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China

Walk the Great Wall of China and trek through stunning Tiger Leaping Gorge. Stare down Terracotta Warriors and commune with giant pandas. For those seeking a unique adventure that balances China’s highlights with a look at its wild side, this 3-week program gives you the classics before taking you further afield to the hidden gems. Best of all, you get the free time you need to explore at your own pace. Whether wandering mountain monasteries or cycling through the region’s watercolor scenery, this program will take you down the road less traveled.


Itinerary

June 28 : Beijing

Arrive at any time.

June 29 to June 30: Beijing

Walk the legendary grounds of Tiananmen Square. Included visit to the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Overnight train on Day 3 to Xi'an.

July 1 to July 2: Xi'an

Included visit to one of China’s greatest archaeological treasures—the Terracotta Warriors. Opt to cycle the ancient city walls.

July 3 : Chengdu

Explore Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province and eat their world famous spicy food. Opt to watch a Sichuan opera.

July 4 to July 5: Panda Research Center/Leshan/Emei Shan

Visit the famous giant pandas up close at the Panda Breeding Center. Hike Emei Shan, one of the four sacred Buddhist mountains of China, before staying in a basic monastery. En route to Emei Shan, we'll stop for an optional visit to world's largest outdoor sitting Buddha in Leshan.

July 6 to July 7: Lijiang

Fly to Lijiang, a World Heritage-listed town. Orientation walk included. Opt to visit the Black Dragon Pool Park.

July 8 to July 9: Tiger Leaping Gorge

Trek Tiger Leaping Gorge, a spectacular trail following the Yangtze River as it cuts through the dramatic gorge. For non-trekkers, transfer to Walnut Grove to relax there or go for smaller hikes around village.

July 10 to July 11: Dali

Explore this colorful ancient walled town on an orientation walk and choose to visit the stunning '3 Pagodas' or one of the local markets.

July 12 : Kunming

Travel overland to Kunming and explore the Green Lake and local markets on an included city tour.

July 13 to July 16: Yangshuo

Spend the morning of Day 16 in Kunming before a flight to Guilin and bus to Yangshuo. Enjoy the next three days exploring the beautiful countryside in and around Yangshuo. Relax on an included Li River cruise passing through a seemingly endless range of stunning karst mountains. On Day 19, travel by overnight train to Shenzhen.

July 17 : Hong Kong

Cross the border to Hong Kong and enjoy free time to explore this exotic city.

July 18 : Depart Hong Kong

Depart at any time. We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Detailed Itinerary

June 28 : Beijing

As fellow group members will be arriving throughout the day there are no planed activities until the group meeting in the early evening (6 or 7 PM), followed by dinner. On arrival please check the notice board in the hotel entrance for details of the time and place of the meeting.

June 29 to June 30: Beijing

On Day 2, we travel out of Beijing to explore the Great Wall at Mutianyu. An incredible piece of engineering stretching almost 3000km westwards from the mountain ridges north of Beijing. It was originally constructed to protect the Chinese empires from the Mongolian 'barbarians' of the north.

Day 3 includes a visit to Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Use your free afternoon to shop in the various markets scattered throughout the city. Take a tour of the ancient hutongs (alleyways) in Beijing's old city, the Summer Palace or visit a Tibetan Monastery.

In the evening of Day 3 we will board our overnight train to Xi’an (approximately 14 hours).

July 1 to July 2: Xi'an

From our hotel we take an orientation walk pointing out the Bell and Drum Towers and the vibrant Muslim Quarter with its lively market and Great Mosque. In the evening we can enjoy the option of a local dumpling banquet.

Central Xi'an is still enclosed by Ming Dynasty walls, which are a great place to view the city. We recommend renting a bicycle and riding around the city on the top of the wall. Visit one of the parks or squares and watch the locals ballroom dancing or practicing tai chi in the morning.

Visit the Terracotta Warriors, situated a short drive out of town. The warriors were re-discovered in 1974, having been buried for over 2000 years. All stand facing east in battle formation (foot soldiers, archers, horses and chariots) to protect the tomb of the emperor Shi Huang Di.

On the evening of Day 5, we will catch an overnight train to Chengdu (approximately 17hrs).

July 3 : Chengdu

Chengdu, capital of the Sichuan Province, is a vibrant, modern city of almost 12 million people which still manages to retain some of its older characteristics and traditions. One of these traditions you can experience for yourself is the 200 year old Sichuan Opera. The singing, comedy, puppets and incredible 'changing faces' act performed in old halls or courtyard buildings are a feast for the eyes. No visit is complete without a meal in a local Sichuan restaurant. The cuisine is spicy, and peppercorns and chillies abound, but often in a surprisingly subtle way. Whether it’s hotpot, meat or a vegetable dish, your mouth will water and your taste buds tingle with delight.

July 4 to July 5: Panda Research Center/Leshan/Emei Shan

Start early and visit the Giant Panda Breeding Research Center. See both giant and lesser pandas up close, but in a relatively natural environment. There are thought to be less than 1000 of these remarkable animals left in the wild, with around 80% in Sichuan and the remainder in Shaanxi and Gansu provinces. The center is designed to provide the ideal breeding environment for the pandas. There are other rare species at the center, including the less-known red panda.

After the panda visit, we will drive three hours to Leshan, where a visit to the giant sitting Buddha is optional, but highly recommended. One option is to board a boat and head out into the Mingjiang River to get an overall view of the statue from afar, and then visit the beautiful forested park. There are numerous carvings and temples to explore before climbing down the path from the serene head to the enormous toes. Don't miss taking a break with a cup of tea at one of the teahouses in the park.

A 45-minute drive takes us to Emei Shan. Dotted with monasteries and temples, Emei Shan is one of the four famous Buddhist mountains of the Middle Kingdom. Although now there are only about 20 active temples, there were once over 100 housing several thousand monks. The entrance ticket to Emei Shan is included while various other hikes can be arranged locally as an optional activity. Additionally there are optional motor transport and cable cars available for part of the route for an extra cost.

Our stay in a monastery is one of the highlights of the trip. Facilities are extremely basic but the experience and views are breathtaking.

Please note, there are wild monkeys on the hike up to Emei Shan. We recommend grabbing a walking stick at the start of your hike to "encourage" the monkeys to keep their distance as they can be quite aggressive.

