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Discover ancient history and fascinating culture on this delightful journey through China and along the Yangtze River

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We’ll start in Beijing, visiting the Forbidden City with its Imperial Palace, sample authentic Peking Duck, and walk along the incomparable Great Wall of China. Local experiences include a rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient alleys. In Xi’an, see the famed Terracotta Warriors up close from a special VIP viewing area and learn how to write ancient Chinese calligraphy. Next, in Chongqing, see pandas at a zoo and begin your Yangtze River cruise. Shore excursions include a walking tour of a riverside community to see its beautiful pagoda, a tour of the Three Gorges Dam site, and a small boat cruise on the emerald-green waters of Shennv Stream. Final stop is Shanghai, China’s center of trade. Here, walk along the Bund, see stunning displays of ancient bronze and jade at the Shanghai Museum, and enjoy a traditional dim sum feast. We’ll also attend a high-flying acrobat show and take a fascinating walking tour through the former French Concession where tree-lined streets and Art Deco architecture transport you to a bygone era.

Join other singles in your age group aboard one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Paragon. See what’s included below.

Inclusive Features of our China & Yangtze River Vacation with stays in Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai:

  • Beijing – 3 Night Hotel Package: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Forbidden City, Imperial Palace, Tian’anmen Square, Great Wall, and Temple of Heaven; Peking Duck welcome dinner; Peking Opera performance or Legend of Kung Fu Show; hutong tour by rickshaw
  • Xi’an – 2 Night Hotel Package: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Terracotta Warriors including the VIP viewing area and Dayan Pagoda; noodle-making demonstration; calligraphy class; “Tang Dynasty” dinner show
  • Cruise – Deluxe, 3-night cruise on the Yangtze River in a Deluxe Stateroom with Comfort Collection Beds, featuring premium mattress covers, large private bathroom featuring full shower with glass door, hairdryer, premium bath amenities, spacious closets with shelves for ample storage, under-bed luggage storage, bathrobes & slippers
  • Chongqing: visit a local zoo to see pandas; hot pot dinner; begin your Yangtze cruise; private welcome reception
  • Shibaozhai: walking tour
  • Shennv Stream: boat excursion down one of the Yangtze’s lesser gorges
  • Three Gorges Dam Site: sightseeing of the impressive dam site
  • Shanghai (Disembarkation) – 2 Night Hotel Package Shanghai: sightseeing including headsets; visit the Bund, Yu Yuan Gardens, a silk factory, and the Shanghai Museum; dim sum lunch; walking tour of the French Concession; see an acrobatic show.
  • One-Way Flight from Beijing to Xi’an and One-Way Flight from Xi’an to Chongqing


  • Roommate Matches Guaranteed, Saving You Over $3000!
  • Most meals Included and All Shared with other Singles, not Alone
    Superb dining with all meals on board daily featuring American Breakfast Daily (B), 7 Lunches (L) and 7 Dinners (D), including a Peking Duck welcome dinner in Beijing and a farewell dinner in Shanghai.
  • Cocktail hour featuring hot and cold hors d’oeuvres & cocktail of the day made with local spirits
  • Complimentary Local Beer/Premium Spirits, Soft Drinks, Coffee & Tea throughout the day at the bar and with Every Dinner on the Cruise. Complimentary wine served at dinner.
  • All Excursions Included and Enjoyed with Other Solo Travelers, not Alone!
  • Expert Local Guide with all excursions
  • Headsets for all guided shore excursions
  • Bottled water on all excursions
  • Fresh fruit & tea after all ship excursions
  • More Time at Leisure vs. Time Spent on a Bus
  • Special experiences by local entertainers, artisans, and experts, designed to enrich our cruise.
  • Special Attention from Experienced, Professional Singles Travel Director**
  • Company of Other Singles with Similar Interests and Zest for Life
  • Private Members Only Chat for this Tour – Plan your Trip and Make New Friends!

**Minimum of 20 guests required. If no director, a guest will be designated as an “STI Ambassador” to coordinate the first day’s activities.

