Day 1 - Xi'an/Pingyao
You will be picked up from your hotel in Xi'an by a driver and transferred to Xi'an North Railway Station for fast train to Pingyao Gucheng (approx. 3-hour ride). Upon arrival your guide will meet you at the exit and transfer to the local guesthouse located in the old town of Pingyao. You can choose to sleep on the Chinese traditional bed Kang and taste local beef and noodles. After lunch you will tour the Old City Wall and financial institutions. For dinner your guide can introduce some local restaurants for you to try some authentic Shaanxi cuisine. Stay overnight in Pingyao.
Day 2 - Pingyao/Xi'an (B)
After breakfast you will be taken to Shuanglin Temple located 6 km southwest of Pingyao. Constructed about 1,500 years ago, Shuanglin Temple covers 15,000 sq meter and is divided into east and west parts. There are well-preserved Buddha and Skanda statues that were inscribed as UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site with Pingyao Old Town in 1997. After lunch you will be transferred to Pingyao Railway Station for fast train back Xi'an North Railway Station. Upon arrival the driver will meet you at the station and transfer you back to your Xi'an hotel.
Visas - A visa is required for entry into China for all nationalities except Japan, Singapore and Brunei who are allowed visa free stays under 14 days. Travellers holding APEC cards are allowed entrance visa free if their card has already been approved for China.
Under the current guidelines to get a visa you will need to provide the following:
- Letter of Invitation from a Chinese agency
- Copy of Flight tickets
- Hotel booking confirmation
- Travel Insurance (some embassies ask for this document)
In some cases, you may be required to provide further information or documentation and if this is the case we will notify you as soon as possible.
Booking a Single Room - On this particular tour we are pleased to be able to offer travellers the option of pre-booking a guaranteed single room. Due to the variety of accommodation used on this tour, single rooms are available for a majority of the nightstops, however it would still mean sharing on any overnight trains. All of our tours are planned and operated on a twin-share basis, meaning that the standard cost is based either on individual travellers sharing accommodation with another group member of the same sex, or people who book together sharing accommodation.
Vaccinations and Your Health - We recommend that you contact your primary care physician or a travel doctor for advice on vaccinations and travel health and we advise that you check to see if your tetanus-diphtheria booster is still valid every 10 years.
Insurance - Travel insurance is compulsory for all our customers. At the start of the trip you must provide us with: the name of your insurance company, your policy number, a 24 hour medical emergency contact number, and the expiry date of the policy. You should ensure that your policy covers you for medical expenses and repatriation. If you are unable to provide all this information at the start of the trip you will not be allowed to join the trip. You can purchase insurance easily online by checking our Travel Insurance page.
Luggage - One main piece of lockable baggage and a shoulder bag. Total allowance: 44lbs/20kgs. Remember, you are expected to carry your own baggage – so don’t overload yourself. It is essential that your baggage is lockable; the airline/train authorities insist on this. Please be aware, before boarding a flight in China that the Chinese authorities will only allow bottles onto aircraft if they have been checked in as main luggage. Any bottles in the hand luggage may be confiscated.
What to Expect on Tour
Itinerary Disclaimer – The information in this trip details has been compiled with care and is provided in good faith. However it is subject to change, and does not form part of the contract between the client and the operator. The itinerary featured is correct at time of printing. Occasionally our itineraries change as we make improvements that stem from past travellers, comments and our own research. Sometimes it can be a small change like adding an extra meal along the itinerary. Sometimes the change may result in us altering the tour for the coming year. Ultimately, our goal is to provide you with the most rewarding experience.
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