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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
- 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.
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.
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*******
Please visit the following link for the latest information on obtaining your visa through your local Embassy or Consulate:
Chinese Embassy & Consulate lists
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.*
please visit the Embassy link for full visa exemption requirements.
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.
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.