Bite-size Break - Shanghai Trip Notes

Travel to China and eat, drink and cook your way through Shanghai. Meet local cooks, sample delicious food and understand the historic importance and development of Shanghai's regional cuisine.

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    • CBZS
    • Total twin price tool tip
      USD $995
      CAD $1,020
      AUD $1,060
      EUR €740
      GBP £635
      NZD $1,260
      ZAR R9,650
      CHF FR895
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    • Total single price tool tip
      USD $1,785
      CAD $1,795
      AUD $1,880
      EUR €1,295
      GBP £1,125
      NZD $2,230
      ZAR R17,110
      CHF FR1,595
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    • Food, Short Breaks
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Last Modified: 17 Apr 2014
Bite-size Break - Shanghai
Trip code: CBZS
Validity: 01 Jan 2014 to 31 Dec 2014
Explore a culinary scene thousands of years in the making on this Bite-size Break of Shanghai, discovering a punchy array of infused flavours that balance sweet with sour, hot with cold and bitter with fresh. Take a leisurely stroll through an ancient garden, sip on traditional tea and sample some local delicacies at a street stall. Shanghai makes the most of their coastline, so be sure to indulge on some fresh seafood at the wet market before learning some traditional cooking techniques at a master class. Vibrant and varied, fast and fresh, Shanghai has something on the menu to delight everyone’s tastebuds.
Table of Contents
StyleSingle travellersVisas
ThemesAccommodationIssues on your trip
MapMeals introductionWhat to take
ItineraryMealsHealth
We also recommendTransportSafety
Itinerary disclaimerJoining point descriptionTravel insurance
Culture shock rating Joining point instructionsResponsible Travel
Physical ratingAlternate Joining point A couple of rules
Included activitiesAlternate Joining point instructionsThe Intrepid Foundation
Money ExchangeArrival complicationsResponsible Travel projects
Spending moneyFinish point descriptionCarbon offset
TippingFinish point instructionsFeedback
Important notesAlternate Finish point Further Information
Group sizeEmergency contact
Your fellow travellersEmergency funds
China feels like a hundred different moods, landscapes and countries rolled into one. Neon cities, remote villages, deserts, smoky markets and ancient artefacts - there are new adventures around every corner. Even after a lifetime in China, there would still be more to see, taste, admire and experience.
Style
Original
  • Original trips are classic Intrepid adventures. With a mix of included activities and free time, they offer plenty of opportunities to explore at your own pace and take part in activities that really get beneath the skin of a destination. While the occasional meal may be included, you'll have the freedom to seek out your own culinary adventures. Accommodation is generally budget or tourist class (2-3 star), but you're as likely to find yourself as a guest of a local family as staying in a hotel or camping. Transport will vary as well. Depending on the destination and the itinerary you could find yourself travelling on anything from a camel to a train or a private safari vehicle. It's all part of the adventure! Original travellers have a desire to make the most of their travel time and really get to know a place, its people and cultures.
Themes
Short Breaks, Food
Map
Bite-size Break - Shanghai
Itinerary
Day 1 Shanghai
Nimen Hao! Welcome to China.
Blending 21st-century architecture with old-world character, Shanghai is the vibrant pulse of new China.
Meet your guide at your hotel at 9am today to begin your culinary explorations of the city.
Despite a population of over 23 million, there are a few secret spots dotted around this metropolis where you can experience some peace and quiet. Take a stroll around the regal Yuyuan Gardens, which means ‘Garden of Peace’ and dates back to the Ming Dynasty. This ancient park is home to many traditional halls, bridges, water features and chambers that are a delight to discover within this modern city. After a leisurely exploration and some free time, relax with a cup of fresh brew at the Huxinting Teahouse and watch a traditional Chinese tea ceremony.
This evening is free for your own Shanghai food adventure.
There are endless options in Shanghai, with a restaurant scene bursting with international flavors as well as one of the most vibrant street food scenes in China. Your tour leader will have plenty of suggestions for the best places to suit any taste or budget.
