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The Greatest China Adventure Ever!!!


Locations: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Zhangye, Tibet (optional)

Dates: May 10-23, 2020 (plus optional 4 day extension to Tibet).

Price: 2,995.00

Deposit: 500.00 (NON-REFUNDABLE)

Group Leader: Chris

RSVP Limit: 20

 

You can RSVP on the "Wanna Go" list without a deposit. A deposit moves you to the "Going" list and starts your reservation process.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT

Let's visit China the 1000 Treks way: with a fast-paced itinerary where we will see not only the touristy places everyone needs to see, but will also see those unique places that you have seen pictures or videos of and said, "I would love to see that". Well, wait no more. You are now going to do all that on the greatest China adventure ever!

 

 Highlights:

- Visit Beijing, the capital on China, where we will see Tiananmen SquareForbidden CitySummer Palace and do a hutong tour to ride on a rickshaw.

- The Great Wall of China. One of the 7 Wonders of the Modern World. Now, we won’t visit the touristy sections. Oh no, not us! We are getting shuttled 2.5 hours outside Beijing where we are going to visit AND HIKE around the most scenic section of the wall: Jinshanling.

 

- Zhangjiajie National Forest, where we will see the Heavenly Pillars also known as the Avatar Mountains.

 

- Hike Mt. Huashan, the scariest hike in the world

 

- See the Zhangye Danxia Landform Geological Park. Also known as The Rainbow Mountains.

 

 

- See the Terracotta Army in Xian.

 

- Cross the Glass Bridge at Zhangjiajie, the world’s longest and highest glass bridge

 

- Walk the Tianmen Mountain glass walk in Zhiangjiajie.

 

- Visit Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding.

 

 

- Visit Shanghai, where we will visit The Bund, Nanjing Road, Yuyuan Garden and have the chance to take a cruise on the Huangpu River to see The Bund at night. We will also have the chance to ride the maglev train, the fastest train in the world.

 

- Visit Tibet (yes, Tibet!) and see the magnificent Potala Palace

 

 

ITINERARY:

DAY 1. SUNDAY, MAY 10:  ARRIVAL IN BEIJING

Upon your arrival at the Beijing airport, your local guide will meet you and escort you to your hotel. The rest of the day is yours to relax and recover from jetlag.

Transfer via: Flight, arranged on your own

Accommodation: Jianguo Garden Hotel (4-star), Superior Room or similar.

Meals: Not included

 

DAY 2. MONDAY, MAY 11: BEIJING

On this day you will first visit Tiananmen Square followed by the magnificent Forbidden City. In the afternoon you will explore Beijing’s Hutongs by pedicab (rickshaw) and then visit the breathtaking Summer Palace.

Accommodation: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Superior Room or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 3. TUESDAY, MAY 12: THE GREAT WALL OF CHINA

Today you will visit the remarkable Great Wall. You will visit the Jinshanling Section, a scenic and much less tourist-trodden part of the 1,400-year-old fortification system. A large amount of time is given to you to enjoy the climbing and picturesque scenery in this world-famous architectural construction.

Accommodation: Jianguo Garden Hotel, Superior Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 4. WEDNESDAY, MAY 13: TRANSFER TO ZHANGYE

Taking a morning flight from Beijing to Lanzhou, where your new tour guide will meet you and drive you to station for a high speed train to Zhangye. 

Transfer via: Flight, economy class (MU 2412, 11:15-13:50) and Bullet D train, second class seat (D2757, 16:20-20:37)

Accommodation: Tianyu International Hotel (4 star), Standard Room or similar.

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 5. THURSDAY, MAY 14: THE RAINBOW MOUNTAINS

 

Today will be a whole day tour in Zhangye Danxia Landform Park to appreciate the unique and breathtaking rainbow mountains. After the tour, drive you back to the hotel.

Accommodation: Tianyu International Hotel (4 star), Standard Room or similar.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 6. FRIDAY, MAY 15: MATI GROTTOES & TRANSFER TO CHENGDU

This morning, head out of city for visiting the unbelievable Mati Grottoes, where a monastery is carved into the mountain. Then in the afternoon, transfer to Zhangye airport this afternoon for a flight to Lanzhou, where you will need to check in another flight to Chengdu. Once arrival, your tour guide in Chengdu will meet you at the airport and take you to hotel.

Important: you are supposed collect your luggage and check in the onward flight again in Lanzhou airport by yourself.

