Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about bookings, flights, discounts, getting in, health, where you’ll stay, how you’ll get around, with whom, dressed in what, eating what, we’ve got you covered!
Who are we?
We made a whole page to answer just this question. Click here to read about us.
Why should you travel with us?
You’re choosing pretty much the best value in China backpacker travel…
- We take you to see the absolute best of China. All-encompassing, packed itineraries give you access to the top must-see sites you’ve read about, as well as all the hidden, off-the-beaten-track destinations you haven’t.
- Experience travelling with an amazing group of like-minded people – not just those travelling with you, but our expert, fun-loving guides too! They’ll show you their part of China their way.
- Give something back by volunteering in the local community.
- We have an excellent commitment to safety – we do the hard work keeping you safe, so you can enjoy yourself to the full.
- Environmentally friendly and sustainable travel – we want these stunning places to exist for future generations.
- We like to think of ourselves as open-minded people, and our tours are for open-minded people too. We welcome travellers of any nationality, ethnicity, religion, political affiliation, gender and sexual orientation.
- We are a LGBT-friendly travel operator, so you’ll feel safe travelling with us, whatever your way of life – that means no judging and no harassing!
- Our China trips are most suitable for travellers aged 18 to 60, however, we do occasionally make exceptions outside of this on an individual basis.
Who travels with us?
On first glance, our ‘Dragons’ look like a disparate group of people. We’re young, old, long-time travellers, career-breakers, gap year-takers, families, students, teachers, explorers, history buffs, foodies, nomads, fitness freaks, anime-lovers, Brits, Europeans, Kiwis, Aussies, Americans and a whole lot more. However, whilst appearing very different at first glance, our travellers are more united than first appearances might suggest…
Just like our fantastic team, our customers share a thirst for knowledge, a taste for adventure and a genuine interest in discovering new cultures.
- A combination of Western and Chinese English-speaking Adventure Leaders.
- Free mandarin tuition for beginners
- Accommodation in hostels which meet The Dragon Trip’s high standards. All hostels have their own unique Chinese charm, and at the same time are safe, clean, and hygienic.
- All train, boat and bus tickets.
- Entry, transport and Adventures Leaders to some of China’s un-missable attractions, such as the Terracotta Warriors, camping on the Great Wall, and bamboo rafting down the Li River (a full list of all un-missable activities is available on individual trip pages).
- All taxes and charges.
What’s not included?
- Flights to and from China
- Aside from the many free un-missable activities The Dragon Trip offers you, we also offer some extra activities which are great value for money, safe and fun.
- Food and Drink – Eating and drinking is incredibly cheap in China, but even so, the Dragon Trip still gives you access to a great range of discounts on food and drinks in the liveliest bars in town.
- Any train/bus tickets for journeys made after the trip- we provide a booking service at a cost of 30 RMB per ticket booked, on top of the price of the ticket.
- Any hostels for after your trip has ended- we recommend that you use Hostel World for booking hostels. We can book hostels for you, however we will charge a service fee of 150 RMB.
When do the trips depart?
Please find the departure dates for each trip on their respective webpage.
Can I begin my trip on a non-listed date?
Yep, usually you can join the trip at any point. But, as China is a very big country, we might need to help you catch up to wherever the group you’ll be meeting is in China when you arrive, which sometimes adds to the cost of the trip. For any situations like this, please contact us with your specific request.
Why is The Dragon Trip better than other travel companies?
We offer a balance between cultural activities, extreme activities and great nightlife. We offer a package aimed at budget travellers, who want to travel with other like-minded people. We offer access to the real China, where you get to experience ‘The Middle Kingdom’ as an insider, rather than a tourist. As a result, we are consistently rated very highly on Trip Advisor.
We constantly strive to provide you with the best value for money while travelling in China, yet your safety is always our absolute priority – you’re in safe hands.
Why are we cheaper than other backpacking tours?
Firstly, we normally use public transport to get to the train stations and visit local attractions, and we find this not only keeps costs lower, but also provides a chance to experience real China, rather than observe it at a distance from a tourist minibus. Secondly, we often use young Adventure Leaders who work for us just for one or two seasons after graduating university. They are highly educated and thoroughly trained, but as they are doing it more for personal experience rather than to make money, they are cheaper, and some may argue, more enthusiastic than the ‘career tour guides’ used by most tour companies in China.