Included Activities
  • Shanghai - Street food snack crawl
  • Shanghai - Yuyuan Gardens
  • Shanghai - Tea Ceremony
Meals Included
1 Lunch
Accommodation
Nan Jing Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 2 Shanghai
This morning we begin the day around 9am with a classic Shanghai breakfast. Xiaolongbao! (fried pork dumplings). We discover why this much-loved Shanghai breakfast staple is cherished for it's juicy stuffing and thin crispy wrapping. The key ingredient is pork skin jelly which melts into juice when fried. The trick to eating xiaolongbao like an expert is to take a small bite or poke a hole on the wrapping and drink the juice first before popping the whole dumpling into your mouth. Delicious!
Visit the Tongchuanlu Wet Market. One of the largest wet markets in Shanghai, Tongchuanlu has great bargains for the locals. Marvel at the endless stalls of seafood ranging from lobsters, crabs, abalones and all kinds of fish. Hone your bargaining skills as retailers will charge different prices for the same products. You'll have the option to take your fresh purchase to one of the nearby restaurants to have your seafood cooked before your eyes. During the afternoon your leader will leave you and your fellow travellers to explore this fascinating city for yourself and meet you in the early evening for dinner and drinks.
Spend your final evening with a drink overlooking the glittering lights of the Pudong Financial District. Then join your leader and fellow travellers for a final Shanghai-inspired dinner to say farewell to China and all of the wonderful cuisine that you have encountered.
Included Activities
  • Shanghai - Wet Market visit
  • Shanghai - Shanghainese dinner
Meals Included
1 Breakfast, 1 Lunch, 1 Dinner
Accommodation
Nan Jing Hotel or similar (1 nt)
Day 3 Shanghai
There are no activities planned for the final day and you are able to depart the accommodation at any time.
Check out from your hotel is at 10am.
Even though the trip has come to an end your food adventure through Shanghai does not have to end here. If you have a late afternoon flight or are staying on for a couple more days why not try a few more of the traditional 'Shanghainese' food offerings.
For breakfast you could try one of the 'Four Heavenly Kings' (a homage to the Four Heavenly Kings of Chinese Buddhism), da bing (Chinese pancakes), you tiao (deep-fried dough sticks), ci fan tuan (or steamed sticky rice balls) and soy milk. Although many of the traditional food stalls and vendors have moved into more western restaurants you can still find a few old style stalls and stands in the Huangpu district, one of those being Lao Shaoxing Doujiang. A family run establishment, once run by the 90+ year old matriarch, it is now in the capable hands of her son. Remember if you see a queue of locals, it must be good!
For lunch options there are many and varied. Try 'chicken of the field', better known as frog, Hanging roasted duck, Shanghai's version of Peking Duck, or Boiled Chicken, which sounds no where near as appetizing as it tastes!
If you want 'graze' as you wander around head to Huaghe Road near the People's Park which has many options available or if you want to refuel after a stroll along the Bund try Shanghai Grandmother. Not only does it have a great name it serves up many a Shanghainese classic.
To toast to the end of your journey, you can't go past 100 Century Avenue, located on the 93rd floor it is one of the world's highest bars, Aquarium, which has a wall length fish tank, Cloud 9, which offers unbeatable views of Shanghai or if it is a hidden little gem you are after why not try YongFoo Elite or Ginseng. Gan bei! ("Dry the cup" or cheers in Mandarin).
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    • Bite-size Break - Beijing (CBZB)
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    • Bite-size Break - Beijing (CBZB-C)
    • Real Food Adventure - China (CBZF)
    Itinerary disclaimer
    Occasionally our itineraries are updated during the year to incorporate improvements stemming from past travellers' comments and our own research. The information given in this itinerary may be slightly different to that in the brochure. It's very important that you print and review a final copy of your Trip Notes a couple of days prior to travel, in case there have been changes that affect your plans. For the latest updated Trip Notes please visit our website: www.intrepidtravel.com
    Please note that while we operate successful trips in this region throughout the year, some changes may occur in our itineraries due to inclement weather and common seasonal changes to timetables and transport routes. This can happen with little notice so please be prepared for modifications to the route.
    Culture shock rating

    At times local life here will be familiar to that of back home, and at times very different. Services are available most of the time, English may not be the native language, and there may be some cultural differences.
    Physical rating

    Some easy physical activities included in your trip. No physical preparation is required to make the most of the journey.
    Included activities
    Included activities are listed in the day-to-day itinerary, all other activities are optional and at your own expense. If you choose not to participate in the included activities on this itinerary, the cost will not be refunded.
    Money Exchange
    The official currency in China is the Yuan or Renminbi (CNY). 1 renminbi (yuan) = 10 jiao (mao).
