Plugging into the Net in China
There are lots of wifi hotspots around cities like Beijing. Many are free, particularly in cafes and restaurants. Almost all hotels have an ethernet plug in the room and you can borrow a cable from them to use it either free or at a cost. Check when booking as it is sometimes expensive in high end hotels.
If you want to get internet everywhere you can sign up for 3G, get a card and plug it into your computer via USB. Its not too expensive and you can get a short term prepaid plan. Check in the mobile phone shops for details with your guide to translate, the options are always changing.
Surfing the Web from behind The Great Firewall
The internet in China is censored. This means certain sites and search terms are blocked. For example you can forget about using Facebook, Youtube and most blog hosting sites. When you search for terms deemed uncool you will get an error "The connection was reset". In fact I just got one when I Googled "Great Firewall" to get more info for this page.
If you must do Facebook while in China then you need to sign up for a VPN (virtual private network). At the moment I am using 12vpn.com and it works great. There are dozens of other options, I am not endorsing any, so do a search and see who you prefer. Strangely enough the VPN signup sights are not blocked it China, so you can still do it once you're here.
iPhones, iPads and other Smartphones
You can get a micro 3G card from China Unicom on a short term prepaid plan and use it in an iPhone, iPad or other device. Bring your passport when you sign up. Then you will have a local number. If you need to dial international or have global roaming then you have to lay down a deposit. Ask when purchasing. If you have an iPad its definitely nice to get a card.
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1 Day • CNY 440
If you have a limited amount of time in Beijing and want to see Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven all in one day, then this itinerary will achieve that goal. However you might feel a bit "monument-ed out" by the end of it. We top it off with a trip to Beijing's most touristy market - Xiushui Silk Market. Its better if you can stretch this...
6 Days • CNY 2,170
This is an itinerary only parents with young children will understand. If you have children who have a nap as part of their daily routine, then this itinerary might be the right fit. We pick you up in the morning according to your schedule, have a morning activity and then return you to your hotel for a nap. Then in mid-afternoon we will pick you up again for another outing on most days. This...
2 Days • CNY 1,420
This Beijing two day tour takes you on the highlights of the city and out of town to one of the better sections of the Great Wall. As with all our tours we offer superior guides, no commission shopping stops, meals in local restaurants and free bottled water in the vehicle. There are no hidden or extra costs, we even include the cable car tickets up at the wall and a free option to come down on a...
2 Days • CNY 1,000
Cuandixia is a preserved Ming style village about 2 1/2 hours outside of Beijing. Nestled in the hills you can feel how people lived in the past. Accommodation is in courtyard style houses, we choose a more modern one for your comfort. Its best to make an overnight trip of it, then you can linger in the village, stroll in the green hills and not rush back and forth between Beijing. On the...
1 Day • CNY 3,070
Fly from Shanghai to Beijing and back in one day to see Beijing's major sites. If you are on a tight schedule then this is the tour for you. Flight prices will vary from day to day so please check with our agent and we will get you the best possible discount at the time you book. We don't take up any of your time with unscheduled commission shopping stops and there are no hidden...
Shanghai → Beijing → Shanghai
1 Day • CNY 410
Hike from Jinshanling to Erqu on a partially restored and partially wild section of the Great Wall. This hike takes 2 to 5 hours depending on your speed. We suggest you take your time, enjoy the views and take lots of photographs. We can optionally do a longer hike between Jinshanling and Gubeikou. This is a 5 to 8 hour hike and is more difficult. The Gubeikou section of the wall is more wild and...
2 Days • CNY 1,250
The buried army of Qin Shihuangdi is one of the largest and most stunning archaeological finds of the 20th century. Discovered in 1974 at Lintong, 35 kilometres east of Xi'an, the warriors and horses have deservedly become known as a Wonder of the World. This site is an archaeological find on a monumental scale. Literally an army of sculptured warriors, it is a stunning display that every...
2 Days • CNY 880
This two day tour gives you a detailed Shanghai experience. A visit to the Bund gives you a chance to walk along the riverfront and view what was once Asia's most powerful banking center. All the historic buildings lining the Bund were banks. Yuyuan Garden is a peaceful green retreat from the busy city. The Jade Buddha temple is one of my favorite destinations in Shanghai as it is a...
2 Days • CNY 1,245
This tour in our opinion is the best way to see Suzhou and Tongli, taking your time and spending a night in Suzhou. Your tour starts and ends at your hotel in Shanghai. On the first morning we drive to Tongli and stroll the canals, have a boat ride and optionally see the ancient Chinese Sex Museum. After lunch on the canal we will drive to Suzhou where you will visit the Lingering Garden,...
Shanghai → Water Towns → Suzhou → Shanghai
14 Days • CNY 12,250
This tour goes to some of China's most iconic locations, the highlight being the Yangtze river cruise. We offer the Century cruise line in this itinerary, a five star ship we feel offers great quality at a reasonable price. Depending on your travel schedule and preferences we can adjust the ship selection, please work with our agent to finalize the best choice for you. We do not include...
Hong Kong → Guilin → Li River Cruise → Yangshuo → Chongqing → Yangtze River Cruises → Yichang → Shanghai → Beijing