What are the ages & nationalities of people booked on Dragon trips?
Each trip is different, but our travelers come from all over the world and from every background- why not connect with fellow Dragon Trippers or meet people on The Dragon Trip Facebook page. Usually Dragon Trippers are aged anywhere between 18 to 30 something, but we do get older customers joining. We fully embrace the backpacker attitude that everyone is very welcome. A typical trip would include friends who have just finished high school, couples on career breaks, students on university holidays, and solo travelers from all walks of life. The group normally speaks English, but come from all over the world including the UK, North America, Australia and New Zealand, Mainland Europe, Israel and Brazil.
How can I book my trip?
All you have to do is email us with your full name at email@example.com and send in your deposit (10% of trip cost) to guarantee a place in the tour of your choosing. The full amount will be due 40 days before your trip departure date. Once we have confirmed your deposit or full payment, then we will need your correct passport name, birthdate and passport number so that we can issue you your visa invitation letters and booking pack.
What is the payment policy?
For all trips, a deposit of 10% of trip cost is required in order to confirm your booking, and the remaining amount is due 40 days prior to your departure. If you book on to our China tours less than 40 days prior to departure, the full balance will be due within 3 days of booking.
How do I pay?
After making a booking on our website, depending on whether you are paying in British pounds or US dollars, you will need to send your payment to our British account, or US account. If you are paying to our US dollar account please make sure to let your bank know that you do not want them to use an intermediary bank and instead send it directly to the US dollar account at HSBC UK – otherwise you may be charged with a $25 intermediary bank usage fee! You can also choose to pay via paypal but they charge a %3.4 additional cost for their service. As soon as we see your payment come through we will issue you a receipt confirming it.
British £ bank account details:
- HSBC Account Name: The Dragon Trip Pte. Ltd.
- Account Number: 8153 1115
- Sort Code: 40 02 08
- Branch Address: HSBC Bank Plc, 455 Strand, London, WC2R 0RH
- Swift Code: MIDLGB22 IBAN: GB82MIDL40020881531115
US $ bank account details (for customers based in the USA):
- Eastern Bank Account Name: The Dragon Trip LLC
- Account Number: 60141 9715
- Routing Number: 0113 01798
- Swift Code: EASRUS3B
- Send checks to: The Dragon Trip, 51 Melcher Street – First Floor, Boston, MA 02210, USA
US $ bank account details (for customers based outside of the USA, including Canada):
- HSBC Account Name: The Dragon Trip
- Account Number: 7454 4436
- Sort Code: 40 12 76
- Branch Address: HSBC Bank Plc, 455 Strand, London, WC2R 0RH
- Swift Code: HBUKGB4B IBAN: GB37HBUK40127674544436
Euro € bank account details:
- HSBC Account name: THE DRAGON TRIP
- Account type: FGN CURRENT
- Sort Code: 401276
- Account number: 76228606
- Bank Identifier Code: HBUKGB4B
- International Bank Account Number: GB77HBUK40127676228606
What is the refund policy?
You are entitled to a full refund for any reason up to 10 days after you make a booking, after this period, all payments are non-refundable. If you have paid or booked within 40 days of your trip departure date no refunds will be granted from The Dragon Trip and refunds must be pursued with your travel insurance provider.
What happens if there is an unforeseen emergency?
Examples of this would include:
– Terrorist attack
– Civil unrest
– Bad Weather
The Dragon Trip will only pay up to the original costs outlined in the itinerary, but will not pay any additional costs* in excess of 40 RMB per person. Our official policy is to charge customers for any extra costs and advise them to request reimbursement from their travel insurance provider. Payment to The Dragon Trip should be made before the company makes additional purchases whenever possible.
*Additional costs may include (but are not limited to) arranging new transportation or booking new accommodation for the group.
Because this policy involves emergency situations, it is always on a case by case basis. Adventure tour managers reserve the right to make an exception to this rule if the group’s safety is in danger or a decision needs to be made immediately (i.e. the next train is about to depart and we need to quickly buy new tickets without consulting the group). In these cases, it is acceptable for the company to make purchases without receiving payment from customers in advance.
