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08 Days - Best of China

08 Days - Best of China

08 Day Tour of China

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Day 1

Arrive Beijing

On arrival at Beijing Airport, meet your local representative/ tour manager and proceed to your hotel. Remainder of day is at leisure. (Check in time is after 15:00 hrs). In the evening enjoy an Indian dinner. Note: Transfers to hotel are available all day, mode of transportation could be either a coach/ minivan along with other passengers from the group. If your flight arrives after 16:30hrs local time, then dinner will not be provided.

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Day 2

Beijing

Today we visit Tiananmen Square which is known to be one of the largest public squares in the world, bordered by the Qianmen Gate, the Great Hall of the People and Theatre of Heavenly Peace. Later visit the Forbidden City to see the courtyards, palaces and pavilions. In the afternoon, continue to Lama Temple, which
combines styles of Manchurian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Mongolian architecture. Everywhere you turn, expansive details and bold patterns can be found to tease and tantalize the senses.

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Day 3

Beijing

In the morning visit the Jade Factory for shopping before departing for a tour of the Great Wall of China. This 6,400 kilometre long wall is a symbol of China’s ancient civilisation and ranks among the greatest ancient monuments in history. After lunch we visit the Temple of Heaven. Evening visit the Yashow Market also known as the “Yaxiu Market”.
Local Lunch

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Day 4

Beijing - Xi’an

Morning check out. Proceed to a short city tour to visit some of the modern sights that Beijing has to offer; view the iconic Olympic buildings, take photos with the National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube), and the National Stadium, known as the Bird’s Nest. After lunch proceed to Xi’an via a super-fast train. Late evening arrival in Xi’an. After dinner check in to your hotel.

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Day 5

Xi’an

Today enjoy a full day tour of the Terracotta Warriors - the tomb of the First Emperor of China and a UNESCO site. See more than 6000 moulded soldiers, officers, horses and wagons of this famed legendary army which were buried together with the Emperor 2,200 years ago and discovered only in 1974. Afternoon visit the Wild Goose Pagoda which is a Buddhist pagoda, built in 652 AD by the Tang Dynasty. Also visit the Bell Tower Square which is in the heart of this bustling city.
Local Lunch

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Day 6

Xi’an-Shanghai

After breakfast drive to the airport for your flight to Shanghai. Late afternoon we visit the TV Tower, which was completed on October 1, 1994. The TV Tower has a height of 468 meters, which multi-functions as a sightseeing attraction, dining opportunities, shopping, amusement and accommodations. This tower has become the symbol of the city and a popular tourist attraction in Shanghai.

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Day 7

Shanghai

This morning, visit the famous Buddhism shrine, Jade Buddha Temple, located in the bustling city of Shanghai. It is named for its two bejewelled white jade Buddha. Carved from a whole piece of white jade, the sitting jade Buddha statue is translucent with a solemn expression, displaying the excellent skill and extraordinary art of the Chinese people. Later, visit the Yuyuan Garden which has many scenic courtyards decorated with baroque rockery, pools, and flora that are all connected by corridors and passageways. Finally experience the super-fast Maglev Train ride. Evening free for leisure activities.

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Day 8

Shanghai -– Flight Out/ Continue onto Hong Kong or Japan

After breakfast, check-out and transfer to the airport for your return flight home. Check out time is 11:00 hrs. Depending on your return flight timing, you will be transferred to the airport, the mode of transportation could be either coach/ minivan along with your other passengers from the group. Please note that late check-out is not guaranteed and it is advisable to opt for an early morning flight.

