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highlights
  • Though not quite visible from space, the Great Wall of China is still massive! Climb up this iconic sight and learn about its history
  • Travel back in time to the era of China’s powerful Emperors in Beijing. Explore the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven, see history, and people-watch modern China
  • Get the unique experience of whizzing through the Chinese landscape on an overnight train. Meet the locals, understand the culture, and have a fun sleepover too!
  • Meet pandas in Chengdu on a once-in-a-lifetime encounter. Watch these adorable creatures at play, get to know the super-cute red ones, and learn about important conservation work
The China Family Holiday tour starts in Shanghai and ends in Hong Kong. The China Family Holiday is a Family tour that takes 14 days taking you from Shanghai to Hong Kong and through other destinations in Asia.

Take the family on a memorable adventure through China to see all sides of this colourful, cultural and naturally beautiful nation. The perfect blending of the familiar and the novel, marvel at the incredible Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors, get lost in the quiet beauty of Yangshuo and be dazzled by the colourful markets and nightlife of the big cities. Boasting some of the grandest urban metropolises, friendliest people and most delicious cuisine in the world, China is an ideal destination for the whole family.
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China.

The capital of the most populous country on earth, Beijing is a place where ancient history and the modern world combine. Although the original terminus of the Silk Route was Xi'an, the infamous Mongolian warlord Kublai Khan made Beijing his capital and extended the route to it. During the Ming dynasty two of the city's great monuments were built – The Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven – which you'll visit later in the trip.

Your adventure begins with a welcome meeting at 6pm today. Please look for a note in the hotel lobby or ask reception where it will take place.

After arriving in Beijing, there will be plenty of time for relaxing, meeting the other members of your group, and exploring explore the Beijing Streets – with your hotel located centrally, a walk in any direction will unveil all sorts of wonderful surprises. Maybe head out with the group to enjoy the first of many superb Chinese meals.
Accommodation
  • Beijing Dongfang Hotel or similar
Pull on some comfy shoes and head to perhaps China’s best-known attraction, the Great Wall (approximately 2 hours). As historically significant as it is visually striking, this experience is often said to be one of the most memorable of the trip. Stretching over 5,000 kilometres from the coast in the east, the wall was built as a defence against invasion from the horsemen of the far north.

Surrounded by woodland and countryside and around 90 kilometres from Beijing, the 1,500 year old Mutianyu section of the Great Wall is considered one of the best preserved and restored parts of the wall. Renowned for its Ming Dynasty guard towers (there are 22 of them over this 2,250 metre-long stretch) and built mainly of granite, the wall is an impressive sight at over 7 metres high and more than 4 metres wide.

You’ll walk along a section of the wall, taking in the surrounding scenery and getting a feel for the sheer size of this amazing construction. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes and be prepared for lots of steps! Walking time on the Wall is 2.5-3hours.

For those wanting a more relaxing way to get to the top of the wall there is the option of taking a cable car. The cost of the cable car is CNY100 per person per way and paid directly to the ticket box at the wall.

Return to Beijing by private bus for an early duck dinner and then some free time, if you still have the energy.
Accommodation
  • Beijing Dongfang Hotel or similar
This morning after breakfast, head out to discover the Chinese capital. Travel by public transport to Tiananmen Square, which is the largest town square in the world and big enough to hold one million people!

Just next to the Square is the Forbidden City, once home to the Emperor and his family. The maze of buildings within the City became the symbolic and literal heart of the capital and the kingdom. Symbolism abounds here; dragon and phoenix represent emperor and empress, and construction followed the principles of Yin and Yang – the balance of negative and positive forces.

Tonight we are in for a treat as we head out for a night of acrobatics at a Beijing acrobatic show.
Accommodation
  • Beijing Dongfang Hotel or similar
Optional Activities
  • Beijing - Lama Temple - CNY 25
  • Beijing - Beijing by Bike Urban Adventure - CNY 530
Today we take a local bus to visit the Temple of Heaven Park, a masterpiece of Chinese architecture, set in beautiful surroundings where people enjoy tai chi, fan dancing, diablo, kite flying, water calligraphy and more. We will spend 2 hours at the Temple of Heaven park.

