Itinerary Page for Travel to China 

21 day itinerary + 2 travel days

Outline

 

1. Summary and notes

2. Costs and Total Cost

3. Calendar

4. Map

5. Transportation cost detail

6. Cities cost detail

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1. Summary and notes

 

This itinerary is for a 23 day trip to China, with two travel days, leaving May 1 and returning to Omaha May 23.

 

I am blind. This trip is planned as a two-person trip with my sister, Molly, who will be my sighted companion. We were both born in China and we both spent our early years in Chinese orphanages. My parents adopted me in 1997 and Molly in 2000. The trip involves visits to our Chinese cities, Nanning and Nanchang, and visits to our orphanages there. The Nanning itinerary also includes a visit to the bus station where I was abandoned before I was taken to the orphanage.  We took a similar trip with my parents to China in 2008, and visited many of the places on this itinerary, but there are many first-time visits as well.

 

The flights are different than the ones I picked earlier in the semester, because those dates are now past. The May 1 departure was the cheapest option available in the next six months. I also looked at one-way flights to and from Hong Kong and Beijing to eliminate the in-country flight connecting to the return flight home, but those options were much more expensive. I did not look for options other than direct flights from and to Omaha because the earlier assignment showed that the cost savings were not worth the extra travel time. As with the earlier assignment, I used the Matrix ITA search engine to generate the flight schedules and costs

 

The in-country travel between cities is all by second-class travel on high speed G or D trains, except for the in-country flight from Beijing to Hong Kong connecting to my return flight to Omaha. I used the search tool at http://trains.china.org.cn/ to generate the schedules and prices.

 

I used hotels exclusively for lodging. One of the books I used, Josh Summers' Travel to China, strongly recommended against using Airbnb in China because foreign tourists must register all lodging stays with the government. Hotels do this for you, but Airbnb's doesn't, and you have to register yourself, which includes a trip to the police station. To select hotels, I used the Trip.com search engine, which was recommended by Summers.  For some reason, it usually gave better prices than Expedia for the same hotel. In China, foreign tourists are not allowed to stay in hotels rated below three stars (using the Chinese government's rating system), so I just selected inexpensive, centrally located three star hotels in each city. centrally located hotels were a little more expensive in shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong. all hotels are more expensive in ong Kong.

 

I included a four day, three night Yangtze river cruise on my itinerary. The cost of the cruise provides travel, lodging and food for the days of the trip, plus some of the activity costs. Other activities on the cruise have separate costs, which I included.

 

For food costs other than the Yangtze river segment, I used daily estimates based on the information available in the Lonely Planet China travel book and the Lonely Planet web site ( https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/hong-kong/money-costs  and https://www.lonelyplanet.com/china/money-costs ).  These provide costs for budget (street food) and midrange (restaurants) meals, and I based my food costs on an average of the two. This resulted in food costs per day of $25 in Hong Kong and $10 in the rest of China. I also estimated to and from China travel food costs based on typical airport food costs. I did not include costs for breakfasts, as breakfast was included at all of my hotels.

 

For in-town transportation costs, I used daily estimates of $10 per day, based on the taxi costs in the moderate Lonely Planet budget. Because I am blind, I would prefer to use taxis instead of walking or subways for much of my travel. Activity-related travel costs are included in the cost of the activities. I also included a $160 round trip cost for from and to airport transportation on the Hong Kong rapid transportation system, based on the costs at Hong Kong MTR web site. This is shown under the To/from transportation costs.

 

For activity costs, I used the lonely Planet travel book and web site where it had costs. If it did not have costs, I used other travel web sites, such as the trip Advisor web site, and the web sites for the activity, if there was one. For the images, I used Google image search.

 

I included the cost of a Chinese visa, based on the earlier around the world assignment.

 

To be realistic, I included $250 for contingency costs.

 

For exchange rates, I used $1 for every 7.85 Hong Kong Dollars and $1 for every 6.71 Chinese yuan, based on the information at the Lonely Planet web site. I rounded costs to the nearest dollar.

 

I used the following sources for general background information:

 

            Harris, D. (2017). Lonely Planet China [E-book]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.

            Summers, J. (2019). Travel to China [E-book]. Retrieved from Amazon.com.