After their tour, customers can request reimbursement from travel insurance. Many travel insurance providers offer some form of “Bad Weather or Natural Disaster Coverage” which covers unexpected inclement weather or unexpected natural disasters. These are examples of relevant coverages included in most most policies:
• Trip Delay – generally from bad weather or carrier-caused delays. Trip Delay is reimbursement for meals and accommodations that you might incur if your trip is delayed for a covered reason. Trip Delay can happen at anytime throughout the trip. For example, you’ll be reimbursed up to the daily limit for meals and accommodations (to the policy maximum) if your departure is delayed for more than the number of hours required for a covered reason during your trip.
• Trip Interruption – you unexpectedly return home early from your trip. This reimburses you for your unused prepaid trip costs and one
If The Dragon Trip goes out of business, would I still be able to get a refund?
Yes, as stated below:
Total Payment Protection (topp) Policy cover.
In compliance with the UK Package Travel, Package Holidays and Package Tours Regulations 1992 an insurance policy has been arranged with Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (t&g), to protect customers’ prepayments in the unlikely event of our financial failure and paid in respect of:
- non-flight inclusive packages commencing and returning to the UK
- the ground handling aspects of packages where the customer is responsible for arranging travel to the destination offered in this brochure/literature/document/ on the website (subject to the terms of the insurance policy), for:
- a refund of such prepayments if customers have not yet travelled, or
- making arrangements to enable the holiday to continue if customers have already travelled
Customers’ prepayments are protected by a topp policy.
In the unlikely event of financial failure please contact the claims helpline on 0870 0137 965. A copy of the policy is available on request.
This policy is provided by Travel & General Insurance Services Limited (t&g), registered number 02527363 and underwritten by Hiscox Insurance Company Limited (Hiscox), registered number 00070234. t&g and Hiscox are authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority and the Prudential Regulation Authority (number 113849)
What if I miss the booking deadline for a trip?
Unfortunately, registration for our backpacker tours is closed 18 days before the departure date. You do have the option of arranging another trip as an independent traveller. This means that you will let us know where you would like to go, when you would like to go, and how many people you would like to go with and we will arrange all the Adventure Leaders, accommodations and transportation (all still at the most competitive price point). This is a much more flexible (and shorter) trip option, which many of our travellers do choose to do.
Is there anything I need to do after (if) I book through another agent?
Please kindly provide us with a scan or photo of your passport’s information page so that we may begin to issue you your visa invitation documents.
How do our promotions work?
All promotions used must be stated at the time of booking and cannot be backdated. Promotions cannot be used in conjunction with any other offers. Any discount applied is at the sole discretion of the Dragon Trip.
Can I use my student card?
Unfortunately, the Chinese Tourism board has mandated that only national (i.e. Chinese) student cards will be accepted from May 8, 2015. So, no.
How do I get my Chinese Visa?
A visa is required for China, so once you’ve made your booking with us, Dragon Trip will send you detailed instructions on applying for your visa, a visa invitation letter and a detailed itinerary, and a number of other items in your booking packet.
You will need at least six months validity on your passport to get your visa. If this means getting a new passport then we will need to have a copy of your most recent passport as well as the one you booked with. You will need to follow the instructions of your countries embassy on applying for your visa and we suggest allowing two weeks for this to be processed. You should apply for your visa within three months of your travel start date. For more information prior to booking you can check the China Visa Application Service Center or the website of your local Chinese consulate. You can also find information regarding visas for Macau and Hong Kong here. Still confused? You can click here for step-by-step instructions!
How do I get a VISA if I’m away (abroad) from home?
Your visa invitation letter and detailed itinerary together should act as proof of accommodation. Please be advised that there is a statement in your visa invitation letter that we will book everything on the organized tour.
This document is signed by the Chinese travel organizer Zhonglei, and stamped with a Chinese government seal, therefore, it should act as verification of booking. We have never had any problems with visas not being granted whether applied for in the UK, Thailand, Hong Kong, Japan or any other country/embassy.
We know that the visa application process is stressful, and must be even more so in a foreign land! But please be assured that we have never, up to this point, experienced an issue with tourist visas being granted with the documents that you should already have in your possession.
What travel insurance do I need for China?
We require all our customers to have backpackers travel insurance when coming on the trip. We recommend purchasing a travel insurance that offers ‘Bad Weather or Natural Disaster Coverage’.
Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you. In the event of an accident, we may need contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number and your policy number. When it comes to who to choose, we’re big fans of World Nomads as a travel insurance provider.
Do I need any special vaccinations for China?
The Dragon Trip aims to enter no areas with tropical diseases. However, like with any backpacking trip, we urge you to seek advice from a travel nurse before departing your home country.
- Yellow Fever: The only vaccine required by international regulations is Yellow Fever. Proof of vaccination against yellow fever is only required if you have visited a country in the yellow-fever zone within the six days prior to entering China.
- Dengue: This mosquito-borne disease occurs in some parts of southern China. There is no vaccine so avoid mosquito bites. Use insect avoidance measures at all times.
- Hep A: All travellers to China should be vaccinated.
- Hep B: Sexually transmitted. All travellers to China should be vaccinated.
- Japanese Encephalitis: Vaccination is recommended if you’re in rural areas for more than a month during summer months. Many of our travellers have done the trip without this vaccination. However, as a company we must urge you to take all precautions deemed necessary including the highest level of immunizations for safety reasons. But as we have mentioned, some choose to travel without this vaccination and so far we have not had a problem.
- Malaria: Generally, malaria is a high risk only in the areas of China that border Myanmar and Vietnam and we do not go to these places so it should not be a primary concern for you. However, as we mentioned above, we must advise you to err on the side of safety.
- Rabies: Don’t need pre-vaccination per se.
- Bilharzia/Schistosomiasis: Avoid swimming or bathing in fresh water where Bilharzia is present.
- Typhoid: All travellers spending more than a week in China should be vaccinated.
I’m not very physically fit! Is the trip suitable for me?
At its heart, the Dragon Trip is an adventure tour of China, but you can make your Dragon Trip as physically active (or inactive) as you want. Instead of hiking up Moon Hill, you could ask your Adventure Leader for a more relaxing activity like going for a massage!
I have a medical condition – is this OK?
Generally yes, but please do inform us of your specific requirements at the point of booking.
Do I need a first aid kit?
All of our Adventure Leaders have a fully equipped first aid kit with them at all times, but of course there is no harm in bringing your own small one along. We also advise that you bring your own antihistamine, anti-diarrhoea, and painkillers if you think you’ll need them. If you go via Hong Kong, you’ll have the chance to stock up on medication at the beginning of your trip.
If something happens, will I be able to get necessary medical attention?
All Chinese cities have hospitals and clinics in case of emergencies. With that being said, medical treatment is certainly more developed in the bigger cities, but regardless of where you are in China, medical treatment is available, and your Adventure Leader will always be on hand to help take you to a hospital if worst comes to worst.
Which hostels do we use? Their addresses?
*Please note, hostels are subject to change dependent on availability.
- Yesinn @ YMT (formerly known as Hi Inn @ Nathan Road/Wing Sing hotel) – Hong Kong – 2/F, 1B Wing Sing lane, Yau Ma Tei (Tel: +852 2771 8088)
- Yangshuo 11 Youth Hostel – Yangshuo – NO.14 Lian Feng Xiang West, Street Yangshuo Guilin, Guangxi, (Tel: +852 2771 8088)
- The Hidden House – Yangshuo – NO. 35 Pantao Road, YangShuo Guilin GuangXi, (Tel: +86 773 882 2860)
- Mr. Panda Hostel – Chengdu – No,6 Linjiang Middle Road, Wuhou District, (Tel: +86 288 705 5315)
- Flipflop Hostel – Chengdu – No.98, Dongsheng Street, Jinjiang, (Tel: +86 286 250 0185)
- HanTang Inn Hostel – Xi’an – No.7 NanChang Alley at the south of the XinCheng Square, (Tel: +86 298 728 7772)
- HanTang House – Xi’an – No.32 NanChang Alley at the south of the XinCheng Square, (Tel: +86 298 738 9765)
- Bandeng Guest house – Shaolin – near Shaolin temple, (Tel: +86 371 6287 8161)
- Beijing Spring Time Hostel- Beijing – No 1 Dongsinan Street, Dongcheng, 100010 Beijing, China (Tel: +86 10 6528 7277)
- Leo Hostel (Changcheng) – Beijing – No. 52, Da ZhaLanXiJie, Qianmen, (Tel: +86 010 6303 3318)
- Hangzhou Joyspring International Youth Hostel – Hangzhou -No. 110. Siyanjing. Hupao Road. Xihu district
- Phoenix Hostel – Shanghai – 15-17 South Yunnan Road Shanghai, (Tel: +86 021 6328 8680)
- Wanhe Guest House – Fujian – Taxia Village Nanjing Zhangzhou District, (Tel: +86 139 5962 8178)
What is the standard of accommodation?