In the afternoon we will head back to the hotel (1 room per family provided), where there’s the chance to freshen up before transferring to the train station (approximately 30 minutes ) and boarding an overnight sleeper train to Xi'an (approximately 12 hours).

Notes: Train travel in China is a great way to mix with local people. On soft sleeper trains compartments are closed with two tier bunk beds, four to a cabin. Sheets, pillows and blanket are provided, with luggage is stored in the cabin. There are basic bathroom facilities at the end of each carriage with a toilet and washbasin. It's a good idea to bring your own toilet roll and some wet wipes. Please keep in mind that standards of cleanliness will not be what you are used to. Safe hot drinking water is provided for making tea, coffee or instant meals. Most trains have a dining carriage and limited snacks can be purchased en route, so we recommend you purchase snacks for the train before you depart.

Please be prepared that you may have to share a carriage with persons outside of the group. Why not use your free time on the train for an informal language lesson from your leader or a local and learn a few simple words to use in your travels?
Accommodation
  • Overnight Train
Optional Activities
  • Beijing - Summer Palace
The train arrives into Xian around 9:30am. You will head to the hotel drop off your bags, take time to freshen up in the hotels bathrooms (as rooms may not be available) then head out to explore!

Explore the historical splendour of this ancient city on a walking tour. Dating back 6,000 years and once known as the main eastern terminus of the ancient Silk Road, Xi’an served as the imperial capital of 11 dynasties, holding a wealth of history within its cobbled pavements.

The city itself has spread beyond these walls, but the centre still retains the original grid formation, making it easy to navigate. We'll be taken by our Group Leader on a walk to the city wall where we will get to bike on top of the city walls, a fantastic way to experience the city from a different angle. Visit our friends at a local charity: Huling ("wise spirit") and learn about the great work they are doing for the mentally challenged members of the community , a project supported by the Intrepid Foundation. The bike ride is 2hours. There are optional golf cars which also run on the wall for those who don't wish to ride, there is an additional cost for these which your leader can arrange for you.

We will take a night time tour of the city when the Bell and Drum towers are lit up and end up enjoying another Chinese delicacy, a dumpling dinner.
Accommodation
  • Xian Skytel Hotel or similar
Optional Activities
  • Xi'an - Big Wild Goose Pagoda - CNY 80
  • Xi'an - Great Mosque - CNY 25
  • Xi'an - Small Wild Goose Pagoda - CNY 50
  • Xi'an - Bell & Drum Towers - CNY 50
Xi'an is, of course, famous for the Terracotta Warriors, guarding the tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang. Although this vast army was buried some 22 centuries ago, it was only discovered as recently as 1974.

Today we drive to the site (approx. 1.5 hours) which is spread over several pits. The sheer size of the assembled terracotta army and the excellent displays really feed the imagination. The amazing Bronze Chariots and Horses that were restored from over 3000 pieces when originally excavated on site are also on display. There is also an interesting museum housing a collection of artefacts from the original digs.
Accommodation
  • Xian Skytel Hotel or similar
Wave goodbye to Xi’an and transfer (approximately 1 hour) to the airport, where you’ll catch a 1.5-hour flight to Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province.

Chengdu is most famous for two things – the pandas living in the mountains, and the food. Its hot, spicy dishes are considered by the Chinese to be the best food in China. In such a food-loving country, this is no mean feat! Spend the day exploring the Old Town and Tibetan quarters of this quaint provincial area. Go on a walking tour (2hours) with your leader to visit Tianfu Square, where a giant statue of Chairman Mao stands tall.

Relax in one of the most popular parks in Chengdu, Renmin Park (People's Park), where you can experience the amazing Chengdu tea culture, an essential part of people's daily life. This is a relaxing spot to spend a few hours – catch up on gossip in the tea-houses and watch locals exercising, singing, playing Mahjong or relaxing in their bamboo chairs drinking tea. Don't be surprised if somebody comes up to you with an offer to clean your ears!

