1 China 2011\12 Legendary for a reason\ Your travel guide to Contiki & China
2 Online check-in\ Save yourself time & Check-in online Want to jump the line & get on with having fun on the fi rst day of your tour? You can. Take advantage of Contiki s easy-to-use online Check-in service before you start your tour & skip the paperwork on day 1. It takes less than 5 minutes & it s simple to use, all you need to do is: Visit Contiki.com/checkin Follow the instructions on screen & enter all your essential details (like your booking reference, passport & insurance details) You re checked in - it s that easy. You ll also have access to all your essential tour information on your Contiki profi le & a whole lot of cool other stuff on the Contiki Community. Get connected\ Get advice, meet your trip mates, or become a fan! Join the Contiki Community online & connect with your tour mates before you jet off. Or meet & chat with our super-knowledgeable Contiki crew & past travellers for lots of handy travelling tips. Get answers to the big questions (like backpack or suitcase & how much money to take) & the small ones too. Jump in to the conversation, start your own or have a read of what others have posted. You ll also fi nd tons of great advice & articles in Contikipedia too. If you re on Facebook or Twitter, remember to follow us for the latest fun & offers. Join in now at contiki.com/community Or follow us at: facebook.com/contiki twitter.com/contiki youtube.com/contiki flickr flickr.com/contikiholidays
3 3 Welcome to Contiki\ Thank you for choosing to travel with Contiki. We re looking forward to showing you the highlights of China, from the amazing temples & Terracotta Army, to the bright lights & big city buzz of Hong Kong. Before you start your tour, take some time to read through this Travellers Guide there s lots of helpful information about your China Adventure tour & your holiday. It s full of ideas like what to pack, how much money you ll need, what to do in the city where your tour starts & more. Contiki have been travelling the world for almost 50 years - we know it inside & out. From included sightseeing to places to eat & things to do in your free time, we know what you re after when you travel in China & we re looking forward to taking you there. On behalf of all the team at Contiki Asia have a great holiday! At Contiki, we love the environment, so instead of printing this Travellers Guide, why not download the PDF & save it to your phone or ipod? Or, if you need to print it, you could try printing double sided, or 2 sheets per page. At Contiki, we love the environment, so instead of printing this Travellers Guide, why not download the PDF & save it to your phone or ipod? Or, if you need to print it, you could try printing double sided, or 2 sheets per page.
4 4 Finding your way around\ Before you go What to pack Baggage allowance Checklist Map of China Check-in online Clothing Toiletries & medication Electricity & voltage Flying hints Travel documents Insurance Passports & Visas Vaccinations Money matters Access to money Budgeting International country codes Photography Other information Kick start meeting Your Contiki Team Accommodation Meals Making a difference & responsible travel Local guides Transport Your coach Internal fl ights Smoking Health & hygiene Local customs Tipping Shopping Pickpockets Laundry facilities Explore in your own time Embassy & consulate information Stay in touch...23 Worldwide offices...24
5 5 Before you go\ What to pack Below is a guide about how much luggage to bring on tour & some ideas for what to pack for the time of year you re travelling. Baggage allowance Baggage is restricted to one reasonable sized suitcase. Please ensure your suitcase is no larger than 73cm x 50cm x 25cm (29 x 20 x 10 ) non-expanding & maximum weight of 20kgs (44lbs). You can should also bring one small bag, but no metal frame backpacks or vanity cases please as they are diffi cult to pack. We recommend that your hand luggage or daypack is suitable as an overnight bag as well. Due to the large number of included fl ights on Contiki s China Adventure tour luggage also needs to meet the weight & security restrictions imposed by airlines. Note: Contiki is not responsible for any costs incurred by overweight luggage. Checklist The checklist below gives you an idea of some other things you may need to organise & pack before you depart: Travel Insurance Visas (if applicable) Contiki tour vouchers Camera Insect repellent Two spare passport photos Passport Travellers Cheques/ money Contiki hotel vouchers Vaccinations Sunscreen Adaptor (for electrical appliances) Note: Don t pack your passport or money in your suitcase! Remember to bring photocopies of your passport & visa/s (if applicable). While we will do all we can to assist you, Contiki accepts no responsibility or any items that are left behind in any hotels or attractions.
