals:


Day 2: Beijing

After breakfast, we will visit the[Temple of Heaven], which is a complex of buildings, gardens, and pathways. And its organization indicates relationship between Earth and heaven. Then we will head for [Tian'anmen Square]--one of the largest city squares in the world. It is located on the central axis of old Beijing. Monument to the People's Heroes stands in the center of Tian'anmen Square. Next we will go to the [Forbidden City]--Imperial palaces for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The city contains 800 ceremonial buildings, 9,999 rooms, and a courtyard that can hold 100,000 people. There you will see that the best ancient Chinese architectural styles are well preserved. You can choose some emperor's dresses and have pictures there. Later the day is on your own to explore more about this city.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 3: Beijing

The Great Wall of China is one of the greatest sights in the world. The longest wall in the world, it is an awe-inspiring feat of ancient defensive architecture. Chairman Mao once said that: "Until you reach the Great Wall, you're no hero." Figuratively this means 'to get over difficulties before reaching a goal'. So today our goal is to get to the top of Jinshanling Great Wall which is the less developed and commercial section of the Great Wall.[Jinshanling Great Wall] is a little dangerous to climb because it winds up and down the precipitous ranges, but as a reward, splendid views are available. Later you can try the crispy and tasty Peking duck dinner, and we highly recommend a typical dinner for you at one famous restaurant.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 4: Beijing-Kunming

This morning we will go to visit the [Summer Palace]--one of China's architectural masterpieces. When you go there, you will fide that the beauty of Summer Palace is beyond imagination. The pavilions, kiosks, terraces, bridges, dikes, corridors are delicately crafted and placed, well displaying the thousands year old Chinese landscape gardening. Profound philosophical and aesthetic tradition can be reflected in this scenic spot. After lunch we will drive to the airport for a pm flight to Kunming. Upon arrival, you will be met by the guide and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to relax.

Stay overnight in Kunming.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 5: Kunming-Dali

Today we will head for the [Stone Forest]. They are magnificent stone masterpieces with various strange and steep intricate formations. The countless labyrinthine vistas make Stone Forest (Shi Lin in Chinese) worthy of the fame as the “First Wonder of the World” The local saying: 'It is a waste of time without being in the Stone Forest while visiting Kunming' indicates that you really cannot miss Stone Forest in your trip to Yunnan. Later this afternoon we will drive to Kunming Train Station to catch an overnight train to Dali after dinner.

Stay overnight on train.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 6: Dali

You will be picked up by your guide at Dali Train Station in the morning, and be transferred to your hotel in the Old Town. Dali is famous for romantic themes: wind, flower, snow and moonlights. Since ancient it has been regarded as a love cradle. You are free to arrange the rest of your time in the morning. After lunch, we will set out to visit a typical sight of Dali--the[Three Pagoda Temple], consisting of three ancient independent pagodas forming a symmetrical triangle. We will enjoy a walk along the [Dali Ancient Town] which was an important gateway to the Silk Road in Southwest China, and also served as a seat of government and a major military barracks for Yunnan Province in ancient times. Traditional marble artworks, like pencil vases, striped screen, and a variety of woven handicrafts of fine straw are laid chockablock on both sides of the street to be appreciated and purchased. Its grand city wall, traditional Bai houses and marvelous scenery have been attracted many visitors.

Stay overnight in Dali Old Town.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 7: Dali-Lijiang

This morning we will depart for Lijiang by private car, van or bus after lunch. It will be a 3.5 hours to get there drive. The beautiful scenery on the way will surely give you some special feeling, and we may stop on the way for you to relax and take some photos. You will arrive in Lijiang before dinner time.

