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$999 for 2 Pax: 9-Day China Trip, Full-Service Flights, 4* Accom in Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai, Hangzhou (April~June) @ TripaDeal

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EDIT: many comments indicating this may in fact be a misleading tour. Apologies to anyone inconvenienced. Sometimes it IS too good to be true, it seems :/


Spend nine days exploring Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou on a fully-escorted holiday to China for under $500 per person including flights from Australia.

This tour visits a number of China's must-see destinations including the Great Wall of China and Beijing Zoo and is available for just $999 for two people - that's nearly $2000 cheaper than the value of the trip.
What's Included

Return full service flights from Sydney or Melbourne with checked baggage
Seven nights' 4-star hotel accommodation in Beijing, Suzhou, Shanghai and Hangzhou 
Breakfast daily and one lunch
Tours hosted by English-speaking guides 
Transport in private air-conditioned vehicles including airport transfers and meet and greet in China

Prices are for two people, twin share, based on a departure from Sydney or Melbourne on various departures from April until June 2019.

Book by 14 March.

This incredibly priced tour offers the perfect combination of guided tours and time at leisure so you can discover the culture and cuisine of China in your own way. You'll visit a number of must-see destinations including the Great Wall and giant pandas in Beijing, the Lingering Garden - a UNESCO World Heritage Site - in Suzhou, and you'll also spend time exploring Shanghai and Hangzhou - the tea capital of China.

  • Subject to availability. Restrictions may apply. Compulsory tips of $12 per person per tour day are not included in the package price. A mandatory payment of AUD$150 is required to be paid by the second passenger only upon arrival in China in cash. This In-Country Transport Operator Fee (ITOF) is in addition to the tour price and may be used by the tour leader to cover any in-country taxes, fees and any additional carrier, tour, transfer and logistic charges. The ITOF is separate and distinct from your tour price which is paid directly to TripADeal.

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From Tripadeal Rep:

You do visit a few places such as a medicine/jade factory, however, it is totally up to you if you decide to purchase anything.

We are unable to disclose this information (who the tour operator is) at this stage due to a privacy agreement we have with our partners. You will be introduced to the Tour Operator when receiving your Travel Pack, approximately 4 to 6 weeks prior to your departure. We work with a trusted network of professional ground operators in each region to deliver the best possible deal for you. Rest assured, we only partner with top-tier companies who provide great service.

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    • +3 votes

      Just hold your breath mate.

      • +4 votes

        Wear a surgeon's mask, just like some of our Asian visitors/residents do here.

        • +10 votes

          But they might be surgeons you never know. :P

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          Whats wrong with the Asian visitors/residents here wearing surgeon's mask?

    • +4 votes

      What part of "return" is confusing you?

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        Must be the 't' part.

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    Thanks OP - great deal! Do you know if we can bring kids and for how much extra?

    Cheers

    • +5 votes

      I did this trip 2 years ago, it definitely wouldn't be kid friendly. There's no free time to take them on kid-orientated activities, and nothing in the tour program is targeted to kids (unless they enjoy shopping for overpriced tourist items at fake tea houses, fake jade factories tours etc). The major sites such as Great Wall are only visited for an hour or two, majority of the time is spent in random "tours" of tourist stores located in side streets and alleys.

      • +1 vote

        Was there any option or chance to skip the tours and just do your own thing?

        • +7 votes

          I’ve been on on a Chinese guided tour (just a weekend trip as part of a real holiday). You can’t escape.

          You’ll spend most of your time in shops with the guide screaming to the group that they haven’t bought enough junk, so the tour won’t continue until people do start buying up.

          There’s a reason they’re cheap. They’re paid by the shops.

        • -2 votes

          It’s a tour. Most likely to get free time at the end of the day when you arrive at your accommodation for the night

        • +5 votes

          No none at all, every day is fully scheduled and the tours are almost all conducted in industrial areas (think warehouses, factories etc) with the tour bus parked right at the entrance. The only time you have to do your own thing is late in the evenings when you're dropped at the hotel after dinner. The hotels are also far away from anything worth visiting, so there is nothing to do nearby. It's exhausting spending full days being marched in and out of shops/markets/warehouses.