    We strongly advise against bringing travellers cheques as in China they can be extremely difficult or impossible to change.
    ATMs are widespread, so the easiest way to access cash on your trip is to bring a credit card. Please check with your bank about overseas withdrawal fees before you depart. Some banks will allow a cash advance against a major credit card which will incur a service charge of 5% or more.
    Currency exchange is available at major banks and some hotels. The easiest foreign currencies to exchange are USD and EUR, however please be aware of the security risk of carrying large amounts of cash. In any case, some money should be taken as cash in case of emergencies - we recommend around US$400 per person. Commission is sometimes charged for currency exchange. Check the rate before you exchange and carefully check the amount you are given and ask for a receipt.
    Please note that due to restrictions on currency conversion for foreigners in China it may not be possible to change left over CNY back into foreign currency, so please plan your budget and spending money well by withdrawing/exchanging what you need as you go.
    Spending money
    Every traveller is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travellers may drink more than others while other travellers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping, participating in optional activities, and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
    Tipping
    CHINA:
    If you're happy with the services provided a tip - though not compulsory - is appropriate. While it may not be customary to you, it's of great significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels, inspires excellent service, and is an entrenched feature of the tourism industry across many Intrepid destinations. We recommend that any tips are given to the intended recipient by a member of your group, rather than collected and passed on by the group leader.
    Tipping in China is not customary, but in the travel industry it is. Many guides and drivers would usually supplement their income by taking tourists to shops and restaurants from which they receive commission. Intrepid does not encourage this practice as we believe it can be detrimental to our travellers' experience. Instead we try to ensure we pay our drivers, guides and leaders fairly for their services. Tips are still very much appreciated for those situations in which you believe you have received excellent service.
    Please don't tip with coins, notes of or less that CNY1, or dirty and ripped notes. This is regarded culturally as an insult.
    The following amounts are based on local considerations and feedback from our past travellers:
    Restaurants: Tipping is not common practice at restaurants in China or Tibet.
    Local guides: Throughout your trip you may at times have a local guide in addition to your leader. We suggest CNY10-15 per person per day for local guides with the amount adjusted accordingly for guides who are with you for less than a full day.
    Porters: In some hotels a porter may offer to carry your bag to your room. We suggest CNY5 per bag for porters.
    Drivers: You may have a range of drivers on your trip. Some may be with you for a short journey while others may be with you for several days. We would suggest that you tip only those more involved with the group (for example those that help you with your bags etc). CNY5-10 per person per day is generally appropriate, with the amount adjusted accordingly for drivers who are with you for less than a full day.
    Your Group Leader: You may also consider tipping your leader for outstanding service throughout your trip. The amount is entirely a personal preference; however as a guideline US$3-5 per person, per day can be used. Of course you are free to tip more or less as you see fit, depending on your perception of service quality and the length of your trip. Remember, a tip isn't compulsory and should only be given when you receive excellent service.
    Important notes
    CHINESE NATIONAL HOLIDAYS:
    Please note that China's national holidays are the peak travel season for Chinese nationals. During this time, literally the whole country is on the move - that's over a billion people. Although these are fascinating and exciting times to travel in China, please be aware your group will almost definitely experience transport delays and massive crowds at tourist attractions and train stations. It's common for there to be difficulties in securing train or flight tickets at our preferred times, hotels become overbooked, traffic chaotic and changes to the itinerary are often necessary as a result. If clockwork organisation is important to you we advise you book outside of the weeks of the extended Chinese New Year in January/February, in the first week of May and the first week of October. If you decide to travel during this period please come with an open mind and be prepared for changes on the ground.
    Group size
    Maximum of 12 travellers per group.
    Your fellow travellers
    As you travel on a group trip you will be exposed to all the pleasures and maybe some of the frustrations of travelling in a group. Your fellow travellers will probably come from all corners of the world and likely a range of age groups too. We ask you to be understanding of the various needs and preferences of your group - patience with your fellow travellers is sometimes required for the benefit of everyone's travel experience. Remember too that you have responsibilities to the group. If you are requested to be at a place at a certain time, ensure that you don't keep the rest of the group waiting. We have found time and time again that the very best trips we operate are those where the dynamics within the group work well - this takes just a little effort on your part.
