Your China questions answered

Would you love to visit China but still have some nagging doubts? We answer subscribers commonly asked questions and hopefully allay your fears.
Q. Fred
I am a solo traveller and want to visit Beijing & Shanghai. How can I go in group not just with couples?

A. There are a variety of group tours which cater for first-time and repeat travellers to China. Due to the wide selection of tours and experiences on offer, the passengers on group tours can consist of a group of friends travelling together, couples, single travellers, and families with kids. For solo travellers who want to visit Beijing and Shanghai, Helen Wong’s 12-day China Discovery group tour takes in the highlights of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and is highly recommended. Helen Wong’s Tours can also try and match a single traveller with another. However, if this is not possible, the single passenger will be required to pay the single supplement.

Q. Pauline
I want to experience famous night markets in China. How safe is it to eat street food?

A. Many travellers pass through the famous night markets and sample the wares on offer. Most survive without so much as indigestion however, it’s simply not possible to guarantee the safety of the street food. We recommend that you have your meals at the restaurants or establishments included in your group tour. But if you’re feeling brave, have a go!

Q. Sam
I would like to experience Silk Road. Is it possible to do so as an independent tourist, but with some support (eg guide, driver)?

A. Because of the long distances covered and general remoteness of the Silk Road which stretches as far west as historic Kashgar, it is often only included such a journey in a guided group tour. Helen Wong’s 26-day Ancient Silk Route begins with a flight from Beijing to Urumqi and includes visits to desolate Turpan, Dunhuang and its ancient grottoes. The Mingsha Dunes (home of the “singing sand” and Crescent Moon Lake), Jiayuguan (close to the remains of the Great Wall), Lanzhou on the banks of the Yellow River, Xiahe (Little Tibet and the giant Buddhist lamasery), Tianshui and Xian, home of the Terracotta Army are also sights which are included. A harsh winter means the season is restricted to seven months, from April until October.

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