July 6 to July 7: Lijiang

On the morning of Day 9 we drive back to Chengdu to catch our flight to Lijiang.

The old town of Lijiang is a World Heritage site and home to the Naxi minority. Old men smoking pipes and women in their traditional costumes can be seen throughout the town, as can examples of the Naxi script, a form of writing that is little changed after hundreds of years. The best way to spend a day in Lijiang is to get lost in the small pedestrian lanes that meander throughout the town. Every twist and turn reveals picturesque old buildings, local arts and crafts, fast flowing canals and beautiful arched bridges. You can also spend an afternoon resting in a pavilion in the Black Dragon Pool Park, gazing at the reflection of Jade Dragon Snow Mountain and listening to the local Naxi music. (Please note: in Lijiang entry to the old town is included; no other entry tickets are included.)

July 8 to July 9: Tiger Leaping Gorge

On Day 11, a three hour drive takes us to Tiger Leaping Gorge.

In the heart of Yunnan province, the fast-flowing Yangtze has cut a dramatic gorge so narrow in places that legend has it a tiger once escaped capture by jumping across it. Reputed to be one of the deepest gorges in the world, we allow two days to explore this magnificent landscape. We’re sure you’ll agree that this area rivals the better-known Three Gorges as the most spectacular scenery along the Yangtze River.

Individuals will have the option to trek the gorge or instead drive to the end point which is a neat little village overlooking the gorge called Walnut Grove. There non-trekkers can relax or go for smaller hikes around the village while they wait for the trekkers to arrive.

For those that choose to make the trek, there are two routes through the gorge, the ‘high road’ and the ‘low road’. We take the high road as it is inaccessible to vehicles and enables us to pass through local villages along the way, although the exact details of the hike may vary according to local conditions. Weather conditions in the gorge vary considerably throughout the year. The rainy season is primarily over the summer but it can rain at any time of year. At such times it may be dangerous to trek certain sections of the gorge due to rock falls. Before you arrive at the gorge your tour leader will have inquired about the prevailing conditions and will have decided the best way to complete the trek and the most suitable guesthouses to use along the way.

The maximum length of the trek in optimum conditions is 15 miles from the entrance of the gorge in Qiaotou. Under these conditions, you would walk 8.3 miles on the first day and the remaining on the second day. The first day is hard walking on a combination of a new dirt road and smaller farmers' trails. It includes an ascent up the '28 bends', where the path twists and turns, climbing steeply, until you come out at the top of the path (not the top of the gorge – that is still several hundred meters above you!). It is hard work but the views from the top are absolutely incredible and make the slog worthwhile! You can also see where the tiger reputedly jumped across the gorge, a mythical occurrence from which the gorge derives its name. The second day is easy walking, you will enjoy a breathtaking view of the Jade Dragon mountain and waterfalls along the way.

Please note that under normal weather conditions we return to Lijiang at the end of the second day to overnight back in the old town. This allows for an earlier arrival in Dali on Day 13.

In less optimum conditions, for example when it has been raining heavily, it may not be possible to complete the full hike. Your tour leader will decide the best route to take within the gorge to maximize your enjoyment and ensure that you see the most spectacular sections whilst taking into account any safety issues.

Whilst no previous experience is required to make the trek through the gorge, it is important that you are fit before starting. You should be prepared for more than just an afternoon stroll as the trek can be hard work, particularly in the summer. We recommend that you bring light hiking boots with ankle support.

July 10 to July 11: Dali

The ancient, walled town of Dali nestles snuggly between the towering Cangshan Mountains and beautiful Erhai Lake and is perhaps most famous for the stunning "Three Pagodas". The town is small enough to explore on foot, but a bicycle or bus ride can take you out to some of the smaller villages of the local Bai minority group, or to visit the colorful Shaping markets where women in traditional dress sell their handicrafts.

You can stop and explore the markets or ancient courtyard houses, which now serve as small communities with several families living around one courtyard. The countryside around Dali is incredibly fertile and the fields are always dotted with farmers plowing, sowing or threshing. You may also want to take a boat trip to enjoy the beautiful scenery and visit some of the temples and villages on islands in the lake. There is also a lift up Cangshan opening up opportunity for some great day hiking with stunning views. (Please note: No entry tickets are included in Dali).

July 12 : Kunming

We continue on to Kunming (approximately a five hour drive), the capital of Yunnan province, located in Southwest China.

Enjoy an included city tour starting with a trip on a public bus to the local flower and bird market. You'll find several locals shopping for house pets. Birds are among the most popular item with crickets on offer too! Continue through the flower market taking in the scents and vibrant colors. Next up is a trip to the Green Lake Park. Wander through the park and observe groups of locals singing, dancing and doing tai chi. The perfect place to spend the afternoon interacting and relaxing.

July 13 to July 16: Yangshuo

Explore Kunming further before a flight to Guilin and a short bus ride to nearby Yangshuo.

Often remembered as the highlight of a trip to China, Yangshuo has some of the most spectacular scenery, vibrant countryside and relaxed atmospheres in the country. You can hop onto a bicycle and head off the beaten track for a ride into the countryside, which is like cycling through a traditional Chinese painting. Mountains, rivers, bamboo, rice paddies and water buffalo - there’s something new at every turn. After all that exercise you may want to try your hand at some Chinese arts. Here, you can have a lesson with a local expert in calligraphy, watercolor painting, cooking, tai chi, kung fu or even try and learn a little of the Chinese language. Then in the evening it’s time to relax for a meal or a drink in one of the many cafés that line famous West Street.

Enjoy an included river cruise on the Li River. Embark from Fuli town, taking in views of the mountainous landscape as you cruise for around two hours down this scenic river.

One of the many options in Yangshuo, the Liu San Jie show is a one hour show directed by Zhang Yimou, director of many famous Chinese movies including 'Hero' and 'House of Flying Daggers', and also responsible for the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympics. It tells the story of the 'Third Sister Liu' who was renowned for her lyrical singing. She lived in nearby Liuzhou, before she traveled on a bamboo raft to Yangshuo, where she fell in love and settled. The performance showcases the ethnic diversity of the region, incorporating over 500 singers and dancers, many of whom are local farmers. They perform on and around the beautiful Li River against the backdrop of the incredibly illuminated karst mountains. The Liu San Jie show takes place at 8 PM most nights (except when the river is in flood) at the confluence of the Li and Yulong rivers on the outskirts of Yangshuo.

