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Beijing & Shanghai 2016

July 2nd, 2015 at 06:22 pm

Another trip! Woo hoo! I am working on my bucket list.

Original Price $1400
Early Booking -$300
Coupon Code -$100
Price $1099

I will need to purchase (2) Visas @ $195/ea. I added discounted excursions for $343. Total $1637 per person!

What is included:
Round-trip non-stop flights from Houston
All intra-China flights and ground transportation
7 nights superior first class hotels with private bath
8 Meals: 7 American buffet breakfasts plus 1 lunch
Comprehensive touring program including entrance fees
Professional English-speaking tour guides

The excursions are:
Tiananmen Square
Palace Museum
Forbidden City
Lama Tibetan Monastery
Beihai Park
Kung Fu & Peking Duck Dinner
Great Wall of China
Hutongs, Summer Palace & Panda Zoo
Temple of Heaven
Tai Chi class
Yu Garden
Shanghai Museum
Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Acrobatics Show
Boat ride through Suzhou's Grand Canal
Silk Reeling Factory

What is not included:
tips, some meals and souvenirs!

This flight is also 15hrs! yikes!!

I am so excited I can hardly contain myself!

6 Responses to “Beijing & Shanghai 2016”

  1. Petunia 100 Says:

    Sounds wonderful. Smile

    I took a tour of China with Viking River Cruises in 2008. Many of the items on your itinerary were on mine as well. I enjoyed my trip very, very much and I hope you do too.

  2. snafu Says:

    I am familiar with Beijing and Shanghai, have you spent time in PRC? I suggest you never leave your hotel without a few of their business cards so that you can get back if you get separated from your group. If there is something you want specifically, have a concierge or desk staff write it in both Mandarin characters and Pinyin or pejorative Gwello/ghost.

    Bargaining is a very important part of any and all transactions unless it is in an International Hotel or western style department store. You are expected to learn the Mandarian phrase Tài gúle ' too expensive' and ask for a discount. It's always very jovial, never abrupt, or hurried. There is no tipping in China, it isn't part of the culture.

    Expect to function in cash as credit cards are still quite new, used in large venues, International Hotels and airlines , leather and fake.

    Most of all have a good time. If possible talk to locals, they treasure encounters with westerners and delight in showing off their English! {I hope your Peking Duck dinner is at the big restaurant in Tiananmen Square. The presentation is wonderful]

  3. snafu Says:

    apologies, my wretched Mac Air is contracting sentences...I'll try to fix that mess

  4. Buendia Says:

    I would love to go to China! It sounds like a great trip! It sounds like you got a great price, too! (Can I come with you?)

  5. VS_ozgirl Says:

    Doing another happy dance for you! (Read your previous post to understand what I mean) I hope they're both wonderful trips!!

  6. SecretarySaving Says:

    Petunia - A Viking River Cruise sounds amazing!
    VS_ozgirl - Thank you!
    Buendia - When I get back I will tell you all about it. It's fun to have that to look forward to in the new year!
    Snafu - Always a wealth of information! Thank you! Wonderful suggestions that I completely didn't even think about. No, I have not spent time in PRC so this is very helpful.

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