Transfer via: Flight, economy class (CZ5446, 16:40 - 17:50 & MU2413, 20:40 - 22:20) 

Accommodation: MinShan Lhasa Grand Hotel (4 star), Superior Standard Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 7. SATURDAY, MAY 16: CHENGDU RESEARCH BASE OF GIANT PANDA BREEDING & GIANT BUDDHA STATUE

Try to get up a bit early as you would need to visit the China's national treasure - the giant panda. After lunch, set for the Leshan City to see the Giant Buddha with a short cruise.

Accommodation: MinShan Lhasa Grand Hotel (4 star), Superior Standard Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 8. SUNDAY, MAY 17: TRANSFER TO XIAN. GREAT MOSQUE AND MUSLIM STREET TOUR

Transfer to airport for a train to Xian, where being met and taken to hotel. After a break, you will have a city tour to the Great Mosque and the Muslim Street in the city center. This will be a very interesting day when you will see a beautiful subculture of China and will have the chance to have a unique culinary experience.

Transfer via: High speed G train, Second Class Seat (D1920, 09:19 - 13:27)

Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel Xian, Nobel Club Floor Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast

 

DAY 9. MONDAY, MAY 18: MT. HUASHAN AND THE SCARIEST HIKE IN THE WORLD

Today is one of the highlights of our trip. You have seen the pictures online of what is known as "The Scariest Hike in the World", where you cross a platform on the side of a 7,000 feet cliff. Well, today you will have the chance to do it! We will drive 120 kilometers outside Xian and take the cable car to the top of Mt. Huashan, one of China's five sacred mountains and a beautiful scenic area. We will have several hours to explore the area and take pictures. For those who choose to do it, you can do Chang Kong Cliff Road,  known as “The Scariest Hike in the World”.  A hike along the cliffs of Mt. Huashan leading to the Southern Summit, where you will find a Taoist temple and tea-house. This will be an self-guided optional activity (15UDS).

Accommodation: Grand Noble Hotel Xian, Nobel Club Floor Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 10. TUESDAY, MAY 19: TERRACOTTA ARMY + TRANSFER TO ZHANGJIAJIE

Today you will have an excursion to the  incredible life-size Terracotta Warriors. In the late afternoon, transfer to airport for a flight to Zhangjiajie.

Transfer via: Flight, economy class (MU2431, 21:45-23:10).

Accommodation: Qinghe Jinjiang International Hotel(Wulingyuan) (5 star), Superior Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 11. WEDNESDAY, MAY 20: ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL FOREST PARK (THE AVATAR MOUNTAINS)

Today is another one of the highlights of your tour. You will visit the exquisite Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The unique and breathtaking  mountain formations at Zhangjiajie National Forest are what inspired the Hallelujah Mountains in the movie Avatar.

Accommodation: Qinghe Jinjiang International Hotel(Wulingyuan) (5 star), Superior Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 12. THURSDAY, MAY 21: ZHANGJIAJIE + TRANSFER TO SHANGHAI

Today, as you continue your Zhangjiajie adventure, you will get up earlier than normal for a full, exciting day. You will visit the Glass Plank Roads on the Tianmen Mountain: a 4700 Feet high glass walkway on the side of the world famous Tianmen Mountain. You will also visit the Grand Canyon of Zhangjiajie and the new Glass Bridge: the longest glass bridge in the world (1410 feet), suspended 1000 feet above the Grand Canyon. In the evening you will take a flight to Shanghai. Once arrival, transfer from airport to hotel.

Transfer via: Flight, economy class

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Bund New Asia (Deluxe 4 star), Superior Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 13. FRIDAY, MAY 22: SHANGHAI

 

Today you will experience the biggest metropolis in China with a full tour which includes: the Bund, Yu Garden, Yuyuan Market, Jade Buddha temple and Bu Gao Li. You will also have two optional outings: one in the mornin in which you can ride the futuristic maglev train, the fastest train in the world, reaching speeds of over 300 miles per hour, and one in the evening where you will take cruise on the Huangpu River to see The Bund at night.

Accommodation: Golden Tulip Bund New Asia (Deluxe 4 star), Superior Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 14. SATURDAY, MAY 23: SHANGHAI + DEPARTURE

You will be free on this day until your tour guide escorts you to the airport for your international flight.

Transfer via: Flight, arranged on your own

Meals: Breakfast

 

 

OPTIONAL TIBET EXTENSION

 

DAY 14. SATURDAY, MAY 23: FLY TO TIBET

Transfer to airport for a flight to Lhasa. Upon your arrival at Gonggar airport, you will be met by your local guide and transferred to the hotel in Lhasa city (2-hour drive). After checking in the hotel, rest in the afternoon to get adapted to the high altitude.