There is also the option to take a cooking class in Yangshuo. This activity is highly recommended for those who are interested in learning how to prepare some of the fantastic food you get to sample in China. The classes employ a 'hands-on' approach to teaching, where you are provided with your own wok and gas burner and all necessary ingredients. The skilled and friendly teachers are Chinese with very good English skills. After the cooking class you can sit down and enjoy the delicious dishes you have prepared. Morning and afternoon classes are available. (Please note: no entry tickets are included in Yangshuo)

In the afternoon on Day 19 we head to the train station to board our overnight train to Shenzhen, on the border with Hong Kong (approximately 13 hrs).

July 17 : Hong Kong

After an early arrival in Shenzhen we cross the border and catch the metro into the heart of Hong Kong. Prepare for the extreme change of pace as you enjoy your last night in the most dynamic city in Asia. If it's your first time in Hong Kong consider spending more time here after your trip. You can explore Stanley Park, shop, eat in one of the many night markets, go up to Victoria Peak or take a harbor cruise for incredible views. (Please note: no entry tickets are included in Hong Kong).

July 18 : Depart Hong Kong

Depart at any time. We highly recommend you book post-accommodation to fully experience this vibrant city.

Want more adventure? GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

This program can be combined with our Bangkok to Hanoi program through our Multi-Trip Discount.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

Stuff You Need to Know

Terms and Conditions

It is very important for you to visit our Terms and Conditions page before signing up for this program.

Trip Notes

As we use (sometimes crowded) local transport please note backpacks/rucksacks are much more suitable than suitcases for this style of trip. There may be a weight restriction for the internal flights on this tour. Each passenger is allowed to carry one checked bag with a maximum weight of 15 kg (33lbs). Additional bags or excess weight charges may apply. These charges are the responsibility of the passengers.

Service Level

Standard:

Step out of the normal tourist mind-set and truly experience the world. Most nights will have you staying in a simple yet clean twin-share hotel or lodge rooms with private facilities, complete with running water and electricity. Occasionally you may have a multi-share night at rustic local guesthouses, with communal bathrooms and the sporadic cold shower. Transportation will be a combination of public transport, private buses and some private vehicles.

Physical Grading

3:

May include moderate hiking, biking, rafting, kayaking and other activities that require only an average/moderate level of fitness to enjoy.

Minimum/Maximum Group Size

This program requires a minimum of 6 participants to run and will have a maximum of 16 participants.

Group Leader Description

All GEEO/G Adventures group trips are accompanied by one of G Adventure's group leaders, which they refer to as Chief Experience Officers (CEO). The aim of the group leader is to take the hassle out of your travels and to help you have the best trip possible. They will provide information on the places you are travelling through, offer suggestions for things to do and see, recommend great local eating venues and introduce you to our local friends. Our itineraries often have plenty of free time to explore on your own.

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. We also use local guides where we think more specific knowledge will add to the enjoyment of the places we are visiting- we think it’s the best of both worlds.

Packing List

What you need to bring depends on the trip you have chosen and the countries or regions you are planning to visit. We suggest that you pack as lightly as possible as your are expected to carry your own luggage. As a rule we try not to have to walk more than 15-20 mintues with your bags which is why we recommend keeping the weight of your bags between 10-15kg/22-30lb. Suitcases are not recommended for G Adventures trips! Most travellers carry a backpack or rolling bag of small to medium size (no XXL ones please!) as they need to fit under the beds when travelling on sleeper trains. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like ipods and mobile phones.

Overall it is advised to pack light, quick-drying clothes such as linen and synthetics. It is very hot and humid and your sweaty cotton clothes won't dry very quickly.

Suggested Checklist

▪ Windproof / waterproof jacket / umbrella / poncho
▪ Small towel / swimsuit
▪ Day pack for daily personal items
▪ Sun hat / sun block / sunglasses
▪ Wet wipes / Moist towelettes / Hand sanitizing lotion
▪ Alarm Clock
▪ Hiking pants / track pants / long trousers
▪ Hiking boots / sturdy walking shoes
▪ T-Shirts
▪ Shorts
▪ Underwear
▪ Socks
▪ Silk Sleep Sheet
▪ Moisturizer / Lip balm
▪ Toiletries (biodegradable where possible if camping)
▪ Water bottle / Plastic mug / Cutleries
▪ Pocketknife
▪ Flashlight (with extra batteries and bulbs)
▪ Money belt
▪ Lock for securing luggage on sleeper trains
▪ Insect Repellent
▪ Tampons
▪ Protein bars, chocolate, dried fruits, candies and snack foods.
▪ First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, band aids, anti-histamine, Immodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, rehydration powder, insect repellent, extra prescription drugs you may be taking)

Optional Checklist

• Bags to keep dirty laundry or wet swim wear separate
• Binoculars
• Reading/writing material
• Pocketknife
• Money belt
• Travel pillow (This one is great)
• Phone/Tablet for internet
• Chargers for electronics as well converters/adaptors if needed (See FAQ)
• Ear Plugs (These are a life-saver if you have a snoring roommate)
• Snacks (Packing a few granola bars is a good idea.)
• Wet wipes

Document Checklist

• G Adventures vouchers and dossier
• Passport (with photocopies)
• Travel insurance (with photocopies)
• Airline tickets (with photocopies)
▪ USD cash
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
▪ Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required

Laundry

Laundry facilities are offered by some of our hotels for a charge.

Single Travellers

We believe single travelers should not have to pay more to travel so our trips are designed for shared accommodation. Single travelers joining group trips are paired in twin or multi-share accommodation with someone of the same sex for the duration of the trip. Most of our trips have the option for a "My Own Room" which is an extra fee of $599 that will allow you to have a room to yourself.

Money

Spending Money

Every traveler is different and therefore spending requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.

