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Imperial China, Tibet & Hong Kong 2019 2020

Cities: Beijing (3), Xian (2), Chengdu (2), Lhasa (3), Yangtze Cruise (3), Shanghai (3), Suzhou & Tongli, Guilin (3), Yangshuo, Longsheng, Hong Kong (3)
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$4,959 per person
ACTIVITY LEVEL
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Introduction

Most travelers travel to China only once in their lifetime. World 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 and your physical requirements specific to this China trip.

Physical Requirements

This adventure is only for physically fit and healthy travelers and is not appropriate for travelers who need wheelchairs, walkers, or other mobility aids. You must be able to participate in 4-6 hours of physical activities each day, including walking approximately two to three miles unassisted, and tolerate three full days at altitudes of 12,000 feet (3,700 meters). Check with your doctor to determine your tolerance for high altitudes. Moderate hiking at the Dragon Spine Rice Terraces outside of Guilin requires agility and balance on steep inclines with narrow paths.

High Altitude

Our trip includes a three-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, difficulty sleeping, and lethargy. Talk with your doctor about any medical conditions you may have, particularly cardiac or respiratory disease or diabetes, and discuss the potential risk for your travel to 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. If you are not reasonably fit, or have knee, heart, or breathing problems, you should not take this trip.

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. Depending on conditions such as weather and temperature, the hike can be fairly strenuous as we walk at a comfortable pace up a stone between rice terraces on the mountainside. We also may walk over narrow trails and down very old stone steps that do not have handrails. If you are not reasonably fit, or have knee, heart, or breathing problems, you should not take this trip segment. If you need assistance, villagers stand by to carry tour participants up the hill in sedan chairs for about $45, at 2014 rates. However, the choice to do so is entirely up to you, and World Spree does not recommend it.

If you like, you may skip this portion, and enjoy a relaxing day exploring Guilin on your own. The Sheraton Guilin fronts a lovely park by the Li River, and features an outdoor swimming pool and free Internet access. You might treasure some relaxing time on your own at this half-way point of our trip.

Consider a slow walk along the river, and admire one of China's most favorite natural wonderlands. Perhaps you can detect the sweet fragrance of the osmanthus trees, or notice locals fishing, vendors setting up exotic food stalls, or scooter and bicycle riders zooming to work. Don't worry about missing your lunch €” we will provide you with credit so you can eat whatever you'd like on your free day.

Travel Protection

Due to Lhasa's high altitude, and the potential complexities of health and safety concerns you are required to buy sufficient emergency medical coverage as this tour includes travel to Tibet. For your protection, your World Spree tour guide reserves the right to modify travelers' 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.

High Altitude

  1. High Altitude of Tibet

    Please Note: While in Tibet, please move at a very slow pace. This tour itinerary includes a three-night stay in Tibet at an altitude of 12,000 feet. Ask your doctor about medication to alleviate altitude sickness, especially if you are prone to altitude sickness or have not previously been to high altitudes. At this altitude, almost everyone feels some of the symptoms of acute mountain sickness (AMS). These symptoms include headache, dizziness, nausea, loss of appetite, sleep difficulty, and lethargy. Find out from your doctor if the trip to Tibet is advisable for you and if you should obtain a prescription for preventative medication.

    Catching a cold or cough in Tibet may lead to very serious consequences, including death. If you catch a cold or cough prior to Tibet, you must notify your tour guide or our China representatives (see the "Contact Information" page of your booklet) to cancel the Tibet portion of your trip. If you catch a cold or cough while in Tibet, you also need to notify your guide in case we need to evacuate you out of Tibet in a timely manner. This evacuation will be at your own cost and may require claims related to your travel insurance.
  2. Medical Checkup

    We strongly recommend that you have a medical checkup before you take the tour to Tibet (or any other destination with high altitude). This is essential if you have any medical conditions or physical limitations that could worsen at high altitude. Let your doctor know about any medical conditions or concerns you have and discuss the potential risk for travel to 12,000 feet. The hospitals and medical facilities in Tibet are relatively primitive and may not be able to handle your medical condition to your satisfaction.

Group Size & Tour Guides

World Spree tour guides are hand-picked, well-trained and service oriented. They are constantly evaluated based on the feedback from every single World Spree customer. We know the success of your trip largely depends on the quality of our tour guides; therefore, we strive to hire only the best.

For groups of 10 travelers or more, a national tour guide will be assigned to travel with your group throughout your trip in China except to Hong Kong. We need a minimum of 6 travelers to guarantee the tour departure. Group size varies depending on the trip, seasonality, airline availability, and special departure dates and events.

The quietvox headphone is provided to this specific tour program when the group size is 10 or more. This means that each tour participant will receive a lightweight, portable receiver that can be worn around the neck or slipped into a pocket to aid in hearing the tour guides. The quietvox headphone is designed for comfort and quality; allowing you and your fellow travelers the ability to easily hear your tour guide's instructions and stories.