Stay overnight in Lijiang.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 8: Lijiang

Lijiang is an ancient town with unique architectural styles and people there still stick to their original way of living. Today we will visit [Jade Dragon Snow-capped Mountain] first. The Jade Dragon Snow Mountain is a snow-capped mountain and the southernmost mountain with snowcapped all year round in the Northern Hemisphere. The Jade Snow Mountain range is a nice vacationing spot with great potential for snow sightseeing, mountaineering, explorations and scientific investigation. A legend goes that sunlight is hard to penetrate the cloud, only at special moment that about one meter's sunlight appear on top of the mountain, and people who are shined by the light can have an undying affection. This miracle may not happen, but the beauty of this ancient town is real. We [take cables to climb the mountain] and be intoxicated in the picturesque scenery. Later the day we will spend time walking around the [ancient town], as time passes by softly there, you will enjoy the life in this fairyland.

Stay overnight in Lijiang.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 9: Lijiang-Shangri-la

We will depart for Shangri-la by private car, van or bus after breakfast. It will take a long time before we get there. You will have a lunch stop on the half way. The fantastic scenery along the way is available to you. You will arrive in Zhongdian ("Shangri-la") before dinner time.

Stay overnight in Shangri-la.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 10: Shangri-la

Having the same meaning with "utopia," the word "Shangri-la" was first used in 1933, coined by the English author James Hilton in his novel "Lost Horizon." Shangri-la was a legendary paradise, featured with towering snow-capped mountains, lush forests, vast gorges and idyllic lakes. A visit to [Songzanlin Monastery], a spiritual hub for people to discover the mystery and traditions of Tibetan Buddhism, is a famous Tibetan style Buddhist temple in China. Tourists are attracted to this scenic spot because they can enjoy the view and be lucky to take photos of girls wearing exquisite Tibetan costumes holding perfectly white fluffy lambs against the imposing mountains and blue sky. We will also visit the [old part of the town] and a [Tibetan family]. You will have many things to appreciate such as Tibetan houses built in distinctive religious styles influenced by Buddhism, and can taste Tibetan specialties of yak butter tea, local yogurt and Tibetan barley. Later this afternoon is on your own to walk around. We suggest you to visit the local market because you can have a better knowledge of the local people’s daily life.

Stay overnight in Shangri-la.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 11: Shangri-la-Kunming-Sanya

We will take a morning flight back to Kunming. You can visit Kunming by yourself. In the evening, we will take a flight to Sanya. Upon your arrival, our guide will welcome you and transfer you to the hotel. You can stay in a high standard room with sea view. And special gifts have been prepared in your room for you.

Stay overnight in Sanya.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 12: Sanya

After breakfast, we will drive to [Dadonghai Beach], one of Sanya's cleanest beaches, and it is about 3 km from the center of the city and just off the main road. Water sports are very popular there, and you can dive into the sea under the guidance of professional coach. It will be interesting if you leave your footprint on the seabed and touch lovely fishes. There are numerous small restaurants and bars serving up tasty snacks and drinks. Afterwards, we will drive to the [Li Minority custom park], where you put on minority wedding dresses and experience minority collectivity marriage ceremony. The peaceful and warm scenery are available to you since the sun sets and the crowds disperse. You can also plant a tree together to pray for everlasting love.

Stay overnight in Sanya.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 13: Sanya

This morning we will pay a visit to[Tianya Haijiao] with the meaning of “End of the Earth and the Corner of the Sea”. After you get there you will see the Chinese characters for 'Tianya Haijiao' (end of the world) and 'Nantian Yizhu' (the huge rock that emerges from the sea, making a ‘corner') are engraved on three of the biggest rocks that sit along the coast. There is a romantic Romeo and Juliet story about these two stones. In ancient times, two young lovers eloped when their parents against of their marriage. Unfortunately, agents who sent by their parents followed them to Hainan province. Facing the sea, they had no way to escape. They were so sad that they just held each other when they jumped into the sea. Suddenly, there was a thunderstorm. They were hit by lightning and changed into two stones, with the agents turned into many smaller stones around. Now people regard these two stones as symbols of eternal and faithful love. Because of this beautiful and romantic story many young lovers choose this place for their wedding ceremony. Later the day we will drive to a luxury hot spring holiday hotel in Yalong Bay, and we will enjoy a leisure afternoon [bathing in the private hot spring with your beloved].