6 China Map of where we travel\ BEIJING GREAT WALL OF CHINA XI AN CHINA SHANGHAI GUILIN YANGSHUO HONG KONG
7 7 Check-in online Save time on day 1 & check-in online before you leave home. It s easy. Just give us your details & tell us what you re interested in before you start your tour & you re done! It ll save you time, so you can get on with having fun as soon as you arrive. Visit contiki.com/checkin for details. See p2 for more. Clothing\ The checklist below gives you an idea of the clothing that you will require on your China tour. Rainproof jacket Swimwear Jeans Socks Shorts Thongs/sandals/fl ip-fl ops T-shirts Smart shoes Thick Sweater/Jumper Comfortable walking shoes Underwear Travel alarm clock Guys: Casual shirts Smart trousers Girls: Skirts Summer dresses When visiting pagodas or temples, shorts & tank-tops are un-acceptable. Your knees & shoulders must also be covered. A few ideas of what to pack include a swimsuit, sunglasses, a hat, t-shirts, shorts that are not too revealing, long trousers, some light-weight, long-sleeved tops & a light jacket that is wind & rain-resistant. Toiletries & medication\ Although imported beauty products are readily available it s advisable to pack staples like sunscreen, contact lens solution & mosquito repellent, as well as prescription medication. For the girls: Tampons are not always readily available, so it s strongly advised that you bring some from home. Electricity & voltage\ China: The electricity in China is generally 220V. In China you will usually fi nd 2 pin (USA style); 2 round pin (European style) or 3 pin (Aus/NZ Style) Hong Kong: The voltage in Hong Kong is generally 200V. You will require a 3 pin UK style adaptor plug. Note: It s a good idea to protect sensitive electronic equipment like laptops & hair straighteners from power fl uctuations by using a surge-protector.
8 8 Before you go\ Flying hints\ Ensure you carry all your travel documentation, your camera & any items to keep you occupied on your fl ight in your hand luggage. Most airports have restrictions on the amount of liquids that can be in your hand luggage, so it s a good idea to check before you pack. Take advantage of Duty-Free shopping but check the current Duty-Free limits that apply in the country of your destination. Don t carry articles packed by others & never accept articles to carry from people not known to you. Adjust immediately into local time on arrival by staying awake until evening before sleeping. This will help you recover from jet-lag, fast. In China & Hong Kong, penalties for drug offences are severe & include the death penalty. The possession of even small quantities of soft drugs for recreational purposes can result in lengthy jail sentences & deportation. Travel documents\ You should bring a money-belt or similar to safely carry your travel documents & cash & also ensure that your luggage has a lock. Bring photocopies of your passport & visa. When fl ying within China & to Hong Kong you will probably be given baggage claim tags (they will be stuck to the back of your ticket). Keep these, as you may need to show them when leaving the airport. Insurance\ It is strongly recommended that you take out comprehensive insurance cover for cancellation, medical expenses, personal accident, personal baggage, money & public liability before you travel. For insurance details, please speak to your Travel Agent or Contiki reservations agent at the time of making your booking. Passports & Visas\ (please read carefully) Depending on your nationality, you may require visas to enter China and/or Hong Kong. You are fully responsible for obtaining all necessary visas prior to the departure of your tour. Contiki is not legally permitted to knowingly allow anybody who does not have a valid visa to join a tour. Visa & other entry & exit conditions (such as currency, arrival/departure taxes, customs & quarantine regulations) change regularly. At contiki.com/contikipedia we have put together some information for all of the countries that we visit on our China Adventure tour. Take a look at Contikipedia & consult your travel agent to determine which visas you require & how to go about obtaining them.