Inclusive features are subject to revision at the discretion of STI. In the event of water level problems on stretches of any river, it may be necessary to operate part of the itinerary by motor coach. Ages listed are not meant as a restriction, but are simply used as a guideline. Singles Travel International does not guarantee the number of guests, ages or ratios.


Depart North America: October 1, 2017 or October 7 if adding our Stay & Play Package in Beijing
Tour Begins in Beijing, China: October 2, 2017
Tour Ends in Shanghai, China: October 13, 2017


Day 1 – Saturday – September 30

Board your overnight flight bound for Beijing.

Day 2 – Sunday – October 1 (In Flight Meals)

Arrive in Beijing, China

Transfer to our hotel, rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Today is at leisure due to the varied flight arrival times. Closer to departure, we’ll advise the possibility of a group meet and greet based on all member arrivals. Overnight at the Fairmont Beijing (or similar).

MAIN TOUR MEMBERS board your overnight flight bound for Beijing.

Day 3 – Monday – October 2 (In Flight Meals, B)

MAIN TOUR MEMBERS Arrive in Beijing, China

Transfer to our hotel, rooms are available for mid-afternoon check-in.
Today is at leisure due to the varied flight arrival times. Closer to departure, we’ll advise the possibility of a group meet and greet based on all member arrivals. Overnight at the Fairmont Beijing (or similar).

Members on our Stay & Play Package enjoy breakfast at our hotel, connect with one another and have the day to explore Beijing.

Overnight at the Fairmont Beijing (or similar).

Day 4 – Tuesday – October 3 (B,L,D)

Touring: Beijing

Breakfast at our hotel. Our full-day sightseeing starts with a visit to the FORBIDDEN CITY and its IMPERIAL PALACE, once the home of China’s great emperors. Nearby is 100-acre TIAN’ANMEN SQUARE, the largest public square in the world. After lunch, enjoy some time at your leisure. This evening, enjoy a special PEKING DUCK WELCOME DINNER at an award-winning restaurant in our hotel.

Overnight at the Fairmont Beijing (or similar).

Day 5 – Wednesday – October 4 (B,L)

Touring: Beijing

The GREAT WALL OF CHINA once stretched 4,000 miles across China’s barren northern terrain from the Bohai Sea to the Gobi Desert. Head north to a village where the Great Wall is well preserved, and walk along the wall to enjoy sweeping vistas of this mammoth fortress.

Tonight, attend a performance of the PEKING OPERA, a traditional form of Chinese theater, including a behind-the-scenes look at the colorful makeup being applied to the performers. Alternatively, you may choose to attend the LEGEND OF KUNG FU SHOW. Here, performers use a fusion of kung fu, dance, and acrobatics to tell the story of a monk who studies Buddhism and kung fu his whole life and eventually becomes a Zen master. Your choice of one is already included in your tour. Our STI Concierge will be on hand to organize a group dinner for those looking for dinner companions. Overnight at the Fairmont Beijing (or similar).

Day 6 – Thursday – October 5 (B,D)

Touring: Beijing to Xi’an

This morning, visit the TEMPLE OF HEAVEN and enjoy a rickshaw ride through one of Beijing’s HUTONGS, the city’s ancient alleys. Experience life in this historic neighborhood as you are invited into the courtyard of a family’s home for tea. Later, fly to Xi’an.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’an.

Day 7 – Friday – October 6 (B,L,D)

Touring: Xi’an

One of the largest and wealthiest cities in the world when China dominated the silk trade, Xi’an today is an archaeological treasure trove. Sightseeing begins with the enormous tomb of China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, accidentally discovered by local farmers in 1974. Marvel at the legion of TERRACOTTA WARRIORS that has been guarding the burial site for 2,000 years. You will also enter the VIP VIEWING AREA for an up-close view of these life-size statues. During lunch, enjoy a NOODLE-MAKING DEMONSTRATION by a master chef and learn how Chinese noodles are made by hand. Next, visit the DAYAN PAGODA, built in 652 AD. This evening, enjoy the “Tang Dynasty” DINNER SHOW, featuring a colorful assemblage of classical performances.

