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Participant Concept

Small Group Explorations:

A Visit Beyond Small Group Exploration normally has no more than 2-5 people. It is not a
group tour in a big tour bus and expect therefore that you might only be 2 on the tour. And
being few, you can go places less travelled. Small group explorations bring you closer to
local life, increase flexibility and take you beyond the ordinary.

Shared Group Experiences:

A Shared Groups Experience normally has more than 2 participants in the group, but expect up
to at least 12. Most likely, you will therefore share your experience with others. Most
shared group experiences have fixed departure days so please check the booking calendar to
reserve your preferred day.
 

Mini package Combo: Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Kunming-Lijiang


Option :  

A Mini Package is your key to freedom and adventure without having to worry about practicalities. We take care of the train ticket, the transfer to your hotel and 2 nights accommodation in your arrival city – while you concentrate on exploring. As pearls on a string, the cities on this route brings you further into the heartland of the county and a bit beyond the beaten track. Look forward to mix ancient history with stunning nature and local friendliness. Going by train is not only a fast and convenient mode of transport through this gigantic country, it also makes your journey an exploration in its own right. Combined with arrival transfer and accommodation, you are ready to step into new cities, new adventures.

Description
Trip length:
13 Day(s) 12 Night(s)
Unique Experience:
● You go explore while we do the practicalities
● Get closer to local life travelling as the locals do
● Perfect for covering large distances in huge China
● Train ticket, transfer and accommodation is all taken care of
Locations Visited:
● Xi An
● Chengu
● Kunming
● Lijiang
Start City:
Beijing
End City:
Lijiang
Physical rate:
Type of transportation:
Budget: Hard sleeper train & private car/van for ground transport
Comfort: Soft sleeper train & private car/van for ground transport
Type of Accommodation:
Budget: local guesthouse without breakfast, with private bathroom
Comfort: local 3 star hotel with breakfast, with private bathroom
Tour departure day(s):
Participants:
Small Group Exploration
Depending on number of travellers and your choice of budget or comfort, expect to share train cabin with others (4-6 bunks).
Note that it is possible to book 1 person, but do not expect fellow travellers.
Children Policy:
Children age : No child price, but pay the same price as adult. If you have infants below 2 years of age, please send a Special Request.
Please be aware of: Sleeping on the train is not recommend for children below 2 years. Note also that you will most likely share compartment with others. There will be no private bathroom and you may expect Chinese style toilets. Please consider if your child is comfortable with this.
Included in Price:
Meals: 8 x breakfast if you choose “comfort”
Accommodation: 4 nights in train and 8 nights (in total) at hotels according to your choice of “budget” or “comfort”
Transport: Train tickets from Beijing to Xian, Xian to Chengdu, Chengdu to Kunming and Kunming to Lijiang. Arrival transfer in Xian, Chengdu, Kunming and Lijiang from train station to hotel
English speaking tour guide: Driver who speaks basic English for transfer only.
Excluded From Price:
● Departure transfer from start city hotel to train station
● All meals unless otherwise stated above
All other expenses not stated as included in the above
Travel season:
Essential to bring:
Blinds and ear plugs should you need it

Day 1: Beijing –Train
Your train ticket will be ready at your hotel reception with your name. (Please provide your accommodation detail, hotel name, address, contact number if you do not make your accommodation reservation with us); self-transfer to train station for Xian, overnight on the train.

Suggestion: Make sure you will arrive at your train station at least 1.5 hours in prior to departure time. Keep all your belongings with you; don’t bring too much cash when you get on the train. Bring simple food or snacks as your dinner and/or breakfast on the second day morning. There is 24 hours hot water on the train; There is a restaurant on the train, but the meal is very simple and do not expect great culinary experiences!

Day 2: Xian
Upon arrival in Xian, please make sure you bring all your belongings with you, before you get off the train. Please go to Exit where your driver will meet you holding a sign with your name. Transfer to hotel directly and check-in. The rest of the day is free on your own arrangement. We recommend you bring a card from the hotel to make sure you find your way back safely.
NOTE: The train ticket from Xian to Chengdu will be ready at the reception of your hotel with your name or handed over by your driver. Please check your train ticket as soon as you check in at your hotel. Should you not have obtained the ticket at current, please contact Visit Beyond Beijing service office at emergency number: 0086 139 1121 8252

Day 3: Xian
Today is a free day on your own arrangements. You can explore the city or outskirts further or you can leave it to use to make the most of your day.
Make sure you see all the classic highlights of Xian and let us take you on a one-day tour of the city: Terracotta, Small Goose and City Walk
We also highly recommend that you take in the Xian outskirts and hike the serene natural surroundings with the Xian QinLing Mountain Trekking 1 day tour
Enjoy your last night in Xian

Day 4: Xian – Train
Check out time before 12:00 noon. Self transfer to train station for your next destination, Chengdu, and overnight on the train.