9 9 Your passport must have at least six months validity remaining when you arrive. Local immigration authorities may deny entry & deport people who do not meet this requirement, even if they intend on staying only for a short period. Important to consider: 1. Visas can take up to six weeks & a fee is normally charged. 2. Failure to obtain all necessary visas could cause you to miss part of your tour & will result in you incurring considerable expense & inconvenience. 3. It is better to apply for all visas through your travel agent before you leave home. 4. It is very important that the entry dates are correct on the Visa. Your travel agent will contact Contiki for full details. Vaccinations\ At the time of production (April 2011) the following immunizations were recommended for travellers in China by the CDC (US Centre for Diseases Control & Prevention): Diphtheria & tetanus Polio Hepatitis A Hepatitis B Typhoid Rabies Japanese B Encephalitis Don t forget to bring with you any medication that you may require en route such as antihistamines, antibiotics, etc. Money in Asia\ Currency When you travel in China there are two main currencies: In mainland China, the accepted currency is Renminbi (CNY) & in Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). Many locations in mainland China are cash only. Local currency is available readily through cash machines which are prevalent through all areas Contiki s China Adventure tour visits. Cash machines readily accept all major cards for withdrawals. In Hong Kong, larger stores take credit cards, while smaller vendors are cash-only. In mainland China, credit cards are only accepted in larger department stores. Please note: Travellers Cheques are accepted in larger cities but can only be changed at banks. The process of changing travellers cheques in China can be quite time consuming. A good alternative is to use the Prepaid Cash Cards that are preloaded with an amount prior to travel. Funds can be withdrawn through local cash machines. You will need to allow enough money to cover optional lunches & dinners, souvenirs & shopping, drinks, explore more optional activities, entrance fees to some attractions & evening entertainment.
10 10 Access to money We highly recommend that you carry your currency in a number of different ways (cash, prepaid cash cards, credit cards and travellers cheques) so that you have access to money at all times while you re on tour. Please do not rely solely on a credit/ debit card for cash, as they are not accepted in all areas. Budgeting There are loads of great things to spend your money on while you re in China from an acrobatic performance or Peking Duck dinner to a cooking class or simply for an outfi t that you just can t resist So how much money should you bring? Your tour already includes plenty of things such as breakfast every day, many lunches and evening meals, lots of sightseeing, guided tours & activities & much more. So what else will you spend your money on? As a guide, the table below shows you the main items that you ll probably spend your money on while you re on tour. Item Lunch Dinner Public transport / taxis (during free time) Sightseeing / museum entrances Optional Activities Entertainment / drinks Internet access Souvenirs Approximate cost per day $7 - $10 $20 Frequency On days when there is no optional or included lunch On nights when there is no optional or included dinner $5 - $20 On the free days in cities $10 - $15 per museum/sight On the free days in cities See the Contiki website for prices $10 - $40 $2 - $5 per hour $5 - $10 As often as you want On the free days in cities On the free days in cities
11 11 International country codes\ When calling home you will need to ensure you use the correct country code below are a few for your reference. Your Tour Manager can recommend the most convenient places to call home. To make an international call from mainland China dial 00 before the country code. To make an international call from Hong Kong dial 001 before the country code. Australia 61 Canada 1 Great Britain 44 USA 1 New Zealand 64 South Africa 27 Japan 81 Indonesia 6 Singapore 65 Malaysia 60 Israel 972 Brazil 55 Mexico 52 Photography\ There are so many amazing sights to see in China so taking photos is an essential way of remembering your trip. Your Tour Manager will endeavour to allow as much time as possible for you to take photographs. However there may be occasions when it is not possible or practical to stop the transport the group is using. If travelling with a digital camera you should try to carry memory cards with enough storage for at least fi ve days at a time. You may have access to internet cafes in some larger places visited to download photographs. Doing this every couple of days will reduce the free time you have in cities. If you are travelling with a fi lm camera you should bring a good supply of fi lm. For peace of mind, skip photo shops that you don t know to avoid problems with fi lm development & get your precious pictures developed somewhere you trust.
12 12 Other Info\ Your Kick-start meeting\ Kick-start your Contiki experience with your fellow travelers & Tour Manager at this informal get-together before your tour. Kick-start meetings are a great way to meet your travel buddies & learn any important new information about your holiday before you go. Your kick-start meeting takes place on the night before your tour departure, or, on the fi rst day of tour (please check your tour documents for the exact time). The meetings are usually held in the start hotel reception area, however it s important that you check the Contiki welcome letter you receive from the hotel front desk to confi rm the exact location. Note: If you haven t already used our easy online check-in service, please bring your passport with you to the meeting. Your Contiki Team\ Tour Manager Contiki Tour Managers have been chosen for the qualities that enable them to make your trip to China a richer experience. Many of our Tour Managers have worked with us in other places around the globe. They re all English-speaking expats who call Asia home. You ll appreciate their knowledge of all the local hotspots like where you re going, the best things to see & ideas for your free time. They also complete all the behind the scenes work of pre-booking, border & customs procedures to make your tour hassle-free. In some circumstances, it may be necessary for your Tour Manager to make decisions on behalf of the group as a whole. In such cases, we ask for your cooperation. His or her decisions & discretion should be observed because they are in your best interest & that of your travel buddies, the Crew, & Contiki. Local Guides Contiki works closely with our on-the-ground partners, Beijing Central Tours & Safari and DMC The Destination Management Company, to buddy up with local English speaking guides. These professional, Local Guides help you learn & discover even more with their in-depth knowledge of the places you re visiting. Accommodation\ In China, it s almost entirely hotel accommodation. The hotels are well located, comfortable & have some great amenities, like Wi-Fi or cable internet if you re carrying a laptop or iphone, ensuite bathrooms & a TV. Between Beijing and Xi an we travel just like the locals do by train. We take an overnight train with sleeper beds in 4-berth cabins. The beds have thick mattresses with pillows, clean linen & blankets. Please note: All contracts for your accommodation are negotiated by Contiki many months in advance. There may be times when hotels will provide alternative accommodation to that advertised in the brochure. Such situations are beyond Contiki s control & we will do our utmost to minimise any inconvenience.
