On account of super Kungfu star Bruce Lee, Chinese Kung fu becomes well-known all over the world. As one of the most famous aspects of traditional Chinese culture, Chinese Kung fu is rich in numerous styles that can be divided in two categories: internal (Tai Ji Quan, Qigong) and external (Shaolin, Wudang). During this Kung fu tour, you will not only have a chance to visit magnificent Beijing and Xian, but also can pay a fantastic visit to Shaolin Temple, a dream place where you can get first hand experience of Kung fu skill practice and discover further profound meaning of martial art, and Mt. Emei, which is one of the four Buddhist Mountains in China. Go to Chengdu Giant Panda Researching and Breeding Base to have close contact with lovely pandas. Besides, ancient cities Luoyang, Xi’an and Beijing will take you back to ancient times! Join us to experience this fantastic Chinese Kung fu tour by yourself.
When you arrival in Chengdu, our guide will meet you at the airport and transfer you to the hotel.
Stay overnight in Chengdu.
Let’s have a tour to Leshan, a city about 120 kilometers( about 74 miles) to the south of Chengdu, to see the [largest sitting Buddha] in the world. The Buddha was carved out of the cliff with a height of more than 70 meters (about 230feet) and has been well preserved for more than a thousand years. After lunch we will drive to [Emei Mountain], one of the four celebrated Buddhist Mountains in China. You will be transferred to the hotel at the foot of the mountain for a good rest. Then we will visit [Fuhu Temple] and [Baoguo Temple].
Stay overnight at the foot of Emei Mountain.
Meals: (B, L)
In the morning, we will take the scenic van to the half way of the mountain, visiting the [Wannian Temple]. Then we keep going up to the top named [Golden Summit]. It is towering, beautiful, old and mysterious. You can enjoy the rest time of the day in such a tranquil and holy place. In the dark nights of Golden Summit, occasionally, you can see a point of fluorescence flowing between the valleys, then changing into several colors and step by step into numerous. It is the highest one among all the famous sight-seeing mountains in China. This is the famous scenery saint lamps in Mt. Emei.
Stay overnight on the Golden Summit of Emei Mountain.
Meals: (B, L)
After breakfast, we will take the scenic van downhill to the foot of the mountain. Then we will take our van or bus going back to Chengdu city. Chengdu is also a famous Chinese cultural city, endowed with unique natural conditions and beautiful environment. The rest time of the day will be free for you. Later we take a walk to Tianfu Square to see Chairman Mao's marble statue, go to People's Park, having a sip of Chinese green tea in the tea house there are all nice options. Street lives also exist here in abundance. Markets and street hawkers fill the streets dealing in everything you could possibly imagine, from snakes and snails to fortunes and foot scrubs.
Stay overnight in Chengdu.
Meals: (B, L)
In the morning, we will go to [Chengdu Giant Panda Researching and Breeding Base]. As one of the world's most endangered species, the Research Base is one of the important centers in China. The cute black and white bear will bring you great fun. Then we will take a flight to Zhengzhou and drive to Dengfeng by private car, van or bus later.
Stay overnight in a Hotel in Dengfeng.
Meals: (B, L)
Today we will go to visit the famous [Shaolin Temple], in the region of Song Mountain, which is reputed to be “the Number One Temple under Heaven”. China’s most famous martial arts tradition was developed by Buddhist monks at Shaolin Temple, those fighting monks in a thousand martial arts films can trace their origin to this temple. Thousands of young trainees dressed in the colors of their respective schools practice this martial art. Then we will go to have a look at the [Pagoda Forest]. There are small sealed pagodas that hold holy relics and remains of important monks. After lunch, we will take a short rest and begin our [exciting lesson to learn basic skills of Shaolin Kungfu]. This evening we will enjoy a Kungfu show named “[Zen Sect of Shaolin]”, where it takes on near the Shaolin Temple with real people’s performance of Kungfu, really can be called a zero distance touch of the art.
Stay overnight in a Hotel near the Shaolin Temple.
Meals: (B, L)
Today you will realize the dream of learning real Kungfu and encounter a physical and intelligence challenge. You need to get up early to [receive instructions from our Kungfu teacher and practice more Kungfu skill. Learn the spirit of Kungfu, and try your best to experience the hard and learning process]. Maybe you will find out that the essence of Kungfu is quite difficult to know and control.
Stay overnight in Dengfeng.