Overnight at the Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’an.

Day 8 – Saturday – October 7 (B,D)

Xi’an–Chongqing (Embarkation)–Yangtze River Cruise

This morning, visit the Xi’an City Wall South Gate and learn to write like a local during a traditional Chinese CALLIGRAPHY CLASS; you may even see some locals practicing their morning tai chi. Next, fly to Chongqing, China’s capital during World War II. Visit a local ZOO to see pandas and eat dinner at a local HOT POT restaurant before boarding the Century Legend for a 3-night cruise through the breathtaking Three Gorges of the Yangtze. Get acquainted with the ship and relax before our welcome reception this evening. Join your fellow STI members for a PRIVATE WELCOME RECEPTION including cocktails and snacks.

Overnight aboard the Century Paragon.

Day 9 – Sunday – October 8 (B,L,D)

Cruising: Shibaozhai

The morning is at our leisure to enjoy a variety of onboard activities. Our STI Concierge will be on hand to organize special STI activities including a tai chi session on the Sun Deck. Take a swim in the pool, or simply relax and enjoy the scenery. After lunch, take a WALKING TOUR of Shibaozhai with its 400-year-old, 12-story, red wooden pagoda perched high on a cliff side. This evening, the Captain hosts a welcome party, followed by dinner and a special performance by the ship’s crew. NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, an alternate shore excursion may be offered.

Overnight aboard the Century Paragon.

Day 10 – Monday – October 9 (B,L,D)

Cruising: Qutang Gorge–Wu Gorge–Shennv Stream

Again, enjoy the morning at our leisure on the ship. You may choose to take an optional shore excursion to Baidi Cheng, known as the “White Emperor City,” to see the Baidi Temple. Later in the morning, sail downstream through the first and second of the three gorges—Qutang Gorge, the shortest but most dramatic gorge, and Wu, known for its quiet beauty and forest-covered mountains. We’ll nearly be able to touch the perpendicular walls rising from the riverbanks as your Captain negotiates this narrow gap. After lunch, disembark for a BOAT EXCURSION down Shennv Stream. Along the way, see picturesque scenery and the mysterious hanging wooden coffins. Before returning to your ship you will also board a wooden boat on a smaller section of the stream, where the crew will sing songs as you glide across the stunning deep emerald-green waters surrounded by densely forested hills. This evening, join the Captain for a special farewell dinner. NOTE:
Depending on river conditions, the boat excursion may be on the Daning River.

Overnight aboard the Century Paragon.

Day 11 – Tuesday – October 10 (B,L)

Cruising: Three Gorges Dam Site–Xiling Gorge–Yichang (Disembarkation)–Shanghai

This morning, visit the THREE GORGES DAM SITE, the largest dam of its kind in the world. Afterward, sail through Xiling Gorge, the last of the three gorges, before bidding farewell to your ship’s crew in Yichang. After lunch in Yichang, transfer to the airport for your flight to Shanghai, China’s most populous city and center of trade and industry.

Our STI Concierge will be on hand to organize a group dinner for those looking for dinner companions. Overnight at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (or similar).

Day 12 – Wednesday – October 11 (B,L)


Start your day with a stroll along the Bund, the city’s riverfront boulevard lined with historic buildings, housing, banks, and trade houses. Then, visit YU YUAN GARDENS, dating back to the Ming Dynasty, and a SILK FACTORY to learn about the silk-making process. For lunch, a traditional DIM SUM feast awaits. Meaning “to touch your heart,” dim sum was originally a snack but has transformed into a full meal with a wide variety of steamed dumplings, spring rolls, and more. Afterward, enjoy time at leisure. This evening, be entertained by a spectacular ACROBATIC SHOW.

