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Great Wall Trail with China City Highlights

Solo Travellers 40 Years & Over
Sunday 13 - Thursday 24 May 2018

Other Notes

This page contains the details about the trip not already explained on other pages.

If this trip seems right for you then we encourage you to book early and secure your place with a deposit.  Tour space is limited. Also, many services on this tour must be booked well in advance. To ensure your place, please check trip availability at your earliest convenience.

You will enjoy this small group experience with a maximum group size of 12 travellers. This tour is exclusively for single or solo travellers.

THE PACE  [3 & 4 out of 5] - Pace Varies

On this trip, you will need to be in general good health and moderately fit. The trip grading for walking on the Great Wall would be moderate 4 out of 5, with some “strenuous” activity. Before departure aerobic‑type exercise, which increases your breathing, is an obvious advantage. We recommend that for about two to three months prior to departure you try to exercise most days for 30 ‑ 45 minutes or aerobic type activity.

When you are on the touring portion, the pace will be 3 out of 5. It will be a more relaxed pace of touring taking in the sights of each city you visit.

It’s regular that our trips include welcome dinners and farewell dinners for our groups. In addition, we include other group dining experiences to ensure that everyone can enjoy the benefit of travelling and dining as a group.  There’s nothing better than to share a meal with new friends and discuss the day’s adventures.

China is a food lover's paradise with a seemingly endless variety. The entire range of Chinese recipes includes more than 1 million dishes and is by far the most extensive in the world. In Beijing, Breakfast – Self serve typically Chinese‑styled breakfast of fried rice, steamed buns, eggs, noodles, bread, tea and coffee. There is a huge variety of restaurants available in Beijing and price varies dramatically. On average, you should allow AUD$10-$15 per meal for any lunches or dinners not included in your trip cost. This is however a guideline, it is possible to spend much less or more depending on your tastes. 


A range of food including bread, rice and eggs. Tea and coffee.

Usually a packed lunch. Including Egg, biscuits, rolls, dried or fresh fruit. There will be two days where lunch will be picnic style where sandwiches will be made from a choice of foods provided such as loaves of bread, tomato, cucumber, boiled egg, cabbage, peanut butter, jam, luncheon meat/ham, canned tuna fish, peanuts, nuts, cookies, and fruits in season, soda drinks.

Hot meal. Rice or noodles with vegetables and meat. The meals will be served at the guest house or dinner in a restaurant. 

Sweets are not always available in the country areas and if you have a penchant for chocolate or other candies, you are advised to bring a supply with you.

Please be sure to advise us at the time of booking of any special dietary requirements. We always do our best to accommodate special diet needs and in most cases, special dietary needs can be met. However, in some destinations the variety of choice for certain special diets may be limited. If you are concerned please check with us before you book.

Special Diets 

As a standard, Encounter Travel limit special dietary requests to Vegetarian, Gluten Free, Lactose Intolerant and Diabetic. Additional intolerances to those fore-mentioned, are the responsibility of the traveller. For any additional special diet requests you must seek our advice and consultation.

  • We make special dietary requests on behalf of our travellers to our ground operators, cruise operators, and/or any third party that operate components of The Holiday where meals or snacks are provided as part of The Holiday inclusions. We cannot guarantee that all or any of the third parties will meet the request in part or full. 
  • We can offer guidance on each of The Holidays as to the suitability of The Holiday for you in relation to your special diet request.
  • Requests made after booking your holiday that cannot be met will not entitle you to any refund of monies paid. Any lacking or failure from any of our operators to cater for your special diet does not give claim to any compensation whatsoever. 

Other notes about special dietary requirements: 

  • Please also be mindful that many hotels, restaurants and cruise ships may not provide gluten free cereal, bread, pasta, pizza, cake and/or dessert. 
  • Special diet requests may limit the number of choices or variety for meals.

  • For airlines, please seek further advice at the time of booking. Please take note that a request for a vegetarian meal on a flight is provided as a vegan meal.

  • We recommend travellers with special dietary requirements consider their options to supplement meals and snacks in their holiday destination before deciding to travel. In some countries it is not uncommon that restaurants and food outlets pay less or no attention to special dietary requirements in comparison to what we may be accustomed to in Australia or other home countries.

Helpful Websites for Special Diet Translation cards:

This is a private group, while walking on the Great Wall, 2 guides will be provided for support. For the touring component in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, one guide will be provided in each city to look after the group.

You will be travelling in private coaches when touring in each city. Travel between each city is a mix of flying (Chinese domestic airlines) and catching the fast train.

Luggage to be kept to a maximum of 20kg on the Chinese domestic flights and train travel. Please refer to your international airfare for luggage restrictions.


Most hotels will offer internet facilities. In remote areas access will be limited or non‑existent. Access in some areas can be slow.

Mobile phones
Please contact your provider for details on international roaming, access and rates. 

The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY) or in Chinese "Ren-min-bi". The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai").

Currency can be exchanged in a bank in Australia - you may like to ring ahead and check if the bank has Renminbi at hand. It is convenient to have a small amount of Renminbi before departing Australia. ATM’s are also available in the main cities Beijing, Xian and Shanghai for you to withdraw money, your card would need to have a Visa/Mastercard logo.  

In addition to your tour inclusions you will have some personal expenses including meals, snacks and drinks not included with the tour package plus consider souvenirs and miscellaneous expenses such as laundry. 

When setting a budget for personal expenses consider what meals are included and not included. This itinerary has a breakfast each day and some lunches and dinners. Therefore, either lunch or dinner each day would be an additional expense. We recommend around AUD$40 per day for personal expenses not included with the tour package.  You should increase this budget if you like to enjoy alcoholic beverages.

For anyone that enjoys some shopping there will be opportunities to purchase local items and these costs could be a small amount to a lot, all depending on personal preferences for travel shopping.

When entering China, the following will need to be declared according to the Chinese Custom Authorities. Use this as a guide only and always check these details prior to departure.

1. Any item that will be left in China whose value exceeds 2,000 CNY

2. More than 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars and 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages (alcohol measure above 12 degrees)

3. Foreign currency greater than 5,000 US dollars or the equivalent, or 20,000 CNY

4. Animals and animal products, microorganism, biological products, human tissue, blood and blood products

5. Transceiver, communications devices.

6. Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the People's Republic of China

7. Luggage that need to be transported separately

8. Cargo, commercial samples, advertising items

When exiting the country the following will need to be declared:

  1. Foreign currency above 5,000 US dollars or equivalent, or 20,000 CNY
  2. Gold, silver and other valuable items
  3. Cultural relics, endangered animals and plants as well as their products, biological species resources  
  4. Transceiver, communication devices.
  5. Any items prohibited and limited according to the laws of the People's Republic of China
  6. Cargo, commercial sample, advertising items


Visit our Travel Guide page on our website for destination information. You may also view our Destination Highlights

These pages contain helpful details including the currency and weather information. 

The following is a code of conduct that must be observed by all participants/travellers:
Important Note: making and receiving telephone calls are usually very expensive and we don’t recommend you use your mobile phone for either.  Our tip – create a voicemail message that let’s callers know you will not bet taking calls but for urgent messages they can send you a text.  Just remember to record your voicemail when you return home.

  1. We require that all participants observe responsible consumption of alcohol and obey all local, state or country laws pertaining to the consumption of alcohol.
  2. Use or possession of any illegal drugs will be cause for immediate expulsion for the group. This includes marijuana and opium even if this is considered acceptable in the destination.
  3. We require all participants to obey all laws of the country.
  4. Participants are to respect the privacy of other participants and if a participant declines to provide any contact information requested by another participant, that this wish is respected.
  5. Participants understand that if they receive contact information from another participant of the group event that this is solely for their reference and is not to be provided to other participants of the event group without the express permission of the participant whose information it is.
  6. Participants are to refrain from offensive language or behaviour including sexist and racist remarks.
  7. Participants are to be courteous to other participants and respect differences of one another.
  8. Participants understand that should other participants provide personal contact information that this information is not to be used for unsolicited email or correspondence for the purpose of business exchanges or transactions unless with the express prior permission of participants.

Any behaviour contrary to the Code of Conduct may result in your removal from The Holiday. 


  • Travel insurance is a compulsory pre-requisite to join any of our holidays, unless the trip value is below $1000 per person.
  • We urge every traveller to take out travel insurance immediately after making a deposit for any holiday.
  • Please send your travel insurance policy details to us before or no later than the time you pay your final monies.  You must send us your insurer’s name, telephone number in Australia, emergency contact number for calls outside of Australia and the policy number.
  • We urge you to carefully read any travel insurance policy level of cover/inclusions.  All policies must include cover for medical expenses and sufficient cover for repatriation to your home country in the event of accident or illness.  In addition, we urge you to take out a policy that includes cover for cancellation, curtailment, loss of luggage and personal effects and that the policy has a high level of cover for personal liability.


About Credit Card Travel Insurance
You may have travel insurance included with your credit card. 

Before you travel:

  • Contact your bank to request the details of their insurer
  • Find out the level of cover included with your credit card insurance policy
  • Obtain the contact information for the insurer that you would need in an event of an emergency
  • Be sure to determine the credit card provider requirements that qualify you for cover.  Example: a minimum purchase value on the card for your holiday expenses
  • If travelling within Australia, check your policy covers you for domestic travel

We have taken great care to prepare and publish the trip information and in good faith we believe it to be accurate.  However as is the nature of travel, plans may need to change from time to time and often unexpectedly. 

If trip details need to change due to circumstances beyond our control in most cases your final documentation issued prior to your departure will be updated.  However, it’s also possible that you may encounter itinerary changes while on holiday. It could be related to unexpected weather or road conditions or another example could be the unannounced closure of a facility such as a restaurant we planned to use. In these cases our ground operator for the holiday will make all best endeavours to provide an alternative of equivalent or similar standard.

At other times although not commonly, we may make itinerary changes after publishing the trip details on the website. This is usually directly related to enhancing the experience as a result of past traveller comments and from our own discoveries.

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Encounter Travel provides holidays for solo travellers. Since 2006 we've been creating tour, cruise and resort packages for solo travellers that like to share their travel experiences. Visiting destinations across Australia and around the globe our holidays include short tropical escapes, leisurely touring, cruises and active walking trips.   

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