Includes airfare, hotel, tours, baggage handling, and transfers
Journey Starts: March 6, 2019
Travelers often want to see both China’s ancient and modern culture as well as the vast and varied countryside ranges. On this special Enrichment Journey, you will visit and experience the best of both worlds as you travel throughout China before, during, and after your 14-night cruise that will also include stops in South Korea and Taiwan. Begin your journey with a three-night stay in Xi’an, where you’ll be mesmerized by the mysterious Terracotta Warriors and entranced by the history of this walled city. Continue on to Chengdu for a three-night stay during which you will visit the Panda Breeding Center, learn how to cook some local dishes at the Sichuan Culinary Museum, and more. Then journey to the picturesque region of Guilin for a three-night stay. Here you will cruise through mystical landscapes on a Li River cruise, and visit the Reed Flute Cave, a natural limestone cavern. From Guilin, you will transfer to Hong Kong to enjoy a 1-night stay before boarding the Celebrity Millennium. Cruise to ports that let you explore Taipei, Taiwan and Busan, Jeju Island and Seoul, South Korea. You will experience the busy pace of Beijing during a three-day exclusive shore excursion designed specifically for Enrichment Journey guests. In Beijing, during your included program, be dazzled by the scale and beauty of the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, a visit to the Great Wall and many included extras you would not experience on a regular tour. After your cruise, disembark in Shanghai, where your inclusive land tour continues for a one-night stay. Enjoy a full day exploration of the city which includes touring the striking Yu Garden, the Bund, and more. End your trip with a thrilling Chinese acrobatics show and farewell dinner.
Visits: Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin, Hong Kong, Taipei (Keelung), Busan, Jeju Island, Seoul (Incheon), Beijing (Tianjin), Shanghai (Baoshan)
|1||Arrive to Xi’an, China and transfer to hotel. Evening welcome dinner.|
|2||Xi’an – Full-day tour of Terracotta Warriors and Horses Museum & more. Evening Tang Dynasty Dancing Show and dumpling dinner.|
|3||Xi’an – Tour the City Wall, visit the Tang Dynasty Museum and practice your Chinese calligraphy & more.|
|4||Xi’an to Chengdu, China – Check out of hotel. Fly to Chengdu & hotel check-in. Evening Sichuan folklore show.|
|5||Chengdu – Tour the Sichuan Culinary Museum and take a cooking class. Afternoon city tour.|
|6||Chengdu – Tour the Panda Breeding Center. Afternoon at leisure.|
|7||Chengdu to Guilin, China – Check out of hotel. Fly to Guilin, China & hotel check-in.|
|8||Guilin – Morning cruise on the Li River with included buffet lunch. Afternoon in Yangshuo at leisure.|
|9||Guilin – Tour Reed Flute Cave and Elephant Trunk Hill. Afternoon at leisure.|
|10||Guilin to Hong Kong, China – Hotel check-out. Fly to Hong Kong & hotel check-in. Evening at leisure.|
|11||Hong Kong – Check out of Hotel and board ship.||8:00 PM|
|13||Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan||7:00 AM||9:00 PM|
|16||Busan, South Korea||7:00 AM||7:00 PM|
|17||Jeju Island, South Korea||7:00 AM||5:00 PM|
|18||Seoul (Incheon), South Korea||10:30 AM||9:00 PM|
|20||Beijing (Tianjin), China – Tour the Temple of Heaven with private martial arts demonstration. Peking Duck dinner. Overnight Beijing Hotel.||6:00 AM|
|21||Beijing (Tianjin), China – Tour the Great Wall including lunch, and visit some of the 2008 Olympic venues including the Birds Nest and Water Cube. Overnight Beijing Hotel.|
|22||Beijing (Tianjin), China – Tour Tiananmen Square and the Forbidden City. Visit the Hutong area, enjoy a home visit and take a dumpling making class.||6:00 PM|
|25||Shanghai (Baoshan), China – Disembark and transfer to hotel. Full day tour including the Bund, Yu Garden & more. Evening acrobatic show and farewell dinner.||7:00 AM|
|26||Shanghai – Hotel check-out, transfer to the airport for return flight.|
Hong Kong, China: Neon signs galore, dim sum, and amazing temples are a few of the favorite experiences in Hong Kong. Take in as much as you can of this thrilling city with its endless shopping and towering skyscrapers. Your agenda for Hong Kong should include Victoria Peak, an Aberdeen Fishing Village, the Man Mo Temple and Sheung Wan Dried Food and Herbal Market. Be certain to have extra room in your suitcase for the bargains you are bound to discover.