13 13 Meals\ All breakfasts are included, plus some lunches & dinners too. We don t include every meal for a reason though - to enable you to explore & try new foods from the places you visit in your free time. The Tour Manager & Local Guides can also recommend some great places to eat & we offer some excellent authentic optional dinners too. Making a difference & responsible travel\ Contiki Asia allows you to can give something back to the places you visit. Wherever possible Contiki is involved with organisations that support the community so when you travel Contiki, you also begin helping some of the less fortunate inthe countries we visit. In China for example, we visit a local hutong & also eat lunch with a local family so you can get an in-depth experience & a look at the way the locals live. Contiki s support of this experiences fi nancially supports the local community. Transport\ In China, half the fun is not where you go, but how you get there. So we have mixed up the transport with plane rides, an overnight train ride & rickshaws as fun & funky ways to get around. Your coach We always use private, air-con coaches instead of local buses, meaning we can get you to more remote places quickly & easily. Your comfort is our top concern whilst you travel. We do make regular stops where you will have the opportunity to buy a drink or snack, smoke (if you do) & use toilet facilities. Internal flights To reduce travelling time between destinations we use internal fl ights with reliable China Southern, China Eastern and Hong Kong Airlines - giving you more time in the places that count. On land, you ll take rides in rickshaws & on bicycles. Travelling with Contiki in China is varied & we make the most of what s on offer so you get a true taste of how the locals live. Health & hygiene\ It s important to look after your health whenever you are travelling, as you may have more late nights & early mornings than you do at home. Your Tour Manager will give you some hints on how to stay healthy while on tour & will also be able to provide you with obtaining medical assistance if you need it. Please remember that medications available over the counter at home may only be obtainable on prescription in China. Water in some areas is undrinkable, so please take care your Tour Manager will advise you. Bottled water is cheap & easily found throughout the countries visited. If you are on a regular course for medicine/contraception you must bring a supply suffi cient for the whole time you are away from home. We also suggest you bring a small supply of antiseptic cream, Band Aids, aspirin, insect repellent, cough mixture & perhaps a supply of antibiotics. These items are your responsibility. Smoking is not permitted on the coach, but regular stops are made when travelling.