    Due to privacy reasons we are unable to provide you with contact details and any personal information about your fellow travellers booked on your trip prior to departure. However you can download Intrepid's FREE Meet Up app to chat with your fellow travellers before your trip. Meet up, discuss your upcoming trip and share the excitement of planning for your adventure. For more information visit: www.intrepidtravel.com/meetup
    Please note many of our Short Break Adventures operate with a minimum of 1 person, so there may be instances where you are the only person on the trip.
    Single travellers
    The price is based on 2 persons sharing, therefore if there is an odd number of people travelling in your party, one person will need to take a single room, and pay a single supplement. Similarly, for clients travelling alone, there is a compulsory single room supplement. As this is a self-guided trip we are unable to match single travellers in a room with another single traveller.
    Accommodation
    Nan Jing Hotel or similar (2 nts)
    BEDS AND ROOMS:
    Some travellers have reported that hotels/accommodation in this region tend to have harder bed mattresses than those they are used to at home. Passengers that require a soft bed should consider bringing an inflatable camping mattress or sleeping mat.
    Smoking is prevalent in China and hotels generally do not offer specific non smoking rooms. Larger hotels with central air conditioning will sometimes transport the smell of smoke between rooms. While we ask our hotels to ensure our rooms are ventilated well before occupation in some cases this is not possible.
    WIFI, in room, or in public areas of accommodation is not as common as travellers may be used to in other regions.
    Meals introduction
    While travelling with us you'll experience a vast array of dishes, beverages, dining experiences, ingredients and produce.
    To give you the maximum flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat, the trip price does not include all meals. This also gives you more budgeting flexibility – whether you wish to partake in budget, mid-range or high-end dining options. Your group leader will be able to suggest restaurants to try during your trip. Generally, our groups tend to eat together to enable you to taste a larger variety of dishes and enjoy each other's company, however there's no obligation to do this.
    For travellers wanting to eat at a particular high profile and/or ‘fine dining’ restaurant, there will be specified free nights in certain locations where you can make your own restaurant reservations. It is recommended you make reservations for high profile and/or ‘fine dining’ restaurants well in advance of your departure, as there can be long lead times for booking in some instances.
    Meals
    1 Breakfast, 2 Lunches, 1 Dinner
    Please budget for additional meals and expenses while on your trip. Our suggestion is based on past traveller feedback but you may choose to spend more or less.
    USD 50.00
    Your group leader will endeavor to cater for specific dietary requirements where possible, and vegetarianism and gluten intolerance will be catered for in most instances. There are, however some meals and activities that are fixed in advance and therefore cannot be modified to suit dietary requirements. These instances will be indicated in the ‘trip notes’ itinerary. Please notify your group leader of any dietary requirements in your group meeting at the start of the trip.
    For those suffering from particular food allergies, your group leader will endeavor to disclose to their fullest knowledge the main ingredients in dishes being consumed. It is, however, your personal responsibility to ensure that you do not ingest any foods to which you are allergic.
    Transport
    Metro
    Joining point description
    Located next the famous East Nanjing Road, Nanjing hotel offers great conveniences for your stay in Shanghai, easy access to East Nanjing Road metro station, the Bund and the People’s park. The neighbourhood is atmospheric with Shanghai nong tang lanes full of local character. . The hotel offers comfortable rooms including en-suite bathroom, TV & AC.
    Joining point instructions
    There are 2 airport in Shanghai - Hongqiao airport and Pudong airport. Most international flights now arrive at Pudong International airport. it is relatively easy to navigate and many signs are written in English.
    An arrival transfer from the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Transfers cannot be arranged on arrival. Please advise your flight arrival details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to arrive earlier, this arrival transfer can only be offered in conjunction with pre-tour accommodation booked through your booking agent.
    If you have pre-booked an airport transfer you will be met on arrival - our local operator will await you holding a sign of our logo with your name when you exit the airport terminal. Please note that Shanghai Airport arrivals is very crowded with people picking up passengers so please be patient. If you have any problems finding the driver go to the information desk and ask them to call our transfer supplier Ms.Liu Zhen (+86) 13585099375
    In any case, please take a printed copy of your hotel name and address in Chinese as shown in the joining point hotel section with you.
