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China in 2 weeks

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GROUP SIZE: 6-24 | 14 DAYS

China in 2 weeks

Enjoy palaces and temples in the capital Beijing and take a walk on the Great Wall. Sip tea in a 19th century mansion and see the wonder that is the terracotta army at Xi’an. Step inside the ancient walled city of Pingyao, meander through the lush countryside on a bicycle near Yangshuo and experience an authentic market stocked high with eccentric delicacies. Remember: anything that moves, is fair game for those chopsticks!


Travel documents

Travelling with the correct travel documentation is your own responsibility. Please ensure your passport is valid for a minimum of 6 months beyond the finish date of your trip.

For China, a visa is required for many nationalities in order to gain entry. Please check this information in good time before your trip commences as this information is always subject to change. You can check this information through a site such as this one. To arrange your visa, you should either contact your nearest Chinese embassy or use an agency such as CIBT.

Accommodation and transport

Transport
During this journey through China, we have access to a private bus, so we can stop at beautiful places along the way. All transfers between hotels and between train stations and hotels are included in the fare. Airport transfers are not included.

To bridge longer distances you will also travel by train during this trip. From Beijing to Pingyao, from Pingyao to Xi'an and from Xi'an to Luoyang you make use of the high-speed rail service. The Gongcheng to Guangzhou route is also accomplished by high-speed train and from Guangzhou, you travel on the train to Hong Kong. Comfortable and fast!

From Zhengzhou to Guilin you will travel by night train. You have a reserved bed in second class. There are 3 beds on either side of the compartment (above one another). The lower bed serves as a seat during the daytime. Linen is provided. There are (not too clean) toilets and washbasins. 

For the optional excursions to, for example, the Chinese Wall in Beijing or the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, we will arrange on-site transportation or a ''join-in'' excursion on site. This is done in consultation with the participants of the group.

NOTE*:  We need your passport info in order to reserve the train tickets. Please make sure these are up to date. You can do this via your my.shoestring account.

Our slideshow gives a good impression of the transport that Shoestring use in China.

*Please ensure we have your correct passport data no later than 6 weeks before departure. This is necessary for reserving the train tickets. These tickets are reserved by our agent referring to your legal name as it appears in your passport (maiden name for married women) and passport number. If these are not completed correctly, this causes problems because the tickets are not changeable and often can not be booked again.

NOTE: It is forbidden to carry a pocket knife on the trains. If found, this will be confiscated.

Travel distances:
Beijing airport to Beijing: 45 km / 1 hr
Beijing to Pingyao: 670 km / 4 ½ hrs (high speed train)
Pingyao to Xi’an: 571 km / 3 hrs (high speed train)
Xi'an to Luoyang: 380 km / 2½ hours (high speed train)
Luoyang via Longmen and Shaolin to Zhengzhou: 155 km / 3 hours
Zhengzhou to Guilin: 1437 km / 13½ hours (night train)
Guilin to Ping'an: 82 km / 2 hours
Ping'an to Yangshuo: 155 km / 3½ hours
Yangshuo to Gongcheng: 40 km / 1 hour
Gongcheng to Guangzhou: 446 km / 3 hours (high speed train)
Guangzhou to Hong Kong: 200 km / 2 hours (by train)
Hong Kong hotel to airport: 40 km / 1 hour

*The above listed times are approximate and can of course change depending upon local conditions.


Accommodation
During this tour of China you'll stay in two-and three-star hotels in a 2-person room with a private bathroom.

Travellers who book alone will share a 2-person room. When we pair people in this way, we of course take into account that pairings should be of the same sex.

You can also choose to sleep in a single room during the entire trip (excluding the night trains). There is then a single supplement to be paid, to be added at time of booking.

To gain a good first impression of the hotels Shoestring use in China, check out the slideshow of this trip.

Tour leader

Our tours are led by trained, local English speaking tour leaders. We know that our travellers appreciate being accompanied by these local tour leaders who, compared to their counterparts (living outside of the destination) have more detailed knowledge of their country. He/she knows the area well, can provide background information and ensure that the trip goes smoothly. He/she knows what to do if something were to go wrong, but is not a "walking encyclopedia". Therefore we would like to refer you to study a good travel guide (book) in advance of travel.

Your tour leader understandably expects a tip at the end, if she/he has completed the job well. Shoestring pay the tour guides a wage which is higher than that of most adventurous travel companies. Our guideline for tipping is between € 1, - and € 2, - per passenger per day (the equivalent thereof).

Trip rating

This holiday is classified as Category B

The difficulty of our travels varies greatly. Added to this is the fact that travel difficulty is a very personal perception. To give an impression of the difficulty of a particular holiday we have developed a classification system.

Category A: Light travel for everyone to do. Short distances, good hotels, travel at a slow pace.
Category B: For everyone to do as well. Sometimes long distances. Good hotels and camping facilities, sometimes an adventurous overnight experience, travel at a normal pace.
Category C: Good to do for anyone who prepares themself well and is flexible. There are tougher parts of the journey, such as longer distances or walking tours. Several nights can be spent in basic accommodation.
Category D: A relatively difficult journey, travelling long distances, often primitive accommodation or tents, and challenging walking tours.

This China trip is a Category B holiday. It can be made by any reasonably healthy individual. In the summer the trip is considerably more difficult than during the rest of the year. Although in the cities we stay in simple medium-priced hotels, remember that you are travelling in a developing country with much lower living standards than you are used to at home. Also, roads may be temporarily blocked because of the weather or owing to their state of repair, in which case a detour is unavoidable. A flexible and positive attitude is just as important as a good physical condition.

Nature of the trip
Enjoy the palaces and temples in Beijing, the Chinese capital, and take a walk along the Chinese Wall. Admire the walled in town of Pingyao, acclaimed by UNESCO as a world Cultural Heritage Site for a good reason. Be amazed at the enormous terracotta army guarding the burial mound of an important ancient Emperor, cycle across the countryside at Yangshuo and observe life from a rural tearoom. Feast on many exotic meals, but remember the saying “everything that moves can be eaten with chopsticks.

Sustainability

We know that travelling to remote corners of this planet has its effects. At Shoestring we really try to make an effort to keep our impact to a minimum. We try to avoid the use of plastic water bottles on our treks through Nepal and we do not dump our litter during our trips through Africa. All of our staff have been trained to take special care to ensure we make as little impact on the environment as possible. 

Furthermore we support a lot of local projects which are mostly related to clean drinking water or making sure that children get vaccinated against illnesses such as tuberculosis. On most tours you will be able to visit some of the projects we support through our local agents. Find out more about the different projects Shoestring are involved with, how you can make a difference and our environmental policies here

Insurance

Travel insurance, including medical repatriation insurance, is mandatory. It is not included with our packages and it is your responsibility to purchase suitable travel insurance. Make sure that it covers all the activities that you are likely to undertake, such as rafting and trekking. Many ‘free’ insurances that come with banking packages, credit cards etc, are quite often inadequate to cover you on our tours, so make sure you check the policy before you travel. You should enter your travel insurance details via your my.shoestring account and you are required to give a copy of your insurance policy to your tour leader upon arrival. Without proper insurance like this, you will not be allowed to join the tour as we will not be able to respond adequately in case of an emergency if you do not have the right insurance.

Address

Shoestring International
Entrada 223
1114 AA Amsterdam-Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
www.shoestring.com                    

You can call us on number +31 20 6850203 or +44 (0)1306 744797 and email us at info@shoestring.com           

Opening hours Monday to Saturday 10 AM to 5 PM (Local times in Netherlands).

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