14 14 Local customs in China\ In China (like most of Asia), dress standards conservative by western standards. In terms of behaviour, public displays of affection between men & women are frowned upon in many places. On the other hand, it s perfectly normal for members of the same sex to link arms or hold hands. Upon meeting someone new, people may simply nod to each other. Using both hands to shake someone s hand is considered a gesture of respect. Wait for your host to initiate this gesture. The majority of men in China smoke. While fl ights are non-smoking, few restaurants or bars offer non-smoking seating. However, when sitting with the group for meals, it is suggested that smoking is done away from the group so that they may enjoy their meal in a relatively smoke free environment. Things that you may consider rude in your country aren t rude in China. Burping loudly, spitting, shoving and shouting are considered pretty customary in China. Try to learn some of the local language but remember there are 23 different dialects to choose from in China! Your Tour Manager & Local guide can give you some tips on words you can try. Meeting the locals will give you a more authentic experience & give you some great memories to take home. Generally, if the local people see you respecting their customs they are appreciative of the effort that you re making. Remember, as an adult you will be held liable for your actions according to the individual laws of each country. Tipping\ Tipping is an accepted practice in all areas of the service industry & particularly in restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis. While on tour your Tour Manager will explain how tipping works in China & Hong Kong. In all areas of the service industry, from restaurants, bars, hotels & taxis, it is common practice to tip if you feel that the service received has been excellent. The same goes for your Contiki Team. If you feel that their service has been exceptional, then feel free to tip them. Our travellers often ask what to tip, we suggest USD$3 per person per day. Remember that tipping (& how much you tip) is optional - it s entirely up to you. Shopping\ There is a saying in China: Everything in China is negotiable. Buying and selling is a game that everyone plays. In large department stores the prices are fi xed. In markets and smaller stores you may have the chance to bargain. When it comes to getting a bargain while shopping there are some simple guidelines to follow: Start bargaining at a fraction of the asking price. For inexpensive items you can drop as low as 50% of the price. Try not to start too high! Get some practice on smaller items fi rst. Try your skills at bargaining on less expensive items, before moving up to the big stuff! Don t rush! Take your time to bargain if the seller doesn t move on the price, you can walk away and look at other items
15 15 Decide what you are prepared to pay. Ask yourself how much would I pay for this? and this will help to focus you bargaining skills. Walk away! If you reach a sticking price that is still too high for you, give your fi nal offer and walk away slowly (but make sure you look at other vendors and items). Sometimes you might be called back and sometimes you might go back without achieving anything. Don t feel sorry for the sellers. There will be many sad stories that vendors will tell you about how you are taking food from the mouths of my children, but this is all part of the game. Rest assured, they will make a profi t on any items they sell. Watch your belongings and pockets many pickpockets and thieves work in the markets that are popular with tourists. Some shops may provide a mail service, but please be aware that it can take up to six months & sometimes longer for the goods to arrive home and on arrival, perhaps be liable to customs & duty. If you choose to ship items home, we highly recommend that you buy shipping insurance & check the policy details. As shops are not responsible for damages incurred en-route, it s better to be safe than sorry. Contiki Holidays does not accept responsibility for any misrepresented or faulty goods. We do not take responsibility for following up on merchandise that you choose to ship home. Safety & security For the most part, China is a safe place to travel. However pickpockets and thieves work in common tourist areas throughout China, targeting locals as well as foreign tourists. Here are some tips on avoiding trouble: Don t keep all your money in the same place. Don t carry too much cash around with you. Don t carry your passport with you. Keep your bag zipped and hold on tight on a crowded subway or in other crowded places. Don t carry your wallet in an open back pocket. Don t carry valuables in a backpack. Here are some useful tips: Laundry facilities\ It s a good idea to start the tour with a week s worth of clean clothes so if it does take you a while to get the opportunity to do washing, you won t get caught out. Laundry services are available at a cost in most locations & your Tour Manager will advise on the best places to go.
16 16 Explore in your own time\ Getting out & exploring on your own is half the fun of experiencing new places. We ve put together a list of some cool places to visit if you feel like doing something different. Beijing\ Temple of Heaven This colourful complex of temples was built between 1406 & 1420, during the reign of the Yongle Emperor, the same emperor who instructed the building of the Forbidden city. The complex was extended & renamed the Temple of Heaven in the 16th Century & is located in southeastern Beijing. Historically, the complex was visited by the Emperors of Ming and Qing dynasties, who would head to the site to bring offerings & pray to the heavens for good harvests. Today, this UNESCO World Heritage site was re-furbished in 2005 & is open to the public most days. It also features gorgeous gardens, full of locals going about their day, like practicing tai chi, playing board games & relaxing. Hohai Lake Located in the historic Shichahai in central Beijing, this lake has recently become known for it s pumping nightlife. Ask your Tour Manager for some tips, there s lots of restaurants, bars, and cafes for you to relax & people watch, or take it up a level & head to a local spot for a fun night out. Liulichang Street (Shopping) Liulichang Street is a not to miss shopping experience. Refurbished in its original style of the Qing era, it is the perfect place to pick up virtually any kind of Chinese gift to take home. The cute shops are packed with crafts, gorgeous Chinese art, antiques, books & if you re looking for that perfect gift to take home, like a personalised Chinese calligraphy scroll you ll fi nd it here.. Xiushui (Silk Street Market) Born to shop? Head to Silk Street market for some bargains it s guaranteed to keep you busy for hours. With over 1,700 retail outlets, you ll fi nd a mix of fashion, accessories, silks to Chinese antiques, handcrafts & art. Nan Luo Gu Xiang (Nightlife and shopping) With its international vibes, Nan Luo Gu Xiang is a great place to head for a fun night out. There are lots of cool bars, coffee shops, shops & restaurants on offer, so ask your Tour Manager for some tips, or head out & explore & stumble across somewhere along the way. Sanlitun Village (nightlife and shopping) At Sanlitun Village you ll fi nd a real mix of designer shopping, more high street stores & restaurants that you might fi nd back home. The 17 buildings that make up the complex are pretty cool too, so it s a good place to check out some modern Chinese architecture & do splash some cash at the same time.
