What to Know
- An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
- Arrival transfer
- Authentic Accommodation includes: 12 nights comfortable hotel, 3 nights cruise boat, 6 nights local guesthouse, 1 night sleeper train
- Overnight train from Yichang to Xian in a ‘soft-class’, four-berth compartment
- Fast Train from Chengdu to Yichang and from Xi'an to Beijing
- Domestic flights from Lijiang to Kunming, Kunming to Shanghai, Shanghai to Chengdu
- Gratuities included for the essential services only that you will receive as part of your tour package. Please see our Tipping section of these trip notes for more information.
- Meals: 21 breakfasts, 2 lunches, 3 dinners
- Sightseeing (including entrance fees where applicable): the water town of Zhouzhuang; Terracotta Warriors; Shanghai Acrobats; Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Summer Palace
- Trekking in Tiger Leaping Gorge and Shaxi with overnight stays in local villages and towns
- Three-night Yangtze River cruise sailing through the Three Gorges. Accommodation in a twin-share cabin with private facilities on a tourist-class riverboat, with all meals provided
- Visit to Chengdu’s Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
- Walk on a remote section of the Great Wall
- Chinese visa support
- International flights
- Airport departure taxes
- Departure transfer
- Meals unless specified in the itinerary
- Laundry - may be available at locations where we stay two or more nights
- Optional tours or activities during free time
- Tips - this is something to consider, and it might be worthwhile speaking to your group about making a group contribution at the end of the trip
China is a safe country to travel in and very few travellers will experience any safety concerns. Serious crime against foreigners is relatively rare, but incidents do occur. Foreigners can be targeted for passports, laptops, mobile phones, purses and handbags. Major tourist sites and areas frequented by foreigners attract thieves and pickpockets. Take extra care at major tourist sites, street markets, Beijing International Airport, major international events and conferences and popular bar areas after dark.
There are occasional incidents with taxi and pedicab drivers who insist the passenger misunderstood the fare. Avoid travelling in unmarked or unmetered ‘taxis’ and insist on paying only the meter fare. Ask the driver for a receipt (fapiao), on which the taxi number should be printed. You can take this to the police to lodge a complaint.
Counterfeit bank notes (especially RMB100) are increasingly common. They are generally crumpled to avoid detection. Unscrupulous traders may try to switch your genuine bank notes for counterfeits. Check carefully before accepting notes. It is quite normal to do so.
Beware of scams particularly in popular tourist areas. A regular example is the ‘tea tasting’ scam. Scams usually involve a foreign national being invited to visit a bar, shop or cafe – for example to practice English or meet a girl - but results in demands for an exorbitant fee, often payable by credit card. This can result in threats of violence or credit card fraud.
Fire protection standards in Chinese accommodation are not always the same as at home. Check fire precautions including access to fire exits.