Highlights of China

An active adventure exploring

At A Glance

11 days land only/ 12 flight inclusive

Travel by train, private minibus, public bus and 2 internal flights

9 nights comfortable hotels, 1 night overnight train

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included

Optional single supplement, available on request

Free airport transfer for any flight

Group normally 5 to 16, plus leader. Min age 16 yrs

Diverse and inspiring

Tracing the remnants of China’s imperial past, we discover the magnificent monuments of Beijing, the Terracotta Warriors, the imposing mosques of Xi’an, and the picturesque city of Hangzhou. We also have time to explore some of the exquisite landscapes and tranquil countryside of Yangshuo, so beloved by Chinese poets and painters. Visit a time capsule containing one quarter of the human race, where the modern world coexists with the ancient, and each region has its own traditions and mouthwatering culinary delights.

What’s Included

All breakfasts, 4 lunches, 1 dinner

All accommodation

All transport and listed activities

Tour leader throughout

Arrival and departure transfers

What’s Not Included

Travel insurance

Single accommodation (available on request) (excludes sleeper train)

Vaccinations

Chinese Visa – GBP201 with Travcour or GBP151 plus GBP18 special delivery direct with embassy

China Info Point

Currency: Renminbi

Language: Mandarin

Visa Information

Nearly all nationalities require a visa to enter China, which must be obtained prior to departure. The Chinese authorities now require a letter from Exodus, confirming all your accommodation details. Along with this, you need to supply a copy of your flight details, which are on your invoice if you have booked directly through Exodus.
It is also essential that we have a clear copy of the details page of your passport. This is required to book certain ground services in China and we cannot confirm your details with our local partners until it has been received.

Vaccines and Health

There are no mandatory vaccination requirements. Recommended vaccinations are: Polio, Tetanus, Diphtheria, Typhoid, Hepatitis A. The risk of malaria is slight but you may wish to consult your GP or travel health clinic for further advice.

Weather and Seasonality

Beijing & Xi’an: The north of China has warm (25º+C), quite humid summers, and cold dry winters. If you travel between June and August, it will be hot more or less everywhere, except in the mountains. Some rain must be expected, possibly heavy. If you travel in September/October, you will probably get less rain and the temperatures will be fairly warm (around 20ºC) everywhere. Yangshuo/Shanghai: The south of China is sub-tropical with hot (30ºC), wet summers (May to September), and warm, relatively dry (November to March) winters, though rain is possible at almost any time of year. The winter months in China are cold (+3ºC), so if travelling in November/March be prepared for temperatures to drop to below freezing at night in the North, but with almost guaranteed dry sightseeing. The weather is milder in the south.

Eating and Drinking

All breakfasts, 4 lunches and 1 dinner included.

One of the major draws of China is its exciting and varied cuisine. On this trip you will be able to try many different dishes that will be carefully selected with your leaders help and based on the group’s dietary requirements and preferences. Meals generally consist of shared dishes, which is the best way to experience as many different ingredients as possible and try things you might not usually choose. Examples of popular dishes include Ma Po Tofu, a delicious tofu dish made with beef, chillies and onion, Gong Bao chicken, a very popular dish with chilli and peanuts, the iconic Peking Duck, served with hoisin sauce and pancakes, and dumplings in many shapes and sizes. There are many different dishes to try and the leader will always try and accommodate tastes, but if you do tire of Chinese food there are always opportunities to eat Western-style dishes in the cities you visit. For vegetarians or those with dietary requirements, many of the traditional dishes can be amended to omit the meat products.

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