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Potala PalacePotala Palace in Tibet / Lhasa Price: Duration: Dates: Tour code: Overview: Ask for a free quotation 18 Days As you request TCG-1504 More than two weeks of exploring hidden gems in China may seem to good to be true, but we at The China Guide have a lot of practice in bringing these kinds of dreams to life!

The Romantic China Journey activities are all geared towards experiential immersion and allowing quality time with travel partners and new local friends.

On your whirlwind tour we will take you all kind of destinations, rural and urban, to make sure you get a real taste of life in the Middle Kingdom.

What makes this tour special:

This tour is designed for those seeking an in-depth cultural experience. While we will cover some major sights together, and provide you with time to relax along the way, to get to know the real China.

Tips:

Tibet is closed to foreign visitors for two months every spring. Please check with one of our travel agents to find out this year's closure dates.
Itinerary
day 1
  • Pick up from the Beijing airport
  • Accommodation:
  • ★★★★ Penta Hotel Read more about Penta Hotel
    Standard room-double bedroom / twin bedroom
Pick up from the Beijing airport
Pick up from the Beijing airport
Penta Hotel
Penta Hotel
day 2
  • Accommodation:
  • ★★★★ Penta Hotel Read more about Penta Hotel
    Standard room-double bedroom / twin bedroom
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square
The Forbidden City
The Forbidden City
Jingshan Park
Jingshan Park
Hutong Tour with local family visit
Hutong Tour with local family visit
Painting or Calligraphy Class
Painting or Calligraphy Class
Walking at Houhai lake
Walking at Houhai lake
Penta Hotel
Penta Hotel
day 3
  • Accommodation:
  • ★★★★ Penta Hotel Read more about Penta Hotel
    Standard room-double bedroom / twin bedroom
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Hike the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Jinshanling East
Hike the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Jinshanling East
Olympic Venues (outside view)
Olympic Venues (outside view)
Penta Hotel
Penta Hotel
day 4
  • Accommodation:
  • ★★★★ Penta Hotel Read more about Penta Hotel
    Standard room-double bedroom / twin bedroom
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Summer Palace
Summer Palace
798 Arts District
798 Arts District
The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show
The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show
Penta Hotel
Penta Hotel
day 5
  • Accommodation:
  • ★★★★ Penta Hotel Read more about Penta Hotel
    Standard room-double bedroom / twin bedroom
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Morning activities in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven
Morning activities in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Temple of Heaven
Lama Temple
Lama Temple
Tea Ceremony Liuxianguan
Tea Ceremony Liuxianguan
Penta Hotel
Penta Hotel
day 6
  • Drop-off at the Beijing Train Station
  • Take the train to Luoyang 1st class seat
  • Pick up from the Luoyang Longmen station
  • Pick up from the Luoyang train station
  • Longmen Grottoes Read more about Longmen Grottoes an amazing sight
  • Old Town of Luoyang Read more about Old Town of Luoyang
  • Check into your hotel
  • Meals: breakfast
Drop-off at the Beijing Train Station
Drop-off at the Beijing Train Station
Longmen Grottoes
Longmen Grottoes
Christian's Hotel
Christian's Hotel
day 7
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Shaolin Temple
Shaolin Temple
Kungfu Show at the Shaolin Temple
Kungfu Show at the Shaolin Temple
One Hour Kung Fu Class Experience
One Hour Kung Fu Class Experience
Songyang Academy
Songyang Academy
Christian's Hotel
Christian's Hotel
day 8
  • Drop-off at the Luoyang Longmen station
  • Take the train to Xi'an 1st class seat
  • Pick up from the Xi'an North Train Station
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Chinese Style Standard
  • Terracotta Warriors Read more about Terracotta Warriors an archaeological find on a monumental scale
  • Qin Shihuang's Tomb Read more about Qin Shihuang's Tomb the largest preserved tomb in China
  • Tang Dynasty Show Read more about Tang Dynasty Show famous dance and music pieces of the era
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Pick up from the Xi'an North Train Station
Pick up from the Xi'an North Train Station
Terracotta Warriors
Terracotta Warriors
Qin Shihuang's Tomb
Qin Shihuang's Tomb
Tang Dynasty Show
Tang Dynasty Show
day 9
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall
Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall
Bell Tower
Bell Tower
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Big Wild Goose Pagoda
Great Mosque of Xian
Great Mosque of Xian
Muslim Street
Muslim Street
day 10
  • Drop-off at the Xi'an Airport
  • Fly to Tibet / Lhasa
  • Pick up from the Airport
  • Norbulingka Read more about Norbulingka Once a summertime haven for the Dalai Lamas, now the center of the annual “yoghurt” festival
  • Meals: breakfast
Drop-off at the Xi'an Airport
Drop-off at the Xi'an Airport
Norbulingka
Norbulingka
Pick up from the Airport
Pick up from the Airport
day 11
  • Meals: lunch
Potala Palace
Potala Palace
Jokhang Temple
Jokhang Temple
Barkhor Circuit
Barkhor Circuit
day 12
  • Meals: lunch
Drepung Monastery
Drepung Monastery
Sera Monastery
Sera Monastery
Buddhism Scriptures Debating
Buddhism Scriptures Debating
day 13
  • Drop-off at the Airport
  • Fly to Chongqing
  • Pick up from the Chongqing airport
  • Lunch Read more about lunch on a tour Chinese Style Standard
  • Three Gorges Museum Read more about Three Gorges Museum cultural relics excavated around the Three Gorges region
  • Ciqikou Read more about Ciqikou an ancient town and pedestrian market street
  • Dinner Read more about dinner on a tour Hotpot
  • Meals: lunch, dinner
Drop-off at the Airport
Drop-off at the Airport
Ciqikou
Ciqikou
day 14
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Taichi Class
Taichi Class
Shibao Pagoda
Shibao Pagoda
Watch scenery from your balcony
Watch scenery from your balcony
Captain's welcome party
Captain's welcome party
Crew talent show
Crew talent show
day 15
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch, dinner
Taichi Class
Taichi Class
Watch scenery from your balcony
Watch scenery from your balcony
Shennong Stream
Shennong Stream
Mask ball/ Free karaoke time
Mask ball/ Free karaoke time
Sail through the ship locks
Sail through the ship locks
day 16
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Three Gorges Dam Site
Three Gorges Dam Site
Watch scenery from your balcony
Watch scenery from your balcony
Pick up from the Shanghai Hongqiao airport
Pick up from the Shanghai Hongqiao airport
Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai (former SSAW Hotel)
Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai (former SSAW Hotel)
day 17
  • Meals: breakfast, lunch
Yuyuan Garden
Yuyuan Garden
Shanghai Old Street
Shanghai Old Street
Tianzifang / Old French Concession
Tianzifang / Old French Concession
Liujiazui New Area
Liujiazui New Area
World Financial Center
World Financial Center
The Bund
The Bund
Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai (former SSAW Hotel)
Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai (former SSAW Hotel)
day 18
  • Meals: breakfast
Maglev train ride to the airport
Maglev train ride to the airport
Drop-off at the Maglev train station
Drop-off at the Maglev train station
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Tour code: TCG-1504
  • » Your tour day starts and ends at a hotel in the city, which may or may not be included. If a hotel is included it is listed by name on the itinerary for each night.

