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ASIA, AFRICA & AUSTRALIA | Hong Kong, Beijing, Chengdu, Xi’an, Guilin, Shanghai | 12 Days / 11 Nights

China

2 men walking dressed in centuries' old costumes walk along the Great Wall of China 2 pandas play together on a jungle gym made of logs and rope Ancient terracotta sculptures of warriors, standing in formation Fishermen ride on bamboo rafts along the Li River against the backdrop of spectacular scenery The Shanghai skyline across the harbor at night An illustration of Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland
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Unlock the mysteries of China! Marvel at extraordinary sites that showcase its traditions, natural wonders and events including the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and Tiananmen Square. Discover how China has maintained its cultural identity for thousands of years while becoming a force in the modern world. And delight in Hong Kong Disneyland® Resort and the new Shanghai Disneyland® at Shanghai Disney Resort!

CHINA FAMILY VACATION TRIP TIPSExpanded

  • Preparing for your AdventureExpanded

    • Required Travel DocumentationExpanded

      If you are a U. S. citizen, you will need a valid passport to enter and depart China. It must be valid six months beyond your intended stay and have 1 to 2 blank pages remaining. Guests must also provide evidence of return or onward travel. Allow yourself sufficient time to have your application processed if you are applying for a new passport or renewing an expired passport. Guests 17 years of age or younger may be required to show additional documentation when traveling with a single parent. Visit the U.S. Department of State for more details.

      All visitors to China are required to obtain a Tourist "L" Visa, which can be obtained by contacting the nearest Chinese Embassy (Washington D.C.) or Consulate (Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, New York and San Francisco). Visa applications typically take 3 to 5 working days to process. It varies, but typically your visit must begin within 90 days of the date of issue. Visas are valid for between 1 and 3 months of travel. You may also need to provide travel documents (tickets or travel confirmation) confirming return or onward travel.

      If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check with the Chinese Embassy for information on documentation requirements.

      Passport/Visa Services
      You can apply for a passport and/or visa through CIBT, Inc., a third party travel document company servicing the travel industry (not affiliated with the Walt Disney Company). Learn more or call CIBT at (800) 406-1523. Be sure to mention Adventures by Disney, account #55134, for special pricing options.

    • What to PackExpanded

      Please limit your baggage to one piece of checked baggage per person plus one carry-on per person, due to internal flights within China.

      • 1 checked bag not to exceed 20kg/44lbs and the total dimension of each piece must not exceed 80" (200 cm).
      • 1 carry-on bag not to exceed 5kg/11lbs and not to exceed dimensions 21x15x7" (so that it can fit under the seat or in overhead compartment ).
      • 1 small item may also be carry-on, i.e. purse, coat, umbrella.
      With frequent security changes, we recommend that you check with your air carrier as well as the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) for current restrictions.

      Since a majority of your adventure will take place outdoors, attire for your adventure should be casual and comfortable. However, you may wish to don business casual attire for dinner. The following is a list of clothing and other items you may want to bring: Although toiletries like shampoo, razors and deodorant are available, they are usually priced at a premium. Hairdryers are available at all hotels.

      Clothing
      •     T-shirts (both short- and long-sleeved)
      •     Collared shirts
      •     Light sweater
      •     Jeans or long pants
      •     Casual dress/skirt (optional)
      •     Shorts
      •     Lightweight rain jacket
      •     Hat
      •     Swimsuit
      •     Closed-toe shoes
      •     Sturdy-soled walking shoes
      •     Sandals

      Miscellaneous
      •     Passport
      •     Medication
      •     Camera/video camera
      •     Extra batteries or charger for camera
      •     Sunglasses
      •     Sunscreen
      •     Umbrella
      •     Toiletries
      •     Electric plug adapter

    • WeatherExpanded

      Average temperatures are as follows in these regions:

      Hong Kong: Heaviest rains from May to September.

      • June to September: Highs are from mid 80s°F (27°C) to low 90s°F (32°C), lows are from mid to upper 70s°F (21°C).


