China
FAQ's

Many guests choose to travel with us because we provide our service differently! Here is how it works:

Step 1: With 15 years’ experience, we only provide tour programmes tested with time and have simplified them to 3 'Golden' itineraries for you to choose from;

Step 2: Then with your individual preference and special interest in mind, there are various extensions and add-ons to complement your unique holiday experience;

Step 3: And of course, we are always here to help so please either email or ring our office in the UK so our travel experts can assist you to make the right choice.

All tours are operated in small Groups (average 8 people), most departure weekly. They can be booked on its own, or as a foundation to add more places and activities according to your personal interest. We have hand-picked hotels in different category for you to suit your budget too.

We are a Small, Independent and specialised Far East Tour Operator in Manchester, UK. We have been welcoming our guests to the countries that we know best over 15 years. Many of our customers have now travelled to all the countries we provide service to, that is China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos.

All tours programmes are specifically designed by ourselves and operated exclusively for our guests.

For a truly memorable holiday, our tours include a combination of must-see locations, cultural experiences and visiting places of local charm. Whilst we take our guests to the obvious landmarks, we also try to introduce the less well-know places that offer more authentic local charm, and meeting local people. We believe these will make a difference and provide you a Magical tour experience.

Our local English speaking guides are friendly and helpful.  

Our tours do not involve shopping trips.

We also introduced using bullet train as the way to travel in between destinations. Our meal arrangement is also tailored to each individual tours. Please see below section for more details.


China is the 4th largest country and has a long and fascinating history with many places to visit, spread right across this vast country. Inevitably due to distances involved, you will spend part of your holiday travelling. We use pre-served bullet train tickets whenever possible, as this cut down the travelling time to the airport (which often outside the city), and the queuing time at the airport check in. Train Stations are normally at the centre of the city. It is the quickest and most comfortable way to reach each destination.

Some destination is still too far, or too long for bullet train to reach, then we will be travelling by flight, operated by one of the reputable national Chinese airlines.

We include all breakfasts (mixture of western & Chinese cuisine) at your hotel and most Chinese style lunches and dinners, which are all pre-booked as shown in your itinerary. Each lunch and dinner menu is selected to ensure you can try a wide variety of tasty traditional dishes whilst in China.

Tasting Chinese food is one of the highlights for our customers whilst on holiday. We purposely do not include all meals, as this allows for our customers to first rest and refresh themselves after a full day’s tour, before going to dinner. Also by having the opportunity to choose some of your own meals, you can also choose the food you prefer.

Most hotels have various restaurants and staff are always keen to help. Our guides can also recommend eating out places and restaurant outside the hotel nearby. A good dinner should still be much more reasonable than eating in a Chinese restaurant in the UK, costing around £10 per person.

Our tours are arranged on a Small Group basis, average 10 people per group. We feel this gives our travellers more flexibility and enjoyment. By reducing the group size our experienced local guides can get to know you all individually and show you the true beauty of China.

Add on guided day tours and city extensions are available for all our tour and can be included in your tour PRIOR TO departure.

We take a great deal of time and effort to source our hotel selection in each city for our customers enjoyment. Unless noted otherwise our China hotels are all good quality 4 star rating in major cities. We also monitor our established hotel selection continually based upon each of our customers feedback received over the years. 

Remote places such as Tibet, Silk Road, Inner Mongolia and tours in rural China generally may have a lower standard of hotel accommodation. The selection of food in these remote areas will also be more limited, compared with the rest of China. Please appreciate we will always provide our travellers with one of the best accommodations available when visiting these areas.

We use 5 star cruise ships on the Yangtze River including the US Victoria, Century and MS Emperor, which are among the best and most established cruise liners on Yangtze River. Each cabin has its own private balcony.

As a UK company registered with the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), our ATOL number is 6450. All our international flight-inclusive holidays from the UK are financially protected by the ATOL scheme and you will receive an ATOL Certificate confirming the booking is ATOL protected. Please see our booking conditions or CAA website for further information.

We can obtain flights in various class seats with many reputable airlines. Depending upon allocation, we will try to arrange direct flight whenever possible. However, in peak season, a small supplement may be required. We can also provide flights from many UK regional airports.

If you wish to be booked a particular airline, please specify at the time of booking. (A supplement may apply).

We can also provide a ‘land only’ package price without international flights, and you can book your own flights. This is useful if you collect mileage points or find an irresistible deal. We will still be meet you at the airport upon arrival and all tour details will remain the same as shown in the itinerary.

In General, 20 kg per person maximum check-in baggage is allowed on internal flights within China.

All British travellers are required to obtain a visa for entry into China. We can arrange the visa application for our customers, or you can do it yourself through the Chinese Embassy or Consulate.

The following documents must be submitted together with your visa application form:

  • Passport must be valid for at least six months from the date of departure; also, there must be at least 2 blank pages in the passport for visa processing.
  • A completed visa application form.
  • A recent passport-sized photo must be on your application form.

Reminder of our visa service will be sent to you closer to your holiday time.

China is a huge country in terms of geographical scale and has a diversify culture. Although most of our tour packages are suitable to all travellers, it is advisable to bear in mind the degree of walking involved. Some main sightseeing places are a mile in length, and even the ones situated on level ground, can still require steps to ascend and descend. Therefore, it is worth to consider your fitness and agility to travel with this requirement.

The itinerary is designed according to the most updated information of flights available, although on rare occasions the sequence in which cities are visited, duration of time spent can change due to local conditions which are out of our control. The above itinerary highlights the main attractions that are to be visited each day. Further places of interest may be visited during your stay, which will provide unique ethnic and cultural handcraft shopping opportunities. We reserve the right to change, amend or alter the itinerary, although we will act in your best interests to handle any amendments. Please refer to the booking form for detailed terms & conditions.

Drinking Water

Your guide will give you a free bottle of water a day whilst on the tour. We advise you to drink bottled water or boiled water. Chinese tea or coffee is served in hotels. Beer and soft drinks can be purchased in hotel bars, shops and supermarkets.


Immunisations

We advise travellers to be immunised against Hepatitis A, Typhoid, Tetanus and Polio. Please consult your doctor for further details.


Currency

The basic unit is Chinese Yuan. £1 sterling equals about 10 Yuan. Travellers cheques can be exchanged in hotels (although it is less available nowadays), airports and Bank of China. Some major Bank credit cards are accepted in China such as Visa Card, Master Card, American Express Card etc.


Weather

China is a vast country with wide ranging climatic conditions. The weather and its temperature can be very different between the South and North. Our tours usually take in a little of everywhere and we will advise you when and where to go based on the regions your trip will cover.


Electric Voltage

The electricity supply in China is 220 volts. Plugs are normally twin-pin flat (5 amp). However, they do vary in different cities. It is advisable to bring along a set of international adapters.


Time Difference

China is 8 hours ahead of GMT. In the British Summer Time, it is 7 hours ahead.