All of the hostels are clean, air-conditioned or have fans, are safe, have good showers, internet, washing machines and most importantly, have real Chinese character. People who stay at hostels are usually young people aged 18 to 35 who are travelling on a smaller budget than people staying at hotels. So it is easy to make friends and fun to hang out at the bar (all the hostels we stay at have cool bars and lounging areas to hang out). If you would like to stay in a private room though, that is absolutely possible as well as we have room upgrades available at the time of purchase.
Do the hostels have WIFI? Will I be able to keep in touch with friends and family while in China?
There is Wi-Fi and computers available for use in all hostels you stay in during The Dragon Trip. You can also purchase a Chinese SIM card very cheaply to stay in touch and your Adventure Leader can help you with this.
If you would like to use a VPN while in China please set it up before entering Mainland China as most VPN sites are also blocked in Mainland China. Additionally, there is a free, but slower, VPN available in Mainland China which you can access by going to www.betternet.co directly on your device.
Do I need to bring power converters?
Chinese electrical outlets are 220 volt and use the US standard plug shape. This means if your country uses 110 volt outlets- i.e. the US- you need a convertor for your devices; however with that being said, most computer and phone chargers are equipped to use either 220 volt or 110 volt outlets, but please check your specific device to be sure.
Do I need a sleeping bag or is linen supplied in the hostels?
All bedding – including sleeping bags and mats during Great Wall camping – is provided ?
Who looks after our bags when we’re on transport and/or day excursions?
The bags will be stored at the hostels where they are tagged and recorded. We have never had a case of anyone losing their luggage or having their luggage stolen so you can focus on having fun.
Can I upgrade to a private room?
Yes! If you’d like to upgrade to a private room the prices are listed below. Just email us at least one month prior to departure to let us know you’d like to upgrade. Room upgrades include single, double and twin rooms. The upgrade fee is for the room, not per person. If you are a couple upgrading, then the prices below will be split between the two of you – ie. a double room upgrade for the HK-HK 25 day trip would be £120 per person.
- HK-HK 25 days = £240
- SH-SH 18 days = £200
- BJ-BJ 18 days = £200
- HK-HK 16 days = £190
- HK-BJ 15 days = £190
- BJ-SH 9 days = £90
- HK-CD 8 days = $200
What time are the trains?
- Shenzhen North to Guilin is from 14:26 – 17:26 (bullet train)
- Guilin to Chengdu is from 11:53 – 19:11 (bullet train)
- Xi’an to Beijing is from 19:30 – 9:00
- Beijing to Hangzhou is from 19:30 – 8:30
- Shanghai to Fujian (day train) 10:00 – 18:00
- Fujian to Guangzhou 22:00 – 7:00
What is it like on the trains?
You only get beds on the overnight trains. Bullet trains or day trains are best compared with airplane seats. We try to get all our travellers in the same compartment/seating area as well so that you can have fun getting to know each other better, playing some games, and even sharing a few drinks.
Can I upgrade to a different train class?
It is possible to upgrade to a four-berth soft sleeper on your trip. If you would like to upgrade please send us an email and we will be happy to arrange this for you. The below train upgrade fees are per person.
- HK-HK 25 days = £70
- SH-SH 18 days = £100
- BJ-BJ 18 days = £115
- HK-HK 16 days = £80
- HK-BJ 15 days = £45
- BJ-SH 9 days = £55
Will we be sitting together?
All train tickets in China must be purchased through a central booking center which means there is always a small chance that you may not be seated together with the person that you have booked the tour together with.
If you or a fellow traveller has a seat that is not with the group, our Adventure Leaders have a process to help you switch your tickets, so that you are seated next to the group. In some train stations, the Adventure Leader will be able to board the train even when they won’t be travelling themselves. In this case, they will switch tickets with a local so that Dragon Trippers can sit together.
Do you provide an airport transfer service?