Meals: (B, L)
We will depart for[Longmen Grottoes] by private car, van or bus after breakfast. As one of the three great Buddhist treasures, the Buddhist statues in Longmen Grottoes are exquisitely caved and beautifully shaped, all presenting a vivid appearance of a dignified manner and delicate look. Longmen is also endowed with lush mountains and ridges, springs and waterfalls that consists a unique scenery area. Then we will continue to the [White Horse Temple] which has been regarded as the “originating court” and the “cradle of Chinese Buddhism” by the Buddhist disciples. Today's White Horse Temple is a rectangle courtyard facing south. After the visit, we will drive to Luoyang and relax for the rest of the day.
Stay overnight in Luoyang.
Meals: (B, L)
After breakfast, we will go to Xian city by CRH. After about 1h40m, you will arrival in Xian and met by our guide at the station and transferred to the hotel. The rest of the day will be yours. You can experience this ancient capital on your own.
Stay overnight in Xian.
Meals: (B, L)
With a history of more than 3,000 years, Xi'an has abundant collection of archaeological relies to express its rich history. This morning we will go to visit [Banpo Museum]. You can see lots of precious unearthed cultural relics and artworks, indicating the prehistoric civilization. Then we will head to the [Terra-cotta Warriors and Horses Museum]. Situated east of Xi’an city, it is famous throughout the world for life-sized terra-cotta warriors and horses. Three pits of the terra-cotta warriors and horses excavated will show you how magnificent the structure of Emperor Qin Shihuang's Mausoleum was. Later this evening you may choose local special Dumpling Dinner and the Tang Dynasty Music and Dance Show.
Stay overnight in Xi’an.
Meals: (B, L)
This morning we will visit the [Provincial Museum], a striking Tang-Dynasty style pavilion, housing a large collection of 113,000 historic and cultural artifacts unearthed in Shaanxi. Also included is a visit to the [Big Wild Goose Pagoda]. It is one of the city's most distinctive and outstanding landmarks, possibly the most beautiful building left in Xi’an today. We highly recommend you to have a bike tour on the top of the City Wall. After lunch we will fly to Beijing. People say that a visit to Beijing isn't complete without trying the crispy and tasty Peking duck dinner, so we recommend that you try this famous dish for dinner. Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant and Bianyifang Roast Duck Restaurant are well-known for its traditional Roast Duck.
Stay overnight in Beijing.
Meals: (B, L)
There is a famous saying that "You are not a hero unless you climb on the Great Wall." This morning we will drive to the [Jinshanling Great Wall], the less developed and commercial section of the Wall. It is somewhat dangerous to climb this historical structure because it winds up and down the precipitous ranges, but as a reward, splendid views are available. This evening, we will go to enjoy a Kungfu show in the Red Theater, named "[the Legend of Kungfu]". This brilliant performance is expressed by blending Kungfu with modern dance, telling the true and profound meanings of Chinese Kungfu culture.
Stay overnight in Beijing.
Meals: (B, L)
Today we are going to enjoy a walk on the[Tian'anmen Square] after breakfast. It is one of the largest city squares in the world, located on the central axis of old Beijing. And in the center of Tian'anmen Square, stands the Monument to the People's Heroes. Then we will go to the [Forbidden City], imperial palaces for the emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The city contains 800 ceremonial buildings, 9,999 rooms, and a courtyard that can hold 100,000 people. Best ancient Chinese architectural styles are well preserved here and presenting an imposing view. Later we will go to the[Temple of Heaven], the place where the ancient emperors used to pray for the God's blessing for the whole nation.
Stay overnight in Beijing.
Meals: (B, L)
Today will be on your own to relax and until you are ready to be transferred to the airport to continue your tour or for departure.
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* The differences between First Class Tour, Comfortable Tour and Standard Tour are mainly reflected in the hotels we use. For First Class Tour, we use mostly 5 star hotels (or hotels corresponded to 5 star ones), 4 star hotels for Comfortable Tour and 3 star hotels for Standard Tour. But there’re exceptions when there come home stay experience, remote destinations and other specified circumstances in the itinerary.
How to Pack up
We suggest that each person packs up one rollable suitcase with the weight under 20 kg/44lb. You will also need a day pack/bag to carry water, cameras and other electronics like iPods and mobile phones.
