from US$2533 per person

Silk Road Exploration Tour

Beijing, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Urumqi, Xi'an, Shanghai

The Silk Road was a famous ancient commerce and trade channels that goes through Asia, and connected Eurasia Continent. In China the silk road lasted more than 4000 kilometers with a history of 2000 years. Today, those historic relics, magnificent natural sceneries and colorful minority folk customs attract tourist from all over the world. This tour brings you lots of wonderful scenic spots, the desert scenery, as well as mysterious culture along the ancient pass, such as the City Tower of Jiayuguan Pass that is the west starting point of the "Five-thousand-kilometer Great Wall", the Mogao Grottoes in Dunhuang, Gaochang ancient city in Turpan, and more. This tour also include other elements that people want to see and experience when they travel to China, from the renowned Great Wall, Forbidden City and Summer Palace of Beijing, to splendid Terracotta Warriors and Horses in Xian. What's more, you experience a cruise on the world-wide famous Li River through stunning karst landscapes in Guilin, The final highlights is visit to vibrant Shanghai, you can feel the strong contrast, amazed at its modernization aspect while be surprised to find traditional customs people still treasure, which make this city charming and vigorous.

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  • Tour Code:
  • CET-SRET
  • Length:
  • Cities Visited/Stayed:
  • Beijing, Lanzhou, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar, Aksu, Kuqa, Korla, Urumqi, Xi'an, Shanghai
  • Highlight Attractions:
  • Great Wall, Forbidden City, Zhongshan Yellow River Iron Bridge, Jiayuguan Pass, Mogao Caves, Crescent Moon Spring and the Singing Sand Mountain, Ancient City of Gaochang, The Flaming Mountains (Huo Yan Shan), Grape Valley, Karez Irrigation System, Southern Pastures, Abakh Hoja Tomb, Id Kah Mosque, Kashgar Grand Bazaar, Heavenly Lake, Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Yu Yuan Garden, Jade Buddha Temple, The Bund
  • Experience & Features:
  • Walk on Tian'anmen Square, Minor Hiking on the Great Wall, Peking duck dinner(Optional), View the Yellow River, Karez Well and Grape Valley, South Mountain Pasture and Kazak Yurt, Ancient Minority Handcrafts Street, International Bazaar, Dumpling Dinner(Optional)and Tang Dynasty Show(Optional), Walk on the Bund and Nanjing Road in Shanghai...
  • Physical Rating : 2
    (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 : 2
    (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
Pricing & Accommodation
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Tour Reviews
Trip Notes
Itinerary
Pricing & Accommodation
Q & A
Tour Reviews
Trip Notes
Day 1: Bejing
Upon your arrival in Beijing, our guide will pick you up at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: 


Day 2: Beijing
After breakfast, join us for a visit to the[Temple of Heaven], which is a complex of buildings, gardens, and pathways, its organization indicates relationship between Earth and heaven. Enjoy a walk on the [Tian'anmen Square]- one of the largest city squares in the world. It is located on the central axis of old Beijing. In the center of Tiananmen Square stands the Monument to the People's Heroes. Then we 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. Best ancient Chinese architectural styles are well preserved here, consist an imposing view. Later the day is on your own to explore more about this city.

Stay overnight in Beijing. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 3: Beijing
We will travel to [Mutianyu Great Wall] , 80 kilometers northeast of Beijing. Mutianyu Great Wall is characterized by many watchtowers on overlapping mountain ranges. The wall, built with slabs of stone, is crenellated on both sides with bricks. After a late lunch in a local restaurant, get back to the downtown.

Stay overnight in Beijing.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 4: Beijing-Lanzhou-Overnight Train to Jiayuguan
Today we take a morning flight to Lanzhou. Upon arrival, we will have a quick city  tour to see the [Yellow River Mother Statue] on the Yellow River side park and [Zhongshan Bridge]-the first bridge on the Yellow River. During the fourteenth century, there was a floating bridge here, called Zhenyuan Bridge, which served as an important link on the Silk Road. The floating bridge was replaced in 1907 by the present iron bridge, which was reinforced in 1954. After dinner, we are transferred to Lanzhou Train Station to catch our overnight train to Jiayuguan.

Stay overnight on the train from Lanzhou to Jiayuguan. 

