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Yangtze Cruise
China Trips - 5 Star hotel
Holy Lake-Lhasa
China Trips - 4 Star hotel
Urumqi
China Trips - 5 Star hotel
Jiayuguan Pass
   (Local Best)
Turpan
   (Local Best)
Dunhuang
   (Local Best)
 
* Please note that we closely monitor all the hotels we use, reading our customer's feedback about their experience with the hotels listed below. Based on this feedback, if any of these hotels does not live up to China Spree's standards, we will change them immediately. Sometimes this may be a last-minute decision. Customer satisfaction is always our priority.
 
Victoria AnnaChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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Inaugurated in 2006 and renovated in 2010, the Victoria Anna sets the standard for fine luxury river cruising, not just in China, but throughout the world. Upon completion in spring 2013 after the scheduled rebuilt, Victoria Anna will lead the Yangtze cruise being the first boutique ship on the river, offering a luxury cruise experience.

Recognized as the leader of the Yangtze River cruise, Victoria Cruises, the only American cruise company on the River, distinguishes itself from all other Chinese cruise lines with its superlative services, top dining experience, enrichment lectures, shipboard activities and shore excursions.

While all other cruise lines on the Yangtze are competing by building bigger ships, Victoria Cruises reinvented the river cruise with its philosophy of small ship, boutique ship, enhanced by its exclusive Executive Deck Program.

Over the past few years, China Spree has been working with all major cruise lines on the Yangtze for our China cruise tour programs. Forming the strategic partnership with Victoria Cruises for our 2013 sailing season, China Spree cruise tours 2013 feature quality boutique ship cruise experiences with improved onboard services, food and shore excursions, enhanced by the included Executive Deck Program, with full privileges at Executive Lounge. These Executive Deck Program features includes A La Carte dinning, complimentary beverage package, free laundry, complimentary WiFi, and other privileges that were initially designed exclusively for travelers on suite accommodations. Now, however, these excellent comforts are available for China Spree travelers as well.

Book selected China Spree Cruise Tours by the promotion deadline as specified on our website to
receive Victoria Anna's Executive Deck Program.

China Cruise Tours: Victoria Anna

The most elegant and special vessel in Victoria Cruises fleet, Victoria Anna encompasses five decks of sheer elegance highlighted by a rich tapestry of colors, gleaming woods, sparkling chandeliers, and American and European influences with Asian accents. The ship is also one of the most technologically advanced river cruise ships in the world.

Victoria Anna is the first Victoria Cruises' vessel to feature two separate kitchens and an à la carte dining room with western menus introduced by Chef Walter Staib. The five-star cruise line introduced its Executive Deck program and its goal–in addition to providing a refreshing new look and enhanced amenities such as concierge service–is a major leap forward for its culinary program.

Passengers aboard the Victoria Anna enjoy the most elaborate culinary program on the Yangtze, as the ship's chefs are trained by award-winning Philadelphia-based Concepts By Staib, to prepare high-quality Western dishes in addition to authentic Chinese delicacies. The Dynasty Dining Room offers the most seating, while the upper deck VIP Club restaurant offers a la carte dining, as well as omelet & egg stations for breakfast, noodle and sandwiching stations for lunch, and Carving and Peking Duck stations for lunch or dinner (varies by day).

The Victoria Anna also features a lecture room, library/reading room, cocktail lounge, beauty parlor and mini-spa, gift shop, spacious observation deck, business center, health clinic, lavish atrium lobby and two elevators for guests' convenience. In addition to onboard activities such as Tai Chi lessons, the Yangtze Club offers a host of invigorating nightly entertainment options as well as computer terminals for Internet access. Passengers traveling with their own laptops can also rent Wireless 3G USB modems through which they can use to access the internet from most areas of the ship.

The scheduled Victoria Anna ship refurbishments in spring 2013 will include upgraded interiors and enticing enhancements that include a new lobby and public areas.

