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Introduction to China 2012

June 18-29, 2012
Faculty: Peter Yu, Associate Dean of Students

Price: $3,850 Full tour without international air
$1,390 Tour single supplement
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Overview

China—a complex and intoxicating landscape of serene countryside and vibrant cities—is yours to discover on this 12-day tour. Join us as we explore the wonders of this enchanting country, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and the home of the terracotta warriors. We will also be introduced to the spectacular images of the karst mountains rising from the rice paddies that have inspired artists for ages. We will cruise the Yangzi River and be introduced to the river's culture with stops in daily ports of call before concluding our journey in Shanghai. In Shanghai, we will visit museums housing centuries of Chinese art and see how the modern city balances traditional architecture with more modern influences.

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Program Highlights

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Accommodations

Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel, Beijing
Located in the heart of downtown by Tiananmen Square. The U.Va. Club of Beijing uses this hotel for events and Professor Yu stays here when he is in Beijing. We especially like that one can walk all around central Beijing from this hotel.

Golden Flower Shangri-La Hotel, Xian
A restful luxury retreat in one of China’s ancient capitals. The rooms are very luxurious and I particularly enjoyed the upscale buffet resturaunt which serves a huge variety of regional cuisine. Everything was delicious.

Victoria Cruise Ship, Yangzi River

We used this ship on a trip in 2007 and again for the extension to our Olympics trip in 2008. It is one of Victoria cruise lines premier ships.

Jinjiang Tower Hotel, Shanghai
Located in the heart of the French Concession by Xintiandi. Jin Jiang Tower is a flagship hotel of Jin Jiang Hotels Group, the largest hotel group in China and Asia as one of the best venues to overlook Shanghai downtown landscape. The hotel has hosted more than 360 heads of state, foreign dignitaries and celebrities. You will experience exquisite oriental-attentive service.

Chengde Extension:  Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel, Beijing &  Yunshan Hotel, Chengde

Huangshan Extension: International Hotel, Tunxi  & Beihai Hotel, Huangshan

Guilin Extension: Li An Lodge, Longsheng: Li An Lodge is a wonderful boutique inn with 16 rooms created by an American-Chinese artist.  (It took eight years to build and has just opened for business.)  The lodge is a work of art itself, using Vietnamese hardwoods and the owner’s art and crafts collection in every room.  All three meals will be prepared by the chef of the lodge with the freshest produce he personally picked from the farmer’s market that morning.

Sheraton Hotel, Longsheng  & Green Lotus Hotel, Yangshuo

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Meals

9 Breakfasts, 8 Lunches, 6 Dinners

Chengde Extension:
3 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 2 Dinners

Huangshan Extension:
5 Breakfasts, 3 Lunches, 4 Dinners

Guilin Extension:
5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 2 Dinners

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Faculty

Peter Yu, Lecturer on Chinese Culture and Language and Associate Dean of Students
Mr. Yu has been working with the University of Virginia since 1996 and directed several University study abroad programs, including the Darden 's Global Business Experience-China program since 2004. He received his college education in China and went on to earn his M.A. from University of Exeter in England and Ph.D. from U.Va. with a focus on international education.

A scholar of Chinese culture and Chinese education, he teaches courses on Chinese language and culture and Chinese calligraphy at the University. He is currently writing a book on Chinese calligraphy for American learners. Peter has led Cavalier Travels trips to China and Vietnam.

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Itinerary

Day 1 -- June 18
U.S. – Beijing
Our tour departs the U.S. for our non-stop flight to Beijing.

Day 2 -- June 19
Beijing
We arrive in Beijing in the early evening, where we will be met at the airport by our tour director and transferred to the hotel. (Meals aloft)

Accommodations: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel in the heart of downtown by Tiananmen Square

Day 3 -- June 20
Beijing
After breakfast we visit the Beijing Zoo.

Later, we go to the picturesque Houhai district, where well-preserved courtyard homes and narrow hutong alleys border tree-lined lakes. Tour the district by pedicab for a closer and more engaging experience of traditional Chinese life. We will enjoy lunch at a local family's home.

After lunch we explore the Temple of Heaven, one of the finest creations of the Ming Dynasty. This stunning architecture realizes the great Chinese desire to incarnate heaven in material form, and represents the most advanced principles of mechanics and geometry of the time.