Be sure to tempt your taste buds and test your tongue at dinner tonight. We will try an authentic hot pot – a big pot of spiced broth where everyone can have fun selecting and cooking their own ingredients.
Accommodation
  • Chengdu City Garden Hotel or similar
Globally, Chengdu is famous for the panda research centre, which you’ll visit this morning. China’s national pride, the giant panda is a rare and increasingly threatened creature, but here you can witness the conservation efforts being made to save this endearing endangered species.

The research centre is home to both giant and red pandas, and you can marvel at these incredible creatures in a close approximation of their habitat. It’s an early start as pandas are only active for a few hours of the day to eat and exercise, but the opportunity to get close to these remarkable animals is an experience not to be missed. Watch them play, eat bamboo and climb the trees. If you’re lucky enough you might even get to see newborns taking their first steps in the nursery (July-September).We spend 3 hours with these wonderful creatures.
Accommodation
  • Chengdu City Garden Hotel or similar
Today is a travelling day. We take a flight from Chengdu to Guilin (2hours) then get transferred to Yangshuo (another 2hours). Located deep within the karst peaks of Guangxi province, Yangshuo is a haven for many visitors, away from the hustle and bustle of ever-developing China; a place where you can stop and slow down – but not completely. After lunch we take a short walking tour with your leader to familiarize yourself with this laid-back town.(walking tour is 1.5hours)
Accommodation
  • Starway Hotel Xinfuan Yangshuo or similar
Start this more chilled portion of the trip at an easy pace – the same as the locals. Test out your moves with a local Kung Fu or Tai Chi teacher.
In the afternoon, visit a local farmers' market, where you can get a feel for the regional produce and daily life. Then make a short drive to Chaolong, where you can put this new knowledge to use and learn the art of Chinese cooking. This class will allow the whole family to learn the techniques and skills of Chinese cuisine from experienced chefs, and after an afternoon trying out delicious recipes, you can eat what you’ve made for dinner! With recipes that are easy to make and ingredients readily available outside of China, you’ll soon be wowing friends and family back at home.
Accommodation
  • Starway Hotel Xinfuan Yangshuo or similar
Continue your Yangshuo adventure today, beginning with a chance to explore some more of one of China’s most epic landscapes. Head out of town on bikes to cycle through the surrounding countryside, and gain an insight into Chinese rural life on a ride where each turn in the road brings you to another picture-postcard location.

Have lunch at a local farmer's restaurant before you continue your journey back into town.

All equipment is provided for the bike ride: all bikes, helmets for both adults and children. The bike ride is from 8am to lunchtime. On the bike ride you will be accompanied with one or two local guides and a support vehicle for those who don't wish to ride.'

You will be transferred back to the hotel after lunch to rest your weary legs!
Accommodation
  • Starway Hotel Xinfuan Yangshuo or similar
Today is a travel day.

This morning around 8am, head to the train station and board the Bullet train towards Hong Kong. Experience the rush of speeding 300 km/h on the bullet train from Guilin to Shenzhen, before continuing on to Hong Kong.

We arrive in the city around 5-6pm and get settled into the hotel. If there’s the time (and energy), end the day with the Symphony of Lights laser show in Victoria Harbour.
Accommodation
  • Metropark Hotel Kowloon or similar
Hong Kong has been back under Chinese rule since 1997 and it is a truly unique place where east and west meet. The vibrant and fast paced city is only minutes away from quiet islands and beaches. After breakfast we will head out on an orientation walk afterwhich you will have free time to further explore!