Suggestion: Make sure you will arrive at your train station at least 1.5 hours in prior to departure time. Keep all your belongings with you; don’t bring too much cash when you get on the train. Bring simple food or snacks as your dinner and/or breakfast on the second day morning. There is 24 hours hot water on the train; There is a restaurant on the train, but the meal is very simple and do not expect great culinary experiences!

Day 5: Chengdu
Upon arrival in Chengdu, please make sure you bring all your belongings with you, before you get off the train. Please go to Exit where your driver will meet you holding a sign with your name. Transfer to hotel directly and check-in. The rest of the day is free on your own arrangement. We recommend you bring a card from the hotel to make sure you find your way back safely.
NOTE: The train ticket from Chengdu to Kunming will be ready at the reception of your hotel with your name or handed over by your driver. Please check your train ticket as soon as you check in at your hotel. Should you not have obtained the ticket at current, please contact Visit Beyond Beijing service office at emergency number: 0086 139 1121 8252

Day 6: Chengdu
Today is a free day on your own arrangements. You can explore the city or outskirts further or you may want to join a pre-arranged tour.
Chengdu is famous for its panda breeding and we can bring you closer to these cute creatures with the Chengdu Panda Breeding Center & Wenshu Temple 1 day tour Enjoy your last night in Chengdu

Day 7: Chengdu – Train
Check out time before 12:00 noon. Self transfer to train station for your next destination, Kunming, and overnight on the train.

Suggestion: Make sure you will arrive at your train station at least 1.5 hours in prior to departure time. Keep all your belongings with you; don’t bring too much cash when you get on the train. Bring simple food or snacks as your dinner and/or breakfast on the second day morning. There is 24 hours hot water on the train; There is a restaurant on the train, but the meal is very simple and do not expect great culinary experiences!

Day 8: Kunming
Upon arrival in Kunming, please make sure you bring all your belongings with you, before you get off the train. Please go to Exit where your driver will meet you holding a sign with your name. Transfer to hotel directly and check-in. The rest of the day is free on your own arrangement. We recommend you bring a card from the hotel to make sure you find your way back safely.
NOTE: The train ticket from Kunming to Lijiang will be ready at the reception of your hotel with your name or handed over by your driver. Please check your train ticket as soon as you check in at your hotel. Should you not have obtained the ticket at current, please contact Visit Beyond Beijing service office at emergency number: 0086 139 1121 8252

Day 9: Kunming
Today is a free day on your own arrangements.

Day 10: Kunming – Train
Check out time before 12:00 noon. Self transfer to train station for your next destination, Lijiang, and overnight on the train.

Suggestion: Make sure you will arrive at your train station at least 1.5 hours in prior to departure time. Keep all your belongings with you; don’t bring too much cash when you get on the train. Bring simple food or snacks as your dinner and/or breakfast on the second day morning. There is 24 hours hot water on the train; There is a restaurant on the train, but the meal is very simple and do not expect great culinary experiences!

Day 11: Lijiang
Upon arrival in Lijiang, please make sure you bring all your belongings with you, before you get off the train. Please go to Exit where your driver will meet you holding a sign with your name. Transfer to hotel directly and check-in. The rest of the day is free on your own arrangement. We recommend you bring a card from the hotel to make sure you find your way back safely.

Day 12: Lijiang
Today is a free day on your own arrangements.

Day 13: Lijiang
Check out time before 12:00 noon – the package ends here.

Index of notes:

Emergency Contact - Emergency Funds - Additional Expenditures - Tipping - Weather and Unpredictables - Meals - Group Leaders and Guides - Arrival - What to bring - Checklist - Visas - Laundry - Share Your Trip - Respectful Dress - Money, Dough, Loot & Booty - Departure Tax - Communications - Expect the Unexpected - Health & Fitness - Travel Insurance - Your Travel Buddies - Responsible Travel - The law and "the man"

Emergency Contact

In the event of a genuine crisis or emergency, Visit Beyond’s China Office can be reached on Tel: +86 13911218252 or 0086 13401006553. For further contact details please use the following page: http://www.visitbeyond.com/top-menu/contact-us

Emergency Funds

We advise that you keep 1500CNY per person for unforeseen incidents and circumstances beyond our control (e.g. a natural disaster, civil unrest, etc.).

