|China, Hong Kong (China)|
|Hong Kong||Shanghai, Shanghai, China|
"Yangshuo is a beautiful town along the river with limestone karsts. But what makes it truly phenomenal is that the locals speak perfect English. Years ago, Chinese people who couldn’t afford to travel would come from all over the country to practice their English with backpackers and other travellers. Many have stayed on, and now you can get burritos and Vegemite sandwiches on West Street.“ Tara Kennaway, Destination Manager China.
On arrival in Hong Kong you will be met and transferred by shuttle bus to your hotel. In the early evening you will meet your tour leader and other group members at a pre-tour briefing. If you are a first-time visitor to Hong Kong, it is recommended that you arrive a few days before the tour starts in order to allow yourself enough time to explore this exciting city. From the hotel, situated on the Kowloon side, you can travel to the waterfront, where you can enjoy the spectacular Sound and Light Show displayed on the skyscrapers of Hong Kong Island, 8:00 pm to 8:20 pm every night. You might also enjoy exploring the Star Ferry, Victoria Peak, or the markets. Please note that no activities will be included in the Hong Kong leg of the trip.
Travel time: Shenzhen - Guilin overnight train approx 12 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast
You will start a long day of travelling by taking a train to Shenzhen. This is one of the fastest-growing cities in China, where a former coastal fishing village has given way to a metropolis of gleaming glass skyscrapers. You will have free time to explore Shenzhen until departure. From here, you will take the KCR train to border, where there will be a long border crossing. Keep in mind that you will need to carry your own luggage during this crossing. The tour leader will need to go through separate immigration for Chinese locals here, so you will be on your own for a short time through immigration, but the process is very straightforward. There is a short walk from the Chinese border (Shenzhen) to the station. Here you will board an overnight train to Guilin, travelling in the ‘soft-class’, four-berth compartments, with a Dim Sum breakfast included.
Travel time: Guilin - Yangshuo private bus approx 2 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
After arriving at Guilin Railway Station you will board a bus and travel to Yangshuo, a town a few hours’ drive away. Nestled amongst imposing limestone karst formations, this is a place that has inspired poets and painters for centuries. This small town is a haven for backpackers and you will stay here in a pleasant local hotel. Yangshuo offers a relaxed and intimate atmosphere and there’s a lot to do. You will arrive early on Day 4 and partake in some early morning exercise by practising tai chi. After breakfast you will join one of our local friends and spend a few hours riding amongst the wonderful scenery in the surrounding countryside, including Moon Hill, and meeting some of the inhabitants of the nearby villages. After finishing your bike ride, you will learn how to prepare Chinese cuisine during a cooking class. Best of all you will get to enjoy the fruits of your labour with a shared meal afterwards.
Travel time: Guilin - Xi'an flight approx 2 hours
Meals included: 1 breakfast
You will have the opportunity to enjoy a free day in Yangshuo today. A boat trip on the Li River to the surrounding market town of Fuli is an option you could consider. This is also one of the better places for souvenir shopping, so make the most of it. In the evening you will be transferred to Guilin Airport for your late-night flight to Xian. Please note that due to the airline scheduling, you are currently required to catch the flight at this late time. We will make the appropriate changes to your itinerary if the airline schedules change in due course. (Driving time to airport: 1.5 hours, Flight time: approximately 2 hours. Driving time from airport: approximately 1 hour)
Meals included: 1 breakfast, 1 dinner
The capital of Shaanxi Province and the largest city in northwest China, Xian is a wonderful place to explore. Food options are excellent here, ranging from delicious Muslim fare to great little dumplings in Chinese cafes. Widely regarded as the first capital of a united China in 221 BC, the city is rich in history. Xian also has a wonderful Muslim Quarter. You will enjoy a walking tour through the narrow streets where you will find quaint shops, lively markets, groups of white-bearded men in skull caps sipping tea in cafes, and the Great Mosque, one of the most important in China. A visit to Xian would not be complete without experiencing what it is famous for in Chinese cuisine - the dumpling. You will enjoy a true Dumpling Banquet here, so please bring your appetite! There will be a variety of dumplings in all shapes and sizes; some will even be moulded into shapes of swans and other animals.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
A half-day tour to the renowned Terracotta Warriors introduces you to these entombed statues, considered one of the most important archaeological finds of the 20th century. Over 6000 of them were individually sculpted from clay, each with a different costume, height, and even facial expression. They are standing in battle formation, facing east in order to protect the tomb of China's first emperor, the great Qin Shihuang. Peasants digging a well discovered the underground vault, which was home to this army for two millennia, in 1974. You will then depart Xian on an overnight train bound for Beijing, travelling in ‘soft-class’, four-berth compartments.