This evening savor the imperial city's most famous delicacy--Peking duck--at Quanjude Duck Restaurant in Houhai historic district.

Accommodations Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 -- June 21
Beijing
Our touring begins today as we enter the gate of the Forbidden City, the abiding symbol of imperial China. Truly one of the great achievements of civilization, its construction employed hundreds of thousands of workers between 1406 and 1420. Marvel at its expansive architecture, magnificent imperial gardens and many museums of Chinese antiquities and treasures.

We will eat lunch at Ken de Rouge Restaurant, which features fine fusion cuisine. This lovely lakeside restaurant was designed by a Chinese architect returned from the United States. He combined the Chinese artistic element with a contemporary touch and created an elegant and inviting ambiance for the diners.

In the afternoon visit the beautiful grounds of the Summer Palace. The Palace was built in 1888 for the Empress Dowager Ci Xi, using funds originally intended for the Qing Imperial Navy. Saunter through the exquisite royal gardens and cruise on lovely Kunming Lake. Also walk the Painted Gallery, the longest garden walkway in China, famous for its lake views.

On the way back, stop by the Olympic Village to marvel at the new stadiums made famous by the 2008 Beijing Olympics. Herzog & de Meuron designed the National Stadium--the "Bird's Nest" and the firm PTW designed the National Swimming Center--the "Water Cube."

Tonight will be spent at your leisure. You are welcome to enjoy one of the many wonderful restaurants for dinner and perhaps go to a performance at the new National Grand Theatre. Designed by the French architect Paul Andreau, the "Big Egg" took 10 years to construct. With three grand theatres inside and 25,000 titanium plates and 15,000 glass panels outside, it is the most expensive theatre ever built. The ideal location of our hotel makes a stroll to Tianaman square or to Beijing's famous "Night Market" another appealing option.

Accommodations: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 -- June 22
Beijing
In the morning we head north from Beijing for the Great Wall of China. Encounter this extraordinary rampart at Mutianyu, a rugged section of the wall that offers easy access by foot or cable car. The Great Wall presents a visual experience that dramatically exceeds many visitors' expectations. Construction of a few miles of the wall on such jagged peaks seems near miraculous, but the rampart stretches for 3,700 miles and passes through 16 provinces.

Lunch is at Xiaolongpu Restaurant at the foothill of the Wall. The restaurant is famous for fresh farmers' produce and is a favorite among locals.

On our return, visit the 798 Dashanzi Art and Culture district. This renovated factory area is known as the "Soho" of Beijing. More than 100 gallery spaces as well as artist studios, fashion boutiques and design ateliers make the Chinese contemporary art scene one of the most exciting in the world. Exhibitions feature an international range of established and emerging artists, providing a concentrated glimpse of the "new art" of China.

Tonight we enjoy dinner at Huajiayiyuan Restaurant.

Accommodations: Novotel Beijing Peace Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 -- June 23
Xian
This morning, fly to the ancient Tang dynasty capital of Xian, formerly known as Changan. We visit the extraordinary 2,300-year-old terracotta warriors in the tomb of China's first emperor, Qinshihuang. The warriors still stand on the original site where they were discovered by farmers in 1974. The "royal hope" can be intuited in this vast army for it was intended to defend the emperor in the afterlife.

Our day concludes with a dumpling banquet at Defachang Dumpling Restaurant, where we'll feast on over 20 kinds of Chinese dumplings, a Xian specialty.

Accommodations: Golden Flower Shangri-la Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 7 -- June 24
Xian-Chongqing
In the morning we explore Shaanxi History Museum with artifacts spanning many dynasties.

Then stroll Muslim Street and get a sense of the Islamic past that traces its heritage to the flourishing Silk Road culture of the Tang.  Explore the Grand Mosque, first established in the Tang dynasty.  Laid out in quadrants, the mosque uses Chinese architectural design for Islamic purposes.

Fly to Chongqing in the afternoon. Upon arrival, visit General Stilwell’s Museum which commemorates the American military leader’s efforts in China during WWII. Then we explore the lively art scene at the Chongqing Art Galleries.

Following dinner we board the Victoria cruise ship.