Additional Expenditures

Take into account your personal spending habits when deciding how much money to bring. How much will you drink and party? How many souvenirs you intend to bring home? How many gifts? Remember to include tips in your calculations. (See below.)

Tipping

Visit Beyond employs local guides who greatly appreciate recognition of services rendered. Index

Weather and Unpredictables

Visit Beyond operates trips in China throughout the year—including the rainy season—and changes may result from inclement weather and other unforeseen circumstances. We reserve the right to change the itinerary according to such circumstances as we see fit to ensure the best experience for our customers.

Meals

Visit Beyond gives you the opportunity to try authentic Tibetan food. When meals are not already provided, your guide will be able to suggest restaurants and the best dishes during your trip. Notify your Guide of allergies or dietary restrictions.

Group Leaders and Guides

Visit Beyond will often provide experienced, local, English-speaking guides who know the destination and region well. Kindly note that it is sometimes necessary to change the guide at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances. Your guide is there for you. He/she will offer recommendations, history, useful phrases and more. We encourage you to ask questions. At Visit Beyond we aim to support local guides who have specialized knowledge of the regions we visit. Index

Arrival

If you have booked an arrival package then you can expect a Visit Beyond representative waiting for you at the airport. If you cannot locate your Driver at the airport, please contact Visit Beyond at china@visitbeyond.com or +86 13911218252 or 0086 13401006553. Visit Beyond does not offer refunds for missed transfers due to a change in flight or delays. Index

What to bring

Pack according to the tour you have chosen. If you’re going trekking, bring appropriate shoes; Visit Beyond encourages you to pack only necessities. Although there are some tours and trips in which you can leave your luggage behind for a day’s excursion, we generally require you to carry your own gear. For this reason, we strongly encourage you to pack in a backpack with straps and back support and a smaller daypack. We strongly discourage traditional luggage!

Responsible travel (see below) dictates that we respect local cultures. Bring a camera and take pictures and video, but never intrude on people’s lives.

See our checklist below for more specifics. Index

Checklist

This checklist is intended as a reference guide; it is not a complete packing list. Always keep in mind weight restrictions according to your airline of choice.

Travel documents: Passport and visas, travel insurance documents, tickets, Visit Beyond vouchers (if any).

Money: Cash, credit card, money pouch.

Day pack: First-aid kit, medication/prescriptions (consider carrying a doctor’s letter if you require a large amount of medication), sunscreen, refillable water bottle and purification tablets, flashlight, insect repellent, hat and sunglasses, traveler’s diarrhea tablets, prescription glasses, contact lenses and solution, phrasebook, earplugs, comfortable shoes & playing cards. Index

Large pack: Alarm clock, international outlet adapter, swimsuit, lightweight towel, eye mask, raincoat, umbrella, waterproof jacket, outdoor sandals with good grip, waterproof bags for the rainy season, appropriate clothes for temples and religious sites.

And, of course, your camera, film or memory cards and spare batteries!

Visas

You are responsible for obtaining visas. Consult your embassy’s website in China or China’s embassy website in your country for the latest visa requirements. Make sure your passport is valid for at least 6 months after your return date. We endeavor to keep visa information updated, but rules can change suddenly.

Citizens of Every country need a visa to visit China

Laundry

Some hotels offer laundry services for an additional charge. You can find additional laundry services in all major cities. If you choose to do your own laundry, kindly use non-polluting and biodegradable soap.

Share Your Trip

Go on, show off a little! Share your pictures on our Facebook page. We occasionally hold contests for those who provide the best shots, so stay on the look-out and you could win a free trip! Index

Respectful Dress

Remember that styles of dress are generally conservative throughout Asia. This is especially true outside major cities. Visit Beyond therefore strongly recommends modest clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in the predominantly hot Asian climate. Avoid tank tops on the beach and never sunbathe topless. Men and women alike are often required to wear pants the cover the legs in temples and religious sites.

Money, Dough, Loot & Booty

We recommend withdrawing money from ATMs, which are widely available throughout China. This has the advantage of keeping your money safe in the bank; not vulnerable in your back pocket. Remember to bring your bank’s emergency contact details in the event that your card is stolen. In addition, notify your bank of your travels before you depart, as banks often place a temporary hold on cards due to transactions in foreign countries or other suspicious activities. Index

Visit Beyond does not recommend traveler’s cheques. Exchanging them can be a lengthy process and can pose difficulties due to banking hours and holidays. In addition to a commission, unfavorable exchange rates often apply to traveler’s cheques. If you insist on bringing traveler’s cheques then purchase them with a major brand and strong currency. Old cheques are rarely, if ever, accepted.