    If you are making your own way to the joining hotel:
    By taxi:
    Metered taxis are available outside the airport terminal building. You can follow the airport signs to reach to the official taxi stand. The taxi ride from the airport to our starting point hotels takes about 45 minutes to 1 hour and should cost around CNY150 (Hongqiao airport) or CNY 200 (Pudong airport). Show the taxi driver the address of the hotel in Chinese characters as shown below. **PLEASE AVOID TAXI DRIVERS WHO DON'T WAIT IN THE TAXI LINE FOR CLIENTS AND APPROACH YOU IN THE QUEUE CLAIMING THEY USE METER**
    By Metro/Light Rail:
    Both airports have easy metro/light rail access to the city center. You can follow the airport signs to reach to the metro/light rail station.
    Take the metro, and change to Line 2 eventually. Get off Line 2 at East Nanjing Road Station. Go out from Exit 1 and turn right. Follow the street till the first intersection (about 10 meters from Exit 1). Turn right again and walk down for about 10 meters, the hotel is on your right.
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    Jinjiang East Asia Hotel 锦江之星南京东路店
    680 Nanjing East Road 南京东路680号
    Huangpu District 上海黄浦区
    Shanghai
    CHINA
    Phone: 86 63223223
    Alternate Joining point instructions

    Arrival complications
    We don't expect any problems (and nor should you) but if for any reason you are unable to commence your trip as scheduled, please refer to the Joining Instructions section above for who to contact.
    If you have pre-booked an airport transfer (where available) and have not made contact with our representative within 30 minutes of clearing customs and immigration, we recommend that you make your own way to the starting point hotel, again following the Joining Instructions in these trip notes. Should this occur, please apply to your travel agent for a refund of the transfer cost on your return.
    No refund is available on missed transfers or portions of your trip owing to a different flight arrival or delayed flight arrival. Any additional cost incurred in order to meet up with your group is at your own expense.
    Finish point description
    Located next the famous East Nanjing Road, Nanjing hotel offers great conveniences for your stay in Shanghai, easy access to East Nanjing Road metro station, the Bund and the People’s park. The neighbourhood is atmospheric with Shanghai nong tang lanes full of local character. . The hotel offers comfortable rooms including en-suite bathroom, TV & AC.
    Finish point instructions
    There are 2 airports in Shanghai - Hongqiao Airport and Pudong Airport. Most international flights now are at Pudong International airport. It is relatively easy to navigate and many signs are written in English.
    A departure transfer from the airport is available if arranged at the time of booking. Please advise your departure flight details at least 14 days prior to your departure. If you plan to stay longer, this departure transfer can only be offered in conjunction with post-tour accommodation booked through your booking agent.
    If you plan to make your own way to the airport, your tour leader can advise you when is the best time to leave for your flight depending on local traffic condition. It is suggested to leave from your hotel at least 3 hours before your flight time. Taxi is the easiest way to go to the airport. It should take around 45 minutes to 1 hour to Hongqiao Airport or Pudong Airport.
    Alternatively, you can take metro/light rail to either airport. Your tour leader can advise you about the exchange of lines and time frames.
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    Jinjiang East Asia Hotel 锦江之星南京东路店
    680 Nanjing East Road 南京东路680号
    Huangpu District 上海黄浦区
    Shanghai
    CHINA
    Phone: 86 63223223
    Emergency contact
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Beijing Office can be reached on Tel: +861064067328. For further contact details please use the following page:
    In the case of a genuine crisis or emergency, Intrepid's Melbourne Office can be reached on Tel: +61 3 9473 2650. For all other enquiries please contact our Reservations department which is open 24 hours, 6 days per week. For further contact details please use the following page:
    Emergency funds
    Please also make sure you have access to an additional US$400, to be used when unforeseen incidents or circumstances outside our control (eg. a natural disaster, civil unrest or an outbreak of bird flu) necessitate a change to our planned route.
    Visas
    Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. As a general rule most countries expect that you will have at least 6 months' validity on your passport. On arrival visitors may be asked to present return tickets and evidence of means to cover your intended stay.
    We keep the following information up to date as much as possible, but rules do change - it's important that you check for yourself. Residents from other countries must consult the relevant embassies or your travel agent.
    Citizens from Singapore, Brunei and Japan are allowed up to 15 days stay without a visa. All other nationalities require a visa. When filling out the visa application form, please list the hotel in China specified in the start, continuing or finishing point listed in the Trip Notes as the "company or person to visit in China". You require a single entry visa to complete this trip.