Day 13 – Thursday – October 12 (B,D)


This morning, visit the SHANGHAI MUSEUM, featuring stunning displays of ancient bronze, jade, and ceramics. Then, take a WALKING TOUR of the former French Concession, once Shanghai’s leading residential and retail area. Today, the qualities that made the area so popular endure—from quaint, tree-lined streets and exquisite architecture to charming shops and fashionable restaurants and bars. Along the way, see the famous Art Deco Cathay Theatre, explore the narrow lanes of Xintiandi, and visit Fuxing Park, where locals play chess, dance, practice tai chi, and more. The afternoon is at your leisure. This evening, we host a special farewell dinner at our hotel.

Overnight at the Fairmont Peace Hotel (or similar).

Day 14 – Friday – October 13 (B)


Our vacation ends with breakfast this morning, followed by optional transfers to the airport for your homebound flight.

Itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of Avalon Waterways without compensation. Singles Travel International is not responsible for the consequences of any changes.


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The cruise only begins in Beijing, China on October 2, 2017, and ends in Shanghai, China on the morning of October 13, 2017. Therefore the tour is 11 nights/12 days. Note: Flights from North America must depart on October 2 in order to arrive in Beijing on October 2, so the actual length of the trip is 12 nights/13 days (first night on airplane).

Add an option to arrive early or stay later in Shanghai – Book your Stay & Play packages on the Price & Options Tab when booking your main cruise-tour vacation.

A deposit is due at time of reservation. Refer to the Price and Options tab for the amount. Final payment and passport details are due in our office by June 27, 2017. A reminder will be emailed to you 7 days prior to due date and your card will automatically be charged. If you make a reservation after June 27, full payment will be automatically charged at time of reservation and penalties will apply.

Yes. All cancellations must be made in writing to Singles Travel International and are subject to per person penalties as follows:

– After deposit and at anytime of cancellation, a minimum charge of $350.00 plus credit card charges will apply in addition to other penalties listed below.
– Between June 27 and July 28, 2017- 50% penalty applies.
– After July 28, 2017, any cancellations or “no-shows” – 100% penalty.

Note that if you elect to take a roommate and he/she cancels after our cut off date, we will do everything to find a new match. However, if no match is found, the difference in cost for a single cabin/room is the responsibility of the guest who cancels. No refund will be given to the guest who cancels, regardless of cruise or tour company policy as stated above. Singles Travel International is not responsible for costs related to cancellations after our cut off date.

YES! All travelers require a valid passport, good for 6 months from your return date (April 14, 2018), and visa to enter China. Non US citizens, please take into account the 5th point.

STI recommends the services of CIBT, your one-stop shop to acquiring the correct visa on time.   Click here to get started. Then choose Visa to China from the home page. Our special rate to have CIBT review and submit your visa is $84.  The visa cost itself is $140.

1. Passports must have a sufficient number of unused pages (4) for endorsements (visas) abroad and they must also be valid for at least six months past the projected stay.

2. Visa Application Form (Form V.2013) and Photo – READ VISA APPLICATION GUIDELINES

3. One completed Visa Application Form with a recently-taken color passport photo (bare-head, full face) against a light background attached

Click here to download the Chinese Tourist Visa application.

4. A copy of your round trip airline ticket and hotel reservation.  Submit the invoice sent to you from STI along with your airline ticket conformation.

5. NON US CITIZENS: Proof of legal stay or residence status

You must provide the original and photocopy of your valid certificates or visa of stay, residence, employment or student status, or other valid certificates of legal staying provided by the relevant authorities of the country where you are currently staying.

This information is subject to change at any time. Visa applications are the responsibility of the traveler, not Avalon Waterways nor Singles Travel International.

Cruise in style and comfort on board one of the newest ships on the Yangtze, the Century Paragon. As you embark your contemporary, elegant ship, a friendly, English-speaking crew and stunning 7-story atrium lobby welcome you aboard. The Century Paragon is charting a new course for Yangtze River cruising. The ship features a state-of-the-art propulsion system that reduces vibration and decreases emissions to reduce environmental impact. Other innovations include a pillar less multifunction lounge with unobstructed views of evening entertainment, and a large indoor swimming pool, both firsts on the Yangtze.