The Dragon Trip provides, upon request, airport transfers. The price is GBP 30 for a pick up and GBP 30 for a drop-off. This will be in private transportation (up to 4 PAX). If you’d like a bilingual guide to meet you and ride with you from the airport to your destination, or vice versa, it is GBP 20 for a pick up and GBP 20 for a drop off (up to 3 PAX). This service is available from and to the following airport locations: Guilin, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, and Shanghai.
Who are the adventure leaders?
Each group will be accompanied by a combination of Chinese or Western Adventure Leaders. All our adventure leaders speak English and Mandarin, and have the passion and knowledge to ensure that they can help you have a great time in each destination.
How experienced are they? And will they be travelling with us?
Each of our Adventure Leaders is an expert in their area – so actually you will have a different Adventure Leader in each location. At the end of the trip for each location they will either travel with you just on the train, or see you off onto your train and another Adventure Leader will pick you right back up as soon as you get off your train.
For more information on who’ll you’ll be travelling with, meet our team!
What should I pack for my trip?
We strongly recommend packing very light for The Dragon Trip. China has everything under the sun- they are after all the world’s factory- so don’t fret too much if you left something behind, almost anything you’d conceivably need is available throughout China. You really need very little as you can wash clothes regularly in the hostels. Bear in mind also that you can leave a bag in Hong Kong for the duration of your trip for 20HKD/day per bag.
Suitcase or backpack?
Suitcase is OK, but a backpack/hold-all is much, much more convenient.
I’m doing this trip as part of a gap year so I’ll have a very large bag – is this OK?
If you are starting and finishing in the same location you are able to leave luggage at the hostel for 20HKD/day per bag. We advise a rucksack of 50 – 70L but a suitcase is also fine. If necessary absolutely, arrangements can also be made to send things domestically, for an extra fee.
- Sensible walking shoes
- Swimming costume
- Lightweight waterproof
- Passport with China Visa
- Chinese yuan or credit/debit card
- Student card if you have one, as there are a few student deals on the trip
- Travel insurance policy
- Photocopies of insurance policy, bank cards, passport photo page, visa
- Books and other entertainments for the night trains
- Mosquito repellent, sun-screen and after-sun
- Camera and charger – China is a photographer’s dream!
- Small first aid kit with medicine for diarrhea, paracetamol, disinfectant etc.
- If travelling before May or after September, please bring a hat, gloves, coat, hoodie and warm trousers with you
- A big bag and a small rucksack. We sometimes get separated from our big bags, so you’ll need to keep your valuables with you in a small bag.
If you are starting your trip in Hong Kong you can leave a bag in Hong Kong for the duration of your trip for 20HKD/day per bad. Bring electronic products at your own risk. Some customers choose to travel with iPhones, tablets and laptops, but although theft is extremely rare on the Dragon Trip there is petty crime in some areas we visit.
How do I get money in China?
You will be able to withdraw money at an ATM in each city, and your Adventure Leader will tell you when the next stop on the Trip where you will be able to withdraw more cash is. We advise that you notify your bank that you will be travelling before you depart. As a note, many banks and cards do charge a foreign transaction fee when withdrawing money while abroad, so it will probably be cheaper to exchange Chinese Yuan (RMB) before you start your trip.
How much should I budget for food and drink on the Dragon Trip?
Food in China is very cheap. We advise you to budget 80 RMB per day for food in great local restaurants your Adventure Leader will take you to which we know are safe and tasty. If you want to eat cheaper than this you can by eating more simple dishes like fried rice/noodles which come in at less that 10 RMB per meal.
As an example of prices of everyday items: Small bottle water- 2 RMB Basic Chinese meal- 35 RMB Drink in a night club- 70 RMB Beer in a restaurant/hostel 10-20 RMB Coke- 6 RMB Taxi- 10 minutes- 20 RMB (taxi prices vary depending on the city, but are very cheap compared to Europe/North America)
Do I need to tip in China?
Tipping in China is not customary and is not necessary. Of course, voluntary tipping is completely up to you, but in places like restaurants, bars or taxis it is extremely rare.
What kind of food will we be eating on the trip?
One of the best parts of traveling in China is definitely the food! With its diverse mix of different cuisines, food throughout the country can be vastly different, but fear not- with literally thousands of options, China has something for everyone, even the pickiest or most adventurous of eaters.
What kind of restaurants will we go to?