  • » We offer many hotel options to suit your style and budget. For families we can suggest hotel suites and serviced apartments. If breakfasts are shown in the itinerary, then those are assumed to be part of the hotel package.

  • » Discounts for children in China are based on height. Let us know your child's age and height and we can calculate accordingly.

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  • Why book a tour with The China Guide?
  • » Zero shopping stops at overpriced commission factories. Your time and money is better spent.
  • » Flexible time schedule to suit your pace. No rush and can cater to children's needs.
  • » Guides selected and trained by our staff. Excellent English, accommodating, family friendly.
  • » Meals are in quality local restaurants. We order according to your tastes and diet.
  • » Western style service. Our agents and guides are there to make you happy.
  • » We have traveled in China with our own children. The American owners have four young children.

  • Read more about why choose The China Guide as your travel agency and meet our travel agents.
  • Included in the tour price
  • » Private English speaking guide (selected/trained by our western staff), experienced Chinese speaking driver and quality, air-conditioned vehicle
  • » Admission tickets to all sights listed on the itinerary - no hidden costs
  • » Free bottled water supplied in your vehicle
  • » Meals as specified in quality local restaurants with unlimited standard drinks (Coke, Sprite, bottled water, Chinese tea)
  • » Accommodation as specified - our American staff selects the hotels we use
  • » Domestic flights, economy class as listed in the itinerary
  • » Train tickets as specified (soft sleeper: locking 4 berth cabin)
  • » Yangtze River Cruise with meals as listed, private 2 person cabin.


  • Not included in the tour price
  • » Tips to your guide and driver
  • » International travel insurance (you should purchase your own policy in your home country)
  • » Shuttle between Pagoda Forest and entrance


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Tiananmen Square   天安门广场

Most people visit Tiananmen Square on their way to the Forbidden City, both can be done together in a morning or afternoon. Chinese citizens from around the country descend on Tiananmen to take their photos in front of the portrait of Chairman Mao. When there is a breeze you can buy a kite and fly it on the square.

Tiananmen Square is the largest public square in the world. It is a tourist site everyone tends to visit on their trip to Beijing. A vast desert of paving stones, the square can hold over one million people. It lies on the historical central axis going through the Forbidden City.

Expect to go through airport level security when going onto the square, with metal detectors and x-ray machines. There is also a high level of police presence. Nonetheless people are very friendly and its on most Beijing itineraries.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
5:00am - 10:00pm

The Forbidden City   故宫

The Forbidden City was the former imperial palace which was the home to twenty-four Chinese emperors over 491 years between 1420 and 1911. The Forbidden City is now known as the Palace Museum and is open to Beijing's visitors.

Wear comfortable walking shoes as the palace is 960 metres long and 750 metres wide. It has 9,999 rooms - a room being the space between four pillars.

The well guarded palace is surrounded by a moat 3,800 metres long and 52 metres wide. Intruders were discouraged by guards in watchtowers with bow and arrows.

There are five entrances to the gate - the central one reserved for the emperor. The empress was allowed through it only once - on her wedding day.

As well as walking through the wide open courtyards along its central axis, the sides offer some museum exhibits and small courtyards worth exploring.

An excellent view of the Forbidden...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:30am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Jingshan Park   景山公园

Jingshan Park was a part of the Forbidden City until the early 1900's when the walls were pulled down and a road cut through it destroying several gates and buildings between the park and the rear entrance of the palace. The hill in Jingshan Park was made with the earth removed to create the palace moat. It is well worth the climb on a clear day for spectacular views of the Forbidden City and Beijing.

The best view of Beijing is from the Pavilion of Everlasting Spring (Wanchun-ting) perched on top of the middle peak, which used to be the highest point in the city. Northwards, one can see the Drum and Bell Towers, a traditional feature of old Chinese cities. To the northwest, the two slabs of water of the Shichahai and Beihai Lake are intersected by Di’anmen Dajie. To the south, the golden roofs of the Imperial Palace can be seen stretching into the distance.