**Ship Amenities**

– English-speaking crew
– Bar serving premium spirits
– Multi-functional Lounge
– Sun Deck
– Gym
– Spa & massage facilities
– Indoor swimming pool
– A variety of shops
– Cinema room – Onboard movie nights
– Game room
– Well-stocked library
– 24-hour laundry service
– Fitness Center
– Cultural highlights on board

– **Lounge**
Fascinating landscapes serve as the ultimate backdrop as you relax in your ship’s Club Lounge. Coffee service is always available, so grab a cup and exchange vacation stories with fellow travelers, play a board game with newfound friends, or settle in with a good book from the ship’s library.
– **Open Air – Sun Deck**
When it comes to meeting new friends, witnessing the splendid scenery, or just taking a moment to relax, this lounge is the ideal place. Modern deck furniture enhances your experience as you soak up the sun or drink in the moonlight, and as you photographically capture your destination’s most scenic beauty and quintessential character.
– **Main Bar & Lounge**
A relaxed, comfortable area that’s perfect for viewing remarkable scenery, taking in the evening entertainment, and enjoying an after-dinner drink, glass of local wine, or coffee with newfound friends.
– **Dining Room**
On an Avalon cruise, expert chefs select the finest ingredients to create delectable dishes that are both inspired and memorable. Each day you’ll embark on an epicurean adventure in your ship’s elegant dining room. Enjoy open seating, bountiful breakfast and lunch buffets, multi course dinners paired with complimentary regional wines, and the five-star service you’d expect from a fine resort.
– **Lobby & Reception**
On an Avalon river cruise, our number one priority is you. That’s why throughout your journey a friendly, English-speaking crew stands ready to answer your questions, meet your needs, and help you create the vacation of a lifetime. It’s also why we designed a main lobby and reception area bathed in natural light, where you’ll be warmly greeted and will feel immediately at home. You can even stay connected to the folks back home at the onboard Internet Center.
– **Fitness Center**
On an Avalon river cruise, you can benefit from both a mind and body experience. The Fitness Center is well equipped so you can stick to your fitness program while on vacation. Take advantage of state-of-the-art cardio equipment while enjoying the view of the unforgettable passing landscapes.

**Features exclusive to the Avalon Paragon®:**

– Headsets for all guided shore excursions
– Services of a professional Cruise Director
– Sightseeing with Local Guides
– Revolutionary engineering
– Non-smoking interior
– Internet access & Wi-Fi hotspots (when signal available)
– Alarm clock
– Bedside tables with reading lamps
– Comfort Collection BedsSM, featuring premium mattress covers
– Easy under-bed luggage storage
– Floor-to-ceiling sliding-glass door
– Individual climate control
– Large private bathroom featuring full shower with hairdryer & premium bath amenities
– Nightly turn-down service
– Soft and firm pillows
– Vanity
– Writing desk
– Bathrobes & slippers
– Complimentary bottled water
– Egyptian super-combed cotton linens, woolen blankets & European-style duvets
– In-room safe
– Mini-bar
– Seating area
– Spacious closets with shelves for ample storage
– Wall-to-Wall Panoramic window
View Avalon’s Century Paragon Staterooms.

Make sure you are at our hotel in Beijing on October 2, 2017. Our STI Concierge will be awaiting our arrival and will assist with check in and organize a meet and greet for those arriving in the daytime. Our hotel is the Fairmont Beijing (or similar) and subject to change. Specific information about the hotel name and address will be provided prior to departure in our FVD & MI documents.

Singles Travel International is a vacation event company that plans singles events and markets our events at our expense to create a “singles only” experience. We do not allow guests to join the group unless the reservation has been made by STI. Our policy is firm for tours and cruises, as well as pre and post trip hotel stays. Members and friends that “show up” will not be allowed to participate without paying an equivalent fee to the rest of the group that made the reservation with STI. Your credit card on file will automatically be charged.