Your Adventure Leader will always offer to take you for a group meal, where we go to a local restaurant, which we know is hygienic and has cheap and delicious food. These meals usually work out at 30 RMB (£3/$4.50) per person, but if you do want to eat cheaper, you can always grab a bowl of noodles or fried rice for around 10 RMB (£1/$1.50). If you are craving Western food, the hostels all offer affordable Western dishes like pizza and pasta for about 30-40 RMB.
I’m vegetarian/have allergies – will I be able to get the right food?
Yes! With so many food choices, China can meet the needs of individuals with special dietary needs or requests. Just tell your Adventure Leader and they can help you find something suitable. You will probably discover a new dish that you love!
Can I use my mobile in China?
Typically the answer if yes, as long as your cell phone has been unlocked for international usage. For travellers wishing to use their own cell phone while in China, The Dragon Trip Cell recommends bringing a handset that’s unlocked and then purchasing an inexpensive prepaid SIM card from one of China’s three mobile phone providers (China Unicom, China Mobile, or China Telecom) directly from their retail outlets- this process will require you to bring your passport. SIM cards can also be recharged at most convenient stores or roadside newspaper stands for around 100 RMB. Typically purchased SIM cards can be used for domestic calls, texting and 3G/4G data.
I have an emergency on my trip, who should I contact?
If you encounter an emergency on your Dragon Trip in China, you can call our 24-hour emergency line on +86 131 2069 4367. Please note, this number should only be used in real emergencies related to someone being in danger or encountering an incident during their trip.
For all other calls, please contact our team in London on +44 (0)207 157 9964.
- If you can’t find what you’re after, email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Any promotional code used must be presented and used at the time of paying your deposit and thereby confirming your booking. No special offers can be used on bookings which have already been submitted and confirmed.
- Our prices are set in US$, prices listed in British Pounds and Euros are for reference only, and although we update these regularly, they are occasionally inaccurate. If paying for your tour in a currency other than USD $, we do need to have received an amount which converts to the cost of your specific trip at the point of purchase. For currency conversion rates please check www.xe.com
- Typical Group size is 20 people. Minimum group size is 3 people.
- Accommodation is not provided the night before Day 1 of your trip or for the night of the last day of your trip.
- If booking your own accommodation for the night before Day 1 of your trip or for the evening of the last day we recommend the following:
Beijing – Spring Time Hostel
Shanghai – Phoenix Hostel
Hong Kong – Yesinn @ YMT
- If your trip starts in Hong Kong, your pre-departure briefing is in the lobby of Yes Inn @ YMT at 7am on the first day of the trip. Bring your luggage with you as you can leave it in Yes Inn whilst you hike.
Please bring details of your travel insurance along with you to the meeting. In the event of an accident, we may need contact your insurance company on your behalf, so we will need the insurance company’s name and phone number and your policy number
If you can’t make the 7am meeting, then please meet us at the lobby of Yes Inn @ YMT at 11am (at the VERY latest) on the morning you leave. Click here for directions to Yes Inn.
- As this is a backpacker tour, we often use public transport on our activities and to transfer between the hostel and the train station.
- Please note, we work hard to keep our published itineraries as up to date as possible. However, as we are constantly striving to improve our trips, sometime the itineraries may change slightly between the time you make a booking and the time you go on The Dragon Trip.
- Similarly, please be aware that camping on the Great Wall is an activity only available from April to end of September.
- In order to keep our prices as low as possible, occasionally on longer trains, one Adventure Leader will put you on a train, and another will collect you off the train in your destination.
- The Dragon Trip recommends avoiding travelling long distances in China during Spring Festival Golden Week (early February) and National Day Golden Week (early October), unless arranged far in advance. This is because China has an enormous populations that all looks to travel and visit tourist attractions at the same time. This makes tourist attractions exceedingly crowded and last minute bookings extremely difficult. Tickets for transportation often sell out and entire cities hotel room have been known to book up. With this being said, it is possible to travel during these times, just difficult.
Click here for a list of China’s public holidays.
- The use of Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) is prohibited during activities organized by The Dragon Trip. If you are in possession of a drone when entering the country it is your responsibility to be informed of and follow all local laws. This may include registering your drone with authorities. If you violate this policy or operate a drone illegally you are subject to removal from the tour as per our terms & conditions.