17 17 Xi an\ The Great Mosque of Xi an As one of the oldest & best preserved mosques in China, it was originally constructed in the 700 s, then re-built in the 1300 s during the reign of the Ming Dynasty. It s made up of courtyards & pavilions & is still a place of worship for many Muslim monks & is a popular spot for travellers to visit in Xi an. Xi an Drum and Bell Towers Built in 1384 by Emperor Zhu Yuanzhang, this tower dominated the landscape, marking the geographical centre of ancient Xi an. The Tower is the largest and best-preserved of its kind in China & is an impressive 36 meters high & during the reign of the Ming Dynasty, Xian was an important military town in Northwest China. The dark green glazed tiles on the eaves, gold-plating on the roof and gilded color painting make the tower a colorful & stunning piece of Ming Dynasty architecture. Forest of Stone Steles Museum You could head to China s largest stele museum for a look at these impressive rectangular stone tablets, inscribed with traditional Chinese scripts featuring funeral, commemorative, or territorial messages. With over 3,000 on display, there s lots to keep you entertained. You can also pick up some souvenir ink rubbings of the steles to take home for friends, family or yourself. Shanghai\ Propaganda Poster Art museum Head to the Shanghai Propaganda Poster Art Museum for a fascinating look into the history of propaganda after the rise of communism in China. Ride the Maglev Train Feeling the need for speed? You could take a ride on Shanghai s Maglev train for some seriously high speeds, travelling from central Shanghai to the airport in just over 7 minutes, with top speeds of 431km/ph. Shanghai Museum Get a taste of history at the Shanghai Museum. The building itself is amazing, with it s striking architecture & modern technology being sure to impress. Inside, it houses 10 permanent exhibitions, from ancient Chinese bronzes to calligraphy, paintings, Ming & Qing dynasty furniture to coins, sculptures & ceramics, plus smaller non-permanent exhibitions from around the world. ShangART - 50 Moganshan Road Made up of a complex of warehouses in days gone by, has recently fl ourished as main art district of Shanghai. With humble beginnings of a few galleries and artists studios, it is now considered to be similar to the early days of SOHO, New York. Yangshuo\ Silver Cave For something different you could take a trip about 30 min out of Yangshuo to see the impressing limestone Silver Cave. Made up of 3 different sections of the lower & upper caves & the grand hall, it s a pretty impressive sight, where lights glisten on the silvery cave walls.
18 18 Hong Kong\ Temple Street Night Market Go local & head out to the busy Temple Street night market for some tasty street food & shopping. Located in the central Hong Kong areas of areas of Jordan and Yau Ma Tei in Kowloon & is perfect for some great food, shopping & people watching. Ride on the Star Ferry Experience seriously awesome views of Hong Kong island as you cruise on the Star ferry, carrying passengers across Victoria harbour between Hong Kong island & Kowloon. Hong Kong Disneyland Feel like discovering your inner child again? Head to Hong Kong Disneyland for a fun day out at legendary Fantasyland, Tomorrowland & Main Street USA & more. Lantau Island Get in touch with your inner culture vulture & head to Lantau Island. Jump on a cable car Tung Chung to Ngong Ping Village, where you can see the worlds tallest seated bronze Buddha. Sitting on Ngong Ping plateau amongst the cool mountain scenery of Lantau Island, this massive Buddha is 34m high & took 10 years to make, weighing an impressive 220 tonnes. You could also visit the Po Lin Monastery for a delicious vegetarian lunch served by the local monks before heading back to mainland Hong Kong island. Roof of the IFC Mall Head to the landscaped roof of the downtown IFC Mall for incredible views over the city, for free! Although the restaurants around here can be pricey, the cool chilled out resort style outdoor areas are open to the public, so grab a bottle of wine & some nibbles with some friends & chill out whilst soaking up the incredible city views.