Meals included: 1 dinner
Beijing offers endless opportunities for exploration and today’s city tour takes you to two of its iconic attractions. The enormous Forbidden City, built more than 500 years ago and off limits to commoners for almost all of that time, is a truly amazing place. Its size might surprise you (it is huge!), but what makes it truly fascinating is that every square metre is detailed, with everything from intricately carved walkways to colourful, painted ceilings. The Temple of Heaven is another fine example of extraordinary workmanship – a place where emperors of China would come to pray. In the evening you will enjoy a dinner including a taste of the dish named after this city - Peking Duck.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts
You will visit one of the best-preserved parts of the Great Wall today. The Mutianyu section of the Great Wall used to serve as the northern barrier defending the capital and the imperial tombs. Being perched on this incredible engineering feat and surveying the spectacular surrounding countryside is an unforgettable experience. There is also ample free time built in to the itinerary, allowing you to make your own discoveries. You will have a full free day to enjoy discovering more of the many attractions of Beijing. Your hotel is located in the south of the city and a walk in any direction will unveil all sorts of wonderful surprises. There are good shopping opportunities at the various markets around the city, such as the centrally located Dashilan Market. We highly recommend a visit to the Summer Palace, located in the west of the city. Your tour leader will be on hand to advise you how to get there. In the evening, you will have the chance to enjoy a performance of the unique Beijing Opera (optional).
Meals included: 1 breakfast
You will travel by train to Suzhou today, famous for its canals and silk industry. However its most famous assets are its magnificent landscaped gardens, which are all works of art. You will visit one of the most impressive of these, known as the Humble Administrators’ Garden. Half an hour from Suzhou, past the famous Baodai Bridge, is the medieval water village of Tongli, which evokes the feeling of being transported back to a bygone era. It has retained much of its original character, so much so that it is often used as an outdoor film set. You will spend an evening there and walk on the narrow streets alongside quaint canals and absorb the charm of this tranquil place long after the day-trippers have gone home.
Meals included: 2 breakfasts, 1 dinner
Today you will travel to Shanghai and transfer to your hotel located near the famous Bund or waterfront area, where dozens of imposing European colonial buildings, remnants of the concession era, line the promenade. This is an excellent place to rub shoulders with the locals. The shopping area on Nanjing Road is situated nearby. You will enjoy a walk along the Bund and on to the famous Yuyuan Bazaar, a fascinating highlight of the city and worth exploring for its tranquil Chinese garden (optional) and wonderful food stalls. In your free time you will visit the impressive Shanghai Museum, which showcases a rich collection of ancient Chinese art. There is also the option to see the impressive Shanghai acrobats perform. On your final evening you will enjoy a farewell drink in one of the highest bars in the world. Shanghai certainly looks impressive form the 87th floor of Jinmao Tower! This is followed by an included dinner in one of Shanghai's great restaurants.
Meals included: 1 breakfast
The tour will come to an end today after breakfast. You should arrange an evening flight out, or stay an extra day, if you wish to have time to explore more of Shanghai. A transfer to the airport is not included; however, your tour leader will be on hand to advise you as to the options available.
Most meals are included on your trip (except for North America trips - please refer to your day-to-day itinerary). However, sometimes we think you'll benefit from getting out and discovering the local cuisine. So when a meal is not included, it's a great opportunity to try something new. For group trips, ask your leader for tips on where to get the best meal, or you might decide to dine out as a group and experience the fun together.