We suggest exploring Hong Kong Island on foot, take the tram to Victoria Peak for a panorama view of the city, or relax on the beach at causeway bay or Stanley. Whatever you want to do or find, you name it, Hong Kong offers a mix between East and west like no other.
Accommodation
  • Metropark Hotel Kowloon or similar
Optional Activities
  • Hong Kong - Science Museum - HKD 25
  • Hong Kong - Star Ferry Daytime Ticket - HKD 100
  • Hong Kong - Peak Tram Return Ticket and Victoria Peak - HKD 90
It’s time to end this enlightening journey into the heart of China – there are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart our accommodation at any time.
what’s included
Accommodation
  • Hotel (11 nights), Overnight sleeper train (1 night)
Meals
  • 12 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 4 Dinner
Transport
  • Bus , Overnight sleeper train , Plane , Private Bus , Taxi , Train
Included Activities
  • Beijing - Great Wall
  • Beijing - Tiananmen Square
  • Beijing - Tian'anmen Square & Forbidden City
  • Beijing - Temple of Heaven Park
  • Xi'an - Muslim Quarter walking tour
  • Xi'an - Huiling visit
  • Xi'an - City Wall cycling
  • Xi'an - Terracotta Warriors
  • Chengdu - Walking tour
  • Chengdu - Giant Panda Breeding Research Base
  • Yangshuo - Walking tour
  • Yangshuo - Cooking School & Market Tour
  • Yangshuo - Tai Chi/Kung Fu class
  • Yangshuo - Bike Rental with Local Guide
  • Hong Kong - Orientation Walk
what’s excluded
  • International Flights
  • Any international flights to Shanghai and from Hong Kong are not included in this price. We always recommend that you arrive 1 day prior to your tour starting date.
  • Travel Insurance
  • Travel insurance is not included in this China Family Holiday tour. Travel insurance is mandatory to buy. We recommend purchasing it from World Nomads.
Tour details
Booking Type Instant Booking  
Duration 14 days
Tour Type Group Tour - Max 16 participants
Minimum Participants 2 people
guiding method Live guide/instructor
Guide Language English
Starts/Ends Shanghai/Hong Kong
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Good to know Payment

A deposit of 400 USD is required to confirm this tour. The remaining balance will be charged 57 days before departure. For any departures within 22 July 2018 full payment is required.

Travel Insurance

The China Family Holiday tour requires that you have adequate and valid travel insurance covering medical and personal accidents, including repatriation costs and emergency evacuation. We recommend using World Nomads' travel insurance.

Visa

For this China Family Holiday tour getting the required visa(s) is the responsibility for each individual traveller, as visa requirements vary depending on your nationality. We recommend to check with your local embassies representing the countries that you are travelling to, as part of this itinerary.

CancellationNo additional cancellation fees apply for this China Family Holiday tour. You can cancel the tour up to 58 days prior departure and avoid paying the full amount, but your deposit paid is non-refundable. No refund applies for cancellations within 57 days of departure.
Trip Details
  • Last modified (date)

    24 May 2018

  • Trip title

    China Family Holiday

  • Trip code

    CBFA

  • Validity

    Validity: 01 Jan 2018 to 31 Dec 2018

  • Introduction

    Take the family on a memorable adventure through China to see all sides of this colourful, cultural and naturally beautiful nation. The perfect blending of the familiar and the novel, marvel at the incredible Great Wall of China and Terracotta Warriors, get lost in the quiet beauty of Yangshuo and be dazzled by the colourful markets and nightlife of the big cities. Boasting some of the grandest urban metropolises, friendliest people and most delicious cuisine in the world, China is an ideal destination for the whole family.

  • Style

    Original

  • Themes

    Family

  • Transport

    Bus,Overnight sleeper train,Plane,Private Bus,Taxi,Train

  • Physical Rating

    2

  • Physical preparation

    You will be expected to carry your own luggage, including moving about busy public transport hubs, up stairs and escalators and on and off buses and trains. Although you won't be required to walk long distances, you are expected to be able to walk and handle your own luggage for up to 30 minutes. Good general fitness and mobility plays a big part in making your trip more enjoyable. In some locations it may be possible to hire porters at extra expense paid locally. Please ask your trip leader for help to arrange this if possible but be prepared to manage your own luggage.

  • Group leader

    Family Trips

    All Intrepid Family trips are accompanied by one of our group leaders. The aim of the group leader is to assist your family take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. Your leader will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for fun things to do and see- for both kids and parents, recommend great local eating venues that will even get the kids trying new things, and introduce you to our local friends. While not being guides in the traditional sense you can expect them to have a broad general knowledge of the countries visited on the trip, including historical, cultural, religious and social aspects.

    Our leaders are not babysitters on this trip - we leave that to you (the experts), but they will make sure that group members of all ages are able to explore their destination safely and with as much fun as possible. Our group leaders are not responsible for looking after children at any time and children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian at all times throughout this itinerary.