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B=Breakfast, L=Lunch, D=Dinner

2019 USD Dates and Prices

 

Dates

Adult

Child

(2-11)

Single

Apr - 20

$1150

$1015

$1420

May - 11, 25

$1150

$1015

$1420

Jun - 15

$1150

$1015

$1420

Jul - 06, 20

$1150

$1015

$1420

Aug - 03, 17

$1150

$1015

$1420

Sep - 07, 21

$1190

$1050

$1500

Oct - 12

$1190

$1050

$1500



 

 Price per person based on 2/3 adults sharing a room

 Child 2 - 11 years must share a room with 2/3 adults

 Infants 0 - 23 months price is $350 for a seat in coach only

 Max occupancy per room is 3 person(s) (excluding infants)

 $170 reduction will apply for a 2nd child without a bed

 

Early Bird Offer

Book 10 weeks in advance and get

$70 OFF per adult and child

Book 8 weeks in advance and get

 $55 OFF per adult and child



 

Country Details

 

Country

Capital

Currency

Visa Required

Time

Zone

Electricity

Country

Code

China

(People's Republic of China)

Beijing

Renminbi

Yes

UTC +8

220V,

50Hz

+86



 

Currency

 

The currency of China is the Chinese Renminbi.

 

The official currency of the People's Republic of China is the renminbi, often abbreviated as RMB. The base unit of this currency is the yuan, international currency code CNY. All prices in China are given in yuan. The RMB is not legal tender in the Special Administrative Regions of Hong Kong and Macau, both of which issue their own currencies although occasionally it will be accepted on an unfavourable rate.

 

USD, GBP or travellers’ cheques are not widely accepted at locations in this tour.

 

Additional Excursions

 

We design our itineraries so that all the necessary excursions and places of interest are included to give the passenger the best possible holiday at an affordable price. However, often, the tour representative or local ground operator will offer passengers additional excursions that are designed to enhance the holiday experience and are not included in the tour cost.

 

Food

 

Breakfast will be provided at the hotels. The breakfast is usually in a separate dining area of the hotel and is usually a continental breakfast, which will consist of tea, coffee, bread, cereals, fruit and yoghurt.

 

Passengers can choose from vegetarian, or non-vegetarian (Jain or Halal will not always be available) meals. The meals are pre-set buffet, and a choice of menu is not available. Meals will be provided with tap water only.

 

Dinners are usually provided within the hotel or restaurant in a separate dining facility. You should always consult your tour representative if you are not sure of what ingredients a dish contains.

 

Foreign Office Travel Advice

 

For the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click on the link below to get Country specific details

 

For a full list of the latest travel advice from the Foreign & Commonwealth Office click here

 

UK Residents

USA Residents

China

China



 

Hotels

 

Not all hotels in this tour will have air-conditioning so you should carry a small portable fan with you especially during the summer months.

 

Please also note that not all hotels provide a kettle so if hot water is required for warming milk etc. in the hotel then it is advisable to carry a bottle warmer/kettle as well as a thermos flask. Passengers may also want to carry a small travel iron and hairdryer etc., as many hotel rooms may not have these facilities.

 

Some hotels in China will provide two single beds put together as a Double occupancy room, as this sort of configuration allows the hotel to use a room for multi-use, we do contract with such hotels, and you should be prepared for such eventualities.

 

If you use services such as the phone or mini-bar or pay TV whilst in your room, you will have to pay the hotel directly when you check out; these services are not included in your tour cost.

 

The maximum occupancy per room on this tour is 3 person(s) excluding infants.

 

Other Advisories

 

General

 

Once in China, you must carry your passport with you at all times. If caught in a random check without it, you'll be detained until somebody can present it for you. First offenders who apologize are usually let off with a warning, but theoretically you can be fined.

 

High Altitude

 

You should only make trips to high altitudes if you feel healthy. The following recommendations apply:

 

Advanced age is no barrier to high altitude. For blood pressure patients who are well controlled with medication, the altitude is not a concern. Asthmatics can travel to high altitudes without any problems. High-altitude air is less polluted with particles that can cause an asthma attack. Epileptics who are well controlled with medication should be able to negotiate the altitude.

 

Pregnant women: There may be a certain risk for pregnancy even without pre-existing diseases over 2500-3000 metres. Caution is therefore advised if in doubt, please consult your doctor in advance.

 

Infants: Short-term stays at the mountain tops are unproblematic. Infants and young children are often unable to equalise pressure during descent and are therefore increasingly at risk of ear irritation. Regular swallowing (drinking, sucking on a bottle) during the descent can prevent the occurrence of irritation.