Taipei (Keelung), Taiwan: This culturally diverse and commercially influential city promises to be a highlight of any Asian cruise vacation. Its futuristic cityscape is dotted with tranquil parks and green spaces, where you’ll often find locals practicing the art of Tai Chi. Cuisine plays a central role in Taiwanese culture, so be sure to visit a relaxing tea house, or sample some local delicacies at a lively night market.
Busan, South Korea: It is Busan’s premier trading port, adjacent to the Korean Straits and Japan, that makes it an international metropolis but its beautiful sea vistas that make it a charming place to unwind. Experience the serenity of Beomeo-sa Temple, climb the Busan Tower in Yongdusan Park and rejuvenate at Hushimchung Spa.
Jeju Island, South Korea: South Korea’s tropical island paradise will enchant you with its sandy beaches, swaying palm trees and amazing volcanic landscape. Need a break from your beach towel? Waterfalls, museums, folk villages, scuba diving, hiking and festivals galore will keep you busy. Explore the colorful coral and sea life with a scuba dive off the coast of laid-back Seogwipo. Take an underground stroll through the world’s longest lava-tube cave at Manjanggul.
Seoul (Incheon), South Korea: Incheon is South Korea’s third-largest metropolis and the largest seaport on the west coast. This capital city is a mix of modern skyscrapers, sophisticated complexes (like the 1988 Olympic Games complex), ancient palaces, Buddhist temples and tranquil gardens. It offers memorable experiences such as watching the sun set over the ocean from a garden bench, wiggling your toes in fine, silver sand, sitting on the rocks along the shore, sport fishing for the day and being dazzled by red and blue silk-covered lanterns lighting up the trees at night. Hike to either the top of Bukhan Mountain or Namsan Mountain, where you’ll enjoy 360 degree views of downtown Seoul.
Beijing, China: In Beijing there will be a three-day, two-night guided shore excursion, specifically created exclusively for Enrichment Journeys guests! Highlights include Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City and more. See Day 20–22 in the land packages above for more details.
Shanghai (Baoshan), China: Located at the mouth of the Yangtze River, this seaport is a vigorous modern metropolis with a rich Chinese heritage. Your trip to Shanghai is not complete without strolling the Bund, a colonial-era street with neoclassical and art deco architecture, or visiting the Jade Buddha Temple or the beautiful Yu Gardens. Don’t forget to stop and pick up authentic Chinese souvenirs in the Old City God’s Temple Market.
During your 25-night Journey, you will stay in China for ten nights prior to your cruise, venturing through the cities of Xi’an, Chengdu, Guilin and Hong Kong by land and by air. Then the group will board the Celebrity Millennium cruise ship for a 14-night Journey through Taipei, Taiwan, and Busan, Jeju Island and Seoul, Korea, with an exclusive stopover in Beijing, and ending in Shanghai for one night. Optional shore excursions will allow for cultural immersion, exotic meals and numerous activities. The land portion of the trip should be considered as moderately active involving walking to numerous historical sites, including the Great Wall. There are several pockets of free time in the itinerary, but many days are full-day tours.
Walking on different types of land, roads and landmarks will be part of the trip, especially in China. Enrichment Journeys will do everything in our power to ensure comfort through our third-party providers, including air-conditioned buses when applicable. For the cruise section of the trip, passengers will board and leave the ship up narrow stairways and gangways, and you may have to walk a moderate distance to transfer to train, bus and car stations. Time spent on the road and traveling can be long, so you will need to be prepared for stretches of down time in between destinations.