Money Exchange

As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to the following website for daily exchange rates: www.xe.com. Cash is the best method of money in China. We recommend bringing Chinese Yuan. There are some ATM machines that accept Visa but these are limited to major cities and should not be relied on as a source of funds. We recommend the use of cash and traveller's cheques in major currencies (USD, CAD, GBP, EUR, AUD, HKD). Major credit cards are accepted in a few shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee.

Medical Forms

GEEO travel programs bring together people of all ages. It is very important you are aware that, at minimum, an average level of fitness and mobility is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own luggage. Travelers with a pre-existing medical condition are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our tour leaders work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided. Please refer to the physical ratings above for more information.

The medical questionnaire can be found online at: www.gadventures.com/medical-form.

Optional Activities

Please note: All optional activities are booked and paid for locally in the local currency. (The Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) is the currency of China.) You do not have to decide in advance which activities you would like to sign up for. The prices listed are based on the latest information we have received from our participants and G Adventures. They are not guaranteed to be accurate. Please feel free to use them as a guide for budgeting your trip.

Beijing

▪Cable car at Great Wall: CNY 60.00
▪Toboggan at Great Wall: CNY 60.00
▪Temple of Heaven: CNY 35.00 (Taxi 12 CNY per taxi from your hotel)
▪Summer Palace: CNY 50.00 (30main entry; 10 Cixi Museum; 10 Dragon boat)
▪Lama Temple: CNY 25.00 (Subway 2 CNY PP)
▪Legend of Gongfu Beijing: CNY 200-680
▪Acrobatic Performance Beijing: CNY 180-880
▪Beijing Opera Performance: CNY 180-680
▪Hutong Trishaw Cycle Tour: CNY 100-150
▪Bike tour Drum Tower & Houhai: CNY 25.00 (Bike Rental)
▪Factory 798 Art & Galleries - Free
▪Beijing Duck - CNY 100-150
▪Hutong Cycle tour - CNY 100-150

Xian

▪Bell & Drum Tower: 50 CNY
▪Xi'an Ming Dynasty Wall: 40 CNY
▪Bicycle rental on Xi'an Wall: 25 CNY
▪Great Mosque: 25 CNY

Chengdu and Emei Shan

▪Leshan entrance: 90 CNY
▪Boat ride to see the Buddha: 50 CNY
▪Emei Shan bus to the summit : 70 CNY round trip
▪Emei Shan cable car: 55 CNY each way
▪Massage CNY 60-150 per hour
▪Cooking Class CNY 150
▪Wenshu Monastery CNY 5

Kunming

▪The Bamboo Temple: 10 CNY
▪Minority Village: 55 CNY

Dali

▪The City Wall: 5 CNY
▪Cangshan Mountain: 30 CNY
▪Cable Car round trip to the mountain: 90 CNY
▪Bai minority village: 10 CNY
▪Three Pagodas Park & Chongsheng Temple: 121 CNY

Lijiang

▪The Mu’s Residence: 45 CNY
▪Dongba Cultural Museum: 30 CNY
▪Wangu Tower: 15 CNY
▪Jade Snow Mountain: 190 CNY
▪Bike rental: 15 CNY

Yangshuo

▪Calligraphy Yangshuo: 60-80 CNY (depends on groups size) (40 mins)
▪Chinese Language lesson: 60-80 CNY (depends on groups size)
▪Gongfu Lesson Yangshuo: 60-80 CNY (depends on groups size) (per hour)
▪Moon Hill: 15 CNY
▪Cooking School & market Tour: 150-180 CNY (depending on the meal)
▪Bike-riding: 25-50 CNY (bike rental - depends on the bike)
▪Kayaking Yangshuo: 220 CNY
▪Li River Cruise Yangshuo: 108-370 CNY (transfer not included)

Hong Kong

▪Disney Land Hong Kong: 450 HKD
▪Victoria Peak Peak Tram Hong Kong: 40 HKD (round trip)
▪Light Show Hong Kong Victoria Harbour: Free
▪Ngong Ping (360 Cable Car): 94 HKD (one way)
▪Ocean Park Hong Kong: 185 HKD
▪Star Ferry Hong Kong: 2.8 HKD (one way)

Costs

Please keep in mind this trip is designed to give you the freedom to do whatever interests you. Make sure you look over all of the optional activities and keep in mind these additional costs when deciding whether you can afford this program. Very few meals are included on this trip, giving you the opportunity to eat on your own budget. The prices below are in US dollars and are rough estimates so you can budget your trip.

Tour Company Fee

$2,849 USD

Non-Educator Fee

$100 USD (Educators do not have to pay this fee)

Optional Activities

$200-$600 USD

International Airfare from USA

Roughly $1000-$2200 USD, See our FAQ for flight advice. Flights from the west coast are closer to $1000, flight for the east coat are closer to $2000.

Insurance

$42-$200 USD
Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers for both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. We also strongly recommend purchasing an all inclusive plan that covers cancellation/interruption insurance as well.
See our FAQ for advice on Travel Insurance.

Tipping

We recommend $105 USD for your G Adventures tour leader. Budget another $30 USD to tip local guides and drivers.

Meals Not Listed in the Itinerary

Allow $350-500 USD for meals not included

Laundry, Drinks, Phone Calls, etc.

(Make sure you budget for these types of expenses)

Airport and Departure Taxes

Departure Tax is included in all International and Domestic tickets in China

Airport Transfers

You can take a taxi or book an arrival transfer for:

* 2 to 100 passengers - $25.00 USD / passenger
* 1 passenger - $50.00 USD / passenger

Vaccines

(You will need to see your doctor to see if you need any vaccinations)

Visa

$130 USD for US passport holders (It’s only $30 USD for most non-US passport holders)

Souvenirs

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FAQ

What should be my expectations for this GEEO program?

Before you decide on travelling with GEEO it is important that you read all of the information about the program you are considering. To summarize, our programs are quite adventuress.

• We use basic, no frills accommodation. The purpose of the accommodation is to provide a safe place for you to sleep. Sometimes you will be pleasantly surprised, but do not expect luxury.

• The same goes for transportation. We use a mix of transportation that gets our guests from location to location safely. Sometimes you will have full days and nights of transportation as our trips tend to cover a lot of ground. The transportation will often be an adventure in itself.

