Today WIT Agent Nancy is heading out to China with Alexander + Roberts! We’re excited to see what she’ll uncover.
What is Alexander + Roberts?
A&R organizes small-group tours with no more than 16 guests for those who want to explore at their own pace with a bit of company. These are culturally rich itineraries led by local, certified guides, exploring the heart of a country at a steady, comfortable pace.
Many of our agents have traveled with A+R in different locales and would love to discuss options with you. Call us at 503-224-0180 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For an itinerary in Japan with Alexander + Roberts, click here.
Highlights of the Middle Kingdom
Nancy’s upcoming 10-day itinerary combines land + river – covering Beijing, exploring the Wu Gorge and Three Gorges Dam aboard the Yangtze Explorer, Xi’an and Shanghai.
Among the highlights along the way:
- + Experience life as a city resident as you browse in a market for produce to bring to your hosts, a local Beijing family who will offer real personal insight into this rapidly evolving city.
- + Learn Tai Chi with a master as you join him for a private class at the Temple of Heaven.
- + A Xian resident shares his lifetime of experience as you explore with him through a city market filled with exotic fare.
- + Sit down in one of Shanghai’s newly popular wine lounges and learn about China’s emerging taste for fine vintages… Enjoy a congenial luncheon and a glass of the house favorite.
- + Includes 4 UNESCO World Heritage sites.
With your expert guide, venture out into the mountains outside Juyong Pass to walk atop the breathtaking Great Wall. In Beijing, tour the grand palaces and pavilions of the Forbidden City.
You’ll start the day with a private Tai Chi lesson and learn about daily life in old China, then fly from Beijing to Yichang to board the Yangzi Explorer for a night in a balcony stateroom.
The leisurely cruise charts an upstream course along the Yangtze. Visit the Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydropower dam. The ship journeys up Shennong Stream, where you might catch glimpses of sampan boats poled by Tujia boatmen and the elusive Golden Hair Monkey.
Explore Fengdu ‘s New City and take part in lectures and hands-on workshops in Chinese calligraphy, traditional brush painting, Mahjong and the art of dumpling making.
Fly from Chongqing to Xi’an to admire China’s ancient capital for 13 centuries, its bustling Muslim market, and the world-famous terracotta army.
Lastly, fly to Shanghai for a tour of the lovely Yu Yuan Garden and a world-famous Shanghai acrobat show.
HONG KONG EXTENSION – 4-Day POST TOUR
Experience facets of Hong Kong which few visitors ever glimpse. We include your flight from Shanghai to Hong Kong, 3 nights at the 5-star Kowloon Shangri-La, daily breakfast, lunch at Jimmy’s Kitchen and our exclusive Be a Hong Kong Insider full-day tour.
Insider Tips on Travel to China
PLUS: Nancy’s got the scoop on insider tips from A+R! Some tips for traveling with A&R in China:
- Joining in with tai chi? Pack some looser, clothes, perhaps layers. Barefoot is acceptable.
- There is no tailor onboard the Explorer ship, so ask your tour escort early in Beijing in case you need some clothes repair.
- Doing some independent wandering during free time from your hotel? Always get the hotel’s business card, written in Chinese, to show a taxi driver when you need to find your way back.
- If you take USD cash to exchange, bring nothing bigger than $50 bills and in pristine condition. Best to bring mostly smaller bills. Keep exchange receipts and don’t over-exchange so that you return home with local currency.
- Silk scarves are very popular. You will be asked if you want “real” or “almost real”. If you don’t ask or are not asked, you will be directed to the least expensive ones, which are the fakes. Best deals for real silk scarves and also wool shawls is in Beijing. Ask your tour escort where to find the best!
- A&R selects hotels partially for those that have money exchange ability. Some hotels don’t even charge A+R passengers to exchange money.
- Always ask the escort for their opinion on how much local currency you may need/want over the next few days.
- Have a shopping list and ask your first guide for the best places to obtain the items during your itinerary. Follow his recommendations. They are spot on.