China’s natural landmass makes for a massive, complex and diverse environment that holds true to tradition and faith around every corner. Immerse in the wonders of Chinese architecture and design, found everywhere from bustling cities to sprawling green landscapes dotted with fortresses and temples. Chinese pride connected with an underlying humility is ever present in its memorials to the past royal families and brave soldiers of the Qin Dynasty. A trip of a lifetime through China, Taiwan, and South Korea will be unforgettable and very different than that you might be used to at home. Enrichment Journeys encourages an open mind when meeting people abroad and being in unique situations. Sometimes attractions and the cities themselves can be crowded, especially during holidays, so we will proceed with caution.
New cuisine can be the biggest difference. Dishes are prepared fresh and can often be modified to your tastes. The local host, tour manager as well as any staff would be happy to recommend new types of cuisine for you to sample and are willing to explain the flavorful components.
If you have special needs or physical limitations, you will need to check in with a local host or tour manager before booking a trip. The months of February and March are often cooler and/or damp, so pack accordingly with insulating clothing if booking this excursion. Take note of some Asian culture and pack modest clothing, as well as a swim cap. Be friendly and polite when taking photos of locals.
Looking to learn more about the cultures, lifestyle and fun found in foreign destinations you are about to visit? We recommend these following books:
Farewell the Dragon by Lee Barckmann (China)
American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang (China)
The Frozen Hours by Jeff Shaara (South Korea)
Red Is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong (China)
Dim Sum for Everyone! by Grace Lin (China)
The Green Frogs: A Korean Folktale by Yumi Heo (South Korea)
Evie and Andrew’s Asian Adventures in Taiwan by Katie Do Guthrie (Taiwan)
Lost Laowai Blog (China): https://www.lostlaowai.com/
China Smack Blog: https://www.chinasmack.com/
Two Wandering Soles (South Korea): http://www.twowanderingsoles.com/south-korea/
My Taiwan Tour: http://www.mytaiwantour.com/blog/
Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), directed by Ang Lee
Life of Pi (2012), directed by Ang Lee
The Wedding Banquet (1993), directed by Ang Lee
Eat Drink Man Woman (1994), directed by Ang Lee
Enrichment Journeys is committed to providing remarkable experiences at extraordinary value. As a result, airlines and routes are selected to maximize that value and may involve multiple stops and extended layovers versus non-stop or direct flights. Passengers wishing to utilize specific carriers, or direct, or non-stop, or Business Class flights, or to extend their time in any of our beginning or ending destination cities may do so by contacting their Travel Agent or Enrichment Journeys directly. We are pleased to provide Custom Air arrangements with a charge of $50.00 per person plus any additional air costs. The initial charge of $50.00 will be applied to the deviation cost.
|Routing||Transportation||Approximate Travel Time|
|Guilin–Hong Kong||Airline||1.5–2.5 Hours|
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|Dallas-Ft. Worth||$400||New York-JFK||$400||Toronto||$400|
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– Air Add-On Rates are subject to change without notice. While we try to include the most common airports by default, we have many clients coming from different parts of the country. If you desire air from an unlisted airport, you must first reserve your Enrichment Journey with one of the listed airports as your default gateway and then ask, or have your Travel Agent ask, Enrichment Journeys to provide a quote for your preferred gateway.
All prices on our website and e-Journey Travel Guide are subject to change without notice. While we make every effort to provide you the most accurate and up-to-date information, occasionally, a trip or pricing category may be misprinted or unavailable at the time of booking. In the event of an incorrect price due to typographical, photographic, or technical error, or error in pricing information received from our suppliers, we retain the right to correct the price and to refuse or cancel any bookings placed at the incorrect price. In addition, all offers, prices, and conditions of sale may be subject to change without notice including tours, included features, highlights, minimum or maximum stays, itinerary, times in port, and/or other conditions/restrictions.
The following hotel list is preliminary and subject to change. Although we contract for hotels a year or more in advance, unforeseen circumstances do occasionally require a change of hotel. Should it be necessary to change a hotel, one of equal quality or value will be substituted and you will receive confirmed hotel information with your final itinerary. Please note that hotel ratings are based on TripAdvisor ratings and are subject to change.
Tel.: +86 29 87928888
319 Dongxin Street, Shaanxi Province 710004, Xi’an
The Grand Mercure Xian on Renmin Square is surrounded by serene courtyards and enchanting gardens which encapsulate the historic riches of the region. Fifty years of Renmin Square history is reflected on the magnificent décor of the hotel’s 194 guestrooms and suites. Combining chic Chinese design with modern touches, the rooms are fully equipped for comfort and convenience: room safe, satellite television and Wi-Fi access.