Elegant in design and style, Victoria Anna is setting new standards in service, food, and comfort of boutique ship river cruise. Discover China's greatest river and savor the ambience usually found only on small boutique ships.

Marriott Beijing City WallChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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This stunning landmark hotel in the center of Beijing is the largest Marriott Hotel outside the U.S. with 1312 rooms that are elegantly decorated, featuring the Marriott's trademark "New Bedding".

All rooms are luxuriously appointed with amenities that ensure a comfortable stay and equipped with 37" LCD TV, safe, IDD, high-speed Internet access and a spacious work desk, and bathroom with separate bathtubs & standing shower. Its spacious room size is 460 square feet on average.

Beijing Marriott Hotel City Wall features 7 distinctive restaurants, bars and entertainment venues full of gastronomic delights. The hotel's various facilities and services including Quan SPA, a fitness center, an indoor-heated swimming pool, 24-hour room service, laundry, high-end shops, gold key service, private chamberlain and a stay to remember.

The hotel is only 5-minute walk to the famous Chang An Avenue, 2-minute walk to the subway station, and within walking distance (about 20 minutes) to the Tiananmen Square and the Silk Alley.
Sheraton Shanghai HongkouChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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Welcome to vibrant and dynamic Shanghai. The Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel is ideally located on Siping Road in the central Hongkou District, convenient to everything. Our local neighborhood has it all. Our hotel is just 2-mile away to the Bund, considered the city's symbol since the 1920s, and is about 10-minute drive to the Nanjing Road, Shanghai's premium shopping street. We are also near the People's Square, Lujiazui and Huaihai Zhong Road central business districts, as well as the North Sichuan Road shopping area and historic Duolun Road.

Our 471 tastefully appointed guest rooms and suites feature river, city and Bund skyline views. The famous Sheraton Sweet Sleeper™ Bed featuring a big pillow-top mattress, cozy duvet and goose down blanket will guarantee a fabulous night's sleep. All guest rooms feature in-room laptop safe with charger, and the clock radio for iPhone/iPod. Non-smoking, connecting, and disabled rooms are available. High Speed Internet Access is available in all guest rooms, public areas, and meeting rooms. Our hotel's unique outdoor garden and riverside setting make it the perfect place to get away from the fast pace of Shanghai.

Sheraton Club guests also have privileged access to the Sheraton Club Lounge, which offers breakfast and evening drinks and light snacks. Take advantage of the private Club Lounge where you can connect with friends, meet with your team, or simply relax by catching your favorite TV show.

Link@Sheraton offers free internet-connected computers and free WiFi at hotel lobby and will help you stay connected to what's important to you - be it work, friends, family or even other guests.

The other bonus is our proximity to the subway lines 10 and 4. The subway exit (#5) puts you right across the street from the hotel. The Metro station is very close to the Bund, People's Square, and other popular stops.

We offer a variety of event facilities that are ideal for weddings, dinners, product launches and meetings. Our dedicated professionals are ready to assist you with any requirements or requests.

Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel, offers both style and convenience to satisfy your needs. Spoil yourself at Shine Spa and enjoy indulgent treatments including massage therapies, body treatments and facials provided by our specially trained therapists. Our new fitness facility features top-of-the-line cardio and strength equipment, and innovative technology with built-in LCD screens and a choice of TV, video, and music. The 30 metre swimming pool is one of the longest in Shanghai, and features natural light.

Hungry? At the Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou Hotel, we've got you covered. Our buffet breakfast is outstanding both in quality and selection, with choices of Eastern and Western food. Feast, our all day dining restaurant, offers a wide selection of international favorites for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Yue, our signature Chinese restaurant, features Cantonese, local Shanghai and Sichuan cuisine. Miyabi, our Japanese showcase restaurant features open teppanyaki grills and a sushi bar.

Sheraton Shanghai Hongkou is one of the best Starwood hotels in Shanghai.
Jardin Secret Hotel LhasaChina Trips - 4 Star hotel(Local Best)
 
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Like an emerald on the bank of Lhasa River, the Jardin Secret Hotel is considered one of the best in Tibet, with easy access to the city center and Lhasa's major points of interest.