Vaccinations may be required for this trip. Talk to your doctor about the up-to-date information for this region.Visas and Permits
It is your responsibility to ensure you have all required visas for your trip. Rules and regulations governing the issuance of visas are constantly changing, and vary for different nationalities and you should check visa requirements with your travel agent or relevant consular authority well before travel.
Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay. We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.CHINA:
Itinerary: Please list the destinations you will visit in China in chronological order on your application form. Do not mention Tibet anywhere on your application form. While these areas are not off limits to travellers, they are considered politically sensitive, so including these on your visa application could lead to significant delays or your visa being denied.
Name of Host/Inviting Organisation:
Intrepid Travel Beijing Co. Ltd.
606 InterChina Commercial Building
33 Dengshikou Street
+86 10 6406 8022
Geckos and Peregrine require you to send the following at the time of booking, at least 30 days prior to travel:
*Clear, colour copy of the personal details page of your passport
Please make sure that this copy is for the passport that you will be travelling on. If you have to renew your passport after booking please notify us as soon as you have a new passport number and bring your old passport with you on your trip as well.
Hong Kong (China)
Australians, New Zealanders, British, Canadians, Americans and all citizens of the European Union (EU) are permitted to enter Hong Kong and stay without a visa for a period of up to 3 months.
You are required to have travel insurance before heading off on a Peregrine trip. Insurance can be organised by your Peregrine representative or your travel agent.Responsible Travel
Our Responsible Travel ethos is at the heart of everything we do, from getting the basics right like respecting local cultures and the environment, to initiating projects that make positive contributions to communities, to our staff’s fundraising efforts and offsetting our carbon emissions.
Please visit our Responsible Travel (http://www.peregrineadventures.com/rt) page for more information.
Our Pre Departure Information or Travel Dossier (provided upon booking a trip) provides tips on how you can show respect for the local customs and culture in the country you are travelling in.
The information listed above is a brief description of some things you may need to consider when booking a trip. Once a tour is booked you will be provided with a link to your Travel Dossier which will contain detailed Pre Departure information.
There are a number of books which make interesting reading and provide insight in the history, politics and culture of the country. Suggestions are: Wild Swans-Jung Chang The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices-Xinran Riding the Iron Rooster-Paul Theroux From Heaven Lake-Vikram Seth One’s Company-Peter Fleming Red China Blues-Jan Wong Mr China’s Son: A Villager’s Life-He Liuyi China, Renaissance of the Middle Kingdom-Odyssey Guide China-Lonely Planet Mandarin Phrase Book-Lonely Planet. The following are recommended for travellers on the Silk Road: The Great Game-Peter Hopkirk Foreign Devils on the Silk Road-Peter Hopkirk.Hong Kong (China)
Hong Kong: Epilogue to an Empire - Jan Morris Culture Shock! Hong Kong: A Guide to Customs and Etiquette - Elizabeth Li Foreign Mud (on the Opium Wars) - Maurice Collis East and West: The Last Governor of Hong Kong - Chris Patten The World of Suzie Wong - Richard Mason Tai-Pan - James Clavell Noble House - James Clavell Dynasty - Robert Elegant The Honourable Schoolboy - John Le Carre
Local Tour Leaders
By employing and training local tour leaders to lead our group holidays, there is a two-fold benefit. Firstly, we provide employment opportunities for the local community. Just as importantly is the benefit to you, the traveller. Your tour leader’s friendship, humour, passion and intimate knowledge of the region will be key factors in making your holiday a success.
Adventure in China
This is an ‘adventure’ trip and we hope to expose you to all aspects of the local culture. Please be open-minded. Please note that on your tour, you may link up with passengers booked on other tours in our Asia program.
The information provided here is given in good faith and has been compiled with all reasonable care. However, things change and some of the information may become out of date. Please keep this in mind when you read it and check with us if you want to be sure about something. The document was correct at time of printing, but you can check online for the most up to date version. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff in Australia. We are here to help you!
4 September 2013