Departure Tax

There is no departure tax at Chinese Airports at the present time. This is subject to change without notice and Visit Beyond is not liable for unexpected charges levied on departing tourists.

Communications

The most reliable method of communication during your travels will be email. Although internet access is widely available in China, we do visit areas of the country for several days at a time in which internet access is limited or unavailable. Please take this into account when planning your trip.

It is a good idea to leave your booking agent’s contact details or Visit Beyond’s contact information with friends or family in your home country in case of emergencies. We do not recommend that you leave friends and family with your hotel details because there is no guarantee that hotel staff speak English. Facebook , Youtube, Google video and many other news websites are blocked in China. Index

Expect the Unexpected

Visit Beyond, as the name implies, brings you to places that are beyond the well-worn tourist path. Out here, things sometimes go wrong and if they do, it is imperative that you tell your guide or tour leader immediately. They are best suited to help however they can. If this does not suffice, your guide will contact our manager.

Health & Fitness

There are no health requirements for this trip. However, to get the most out of your trip, all travelers should be in good physical health. You should consult your doctor or physician before leaving your home country and you should honestly assess your ability to complete your vacation based on the detailed Visit Beyond trip itinerary. In general, the more you physically prepare for the trip, the more you will enjoy it. We do not walk at altitude nor set distance records, but some treks can still be demanding. Expect hilly terrain and high temperatures. Visit Beyond and its guides reserve the right to exclude a participant without refund if said traveler is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to him/her or to the group. Index

Small and very handy first aid kits should be readily available in your home country. We recommend you purchase a kit before departure along with any personal medication you may require. Read the trip itinerary closely and bring medicine accordingly, as many trips entail travel on long, windy roads and require that you eat authentic Chinese food. Do not rely on trip leaders or guides, as they are legally prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache medicine and antibiotics.

Visit Beyond is well aware of the health risks of bird flu and SARS. Therefore, Visit Beyond reserves the right to make unannounced changes to all itineraries in the very unlikely occurrence of an outbreak of bird flu, SARS or other disease. Please contact us at china@visitbeyond.com should you require any clarification. Index

Travel Insurance

Although travel insurance is not obligatory to join a Visit Beyond trip, we strongly recommend you purchase insurance before departing your home country. Traveling without insurance is done entirely at your own risk. Visit Beyond is not liable for the uninsured. We recommend Gouda Travel Insurance for our European customers.

Your Travel Buddies

Traveling in a group can be a very positive experience. You are likely to find that your travel buddies hail from all over the world. Therefore, you will get the double pleasure of experiencing a new part of the world and new friends to enjoy it with. In order to get the most out of your trip, each traveler must respect every member of the group, arrive on time according to the trip itinerary, and practice patience with one another. These are your responsibilities as a member of a group and we expect each member to follow them. For reasons of privacy, Visit Beyond will not provide personal information or contact details of your fellow travelers prior to departure.

Responsible Travel

Traveling responsibly is a pillar of the Visit Beyond philosophy. To us, it means two things: respect for the environment and respect for local cultures. We practice low-impact tourism and make every effort to preserve the environment. We refuse to treat local people as mere photo-ops and insist that you engage with locals as human beings. You will have a better trip for it. Please refer to our Responsible Travel page for further details and suggestions for responsible travel. Index

The law and "the man"

Visit Beyond does not tolerate illegal drugs nor do we tolerate visiting prostitutes. Both of these may be common among certain communities we visit but they are illegal nonetheless. Engaging in such activities puts you and your group at serious risk. Possession of illegal drugs is a crime punishable by death in China. Visit Beyond and group leaders reserve the right to immediately expel from the group anyone engaging in these activities.

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Disclaimer

This itinerary is an accurate account of your trip. Please note, however, that we regularly update each trip according to customer recommendations and changes on the ground. Varying conditions and unforeseen circumstances may alter this itinerary, which does not represent a contract between Visit Beyond and its customers. As your trip approaches, we recommend you check visitbeyond.com for the most accurate and up-to-date itinerary.

Adventure trips, trekking, hiking, and water activities including swimming, snorkeling and diving are done at your own risk. Visit Beyond recommends purchasing travel insurance before leaving your home country. We can recommend Gouda travel insurance for our European customers.

We reserve the right to make changes without prior notice.

 
 
 

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