Of course. We offer packages on both occasions and you may reserve your space on the Price and Options Tab. Transportation to and from the hotel in Beijing and to the airport in Shanghai is not included in our package, but is available for purchase on the Price & Options Tab (Rates are subject to increase at any time before final payment is made). Although we make every effort, Singles Travel International does not guarantee roommate shares for optional pre and post cruise stays. If no roommate is found, single occupancy rates prevail.


– **Beijing:**Fairmont Beijing
– **Xi’an:**Shangri-La Hotel, Xi’an
– **Shanghai:**Fairmont Peace Hotel

In order to accommodate singles from all over the world, our tours and cruises are priced as land/cruise only. Therefore, airfare is additional. Singles Travel International is a licensed ticketing agency and oftentimes has low negotiated fares.

In order to be ready to begin the tour in Beijing (PEK) on October 2. You will be required to depart your home city on the day before. The trip concludes on the morning of October 9 in Shanghai (PVG) and we recommend scheduling your flight after 11 a.m.

If you add extra nights, schedule your flight any time on arrival or departure date.

Beijing Stay & Play Package: Depart USA on September 30 for an October 1 arrival in Beijng, at any time.

Shanghai Stay & Play Package: Depart Shanghai October 10 at any time.

Airport transfers are offered as options with our cruise/tour. We recommend that you book your airport transfers with us. Please notify us at time of booking or at least 30 days prior to departure of your flight arrival and departure times.

Transfers are available for purchase on our Price & Options tab at $49 (PVG) and $59 (PEK) each way between the airport and hotel. Arrival and departure times must be between 6:00 a.m. and midnight.

Rates are subject to change at any time and final price will be adjusted within your invoice at final payment time.

Our tour does not include your airfare and transfers. You are responsible for alcoholic beverages off our ship (included aboard the Paragon), incidentals such as laundry and phone calls, plus gratuities to STI staff ($10-15 per day), local guides and the cruise staff. Avalon Waterways also suggests $108 per person for the ship’s crew, cruise director, and any local guides and drivers on the scheduled tours (not including pre & post tour packages). Gratuities payable onboard the Paragon.

Additionally, a visa to enter China is required. See our FAQ about Visas for most up to date information. This information is subject to change at any time. Visa applications are the responsibility of the traveler, not Avalon Waterways nor Singles Travel International.

Absolutely. Our site is so popular that we guarantee to find a roommate for you or the single cabin is on us! In order to take advantage of our offer, you must be paid in full by May 1, 2017. Of course, a VERY LIMITED number of single cabins are available at an additional rate assessed by Avalon Waterways. Even after the cut-off date, we get so many calls that finding a roommate is easy. So please let us know if you are interested when making your booking.

Our guarantee is based on the lowest, inside cabin share rate. If you opt for a higher category and we are unable to match in that category, you are responsible for the difference to move a member into your cabin to make a match. You may also opt to take your own cabin at that time for the single cabin rate. Assessments are made at final payment date, 90 days prior to departure.

Roommate matches are based on the same sex, general age range and smoking preference whenever possible, but not guaranteed. STI reserves the right to make any match up until day of cruising, including roommate changes once onboard for members who select the Share & Save option.

We highly recommend that our guests contact their roommates in advance. Booked members have access to our private online chat. Meet your roommate as well as the other members on your vacation. Singles Travel International makes every effort to accommodate requests, but does not guarantee the satisfaction or success of a roommate match. It’s the responsibility of the guest to contact his/her roommate and ask the appropriate questions.

Optional pre and post cruise/tour stays are not eligible for the guarantee. Chances are excellent that we’ll find you a match, but if no match found by 30 days prior to departure, member pays the single supplement.

Read more about Roommate Matching on our Frequently Asked Questions found at the Help Center.

Please contact your preferred carrier directly to make your reservation. If Singles Travel International issues a promotional economy fare, granting of frequent flyer credit is entirely at the airline’s discretion. If the flights are eligible, to ensure you earn frequent flyer credit from the airline, give your frequent flyer account number when you check in for your flights. In addition, save your boarding passes and the passenger receipt from your airline ticket. You may need to submit these to the airline (not to Singles Travel International) to claim any credit allowed.