It's only for reference and you may not need all of them. Choose from below according to the tour you pick up:
Passport (with photocopies)
Travel insurance (with photocopies)
Airline tickets (with photocopies)
USD cash and travelers checks
Credit or debit card (see personal spending money)
ChinaExpeditionTours' vouchers and trip dossier
Any entry visas or vaccination certificates required
Day pack for daily personal items
Wet wipes / Moist towelettes
Sun hat, Sun block, Sunglasses
Water bottle and Plastic mug for train journeys
Ear plugs for train journeys or light sleepers
Small towel and swim wear
Sturdy walking shoes/Sport sandals
Shorts for summer months (June – September)
Warm clothes for Nov-Apr. Fleece, Jacket, hat and gloves
Umbrella or waterproof jacket
Cover for backpack or plastic bags to keep clothes dry
Camera, film and memory chip
First-aid kit (should contain lip salve, Aspirin, Band Aids, anti-histamine, Imodium or similar tablets for mild cases of diarrhea, re-hydration powder, extra prescription drugs you may be taking).
Generally speaking, the dress standard is more conservative in China than it is in western countries. Things also changes quickly, nowadays the young Chinese share the same hobbies with their western counterparts. When packing try to pick loose, lightweight, long clothing that will keep you cool in the usually hot and humid climate of summers. In predominately Buddhist and Muslim regions we ask that you dress respectfully and avoid very short shorts/skirts and singlets/tanktops when visiting temples or mosques or other holy sites.
Every traveler is different and therefore spending money requirements will vary. Some travelers may drink more than others while other travelers like to purchase more souvenirs than most. Please consider your own spending habits when it comes to allowing for drinks, shopping and tipping. Please also remember the following specific recommendations when planning your trip.
As currency exchange rates in Asia fluctuate often we ask that you refer to internet for the recent exchange rates. There are many ATM machines that accept both Visa and MasterCard and other credit cards in most Chinese cities. We also recommend the use of cash and travelers checks in USD currency. Major credit cards are accepted in big shops but they may charge a 2-4% transaction fee. For the small shops and the street venders, they take cash (either Chinese Yuan or US dollar) only.
Eating is a big part of your traveling in China. Travelling with ChinaExpeditonTours you experience the vast array of wonderful food that is available out in the world. Generally breakfasts and lunches are included except dinners to give you the flexibility in deciding where, what and with whom to eat. Your group leader or local guide will be able to suggest favorite restaurants during your trip.
Please also make sure you have access to at least an additional USD200 (or equivalent) as an "emergency" fund, to be used when circumstances outside our control, necessitate a change to our planned route. This is a rare occurrence!
It is customary to tip service providers in travel industry in Asia, at approximately 10%, depending on the service. Tipping is expected - though not compulsory - and shows an expression of satisfaction with the people who have assisted you on your tour. Although it may not be customary to you, it is of considerable significance to the people who will take care of you during your travels. Recommendations for tipping local guides would range from $6-$10 USD per person per day depending on the quality and length of the service, for driver, it could be half. If necessary, ask your tour leader or call your ChinaExpeditonTours tour advisor for specific recommendations based on the circumstances. If you have a tour leader for the whole tour, at the end of the trip if you felt he/she did an outstanding job, tipping is appreciated. The amount is entirely a personal preference. However as a guideline $6-10 USD per person, per day can be used.
All local flights are included in the cost of your tour unless otherwise noted. It is important that we have your passport information at the time of booking in order to process these tickets. Internal flight tickets are all e-tickets. They are issued locally and you will be given the information of them prior to the flight departure.
Generally laundry facilities are offered by our hotels for a charge. You also can go to a laundry service center near your hotel to have your clothing washed at a lower cost. There will be times when you may want to or have to do your own laundry so we suggest you bring non-polluting/biodegradable soap.
Safety and Security
We strongly recommend the use of a neck wallet or money belt while travelling, for the safe keeping of your passport, air tickets, travelers' checks, cash and other valuable items. Many of the hotels we cooperate with have safety deposit boxes which are the most secure way of storing your valuables. A lock is recommended for securing your luggage.
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. When travelling on a trip, please note that your group leader or local guides has the authority to amend or cancel any part of the trip itinerary if it is deemed necessary due to safety concerns. Your leader or local guides will accompany you on all included activities. During your trip you will have some free time to pursue your own interests, relax and take it easy or explore at your leisure. While your group leader or local guides will assist you with options available in a given location please note that any optional activities you undertake are not part of your itinerary, and we offer no representations about the safety of the activity or the standard of the operators running them. Please use your own good judgment when selecting an activity in your free time.