Just north of the Imperial Palace, the...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
6:30am - 8:00pm with last admission at 7:30pm

Hutong Tour with local family visit   胡同游

Hutongs are the old traditional alleyways and courtyard homes which once covered all Beijing. Many still survive today and are pleasant to walk or bike through. Not much has changed and you can see how people lived in the past.

The China Guide's Hutong Tour starts with a cycle rickshaw ride through the hutongs. Cycle rickshaws are a traditional means of transportation in the old narrow streets.

We take you into a traditional family courtyard home. The family will greet you, serve tea and show you through their home. Your guide will explain the cultural and historic significance of various aspects. For instance, the layout of the courtyard, who lived where and how to tell the importance of the people living in a home.

Nanluoguxiang is a trendy hutong area with fun restaurants and cafes, nice to visit during the day for a coffee or lunch, or return in the evening for dinner.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Painting or Calligraphy Class   国画

Our expert teacher will lead you through the basic steps to create a traditional Chinese painting in a two hour class. At the end you can roll your masterpiece up and bring it home with you.

While painting tends to be the most popular, our teacher is also quite capable of teaching calligraphy, which is the art of painting Chinese characters, rather than a landscape scene. If you prefer calligraphy rather than painting let our agent know so they can make the arrangements.

Painting in the traditional style is known today in Chinese as guó huà (国画), meaning 'national' or 'native painting', as opposed to Western styles of art which became popular in China in the 20th century. Traditional painting involves essentially the same techniques as calligraphy and is done with a brush dipped in black or colored ink; oils are not used. As with calligraphy, the most popular materials on which paintings are made...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Walking at Houhai lake   后海

Houhai is a lake north of the Forbidden City in the heart of Beijing. It is surrounded by hutongs (alleyways) and old Chinese style courtyard houses. It's within walking distance from the subway and the Drum and Bell Towers.

Houhai is always bustling with Chinese people and foreigners alike. It is a great place to walk around during the day and go out at night. The area around the lake is chock full of places to eat and shop. There are many tea shops where they will let you try the tea before you buy and of course many other souvenir shops. All along the lakeside there are bars and cafes from which you can choose from to have lunch or dinner. Make sure whichever one you end up choosing has a rooftop bar so you can get a good view of the Drum and Bell Tower.

Please note the cost of boating is not included in the price as you will be charged by hour and needs to pay deposit.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 12:00am

Hike the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Jinshanling East  

This hike is about 4 miles (6km) along the Great Wall. The hike goes along restored and unrestored sections of the Great Wall, allowing you to get a complete picture of what it looks like. There are many ups and downs as well as some loose rock, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for hike of medium difficulty. Ok for children but they need to be prepared to walk. Bring along some snacks, sunscreen and sunglasses.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
4

Olympic Venues (outside view)   北京奧林匹克公園

The Olympic Swim Cube and the Bird's Nest Stadium on the Olympic Green are two of the major architectural achievements of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. You can walk around the Swim Cube whose skin is modeled on soap bubbles and the Birds Nest Stadium where the opening and closing ceremonies occurred as well as many broken olympic records.

This tour takes you around the outside of these two venues. It is also possible to arrange a visit to the inside of the stadium or Swim Cube at additional cost, please select this in advance with your agent. You can even swim inside the Swim Cube.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Summer Palace   颐和园

Time allowing, the Summer Palace is well worth a visit for its historical significance and to enjoy strolling its spacious grounds. You may take a boat ride across the lake if you prefer not to walk. Located 15 km northwest from the central city and occupying an area of about 300 hectares, the Summer Palace is associated with the Qing dynasty's dowager empress Cixi, but has a history of more than 800 years as an imperial garden dating back to the 1150s.

The name in Chinese, Yiheyuan, means "garden of restful peace." It served as a suburban pleasance for emperors, a place in the countryside yet near the capital.

The Yiheyuan in its present form dates from Manchu rule over China, 1644-1911. In the 1750s the emperor Qianlong commanded the creation of the lake and redesigned the temple atop Longevity Hill. Severely damaged during the punitive Anglo-French expedition of 1860 the Empress Dowager ordered...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
7:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

798 Arts District   798艺术区

A visit to the 798 community is recommended for travelers with an interest in modern art. This district has become a trendy area for local artists and contains numerous galleries, shops and cafes making for a pleasant stroll. Travelers looking to see the modern culture of Beijing should spend an afternoon browsing through the 798 art district's warehouses and alleyways. Whether you want to buy art or just look and enjoy a coffee along the way, the 798 art district is really a window into modern China and how it is embracing yet another aspect of western culture with its own Chinese twist.

This artistic community is located in the Dashanzi district and gets its name from the Soviet-style factories that used to operate there. Artists and gallery owners work in redesigned factory buildings which provide an industrial backdrop that enhances the atmosphere of the area. The abandoned factory district originally brought local...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Morning activities in the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven  

Visit the park surrounding the Temple of Heaven and see the wide range of physical activities and games people do. From taichi to dancing and activities you have never seen before, its an eye opener to see how the elderly stay active in China.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Temple of Heaven   天坛公园

The Temple of Heaven is the place where the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties would worship the god of heaven and pray for a good harvest.

The grounds are part of a huge parkland and in the morning you can see the locals practicing martial arts and other exercises. Located nearby is the Hongqiao Market and Toy Market as well as the Legend of Kungfu show in the Red Theater.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
6:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Liulichang  

This ancient street has been a hub for calligraphy, seal, and painting supply vendors since the Qing Dynasty. For those interested in traditional Chinese arts and antiques, Liulichang is a treasure trove.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Lama Temple   雍和宫

Lama Temple Beijing (Yonghegong), or Palace of Peace and Harmony Lama Temple or Yonghegong Lamasery, a renowned lama temple of the Yellow Hat Sect of Lamaism, is situated in the northeast part of Beijing city.