19 19 Embassy & Consulate Info\ Australia Beijing 21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Sanlitun, Beijing , China Tel: , Fax: Web: Shanghai Level 22, Citic Square, 1168 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai Tel: , Fax: Web: Hong Kong 23/F Harbour Centre, 25 Harbour Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Tel: , Fax: Web: UK/British Beijing British Embassy Beijing, 11 Guang Hua Lu, Jian Guo Men Wai, Beijing Beijing Embassy (Consular Section), 11 Guang Hua Lu, Beijing, Tel: +86 (10) (General enquiries only) Tel: +86 (10) (Consular assistance for British nationals) Fax: +86 (10) Fax: +86 (10) Consular Web: Shanghai British Consulate-General, Suite 301, Shanghai Centre, 1376 Nan Jing Xi Lu, Shanghai , Tel: , Fax: Web: Hong Kong British Consulate General, 1 Supreme Court Road, Hong Kong Tel: , Fax: , Emergencies: (86-21) Web: USA Beijing No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu Beijing Tel: (86-10) , Fax: Emergency Contact Number: Web: Shanghai Consulate General of the United States, 1038 West Nanjing Road, 8th Floor Tel: , Fax: , Emergencies: (86-21) Web:
20 20 Hong Kong General of the United States, 26 Garden Road, Hong Kong Tel: , Fax: Web: New Zealand Beijing New Zealand Embassy Beijing, 1 Ritan Dongerjie, Chaoyang District Beijing , Tel: , Fax: Web: Shanghai New Zealand Consulate-General, Room A, The Centre 989 Chang Le Road (c), Shanghai Tel: , Fax: Web: Hong Kong New Zealand Consulate-General Hong Kong, 6501 Central Plaza,18 Harbour Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong Tel: , Fax: Web: Canada Beijing 19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chao Yang District, Beijing Tel: , Consular Services Fax: Web: Shanghai 604, West Tower, 1376 Nanjing Road (West), Shanghai, , China Tel.: , Fax: Hong Kong 12th to 14th Floor, One Exchange Square Central, Hong Kong SAR, China Tel.: (852) , Fax: (852) Web: South Africa Beijing South African Embassy, 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Beijing PRC Tel: , Fax: Web: Shanghai South African Consulate General: Shanghai, Room 2706, Bund Center, No.222 Yan An Road (E.), Shanghai , Tel number: , Fax number: Web:
21 21 Hong Kong South African Consulate General in Hong Kong, 27/F Great Eagle Centre, Room , 23 Harbour Road, Wanchai, HONG KONG, Tel , Fax: Web: Germany Beijing The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany, 17 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing, Tel: +86 (0) , Central Fax: +86 (0) Web: Shanghai German Consulate General in Shanghai, 181 Yongfu Lu, Xuhui district, Shanghai, Tel: , Fax: , Web: Hong Kong German Consulate General Hong Kong, 21 / F, United Centre, 95 Queensway, Admiralty, Central District, Hong Kong, Tel: , Fax: Web:
22 22 Notes\
23 Stay in touch\ 23
24 Worldwide offices\ AUSTRALIA Travel House, Level 3, 35 Grafton Street, Bondi Junction, NSW 2022 Telephone: +61 (0) UNITED KINGDOM Wells House, 15 Elmfi eld Road Bromley, Kent, BR1 1LS Telephone: +44 (0) EUROPE Avenue Louis-Casaï 58, 1216 Cointrin, Geneva, Switzerland NEW ZEALAND 2nd Floor, Day Street Newton, Auckland Telephone: + 64 (0) AMERICA 801 East Katella Avenue, 3rd Floor Anaheim, CA Telephone: CANADA 33 Kern Road, Toronto, ON M3B 1S9, Telephone: SOUTH AFRICA 6 Hood Avenue Rosebank 2196 Johannesburg Telephone: ASIA 3 Pickering Street China Square Central (Nanking Row), #02-28/29, Singapore Telephone: c.net.sg contiki.com If you choose to write to Contiki via the Internet, please provide your home address so we are able to reply to you in writing. The information in this booklet was, to the best of our knowledge, correct at the time of going to print but we cannot be held responsible for any subsequent changes to the contents of it. Edition 2011 Contiki Asia all rights reserved.
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