Stay overnight in Sanya.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 14: Sanya

You can enjoy a walk in the nearby forest after a leisurely breakfast, and pick a lovely flower and wear it on your sweetheart's head, which means she is a married woman in local tradition. Next we will move to [Wuzhizhou Island]. It is a tropical island with some excellent scuba diving available around the spectacular coral reefs. This place is well known locally as a gorgeous microcosm because the white beaches, palm trees, sunshine and wonderful sea life including sea urchin, starfish and sea horse are really attractive. This spot is generally acknowledged as the best place for scuba diving on the entire island. You will embrace a great afternoon there.

Stay overnight in Sanya.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 15: Sanya-Hangzhou

This morning is free at leisure. Then we will take a flight to Hangzhou. Upon your arrival in Hanghzou, our guide will meet you and transfer you to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Hangzhou.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 16: Hangzhou

After breakfast, let’s go to visit the [Lingyin Monastery] and [Feilai Peak] which are the famous sites in Hangzhou. We will firstly visit the Lingyin Monastery, a famous ancient temple in China, in front of which there are Feilai Peak, Cold Spring, Longhong Cave and precious rock cave arts and queer and varied natural caves and gullies. [Enjoying Tea at Dragon Well] is also included.

Since there are many of romance legends happened at the[West Lake], it is a poetic place where lovers are eager to go. West Lake is the most renowned scenic spot of Hangzhou, noted for the scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. You will have a wonderful experience by sitting in a boat wandering on the river, and enjoying the beautiful scenery while listening to the guide telling you a romantic love story of two young persons in ancient time. We will [View Fish at Flower Pond] and [Leifeng Pagoda] which are near the Lake. Later, we will enjoy a walk on the [Hefang Street].

Stay overnight in Hangzhou.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 17: Hangzhou

Today we will drive to[Wuzhen], an old water town dating back one thousand years ago. Wuzhen displays its two-thousand-year history in its ancient stone bridges floating above the mild water, its stone pathways between the mottled walls and its delicate wood carvings. Also, setting it apart from other towns, it gives a unique experience through its profound cultural background. Besides, there are huddles of locals gathering in a square happily playing chess, old grannies pushing cabbages in rickety wooden carts. Just enjoy yourself in exploring the town by wandering on the street, which will make you feel like back in ancient time. Then we will drive back to Hangzhou.

Stay overnight in Hangzhou.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 18: Hangzhou-Suzhou

After breakfast, we will go to Suzhou and you will be transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day is on your own to explore the city.

Stay overnight in Suzhou.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 19: Suzhou

Today let’s go to visit the [Humble Administrator's Garden]. It is the largest private garden in Suzhou, as well as one of the four most famous classic gardens in China. There is typical example of the art of horticulture south of Yangtze River as well as a treasure house containing arts of architecture, calligraphy, carving, painting, and bonsai.

The [Silk Factory] is always a must place for the visitors as Suzhou is” the City of silk”. Visitors will have the chance to see the real cocoons. And you can also see how local people reel, weave and print, which are interesting and the fabrics are beautiful as well.

[Panmen Gate] with a long history of more than 2,500 years is Suzhou's oldest and the most completely preserved part of the ruins of the ancient city of Suzhou.

After lunch we will take a short cruise in [the Grand Canal] which was founded in about 600 BC. The Grand Canal is the world's longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The great location that the city affords helped Suzhou become a prosperous trading area and the silk industry is especially developed here.

Afterwards, we will go to take a look at the [Huqiu Pagoda] in distance. The 36-metre-tall Huqiu (Tiger Hill) Pagoda stands outside the lümen Gate to the north west of Suzhou. It is said that the King of the State of Wu, Fu Chai, He Lü‘s son and successor, buried his father along with 3,000 swords here. There is also a legend said that on the third day after the burial, a white tiger appeared to guard the tomb, hence the name of the hill. After our visit, we will come back to Shanghai, and then the one-day Suzhou tour ends.