• You must be able to easily carry or roll your luggage, so do not over-pack. We recommend using a large backpack along with a smaller daypack, which is typically the most comfortable way to carry your possessions.

• This trip occurs in locations where it is very hot during the day. Please make sure you have thoroughly read the itinerary and can handle the group activities, which sometime include day hikes with your daypacks.

• We recommend always carrying snacks with you because sometimes meals can be far apart.

• Please make sure you understand the role of your tour leader on this trip as they are not the traditional “guide” you may be expecting. While our trips are educational, they aren’t study/lecture trips. We want you to learn through exploring and much of your experience will be based on how active you choose to be in acquiring knowledge and interacting with locals.

• We try to have school visits on all of our trips, but sometimes it is not possible.

Hopefully this is the kind of adventure you are interested in!

Do I need a Passport? Do I need a visa?

All GEEO trips require that the participant have a valid passport that will not expire within 6 months of trip departure. If you have a U.S. passport, but it has expired, or will expire within 6 months of trip departure, click here for information on how to get it renewed. If you have never been issued a passport or have lost your passport, please click here. Processing time for US Passports is 4-6 weeks so please start this process immediately.

As with all of our trips, we try to provide the most accurate information we can, but governments sometimes change visa rules. It is in your best interests to double check the information we provide below by searching here.

You will receive instructions from G Adventures on how to get a letter of invitation (LOI) to go to China. You will need the LOI in order to obtain your tourist visa.

Americans need a Tourist visa for travel in China. Please visit this website to get instructions on the process of getting a Tourist Visa (L Visa).

Non-American participants should check with their government to find out if they need a visa.

Where do I meet the group? What happens when I arrive at the airport?

Our groups meet at the hotel we use for the first night of the trip. Your tour leader will leave a note for you at the hotel's front desk with the introductory meeting time and location.

When arriving to Beijing International Airport, you have a few choices on how to get to your starting point hotel.

Taxi: Follow the signs to the taxi ranks once you have come out of the baggage hall. The ranks are clearly defined, and traffic guards will systematically put you into a taxi. Print out the name of your hotel in Chinese. A taxi ride will take between 34-45 minutes depending on traffic, and should cost between 95-120 Yuan (plus an extra 10 for the tollway).

DO NOT GO WITH ANYONE WHO APPROACHES YOU OFFERING A METERED TAXI WHICH IS PARKED IN THE LOT. THEY WILL RIP YOU OFF.

Airport Express Train (to HOME INN BEIWEI): You also can take the airport express train from Beijing airport to Dongzhimen station (25 CNY). Once you have come out of the luggage hall, follow the signs to the underground Airport Express Line. It takes about 16 minutes from Terminal 3 of the airport to Dongzhimen. Train hours are from 6:30am to 10:30pm. You will then change to Line 2 to Qian Men station (6 stops), take Exit C out of station, then cross the street and take bus No.59 to (Beiwei Road - 6 stops). Cost is 2 CNY.

If you have paid for an arrival transfer when you booked your trip, our driver will be waiting for you with a G Adventures sign with your name on it. He/She will be waiting for you outside the luggage hall. There most likely will be many signs, so please check carefully for your name. Typically an airport transfer will cost about twice as much as a taxi would. If we have multiple participants on the same flight we can group those people together to share an airport transfer and save money. We cannot group people together if they are on different flights, even if those flights are scheduled to arrive within minutes of each other.

Please email groups@gadventures.com if you wish to book the airport transfer. They will need your name and the name of the GEEO trip you are on.

What is group travel like?

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 across the US and beyond and are likely to be of a variety of ages 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.

Who travels with GEEO?

GEEO participants are mostly made up of American K-12 teachers. Each group tends to have a good mix of educators in their 20's, 30's, 40's, 50's and 60's. About half of our participants are coming alone and do not know anyone in the group prior to the trip. We group single travelers of the same gender together as roommates, unless a participant prefers to pay an additional fee for their own room. If we have an odd amount of one gender we will rotate the single room for free among the participants.

GEEO trips are open to all Kindergarten to University teachers, school staff, school administrators, and soon-to-be teachers pursuing their teaching certificate. Our programs are also open to retired educators. Non-American educators are welcome on our trips.

Participants in our programs are permitted to bring friends or family members on their trip. You must be at least 18 years old to participate and of adequate fitness level for your chosen trip.

Is it OK if I am traveling alone? Do I have to have a roommate?

Half of the people that travel with us are traveling by themselves so please don’t worry if you have no one who wants to join you on our trip. Our pricing is based on double occupancy, in other words, two people to a room. If you do not have someone that you are traveling with that you would like to room with GEEO will find you a roommate of the same gender. You never have to pay for a single room unless you want one. If you want to room alone, there is a "My Own Room" fee for this trip of $599 USD.

Please note, even if you pay the "My Own Room" fee you will have shared accommodations on the sleeper trains, which are nights 3, 5 & 19.

Will I be eating on my own? With the group? Why aren't all meals included?

Eating is a big part of traveling. Traveling with GEEO you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally meals are not included in the trip price when there is a choice of eating options, to give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. It also gives you more budgeting flexibility, though generally food is affordable. Our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company. There is no obligation to do this though. Your group leader will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip. Please refer to the meals included and budget information for included meals and meal budgets.

How long have we been running this program?

GEEO was founded in 2007 and our inaugural trips were run to Peru and India in the summer of 2008. We have run China programs for the past few years, but this is new itinerary for us in 2015. G Adventures, who actually handle the logistics of the trip have been running trips to China for many years so you can have faith that your trip will be safe and well run.

What cities/airports should I book my flight in and out of?

Please double check our itinerary for the date on which you must arrive in Beijing by, which would usually mean departing the USA on the prior day. You can arrive at anytime you choose.

Your trip ends in Hong Kong. You should book your return flight from there and can depart anytime you wish on the last day of the trip.

Where can I purchase flights?

We recommend using www.kayak.com to see what is out there in terms of flights. G Adventures also has a wonderful air department, which can be reached at 1-800-708-7761.