    If submitting your visa form in person with your local consulate, please check beforehand whether you need to make an appointment.
    CHINA:
    Australia: Yes - in advance
    Belgium: Yes - in advance
    Canada: Yes - in advance
    Germany: Yes - in advance
    Ireland: Yes - in advance
    Netherlands: Yes - in advance
    New Zealand: Yes - in advance
    South Africa: Yes - in advance
    Switzerland: Yes - in advance
    United Kingdom: Yes - in advance
    USA: Yes - in advance
    MAINLAND CHINA & HONG KONG:
    Most nationalities require a visa for mainland China. You must obtain your Chinese visa in advance. It is not possible to get a visa on arrival and Chinese visas can be difficult to obtain outside your country of residence. You may be able to apply for your visa in Hong Kong If you have time here before your trip departs. You will need a Single Entry Tourist for your trip valid for 30 days. Hong Kong is not considered part of mainland China for immigration purposes and most nationalities do not require a visa. Please check with an embassy for specific requirements.
    Please make sure if you have a transit anywhere in China before arriving at your destination that you check with your Airline to see if the transit will use your Chinese Visa. You need to make sure your China visa will cover you for any transits made.
    INFORMATION REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
    Itinerary:
    Please list the destinations you will visit in China in chronological order on your application form. Do not mention Kashgar, Turpan or Tibet anywhere on your application form. While these areas are not off limits to travellers, they are considered politically sensitive, so including these on your visa application could lead to significant delays or your visa being denied.
    Name of Host/Inviting Organisation:
    Intrepid Travel Beijing Co. Ltd.
    606 InterChina Commercial Building
    33 Dengshikou Street
    Dongcheng District
    Beijing 100006
    +86 10 6406 8022
    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR VISA APPLICATION:
    * Hotel List - this will be sent to you by Intrepid or your travel agent at time of booking. If you do not receive this please email us with your booking number and trip details. Please tick the hotels in all destinations that your trip visits
    * Official invitation from licensed Chinese tourism company - this will be provided together with the Hotel List to all travellers regardless of whether it is required by the embassy or not
    * Itinerary – please print off a copy of your specific trip itinerary from our website www.intrepidtravel.com and include it with your application, marking the dates you will visit each destination if required
    * Photocopy of your passport
    * Passport size photo (up to 4 may be required)
    * Please check with the embassy for any other specific requirements
    DOCUMENTS REQUIRED FOR TRAIN TICKET BOOKINGS
    Intrepid requires you send the following at the time of booking, at least 30 days prior to travel:
    *Clear, colour copy of the personal details page of your passport
    Please make sure that this copy is for the passport that you will be travelling on. If you have to renew your passport after booking please notify us as soon as you have a new passport number and bring your old passport with you on your trip as well.
    Issues on your trip
    While we always endeavour to provide the best possible holiday experience, due to the nature of travel and the areas we visit sometimes things can and do go wrong. Should any issue occur while you are on your trip, it is imperative that you discuss this with your group leader or our local representative straight away so that they can do their best to rectify the problem and save any potential negative impact on the rest of your trip.
    We recognise that there may be times when your group leader/local partner may not be able to resolve a situation to your satisfaction - if this is the case, please ask the leader to speak to their direct manager.
    You may also choose to provide details in your online feedback, which we ask you to complete within 30 days of the end of your trip. But we do ask you to be aware that it is very difficult for us to provide any practical help after the trip is complete.
    What to take
    In China, clean and safe drinking water is widely available for free in hotels, restaurants and bus and train stations.
    WATER BOTTLE:
    Consider bringing your own water bottle to refill along the way. We recommend at least a 1.5litre capacity. The sale of bottled water contributes to an enormous environmental problem around the world. In addition to the water in bottles, the production of a 1 litre plastic bottle takes 2 litres of water and 200ml of oil. A large proportion end up in limited landfill or discarded in waterways and natural environments. Please avoid the purchase of bottled water by using the chemically sterilized water stored in the purpose-built storage tank or in water jerry cans in your overland vehicle. You're free to refill your bottle as many times a day as you like.
    VALUABLES:
    Please try to avoid bringing unnecessary valuables, and use your hotel safe and the safe on the overland truck to store the bulk of your money, passport, and airline tickets. It’s also a good idea to purchase a money belt or pouch that is easily hidden.