      • +1 vote

        Wowsers, sounds like this one time, when I took a tuk tuk in Bangkok and ended up in some dodgy jewellery store with a bunch of other confused tourists. Sounds like this tour will be a blast.

  • +5 votes

    I'll bring my Winnie the Pooh plush :)

  • +14 votes

    fully-escorted holiday

    through every tea house, silk factory and other scam business to extract money out of you

    • +14 votes

      And get identified and added to China's surveillance network, no thanks.

      • +4 votes

        Not sure why the neg vote for mentioning facts… Touchy crowd.

        • +1 vote

          maybe those negs are from the chinese agents … you are so done bro :P

  • +9 votes

    If u dont spend in their scam shop you be prepared to get bullying. They even threaten with no meal/accomandation to eat.

    • +3 votes

      Is this from experience?

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        Not from this same company but same price and structure.

        I remebered 2 years ago the per head spending is $2000.

      • +11 votes

        I can confirm this is true. These trips are funded by the countless "tours" of tea houses, jade factories etc which are just scam shops. You basically get locked in for hours until enough is purchased before moving on to the next shop.

        At one point, my travel mate was locked in a watch store for over an hour while I was yelling at the security guard to open it. She was made to buy 7 fake brand watches before being let out crying.

        • -4 votes

          Says a lot of about the country and culture. Absolutely terrible!

          • +2 votes

            @Xiaomi: Anyone with common sense will not take this kind of offer.
            If you do, hehe

          • +2 votes

            @Xiaomi: Username doesnt check out

        • +11 votes

          I went on a weekend “guided tour” a few years ago as part of a larger holiday.

          We were at a store with tacky faux-Buddhist prayer beads and other tat, and I had a guide screaming at me to buy things. Then she had the door of the shop locked, and screamed to everyone else: “it’s all this guy’s fault you’re locked in here, he won’t follow the rules, so you’re staying until he comes to his senses”.

          Everyone was so over it, that they started bullying me to buy things too.

          I refused, and we were stuck there for an hour with everyone pushing me and screaming at me. Then the guide threatened to cancel my night’s accomodation because I “broke the rules” by not buying hundreds of dollars of overpaid junk.

          Worst trip ever. I can’t imagine nine days of that.

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            @DisabledUser77742: So, was there really the 'rules' that you have to buy things?

            And, did you, in the end?

            • +11 votes

              @wildstone: I didnt buy a thing, and after the first couple of shops, the guide veered between ignoring me and bullying me. I was treated like some freeloading scum.

              The “rules” were made up on the spot. They’re not written anywhere. But the guide will insist that you need to obey them.

              These tours are a good metaphor for China as a whole, really. You need to follow the rules, or you will be punished, but nobody can tell you what they are.

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          We were also taken to a jade and jewel market during a "tour" to the caves near Yangshuo. Outrageous prices and big signs saying "NO BARTERING". Luckily, it wasn't a requirement for us to buy anything and we didn't.

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            @morebierplease: I had to break up a fight between the tour guide and some of the group participants because the people got sick of visiting these places.

    • +6 votes

      I fell for this scam at the Forbidden City. Lots of officials and they accepted credit card payment. It was within the walls of this ancient tourist attraction so surely they were not lying. Right? Of course they were and right to your face. Unbelievably dishonest. Imagine if Australian tourist operators did that at Uluru or the Sydney Harbour Bridge. Scandalous country.

      Instead, travel to a much more honest country and society. It will be cheaper in the long run.

      • +3 votes

        This is the same as the "farmer" they introduce you to at the Terracotta Army who they say originally discovered them… before offering to sign a book for a fee.

        • +2 votes

          Or the “art galleries” at the Forbidden City, selling “priceless art” and “reproductions by top students, to help fund their studies”.

          It’s all mass-produced junk.