Lama Temple features five large halls and five courtyards with beautifully decorative archways, upturned eaves and carved details. It houses a treasury of Buddhist art, including sculptured images of gods, demons and Buddhas, as well as Tibetan-style murals.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Tea Ceremony Liuxianguan   茶艺展示

Tea is central to the Chinese culture in a similar way as coffee is in Western Europe. The offering of tea identifies that a visitor is not only allowed but welcomed into someones home. The Hanyan Gallery offers guests tea in the finest of Chinese presentations, the Gongfu Tea Ceremony, and gives a brief introduction to the rich and intriguing tradition. Best enjoyed in small groups.

Opening hours:
10:00am - 5:00pm

Foot Massage at Qinghua Spa  

Qinghua Spa has been providing medical services and foot massages since the Qing Dynasty. Today, visitors can enjoy a brief history of the spa, an introduction to Chinese foot reflexology, and a foot massage.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5

Longmen Grottoes   龙门石窟

The Longmen Grottoes are an amazing sight, with many surviving pieces of unrivaled beauty stretching from the Northern Wei Dynasty (386-534 AD) into the Tang period (618-907 AD). Over the centuries, many of the statues were seriously damaged in anti-Buddhism campaigns. In modern times (1907 to 1938), the caves suffered another wave of destruction together with massive looting by Chinese and foreigners alike. Many pieces are still at museums in Germany, France, England, America, and Japan. The Chinese government continues to petition these nations and their museums for the return of these artifacts, but to no avail.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm

Old Town of Luoyang  

Shaolin Temple   少林寺

For centuries, orange-robe-clad Buddhist monks have trained day and night to study kungfu inside the ancient walls of the Shaolin Temple. Nestled in the lush Song Mountains, the Shaolin Temple was founded in the fifth century as a shrine for Mahayana Buddhists. Amongst the leafy courtyards and colorful prayer halls you will discover the secrets of the Shaolin Monks such as the ‘finger punching tree’, where one tree’s trunk is peppered with small holes from monks practicing “one finger punches”. A trip to this temple is not complete without a stroll through the UNESCO World Heritage Pagoda Forest, an open courtyard blanketed by hundreds of stone pagodas.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Kungfu Show at the Shaolin Temple  

The kungfu demonstration show at the Shaolin Temple takes about 30 minutes and runs at regular times during the day.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
10:30am - 4:30pm

One Hour Kung Fu Class Experience   学习武术

Almost every young boy in China dreams of one day becoming a martial arts expert, and no martial art is more famous in China than Shaolin Kungfu. The famous Shaolin Monks are known across the world for their total devotion to the study of Shaolin Kungfu, and Chinese international superstars Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan and Jet Li are also trained in this special type of kungfu. Join The China Guide for an exhilarating lesson in the basic movements and principles of Shaolin Kungfu alongside the Shaolin Monks inside their beautiful mountainside monastery.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
10:30am - 4:30pm

Songyang Academy   嵩样书院和观星台

In Imperial China, citizens hoping to obtain state official roles in the bureaucratic system had to pass the grueling imperial examinations. Educational academies across China helped applicants to prepare for the challenging examinations, and the Songyang Academy in Luoyang was one of the most prestigious institutions of its time. The peaceful atmosphere and exquisite natural scenery surrounding the academy made this a perfect setting for scholars to focus and study.

The nearby Star Watching Observatory was once the national observatory of China and is one of the oldest astronomy buildings in the world today. Yuan dynasty stargazers made many important measurements and discoveries at the observatory, and many calendar years were plotted from their findings.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm

Terracotta Warriors   兵马俑

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. Now exhibited in situ, the life-size terracotta figures so far excavated testify to the power of the man for whom they were moulded to protect in afterlife.

This site is an archaeological find on a monumental scale. Literally an army of sculptured warriors, it is a stunning display that every visitor to China should see.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Qin Shihuang's Tomb  

The mausoleum of Qin Shi Huang is the largest preserved tomb in China. No doubt thousands of statues still remain to be unearthed at this archaeological site, which was not discovered until 1974. Qin (d. 210 B.C.), the first unifier of China, is buried, surrounded by the famous terracotta warriors, at the centre of a complex designed to mirror the urban plan of the capital, Xianyan. The small figures are all different; with their horses, chariots and weapons, they are masterpieces of realism and also of great historical interest.

There is not actually a lot to see on this site aside from a large hill so if you are interested to stop because of the historical significance it does not take that long.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:00pm

Tang Dynasty Show   唐歌舞

The Tang Dynasty Show is a review of the most famous dance and music pieces of the era. The Tang Dynasty (618 - 907AD) was the most prosperous dynasty in Chinese history and also the climax of China's development in music and dance.

With this option you see the show but do not partake in the dumpling dinner before the show.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
8:30pm - 9:30pm

Bike or walk atop Xian's old city wall   城墙

The old city wall is high and wide which leaves a road on the top which is empty. A peaceful retreat from the billions for strolling or getting on a bike. We organize as part of our tours a bike trip on the city wall. You can bike the entire circuit in 1-2 hours or just cruise along part of it then return. You can stop at various viewpoints and look down at the scene below. Nice for photographers. Great fun and a chance to work off some of those delicious Chinese meals we serve you!

Xi'an's 14th-century wall still stands, although today it is intersected by a few modern roads. It is one of the most important city walls in China and certainly one of the best examples from the Ming. Construction began during the reign of Hongwu, the first Ming emperor, on the remains of the Sui and Tang wall and took eight years to complete. Repairs and renovation have now been carried out by the local government to restore the wall...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 5:30pm

Bell Tower   钟楼

Each Ming city had a bell tower and a drum tower. If you are in Xi'an for more than a brief visit the Bell Tower is worth a visit. It is located adjacent from the Drum Tower and close to Muslim Street.