Document Delivery

Final travel documents will be send to you via email about two weeks prior to departure. This email will include a copy of your electronic air ticket Itinerary(e-ticket), the final tour itinerary, hotel, emergency contacts, and other important information for your trip.

Weather

Beijing, China

Today
Temperature
-11℃
Condition
Clear
Humidity
66
Sunrise
7:36 am
Sunset
5:2 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
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Partly Cloudy
High
1℃
Low
-11℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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Partly Cloudy
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3℃
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-5℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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0℃
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-8℃
06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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Mostly Sunny
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2℃
Low
-10℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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Partly Cloudy
High
5℃
Low
-7℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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Mostly Sunny
High
2℃
Low
-6℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Condition
Partly Cloudy
High
2℃
Low
-8℃

Xian, China

Today
Temperature
-12℃
Condition
Clear
Humidity
93
Sunrise
7:51 am
Sunset
5:48 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
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Partly Cloudy
High
3℃
Low
-13℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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3℃
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-3℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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-6℃
06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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-1℃
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-7℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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5℃
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-4℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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Mostly Cloudy
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4℃
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-5℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
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Mostly Cloudy
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2℃
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-3℃

Chengdu, China

Today
Temperature
3℃
Condition
Cloudy
Humidity
100
Sunrise
8:2 am
Sunset
6:15 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
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Scattered Showers
High
5℃
Low
3℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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Rain
High
8℃
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3℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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Partly Cloudy
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9℃
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06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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8℃
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5℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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Mostly Cloudy
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10℃
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4℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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Cloudy
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9℃
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5℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
High
8℃
Low
4℃

Lhasa, China

Today
Temperature
-13℃
Condition
Clear
Humidity
54
Sunrise
6:51 am
Sunset
5:10 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
Condition
Mostly Sunny
High
-4℃
Low
-13℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
Condition
Partly Cloudy
High
-3℃
Low
-13℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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Sunny
High
-1℃
Low
-15℃
06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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Sunny
High
0℃
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-12℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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Partly Cloudy
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-1℃
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-12℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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Partly Cloudy
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-4℃
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-12℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Condition
Partly Cloudy
High
-5℃
Low
-13℃

Shanghai, China

Today
Temperature
6℃
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity
68
Sunrise
6:54 am
Sunset
5:4 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
High
8℃
Low
5℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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Showers
High
10℃
Low
7℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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Showers
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8℃
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7℃
06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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7℃
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5℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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Scattered Showers
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8℃
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4℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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Mostly Cloudy
High
8℃
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5℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
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Showers
High
8℃
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5℃

Suzhou, China

Today
Temperature
4℃
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity
71
Sunrise
6:57 am
Sunset
5:8 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
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Rain And Snow
High
8℃
Low
3℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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Showers
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10℃
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6℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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8℃
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5℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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Scattered Showers
High
9℃
Low
2℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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Mostly Cloudy
High
8℃
Low
5℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
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Showers
High
7℃
Low
5℃

Guilin, China

Today
Temperature
3℃
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity
80
Sunrise
7:25 am
Sunset
6:2 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
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Showers
High
6℃
Low
3℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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7℃
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05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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9℃
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8℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
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Showers
High
10℃
Low
8℃

Yangshuo, China

Today
Temperature
3℃
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity
86
Sunrise
7:23 am
Sunset
6:3 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
Condition
Scattered Showers
High
7℃
Low
4℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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Showers
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9℃
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7℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
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10℃
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8℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
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Showers
High
12℃
Low
9℃

Longsheng, China

Today
Temperature
3℃
Condition
Mostly Cloudy
Humidity
93
Sunrise
7:27 am
Sunset
6:2 pm
03 Jan 2019 (Thu)
Condition
Showers
High
8℃
Low
2℃
04 Jan 2019 (Fri)
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Showers
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10℃
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7℃
05 Jan 2019 (Sat)
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06 Jan 2019 (Sun)
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10℃
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4℃
07 Jan 2019 (Mon)
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9℃
Low
8℃
08 Jan 2019 (Tue)
Condition
Showers
High
8℃
Low
7℃
09 Jan 2019 (Wed)
Condition
Showers
High
10℃
Low
6℃