Stay overnight in a hotel near Taihu Lake.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 20: Suzhou-Shanghai

Today let’s go to visit [Yuyuan Garden] after breakfast. You will find more delicate handicrafts and tasty Chinese snacks inside the garden. Next we will pay a visit to the [Jade Buddha Temple], an elegant structure famous for its Buddha statue which is carved of solid white jade and decorated by jewels. You will have your lunch in a romantic Shanghai restaurant. After lunch our guide takes you to the [Outer Bund], where you can appreciate both the modern and the traditions at the same time. Later we will take a walk on the [Nanjing Road], the most prosperous commercial street. You will find out that lots of world famous brands setting along the street. And you will enjoy a good shopping time there.

Stay overnight in Shanghai.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 21: Shanghai-Departure

This morning is on your own to relax until you are ready to be transferred to the airport for departure.

Meals: (B)

 

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  1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons Single Room Supplement
First Class Tour / $4217 $3588 $2851 $1480
Comfortable Tour / $3380 $2757 $2217 $850
Standard Tour / $2854 $2529 $1898 $530
* Price in every box above is for each person.
* The default currency is in US dollar. Please use the Currency Converter to see the equivalent quote in your currency. Price is for references only, it may vary according to your actual travel itinerary, travel time, hotel price rise or fall, US dollar exchange rate fluctuation, car fuel price change and government tax adjustment, etc..
* The price is only for your reference and it is subject to seasons, high or low.Please send us your inquiry if you are interested.
* The differences between First Class Tour, Comfortable Tour and Standard Tour are mainly reflected in the hotels we use. For First Class Tour, we use mostly 5 star hotels (or hotels corresponded to 5 star ones), 4 star hotels for Comfortable Tour and 3 star hotels for Standard Tour. But there’re exceptions when there come home stay experience, remote destinations and other specified circumstances in the itinerary.

Price Inclusion

  • Attraction Entrance Fees
  • Centrally Located Hotels
  • Authentic Chinese Food
  • Private Experienced Guides
  • Private Cars/Van with Drivers
  • Internal Flights/Train(s) in China
  • Luggage Transfers
  • Airport Taxes and Fuel Fees
  • Service Charge & Government Taxes
  • Travel Insurance

Price Exclusion

  • International Airfare to Enter/Leave China
  • China Entry Visa Fees
  • Excess Baggage Charges
  • Personal Expenses
  • Single Room Supplement
  • Tips or Gifts to Guides/Drivers/Bellmen

How to Pack up
We suggest that each person packs up one rollable suitcase with the weight under 20 kg/44lb. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.

Checklist

It's only for reference and you may not need all of them. Choose from below according to the tour you pick up:
Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers checks
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
ChinaExpeditionTours vouchers and trip dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Alarm clock
Flashlight
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Insect Repellent
Water bottle and Plastic mug for train journeys
Ear plugs for train journeys or light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear
Toiletries (biodegradable)
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Money belt
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Long pants
Shirts/T-shirts
Warm clothes for Nov-April. Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves
Umbrella or waterproof jacket.
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry.
Camera, film and memory chip
Reading/writing material
Binoculars
Pocketknife
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti- histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re -hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).

Local Dress
Generally speaking, the dress standard is more conservative in China than it is in western countries. Things also changes quickly, nowadays the young Chinese share the same hobbies with their western counterparts. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of summers. In predominately Buddhist and Muslim regions we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

Spending Money
Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers 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.

Money Exchange
As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to internet for the recent exchange rates. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and MasterCard and other credit cards in most Chinese cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in big shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. For the small shops and the street venders, they take cash (either Chinese Yuan or US dollar) only.

Meals
Eating is a big part of your traveling in China. Travelling with ChinaExpeditionTours you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally breakfasts and lunches are included except dinners to give you the flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. Your group leader or local guide will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip.