Accommodations: Victoria Cruise Ship
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Days 8 & 9 -- June 25 - 26
Yangzi River Cruise
Travel downstream through the spectacular Three Gorges (called Qutang, Wu and Xiling), enjoying the dramatic scenery and beautiful vistas. Along the way, disembark the ship to enjoy activities offshore. Tour the ancient village of Shibaozhai and see the breathtaking Lesser Gorge Danninghe. We will come face-to-face with the spectacular Three Gorges Dam at Sandouping. The largest construction site in the world is also China's latest effort to tame the Yangzi River.

Accommodations: Victoria Cruise Ship
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 10 -- June 27
Yichang-Shanghai
We disembark the ship in Yichang after lunch and fly to Shanghai in the late afternoon. This evening is free for you to explore Shanghai and try one of the city's many fine restaurants.

Accommodations: Jinjiang Tower Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 11 -- June 28
Shanghai
We spend the whole morning visiting the Shanghai Museum and viewing its wonderful collection of Chinese bronzes, jade, pottery and ceramics, paintings and calligraphy, coins and furniture.

After lunch at Meiyuanchun Restaurant, visit Yuyuan Garden in old Shanghai and absorb the traditional Chinese garden ambience.

After dinner we explore Xintiandi in downtown Shanghai. Designed by MIT architect Ben Wood, Xintiandi is a $200 million two-block "entertainment environment" featuring modern restaurants, clubs, cafes and boutiques and accessorized with old bricks, stone gates and ornately carved wooden balconies from the dense warren of old courtyard houses that previously filled those blocks. Xintiandi proved so successful a model for urban redevelopment that it spawned dozens of duplicates across the country.

Enjoy our farewell banquet at the elegant Dingxiang Garden Restaurant famous for Shanghai cuisine. After dinner, we stroll along the Bund, viewing the beautifully decorated colonial buildings along the Huangpu River.

Accommodations:Jinjiang Tower Hotell
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 12 -- June 29
Shanghai-U.S.
After breakfast, group travelers transfer to Shanghai Airport for our flight to U.S. Arrive in the U.S. on the same day. (Meals aloft)

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Pre-Tour Extension

Chengde Imperial Resort:

Come to China three days prior to the main tour and experience the grandeur of the Qing Dynasty Summer Palace at Chengde,. With a history of more than 300 years, this is one of the great cultural landmarks of China. The garden complex includes imperial halls, southern-style lake gardens, a hunting area, Mongolian yurts and a wooded hillside with numerous pavilions. Beyond the palace were built eight Buddhist temples, each one architecturally unique, of which five remain. Then, join your tour group on its arrival in Beijing.

Days 1 & 2 -- June 14 - 15
Depart San Francisco or New York-Beijing
Depart U.S. on your international flight to Beijing. Cross the international dateline and arrive in Beijing on the evening of the second day. Meet your tour director at the airport and transfer to the hotel in downtown Beijing. The evening is free for relaxation or personal exploration. (Meals aloft)

Accommodations: Peace Novotel Hotel

Day 3 -- June 16
Beijing-Chengde
After breakfast at the hotel, depart for Chengde by private car or bus. During the two-and-a-half hour trip, view a mountain landscape of austere and rugged peaks, so evocative of China's perennial border struggles with nomadic tribes. Pass beyond the Great Wall at Jinshanling and enter a region few Chinese ever knew; that is, until the reign of the Manchu Qing.

Arrive at Chengde, a flourishing city of north China, and transit to the new Yunshan Hotel. Spend the entire afternoon at the Imperial Summer Resort.

Enter the Summer Palace at Lizheng Gate and explore the Palace Quarter, which consists of nine compounds and courtyards. Immerse yourself in the political center of imperial life, including Jing Cheng Hall, a massive building constructed entirely of nanmu wood. View the emperor's study, still furnished with the accoutrements of the scholar, as well as Empress Cixi's private bedroom.

Then, stroll to the Lake Area, which is divided into nine lakes defined by dykes and willow-lined paths as in Hangzhou. The three Center Pavilions are modeled on pavilions found on the West Lake. Huandi Island is built up with elegant architecture and Wenyuan Island looks onto an expanse of Chinese lotuses.

The Qing emperors loved southern Chinese gardens and architecture and with great inspiration recreated their favorites here. Jin Shan Hall was modeled on its namesake in Zhenjiang, while the miniature universe of Canglang Ting Garden was based on its namesake in Suzhou. One of the most beautiful architectural designs in all China, the Yanyu Tower, was based on that of Jiaxing. The tower has an exquisite setting, overlooking the lovely lake and island shoreline.