Accommodation: Lhasa Hotel (4*Building) (4-star), Standard Room or similar

Transfer via: Flight, economy class (MU2335, 06:45 - 14:40)

Meals: Not Included

 

DAY 15. SUNDAY, MAY 24: POTALA PALACE, JOKHANG TEMPLE AND BAKHOR STREET

 

Set out early for the highlight in Lhasa, the imposing Potala Palace, the sacred, mysterious palace dating back to 7th century and the spiritual center of Tibetan people thereafter. Potala Palace is the former residence of the Dalai Lama.

Then, move to the Jokhang Temple, the most divine and respected Buddhist temple among locals and pilgrims, with a history of over 1,300 years. After that you will visit Barkhor Street, the most bustling commercial area in downtown Lhasa and draws in hundreds of pilgrims to perform rituals on it every day.

Accommodation: Lhasa Hotel (4*Building), Standard Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 16. MONDAY, MAY 25: NOBULINGKA PARK, DREPUNG MONASTERY AND SERA MONASTERY

 

Start today with the overwhelming summer resort of Dalai Lama of several generations, the Norbulingka.

Following we will visit Drepung Monastery, the largest of all Tibetan monasteries, formerly the biggest monastery in the world, and the residence of the Dali Lama until the Potala Palace was built in the 7th century.

In the afternoon, the notable Sera Monastery for monk debating is on the schedule. Debates provide an opportunity for monks to demonstrate their scholarship and rise through the ranks. Visitors usually are struck by the physicality of the debates, with clapping their hands, pushing their partners for an answer, etc.

Accommodation: Lhasa Hotel (4*Building), Standard Room or similar

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

 

DAY 17. TUESDAY, MAY 26: DEPARTURE

Free in the day until our local guide escorts you to the airport for your onward international flight which booked by yourself.

Transfer via: Flight, arranged on your own

Meals: Breakfast

 

PRICE and PAYMENT TERMS

- 2,995.00

- In order to save you money, we don't add the cost or credit card processing to the price of the trip, so this price is for check, bank transfer, or any form of payment that does not incur a fee. We can take the deposit via credit card with no additional charges, but need the remaining balance to be paid by a direct form of payment. If you want to pay for the remaining balance with a credit card, we can accept it, but have to add a 5% fee (for this trip, 150.00).

- A deposit of 500.00 (non-refundable) starts your reservation. Once we receive your deposit, we'll send you a questionnaire and a contract that will need to be returned to us in 72 hours to guarantee your spot.  Once we have the questionnaire and contract, we also will send you an invoice for the remaining amount. You will have until February 10, 2020 (three months before departure) to finish making your payment.

- Tibet Extension: 1095.00. An additional 300.00 non-refundable deposit will be required and due upon RSVP. The remainder will be added to your invoice.

- When you make your deposit, you will be asked for your email. MAKE SURE YOU LIST AN EMAIL YOU CHECK DAILY WHEN YOU MAKE YOUR PAYMENT. THAT'S WHERE YOU'LL RECEIVE YOUR QUESTIONNAIRE, INVOICE, AND ALL THE EMAILS IN REGARDS TO THE TRIP.

 

CLICK HERE TO MAKE YOUR DEPOSIT 

 

- Full payment is due on February 10, 2020, three months before the trip. You can make payments in any way you prefer so long as you are fully paid by the due date.

- If you make payments or pay in full before the due date, your payments (minus the deposits) are refundable before the due date (February 10, 2020)). After that, all payments are entirely non-refundable. We STRONGLY suggest that you get travel insurance that will cover you in case you need to cancel your trip for any reason.

 

INCLUDED

- All the hotel stays at double occupancy (please see ABOUT OCCUPANCY below).

- Transportation to and from Beijing airport (PEK) to the hotel if you arrive within the guidelines on FLIGHT GUIDELINES below.  If arrive or leave at a different time, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation or pay extra for our operator to transport you.

- All transportation to our scheduled activities as well as to and from terminals to hotels while with the group (if you do your own activity, arrive or leave at a different day, you’ll have to arrange your own transportation. That, however, should not be a problem).

- Entrance to activities as listed in the itinerary.

- Meals as specified in the itinerary.