15 Binjiang Middle Road Sichuan Province, 610016 Chengdu, China
Tel.: +86 28 66669999
Each Sofitel is a unique blend of the French art de vivre and local refinement. Sofitel Chengdu Taihe welcomes you to the Land of Heaven, where Chinese modernity meets Sichuan tradition – all mingled with French passion and abundant hospitality.
Sofitel Wanda Chengdu luxury hotel is ideally located in the center of the city on the picturesque Jinjiang River. The hotel is a 20-minute drive from Chengdu International Airport and 15-minute walk to Tianfu Square and the city’s commercial centers.
1 North Shanhu Road, Guilin, China, 541001
Guilin Lijiang Waterfall Hotel is located in the center of Guilin city, “Center Landscape Zone near both Mountain and River”, which is very close to the beautiful Lijiang River, green-waving Sequoia Lake, the badge of Guilin, the Elephant Trunk Hill, the “Hall of Guilin”－ the Central Square, and the prosperous Zhengyang Commercial Street. Walk out of the hotel to feel the bustling Guilin, and enter into the hotel to enjoy tranquility. The hotel integrates business and entertainment functions 15 miles away from the airport.
“Galaxy in the Ninth Heaven” is the unique large man-made waterfall in the hotel, which upper width is 236 feet and lower width is 246 feet, falling height is 147 feet, as the must-see night scene of tourists in Guilin, it has been listed in the World Guinness Record.
Tel: +852 2731 2100
61 – 65 Chatham Road South, Tsimshatsui, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Located in the heart of Kowloon’s entertainment and business district of Tsim Sha Tsui, Park Hotel Hong Kong is surrounded with endless options of shopping, specialty markets, malls and eateries.
Park Hotel Hong Kong provides classic comforts with a contemporary touch (think a neutral palette of colours, spacious interiors, ambient lighting). All rooms are also equipped with complimentary smartphones with free, unlimited local data. The Park Café has an excellent reputation for its lively atmosphere and superb international buffets, featuring a selection of finest seafood, sushi and sashimi highlights to name a few.
No 1 Jianguomenwai Avenue, Beijing, 100004, China
Telephone: (86 10) 6505 2266
Stepping into the lobby of Shangri-La’s China World Hotel, Beijing, you feel like you’ve just walked into a miniature Forbidden City. Filled with Ming and Qing era style artwork, the red and gold chamber welcomes you with a grandeur worthy of royalty. Arriving at your room, you are drawn to the full-size window where you are rewarded with a stunning view of the Beijing cityscape. The hotel anchors the prestigious China World Trade Centre, Central Business District, and is attached to the China World Mall. Looking down from your lofty perch at the glittering skyscrapers, you relish the thought of all the top tourist attractions you plan to visit in Beijing. The Forbidden City, the Great Wall and Tiananmen Square are all within easy reach of the hotel. When you return from your city adventures, the hotel’s live and classical orchestra serenades and sets the mood for majestic dreams. Royalty has never left the capital. Welcome to Shangri-La China World Hotel, Beijing.
Tel：+86 21 6248 1688
No.65 Yan’an West Road, Jing’an District, Shanghai 200040, China
Hotel Equatorial Shanghai is strategically located at Jing’An in the heart of downtown Shanghai. Known for warm hospitality and excellent customer service, this prestigious hotel offers extensive business, meeting and recreational facilities.
The 506 guest rooms and suites offer stunning city views, and have been beautifully furnished to ensure guests a comfortable and relaxing stay. Wi-Fi is available throughout the hotel. Themed specialty restaurants provide delicious Chinese and western cuisine skillfully prepared by supremely qualified chefs.
The well-recognized Shanghai International Club Fitness Centre is situated on the 4th floor, easily accessible to all patrons. The centre offers a range of top-of-the-line fitness facilities from Life Fitness, a tennis hard court, the Fei Spa and an indoor heated pool which boasts a breathtaking view of Jing’An.
