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.
iPads, iPhones 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.
If you want us to put a trip to the phone shop in your itinerary let us know!
1 day • CNY 690
This tour takes you to three historically important sights outside Beijing's bustling city center. Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall known for its fabulous views and the toboggan that you can take down the mountainside! We will make two stops at the Ming Tombs; the first is the underground tomb of the Wanli Emperor (the only Ming tomb to have been excavated,) and the other is...
1 day • CNY 470
If you want to visit all of capital’s must-see attractions but don’t know where to start, don’t worry - we have you covered. We will whisk you off to Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven. Not only will you have a private chauffeur, but you will also have your very own guide (fluent in English and an expert on local culture and history.) If...
3 days • CNY 1,410
Just imagine - three nights in a row of amazing sleep because the kids are so worn out from the day’s adventures. This 3-day tour includes tickets to a panda kung fu show, a visit the Beijing Zoo, and a ride around the city's alleyways on the back of a cycle rickshaw. However, the Beijing Family Fun tour isn’t just for kids; as the name suggests, there is something for everyone! It is...
1 day • CNY 390
Cuandixia is a preserved Ming style village located a couple of hours outside Beijing, and is the perfect getaway from city life. Nestled in the hills, the people of Cuandixia live simply, much as they did hundreds of years ago. Hike to the village viewpoint for some stunning views and visit an ancient Ming-era temple. We also offer an overnight stay package that gives you a chance to...
1 day • CNY 710
This tour covers a lot of ground outside of Xi'an, meaning you can escape the crowds! Of course, the Terracotta Warriors always attract a lot of visitors, but you should find some peace of mind at Huaqing. What makes this tour special: The highlight of this itinerary is the visit to a countryside home and the fantastic lunch you will eat there. Nothing is more delicious than a...
This tour is for those who have just one day to see the best of Shanghai. We start off with the city’s more traditional side, by visiting the Jade Buddha Temple and the beautiful Yuyuan Garden. Nanjing Road and the Bund are the perfect in-between, with elements of old and new. One side of the river, ‘the Bund’, is lined with European banks that have been standing for over a hundred years;...
When wandering the streets of the Tibetan capital, the smell of incense, bright colors, and the sound of Buddhist mantras are everywhere you go. A trip to the Lhasa will teach you everything you want to know about Tibetan culture, cuisine and history. What makes this tour special: This short trip to the Tibetan capital has been designed especially for those with an interest in the culture...
Tibet / Lhasa
On arrival at the Dujiangyan Panda Valley you will receive training and watch a film to orient you in the details of acting as a zookeeper. Your duties include feeding your panda (fresh bamboo, apples, homemade biscuits), cleaning the panda enclosure, weighing the food they are given, and giving them ice blocks if there weather is hot! What makes this tour special: Apart from all the...
A trip to China would be incomplete without a tour of the capital and a chance to taste authentic Beijing duck. A toboggan ride down the side of the Great Wall is sure to be the cherry on the cake. Next up is Xi’an and the greatest archaeological find of the 20th Century, the Terracotta Warriors. Xi’an is also where the northern route of the Silk Road started, in the 1st century...
Beijing → Xi'an → Jiayuguan → Dunhuang → Beijing
Cloud-shrouded mountains, tranquil lakes, white-washed canal towns, and China's jewel in the east; this is what visitors dream about China. This tour gives you a little bit of nature, a touch of modernity, and a lot of history and culture. Starting and ending in Shanghai, this tour includes the most popular sights of the city. Second, you will visit Hangzhou, home to the majestic West...
Shanghai → Hangzhou → Suzhou → Huangshan → Shanghai