China Trip Planning—Is this Trip Right for You?

Most westerners travel to China only once in their lifetime. China Spree want to ensure you have all the resources in planning your dream vacation. Please read the following information regarding the level of activity you can expect, your physical requirements, trip destination information, tour pacing and meal arrangements specific to this China trip.

Physical Requirements:

This adventure is only for physically fit and healthy travelers and is not appropriate for travelers using wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. You must be able to walk approximately 2-3 miles unassisted, to participate in 4-6 hours of physical activities each day, and to tolerate 3 full days at altitudes of 12,000 feet (3,700 meter). Check with your doctor to determine your tolerance for high altitudes. Agility and balance are required for the hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces.

High Altitude
Our trip includes 3-night stay in Tibet at an altitude of 12,000 feet (3,700 meter). At this altitude, almost everyone feels some of the symptoms of Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS). These symptoms include headache, nausea, loss of appetite, trouble with sleep, and lack of energy. Talk with your doctor about any medical condition you have, particularly cardiac or respiratory disease or diabetes, and discuss the potential risk for your travel to that high altitude. Your doctor may recommend medication which can help prevent or treat AMS, especially if you are prone to altitude sickness or have not previously been to high altitudes.

Hiking Tour
This journey includes an exclusive hiking tour to the Dragon Spine Terraces in Guilin and Longsheng area. It's not like climbing a mountain, but it's not just a simple hike either. The hike is fairly strenuous—we travel up the stone path, and walk over narrow trails that do not have handrails—that should not be undertaken by anyone who is not reasonably fit or who has knee, heart, or breathing problems. If you need assistance, villagers stand by to carry tour participants up the hill in sedan chairs for about $45 – this option is at your full discretion.

However, if you like, you may skip this hiking tour, and enjoy a relaxing day exploring Guilin on your own. The Sheraton Guilin is ideally located along the Li River, and this hotel features an outdoor swimming pool and free internet access. Some down time on your own at this half way point of your trip is actually greatly appreciated.

Use your free time to take a leisure walk along the Li River, admiring one of China’s most renowned areas of natural beauty. Enjoy the sweet fragrance of the Osmanthus tree while being captivated by the cultural life as it gently surrounds you; fishing on the Li River, venders setting up exotic foods, people bicycling on their way to work and so much more. This is an excellent opportunity for you to have a free day of doing nothing but enjoying everything around you and can be a very relaxing and satisfying experience. Don’t worry about lunch as we will provide you with lunch credit so that you can eat whatever you’d like on this free day.

Travel Insurance
Due to the high altitude level of Lhasa, and the potential complexities of health and safety concern—for your protection—you are required to buy sufficient travel medical insurance if your tour includes Tibet. Your China Spree tour guide reserves the right to modify your participation, or in some circumstances send travelers home, if their condition could adversely affect the health, safety, and enjoyment of themselves or of other travelers.

Climate & Terrain:

Read more about the climate of cities on this China tour.

China Visa Required:

U.S. and Canadian citizens traveling to China must have a valid passport and a visa obtained prior to entering the country. Please read Passport & China Visa for the complete information including answers to ALL your questions about VISA to China. Download China Visa Instructions.

Flight Schedule:

China Spree tours comprise of air travel segments using commercial flights with airlines, such as Air China. This is NOT chartered flight and therefore the passage contract and your air tickets, once issued, shall constitute the sole agreements between you and the airline(s), and are subject to terms and conditions specified by the airlines.

Please download Flight Schedule, and make sure to read All About Flights section regarding details about baggage allowance, mileage, and seating & dietary request, etc. The flight schedule and information are accurate as of May 30th, 2013.

Seasonal flight schedule change: Each year the airlines routinely undergo flight schedule changes during the month of March or late-October to early November, when Daylight Savings Time begins and ends. China Spree may not be notified of these schedule changes until 60 days or less prior to your tour departure. Changes in schedules are beyond our control and solely at the discretion of the airlines. Please take this factor into consideration when you arrange your flight to Air China gateways. We recommends that you make no payments for connecting airfare, or any other services related to this tour, until your final payment is made.

Document Delivery:

Your final travel documents will be sent to you about 2 weeks prior to departure. If passports are included, then a signature will be required upon delivery. In the packet, you will find your air itinerary with your electronic air ticket number (e-ticket), the final tour itinerary, Know Before You Go, China hotel and emergency contact, and other important information for your China tour. If your address is a PO Box, then we must send your package via the US Postal Service. Note: the documents for all travelers registered in the same reservation form will be sent to that address unless we are notified otherwise. You can change your mailing address in the Member Area up to 30 days prior to your tour departure. Once the documents are sent it is impossible for China Spree to reroute it to a different address. Prior to delivery, you will receive an email notice with shipment tracking information. Documents delivered to outside the continental U.S. (including Alaska and Hawaii) will incur an additional delivery charge of $40 if sent by courier service.