  • Is this trip right for you

    This trip uses a mix of transport for a local experience – overnight sleeper trains, bullet trains, the metro, private vehicles and public buses – some of which give a great chance to interact with locals.

    The trip also covers a fair amount of ground to maximise experiences and enable you to see much of this vast country, so be prepared for some long journeys.

    2019 TRIP ITINERARY CHANGES:

    In 2019 this trip will become a 12 day itinerary as follows, introducing the bullet train from Beijing to Xian and Xian to Chengdu

    Day 1: Beijing - Arrival day

    Day 2: Great Wall of China

    Day 3: Beijing

    Day 4: Xian

    Day 5: Xian

    Day 6: Chengdu

    Day 7: Chengdu

    Day 8: Yangshou

    Day 9: Yangshou

    Day 10: Hong Kong

    Day 11: Hong Kong

    Day 12: Hong Kong - Departure day

  • Food and dietary requirements

    While travelling with us you'll experience the vast array of wonderful food available in the world. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. On our camping trips we often cook the region's specialities so you don't miss out. To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, generally not all meals are included in the trip price. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility. As a rule our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There's no obligation to do this though.

    Please note that western food, particularly breakfasts, are not always available outside of big cities in China and even when "western" options are provided they may be far from what you are used to at home and definitely with a local twist! In general we find that families enjoy eating local Chinese food as there is plenty of variety and flavours (and so much better and different from Chinese food back home!). Not everything is spicy! When we eat out for included group meals we go to Chinese restaurants. The leader will usually order a variety of dishes for everyone to try and share. If your family has some special dietary requirements please let your leader know at the group meeting and they will do their best to accommodate your needs. For optional meals you are free to join the leader, ask them for recommendations, or choose your own place to eat. Don't worry if you can't use chopsticks - our leader will give you a lesson at the first night dinner and during the trip we also play some games so you can practice your skills. By the end you will be a pro (and if not, there are always spoons available!)

  • Money matters

    CHINA
    The official currency in China is the Yuan or Renminbi (CNY). 1 renminbi (yuan) = 10 jiao (mao).

    ATMs are widespread, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit/debit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Look for ATMs with your card logo.

    Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash. Commission is sometimes charged for currency exchange. Check the rate before you exchange and carefully check the amount you are given and ask for a receipt.

    Please note that due to restrictions on currency conversion for foreigners in China it may not be possible to change left over CNY back into foreign currency, so please plan your budget and spending money well by withdrawing/exchanging what you need as you go.

    We strongly advise against bringing travellers cheques as in China they can be extremely difficult or impossible to change

    The official currency of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD).

    ATMs and currency exchange facilities are widely available in Hong Kong.

    SPENDING MONEY:
    When it comes to spending money on the trip, every traveller is a little different. You know your spending habits better than we do, so please budget a sensible amount for things like meals not included, drinks, shopping, optional activities and laundry. It's always better to bring a little more than you think you'll need. Also make sure you've read your trip details thoroughly so you know what's included in the trip price and what isn't. This should make budgeting a little easier. You'll find this info in the Inclusions section of your Essential Trip Information (that's this document).

    CHINA:
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.

    Tipping in China is not customary, but in the travel industry it is. Many guides and drivers would usually supplement their income by taking tourists to shops and restaurants from which they receive commission. Intrepid does not encourage this practice as we believe it can be detrimental to our travellers' experience. Instead we try to ensure we pay our drivers, guides and leaders fairly for their services. Tips are still very much appreciated for those situations in which you believe you have received excellent service.

    Please don't tip with coins, notes of or less that CNY1, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.

    The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:

    Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.

    Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for local guides with the amount adjusted accordingly for guides who are with you for less than a full day.

    Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.

    Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate, with the amount adjusted accordingly for drivers who are with you for less than a full day.

    Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$3-5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip isn't compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.

    DEPARTURE TAX
    All departure taxes should be included in your international flight ticket.