Return to the hotel for rest and relaxation before a special dinner banquet.

Accommodations: Yunshan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 -- June 17
Chengde
After breakfast, we take a five-minute ride to Puning Temple, based on the design of Sangye monastery in Tibet. Dozens of Buddhist monks create a meditative atmosphere in this vast complex. View the Great Hall that has a Guanyin statue 24 meters high (nearly 79 feet!), the largest wood sculpture in the world.

Next, we go to nearby Pule Temple, with its beautiful circular design reminiscent of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. This complex was built for the use of Kazak tribes centuries ago. Of note here is the caisson ceiling of Xuguang Pavilion and the erotic Buddhist sculpture on the altar.

After lunch, we return to the Summer Palace for independent exploration. The imperial gardens are a place that require a curious spirit and ample time. Take an optional one-hour bus ride through the Summer Palace hillside. Stop at several scenic pavilions to take in the valley views. Climb the palace wall for a breathtaking view of the eight outer temples.

Disembark at the yurt area and walk through a plain once dedicated to entertaining Mongolian tribal chiefs. Saunter along paths that return to the garden lakes and discover more pavilions and enclosed gardens. Have tea at the Canglang Ting Garden and listen to a Chinese musical performance.

Accommodations: Yunshan Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 -- June 18
Chengde-Beijing
Following breakfast, we drive to Putuo Zongcheng, a massive complex modeled on Lhasa's Potala palace and built for the Dalai Lama. Red Terrace Hall stuns onlookers by its grand scale, while the Guiyi Hall's golden roof and caisson ceiling are inspiring realizations of the Chinese-Tibetan temple aesthetic.

Then, to Ximi Fushou Temple, a complex modeled on Zhaxilhunbu monastery in Tibet. This was built for the Panchen Lama and his eminence stayed here for a period of time.

We return to Beijing by motor coach after lunch, reaching our hotel in late afternoon. The main group arrives in Beijing at this time. Enjoy a leisurely evening with dinner on your own.

Accommodations: Peace Novotel Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Huang Mountains &amo; Huizhou Culture:

Shanghai • Tunxi • Huang Mountains • Shanghai

Day 1 -- June 29
Shanghai-Tunxi in Anhui province
Depart Shanghai airport on a one-hour fight to Tunxi (Huanghshan City) in nearby Anhui province. Anhui boasts an idyllic landscape of rice cultivation unspoiled by industrialization. Unending greenery gives the impression of vast, well-tended parkland.

Accommodations: International Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Dinner

Day 2 -- June 30
Huizhou Village
Today we explore the World Heritage sites of Hong Village and Xidi Village. Wander the lanes of these authentic Ming and Qing dynasty villages that preserve some of China's traditional architecture. Enjoy a traditional lunch at a courtyard home, prepared by the proprietors in Anhui style.

Stop by Shexian , famous for its memorial arches, narrow angular lanes and merchant homes. The old town center of Doushan is noted for its concentration of old homes and stone-lined alleyways.

After dinner visit Laojie Antique Street and its numerous shops as well as the Wan Cui Lou Museum, which specializes in art from the Ming and Qing dynasties.

Accommodations: International Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 -- July 1
Huangshan
Today we take a bus to Anhui's crown jewels, the incomparable Huang Mountains. Because these mountain tops are often above cloud level they offer intriguing natural light effects as well as views of the clouds from above, including the famed Sea of Clouds phenomenon. The staggering beauty of granite precipices emerging from fog banks has inspired Chinese artists for centuries.

We walk 40 minutes to our hotel and check into modest, yet adequate rooms. Vistas of amazing beauty lie a few minutes from the hotel. Every direction offers a unique view as can be gathered from the scenic names of the Nine Dragons, Daoist Priest, Ox Nose and Hunchback. Choose between short strolls on nearby paths or longer hikes along the summit ridge.

Accommodations: Beihai Hotel on the summit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4 -- July 2
Huangshan-Shanghai
Today we take a bus to Anhui's crown jewels, the incomparable Huang Mountains. Because these mountain tops are often above cloud level they offer intriguing natural light effects as well as views of the clouds from above, including the famed Sea of Clouds phenomenon. The staggering beauty of granite precipices emerging from fog banks has inspired Chinese artists for centuries.