You may also want to take a look at the prices at www.flyforgood.com or call 1-877-359-4466 to speak to a person. They get humanitarian rates from airlines and GEEO is registered with Fly for Good as a non-profit. If you purchase a humanitarian rate flight, you will need a supporting document from GEEO. Please request this from us after you purchase the tickets. Note that humanitarian rates are not available for all flights to GEEO destinations, and are sometimes higher than tickets found on on kayak, travelocity, orbitz, etc. Often the layovers are long and sometimes impossible to navigate. Look very carefully at the offer before purchasing your ticket.

Why are some activities included in the price of the trip and others are not?

We have found paying locally for activities allows our participants to save money. Not every activity is appealing to everyone and we don't want you to pay for services you might not use. Perhaps you feel sick one day and would prefer to rest. This allows you to decide on the spot what you want to do each day with your free time and at the same time control your budget.

When should I purchase my flights?

You must wait until this trip is confirmed with the minimum amount of required participants before you book your flights. Typically we reach the minimum amount needed at least 60 days before departure, which often happens to be when you can find the best prices for purchasing flights. GEEO and G Adventures bear no responsibility for any flights purchased before the trip is confirmed.

If I wanted to extend my stay in the region, is there any other tour you would recommend?

Want more adventure? GEEO will give you a discount for booking more than one program in the same summer! Book two or more GEEO programs and receive 10% off on the lesser value program (up to 3 programs). For more details please click here.

This program can be combined with our Bangkok to Hanoi program through our Multi-Trip Discount.

If there is a part of the world that you would like to see that we aren't offering this summer, let us know. We may be able to help you arrange such a trip or we will consider offering it as GEEO program next summer.

Where can I purchase travel insurance?

Please note it is mandatory for all of our travelers to have Emergency Medical insurance that covers both emergency evacuation and repatriation to the sum of $200,000 USD. Regular health insurance plans almost never include emergency evacuation and repatriation insurance, so you will need to purchase a separate TRAVEL health insurance plan.

You are welcome to use any travel insurance company you like. You must bring some proof of this insurance to your introduction meeting on the first day of the trip. If you do not have travel health insurance at that time, you will be forced to purchase insurance on the spot, which will be pricier than purchasing it in advance.

One of the least expensive options is the "International Volunteer Card." They have a $42 card (Plus Plan) that includes the amount of travel medical, evacuation and repatriation insurance you need for our trip, plus other trip insurance benefits. DO NOT get the Basic Plan that they offer as it does not have enough coverage for our programs.

To sign up for the card you can follow this link:

http://www.volunteercard.com/geeo.html.

We recommend purchasing cancellation insurance too, which the IVC offers as an additional option. Trip Cancellation insurance costs 5% of up to the total cost of your trip. For example, if you chose to insure $1000 of your trip cost, Trip Cancellation would cost $50. You can call them at 1-877-359-4466, ext. 7663 to ask for details on the cancellation plan or follow this link:

http://www.volunteercard.com/trip-cancellation-insurance/.

Another option is purchasing the insurance plan that G Adventures offers. Their comprehensive plan offers both health and cancellation insurance.

What are the emergency contact numbers for this trip?

Should you need to contact G Adventures during a situation of dire need, it is best to first call their local office. If for any reason you do not receive an immediate answer, please leave a detailed message and contact information, so they may return your call and assist you as soon as possible.

G Adventures Local Office (China): Annie Liu
During Office hours (Weekdays, 9am-5pm Local Time): +86 028 8556 9729; +86 138 8079 9290 (China)

If you are experiencing complications with your Beijing AIRPORT TRANSFER that was booked through G Adventures please call: +86 1391 0388 356 – Ms Chen (Beijing)

For after hours emergencies you will have to call G Adventures Asia "Fixer" who is based in Thailand at +66 87 049 6074.

If you are unable for any reason to contact their local office, they have a toll-free line for North America, which will connect you directly with their Toronto office. In the event that you cannot get through, you can reach a member of their Operations department at the mobile number below.

Toll-free, North America only: 1 800 465 5600.
Calls from UK: 0844 410 1030
Calls from Australia: 1 300 796 618
Outside North America and the UK: +1 416 260 0999.

Where can we get a list of hotels for this trip?

Our partner G does not provide hotel lists for any of their trips. The reason for this is sometimes hotels change at the last minute. G does not want to give out incorrect information because in an emergency that can only cause more issues. Instead we give you 24-hour emergency phone numbers where you and your family can reach staff in the country that you are travelling to or in Canada at G Adventure's headquarters. This way at anytime your loved ones can call the emergency contact who can immediately put them in touch with your tour leader no matter how plans have changed.

Can GEEO book extra hotel nights for me?

You may want to stay longer in Beijing and Hong Kong so feel free to arrive a few days early or depart a few days later. We can book your extra hotel nights for you if you wish. The price for extra hotel nights for this trip can be found in the costs tab.

Just send a request by email to groups@gadventures.com with the dates you would like at least 30 days before departure.

Do you have any advice on tipping?

Traditionally in China, tipping is not expected in restaurants, except in the tourism industry where guides and drivers expect tips. Though not compulsory and optional (up to the discretion of the group/guest) - component of your tour program and an expression of satisfaction with the persons who have assisted you on your tour. Giving a tip should be a seen as a formal 'thank you', and the action should in no way be awkward. The best method of tipping someone that has served the whole group is to plan in advance, and not rush when it comes to saying goodbye.
You may do this individually, or your tour leader will offer to collect the money and tip as a group. Recommendations for tipping drivers and local guides would range from $1-$2 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service; ask your tour leader for specific recommendations based on the circumstances and culture. A suggestion would be for each group member to contribute anonymously by putting their tip into an envelope. This often works the best and the group as a whole should gather to present the gift to the recipient(s), offering their thanks and showing their appreciation. This method brings the action out into the open, allowing for a friendly and appreciative interaction between the group and the recipient(s). Also at the end of each trip if you feel your G Adventures tour leader did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference, however as a guideline $5 USD per person per day can be used.

What are the hotels like?

A variety of styles of hotels/guesthouses are used on this trip. In many instances they might not be like what you are used to back home as service and efficiency can vary. In some areas we stay in simple local guesthouses in stunning locations – rooms are small and simple and there may be shared toilet facilities and showers. While there is plenty of bedding and (in most cases) it does get washed, it can be dusty so we do recommend bringing a sleep sheet.

