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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.

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.

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.

Tour Pacing:

2 cities for 8 nights including 3-night at Lhasa. 2 Beijing-Lhasa flights.

Tibet Permit:

Besides a visa to China, foreigners are required to obtain a Tibet Permit prior to enter Tibet. If you book this China and Tibet tour, China Spree will take care of your Tibet Permit via our Tibetan agency after your China visa is approved.

Please note: Because of the controversial and sensitive nature of Tibet issue, the Chinese and Tibetan authorities may occasionally restrict foreigners to enter Tibet without prior notice. The record shows that the restrictions mostly happened in the months of March and June when there are major Tibetan holidays, but may be extended to longer period of time. Should this occur during your trip, China Spree will make alternative arrangements for your group to travel to Xian's Terra-cotta Warriors, metropolitan Shanghai, and canal towns of Suzhou and Tongli, following the itinerary of our 10-day China's Golden Triangles. The Chinese government may also impose limits on what can and cannot be accessed within Tibet, so there may be need for last-minute changes to the planned activities during your trip. In these cases we ask that you bring an open mind and a sense of humor.

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:

This China and Tibet tour package comprises of air travel segments using commercial flights with airlines, such as Air China. This is NOT a 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 for further information of baggage allowance, mileage, and seating & dietary request, etc. Also read more about Air Travel and Frequently Asked Questions.

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.

Other Travel Options:

Want to see more of China and Tibet with our deluxe packages? Consider the following tours:

12-Day Classic China & Tibet Highland, from $2699, including Xian's Terra-cotta Warriors and
Chengdu's Panda Center

18-Day Yangtze Cruise & Tibet Odyssey, from $4199, including Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai,
canal town Suzhou

22-Day Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong, from $5499, including scenic Guilin, metropolitan
Hong Kong, and many more

Or, view more comprehensive and deluxe China tours