Of course not. You will be pleased to find out that nearly 90% of our guests on every trip sign up and have never met anyone before joining the group. In over 23 years, we have perfected the singles vacation experience. It is paramount that our guests meet each other right away and have opportunities to mingle every day. From the moment you join our tour, our STI Concierge is waiting to meet you. Our first day begins with an orientation and the camaraderie builds as we go along.

This tour was specially designed for baby boomers ages 45+. We generally have a ratio of 65/35, women to men. Ages listed on our page are not restricted. They are simply used as a guideline. We offer an opportunity for single travelers to see the world in the company of other singles and do not guarantee the ratio or ages.

October is one of the best months to travel in China; drier and cooler weather is great for touring! The locals call this month “golden October” because of the good weather conditions. October has cool days (mid to upper 60s) and nights (low 50s), and autumn colors begin to appear across the country and generally grow to their best at the end of the month.

Xi’an may be a bit more chilly that both Beijing and Shanghai.

Like Beijing, Shanghai gets pleasant autumn weather most days. It is often still warm (low 70s by day and low 60s by night). Red and yellow leaves decorate the city.

Generally, a base layer with a light jacket is a good option for day time. Bring a coat for nights on this tour. Layers are always a great way to go so that you may add or take off as the temperatures change from day to evening.

We recommend that you follow this link 5 days before you depart for the latest updates.

The ship has under bed storage and the allowance per member is 1 bag weighing up to 44 lbs. and a small carry on under 25 inches in total dimension.

We have 3 internal flights and exceed baggage is not allowed. Contact us if you have any questions.

Bring fall/winter clothing and we recommend that you mix and match using 1-3 colors, such as black, brown and khaki or one other color. Comfortable walking shoes are a must. Our cruise will stop in some of the most charming little towns and once we dock, we’re off for adventure. Walking is the best way to see it all. Note that dress code aboard a river cruise is very casual and some days you may have dinner in the same outfit you wore during day when the schedule is full.

We strongly recommend a heavy coat for nights throughout our tour.

Packing Tips: A river cruise is casual. Pack and extra folding bag for souvenirs and purchases. Pack flat and full to avoid wrinkling. Bring wardrobe basics; mix and match around 2-3 colors. Don’t pack anything valuable, fragile or perishable. Label your luggage with an outside tag, and place an identification card inside each suitcase.

Essential Items: We highly recommend that you bring the following items.

– A smile and an open minded attitude
– Good language APP and/or Mandarin Phrasebook, English to Chinese/Chinese to English Dictionary
– TOILET PAPER and ladies, start to practice squatting today to avoid long lines for the only “western” toilet at rest stops
– Chinese LOVE when you take a photo with them using a Polaroid camera. It is a much-appreciated, on-the-spot gift.
– Binoculars for best sightseeing while cruising
– A good, comfortable pair of broken-in walking shoes
– A pair of shoes for restaurants, evenings on the town (ship is casual)
– Collapsible umbrella and/or lightweight rain gear, just in case
– Sunglasses
– Toiletries: all your daily essentials plus toilet paper
– Prescription medications: sufficient supply for the entire trip plus legible written prescription in case of loss. Keep medications in their original, labeled container. Always pack your medications in your carry-on bag!
– Eyeglasses, contacts, contact lens solution. You may want to bring along a written prescription for your eyewear in case of loss and due to dust environment in large cities.
– Over the counter medications: cold remedy, aspirin/pain reliever, antacid/stomach upset remedy, Band-Aids, money or other anti-bacterial medication.
– Travel alarm clock with illuminated face, especially for guests in an inside cabin.
– Small, Swiss Army type utility knife. Remember to pack this in your checked luggage!
– Travel journal/notepad and reading material.
– Home address book for sending postcards. A useful tip to avoid bringing your entire address book is to pre-write names and addresses of people to whom you want to send postcards on sheets of self-adhesive labels. It saves time and space in your luggage.
– Small, basic sewing kit with a few extra buttons. Remember to pack scissors in your checked bag!
– Photography Equipment: Bring a sufficient supply of film and extra batteries or chargers.
– Sealable camera bag and polarizing filter if serious photographer, China is dusty.
– The electricity current in China is 220 volts; bring a universal adapter. [Watch our video to learn more.] (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UenX0S6Halg)

The electrical current in China is 220 and so you will need to verify that your devises have a step down converter already inside the device. If it does, then all you need is an adapter for the outlets in China. If your device does not have a built in converter, don’t bring it. But, If you really must, a converter is also required.