What vaccinations do I need for this trip?

We legally cannot give you any medical advice. It is very important to consult your doctor or a travel clinic about which vaccinations you will need for your trip. GEEO recommends contacting Passport Health, (http://www.passporthealthusa.com/) who have travel clinics throughout the US. Please take this seriously!

Is there clothing that is considered inappropriate that I should not bring?

In Asia the dress standard is more conservative than it is back home. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of Asian summers. In predominately Buddhist countries we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.

Do I need plugs and current converters for my electronic devices?

There are two components to provide external power to your device: adapters and transformers. The adapter is the plug, adapting the prongs on a standard U.S. two to three-pronged power cord to match the prongs required by the local outlets. The transformer changes the local voltage to that required by your device.

Most hotels in China use either Type I plugs or non-grounded Type A plugs, which is the same plug design used in America. Their voltage is 220-240 Volts. U.S. outlets are 120V. Most new devices (phones and laptops) can handle the different voltage rates, but some devices only work on the U.S. standard of 120V. Check your device to see what voltage range it handles. Most transformer blocks will have an "Input" line that defines its voltage capacity. For example, "Input: 100 - 240V" means that it will work on voltages from 100V to 240V. If your transformer can't handle the different voltage, you'll need to purchase a voltage converter. You can find world regional voltage converters power packs at various vendors.

Is the water safe to drink?

Unless your tour leader tells you differently, only bottled water should be drunk, and this is readily available for purchase. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled, washed in boiled water and in the case of the latter, well cooked. Meat and fish should also be fresh, well-cooked and hot, to avoid possible infection.

Is there Internet access? Should I bring a computer? Mobile phone?

Many of the hotels we use have WiFi (often free, sometime not). Please keep in mind China blocks many popular sites from the US, such as Facebook. There are internet cafes in most of the places we visit and many of the hotels also have computers that can be used. Expect to be able to check your email every two to three days. You can also bring along your mobile phone if you choose. Make sure you check with your phone company before you leave to find out the rates for calling back to the US and if they have any special international plans that are worth taking advantage of. International roaming rates can be extremely high, so you don’t want to be surprised. You can bring a laptop/tablet/smart phone if you wish, but remember, GEEO and G Adventures are not responsible for the damage or theft of your valued items.

What is the weather like?

The areas of China you will be traveling are hot and humid during the summer months. Hong Kong can be pretty rainy at this time of the year.

What is expected from me from an educational stand point?

Please take a look at the "Sharing your Adventure section of our website by clicking here.

Is there any safety advice we should know about?

We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.

Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travellers' cheques, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of the hotels we use have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage. When travelling on a group trip, please note that your tour leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your tour leader will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your tour leader will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time. Although the cities visited on tour are generally safe during the day, there can be risks to wandering throughout any major city at night. It is our recommendation to stay in small groups and to take taxis to and from restaurants, or during night time excursions.

Protests and Demonstrations- Protests and demonstrations, even those that are well intended, have the potential to turn violent with no warning. Counter protests can also turn violent. Action by security forces to disperse demonstrators and protesters may occur at any time. If you are in an area where demonstrators or protesters are gathering, avoid the temptation of staying for a good photo opportunity and leave the area immediately.

Water based activities have an element of danger and excitement built into them. We recommend only participating in water based activities when accompanied by a guide(s). We make every reasonable effort to ensure the fun and adventurous element of any water based activities (in countries with varying degrees of operating standards) have a balanced approach to safety. It is G Adventure's policy not to allow our tour leaders to make arrangements on your behalf for water based activities that are not accompanied by guide(s).

Swimming, including snorkeling, is always at your own risk.

Is there any advice for finding funding for this program?

The first thing we recommend you do is speak to your school's principal and/or professional development coordinator. They may know of grants that your school district or state offers. Often schools reimburse teachers for professional development expenses. You can also try contacting your school's PTA or professional organizations that you belong to.

We also recommend applying for a Fund for Teachers grant, www.fundforteachers.org. These grants can be used on GEEO trips. If you want advice on applying for an FFT grant, please email us and we will send you a document that you will find helpful.

Is the itinerary exactly as described on this website?

While it is our intention to adhere to the route described on our website, there is a certain amount of flexibility built into the itinerary and on occasion it may be necessary, or desirable to make alterations. The itinerary is brief, as we never know exactly where our journey will take us. Due to our style of travel and the regions we visit, travel can be unpredictable. The information on our website is a general guide to the tour and region and any mention of specific destinations or wildlife is by no means a guarantee that they will be visited or encountered.

Additionally, any travel times listed are approximations only and subject to vary due to local circumstances.

Is it possible to get references for GEEO?

Over 1000 educators have traveled with GEEO since we ran our first programs in 2008. We have had an overwhelmingly positive response to the quality and value of the life changing experiences that we provide.

To read comments from past travelers, please feel free to visit a website that reviews non-profit organizations called Great Non-profits. Please click here for those reviews.

Please contact us if you would like to communicate with some of our former participants for a reference.

What should my expectations be regarding a school visit?

GEEO tries to include a school visit on each of our programs; however these visits are never a guaranteed part of our programming. School visits can be very tricky.

• In many of the countries we visit, schools will be closed for vacation over the summer. In that case we try to arrange an informal meeting with local teachers or a visit to a summer school.

• Some of our shorter programs are so packed with activities and places to see that we feel a school visit would mean the group would have to miss out on something important. In that case a school visit may not be scheduled.

• Many times we spend hours setting up a visit only for the school to cancel on us at the last minute.

• Often arranging school visits is easier if done in person with short notice. Your tour leader will try to schedule ad hoc school visits for your group when possible.

• Each school visit is different. We aim for you to get a tour of the school, sit in on a class and have a Q and A session with some of the staff.

• If we do schedule a school visit it is important that the entire group attend.

• Over time we try to establish long term relationships with schools so we can have more predictable, immersive visits that are rewarding for both our guests and the schools themselves.

How much money in US cash should I bring? Should I exchange local currency in advance?