A Couple of Rules
Illegal drugs will not be tolerated on any trips. Possessing or using drugs not only contravenes the laws of China but also puts the rest of the group at risk. Smoking marijuana and opium is not acceptable for ChinaExpeditonTours travelers. Our philosophy of travel is one of respect towards everyone we encounter, and in particular the local people who make the world the special place it is. Use of illegal drugs is completely contrary to this philosophy and local law. Our group leader or local guides has the right to expel any member of the group if drugs are found in their possession or used.
If you want to fully enjoy your trip abroad, a good health and confidence in physical strength are important. This trip may contain a fair amount of walking up and down steps in towns or climbing mountains. For your comfort and safety, we recommend our trips only to individuals who are comfortable participating in 4-6 hours of daily physical activities and sightseeing. You should consult your doctor for up-to-date medical travel information well before departure. We recommend that you carry a First Aid kit as well as any personal medical requirements. Please be aware that sometimes we are in remote areas and away from medical facilities, and for legal reasons our leaders or local guides are prohibited from administering any type of drug including headache tablets, antibiotics, etc. In China pharmacies tend to stock the same western drugs as you get at home but they are usually produced locally so please bring the full drug name with you when trying to purchase a prescription drug. When selecting a tour please carefully read the itinerary and assess your ability to cope with our style of travel. Please refer to the Physical and Culture Shock ratings in this dossier for trip specific information. For travelers over 70 years a completed Medical Form is highly suggested to brought forth. Longto Travel reserves the right to exclude any traveler from all or part of a trip without refund if in the reasonable opinion of our group leader or local guides they are unable to complete the itinerary without undue risk to themselves and/or the rest of the group.
It is very important you are aware that, as a minimum, an "average level of fitness and mobility" is required to undertake our easiest programs. Travelers must be able to walk without the aid of another person, climb 3-4 flights of stairs, step on and off small boats, and carry their own bags at a minimum. Travelers over the age of 70, or travelers with a pre-existing medical condition, are required to complete a short medical questionnaire, which must be signed by their physician. This is to ensure that senior travelers have the necessary fitness and mobility to comfortably complete their chosen trip. While our leaders or local guides work hard to ensure that all our travelers are catered for equally, it is not their responsibility to help individuals who cannot complete the day's activities unaided.
Travel insurance is compulsory in order to participate on any of our trips. You must have comprehensive travel insurance that covers you for medical costs associated with hospitalization, emergency travel and repatriation back to your home country. Please take your insurance policy with you when you travel. You may take other cover, of course, but we require you to be adequately insured before we can allow you to participate in our programs. Your ChinaExpeditonTours leader or local guides will need to see and record your policy details at the pre-tour briefing at the starting city, so please bring a copy along to the meeting. If you arrive without travel insurance your tour leader or local guide will require you to purchase a policy before you continue your journey with us.
If you are covered by a policy arranged through your credit card company you will be asked to provide evidence of this cover, as well as a 24-hour emergency contact number. Many credit card companies do not provide an insurance policy number. In this instance, the tour leader or local guides will need to record your credit card number, as this is required to activate any request for emergency assistance. You should also bring along the travel insurance information booklet provided by your credit card company. It is your responsibility to ensure that you meet the requirements set out by your credit card company in order to be effectively covered and that the cover offered is of a suitable standard.
Passport & Visas
Well before travelling, please ensure that you have a current passport, with an accurate photo, that is valid for at least six months after your scheduled return home. Also check that your airline tickets are in exactly the same name as your passport.
Please note that visas for China and Hong Kong are the responsibility of the individual traveler. The visa requirements for your trip vary depending on where you are from and where you are going. Americans, British, Canadians, Australians and New Zealanders do currently require a visa for China. For all other nationalities please reconfirm your visa requirements with your government. For the most up to date information please check your governments' foreign ministry website. It is important that you check for yourself. For most travelers there will probably have an embassy and consulate in the country that you live in. Please note if you are travelling from China, into Hong Kong then back into China, you will need a double entry Chinese visa. Note that on some occasions people transiting through China on way to Hong Kong have been made to go through immigration and had their single entry visa stamped making this invalid. Do not allow your visa to be stamped if you are only going through transit.
Keeping in Touch
If you need to be contacted while travelling we recommend that you set up an email address that can be accessed on the road, rather than relying on postal mail. Email cafes are becoming increasingly commonplace and cheap throughout the country, and have quickly become the preferred way for our leaders and travelers to stay in touch. If someone wishes to contact you in an emergency while you are on one of our trips we recommend that they contact us so we can get into touch with your tour leader or local guide quickly by their cell phone and they can pass their cell phone to you! We recommend that family and friends don't try to contact you through phoning hotels en route, as our hotels are subject to change.
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