The Bell Tower is set on a square brick platform, each side of which is 35.5 metres (116 feet) long, with an arched gateway at ground level. The platform is 8.6 metres (28 feet) high and on top is a tripleeaved, two-storey wooden structure, a further 27.4 metres (90 feet) high. There is a fine view in all directions from the parapet on the second floor. The inside is remarkable as an example of the very intricate roof truss system used in Ming and Qing wooden architecture.

The original great bell no longer exists, but a small replica Ming-period bell is kept in a corner of the brick platform for visitors to strike.

There is an exhibition of ancient instruments on the first floor,...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Big Wild Goose Pagoda   大雁塔

The Big Goose Pagoda, perhaps the most beautiful building left in Xi'an today, is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks. Completed in 652 CE, the pagoda was built at the request of the Tang monk, Xuan Zang, whose pilgrimage to India is immortalized in the 16th-century Chinese novel Pilgrimage to the West or Monkey.

Xuan Zang asked Emperor Gaozong to build a large stone stupa like those he had seen on his travels. The emperor offered a compromise brick structure of five storeys, about 53 metres (174 feet) high, which was completed in 652 CE. Originally called the Scripture Pagoda, it is said to be where Xuan Zang translated into Chinese the Buddhist scriptures he brought back from India. Its present name, Big Goose Pagoda, has never been satisfactorily explained.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
8:00am - 5:30pm with last admission at 5:00pm

Great Mosque of Xian   西安大清真寺

The Great Mosque of Xian is located down an alley off of Muslim Street. Unlike most mosques in Middle Eastern or Arab countries, the Great Mosque of Xi'an is completely Chinese architectural style, having neither neither domes nor traditional-style minarets.

The Great Mosque of Xian is the largest and best preserved of the early mosques of China. Built primarily in the Ming Dynasty when Chinese architectural elements were synthesized into mosque architecture, the mosque resembles a fifteenth century Buddhist temple with its single axis lined with courtyards and pavilions.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm

Muslim Street   穆斯林街

Muslim Street while touristy, is genuinely local too. A great place to stroll and see traditional Muslim culture alive and well in China. Worth visiting by day or night, the food is authentic and is a great place to have a Muslim style meal. There are a variety of shops selling different souvenirs and the area should be the itinerary for photographers. Not to be missed, Muslim Street is one of Xian's major attractions.

The early Muslims in China came from what was known at Xiyu, or 'the west', areas usually identified as Arabia or Persia. These people were much different from the Chinese in terms of their language, culture and physical appearance. Like other foreigners in China, they were labeled 'foreign sojourners'. Islam was first introduced by Arab merchants during the Tang dynasty, and flourished during the Yuan (1279-1368). The Muslims gradually became concentrated in the northwestern part of the walled city,...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 8:00pm with last admission at 7:00pm

Norbulingka   罗布林卡

The unique Tibetan palace of Norbulingka was the traditional summer residence of the successive Dalai Lamas from the 18th century. The palace and surrounding gardens are covered with brightly colored flowers, fruit trees and classical Tibetan water features, providing a relaxing retreat for Tibet’s political and religious leaders to escape to in the hottest summer months. Today the gardens are particularly popular for celebrating the annual Sho Dun (“yoghurt”) festival, where the locals gather to sing, dance and play musical instruments.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2.5
Opening hours:
9:30am - 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Potala Palace   布达拉宫

The Potala Palace was the chief residence of the Dalai Lama until the 14th Dalai Lama fled to Dharamsala, India, in 1959. Tour groups (that means everyone) must make a reservation to visit the Potala Palace and often are not assigned their time slot until the day before. There are quotas for the number of visitors to avoid overcrowding. So you need to realize that your Potala Palace visit may be shifted to the time or day assigned by the government. You cannot take photos inside but you may outside. You must exit the Potala Palace by your assigned time or the tour guide and company will be punished.

Built at an altitude of 3,700 m (12,100 ft), on the side of Marpo Ri ('Red Mountain') in the center of Lhasa Valley, the Potala Palace, with its vast inward-sloping walls broken only in the upper parts by straight rows of many windows, and its flat roofs at various levels, is not unlike a fortress in appearance. At the...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm with last admission at 3:30pm

Jokhang Temple   大昭寺

Located at the very heart of Lhasa, the Jokhang Temple is a splendid Buddhist temple and an important pilgrimage site for all Tibetans. The temple has four floors, a gilded roof and is made entirely of wood, and traditional vihara layout reflects both Indian and Nepalese architectural influences. The candlelit maze-like corridors inside the temple connect tiny chapels swathed in prayer scarves that are dedicated to various gods and bodhisattvas.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Barkhor Circuit   བར་སྐོར་, 八廓街

Legend has it that when the Jokhang Temple was first built by the first Tibetan King Songtsen Gampo in 647, the Barkhor street was created by thousands of pilgrims wearing down the surrounding earth by circumnambulating the shrine. Today this atmospheric 1km circuit is the heart and soul of Lhasa, with locals and pilgrims alike continuously completing the holy circuit from dawn until dusk, swirling prayer wheels and even rhythmically prostrating their bodies along the ground to express their total religious devotion. Colorful shopping stalls set up along the Barkhor circuit sell prayer flags, Tibetan jewelry, yak butter lamps and other religious handicrafts.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Drepung Monastery   哲蚌寺

The Drepung Monastery is one of the three great university monasteries and is also the largest monastery in Tibet. Flowery murals and richly colored drapes adorn every wall of the countless halls and chambers scattered around this impressive lamasery that was once home to around 8,000 monks. Experience the electric atmosphere in the stunning Great Assembly hall, where the sun’s rays filter down from ornate window frames and through dramatic multi-colored banners, onto rows upon rows of softly chanting monks.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 3:00pm