FAQ

Q: Can I earn mileage credit when flying with Air China?
As a general rule, the airlines don't give mileage for discounted group airfares which are lower than published fares, so you may not earn mileage when traveling with Air China on your World Spree tour. <br><br> Air China group tickets (class: K) do not earn mileage points. However, some individual air tickets can earn partial to full mileage with Star Alliance depending on the Air China ticket booking class. Mileage points are calculated using the airline pricing system. <br><br> This is an airline policy and beyond the control of World Spree. You should ONLY contact the airline regarding any mileage points when you receive your air tickets from World Spree Spree two weeks prior to departure. Air China Call Center can be reached at: 800-882-8122. You may also be required to provide the original ticket receipt and boarding pass to the related airlines.
Q: Can I use my mileage to upgrade to business class with Air China?
No, Air China does not allow upgrades to business class using your United Mileage. However you can redeem your United Mileage points to purchase Air China flights by dealing with United only since Air China belongs to the Star Alliance and is a code-sharing partner with United Airlines.
Q: Do our China Tour director and local guides speak good English?
Yes, each China Tour professional selected is highly educated, licensed and chosen for the ability and talent to relate to English speakers.
Q: Do I need any inoculations or medical attention prior to going to China?
No shots are mandatory per Chinese Customs. However, we recommend Hepatitis A & B and Tetanus. Traveling to any exotic destination like China may cause diarrhea; Imodium is a must for all China travel. If your proposed tour includes Tibet (at 11,000 feet), you are strongly recommended to visit your family doctor for their professional advice about traveling at high altitudes.
Q: Can I rent a cell phone to use in China?
Yes, We would strongly advise our customers to get an unlocked tri-band (multi-band) mobile phone from the States and buy a local SIM card as soon as they arrive in China. The cards are prepaid -- e.g. RMB100 will get you quite a bit of talk time and at lower cost than the hotel IDD service...About two weeks prior to departure date, we will mail a booklet to you with more information about cell phone rental.
Q: Will there be an opportunity to hold a baby panda?
No. The reason why guests are no longer allowed to hold the panda is because in 2014, an individual held a few pandas, which got them sick and ultimately led to their death. As the nation's national treasure, the Center in Chengdu, together with the government, have made it a policy that no close contact with a Giant Panda can occur until further notice. There is a non-government organization a couple hours away from Chengdu that still allows it; however, ethically, we do not support it.
Q: Can you send me a brochures?
Thank you for your interest in World Spree Travel. For the environment and to keep the costs of our trips reasonable, we do not produce paper brochures. Our only selling tool is our website. If you would like us to guide you through the site or booking process, please call us at 1-866-652-5656, and any of our representatives would be happy to assist you and answer any questions you may have.

Passport & Visa Requirements

Valid passport is required for all World Spree travelers (U.S. and Canadian Citizens) traveling abroad. Your passport must be valid for a minimum of 6 months after your trip return date. Your passport should have sufficient blank pages for visa stamp(s), per country you are visiting, amendment and endorsement pages cannot be used for visa stamping.

The following visa requirements are specific to U.S. and Canadian citizens. Citizens of other countries must check with the respective embassies and visa agencies to determine what travel visa and personal identifications are required. Travelers who enter, leave and re-enter the same country on their itinerary must check if they require a double-entry or multiple-entry visa.

It is the responsibility of every traveler to obtain and pay for all entry documents (visas, etc.) as required by the laws for each country on your itinerary.


Visa Information - China

Double Entry Visa is Required for this trip

If you hold a passport from another country please contact the Embassy directly or our preferred travel documentation provider, CIBT..

It is the responsibility of every traveler to obtain and pay for all entry documents (visas, etc.) as required by the laws, regulations, or orders of the countries you will visit.

****PLEASE VISIT THE MEMBER AREA WHERE YOU WILL FIND THE WORLD SPREE SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS FOR YOUR CHINA VISA APPLICATION*******

Embassy links

Please visit the following link for the latest information on obtaining your visa through your local Embassy or Consulate:

Chinese Embassy & Consulate lists

Washington D.C Chinese Embassy

San Francisco Chinese Consulate

Los Angeles Chinese Consulate

Houston Chinese Consulate

New York Chinese Consulate

Chicago Chinese Consulate

Visa Information - Hong Kong

Passport Holders from the United States and Canada do not require a visa to Hong Kong for a stay up to 90 days, please visit the Embassy link for full visa exemption requirements.

*Passengers who enter China, continue to Hong Kong, and then re-enter China will require a double entry visa for China.*

Embassy links

please visit the Embassy link for full visa exemption requirements.

http://www.immd.gov.hk/eng/services/visas/visit-transit/visit-visa-entry-permit.html

Visa Information - Tibet

A special Tibet Permit is required for the trips including Tibet

World Spree / China Spree will obtain the Tibet Permit in China on your behalf. Due to the sensitivity of Tibet issue, Chinese government implements strict screening for China visa applicants who visit Tibet during their China trips. It is advised that you DO NOT mention Tibet when filling your China Visa Application form and REMOVE Tibet on all supporting documents (trip itinerary, hotel list and invitation letter) of China visa application.

 To facilitate your China visa application, we create redacted supporting documents, including trip itinerary, hotel list and China tour invitation letter without mentioning Tibet. You can download the document at Member Area after you book the tour.

You should send us, by email, a clear copy of your passport photo page as well as your China visa copy so we can take care of your Tibet Permit. 

For your convenience, we suggest that you use our preferred travel documentation provider, CIBT. It is much easier and faster to arrange your visa through a service, and you will enjoy professional and expert handling of your visa application. If there's a problem, a specialist with contacts at the consulate will ensure you get your visa in a timely manner.

For U.S. passport holders: make sure to use the CIBT or quote Account #103349 to receive your heavily discounted service fee.