Cruise Line: Celebrity
Since its inception in 1989, Celebrity has held true to its original commitment of taking the very best aspects of classic, elegant cruising and updating them to reflect current lifestyles. In 1997, they merged with Royal Caribbean International to form Royal Caribbean Cruises Ltd. What sets Celebrity apart from other vacation choices today is the cruise line’s passionate dedication to providing guests with a cruise experience that embodies modern luxury. This has become the definition of Celebrity Cruises, and has set the worldwide standard for today’s expression of what first made cruising famous — high quality, superior design, spacious accommodations, grand style, attentive service and exceptional cuisine. Celebrity Cruises’ iconic “X” is the mark of modern luxury, with its cool, contemporary design and warm spaces; dining experiences where the design of the venues is as important as the cuisine; and the amazing service that only Celebrity can provide, all providing an unmatchable vacation experience.
A favorite of many vacationers, Celebrity Millennium® includes many award-winning Solstice® Class features. She’s been renewed with spa-inspired AquaClass® staterooms, the AquaClass signature restaurant, Blu, and the addition of verandas to her chic Celebrity Suites. There is no better way to experience the exotic beauty of Asia and the South Pacific than aboard Celebrity Millennium. Out of the ordinary? Definitely.
How you handle your own currency and financials is your choice while on the trip. Some people prefer to exchange all their money in advance, while others will rely solely on credit cards. Consider calling your bank ahead of time to have them aware of your international travel, especially when using cards or withdrawing money.
These are often readily available, especially in major cities. Some will charge fees on top of what your hometown bank may charge for using ATMs abroad. Look for well-marked machines that have the Visa or MasterCard symbols.
Currency can be exchanged at most banks when in need of cash. Ask a local host or tour manager if there is a nearby bank that is open.
Cards are now widely accepted all over the world, especially major brand names. Call your card ahead of time to find out its specific limitations and benefits overseas.
Do be aware that some additional charges for mini-bars, laundry and room service will not be included in the tour package. Plan accordingly for these extra charges.
Keep packing as simple as possible for easy transfers and customs screenings. Ask your domestic carrier their own rules for baggage allowance, which might mean additional fees. All bags will be screened during transfer to Beijing and onto cruise ship.
Luggage Screening Process
To pass through screening, have liquids either in small containers and bagged, or in checked luggage. All valuables necessary for the trip should be on your person at all times, if possible. This includes medications and documentation. We recommend one main bag and a carry-on, per airline guidelines with weight and size.
Have your bags all labeled with name and address clearly marked. Add something recognizable in case bags are misplaced. Also mark bags with “Enrichment Journeys” for fluidity.
In many countries, including the US, large liquid containers are not allowed in carry-ons. On the way back into the states, food or agriculture items are prohibited. If you are questioning a certain item, visit www.tsa.gov for a list of items that cannot be packed.
What to pack
Basics and layers are key to a comfortable Journey. Most regions will have cooler, blustery weather and sometimes rainy climates, so pack accordingly. There is always unusual variables as well, so make sure you have one sturdy jacket and an outfit for a formal occasion too, just in case.
Here are a few key item to take on your trip to Asia:
Have back-ups for everything to avoid disappointment. Charge batteries in advance and bring extra film or digital memory cards. If bringing a high-end camera, consider investing in insurance to protect your asset.
Some cell phones will work overseas, but incur additional charges for the use. Choose whether you would like to add an international plan by calling you carrier, or consider purchasing a pay-as-you-go phone overseas. However, many smartphones and tablets can pick up wireless internet for free in places like China, Thailand and Vietnam.
Your Health and Comfort
Protecting the Value of Your Travel Investment
Enrichment Journeys offers a comprehensive travel insurance package you can purchase alongside your trip. It eases the mind and lets you cancel your trip beforehand up to the departure date with a full refund – that means 100% coverage at anytime.
This covers a wide variety of incidents, including travel delay, emergency medical services, baggage delay and medical consultations abroad. You will also receive a pre-existing medical conditions waiver if travel insurance is purchased within 14 days of your initial deposit. For a full list of coverage provided, visit the FAQ section of the website.