Sera Monastery   色拉寺

Built as one of the great three university monasteries in Tibet, the Sera monastery is home to hundreds of Buddhist monks and nuns as well as precious Buddhist texts. Built on a hill that was once blanketed by roses, the monastery gets its name from the Tibetan word sera, meaning rose. Revolution saw total desecration of most of the monastery and the death of countless monks, yet today it has been restored to its former glory and spiritual significance. Visitors in the early afternoon will be treated to an authentic display of monks vigorously debating Buddhist doctrines.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
3
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm with last admission at 4:00pm

Buddhism Scriptures Debating   佛教辩经

Monks at Sera Monastery perform a daily debate for tourists to view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
3:00pm - 5:00pm

Three Gorges Museum   三峡博物馆

The China Three Gorges Museum exhibits over 30,000 cultural relics which excavated in and around the Three Gorges region. It also has sections on Chongqing urban development and another on Japanese war atrocities. The museum is closed on Mondays.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 4:00pm

Ciqikou   磁器口

Travelers to Chongqing and locals alike throng to Ciqikou's steep and narrow pedestrian streets. Shops sell porcelain, other handicrafts, and gifts, while restaurants and tea shops give visitors a look at what many areas of Chongqing were like before the metropolis became the vast urban agglomeration it is today. A 1,500-year-old Buddhist temple straddles the mountain in the middle of the old town. Ciqikou is the source of Baci Culture.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
9:00am - 6:00pm

Taichi Class   太极拳课

Tai chi is an ancient Chinese martial art but is more about stretching and slow movement than fighting. In China's parks you will see many elderly people practicing taichi in the morning. On board the Century Cruise line's ships you can practice taichi in the morning before breakfast. Taichi may not be offered on all our Yangtze river cruises, please check with our agent to confirm.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Shibao Pagoda   石宝寨

Its red wooden 12 story pagoda rises stunningly against a 30 meter (100 foot) high rock outcropping (see photo) along the banks of the Yangtze River.

The tall pagoda is the most interesting part of the Shibaozhai Temple. It consists of two sections: The lower one is a nine story edifice that abuts the rock outcropping. The upper section sits on top of the outcropping (where the temple buildings reside).

The nine story section is not a free-standing building. Its architects designed it to lean against the rock outcropping for its support. Without it, the section would topple over.

The Shibaozhai pagoda structure was built without nails.

During the early years of the Shibaozhai Temple, the lower pagoda section did not exist. Visitors were hoisted to the hilltop via a cumbersome chain apparatus.

Legend tells us that the higher you climb up the Shibaozhai pagoda...   Read more

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Watch scenery from your balcony   阳台观景

A large part of the Yangtze River cruise is watching the scene unfold before you. Other large ships go past, villages, cities, fisherman, bridges, industry and nature. That is the great thing about taking a Yangtze river cruise - you don't have to go anywhere, it all comes to you!

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Captain's welcome party   船长欢迎酒会

Its a chance to meet the captain, crew and other guests on board your floating home. Have a drink, relax and get ready for an epic Yangtze River cruising experience on a beautiful ship.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1
Opening hours:
6:00pm - 7:00pm

Crew talent show   船员迎宾文艺表演

A cabaret of dancing, singing and various other talents put on by your ships crew. It is surprising to see the talents hidden by them.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5

Shennong Stream   神农溪

A famous point of interest on the Yangtze River Cruise, the area around the Shennong Stream (神农溪 shennong xi) has been inhabited since the Han Dynasty (206 BC).

Formerly a 60 km stretch of rapids flowing between near vertical limestone cliffs, since the completion of the 3 Gorges Dam project, the depth at the mouth of the Shennong Stream has increased from its natural depth of 30 centimeters to over 150 meters. The stream returns to its natural depth 15km upstream. The limestone cliffs flanking the river are famous for their hanging coffins. These coffins, carved from tree trunks are wedged into crevices in the cliff faces, hanging between 20 and 70 meters above the surface of the water. Many of these coffins have been lost or submerged, but some have been removed and preserved for archeological study.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
4

Mask ball/ Free karaoke time   自由舞会/卡拉ok自由唱

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Sail through the ship locks   游船经过三峡大坝五级船闸

There are two ship locks built near the Three Gorges dam site. Each lock is made up of five sections and the total time to get through them is about four hours. This may happen during the day or at night. The schedule will depend on the government operators of the Three Gorges who book which ships can go through the lock at what time.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2

Three Gorges Dam Site   长江三峡大坝

The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric river dam that spans the Yangtze River. It is the largest hydroelectric power station in the world. With a long history of planning and more than a decade of construction, the dam body was finished in 2006. When the whole project is completed, it will contain 32 main generators, each with a capacity of 700 MW. Except for a planned ship lift, all of the originally planned components were completed on October 30, 2008, when the 26th commercial generator was brought into operation. The eject produces clean electricity, prevents floods and enhances navigation.

For your tour you will disembark the cruise ship and ride on a bus past the locks and then go through an airport style security check. You can then visit the dam's museum and overlook it from viewpoints.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
2.5

Yuyuan Garden   豫园

Yuyuan Garden gives visitors a preview of what they will see if they visit the historic gardens of Suzhou. Finely cultivated with an eye for style and detail rarely seen in modern gardens, Yuyuan Garden is a peaceful retreat from the crowded city streets. It can get a bit crowded inside the garden lanes itself when tour groups go through, but there are lots of little areas where you can retreat to a corner if you want.

