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12-Day Tour of China (Beijing, Xi'an, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, Shanghai) with Hotels and Air from SFO @$599; LAX @$649; NY @$699; IL @$699; DC @$799; HOU @$899

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A slight twist to the earlier from the same company with tours to China. This time around more cities including Xi'an but visiting the Terracotta Warrirors & Horses Musuem is extra, but worth the value as it is ridiculously cheap at almost the price of the round-trip international and domestic arifares to/in China. Nice hotels to boot...

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Day 1: Take an overnight flight to Beijing.
Day 2: Arrive in Beijing.
Day 3: Spend a free day in Beijing.
Day 4: Hike along the Great Wall of China and visit a jade museum.
Days 5 and 6: Consider taking one of the optional tours on these free days in Xi'an.
Day 7: Fly to Shanghai and ride to Suzhou, where you'll walk along ancient Shantang Street.
Day 8: Visit the Lingering Garden before driving to Wuxi to see its Teapot Museum and Nanchang Street.
Day 9: Travel to Hangzhou and take a cruise on West Lake.
Day 10: Head to Shanghai to see the skyscrapers in the Bund district.
Day 11: Enjoy a free day in Shanghai.
Day 12: Fly back to the United States.

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Last Edited by iHeartPriceMistakes July 27, 2018 at 04:24 PM
DCP says it best: oh, another Chinese "forced" shopping tour. lol.


$120 tour guide and driver service fee not included
China visa fee not included: $169 for single entry or $199 for 10-year multiple-entry
$400 fee to travel solo.

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$120 tour guide and driver service fee not included
China visa fee not included: $169 for single entry or $199 for 10-year multiple-entry
$400 fee to travel solo.
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$120 tour guide and driver service fee not included
China visa fee not included: $169 for single entry or $199 for 10-year multiple-entry
$400 fee to travel solo.
Probably should add that info to the Wiki.
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wondering if you don't take any of the tours do you still have to tip tour guide + driver? Cause China flights into PVG, etc. is down to $500, if you actually get a few days of hotels in Shanghai / Hangzhou this would be a great bargain. Not so much if you have to pay $120 for tour guide's "tips".
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oh, another Chinese "forced" shopping tour. lol.
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@ about $12 tips per day for both guide and driver I can consider this as somewhat fair. People there do need to make a living no? And which U.S. passport holder need not any visa to visit China? The visa processing fee is pretty standard -- that's bilateral politics between USA and China...

As for naysayers who like to dump the deal, all I can say is that there is a visit to jade museum and then a tea pot museum that could be shopping stops. And this is English-speaking tour not a Chinatown trip.. Maybe a good and cheap experience for newbies who may want to take it for what's it's worth in airfares and hotels and transfers...

Here's something about shopping on their website.. To each his/her own interpretations:
"There may be shopping stops arranged during some tours at facilities that function as suitable short rest-stops during select sightseeing journeys, or that these stops are educational with the intent to serve as opportunities to better understand and support local handicrafts and cultures. Purchases at these places are not mandatory, and although our ground team is happy to assist guests with any shopping needs during the journey, Intertrips does not guarantee or assume responsibility for any merchandise or services purchased by guests. After-sales customer service, communication or dispute, if any, is entirely between guest and the merchant only. All guests are required to be fully aware of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection regulations and restrictions when bringing home any goods or merchandise from abroad at this link: https://www.cbp.gov/travel ."
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Are the flights fixed for the beginning and end of the tour or can we modify them to arrive earlier/ leave later at the same cost?
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Lukewarm deal. Chinese travel agencies are advertising these trips for 159 dollars per person. In Oct, it's 9 bucks for roundtrip flight from JFK to GZ then to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Beijing and back to GZ with hotel and food included 7 day tour. My parents have done multiple tours as it's the cheapest way to get to China. After the tour you can stay in China for however long you want up to 6 months. You can arrive earlier/ leave later with no additional cost. They have time to waste on these forced selling tours because they are retired. They take you to a site for 5 minutes and you spend 6 hours in a shop.
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I've been on a Chinese tour before and it was about 3-4 sweat shops that they take you to each day where they want you to buy stuff. That's why the rates are so cheap cause they get commissions based off guest purchases that tour groups bring in. they stay quite awhile too at each place and it's usually boring as hell
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The cheap price is probably subsidized by something.. Probably a tour that includes lots of stuff To buy....
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Lukewarm deal. Chinese travel agencies are advertising these trips for 159 dollars per person. In Oct, it's 9 bucks for roundtrip flight from JFK to GZ then to Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Beijing and back to GZ with hotel and food included 7 day tour. My parents have done multiple tours as it's the cheapest way to get to China. After the tour you can stay in China for however long you want up to 6 months. You can arrive earlier/ leave later with no additional cost. They have time to waste on these forced selling tours because they are retired. They take you to a site for 5 minutes and you spend 6 hours in a shop.
My parents found an ad in the Chinese newspaper and it was cheap so we all went as a family. But low and behold they DO MAKE YOU SHOP TILL YOU DROP for a few hours and then take you to a popular landmark for literally 5 mins !!! Be warned


Edit: Even though the food and hotel was covered the food is ridiculous while the tour guide went to another far table and most likely ate better!
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Heard of these deals before. Stay away. They try to guilt trip you to buy stuff otherwise they will just give you the stink eye for the rest of the trip.
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oh, another Chinese "forced" shopping tour. lol.
You're right on the mark on that one! My aunt came back from one of these tours a few months ago and boy did she get swindled, to the tune of almost $20K USD. Buyer beware.
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when you say Hotel and Air you mean hotel and oxygen?
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