Health Care on the Road
It is best to make sure you have good travel insurance to cover you while you are in China. If you become sick with something minor, it is possible to see an internationally trained doctor in the big cities such as Beijing and Shanghai. The SOS International Clinic is one of many offering such service. But the price is high to see a doctor, run tests and get medicines, thus insurance can be useful. Its also possible to go to a local hospital where costs are lower, but you can experience long waiting times and there can be language problems.
Make sure you have your passport and at least one credit card which you can use if you need urgent medical care. Clinics and hospitals will want payment before giving care. If you have a severe condition you will end up going to a Chinese hospital as the international clinics cannot handle major cases. Often times with insurance policies you will need to pay for your care and get reimbursed later.
If you become ill while on our tours our English speaking staff will take you to a clinic or hospital and stay with you to translate if necessary. However realize you are responsible for your medical bills, we cannot pay them for you.
Why do we call Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai ‘the Golden Triangle?’ The answer is simple; if you can only visit three Chinese cities, these are the ones you must see. Well, that, and if you join them up on a map, they make a triangle shape! Beijing is full of hidden gems. You’ll get to know them up-close-and-personal during your rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient alleyways....
Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
On the first day of your Xi’an adventure, you will be able to tick one of the Seven Wonders of the World off your bucket list – the Terracotta Warriors. After that, you’ll head to Huaqing Hotsprings for an afternoon of relaxation. You’ll end the day on a high with a Tang Dynasty performance and plate-after-plate of lip-smacking Chinese dumplings! After a very relaxing night’s sleep at...
1 day • CNY 800
This day trip will take you from the celebrated Terracotta Warriors to the lesser-known Banpo Ancient Town, with some beautiful sights in between. What makes this tour special: The Terracotta Warriors are widely regarded as the most significant archaeological find of the 20th Century, and for good reason. The fully excavated Banpo Ancient Village also draws in archaeologists from...
2 days • CNY 980
This activity-filled tour is a great way to sample the rich culinary and cultural heritage of Sichuan in its boisterous capital, Chengdu. Activities include a Sichuan cuisine cooking class, visiting a traditional Chengdu teahouse, tasting the tongue-numbing Sichuan hotpot, witnessing the ancient art of face-changing, and sampling the many flavors available at one of the city's most famous...
Huangshan can be easily visited from Shanghai by overnight train. This option is both convenient and economical as you will save money on hotels. You will be transferred from your hotel or apartment in Shanghai to the train station where you will catch the overnight train to Huangshan. Upon arrival in Huangshan, you will be picked up by your guide and driver and taken into Tunxi old town where...
Shanghai → Huangshan → Shanghai
This route is great for those who want a taste of Yunnan with a bit of comfort. It includes the best of Kunming and Lijiang, as well as a day trip to Shaxi village. No matter what time of year you visit, it is guaranteed that Kunming will have spring-like weather. Often overlooked by tourists, the city has its fair share of unique sights as well! Lijiang is a magical place brimming with...
Kunming → Lijiang → Shaxi → Lijiang
On this epic journey you spend a night in a permanent tent at Mount Everest Base Camp. You’ll think of all the climbers who have slept there before, prior to staging their journey to the top of the world's highest peak, rising before dawn to begin their climb. Along the way you will have time on the road to see other sights outside the capital, Lhasa. Samye Monastery and Shigatse are...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Gyantse → Shigatse → Mount Everest Base Camp → Shigatse → Tibet / Lhasa
This day trip is packed full of historical and religious significance. Your first stop, the Longmen Grottoes, are a sight to behold, both from the outside and within! Despite the ‘long men’ (huge statues of Buddha and his disciples) who welcome you on your arrival, ‘Long Men’ is actually Chinese, not English! The name translates as ‘Dragon’s Gate’. The White Horse Buddhist...
Take a step back in time away from the hustle and bustle of daily life as you experience this three day tour in some of China's most picturesque ancient villages nestled in between rivers and mountains. During this tour, you will visit four Huizhou Villages: Tachuan 塔川, Hongcun 宏村, Xidi 西递, and Tangyue 棠樾. We recommend staying overnight in Tachuan Village, which is very...
Huangshan → Huizhou Villages → Huangshan
For return visitors to Beijing who want something a little off the beaten path, this tour is the perfect combination of great less-visited sites and cultural experiences. Learn about Chinese tea culture, classical painting, tai chi, Peking opera, and traditional Chinese medicine in a series of classes spread through two days in the capital. This tour is also great for foodies as it includes both...