    We strongly recommend that you photocopy all important documents e.g. air tickets, passport, vaccination certificate, etc. and keep the copies separate from the originals. While not valid, a photocopy makes it very much easier to obtain replacements if necessary.
    PASSPORT COPY:
    Please bring a photocopy of your passport main page and airline ticket if you will require airline reconfirmation at the end of your trip.
    SOAP & TOILET PAPER:
    We recommend you to take your own supply of soap and toilet paper to use in public toilets.
    Health
    All Intrepid travellers need to be in good physical health in order to participate fully on this trip. When selecting your trip please make sure you have read through the itinerary carefully and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please note that if, in the opinion of our group leader or local guide, any traveller is unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group, Intrepid reserves the right to exclude them from all or part of a trip without refund.
    You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information or for any necessary vaccinations and anti-malarial requirements before departure. We recommend that you carry a first aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements (including a spare pair of glasses) as they may not easily be obtained at the locations on this trip. For legal reasons our leaders and guides are prohibited from administering any type of drugs including headache tablets and antibiotics. Please ensure that you are adequately prepared.
    BIRD FLU:
    There have recently been a number of isolated cases of Bird Flu in Asia. While the risk to travellers is very low, we will continue to monitor the situation and follow the advice of local authorities and the World Health Organisation. WHO recommends basic hygiene practices to limit the risk of infection:
    • Avoid visiting live animal markets and poultry farms
    • Avoid contact with surfaces contaminated with animal faeces
    • Do not eat or handle undercooked or raw poultry, egg or duck dishes
    • Do not attempt to bring any poultry products back
    • Do not pick up or touch dead or dying birds
    • Exercise good personal hygiene with frequent hand washing
    For further information please visit: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/avian_influenza/en/index.html
    Safety
    Many national governments provide a regularly updated advice service on safety issues involved with international travel. We recommend that you check your government's advice for their latest travel information before departure. Please refer to our website's safety page for links to major travel advisories and updates on safety issues affecting our trip.
    We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe-keeping of your passport, air tickets, cash and other valuable items. Leave your valuable jewellery at home - you won't need it while travelling. Many of our hotels have safety deposit boxes, which is the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
    Your leader will accompany you on all included activities, however during your trip you'll have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader will assist you with the available options in a given location, please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your Intrepid itinerary, and Intrepid makes no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgement when selecting an activity in your free time. Please also note that your group leader has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it's deemed necessary due to safety concerns.
    For more details on the type of conditions and safety standards you can expect on your trip, please refer to Intrepid's operational safety policy on our website. We recommend that you take a moment to read through this information before travelling, and would appreciate any feedback on how well it's being implemented in the field:
    FIRE PRECAUTIONS:
    Please be aware that local laws governing tourism facilities in this region differ from those in your home country and not all the accommodation which we use has a fire exit, fire extinguishers or smoke alarms.
    TRAFFIC AND DRIVING ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE ROAD:
    Depending on where you come from please note that drivers in this part of the world may drive on the opposite side of the road from what you are used to. Look both ways before crossing any road. Traffic can be a little more chaotic than you might be used to at home. Be aware!
    PETTY THEFT AND PERSONAL SAFETY:
    While travelling there is always the risk of pick-pocketing and petty theft, particularly in the more touristy cities. We recommend that you exercise caution when walking alone at night and encourage you to walk together and only on main, well-lit thoroughfares. Be particularly vigilant on public transport. Simple measures like carrying your day pack on your front, not hanging your bag over the back of your chair and wearing a money belt will reduce any chance that your valuables should go missing.
    SCAMS:
    We have become aware of passengers being approached outside of our starting point hotels by 'helpful' locals who want to show you where to go or claiming to be Intrepid employees selling Urban Adventures or Intrepid trips. These people are not employees of Intrepid nor registered guides and will try and get as much money from you as they can. A friendly 'no thank you' should suffice. If this does happen to you, please advise your leader or the reception of your hotel immediately so that the person can be reported to the appropriate authorities.
    MONEY WITHDRAWAL:
    In order to avoid fraud, it is advisable that you withdraw money from ATMs located inside banks or guarded shops during business hours only.
