Sleep like an emperor or empress! When it comes to places to stay, China offers a surprising array of modern hotels. We take into account a range of criteria when selecting our group tour accommodation. Having inspected what is available, we offer a carefully selected range of 3 - 4 star hotels. The emphasis is on accommodating you in well-managed centrally located properties that factor in comfort, cleanliness and a modest range of guest facilities. All guest rooms, some of which are pleasingly larger in China than their western counterparts, offer an en suite bathroom, a TV and sometimes a ‘fridge. Most of the hotels we use offer a range of guest facilities such as a restaurant or coffee shop and sometimes additional facilities such as a bar, shops, currency exchange and on occasion health and beauty services or pool.
In Beijing we stay at the 4 star Rainbow Hotel which is located on Xi Jing Road in Xuanwu District, close to the Heaven Temple and with easy access to the cities main sites including Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City and the National Museum which are less than 3km away (a 5-10 minute drive).
Rainbow Hotel, Beijing Wan Nain Hotel, Xi'an
The 4 star Wan Nain Grand hotel in Xi’an is used on all of our group tours. This towering 26 storey hotel is conveniently located on the eastern side of the city of Xian, with close proximity to main sights of ancient Xi’an.
Whilst in Shanghai we stay at the new 4 Star Paradise hotel, located on Changyang road in the Yangpu district. The hotel boasts excellent facilities, has shops and restaurants within walking distance and good transport links to the famous Bund, 9km away.
Paradise Hotel lobby, Shanghai Paradise Hotel, Shanghai
In more remote regions of China, the choice of accommodation may be more limited, but we will always book the best accommodation available. In return, be it the scenery or a hidden attraction, you’ll experience the best that such remote regions have to offer.
China’s trains are fast and efficient. When travelling during the day, ‘soft’ or upholstered seats are provided. On overnight journeys, travellers are accommodated in comfortable ‘soft class’ sleeper cabins with mixed sex, four-bunk compartments. You may be required to share with fellow tour group members or local people. A dining wagon serves reasonably priced noodles and rice dishes, snacks and drinks. On the Beijing - Xi’an service, there is also a small bar serving drinks including alcohol. Each wagon has a WC - Chinese squat-style or Western-style – and hand basin. Cabins can be locked from the inside. Luggage is stowed in overhead compartments and under the bottom bunk. Bedlinen and slippers are supplied and there is often a TV, with most channels in Mandarin but frequently one English-language one, too. You are advised to use a case with wheels and pack light as porterage is seldom available inside the railway stations.
On our 15-day Yin & Yangtze tour we include three nights aboard a Yangtze river cruiser for a journey through the stunning Three Gorges en route from Chongqing to Yichang. These large cruise boats can accommodate up to 200 passengers. Twin-bedded cabins are of Western 4 star standard, cosy and air-conditioned, with colour TV, phone, radio and en suite bathrooms. Facilities on board include a Chinese restaurant, bar, in and outdoor recreation decks, shore excursions, beauty salon, medical clinic, recreation room, foreign exchange, laundry service and commentary. Three meals a day are included and you can relax on a sunlounger or enjoy drinks at the bar on the top deck while taking in the incredible views.