Outside the garden itself are hundreds of shops and stalls selling tourist souveniers. The area also hosts quite a few restaurants where you can find a decent lunch, and even a Starbucks and a Häagen-Dazs if you need some western comfort food or drinks.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1.5
Opening hours:
9:00am - 5:00pm with last admission at 4:30pm

Shanghai Old Street  

Shanghai "Old" Street is actually a completely new reproduction and contains many tourist shops full of souvenirs and little dumpling shops. Not great and not bad, its easy to see on your way to Yuyuan Garden since its right next to it.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5

Tianzifang / Old French Concession   田子坊

Tianzifang is a historical area of traditional alleys and shikumen homes with over 200 diverse small businesses including cafes, restaurants, art galleries, craft stores and studios.

Even with all the businesses selling souvenirs, the area does not have the look of having been overly developed. It is distinctly different from Xintiandi, another redevelopment in the vicinity, in that it has managed to preserve its residential feel, adding to its appeal.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.6

Liujiazui New Area   陆家嘴新区

Common on a lot of tour itineraries, it is really an area you pass through than something specific to see. It is the new business district on the Pudong side of the Huangpu river. You can see it on your way to one of the tall buildings to catch the view.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

World Financial Center   环球金融中心(100层观光厅,最高处)

Opening hours:
8:00am - 11:00pm with last admission at 10:00pm

The Bund   外滩

A must see on every tour itinerary to Shanghai, the Bund is the historic row of banks built before World War II by the major foreign powers at the time. Situated on the banks of the Huangpu River the Bund has a long pedestrian riverside promenade which both Chinese and foreign tourists like to stroll for the panoramic view and people watching. Most of the buildings still stand in their original style and some are even used as banks again, others trendy shops, restaurants and offices.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
1

Maglev train ride to the airport   磁悬浮

The Shanghai Maglev Train is a magnetic levitation train that and is the first commercially operated high-speed magnetic levitation line in the world. The train line connects Shanghai Pudong International Airport to the Shanghai city center.

It was constructed between 2001 and 2004. The top operational speed is 431 km/h (268 mph), making it the world's fastest train in regular commercial services. It is faster than TGV in France and also faster than the latest CRH conventional wheel train in China at 350 km/h (217 mph). During a non-commercial test run on 12 November 2003, the maglev train achieved a Chinese record speed of 501 km/h (311 mph). The top operational speed of 431 km/h (268 mph) is faster than the top speed of any Formula One car and MotoGp prototype.

Average time for this activity (in hrs):
0.5
Opening hours:
6:45am - 9:40pm

Beijing 北京

Beijing is an enormous municipality abundant in culture, beautiful landscapes, history and fine cuisine.

The first sight is one of a sprawling city, dotted with towering buildings with only, the giant, red Chinese characters atop to show visitors they have arrived in China. And this is when it becomes important to look closer and find out what Beijing has to offer. The real gems in this city are the low-rising, narrow alleyways, known as Hutongs, which give you an exciting glimpse into the local culture and history. Strolling into a hutong, with its grey brick walls and upturned ‘artichoke-leaf’ roofs, you disappear into Beijing of old. The tall, noisy city melts away and is replaced by sleepy seniors sitting and watching the world around them, people nattering away, going about their daily business and the curious and delicious smells of truly, authentic restaurants. It is a view of old Beijing before modernization, and...   Read more

Luoyang 洛阳

Luoyang is located along the high speed rail line between Beijing and Xi'an. It takes about 4 hours by fast train from Beijing to reach it, or about 1 hour from Xi'an.

Luoyang is famous for the Shaolin Temple, home of the Kungfu practicing monks. Luoyang is also well known for the Longmen Grottos, larger than life sculptures carved into a mountainside.

For most visitors, one or two nights along the way will give enough time to see these major sights. The Luoyang Museum has some excellent displays of relics from the area. Also popular is the White...   Read more

Xi'an 西安

Xi'an is considered one of China's must see destinations, the home to the Terracotta Warriors. People usually visit Xi'an for 1 or 2 nights and is a good part of a loop between Beijing and Shanghai or other destinations. You can get there by plane or the overnight train is also convenient from Beijing.

Xi'an is one of the few ancient Chinese cities with its old city wall still intact. You can walk on it or even ride a bike. The Muslim area is colorful and authentic, worth a walk around and also not a bad place to have dinner and do a bit of shopping.

The Terracotta Warriors are about 1 hour outside the city, look on the map below for details. Nearby the warriors are the Huaqing Hotsprings, which is more of a nice park with an historic spring, but no swimming.

Tibet / Lhasa 西藏

Tibet is one of the world's mystical destinations, and rightfully so. It has a rich cultural heritage and a proud ethnic people. While Tibet has gone through major changes in the past 50 years, the people and landscapes which make it such a fascinating place are easily visited.

Because of the political climate in Tibet there are a number of rules in place concerning group size and itinerary which need to be followed when planning a trip. Also be aware that sometimes the region will close to foreign tourists without notice.

Chongqing 重庆

Many tourists pass through Chongqing 重庆 at the starting point of their Yangtze River cruise, yet it is worth spending some time visiting Chongqing too. This municipality was the Chinese capital between 1937- 1945 and is now home to over 28 million people.

For those embarking upon the Yangtze river cruise, the Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is an excellent introduction to the route they will take. As well as describing Chongqing’s war time history, this museum details cultural, ecological and historical information about the region.

Just over 160km from Chongqing, the Dazu Rock Carvings(大足石 Dàzú Shíkè) are a UNESCO world heritage site. Spread over 40 separate sites these exquisitely painted sculptures are over 1,200 years old.