Medical Issues and Handicaps
As with any extensive trip abroad, our excursions with Enrichment Journeys will require some physical capabilities, including transfers from cruise ships, walking on cobblestone streets and navigating through some busy cities with guides. Although we encourage all types of travelers to join us, we do ask you are aware of your own physical limitations. Unfortunately, we cannot provide individual care to those who may have walkers, wheelchairs or other aids. Enrichment Journeys also cannot accommodate pregnant women past their six month gestation period.
Please apply through our Personal Vacation Managers to see if certain itineraries are suitable for you and your needs. We are happy to suggest other viable options for you that are more accessible.
Per the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act, travelers have the right to be reasonably accommodated in terms of tours in public situations. However, the laws do not apply for trips and outside the United States. So you must let Enrichment Journeys know ahead of time of any physical limitations, including information added to our questionnaire that needs to be filled out by all passengers. Failure to inform Enrichment Journeys of these limitations could result in refusal to participate, whether it be at the airport through the airline, on board the ship or at the accommodations booked.
If you have any sort of prescription medication, this should be a number one priority in packing. Bring extra, just in case. A small medical kit is also advisable for quick access to remedy minor aches and pains.
While on Tour
Airport transfers are included as part of your Enrichment Journey. Local representatives will advise you of the departure time from your hotel the night before departure. Generally speaking, arrangements have been made to have you at the airport approximately three hours in advance of departure, though this may vary depending on local circumstances. At the end of the cruise, an airport transfer will also be provided. Please advise your Personal Vacation Manager if you do not require transfer arrangements at the time of booking your Journey.
A local host or tour manager will be happy to guide you through the trip and answer all of your questions. Upon arrival to your destination, an Enrichment Journeys representative will have the group go over items such as the daily schedule, cruise details, weather and local customs.
All hotels booked by Enrichment Journeys are held to a high standard of comfort and quality, in accordance to international accommodation standards and rating systems. However, each choice varies so you may experience various types of properties on your excursion.
Your identification is one of the most important things you will be carrying on your trip. Passports are required upon entry into Shanghai and subsequent countries. Have your passport and visas ready and available at all checkpoints. Scan and copy these documents to print out as well as e-mailing to yourself and someone back home in case anything is misplaced. It can also be worth bringing an international ID or license.
Passport and Visa
Your passport must be in good condition and valid for at least 6 months following your date of return from the trip. China requires a multiple entry tourist visa, which you can apply for before arrival. If traveling with a non-US passport, contact your local embassy to ensure this document is the only one needed for passage into China, South Korea and Taiwan.
Visa requirements change frequently and for various reasons. As a result, our Personal Vacation Managers are not always able to provide the most current visa information. However, you will need traveler visas for China prior to departure.
The best way to obtain up-to-date information regarding visa requirements is to visit the official US government website for Americans traveling abroad, Travel.State.Gov, which details specific information on the countries you would like to visit, including visa requirements.
Some cruise lines offer visa services for your cruise at an additional charge. However, this is not always available and your Journey starts on land.
You may also use a third-party visa service, such as CIBT. These services require an additional service fee but make the process of applying for a visa much simpler.
Vaccinations are not required by law in places such as China, but it is recommended to protect one’s health from preventable diseases abroad. It is always good to have routine vaccinations up to date when traveling for ailments such as chickenpox, measles and the flu shot. Use your own discretion when deciding on what vaccinations to have and your personal medical history. During this excursion, the utmost care will be taken with prepared food, atmosphere and other elements, so the likelihood of contracting diseases is scarce. Here are some suggestions for the various countries visited on this journey:
If you have more questions, feel free to contact the Center for Disease Control and Prevention at 1-800-232-4636 or visit the website at www.cdc.gov.travel.
Have an international electric outlet converter for this trip. Each country has variants, so this will ensure your electronics stay charged. China runs on 220v, South Korea runs on 220-240v and Taiwan runs on 110-120v. Most hotels will have two and three pronged outlets to use for various appliances. Ship cabins also have outlets for you to use with their converter.
You will be changing time zones periodically on the trip, but never more than one hour differences. These are the zones of each checkpoint:
By visiting various countries throughout the Journey, you will need several kinds of currency. This is only needed for additional shopping, food or extra expenses, as much of this is included in the trip.
Here are current exchange rates for China, Hong Kong, South Korea and Taiwan.