- Sightseeing:  As outlined in the Itinerary will be escorted with English-speaking guide.

 

NOT INCLUDED

- Flights to and from China (see FLIGHT below).

- Meals other than those specifically stated in the itinerary.

- Travel insurance (highly recommended).

- Tips to guides, drivers, staff, etc.

- Souvenirs or anything extra you would like to get.

- Any activity not described in the itinerary.

 

ABOUT OCCUPANCY

- Double occupancy: you will be paired up with someone of the same gender as a roommate. Unless you have someone that you are already coming with, of course. 

- Single supplement for the main trip (if you want a room for yourself): 750.00

- Single supplement for Tibet: 250.00

- The last people to RSVP and pay the deposit MAY have to be put in triple occupancy rooms (if we end up with an odd number of men or women).

 

RSVP DEADLINE

- February 10, 2020 or once we have 20 people, whichever happens first.

 

FLIGHT

Flights are NOT included. Flights are very easy to book nowadays on your own and some people want to do side trips, so it gets really unpractical to include flight. Besides many of you can use miles or other ways of making your flight free or saving money if you book it by yourself.  So instead of including air, we will give you guidelines so you can go to Kayak.com, Cheapoair.com, Expedia.com, Orbitz.com, or any booking website and book your own. The best time to book a flight is usually 2-3 months before departure.  We will book ours at that point and e mail the group telling you what we got.  If you do book the same flight, we’ll meet at LAX. If not, we’ll just meet you there.

 

FLIGHT GUIDELINES

- Arrives in Beijing (PEK) by 9:00 PM on May 10. You room at the hotel will be available after 3:00 PM.

- Leaves Shanghai (PVG) on May 23no earlier than 11:00 AM and no later than 7:00 PM. Check out time at the hotel is 11:00 AM

- Leaves Lhasa Gonggar airport (LXA) on May 26 if you are doing the Tibet extension. Checkout time at the hotel is 11:00 AM.

 

SOME OTHER IMPORTANT THINGS TO KNOW

- Because of the adventurous nature of our trips, our itinerary and some locations are subject to change due of weather, tides, road conditions, logistics and other unforeseen circumstances. It’s not likely, but it could happen. Whenever we make a change in the itinerary, we will do our best to keep the integrity of the trip.

- Passport is required, of course, as in all international travel. Your passport must be valid for 6 months after your return date.  If you don't have a valid passport or if you passport expires before 6 months after the date you will arrive back in the U.S., make sure to get started on a new one ASAP. Here's the link for the Department of State Passport section: http://travel.state.gov//content/travel/en.html

- Visas will be required. Tibet requires a separate visa. Those of us visiting Tibet will then need TWO SEPARATE VISAS. Here's the Chinese Consulate page so you can look into that: http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/

- Having a valid passport and all the required visas is your responsibility. Please make sure you have both of those plus any additional necessary issues resolved well ahead of time. 1000 Leagues Travel and its affiliates are not responsible for any problems resulting from you not taking care of issues ahead of time.

 

LEGAL DISCLAIMER AND RELEASE OF LIABILITY STATEMENT

1000 Leagues Travel, 1000 Treks, Adventure Us, SoCal Scuba and their event/assistant organizers, representatives, agents, employees, and/or any affiliated person, company or entity are not responsible for your safety. Outdoor activities are inherently dangerous. By participating in any event, you're taking responsibility for your own safety and well-being and agree to release 1000 Leagues Travel, 1000 Treks, Adventure-us, SoCal Scuba and their event/assistant organizers, representatives, agents, employees, and/or any affiliated person, company or entity from ANY responsibility, liability or claim in law or in equity.

You acknowledge and understand fully that there are risks and dangers of serious bodily injury or death that could result from your participation in this event. You have voluntarily elected to participate and FULLY ACCEPT AND ASSUME ALL RISKS AND ALL RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURY, LOSSES AND DAMAGES TO PERSON OR PROPERTY THAT INCUR AS A RESULT OF YOUR PARTICIPATION.

This is an adventure event and some of the activities you will be participating in will be physically demanding. You are discouraged to join this event if you are not in good physical condition. By signing up, you represent that you are qualified, in good health and in proper physical condition to join all the activities, and assume all responsibility for any situation that can arise from you not being physically prepared.

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  • I'd like to RSVP 2 spots for this trip, myself and Anslem Webb - "Robin"

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  • Mid typed. Can you fix my reservation to just me, no guest so 2 spots available - "Rosemarie Savary"

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