 

As with other assignments, I had my father help me with all of the visual related items of preparing this itinerary, and with some web-based material that was inaccessible to me, and for formatting and assembling the web page. He also gave me advice for things to consider in planning my itinerary, based on his travel experiences.

 

2. Costs and Total Cost

 

 

To and From

Hong Kong

Guilin

Nanning

Chonqching

Yangtze

Nanchang

Shanghai

Beijing

Total

Round-trip flight to/from Hong Kong

794

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

794

In-country travel between cities

 160

57

19

62

 

369

35

51

83

845

Hotels

 

414

40

84

27

in travel

82

177

162

986

Food

50

75

20

30

10

in travel

30

30

40

285

In-city transportation

15

20

20

30

10

 

30

30

40

340

Activities

 

15

27

3

5

105

8

35

37

235

Visa

140

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

140

Contingency

250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

250

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grand Total

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3875

 

3. Calendar

 

To organize my schedule, I prepared a calendar listing all travel and activity dates and times:

 

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4. Map

In-country map of travel path in China, beginning and ending in Hong Kong:

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This map was prepared using the map tool at AirTreks. it is an air flight map, so doesn't show the exact route oif the train travel between my destinations in China. Also, the AirTreks tool would not generate a trip segment to Nanchang, so we substituted Changsa for Nanchang on the map, as it was the nearest city to Nanchang that the tool would find.

 

5. Transportation cost detail

 

To and from China

 

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In-Country Transportation

 

Hong Kong to Guilin

 

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Guilin to Nanning

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Nanning to Chonqching

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Yichang to Nanchang

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Nanchang to Shanghai

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Shanghai to Beijing

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6. Cities cost detail

 

Hong Kong, May 2-5

 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 2-4

Lander Hotel Prince Edward

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May 3

Peak Tram

 

$ 7

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May 3

Victoria Peak

$ 7 for admission to Sky Terrace

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May 3

Ferry Ride to Tsim Sha Tu

$ 1

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May 3

Hong Kong Museum of History

 

Free

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May 4

Ping Shan Heritage Trail

Free Walking tour of historical sites from 13th through 15th centuries; $5 for admissions to certain attractions

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May 4

Temple Street Night Market

Free

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Guilin, May 5-7

 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 5-6

Shanhu Hotel

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May 6

Lijiang Folk Customs Garden

$7

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May 6

Sun and Moon pagodas

$7

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May 7

Solitary Beauty Park

$13

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Nanning, May 7-10

 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 7-9

Mingyuan Xindu Hotel

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May 8

Orphanage and Bus Station visit

None

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May 8

Qingxiu Mountain and Pagoda

3

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May 9

Guangxi Museum of Nationalities

Free

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May 9

Nanning People's Park

Free

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Chonqching, May 10-11

 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 10

Jinjiang Inn select

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May 11

Huguang Guild Hall

 

$ 5, fees for some attractions

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Yangtze, May 11-14


 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 11-13

Yangtze 1 cruise ship

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May 12

Fengdu--"ghost city"

 

$ 30

 

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May 12

Shibaozhai Pagoda

$ 30

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May 13

White Emperor City

$ 45

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May 13

Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge (the "Three Gorges")

Free; view from ship

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May 14

Three Gorges Dam

 

Free; view from ship

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Nanchang, May 14-16

 

Date

Cost

May 14-15

Dizhonghai Sunshine Hotel 

 

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May 15

Orphanage visit

 

None

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May 15

Tengwang Pavillion

$ 7

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May 16

Bayi Square

Free

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May 16

Youmin Temple

$ 1

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Shanghai, May 16-19

 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 16-18

Rayfont Shanghai Xuhui Hotel

 

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May 17

Walking tour of The Bund

 

Free

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May 17

Yuyuan Gardens and Bazaar

Free

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May 18

Shanghai Museum

Free

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May 18

Zhujiajiao Ancient Town

Free, $5 total admissions for some attractions

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May 19

Shanghai Tower

 

$30

 

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Beijing, May 19-22

 

Date

Lodging/ Activities

Cost

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May 19-21

days Inn Forbidden city

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May 20

The Great Wall at Badaling

7 admission fee; 10 bus and subway fares

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May 21

The Forbidden City

 

10

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May 21

Tiananmen Square

Free

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May 21

National Museum of China

Free

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May 22

The Summer Palace

 

5

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May 22

The Temple of Heaven Park

5

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