      Beijing: Heaviest rain is in the summer. Driest in spring and fall.
      • May and September: Highs are in the high 70s°F (21°C); lows are from the high 50s°F (10°C) to low 60s°F (15.5°C).
      • June to July: Highs are in the upper 80s°F (27°C); lows are from upper 60s°F (15.5°C) to low 70s°F (21°C).
      • Winter: Winter generally starts from mid-November and ends in March. The average temperature in December, January and February is lower than 32°F (0°C).


      Chengdu: Heaviest rain is in the summer. Driest in May.
      • May and September: Highs are in the upper 70s°°F (21°C); lows are in the mid 60s°F (15.5°C).
      • June to July: Highs are in the mid 80s°F (27°C); lows are from upper 60s°F (15.5°C) to low 70s°F (21°C).
      • Winter: The average temperature in winter from November to mid-February is about 41°F (5°C). The high humidity can make it feel colder, however.


      Xi’an and Guilin: Very heavy rains May to July. Lighter rains in September.
      • May: Highs are in the low 80s°F (27°C); lows are in the upper 60s°F (15.5°C).
      • June to July and September: Highs are from upper 80s°F (27°C) to low 90s°F (32°C); lows are from low to upper 70s°F (21°C).
      • Winter: Low temperatures can approach 32°F (0°C). On warm days, the thermometer can reach the high teens (60+ °F) (15.5°C). The temperature tends to rise and fall rapidly.


      Shanghai: Heaviest rain in June. Lightest rain in September.
      • May: Highs are in the upper 70s°F (21°C); lows are in the low 60s°F (15.5°C).
      • June to July and September: Highs are from low to upper 80s°F (27°C); lows are from low to upper 70s°F (21°C).
      • Winter: The coldest period is from late January until early February. During the day it is around 35°F (2°C) and 51°F (11°C) while nighttime temperatures often drop well below zero, but it rarely snows.



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    • The Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan Expanded

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  • En RouteExpanded

    • Arrival/Departure InformationExpanded

      Upon arrival at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG), follow airport signage to the Passport Control and Immigration area. Once through Passport Control, you will follow additional airport signage directing you to Baggage Claim. This may include taking a complimentary air train to get from your terminal to the Baggage Claim area.

      Once you have claimed your luggage, exit Baggage Claim and look for a representative holding an orange Adventures by Disney sign. This representative is available to assist you with your baggage and will escort you to your prearranged ground transportation to your hotel.

      At the conclusion of your adventure, you will be escorted to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) for your return flight home.

      Day Airport Code Arrival/Departure Time
      Arrival 1 HKG No later than 3:00 PM
      Departure 12 PVG Anytime

  • During Your AdventureExpanded

    • CurrencyExpanded

      Chinese currency is called Renminbi (People's money), though it's usually abbreviated as RMB. The largest denomination of the RMB is the yuan. In Hong Kong, the currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HK$).

      U.S. dollars are not accepted for payment anywhere in China. Hotels and banks typically impose a 3% to 5% fee for currency exchange transactions. Using your debit card in local ATMs—widely available throughout the trip—is the most efficient way to obtain cash in China. Credit cards or debit cards are widely accepted in China in hotels, restaurants and department stores but cash is still the medium for local shops and small markets.

    • GratuitiesExpanded

      Adventure Guide Gratuities
      Gratuities for your Adventure Guides are not included. Based on the quality of service you have received, we suggest the following gratuity guidelines. Please note that this is for each member of your traveling party, per Adventure Guide, per day.

      Per Adult/Child/Per Adventure Guide/Per Day—$8 - $11 USD

      Example:
      •  For a 12-day adventure, the Adventure Guide gratuity per Guest, per Adventure Guide: $96 - $132 USD.
      •  A family of 4 for a 12-day adventure: $384 - $528 USD per Adventure Guide.

      For 2 Adventure Guides, this is a total of $768 - $1,056 USD.