China – Yuan Renminbi, or Chinese Yuan
Banknotes in RMB 1, RMB 5, RMB 10, RMB 20, RMB 50, RMB 100
Coins in RMB 0.1, RMB 0.5, RMB 1
Exchange – $1 USD to 6.8 Chinese Yuan
Hong Kong – Hong Kong Dollar
Banknotes in $10, $20, $50, $100, $150, $500, $1000
Coins in $0.1, $0.2, $0.5, $1, $2, $5, $10
Exchange – $1 USD to $7.8 Hong Kong dollar
South Korea – Korean Republic Won
Banknotes in 1000, 5000, 10000, 50000
Coins in 10, 20 and 50 cents, dollar coins in 10, 50, 100, 500
Exchange – $1 USD to 1,118 KRW
Taiwan – New Taiwan Dollar
Banknotes in NT$100, NT$500, NT$1000
Coins in NT$1, NT$5, NT$10, NT$50
Exchange – $1 USD to NT$30
Tipping is always appreciated but not required. Expect several instances throughout the hospitality industry in Asia that allow for tipping. Have small bills ready for hotel staff, boat crew, restaurant servers and baggage handlers. Avoiding coins may be advisable, as it can be a cultural faux-pas to use these as tips.
Gratuities are included for group meals, at hotels and at airports. If you have a meal outside the itinerary or hire a resident driver, a few dollars in the local currency is customary. The local host or tour manager can be tipped roughly $8.00-$12.00 USD per day, as can any ship staff member (which will be split at the end of the day by all), and drivers can be tipped about $5 USD per day. Guides/drivers will happily accept either local currency or US.
With the tour covering a wide range of climates and regions, you will most likely come in contact with heat, rain, fog, wind and damp environments. Check the weather online before embarking for an up-to-date look at the conditions in major destinations (Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, etc.). The summer months of July and August are warmest, while winter months of December-February can be chilly.
|High/Low in Fahrenheit|
Altitude (above sea level, in feet)
Beijing – 144
Xi’an – 1,329
Hong Kong – 79
Shanghai – 13
Seoul – 125
Busan – 232
Taipei – 1,135
Practice the Local Language
Knowing a few phrases in the local native language can be a wonderful way to connect with people and feel immersed in the culture. Here are some top phrases in Mandarin (Chinese and Taiwanese), Cantonese (Hong Kong), Korean:
China – Chinese Mandarin
nǐ hǎo (Knee how): Hello
Xiè xiè (Sheh sheh): Thank you
Búyòng kèqì (Boo yong sheh): You’re welcome
Shì (Shr): Yes
Búshì (Boo shr): No
Duìbuqǐ (Dway boo chee): Excuse me
zài jiàn (Zi gee’en): Good Bye
duō shǎo qián (Dor sheow chen): How much?
Wǒ tīng bù dǒng (Wore ting boo dong): I don’t understand
kuài zǐ (Kwhy za): Chopstick
Hong Kong – Cantonese
néih hóu ma: How are you?
hóu hòisàm yihngsīk néih: Pleased to meet you
yāt louh seuhn fùng: Bon voyage
Nīgo géidō chín a: How much?
South Korea – Korean
Ban-gap-sum-ni-da: Nice to meet you
Kam-sa-ham-ni-da: Thank you
Jam-shi-man-yo: Excuse me/just a moment
Chway-seong-ham-ni-da: I’m sorry
Hwa-jang-shil o-di-ye-yo: Where is the bathroom?
Ol-ma-ye-yo: How much is it?
Han-guk-mal jal mot-hae-yo: I can’t speak Korean well
Taiwan – Taiwanese Mandarin
lí-hó (for one person) or lín-hó for more than one: Hello.
góa thiaⁿ-bô: I don’t understand
to-siā, kám-siā, or ló làt: Thank you
bián kheh-khì: You’re welcome
lōa-chōe/chē chîⁿ: how much is this
piān-so tī tó-ūi?: Where is the toilet?
gâu-chá: Good morning
gō-an: Good afternoon
àm-an: Good evening
Facts and Figures
Explore some unusual and fascinating facts about the countries you are about to visit!
China and Hong Kong
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