    Budget for meals not included: 180.00

    CONTINGENCY FUNDS:
    We try to plan for every eventuality, but there are still some things beyond our control. Please make sure you have access to an extra US$500 for emergencies (e.g. severe weather, natural disasters, civil unrest) or other events that result in unavoidable changes to the itinerary (e.g. transport strikes or cancellations, airport closures). Sometimes these things necessitate last minute changes to enable our trips to continue to run, and as a result there may be some extra costs involved.

  • Your fellow travellers

    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part. Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure.

    SINGLE SUPPLEMENT:
    A single supplement is available on this trip, please refer to your booking agent for further information.

  • Itinerary disclaimer

    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Essential Trip Information a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. If you have any queries, please contact your travel agent or our staff. We are here to help you! Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route. The order and timing of included activities in each location may also vary from time to time.

    OPTIONAL ACTIVITIES:
    A selection of optional activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary. This isn't an exhaustive list and should be used as a guide only. Prices are approximate and are for entrance only and don’t include transport to and from the sites or local guides unless indicated. All activities are subject to availability and it may not be possible to do all the activities listed in the time available at each destination. Where activities are considered medium or high risk, we work with operators whose safety and credentials we have sighted and assessed. This means that it is possible that you may find the same activity cheaper with another operator on the ground, however we cannot vouch for the safety or quality of that operator. Activities not listed above have not been assessed by us and as such our staff and leaders are unable to assist you with booking these activities. The decision to partake in any activity not listed is at your own discretion and risk.

  • Accommodation

    Hotel (11 nts),Overnight sleeper train (1 nt)

  • Climate and seasonal

    CHINESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS:
    Please note that China's national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move - that's over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware your group will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at our preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organisation is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.

  • A couple of rules

    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our group leader has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.

    Everyone has the right to feel safe and secure on their trip. We don’t tolerate any form of violence (verbal or physical) or sexual harassment at Intrepid, either between passengers or involving our leaders, local operators or locals.

    Sexual relationships (consensual or otherwise) between a leader and a passenger are unacceptable. If you ever feel another person is behaving inappropriately please inform us immediately by contacting the emergency contact number detailed in these trip notes.

  • Accommodation notes

    GENERAL ROOMING CONFIGURATIONS:
    Family of two - All family groupings of two will be put into a twin room.

    Family of three - Wherever possible we will put you in a triple room. Please be aware that in some places triple rooms are in short supply. This means that, in practice, a triple room will often simply be a twin room with a mattress on the floor or a further bed squashed in. Where it is impossible to provide a triple room, you will have to decide which of your party takes the single room.

    Family of four or more - You will most likely stay in two twin rooms. If and wherever possible we will aim put you in a quadruple room. Whilst we will do our very best to ensure that families are roomed close together (in some cases, we can arrange adjoining rooms), we can’t guarantee this. Most family holidays occur during peak season and we sometimes have little to no control over where you will be put. You need to come prepared for this.

    SOFT-SLEEPER TRAINS:
    We use soft-sleeper class trains for most of our overnight train journeys on this trip. Compartments are clean, with padded berths (four to a room), sheets, pillow, blanket and boiling water available. Most trains have a dining carriage where meals are available three times a day, and there are snacks available on the train along the way. While we always try to have our groups staying together there may be times where due to ticket availability the group will be staying in different compartments and carriages. While railway services are rapidly being modernised in China, some train journeys in particular between less visited destinations may use older rolling stock and the carriages of a more basic standard.

    Throughout the trip we request that our hotels prepare rooms in time for our arrival, especially if we're arriving prior to normal check-in time. However this isn't always possible which means we won't be able to check-in immediately on arrival at some hotels. Instead, we can store our luggage and explore our new destination.

    If you've purchased pre- or post-trip accommodation you may be required to change rooms from your trip accommodation for these extra nights.

    Accommodation is clean and simple. You'll mainly stay in small, locally-run, 3.5 - 4 star hotels, which reflect the character of the area, generally these will be a twin room with private facilities. Sometimes you'll stay in larger, more comfortable hotels or occasionally rustic accommodation with basic facilities. We use a variety of accommodation on most trips; chosen for their value for money, location and atmosphere.

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