We walk 40 minutes to our hotel and check into modest, yet adequate rooms. Vistas of amazing beauty lie a few minutes from the hotel. Every direction offers a unique view as can be gathered from the scenic names of the Nine Dragons, Daoist Priest, Ox Nose and Hunchback. Choose between short strolls on nearby paths or longer hikes along the summit ridge.

Accommodations: Beihai Hotel on the summit
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 5 -- July 3
Huangshan-Shanghai
This morning is free to explore the mountains. On our way back to Tunxi, visit an Anhui tea plantation famous for its maofeng tea.

In the afternoon, take a return motor coach to Tunxi. After dinner, fly to Shanghai and transit to our hotel.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6 -- July 4
Shanghai-San Francisco or New York
After breakfast we depart for the airport. Our flight arrives in the U.S. via Beijing the same day. (Meals aloft)

Meals: Breakfast

Optional Post-Tour Extension

Guilin Extension:

Shanghai • Longsheng • Guilin/Li River • Yangshuo • Shanghai

Day 1 -- June 29
Shanghai-Longsheng
We take a morning flight from Shanghai to Guilin. Upon arrival, we enjoy a bus ride to Longsheng. Longsheng is famous for rice terraces cut into precipitous hills that farmers have cultivated since the Yuan dynasty (13th AD). Spring is a particularly beautiful season as the paddies fill with water and reflect the changing panorama of the sky. A little later, skeins of luscious green rice plants create remarkable views throughout the valley. Longsheng is the home of Yao and Zhuang minorities who both continue to don colorful dress and carry on their traditions. We will explore the village market and delightful craft shops.

Accommodations: Li An Lodge. Li An Lodge is a wonderful boutique inn with 16 rooms created by an American-Chinese artist. (It took eight years to build and has just opened for business.) The lodge is a work of art itself, using Vietnamese hardwoods and the owner's art and crafts collection in every room. Situated above the rice terraces with a commanding view of the valley, Li An Lodge will provide a memorable experience of bucolic China. All three meals will be prepared by the chef of the lodge with the freshest produce he personally picked from the farmer's market that morning.
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 2 -- June 30
Longsheng-Guilin
We continue to explore the paths and life of Longsheng until early afternoon. Then, motorcoach to Guilin, world famous for its spectacular karst limestone formations, vertical mountains that thrust up from the seabed some 300 million years ago. Eroded over the millennia by water and winds, these picturesque mountains, immediately recognizable to anyone familiar with Chinese painting, have provided inspiration for countless Chinese artists. Dinner is at the Green Tea Restaurant.

Accommodations: Sheraton Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3 -- July 1
Li River-Yangshuo
This morning, we cruise down the Li River, winding past Mural Hill, Folded Brocade Hill, Crescent Moon Hill and many more. The four-hour cruise navigates some of the region's most stunning karst formations. After disembarking, we check in our hotel. Then take a ride to Yongcun Village & Lexiang Village, a gorgeous agricultural valley and surrounded by distant karst scenery. Walk into the fields to enjoy another experience of rural China, this time in the middle of a visual paradise.

In the evening explore lively Xijie (West Street) filled with restaurants, shops and local inns. Xijie is the home away from home for numerous Westerners and so exudes a cosmopolitan air as well as an invitation for a rollicking good time.

After dinner, enjoy Zhang Yi-mo's show "Impressions of Sister Liu." Zhang is a world famous movie director with Oscar nominated movies like "Raise the Red Lantern," "Hero" and "House Full of Daggers." He produced and directed the beautiful opening of the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing.

Accommodations: Green Lotus Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 4 -- July 2
Yangshuo-Shanghai
We continue our exploration of the natural beauty of Yangshuo, including a walk by the beautiful Yulong River, a tributary of Li River. Saunter along the riverbank of scenic villages, water buffalo, farmland and playing children. In the evening, fly to Shanghai and transfer to our hotel. Dinner is on one's own.

Accommodations: Green Lotus Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5 -- July 3
Shanghai-San Francisco or New York
After breakfast we depart for the airport. Our flight arrives in U.S. via Beijing the same day. (Meals aloft)

Meals: Breakfast

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Program Fees

$3,850 per person, double occupancy, land only. A limited number of single rooms are available for a supplement of $1,390 per person, double occupancy rates.