Because children can chill faster than adults, always pay attention to sufficient protection from the cold at high altitude. Sunglasses and a good sunscreen are necessary on the glaciers!

 

High altitude visits not recommended for:

Lung and heart patients who are already short of breath while at rest or when climbing stairs are advised not to stay at high altitude. Patients with angina pectoris or severely impaired performance with heart enlargement and heart failure should not visit high altitude. Coronary artery disease (angina pectoris) and heart enlargement with medical therapy should not visit high altitude. Patients with a pronounced risk profile for cardiovascular disease (smoker + high blood pressure + diabetes + high blood fats + overweight + occasional chest pain) should consult the doctor before visiting high altitude.

 

Do not stay at high altitude after having striated muscles or a stroke.

 

Pick up and Drop off points & Times

 

Passengers should arrive at the airport where flights are done by Star Tours at the allocated time. If you are doing your own flights, then you will need to meet the tour rep directly at the arrival terminal at the destination.

 

You will be sent an ATOL certificate if your flights are done with Star Tours.

 

You should always follow the protocol for flights as set out by the airline. You should check the board at the airport for any flight delays, change of gate number or any other useful information provided by the airline.

 

Visas & Passports

 

If you have a ‘British Citizen’ or ‘British National (Overseas)’ passport, American or Canadian Passport, you will require a visa for mainland China.

 

Visitors to the Mainland of the People's Republic of China must obtain a visa from one of the Chinese diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. The two Special Administrative Regions – Hong Kong and Macau – maintain their own independent border control policy and thus have their own visa requirements.

Indian Nationals will require a visa in advance of travelling to China.

 

All other nationals should check with the relevant embassy.

 

Weather

 

In China, a vast land spanning many degrees of latitude with complicated terrain, climate varies radically. China has a variety of temperature and rainfall zones, including continental monsoon areas. In winter most areas become cold and dry, in summer hot and rainy.

 

Five Temperature Zones

In winter, an isotherm of zero degrees traverses the Huaihe River-Qinling Mountain-southeast Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. Areas north of the isotherm have temperatures below zero degrees and south of it, above zero. Mohe in Heilongjiang can hit an average of 30 degrees centigrade below zero, while the temperature of Sanya in Hainan Province is above 20 degrees.

 

In summer, most of areas are above 20 degrees centigrade despite the high Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and other mountains such as Tianshan. Among these hot places, Turpan Basin in Xinjiang is the center for intense heat at 32 centigrade on average.

 

Cold-Temperate Zone: north part of Heilongjiang Province and Inner Mongolia (Representative city: Harbin)

Mid-Temperate Zone: Jilin, northern Xinjiang, and most of Heilongjiang, Liaoning, and Inner Mongolia (Representative cities: Beijing, Shenyang, Dalian, Urumqi, Hohhot, Dunhuang, Lanzhou)

Warm-Temperate Zone: area of the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, Shandong, Shanxi, Shaanxi, and Hebei Province (Representative cities: Xian, Taiyuan, Luoyang, Jinan, Qingdao, Zhengzhou)

Subtropical Zone: South of isotherm of Qinling Mountain-Huaihe River, east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative cities: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu)

Tropical Zone: Hainan province, southern Taiwan, Guangdong, and Yunnan Province (Representative cities: Haikou, Sanya) Plateau Climate Zone: Qinghai-Tibet Plateau (Representative city: Lhasa)

 

 

Wheelchairs

 

We will accept lightweight manual wheelchair for travel, subject to them being capable of being stowed in the luggage hold of the vehicle. It is also essential that a family member is also on tour to push the wheelchair. Star Tour’s will also request hotels for suitably equipped rooms; however, this is only on a request basis and cannot be guaranteed.

 

For us to request a wheelchair for you with the airline, this request should be made to us in writing at the time of booking. The allocation of the wheelchair will be at the discretion of the airline/airport.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

Below is a list of pick-up points available on this tour.

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