The hotel opened in May 2007, and features free high speed internet access in hotel room, and free Wi-Fi in hotel lobby.

The Tibetan style architecture showcases key elements of traditional Tibetan art while still providing the comfort of modern facilities.

The hotel has 200 tastefully decorated rooms featuring individually-controlled air-conditioning, broadband internet access, cable TV with in-house movies, a refrigerator and mini bar, supplemental oxygen, and international long-distance direct dial (IDD) telephone service. The en suite bathroom is well-stocked with toiletries and includes a hairdryer.

Hotels of this standard were not available before 2007. Staying at this beautiful and clean hotel is an important part of your adventure in Tibet. It will enhance your travel experience and provides you with a refreshing oasis where you can rest your body while acclimatizing to the high elevation (11,000 feet). Travelers to Tibet no longer need to put up with primitive hotel accommodations.
Golden Flower Xian By Shangri-LaChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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This world class luxury chain meets its expectations and standards in the Xian version. Ideally located in China's eternal city, the Golden Flower Hotel Xian, by Shangri-La offers a superb base for both business and leisure. Xian International Airport is just 40 minutes from the hotel, the world-famous Terra-cotta Warriors can be reached in 30 minutes, and the ancient city wall is just 10 minutes away.

The hotel comprises 416 well-appointed rooms and suites, with a range of thoughtful amenities, offering some of the most spacious accommodation in Xian. Its entry room category is 42 square meter (452 sq. ft.). For the executive traveler, Horizon Club rooms offer an enhanced level of service, comfort, and convenience. Exclusive privileges include late check-out, complimentary broadband Internet access, and a personal concierge. Suites at Golden Flower Hotel, Xian, offer spacious, modern living quarters that blend Asian and Western influences. With generous floor plans and brilliant views of the city skyline, these suites are ideal for relaxing in sheer luxury.

Golden Flower Hotel, Xian, features a tempting selection of restaurants. The signature Shang Palace restaurant and Coffee Garden offer Sichuan, Cantonese and international menus. In-room dining is also available round the clock. A natural gathering place for executives, sightseers and other busy travellers, Lounge is a relaxing place to enjoy drinks throughout the day. With nightly liveentertainment before and after dinner, Lobby Lounge is also an enjoyable place to recharge after a long day.

Golden Flower Hotel, Xian, contains the city's finest Fitness Centre. The 500 sqm luxury sports and health club has an up-to-date range of exercise and health equipment. The Fitness Centre offers an expansive indoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room to help you relax.

Catering to all your personal needs, the hotel with ideal location, elegant, inviting guestrooms, extraordinary restaurants, modern facilities and decent services welcomes you to enjoy your trip in the lost horizon.

Like other Shangri-La hotels, Golden Flower Xian offers complimentary broadband internet access. Visit the hotel website.
Kashgar Tianyuan HotelChina Trips - 4 Star hotel
 
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Kashgar Tianyuan Hotel is centrally located to the west of the People's Square. The hotel features 168 guest rooms, well-appointed for your comfort. All rooms are equipped with broadband internet access, TV with satellite channel, central AC, mini-bar, refrigerator, IDD telephone, hair dryer and in-room safe.
Hoi Tak HotelChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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Hoi Tak Hotel Urumqi was China's first 5-star hotel with ISO9001/2000. It is centrally located in the city center with convenient access to the city's parks, tourist attractions and shopping malls.

