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Tour to Simatai Great Wall and Gubeikou Town, Is It Possible to Visit Gubeishui Water Town after visiting to Simatai Great Wall

Pablo Palmeiro ( Argentina ) May 18,2016

What time does the tourist bus to Simantai return to Beijing?
Is it possible to visit Gubei also?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) May 19,2016

Dear Pablo Palmeiro,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

Simatai Great Wall is located in the northeast of Gubeikou Town, Miyun County, 120 kilometers away from Beijing, and border upon Jinshanling Great Wall in Luanping County, Hebei Province. The characteristic of this section of the Great Wall is well preserved, tourists can see a real ancient Great Wall, and because of the relatively remote location, there are fewer visitors. And actually, Gubeikou Great Wall is composed of 4 sections of great walls of Wohu Mountain Great Wall, Panlong Mountain Great Wall, Jinshanling Great Wall and Simatai Great Wall.
► How to get to Simatai Great Wall
It seems that the tourist bus No.12 has already canceled. You can take local bus No. 980 at the Beijing Dongzhimen Long distance Bus Station to Miyun Bus Station. From Miyun Bus Station, there are direct buses going to Simatai, departing at around 7:30, 8:30, 12:00 and 14:30 every day. The return buses from Simatai to Miyuan Bus Station depart at 9:00, 10:00, 14:00 and 16:00. Or you can take No.980 to Miyun West Bridge Stop, and then transfer to local public bus Mi No.37, Mi. No.50 or Mi No.51 and get off at Simatai Village Stop and walk to Gubeishui Town. Or you can charter a van with other people, it is more free for tourists to discuss the leaving time with driver, so you can have more time to visit.
► Is It Possible to Visit Gubeishui Also?
Gubei Water Town, or Beijing Wtown, located at Simatai Village, Gubeikou Town, Miyun County, and it is at the foot of Simatai Great Wall, is Beijing northeast portal. It is 120 km away from downtown Beijing, 98 kilometers away from the capital airport, 60 km away from Miyun county city, 80 km away from Chengde city.
In general, tourists can visit Simatai Great Wall and Gubei Water Town in one day. The opening time of Simatai Great Wall is 08:00-17:30, and the opening time of Gubei Water Town is 08:00-17:00. For more details of Gubei Water Town (Beijing Wtown), you can check its official website:
► Tips about Reservation
Simatai Great Wall Scenic Spot carried out tourists current-limiting policy and reservations should be made one day ahead. Details are as follows:
1. The maximum load of tourists in Simatai Great Wall is: under normal weather condition there are not more than 1200 people in Simatai Great Wall, under the weather condition of high wind (wind speed of 15 m/s or higher) there are not more than 600 people, under the rain and snow weather condition there are not more than 450 people, under a thunderstorm weather condition there are not more than 220 people.
2. Reservations should be made one day ahead at least, and according to the prescribed period, reservations visitors can take free shuttle bus to the foot of Great Wall. (Bus Time: 10:20am, 11:00am, 2:00pm, 3:00pm) and enter the Great Wall scenic spots to visit. If people make an reservation successfully, it can be guaranteed to visit the Great Wall.
3. All visitors who do not make a reservation in advance, it is no guarantee that you can visit the Great Wall, which should be arranged and comply with the staff according to the Great Wall real-time traffic situation, and to enter the Great Wall during the prescribed period.
4. For visitors who purchase of Gubei Water Town tickets, if you need to visit the Great Wall, also need to be subject to the Great Wall current-limiting management.
There was coupon ticket of Simati Great Wall + Gubei Water Town, people who buy this coupon ticket do not need to make reservation to visit Simatai Great Wall in advance. But it seemed that the coupon ticket was canceled after April, 2015. For more details you can call the enquiry contact of the scenic spot: 010-81009999

► About Simatai Tour
We are very pleasure to be your travel advisor. If you need us to send you the tour itinerary and quote for your reference, there is some information we need in below:
1. Do you have any tour plan? Here is the Beijing Tour Package for your reference:
If you do not like the tours I recommended, then could you please tell me which places do you like to visit?
2. When do you like to start your trip and for how long?
3. What kinds of hotels do you prefer? 3, 4 or 5 stars?
4. How many people will travel together

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Best Regards,
Top China Travel

Where to Buy Bus Ticket in Kashgar, Transport Information about Kashgar, Transport Ticket of Kashgar

Francisco Jimenez ( Spain ) May 16,2016

Buy Ticket from Internet
Kashgar to Fargana

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) May 17,2016

Dear Francisco Jimenez,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

It seems that Fargana is not a name of place but a name of people. And we do not provide tickets seperately, we provide tour package. I am not sure if you want bus ticket or train ticket, but you can get ticket by your own. Here are some information about Kashgar Bus Station, Kashgar Train Station and Kashgar Airport below:

► Kashgar Bus Station
Ticket Time
Kashgar Passenger Bus Station
No. 29 Tiannan Road, Kashgar
Kashgar International Bus Station 0998-2963630
No. 5, Airport Road (Jichang Road), Kashgar
Main Passenger Bus Station of Kashgar 
No. 51 Pahetaba South Road
Kashgar South Passenger Station
Duolaiteba Road
Sanshi Passenger Bus Station 0998-2523174
No. 189 Tiannan Road, Kashgar
Yorpuga County Passenger Bus Station of Kashgar 0998-6822542
No.17 Aiwuzaili Road, Kashgar
Maralbishi County Bus Station of Kashgar 0998-6211413
Tuanjie West Road, Kashgar
Zepu County Passenger Station
No.159 East Street, Zepu County
Tashikuergan County Passenger Station
No.386 Tashikuergan Road
塔什库尔干路 385号

Kashgar International Bus Station (North Bridge Bus Station): The buses are mainly sent to Urumqi, Yining, Aksu, Xinjiang Korla, etc. throughout the state.
Kashgar Passenger Station (Tiannan Terminal Passenger Bus Station): The buses are mainly sent to Hotan city and county, as well as within the scope of Kashgar along State Road 315.
Kashgar South Bus Station: The buses are mainly sent to Yorpuga Lake, Peyziwat County, Makit County and the main townships.

► Kashgar Railway Station
Kashgar Railway Station is in the east of Kashgar city, 6 km away from the downtown. There are trains from Urumqi to Kashgar every day.

Address: Tianshan East Road, Kashgar
Telephone: 0998-5637222
How to get to Kashgar Railway Station:
1. By Public Bus: taking bus No.28 from People Square in the downtown to there.
2. By Taxi: taking taxi from the downtown costs at least 10 RMB.

► Kashgar Airport
Kashgar Airport is located in the northwest of Kashgar, 9 km away from the downtown.

Address: No.473 Airport Road, Kashgar
Kashgar Airport Airlines Ticketing Telephone: 0998-2822113
Kashgar Airport Enquiry Telephone: 0998-2926600

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Best Regards,
Top China Travel

How to Get to Xitang from Pudong Airport

Aidan ( United States ) May 16,2016

Is there a direct bus from Pudong airport to Xitang?
If not what is the best way to get to Xitang from Pudong airport?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) May 17,2016

Sophie Huang
Dear Aidan,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your question about the transportation from Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) to Xitang Water Town.
Please be advised that there isn’t direct bus or coach to Xitang from Pudong International Airport.

Therefore, you will need to take Airport shuttle bus Line 7 to get off at Shanghai Nanzhan Long-distance Passenger Transportation (上海南站长途汽车客运站)to take bus to Xitang. Please find details on Shanghai Pudong Airport website and Shanghai Nanzhan Website:
Shanghai Pudong Airport:
Shanghai Nanzhan:

Tourists can also buy bus tickets on Shanghai Nanzhan’s website directly. Or it is easy to buy tickets at the spots as there are many buses each days. The bus departs every 30-50 minutes from 06:25-17:50 every day.