We found a very helpful video that is worth watching to make this part of your planning crystal clear.

Click here to start the video.

The currency used throughout our tour is the Chinese Yuan, also known as the Renminbi (RMB). The basic unit of Renminbi is Yuan and the sign of Yuan is ?.

Exchange rates fluctuate often. You may find the current exchange rates in the financial sections of newspapers and on the Internet. You may also find a number of websites by typing “foreign exchange rates” in your search engine. Two specific websites are: xe.com and money.cnn.com/markets/currencies.

Currency Exchange: Most hotels and major restaurants in big cities will accept major credit cards, but for incidentals and small vendors you will need some local currency. ATM machines will dispense local currency for internationally accepted ATM cards and/or credit cards. They are usually conveniently located in large cities, but are limited in smaller towns and rural areas. You may exchange cash and traveler’s checks for local currencies at hotels, banks and exchange bureaus.

Credit Cards: Your credit card will be accepted to settle your incidentals bill at all hotels and in major shops, restaurants and aboard the Paragon. American Express is not widely accepted, so we recommend that you leave it at home.

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No inoculations are required for travel to Asia. The CDC (Centers for Disease Control) recommends updating all routine booster shots for travel almost anywhere. In addition, we suggest that you have a physical check-up before your trip, and discuss the type of trip in which you are participating with your physician.

You and your physician may access much more, very detailed health information for travelers (including tips on staying healthy while traveling) on the CDC website, cdc.gov. Click their “Traveler’s Health” link or call toll-free 24-hours at 1-800-CDC-INFO (800-232-4636).

Travel Insurance is available through Travel Guard and in addition to direct access immediately upon completing your purchase, you will receive a quote from Travel Guard regarding travel insurance after reserving your vacation.  If you have any questions, Travel Guard professional, expert agents are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.   Call us, if you have not received your quote within 3 days.

Your “Vacation Details & Meetup Information” will include phone contact numbers for our ship as well as for each hotel listed in our itinerary. We suggest you leave a copy of this with your family.

The Paragon has complimentary Wi-Fi as long as they have a connection. You may also telephone, telex, radiogram or fax to anywhere in the world and be billed at applicable ship-to-shore rates. Guests may also be contacted onboard our ship via satellite in an emergency, but we recommend that you arrange to make and receive calls, send and receive text messages and read emails on your own cell phones and mobile devices. Check with your phone carrier for rates.

Internet cafes are found in major cities, so leave your laptop at home and take advantage of cheap local services.

Check with your cell phone provider prior to departure to attain call, data and text rates.

Our office is open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. In an emergency after hours, please contact Tammy Weiler at 815-715-6998.

All countries you will visit have laws against the purchase and export of certain items, including antiquities, national cultural property and certain animal products, especially endangered species (ivory, rhino horn, tortoise shell, coral, feathers, etc.). Additionally, the United States has laws prohibiting the import of certain items, which include many of the same things. You face having your purchase confiscated and/or heavy fines for exporting or importing prohibited items.

On return to the U.S., your baggage is subject to search by U.S. Customs. Currently, you are permitted to bring back $800 of goods duty free. Persons aged 21 or over may also bring in one liter of liquor and one carton of cigarettes. If you plan to purchase a lot of souvenirs or expensive items, it is important to retain all purchase receipts. However, please note that U.S. Customs may not accept a receipt as true cost if it seems unusually low for the estimated value of the item. You may access the regulations and restrictions governing US Customs on their official website, click here to learn more.


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