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Groupon Getaways - 10 Day China Guided Tour with RT Air, Hotels & Select Meals & Transfers Starting From $549 PP Based On Dbl Occ

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Groupon Getawys have a 10-Day China Guided Tour with Hotel, Airfare, select meals & transfers from cities below starting from $549 per person, based on two guests per room.
Tours in Beijing, Suzhou, Wuxi, Hangzhou, and Shanghai. Prices vary depending on dates and originating city. For complete details or to purchase, click the link.

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"Day 8: Drive to Shanghai, where you'll peruse the Bund."

Drive to Shanghai!? That's a long way to sit on bus. I hope they mean train. It's a ~12hr drive and a ~4hr train ride.
In my case, it was fly from SFO to PEK, Fly from PEK to XIAN, fly from Xian to Shanghai, drive by bus to 2 or 3 other towns... then fly from Shanghai to PEK then SFO. The longest stretch on the bus was 5 or 6 hours... but it's a good chance to rest and catch up on menial stuff... The plus side is that you're not the one driving.
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You can only expect these types of comments from dumb ignorant Americans. Probably never left your cave, have you?
Or dumb comments like this one....
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This has been my experience as recent as a month ago: (ballpark numbers, of course)

Everyone will happily take cash (RMB).

99% of stores/places/taxi-drivers/vendors will take WeChatPay/AliPay (the two are really head-to-head).

50% of places you visit will take local credit card (UnionPay). 30% of places you visit will take Visa/MasterCard. There will be more of them at touristy places.

USD cash wouldn't work very well, you may only be able to find some uses at the airport. Still, it would be good to carry some for currency exchanges.
If you are exchanging USD then I would recommend crisp, clean, no marks - $100 bills.. they will reject anything with any mark or fold on it.
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How can I load money (US $) into the WeChat app for buying stuff in China?
Easy just open a Chinese bank account
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Easy just open a Chinese bank account
Does it require a PRC citizenship to open a bank account or a US Passport will do?
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You don't want to do a guided tour in China. Go independently or don't go at all.
Why ^ this?
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Beware when booking this trip: hotels are far outside city center and most days are filled with shopping excursions.

You do get to see the main attractions (the Bund, Great Wall, Olympic Park, etc) but most of your day is being shuttled to a government owned facility where they attempt to sell you things such as jade, silk, pearls, etc (at a huge markup).

You won't find a deal like this anywhere else, but dont expect this to be a vacation where you have a ton of free time to explore. For example, on one day we spend 1 hour at the great Wall and 3 hours at some factory.
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I went on this tour last Thanksgiving. It was only $499 a person, same itinery as this one. I think you still have to pay for your own visa, which is best done at a local travel agency, get the 10 year visa for best value if you plan to travel to China again, it's only marginally a bit more. Hotels were excellent 5 stars with free breakfast buffets, don't buy anything at the shoppings they take you to, because it's much cheaper at local places around town. The excursions you have pay extra for and they're overpriced as well, so it's best to do them on your own if possible. For example, a cruise on the Bund river is only about $20 if you buy it yourself, but they'll charge you triple if you buy it from the tour guide.
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Doing this only 12 day in Oct.
Where/ what is this place that you speak of?

"Enjoy. Eat Peking Duck at the original restaurant in Beijing for me. "

Thank you.
Personally, I think the Peking Duck in Beijing is a rip off. You can get way better ones in SF, Vancouver, HongKong, etc. The name of the restaurant is Quanjude. Remember, all the "original" stuff/recipe should have been destroyed during Cultural revolution and they're just using the brand name.
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meh.. all the good dates have price doubled
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Are you required to buy stuff at museum stores?
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They're fine but not at this price. You can get the same deal for $399+$100 gratuity + visa if you look. This is a good way to get a 10 year visa. Also, only 15% of the population in China speaks English so YMMV on doing it yourself.


Also, 10 day is misleading. This is only a 8 night trip. They are counting travel time.
Where are you finding deals like this? I would love to take advantage of that.
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Where are you finding deals like this? I would love to take advantage of that.

I used Nexus Holidays but I wouldn't fully recommend that company because of the horrible flight to/from China. I flew from LA to Hangzhou for customs then another 800 miles to Chongqing and back 800 miles to Beijing. When I left China it was from Shanghai.... which is 100 miles North of Hangzhou or a 45 minute train ride. Did I fly out of Hangzhou? Nope, it was Shanghai 800 miles to Chongqing then 800 miles back to Hangzhou through customs again and back to LA. That Chongqing BS drastically added to my travel time. There is another company that I cannot remember at this moment that is suppose to be a lot better according to others I went on my Nexus Holiday tour with.
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