    SCAMS IN CHINA
    While China is generally very safe to travel around, there are a couple of scams to avoid, especially in major tourist cities. If any young people (usually in couples) around tourist sites claim to be Art Students and want to take you to their "special exhibition", they may end up aggressively selling overpriced prints in their 'showroom'. Also, if you find you are approached by young people who say they want to practice their English, be wary if they suggest going to a Chinese tea ceremony or go for a drink, where a few small cups of tea/coffee/beer may end up costing you several hundred US$. Always ask the prices before agreeing to any service. And if you are to refuse, just say no gently and firmly, avoid eye contact and walk away.
    Travel insurance
    Travel insurance is compulsory for all our trips. We require that, at a minimum, you are covered for medical expenses including emergency repatriation. We strongly recommend that the policy also covers personal liability, cancellation, curtailment and loss of luggage and personal effects.
    When travelling on a trip, you won't be permitted to join the trip until evidence of travel insurance and the insurance company's 24 hour emergency contact number has been seen by our local representative.
    If you have credit card insurance our local representative will require details of the participating insurer/underwriter, the level of coverage, policy number and emergency contact telephone number rather than the bank's name and credit card details. Please contact your bank for these details prior to arriving in-country.
    Please go to our website for links to various travel insurance providers:
    Responsible Travel
    We believe strongly in low impact or rather positive impact tourism. Broadly speaking this means that we try to minimise the negative aspects of tourism on the local cultures and environments that we visit and highlight the positive aspects. Please visit our website for further details and suggestions on how you can be a responsible traveller:
    LOCAL DRESS:
    Dress standards are conservative throughout Asia, especially outside major cities. To respect this and for your own comfort, we strongly recommend modest clothing. This means clothing that covers your shoulders and knees. Loose, lightweight, long clothing is both respectful and cool in areas of predominantly hot climate. In many rural areas women will need to wear modest clothing even to swim. Singlets, tank tops and topless sun bathing are all unacceptable. When visiting religious sites men often need to wear long trousers and women a long skirt or sarong.
    A couple of rules
    Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on our trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of the land, but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is a part of local culture in some parts of the world but is not acceptable for Intrepid travellers. Intrepid's philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter and in particular, the local people who make our destinations such special places. The exploitation of prostitutes is completely contrary to this philosophy. Our local representative has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or if they use prostitutes.
    The Intrepid Foundation
    Since Intrepid Travel commenced operating in 1989 we've been committed to giving something back to the communities we visit. One way has been through our support for local humanitarian, development and conservation projects. Many of our travellers want to contribute something too. Whilst it is often tempting to give hand-outs to those less fortunate, this has the potential to promote a culture of begging and dependency. Handouts are not a sustainable way for individuals or communities to live. That’s why we established The Intrepid Foundation – to make it easier for travellers wishing to give back to communities in an effective and meaningful way.
    The Intrepid Foundation is a not-for-profit fund offering a selection of excellent grassroots organisations which you can contribute to. All donations to The Intrepid Foundation will be matched by Intrepid Travel dollar for dollar (up to AU$5,000 per donor and a total of AU$400,000 for all donors in each financial year). And every cent gets there as Intrepid Travel pays for all the administration costs. Donating is simple and secure. Please ask your group leader for information on the projects we support through The Intrepid Foundation or go to our website:
    Responsible Travel projects
    Organisations and projects currently supported by The Intrepid Foundation in China include:
    * Beijing Huiling offers innovative services to youths and adults with learning disabilities and teaches people to respect what those with disabilities can do, rather than what they can't. Their activities and training facilitate independence and improve daily living and employability skills in a family-like group home environment.
    * Xi'an Huiling provides adults with learning disabilities opportunities to develop their personal abilities and life skills, enabling them to achieve independence as a fully integrated member of the community.
    Carbon offset
    Carbon Offset C02-e 159.00 kgs per pax.
    Feedback
    After your travels, we want to hear from you! We realise that our partner company may ask you to complete paper or online feedback following your trip, however we would also like to know what you thought and encourage you to submit your feedback to us too. We rely on your feedback. We read it carefully. Feedback helps us understand what we are doing well and what we could be doing better. It allows us to make improvements for future travellers.
    Once you’ve left your feedback with us you’ll automatically be entered into our monthly draw for a US$500 (or equivalent in your local currency) travel voucher.
    Further Information
    A book is a great way to get inspired about a destination… and makes long waits at airports more bearable! These books should get you in the mood for a trip to China: