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This tour departs on March 28, and returns on April 4, 2002. It coincides with the spring/Easter break for most public schools in the U.S. We will fly via United Airlines to Hong Kong to begin a 12-day visit to five cities in the following order: Hong Kong, Guangzhou,  Xi'an, Beijing and Shanghai. Highlights of the trip are attached at the end of this announcement. The package tour price includes:

The tour price is based on double occupancy. If you prefer to have a single room or if we can't find a roommate for you, you will pay a single supplement.

Our previous trips have all been successful. Participants of our tours include city commissioners, professors, teachers, college graduates, lawyers, business people, company executives and school children. If you would like to talk to people who took part in our tour, we'd be happy to provide you with a list of names.

If you are interested in participating in one of the tours, please let us know as soon as possible. To register you name, you need to leave a deposit of $50. The deposit, which is non-refundable, will be applied to your total payment to be made in three installments due 90 days (December 28), 60 days (January 28) and 45 days (February 10) prior to departure. The deposit and subsequent payments should be made out to The U.S.-China Educational Exchange and sent to:

U.S.-China Educational Exchange
15 Locust Street
Jersey City, NJ 07305

You are welcome to bring your family and friends. It is also possible for you to join us if you do not depart from JFK in New York, but leave via another gateway as long as you arrive at the first stop as the group.

A recent issue of National Geography listed 10 places in the world that one must visit in his or her lifetime and two of them are in China: Hong Kong and the Great Wall in Beijing. These two places are prominently on our itinerary.

Highlights of the tour:

Hong Kong - Victoria Peak for a 360 degree view of Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, and surrounding harbors and outer island, scenic drive past Repulse Bay to the colorful floating community of Aberdeen, and Stanley Market, a favorite bargain shopping area.

Xi'an - Burial site of at ancient army of 8000 terra cotta soldiers and horses (one of the world's greatest archaeological discoveries), Neolithic Bampo Village Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Drum Tower.

Beijing - Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Summer Palace, Great Wall, Ming Tombs, and a special Peking Duck Dinner.

Shanghai - bustling shopping district on Nanjing Road, the Bund, the new Shanghai Museum, Children's Palace, Mongolian barbecue and acrobatic show

Classic Tour Price (Net per person in USD based on twin-sharing)

AIR & LAND COMBINED
From Zone-1*                                                      $2035
From Zone-2*                                                      $2115
From Zone-3*                                                      $2175
Land only price                                                     $1530
Single supplement                                                 $310
U.S. departure tax/Hong Kong security charge      $60
China airport and city taxes                                   $38

*For zoning by United Airlines, please visit zoning.

OPTIONAL FEATURES
Trip cancellation insurance policy                          $116
China group visa handling fee                                $40

TOUR COST INCLUDES
International airfare for the specified gateway
China domestic air, train & boat fares
Hotel accommodations as specified
Hotel tax and service fee
Meals as specified
Sightseeing & transfer as specified
Local English speaking guides
Airport and hotel portage fees; 
Net land cost: all above except TransPacific air 

TOUR COST EXCLUDES
Visa handling fee
Items of personal nature
Tips to guides, drivers and hotel bellman

AIR FARES
Round-trip economy class airfare via United Airlines. Air space is subject to confirmation by the airlines.

DEPOSIT/PAYMENT SCHEDULE
Non-refundable deposit of $50/person is required upon registering
90 days before departure (December 28) - $200 per person
60 days before departure (January 28) - $350 person
45 days before departure (February 10) - Final payment is due.
All payment may be in the form of a personal check or money order. This is a net tour fare program. We do not accept credit card payments.

CANCELLATION POLICY
Full refund, less $50 administrative fee for any cancellation received in writing up to 90 days prior to departure. After which the following cancellation fees will apply:
89 days to 60 days - $50 per person
59 days to 30 days - $200 per person
29 days to 14 days - $400 per person plus any nonrefundable airfare & intra-Asia air/train/boat fare
13 days to 8 days - 50% of the full tour price per person plus any nonrefundable airfare & intra-Asia air/train/boat fare
7 days to 1 day - 75% of the full tour price per person plus any nonrefundable airfare & intra-Asia air/train/boat fare
On or after tour departure will be subject to forfeiture of the full tour price
Trip cancellation insurance premium is nonrefundable
Air ticket is nonrefundable once ticket is issued (in June)

DEVIATION AND LATE ADDITION FEE
1. Additional service fee of $50 per person will apply to any person deviating from the group movement. Deviation is defined as departure for and from China on a different date from the group schedule.
2. A late booking fee of $50 per person will apply to booking received within 30 days prior to arrival date.
3. Once the ticket is issued, a ticket change fee of $150 per ticket is required. Name change is not allowed.

TOUR ITINERARY
3/28 Thursday
Depart JFK or any other city in the U.S. via United Airlines (Y class).

3/29 Friday
Hong Kong. Arrival transfer to Royal Garden Hotel (deluxe class)

3/30 Saturday
Hong Kong. Half day island tour in the morning. Leisure in the afternoon. Meals: breakfast.

3/31 Sunday
Hong Kong/Guangzhou (via Hydrofoil)/Xi'an via China Airlines (Y class). Departure and arrival transfer in Xi'an in the afternoon/evening to ANA Grand Castle Hotel (superior first class). Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4/1 Monday
Xi'an. Full day tour. Terra cotta, New Provincial Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda and City Hall. Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4/2 Tuesday
Xi'an/Beijing via China Airlines (Y class). Leisure in Xi'an in the morning. Departure and arrival transfer in Beijing in the afternoon/evening to Tianlun Dynasty Hotel (deluxe class). Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4/3 Wednesday
Beijing. Full day Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square & Temple of Heave tour. Meals: breakfast, lunch, and special Peking Duck Dinner.

4/4 Thursday
Beijing. Full day Great Wall & Ming Tomb tour. Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4/5 Friday
Beijing/Shanghai via China Airlines (Y class). Departure and arrival transfer in Shanghai to Hua Ting Hotel & Tower (deluxe class). Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4/6 Saturday 
Shanghai. Full day Shanghai city tour. Evening acrobatic show. Meals: breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

4/7 Sunday 
Return to the U.S. via United Airlines (Y class). Departure transfer to airport in the morning. Meals: breakfast.

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