Full tour for kids under 17 sharing a triple room with adult: $3,450
Full tour for kids under 17 sharing a double room: $3,550

Chengde Extension: $990
      Single Supplement: $490
Guilin Extension: $1,890
      Single Supplement: $890
Huangshan Extension: $1,790
      Single Supplement: $790

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In addition to the inclusions noted in the land-only pricing, air-inclusive price includes:

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A deposit of $700 per person is required to reserve your spot. Final invoicing will be done approximately 3 months prior to departure. Final payment is due 75 days prior to departure.

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Early registration is encouraged as space is limited.

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General Terms & Conditions

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**If you are not arriving or leaving at the same time as the group flight, private airport transfers upon arrival in Beijing and departure in Shanghai are recommended and available through China Advocates. Call 1-888-333-2585**

Main Tour Includes: • Double occupancy accommodations in centrally located, first-class hotels • All meals listed, at fine Chinese restaurants specializing in regional cuisines or in private homes • All sightseeing, entertainment, and cultural activities listed in the itinerary • Chinese airport taxes • All air and ground transportation within China • English-speaking Chinese local tour guides • China Advocates’ national tour director (with a minimum of 10 participants) • Gratuities to local guides and drivers • Preparatory material

Not Included: • Domestic U.S.A. and international airfare • Gratuities to national tour director • Airport transfers and porterage (unless purchasing the Flights through AirTreks) • Visa processing • Meals not included in the tour • Excess baggage charges • Travel insurance • Items of a personal nature

Travel in China
The schedule will be demanding with moderate physical activity. Travel in China requires good physical condition and health (special needs must be arranged for in advance and may result in additional costs), a spirit of adventure, a flexible attitude, and a sense of humor. The itinerary is subject to change and modification. Every effort will be made to carry out the program as planned, but alterations may still occur. Participants should be aware that no refunds will be made as a result of unforeseen changes, modifications, or delays.

MEALS
China offers a wide variety of dining experiences and this program will take advantage of a broad range of Chinese food including Shanghai, Hunan, Sichuan, Canton, and Imperial regional cuisines. It may not be possible to accommodate special diets, except to the extent that one is able to select from the many dishes served.

Conditions
Reservations: Bookings are subject to the terms and conditions mentioned in these sections. A contract has been entered into as soon as your booking is received and accepted. To confirm the reservation, a deposit of $700 per person is required. Credit card payment accepted for deposit only; balance must be paid by check.

(Checks can be made to:
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Tel: 888.333.2585 • fax: 415.841.1790
www.china-advocates.com)

Air: Air cancellations and penalties are based on each carrier and ticket. Be sure to review these policies before purchasing air via Airtreks. China Advocates, Inc. and University of Virginia are not responsible for any penalties incurred due to air changes or cancellations.

Group Air: A recommended group flight is available through AirTreks. This flight will include airport transfers on both arrival and departure. This flight is subject to availability and prices may vary depending on time of purchase.

Cancellations: No cancellation is valid until it is received in writing by the office of Cavalier Travels at the University of Virginia. Cancellation penalties based on the date of receipt of written notice are as follows: 91 or more days prior to departure, a cancellation fee of $400 per person is retained; 90-46 days prior to departure, $1,500 per person; 45-31 days prior to departure, $2,500 per person; 30-0 days prior to departure, no refund is made.

Cancellation penalties for additional hotel nights, hotel and cruise ship room upgrades, tour extensions, and any special arrangements, are as follows: 50-31 days prior to departure, 25% of cost; 30-0 days prior to departure, no refund is made.

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In the event it becomes necessary or advisable for the comfort or well being of the passengers, or for any reason whatsoever, to alter itinerary or arrangements, such alterations may be made without penalty to the operators. The right is reserved to withdraw any or all tours should conditions warrant, also to decline to accept or retain any passengers as members for the tours. In such instances, full or equitable amounts will be refunded. Refunds for unused carrier tickets may be only in accordance with the regulations of the carrier. CST 2064278-40. Registration as a seller of travel does not constitute approval by the State of California. All legal questions will be settled within the jurisdiction of the County of San Francisco, California.

Visa: To obtain a Chinese visa, a passport is required that is valid for at least six months beyond the duration of the tour. Travelers are responsible for their own visas.

Trip cancellation insurance is highly recommended and available. You will receive travel insurance information once you are confirmed on the program.

Itinerary is subject to modification.
Prices are current as of September 2011 and are subject to change without notice

 

 

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