What to Know
- An experienced, English-speaking local Peregrine leader and specialist local guides at some sites
- Authentic Accommodation: 4 nights basic hotel, 7 nights comfortable hotel, 4 nights sleeper train
- Meals: 12 breakfasts
- Arrival transfer
- Domestic flight Urumqi to Kashgar
- Sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary: including Temple of Heaven, Fobidden City, Terracotta Warriors
- Stunning desert landscapes of Dunhuang and the Tibetan monasteries of Xiahe
- Walk the Great Wall at Mutianyu and Jiayuguan
- See the spectacular sights of the oasis town of Turpan, including the Flaming Mountains of "Journey to the West" fame
- Glimpse the fast disappearing into modernization Silk Road city of Kashgar and its amazing bazaars
- 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
- Onward travel from Kashgar
On 22 May a suspected bomb attack took place on a crowded street in Urumqi, Xinjiang province, with reports of over 30 killed. This follows a bomb and knife attack in Urumqi’s South Railway station on 30 April which killed 3 people and injured 79.
No Peregrine travellers were in the area at the time. Security throughout Xinjiang province is high and Peregrine groups visiting Urumqi will continue to avoid highly populated areas.
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.