The Transportation from Chengdu to Leshan

Tam Nguyen ( unknown ) May 15,2016

Do you sell train tickets from Chengdu to Leshan round trip? if yes, please provide pricings. Also, do I obtain tickets via email?My date for the Chengdu-Leshan roundtrip is Monday July 11th.

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) May 15,2016

Sophie Huang

Dear Tam Nguye,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your enquiry about the train tickets between Chengdu and Leshan.

Please kindly be advised that we do book train tickets. However, for this part(short journey) ticket, I suggest you buy it on your own when you arrive in Chengdu. As our company is not in Chengdu, and the train tickets in China are not e-tickets, therefore, we need to handle it through our partner in Chengdu. In this case, the handling fee will too high for a short-distance train.

The train tickets is CNY65 per person for 1st class seat, CNY54 per person for 2nd class seat. While, the handling fee is about CNY 50 per tickets. It is not worth.

I checked that there are 8 trains each day between both cities each day and it needs about 1 hour on the train. And it is easy to buy the tickets one day before the departure date if it is not during national holiday.

Travel from Guangzhou to Taining in Fujiang

Yeny s ( indonesia ) May 14,2016

I want to get to Taining da Jinhu from Guangzhou. Can you suggest the best way and the best transportation to get there?

Sophie Huang( TCT Sales Representative ) May 15,2016

Sophie Huang

Dear Yeny,

Greetings from Sophie, Top China Travel!
Thank you very much for your question.

I guess the Taining you want to is in Fujian, which is near Mt. Wuyishan.
I suggest you take train from Guangzhou to Xiamen first. There are 2 high speed trains every night and 2 overnight train per night from Guangzhou to Xiamen. They are as below,

Train D937 1930/2326 Guangzhou Nan Railway Station/ Xianmen Bei Railway Station
Train D943 1935/2331 Guangzhou Nan Railway Station/ Xianmen Bei Railway Station
Train K297 2047/0853+1 Guangzhou Dong Railway Station/ Xiamen Railway Station
Train K229 2050/0910+1 Guangzhou Railway Station/ Xiamen Railway Station

Then you need to change a train from Xiamen to Taining. There are 6 high speed train from Xiamen to Taining. The train duration is about 3.5 hours. There earliest train is at 15:50 and the last train is at 19:29.

How to Visit Longji Rice Terraces with a Wheelchair

Luca Campaniello ( Italy ) May 13,2016

Hello,I've a wheelchair and I would like to visit Longji Rice Terraces. I've seen the cable car on the pictures, but searching on Youtube I've seen the cable car nevre stops or slow dawn. So I believe it's impossible for a wheelchair go upon it. The main problem is getting out, because people have to jump! So, is there other rice terraces more accessible or more easier to go near a scenic area with a car?

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) May 13,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Luca Campaniello,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Honestly, if you want to visit Longji Rice Terraces, it need to walk for some steps more or less, to get to see the view of Rice Terraces. The cable car runs quite slowly for travelers to get off when it reach the terminal. If you are in wheelchair and can not get off it at all, it is not recommended to take cable car. There is a small gab between the cable car and the landing platform. 

There is no other rice terraces more accessible or more easier to go near a scenic area with a car.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

How to Apply China Visa from Pakistan, How to Apply China Visa for Pakistani Citizens, Can I Apply China Visa without Bank Statement

Muhammad ( Pakistan ) May 12,2016

How to apply China Visa from Pakistan? Can I visit without bank statement

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) May 12,2016

Dear Muhammad ,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

There are different types of visa for visiting China, people who intend to go to China as a tourist should apply for L visa. Generally people who apply for L visa need to provide the proof of legal stay or residence status, travel plan, hotel reservation, air ticket reservation and maybe bank statement. The details of what you shall prepare before submitting a visa application are listed below for your reference:
1. Basic Documents
► (1) Passport
Providing your original valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity and 2 blank visa pages. And a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate. The submitted photos should be similar to the one in your passport.
► (2) Visa Application Form and Photo
You need to fill in a visa application form and complete it with 2 recently-taken color passport photos. Only photo full-face and bareheaded will be accepted.
► (3) Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship).
If you are not in the country of your citizenship when you are applying for the visa, you must provide original and also the photocopy of valid visa of employment, residence, stay or student status of the country where you are currently staying.
► (4) For the first visitor, the applicant should come in person for interview and provide a local police character/clearance certificate (attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan).
If it is the first time for you to apply for a China visa, you need to provide your previous passport and a photocopy of its data page.
If you want to apply for a China visa with a renewed foreign passport (based on that you have obtained Chinese visas before), you should submit the photocopy of previous passport's data page and the photo page if it is separate, as well as the previous Chinese visa page. (If your name has changed on the current passport that it is different from the previous passport, you must present an official document of name change).
2. Supporting Documents
It is requested that Pakistani citizens need to take part in a travel group (more than 5 people) which should be arranged through a qualified local travel agency when they want to travel China.
So the basic conditions to apply China tourist visa for travelers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are:
► (1) A travel group with at least 5 pax (including 5 pax)
► (2) The original invitation letter authorized by related China Foreign Affair department is required
3. Visa Processing and fees
Generally it takes 4 working days for visa processing. Diplomatic and Official passport holders of the third countries as well as Pakistani ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa fees.
And visa fees for other countries' ordinary passport holders should be:
► Single Entry                              Rs. 4500
► Double Entries                          Rs.6500
► 6-Month Multiple Entries           Rs.9000
► 12-Month Multiple Entries          Rs.13000
For more information, you can ask Chinese Embassy in Pakistan, and here is its website:

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Best Regards,
Top China Travel

Lhasa, Tibet Tour for Foreign Students in a Chinese University

Carmen ( Spain ) May 11,2016

Good morning, my friend (from Czech Republic) and me (from Spain), both students in a Chinese University. We are planning to go to Lhasa in the third week in July, we have a small budget for this reason we want to take a group tour, we will take our own accommodation in a Young Hostel in Lhasa and we will take public transport from the station to get to hostel and the place that we wilk visit. How much will be a trip for three days? Thank you, Carmen Salmerón Borja.

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) May 11,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Carmen,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

I do not think you can make the trip by yourself. With the opening of the Tibet Railway and the construction of more airports, Tibet is more accessible for international tourists than ever before. However, to preserve the distinctive natural environment, the rare cultural relics, and the local customs of Tibet for years, and also due to limited transportation and other tourist facilities in Tibet, overseas tourists can only travel to Tibet in groups organized by a travel agency or by the offices of the Tibet Tourism Bureau (TTB). As a result, certain documents for traveling to Tibet (Tibet Permit or Tibet visa) must be obtained before entering Tibet, except valid passport and China visa. You may read more details at What Document is Needed for a Tibet Tour

If you book Lhasa (Tibet) tour with us, we can apply for the Tibet Permit or Tibet visa for you, so that you do not have to do it by yourself. But you need to offer your valid China visa and passport info to us and book Lhasa(Tibet) tour with us. And you need to book in at least 15 days in advance, so that we have enough time to apply for Tibet Permit for you guys.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

21 Days China Tour from Argentina with Spanish Guide Service, China Tour with Spanish-Speaking Guide, Spanish-Speaking Guide Service in China

Eduardo ( Argentina ) May 10,2016

Hola me llamo Eduardo, de argentina. Estoy interesado en el tour de 21 dias por China. Tienen guias de habla hispana?

Cookie( TCT Sales Representative ) May 10,2016

Dear Eduardo,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

► About Spanish-Speaking Guide Service in China
Please kindly be advised that we can only speak English, no Spanish in our office. So we will communicate with your through e-mail in English. All our tours on website are based on English speaking guide service, but we could arrange Spanish speaking guide for you in some hot destinations, like Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai and Hong Kong. As Spanish-speaking tour guide is a kind of scarce resource in China, Spanish tour guide service can not be guaranteed to arrange and need to reserve in advance. And the cost of tour packages on Spanish-speaking guide service basis is more expensive than the cost on English-speaking guide service basis. Therefore, if you do speak and understand English, I suggest you use English-speaking guide in each city. 

You mentioned that you are interested in 21 Days China Tour (Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Yangtze River Cruise(Chongqing-Yichang), Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong).  In this tour Spanish-speaking tour guide may be available in Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guilin and Hong Kong.  But on theYangtze River Cruise, only English-speaking tour guide is available. And if there is no Spanish-speaking guide available, we will arrange English-speaking guide instead.

► About Your Tour Plan
We are happy to help you arrange tour, could you please advise some more details of your trip plan, such as:
1. When do you plan to travel China? And how many days are you planning for this trip?
2. May I know how many of you will there be?
3. What kind of hotel would you prefer to stay in during the trip? 5 star for deluxe hotel? 4 star for first-class comfortable hotel or 3 star for budget hotel? 
4. Is there any other special requests on the tour except Spanish-speaking guide service.

Once the above details are advised, we will send you a detailed itinerary with quotation for you.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Await for your quick response.

Best Regards,
Top China Travel

Hotel or Hostel in Qingyan Ancient Town near to Guiyang, Guizhou, China

Franc ( Slovenia ) May 08,2016

I am looking for hotel or hostel in Qingyan from 28 June, 2016 to 29 Jun, 2016, for two persons.

Vicky Lu( TCT Sales Representative ) May 08,2016

Vicky Lu
Dear Franc,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Qingyan Ancient is located in southern suburban area of Guiyang City in Guizhou Province,China.It is only 30 kilometers away from downtown Guiyang.Guiyang Huaxi International Youth Hostel is quite close to the ancient town, but there are also many tourist inns or hotels in the ancient town. In short, accommodation is very convenient and has many choices. Usually, travel agents do not have contract with hostel or hotel in Qingyan. So it is recommended to book the hostel by yourself upon your arrival or book it on some hotel booking websites. Below are some recommended hostels or inns in Qingyan for your consideration.

Guiyang Qingyan Youth Camp- 贵阳青岩青年宿营地
Recommended reason: it is famous inn for toursits. Facilities in the inn are simple, but comfortable. And the price is quite economic.
Address: Xijie Street, Qingyan Town, Huixi Distirct, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China
Address in Chinese: 贵阳青岩镇西街村坝子头

Qingyan Yueran Wutong Inn-青岩悦然梧桐客栈
Recommended reason: right outside the rural countryside near to the norther gate of Qingyan town,with natural environment, quiet comfortable. Facilities in the inn is complete.
Address: Northen Gate of Qingyan Town, Huaxi District of Guiyang City, Guizhou Province, China
Address in Chinese: 贵州省贵阳市花溪区青岩镇北门
TEL: 15722108809

Qingyan East Gate Hostel-青岩东门旅社
Recommended reason: Inside the ancient town,convenient and affordable.
Address: 190 Jiaontong Road, Qingyan Town, Huaxi District, Guiyang, Guizhou Province, China

Huaxi International Youth Hostel-贵阳花溪国际青年旅舍
Recommended reason: International hostelling. But it ten kilometers from the town. You need to take Bus Route 210 to get there. It is it is also one of hub of self-help backpacker in Guizhou.
Address: Huaxi District of Guiyang City, Guizhou,China
Address in Chinese: 贵阳市花溪区国家城市湿地公园高车巷

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