In the west of Chongqing, Ciqikou (磁器口Cíqìkǒu) is a 1000-year-old town that became a protected historical site in 1998. Set on the lower...   Read more

Yangtze River Cruises 长江游轮

Cruising on the Yangtze River is one of the epic China river journeys made by many travelers. When added to a long China itinerary it is like a vacation in your trip. You get to nest in a nice room in a comfortable ship, walk to all your meals and watch the scenery go by as your ship cruises along. Our advice would be to choose the best ship you can afford, because much of the enjoyment comes just from being on a nice ship. As you travel along you will be shuttled ashore on various excursions, most of which are included in the price of your tour. Meals aside from the first night are also included.

We suggest bring drinks and snacks to enjoy in your room. Its nice to pour yourself a cocktail or crack open a beer. Most rooms will include a small refrigerator. Its also nice to bring your own fruit to enjoy. But don't worry, if you don't there is plenty to eat and drinks to buy onboard. You normally receive one...   Read more

Yichang 宜昌

Shanghai 上海

Shanghai is the largest city in China, and one of the largest metropolitan areas in the world, with over 20 million people. Shanghai is a modern city with a past linked to foreign occupation through World War II. The row of historic bank buildings on the Bund shows the architecture brought by foreigners when Shanghai was the banking capital of Asia. Now modern development in Pudong has changed the face of the city into a modern metropolis. Shanghai maintains some of its 1930's feel to it. Chinese people in Shanghai are more liberal and modern, being farther from Beijing. Foreigners living in Shanghai are there for business reasons, and thus Shanghai has more of a "New York" feel to it.

Penta Hotel   北京贝尔特酒店
★ ★ ★ ★

Part of the German hotel group, the Penta Hotel Beijing is sleek and modern. Rooms are simple, bright, and very clean. The hotel has two restaurants and a game room on the first floor. The trendy lobby/lounge area is a great place for guests to get work done, enjoy Sunday brunch, and get late night drinks. The Penta is also conveniently located near the subway and a few minutes drive from the Beijing Train Station.

Christian's Hotel   克丽司汀酒店
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Christian's hotel is impressive. The style and standard of the themed rooms do justify the price. If you are looking for an oasis of comfort then this hotel is a good choice.

Grand Mercure on Renmin Square   西安豪华美居人民大厦
★ ★ ★ ★

This large luxury hotel complex is well located between the shopping strip with fast food outlets just 10 minutes walk to the left or the Drum and Bell Tower which is 15 minutes to the right. There is also a large market near the Bell Tower and an ancient Mosque. Rooms are compact but comfortable.

Narada Boutique Hotel Shanghai (former SSAW Hotel)   上海中星君亭酒店
★ ★ ★ ★

Recently remodeled, this stylish hotel near the Yu Yuan Gardens is a great choice for people looking for a classy place at a reasonable price. Rooms are bright and nicely furnished. SSAW also offers a great breakfast and is walking distance from the subway.

The Beijing Chaoyang Acrobatic Show

The Chaoyang Acrobat Show is in our opinion one of the best shows to see while on tour in China. It appeals to all ages, from young children to adults. It is very visual and the show is not made of "tricks" but is feats of skill and fitness. It is comparable to many international Cirque style shows but at a price much lower and an opportunity to sit much closer. Having seen all the acrobat shows in Beijing and Shanghai, we consider this one to be the best of the lot.

Duration:
60 minutes

Breakfast

Most hotels come with breakfast, or if not it can be added at a cost. Four and five star hotels will generally offer a good western and Chinese buffet breakfast. Three star hotels may only have a Chinese breakfast, or a Chinese interpretation of a western breakfast. Anyway a Chinese breakfast is not bad - rice porridge, eggs, Chinese style breads and vegetables.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Lunch on Tour

We consider experiencing good Chinese cuisine to be an important part of the tour experience. When on a tour, lunch is generally Chinese style and normally included in the price. Our guides will help you order according to your taste. Mild, spicy, meat, vegetables, rice and/or noodles. Dishes are served family style and shared by the guests. The driver may eat on his own but the guide will join you if you like.

Food in Beijing is quite good quality and we take our guests to genuine local restaurants, not tourist traps. We consider it distasteful to ask you for small amounts of money during the tour, so we offer unlimited standard drinks including Coke, Sprite, local bottled water and Chinese tea. You also won't leave the table hungry, if you need more to eat just let your guide know.

We don't have fixed restaurants we must use, it depends on where you are at the time you are hungry. When traveling around China we normally have the same arrangements outside Beijing but this may vary depending on your exact itinerary.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.

Dinner on Tour

Unless there is a special activity planned or you prefer to have all your meals catered, guests often prefer to relax after a day tour and arrange their own dinner. This gives you flexibility in time and cuisine. Having all your meals catered every day can be tiresome. Handling your own dinner allows you to have some control and also strike out on you own. Your guide can give you restaurant suggestions and in big cities you can find lots of options for fine dining, fast food, both western or Chinese. Hotel staff can often make restaurant recommendations within walking distance.

If you get the taste for a burger or pizza after a lot of Chinese food, this is easily found in Beijing, Shanghai and many other cities around China. Many hotel restaurants offer nice food. China also has its share of McDonald's, KFC and Subway sandwich chains if you need a fix.
Drinking Water
Most of our tours offer unlimited bottled water in the vehicle so you can keep hydrated and healthy all day long. Grab a couple bottles to take to your room for the night. Tap water in big cities in China is not going to make you sick, it is chlorinated. Fine for brushing your teeth but best to stick to bottled water as you don't want to upset your system on your big trip.
Children and Special Diets
Our guides are accustomed to handling special diets or the selective eating of children. Let us know in advance if you have food allergies or other special requests and we can plan for you. Children often find they like certain Chinese dishes, such as noodles, fried rice or sweet and sour pork. If a stop at McDonalds or KFC is required your guide can do this on the go.


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