      The Adventure Guides gratuity can be paid in U.S dollars, local currency, travelers' checks or PayPal. Please check with your Adventure Guide if they accept PayPal.

      All Other Gratuities
      Gratuities have been taken care of on your behalf for all services included in the itinerary. There is no need for you to worry about tipping the bellmen, housekeepers, waiters, drivers and local experts.

    • TransportationExpanded

      Taxi cabs are the best way to get around the city and they are easy to flag down. You can even book one for a half- or full-day hire. Your Adventure Guide or hotel can help you write down destinations, pick-up times and prices to give to the driver.

    • LanguageExpanded

      Although Putonghua (Mandarin) is the official language of China, some people speak Cantonese and other regional dialects. English is widely spoken in Hong Kong, although the predominant language is Cantonese.

      The following is a list of words and phrases you may want to use during your trip to China:

      English Putonghua (Mandarin) Pronunciation
      Hello Ni hao Nee How
      Goodbye Zai jian Z-eye Jenn
      Good morning Zao an Z-ow Ann
      Good night Wan an Won Ann
      Yes Shi Shih
      No Bushi Boo Shih
      Thank you Xie xie Shyeh shyeh
      You're welcome Bu ke qi Boo Ko Chi
      Adventure Maoxian Mou Shenn

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONSExpanded

  • How do I book my Adventures by Disney vacation?Expanded

    If you are in the United States, please call (800) 543-0865 to speak to a Vacationista, or contact your professional travel agent.

    If you are outside the United States, please call (866)983-7872 to speak to a Vacationista, or contact your professional travel agent.

  • Do I need vaccinations to travel to this country?Expanded

    For U.S. citizens arriving from an area that might be infected with yellow fever, an International Certificate of Vaccination for yellow fever is required within 5 days of arriving in China. Otherwise, no vaccinations are required for U.S. citizens, though you should consult your doctor for recommendations. (If you extend your stay to other parts of China, you are advised to consult the Centers for Disease Control for more information.) If you are not a U.S. citizen, please check your local requirements for travel vaccinations for China.

  • What airport do I fly into and out of?Expanded

    We will pick you up at the Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) on your arrival day. Your flight should arrive no later than 3:00 PM. At the end of your adventure, we will transfer you to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) for your return flight home. You may choose to depart the hotel anytime up until hotel check-out time on Day 12.

  • Are transfers included if I arrive or depart from different locations or at different times from the itinerary?Expanded

    No. Transfers are only included from the specified arrival/departure airports and hotels. For China, transfers are included from the Hong Kong International (HKG) to the Peninsula Hong Kong Hotel on your arrival day. On your departure day, transfers are included from The Peninsula Shanghai to the Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG).

  • Can I extend my vacation beyond the Adventures by Disney itinerary?Expanded

    Yes, you may stay in Hong Kong before our itinerary or Shanghai after our itinerary, though you will need to make sure that your visa is valid for the time of your entire stay. Pre-night stays in Hong Kong and post-night stays in Shanghai may be available at special rates if booked through Adventures by Disney Travel Services, Inc. in conjunction with a land package and cannot be combined with any other offer. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 for further information.

  • How will our group travel between destinations?Expanded

    Your group will travel by motor coach from hotels to sites and by commercial airplane flights on Chinese domestic airlines to Beijing, Chengdu, Xi'an, Guilin, and Shanghai.

  • How strenuous are the activities?Expanded

    While this adventure is not considered physically strenuous, most days will include 1 to 3 hours of walking. On Day 5, the hike along the Great Wall is moderately strenuous with a number of brief ascents and descents. The 13-day itinerary is filled with fun, gentle activities, including Tai Chi lessons and strolls through city streets, historic sites, parks and gardens. Moreover, the itinerary includes visiting 5 distinct regions that are linked by 4 commercial flights within China. Flight times range in length from 1 to 3 hours. As noted, nearly all of the trip's featured activities are gentle if examined separately; however, the full range of activities and length of the journey requires a moderate amount of stamina in order to get the most of your vacation.

  • What ages are appropriate for this adventure?Expanded

    While we welcome children ages 6 and up at the time of travel to discover the stories of the world with us, we recommend that children be at least 8 years old at the time of travel on our China trip. This is based on several factors, such as flight time and jet lag, time zone differences in the destination, duration of the vacation, extended hours of daily activity programming, number of internal transports between experiences, potential for extreme temperatures in the summer months, and amount of physical activity (e.g., walking) involved. Because each child is different, call a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 to discuss whether this is the right trip for your kids.

  • What types of meals are served on this Adventures by Disney Trip?Expanded

    Typically, breakfast is served buffet style and offer a wide variety of both American-style and Chinese options. Dinners and lunches usually include fish, meat, and pasta or rice entrées, vegetables along with desserts and fruit. While the menus have been planned to give you a taste of typical Chinese cuisine, they are always balanced with limited American fare. Some meals on this trip are served buffet style while others offer a limited-choice menu. Given the nature of group travel, we regret that á la carte menu choices are not available. Child-friendly choices are available at all meals. Menu items are subject to change due to the availability and seasonality of foods. In order to offer you and your family a bit of time to enjoy meals amongst yourselves, there are a few meals that are not included in the itinerary. These meals have been planned in towns or cities where you will have plenty of options available. If you have any questions or concerns about dining at any time during your vacation, your Adventure Guides will be happy to assist you.

  • Is alcohol included with meals?Expanded

    Alcoholic beverages are typically not included with your scheduled meals. However, you may purchase them at your own expense.

  • Can you accommodate special dietary needs?Expanded

    Adventures by Disney will make a reasonable effort to accommodate some special dietary needs at no additional charge. Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate all special dietary needs requested. Please contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 in advance of your departure to advise us of your needs.

  • Is this itinerary appropriate for travelers with special needs?Expanded

    Please note that this vacation includes activities that present certain challenges to Guests with special needs. It is strongly recommended that persons requiring assistance be accompanied by a companion who is capable of and totally responsible for providing assistance. Neither Adventures by Disney nor its suppliers may physically lift or assist Guests onto transportation vehicles. Contact a Vacationista at (800) 543-0865 to discuss your needs.

  • What if Adventures by Disney cancels the adventure prior to departure?Expanded

    We will make every reasonable effort to operate the vacations as advertised; however, we reserve the right to curtail or modify the itinerary, or to substitute activities, hotels, meals or transportation as we deem necessary. We further reserve the right to reduce the number of Adventure Guides to one, and to modify other services to accommodate a smaller group, if a minimum number of Guests is not reached. Similarly, we may marginally exceed the stated group maximum size if necessary to accommodate a family. Please also note that during certain holidays and peak periods, some activities may be disrupted or unavailable. None of these modifications or changes shall affect the land package price. We reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time prior to its commencement for any reason, such as if there are too few Guests, or if the quality of the trip or the safety of the Guests would, in our opinion, be compromised, such as may result from unforeseen circumstances (acts of God) or other circumstances beyond our reasonable control. If we cancel your trip prior to its commencement because there are too few Guests: (i) we will attempt to re-book you on another departure of the same itinerary, subject to availability, and we will bear any reasonable airline re-booking charges; however, if we are unable to rebook you, we will issue a full refund of your land package price and Plan (unless you have filed a claim); and (ii) if you booked airfare through us, we will issue a full refund of your airfare; and (iii) if you did not book airfare through us, we will reimburse you for your reasonable out-of-pocket (subject to proof) airline cancellation charges or, in the case of bookings using frequent flier miles, a reasonable cancellation service fee, provided you have exercised best efforts to mitigate such charges/fees; and (iv) the aforesaid payments and/or rebooking by us shall constitute a full settlement.

  • Is travel insurance available?Expanded

    Yes, you can protect your vacation investment by adding the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan to your reservation.

    Get details about the Adventures by Disney Vacation Protection Plan.