Meals: (B, L, D)


Day 5: Jiayuguan-Dunhuang

We arrive at Jiayuguan in the morning. Visit the [City Tower of Jiayuguan Pass] that is the west starting point of the "Five-thousand-kilometer Great Wall". This pass was the last main fortification of the western end of the Great Wall and is strategically located at a crucial section for those traveling the Silk Road. Also walk to the section of the [Overhanging Great Wall]- an extended part of the Jiayuguan Pass, and was once an important component in the medieval military defense system. Winding through the Gobi dessert to the steep Black Mountain (Hei Shan), the wall appears to hang over the cliff and block the vital pass of Shiguan Xiakou, which is how it got its name. After lunch, take our private bus to Dunhuang. You can see remaining sites of some ancient towns and towers on top of which they lit up signal fire in war time and magnificent Gobi desert view. 
 

Stay overnight in Dunhuang.  

Meals: (B, L)


Day 6: Dunhuang-Overnight Train to Turpan
Today we go to visit the renowned [Mogao Grottoes]- also called the Caves of a Thousand Buddhist. The honeycombed caves, enjoying a millennium long construction from the 4th to the 14th centuries and marking the height of Buddhist art, are the world's richest treasure house of Buddhist sutras, murals and sculptures. Then we go to the [Sounding Sand Dune] and the [Crescent Lake]. The Sounding Sand Dune is famous for the sounds the wind makes when blowing over the dunes. Also, the sand is said to be rather noisy when tread upon. As a natural wonder in the Gobi Desert, the Crescent Lake's name derives from its crescent moon shape that water has taken between two large sand dunes. Wonderful pictures can be taken here. After dinner, we take an overnight train to Turpan.

Stay overnight on the train from Dunhuang (Hongliuyuan Town) to Turpan.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 7: Turpan
We'll probably arrive at Turpan in the early morning, so we've got time to visit the [Gaochang Ancient City]. In ancient times, it had been one of the political, economic and culture centers in the Western Regions, and it was a hub of exchange of economy and culture between ancient China and the West. Also included a trip to the [group of grottoes in Bizaklik], with a total of 1,200 square meters of murals, has the most grottoes, most diversified architectural styles and the richest mural content in the Turpan area. We come to the [Flaming Mountain], so named because in the evenings the red clay mountains reflect the heat and glow of the desert and seem to burn.

Stay overnight in Turpan. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 8: Turpan-Urumqi
We visit the [Karez Well] and the [Grape Valley] in the morning. Wandering underground over 5,000 kilometers, the Karez system has been called "the underground Great Wall", also functions as the natural air conditioner for the locals because they can sit in one while chatting or doing some chores. We go the Grape Valley because it's the best place to enjoy the grapes. In the valley you will find a park as well as patios and outdoor tables where you can eat the grapes and other fruit or enjoy a delicious meal complemented by the locally produced wine. Sometimes they present Uygur dance and song show when we are hosted at those places. After lunch we head to the capital city of Urumqi. You see a wind power station on the way.

Stay overnight in Urumqi.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 9: Urumqi-Kashgar
Today we go to visit the beautiful [South Mountain Pasture] and [Kazak Yurt]. Standing in the pastures, you can see the forest of emerald green spruce on a chain of undulating grass hills dotted with combined flocks and herds. As you immerse yourself in this beautiful site, the singing of the Kazakh may envelop you and inspire you to sing with them. You can visit one of the traditional yurts locating in the spruce forest where you will be welcomed by a generous host with fragrant milk tea, mare's milk, cheese and roasted lamb. If you are lucky enough, you will be able to observe the amazing horse-racing and traditional Kazak dancing. Catch an evening flight to Kashgar.

Stay overnight in Kashgar. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 10: Kashgar
This morning we visit [Abakh Khoja Tomb]- the most magnificent tomb in Kashi, which filled with history and symbolism. The tomb is commonly known among Chinese as the Tomb of Xiangfei, a Qing Dynasty Uigur woman who was seized by the Qing and forced to marry the Qianlong Emperor. Then we go to the [Idigar Mosque] that is the largest mosque in Mid-Asia. As the center of religious activity in Kashi, this Mosque is typically full of pilgrims who have come to worship at the mosque. In the afternoon, it will be great to have a wander to the ancient minority handcrafts street and the International Bazaar. The Bazaar is a kind of agricultural market that has expanded to include anything you can think of, including clothing, knives, and more.

Stay overnight in Kashgar. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 11: Kashgar-Aksu
It will be a long day to drive by our private bus or van. But you see gorgeous Gobi desert scenery all the way along. There may be herds of camels or the miracle of mirage sometimes. Lunch will be served at a very basic restaurant at a little town on the way. We arrive at Aksu late this afternoon, have a rest and recharge for tomorrow's trip.