The hotel features 318 guest rooms and suites, tastefully decorated for your comfort. All rooms are equipped with air condition, TVs with satellite channels, broadband internet access, mini-bar, refrigerator, IDD telephone, hair dryer, and in-room safe.
Sheraton Guilin HotelChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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Sheraton Hotel Guilin is ideally located along the Li River in the heart of the enchanting city of Guilin. Guilin (literally "Osmanthus Forrest") has been an inspiration to Chinese poets and artists for centuries, thanks to its breathtaking scenery rich in limestone crags, deep caves, and lush paddy fields. Now, with the completion of a full renovation, the hotel is as beautiful as the landscape it calls home. In front of the hotel is Guilin's scenic Binjiang Road (riverside avenue) lined with sweet-scented cassia trees, from which Guilin gets its name. Sheraton Guilin offers a perfect escape for China Spree travelers. Click Hotel Link

Dedicated to complete guest satisfaction, the Sheraton Guilin offers exceptional service including 24-hour room service, same day laundry and dry cleaning. The Business Center also offers fast Internet connection, postal, and other secretarial facilities. All rooms feature individually controlled heating and air-conditioning, IDD telephone, personal computer outlets, electronic door locks, combination of bath and shower with vanity and toilet, and more. Swim laps in the outdoor swimming pool or head to the gymnasium where you'll find all the gear for your cardiovascular training, bodybuilding, or simply toning your muscles. Sauna and massage facilities are also available, as well as poolside snacks and drinks in the summer.

Retreat to one of our 430 newly renovated guest rooms, including our 17 suites. Relax and unwind while you watch your favorite shows on flat-screen satellite TV, order in dinner, or surf the web online with our High Speed Internet Access. And get a great night's sleep on our famously comfortable Sheraton Sweet Sleeper (SM) Bed.
Chengdu Tibet HotelChina Trips - 5 Star hotel
 
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The Chengdu Tibet Hotel is an ideal rest stop, and a preview of your Tibet adventure. The hotel is owned by the government of the Tibet Autonomous Region, and was built as a starting point to provide a full range of services for Tibet - bound tourists.

This river-front hotel, on the Funan River, is centrally located with easy access to the city center, local shopping areas, and Chengdu's major points of interest.

This Tibetan style architecture, in the style of Lhasa's holy Potala Palace, has 300 elegantly decorated rooms. The décor is in the traditional Tibetan style, equipped with modern facilities. The spacious rooms feature wool carpets, private bathrooms with tub and shower, broadband internet access, satellite TV, in-house movies with CNN and HBO, etc.

Although this hotel is officially given a 5-star rating by Chinese tourism authorities, China Spree considers it somewhat over-rated.
Jiayuguan Huayuan Hotel   (Local Best)
 
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Jiayuguan Huayuan Hotel is the local best (China's 4-star rating) with central location in front of the city's plaza. The hotel features 44 guest rooms, well-appointed for your comfort. All rooms are equipped with broadband internet access, TV with satellite channel, central AC, mini-bar, refrigerator, IDD telephone, hair dryer and in-room safe.
Tuha Petroleum Hotel   (Local Best)
 
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Tuha Petroleum Hotel is Turpan's only 5-star rating hotel. It is centrally located, near the largest shopping mall in Turpan and in front of the city plaza, where hosts the Turpan's bustling night market.

The hotel features 143 guest rooms, well-appointed for your comfort. All rooms are equipped with broadband internet access, TV with satellite channel, central AC, mini-bar, refrigerator, IDD telephone, hair dryer and in-room safe.
Silk Road Dunhuang Hotel   (Local Best)
 
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Built in 1995, The Silk Road Dunhuang is the best hotel in the oasis town of Dunhuang. The hotel is centrally located at the foot of the Singing Sand Dune and is fashioned in grand Tang style with high rooftop and long corridors resembling Han and Tang courts. It features enclosed courtyard design and the mud-walls which uniquely available in residence homes of Northwestern China. The hotel rooms are equipped with Ming and Qin style furniture.

The hotel's 271 rooms are well-appointed and provide a haven of relaxation in this ancient town. All rooms are equipped with individually-controlled air-conditioning, broadband internet access, cable TV with in-house movie, mini-bar, in-room safe, and international long-distance direct dial (IDD) telephone. The en suite bathroom is well-stocked with toiletries and a hairdryer.