Emergency Fund
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD200 (or equivalent) as an "emergency" fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control, necessitate a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!

Tipping
It is customary to tip service providers in travel industry in Asia, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $6-$10 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service, for driver, it could be half. If necessary, ask your tour leader or call your ChinaExpedtionTours tour advisor for specific recommendations based on the circumstances. If you have a tour leader for the whole tour, at the end of the trip if you felt he/she did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. However as a guideline $6-10 USD per person, per day can be used.

Local Flights
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are all e-tickets. They are issued locally and you will be given the information of them prior to the flight departure.

Laundry
Generally laundry facilities are offered by our hotels for a charge. You also can go to a laundry service center near your hotel to have your clothing washed at a lower cost. 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.

Safety and Security
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' checks, cash and other valuable items. Many of the hotels we cooperate with have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

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. When travelling on a trip, please note that your group leader or local guides has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your leader or local guides 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 or explore at your leisure. While your group leader or local guides 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 judgment when selecting an activity in your free time.

A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of China but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is not acceptable for ChinaExpeditionTours travelers. 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. Use of illegal drugs is completely contrary to this philosophy and local law. Our group leader or local guides has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or used.

Health
If you want to fully enjoy your trip abroad, a good health and confidence in physical strength are important. This trip may contain a fair amount of walking up and down steps in towns or climbing mountains. For your comfort and safety, we recommend our trips only to individuals who are comfortable participating in 4-6 hours of daily physical activities and sightseeing. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders or local guides are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In China pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting a tour please carefully read the itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travelers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is highly suggested to bring forth. ChinaExpeditionTours reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our group leader or local guides they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.

Medical Form
It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an "average level of fitness and mobility" is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own bags at a minimum. Travelers over the age of 70, or travelers with a pre-existing medical condition, are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that senior travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders or local guides work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided.

Travel Insurance
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. You must have comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Please take your insurance policy with you when you travel. You may take other cover, of course, but we require you to be adequately insured before we can allow you to participate in our programs. Your ChinaExpeditionTours leader or local guides will need to see and record your policy details at the pre-tour briefing at the starting city, so please bring a copy along to the meeting. If you arrive without travel insurance your tour leader or local guide will require you to purchase a policy before you continue your journey with us.

If you are covered by a policy arranged through your credit card company you will be asked to provide evidence of this cover, as well as a 24-hour emergency contact number. Many credit card companies do not provide an insurance policy number. In this instance, the tour leader or local guides will need to record your credit card number, as this is required to activate any request for emergency assistance. You should also bring along the travel insurance information booklet provided by your credit card company. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements set out by your credit card company in order to be effectively covered and that the cover offered is of a suitable standard.

Passport & Visas
Well before travelling, please ensure that you have a current passport, with an accurate photo, that is valid for at least six months after your scheduled return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.

Please note that visas for China and Hong Kong are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. Americans, British, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders do currently require a visa for China. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your government. For the most up to date information please check your governments' foreign ministry website. It is important that you check for yourself. For most travelers there will probably have an embassy and consulate in the country that you live in. Please note if you are travelling from China, into Hong Kong then back into China, you will need a double entry Chinese visa. Note that on some occasions people transiting through China on way to Hong Kong have been made to go through immigration and had their single entry visa stamped making this invalid. Do not allow your visa to be stamped if you are only going through transit.

Keeping in Touch
If you need to be contacted while travelling we recommend that you set up an email address that can be accessed on the road, rather than relying on postal mail. Email cafes are becoming increasingly commonplace and cheap throughout the country, and have quickly become the preferred way for our leaders and travelers to stay in touch. If someone wishes to contact you in an emergency while you are on one of our trips we recommend that they contact us so we can get into touch with your tour leader or local guide quickly by their cell phone and they can pass their cell phone to you! We recommend that family and friends don't try to contact you through phoning hotels en route, as our hotels are subject to change.

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