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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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Must book by 5/30. Summer dates are more than double advertised price. Also:

Additional taxes & fees: $350 fee to travel solo. $100 service fee for tour guides and driver not included. China visa fee is not included: $169 for single entry visa per person (at least 2 people travel together)
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You don't want to do a guided tour in China. Go independently or don't go at all.
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My wife and I just took this trip back in March. Great experience. It's not how we normally like to travel, but it's a good way to see a lot of China with little expense. We just added our own excursions to supplement. Just know that the "catch" is the mandatory stops at museum stores where they "hope" you'll spend your American dollars. Smilie Other than that, the hotels were great, the food was good (except for the tour-provided lunches and dinners).
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Great deal, almost all inclusive
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"Good deal" my ass . Groupon flights are always laced with hidden fees. You want travel solo ? Pay more . Want to travel at a different day ? Pay more . Want to bring blue luggage ? Pay more . You are also taking a gamble because your flight itinerary isn't finalized until 21 days before the flight so you could get some horrible flight times.
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... Just know that the "catch" is the mandatory stops at museum stores where they "hope" you'll spend your American dollars. Smilie ...
Are you required to buy stuff at museum stores? Can I just look around and not spend my American dollars (using a credit card I assume, not the WeChat App)?
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Are you required to buy stuff at museum stores? Can I just look around and not spend my American dollars (using a credit card I assume, not the WeChat App)?
Pretty sure you can. As long as you refrain from spending frivolously, you'll come out on top in these tour package deals. There will be some peer pressure, just resist Smilie

If you do want to purchase something though, I'm sure they would happily accept USD, RMB, wechat, or visa MasterCard, pretty much everything.


Source: I'm Chinese. AMA
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Source: I'm Chinese. AMA
How can I load money (US $) into the WeChat app for buying stuff in China?
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You don't want to do a guided tour in China. Go independently or don't go at all.
Some are nice enough to tell you upfront that if you buy something, it will help them a little bit financially.
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How can I load money (US $) into the WeChat app for buying stuff in China?
Basically, you can't. You have to go to a bank in China and open an account and use THAT care to reload your wechat account. The only other way is to use vpayfast.com or something like it where you "exchange" US dollars for wechat RMB. I've used vpayfast and while it isn't easy to use, it is legit. I can't remember the other service I used, but it was worse exchange rate and you could only exchange a relatively small amount.

Either that or make friends with someone in China and hand over a fist full o' cash so they can send you some wechat bucks.

It seemed to me that every place used wechat, but not all places took other forms of payment.
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I went on this tour last year the food was great and the hotels were all 5 star lake and mountain view.
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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.
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Are you required to buy stuff at museum stores? Can I just look around and not spend my American dollars (using a credit card I assume, not the WeChat App)?
No you don't have to buy. Most places won't even take American credit cards but usually these places do because they know most tourists are international. Also, be sure to bring battery packs, nothing more than 26,800mAh because that's 100watts and most airlines don't let you on with a battery pack over 100watts. The reason why I recommend this is because in Beijing where it's the closest large city to the wall, sometimes it's hard to find a plug. Most Starbucks have like 300 million people in it using the plugs... Also, AliPay is HUGEEE over there. WeChat Pay presents is there for sure but AliPay is dominant, some vending machines don't even have spot for inserting cash or credit cards (even a Chinese Credit Card), they just show an AliPay barcode on the screen for you to scan.
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No you don't have to buy. Most places won't even take American credit cards but usually these places do because they know most tourists are international. Also, be sure to bring battery packs, nothing more than 26,800mAh because that's 100watts and most airlines don't let you on with a battery pack over 100watts. The reason why I recommend this is because in Beijing where it's the closest large city to the wall, sometimes it's hard to find a plug. Most Starbucks have like 300 million people in it using the plugs... Also, AliPay is HUGEEE over there. WeChat Pay presents is there for sure but AliPay is dominant, some vending machines don't even have spot for inserting cash or credit cards (even a Chinese Credit Card), they just show an AliPay barcode on the screen for you to scan.
Beware of counterfeit money from street vendors.
Also, there's a reason for Taiwanese and HK calling PRC as Mainland
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