This is entirely up to you, but we think it is critical for you to bring along $200 USD in cash for emergencies. This is what GEEO's executive director Jesse does in regards to money while traveling:

"I do not exchange any money before travelling to a country but instead bring somewhere between $200-300 US in cash. I go to a bank before I leave the US and take out the cash there rather than an ATM. I make sure each bill is in great condition with no rips or tears. I like to have mostly 20's, but in some countries you are better off with 50's and 100's. In some countries it is also good to have about 20 singles for when you have no small bills in local currency. I divide this money between a money belt and my main backpack and my daypack.

I also bring an ATM card and a credit card. Before I leave the country I call the bank and credit card companies to let them know I am traveling abroad so they don't think the foreign transactions are fraudulent and cancel my cards when I am most reliant on them. Having a second bank account and bank card is pretty handy so that just in case one card doesn't work at an ATM or is lost, you always have a back up account. It's also important to check with your credit card to see if there is an international transaction fee. Some cards charge up to 4% extra for any transactions made out of the US. My Capital One visa card doesn't have any international transaction fee. I just use this card for traveling so if it gets stolen and I have to cancel it I won't have to worry about recurring automated payments. I like to split up my cards between my money belt, wallet and one emergency one hidden in my main bag.

When I arrive at the airport I make sure to go to an ATM before leaving the airport and typically take out the equivalent of $150 USD in the local currency. I find that ATMs give the best exchange rate so throughout the trip I will use the ATM card to draw out my spending cash. I will ask our tour leader for an estimate on how much I will need if I am close to leaving a country so this way I do not draw out too much money.

I try not to use the US cash I brought with me so that I can use it in an emergency. Typically I will come back to the US with most of that US cash unspent. On a recent trip I lost my ATM card and was able to get cash by paying for our group dinners with my credit card and having people pay me their share in local currency. I NEVER take cash advances on my credit card as they charge you an arm and a leg.

I also never use travelers checks, but have heard good things about AAA ATM cards that you can load up with money instead of using travelers checks."

What is the relationship between G Adventures and GEEO? Who is running this trip?

GEEO is an independent non-profit organization that helps teachers travel. GEEO negotiates with tour companies to get great deals for teachers. GEEO customizes these trips for teachers. GEEO provides educational materials to teachers before and after the trip to help bring the participating teacher's experience into the classroom. GEEO markets these programs to convince teachers to explore the world. For more about GEEO, please see our mission statement.

G Adventures is a tour company that GEEO has partnered with to run our trips. For over 20 years G has been sending hundreds of thousands of people abroad and today they are the largest adventure travel company in the world. They design the trips, provide expert tour leaders, ground logistics and work hard to make sure you have an excellent experience.

What happens if it becomes unsafe to travel on this trip?

Your safety is our utmost priority and we will cancel a trip if we do not feel our participants will be safe. If GEEO or G Adventures cancels your trip we will issue a full refund of any payments you have made including the deposit. If YOU decide to cancel your trip you will have to abide by the rules of our terms and conditions.

What happens if GEEO doesn't reach the minimum number of participants needed for this trip?

Typically we reach the minimum number for our groups in the month of April. If we do not have the minimum number of participants needed we will re-price the trip for the amount of people signed up, adding on a surcharge. It will be up to each individual whether they still wish to travel with the group at the new rate. If they choose to withdraw from the program at that time they will be issued a full refund. If need be we will cancel a trip and issue the entire group a full refund. It is important that you do not book your flights before a group is confirmed! It is pretty rare for us to have to cancel trips.

What is the GEEO book club and which books have been selected for this program?

GEEO's book club is a way for you and your fellow participants to learn through literature about the places you will be traveling. For each trip we have selected four books, two fiction and two non-fiction. It is completely up to you whether you choose to read them as the GEEO book club is not required for our participants. We hope you will enjoy the books we have selected and they will enhance your experience. We welcome feedback on our selections so we can develop and improve the list for the following summer.

For your convenience we have a hot-linked each of the selected books to amazon.com. If you purchase this book through the link, Amazon will share some of the proceeds from the sale with GEEO, helping to fund our operations. You should hopefully be able to find most of our selections through your library system as well.

For this program we have selected the following books:

Fiction:

To Live: A Novel by Yu Hua
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan by Lisa See

Non-Fiction:
China: A History by John Keay
Oracle Bones: A Journey Through Time in China by Peter Hessler

For those looking for more suggestions, here are some other books you may want to consider:

Fiction:
Empress Orchid by Anchee Min
The Flowers of War by Geling Yan
Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang
The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck

Non-Fiction:
Search for Modern China by Jonathan Spence
Wild Swans: Three Daughters of China by Jung Chang
Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin
The Good Women of China: Hidden Voices by Xinran
Country Driving: A Journey Through China from Farm to Factory by Peter Hessler
Yin-Yang American Perspectives on Living in China Edited by Alice Renouf and Mary Beth Ryan-Maher

Is there advice that past participants would like to pass onto you?

Quotes from past participants:

"Make sure you are ready for excessive heat, humidity and walking"

"Pack light, quick-drying clothes such as linen and synthetics. It is very hot and humid!"


Save an extra 5% off the price below if you book this program before 10/13/14.

Want more adventure? Save money by also booking our Bangkok to Hanoi program through our Multi-Trip Discount.

2849.00 USD

International Airfare not included

Availability: +7

This program requires a minimum of 6 participants to run and will have a maximum of 16 participants.

What's Included

  • 1 lunch. (Allow USD 315-450 for meals not included.)

  • Great Wall excursion and entrance (Beijing). Tiananmen Square and Forbidden City guided tour. Xi'an orientation walk. Terracotta Warriors excursion. Panda Breeding Center visit (Chengdu). Emei Shan hike. Lijiang UNESCO World Heritage site orientation walk. Tiger Leaping Gorge trek. Dali orientation walk. Kunming city tour. Li River cruise (Yangshuo). Internal flights. All transport between destinations and to/from included activities.

  • G Adventures Tour leader throughout

  • Train, plane, air-con bus, public bus, walking.

  • Simple hotels (11 nts), guesthouses (4 nts), basic monastery (2 nts), sleeper train (3 nts).

What's Not Included

  • International air

  • Incidentals

  • Insurance

  • Applicable visas

  • Airport Taxes

  • Tips or gratuities

  • Beverages

  • Meals not mentioned above

  • Optional Tours or optional admissions