Stay overnight in Aksu. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 12: Aksu-Kuche
This morning we drive to Kuche to visit the [Kezer Thousand-Buddha Grotto]. Carved from the third century to the eight or ninth century, the Kezer Thousand-Buddha Caves is the earliest Buddhist art cave in China with its exuberance content, large quantity and long duration. At present, there are 236 coded caves which are divided into west and inner valley and rear mountain areas extending to over 3 kilometers. Then we go to the [Subashi Ancient City] to explore ruins of the Subashi Temple. The archaeological discoveries such as pagodas, murals, walls witness the brilliant civilization of ancient times and arouse your imagination about this vast land. Also we pay a visit to the [Mysterious Great Gorge].

Stay overnight in Kuche. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 13: Kuche-Korla
Today we go to the arduous [Tiemenguan Pass]- one of the most important passes on the Silk Road and acquired the name 'Iron Gate' for it is solid and firm just like an iron gate. It was rebuilt in 1989 according to the ancient descriptions. Consisting of collective efforts of architects, sculptors and artists, the gate shows an example of excellent architecture which attracts thousands of tourists every year. And then we go to the [Lotus Lake], the charming lake with serene water welcomes you and free your emotion.

Stay overnight in Korla.

Meals: (B, L)


Day 14: Korla-Urumqi
We go back to the capital city of Urumqi by driving through the breath-taking gorges in the Heavenly Mountain. Enjoy the fantastic views along the way.

Stay overnight in Urumqi. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 15: Urumqi-Xi'an
This morning we visit the [Heavenly Lake] before heading to the airport to catch our evening flight to Xi'an. Heavenly Lake, a relic of the Quaternary Period Glacier and its surrounding geological relics, offers science lovers exploring opportunities. The water is very clear and the banks are covered with tall trees. Surrounded by mountains, the jade-green lake is an ideal place for excursions and rest for most of the year. It provides an excellent skating ground in winter. In summer, the beautiful lake is an ideal cool resort. Boaters on the lake see the ever-changing silvery mountains soaring into the blue sky, their slopes highlighted with verdant pasture and flamboyant wild flowers. Fishing at dusk has its own special charm. Take a flight to Xi'an. Upon your arrival in Xi'an, you will be transferred to the hotel.

Stay overnight in Xi'an. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 16: Xi'an
With a history of more than 3,000 years, Xi'an has abundant collection of archaeological relies to express its rich history. This morning we go to visit [Banpo Museum], where you can see lots of precious unearthed cultural relics and artworks, indicating the prehistoric civilization. Situated east of Xi'an city, the [Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum] is famous throughout the world for life-sized terra-cotta warriors and horses. The three pits of the terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated shows you how magnificent the structure of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum was. Later this evening you may choose local special Dumpling Dinner and the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.

Stay overnight in Xi'an. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 17: Xi'an-Shanghai
Visit the [City Wall] and the [Provincial Museum], a striking Tang-Dynasty style pavilion, houses a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. Also include is a visit to the [Big Wild Goose Pagoda]- one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xian today. Also we go and have a look at the [Silk Road Statues] outside one of the western city gates, and then take a pm flight to Shanghai.

Stay overnight in Shanghai. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 18: Shanghai
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast, and we go to visit the [Yuyuan Garden], where you find more delicate handicrafts and tasty Chinese snacks. Also include 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. Lunch is arranged at a characteristic Shanghai restaurant. After lunch our guide takes you to the [Outer Bund], for a grand view of Shanghai and you may marvel at how modern this metropolis is while still containing its old traditions. Enjoy a walk on the [Nanjing Road], the most prosperous commercial street. You can find lots of world famous brands setting along the street and enjoy a good time in shopping.

Stay overnight in Shanghai. 

Meals: (B, L)


Day 19: Shanghai-Departure
After breakfast, your tour we sponsored ends.

Meals: (B)


 

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  1 person 2-5 persons 6-9 persons ≥10 persons Single Room Supplement
First Class Tour $5590 $4016 $3643 $2976 $1330
Comfortable Tour $4865 $3657 $3288 $2703 $860
Standard Tour $4308 $3382 $2910 $2533 $680
* 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, 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)
CET 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 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.

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 CET 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 $3-$5 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 CET 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 $3-5 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 CET 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. 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. CET 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 CET 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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