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          no way! He even had one of the original bricks we touched!!?

      • +4 votes

        Yeah, like Taiwan.

        TAIWAN NUMBER ONE!

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          couldnt agree more. Taiwan > China any day when travelling

          • +1 vote

            @homersyd: It’s better in general, not just for travelling.

            We should switch our diplomatic recognition to Taiwan.

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          Taiwan and the PRC are worlds apart.

          I've dealt with so many scammers in China. Meanwhile, I had children in Kenting (Taiwan) help me when I looked lost!

  • +4 votes

    A mandatory payment of AUD$150 is required to be paid by the second passenger only upon arrival in China in cash. This In-Country Transport Operator Fee (ITOF) is in addition to the tour price and may be used by the tour leader to cover any in-country taxes, fees and any additional carrier, tour, transfer and logistic charges. The ITOF is separate and distinct from your tour price which is paid directly to TripADeal.

    Why this ITOF is payable only by the 2nd pax?

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      Sounds very much like a bribe!

    • +2 votes

      Shouldn't all the mandatory fees/taxes/tips be included in the list price? Another couple of hundred there before taking the forced shopping into account.

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      $45.. should be included in the package imo.

  • +7 votes

    I lot of the cheap Chinese tours will force you to spend time at shopping factories for 'genuine' jade, tea, medicinal product and other local goods. It's a waste of time even if you don't buy anything because you have to wait for everyone else. And the time spend sightseeing is limited.

  • +9 votes

    What happens if you never rock up for the tours?

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      You get an after school detention

    • +1 vote

      They’ll come knock on your door in the hotel and demand you come. If you don’t, they will probably threaten to cancel your hotel booking and meals.

      Plus, the hotel is probably way out of town with no transport, so you’re not going to want to do your own thing anyway.

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      In our $99 tour each night was in a different hotel, so you had to be on the tour bus by 8am and often we didn't arrive back at the hotel until after dinner.

      It appears that lunch and dinner are not included most days and optional activities require additional payment.

      We didn't experience the bulling that other have reported, but would not go again.

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    Don't forget the visa fee. A few years ago it was well over $100 per person already.

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    is this real? Deal of the century

    • +9 votes

      It’s subsidised by “forced shopping”.

    • +7 votes

      It's one of the many legal scam tours of China. Don't do it.

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      If it is too good to be true, there must be some catches.

  • +1 vote

    Sounds awful.

  • +10 votes

    Why is this even a deal? Story after story of abusive and sheer kidnapping, this deal is absolutely ridiculous. Why advertise something so ludicrous..

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      Brutal, downvoting

    • +4 votes

      exactly. did something similar to this on the way back from a long worldwide trip. total scam.
      I'm well traveled and seen just about every con up close, so this shitshow lasted about 4 hours before telling em to shove it.
      We broke away and booked our own accommodation as they wanted us to pay for the accom, because we broke the rules

      The rest of the time in China was great though. I think its unfortunate that the predatory pricks like this can operate, 99% of chinese don't align to this crap.

    • -1 vote

      It’s like marking hitchhiking as a “deal”.

      Hitchhiking is cheap, and the best value way to travel. But you’ll probably end up dismembered in a forest somewhere. Other than that, it’s a great idea. Upvote.

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      This particular one is definitely not a deal. But why r you so negative there? Thousands of tourists are still going to China everyday and enjoying the tours as soon as you are not extreme politicians or activist.

  • +3 votes

    If the comments above are true, this isn't a deal at all, not even close.

  • +2 votes

    Just want to neg based on the above comments, sounds horrible. No offence to the OP, but sounds like a waste of a trip due to the scams - Not a deal IMO

    • +4 votes

      :( Ah well, learn something each day. :/

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    fully-escorted holiday by armed guards lol

  • +1 vote

    Can u just get this deal just for airfare cost??

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      Presumably they can't force you to go on the tour?

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        That's if the tour guide doesn't take your passport for "security reasons". If they do, you're stuck.

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          I can't believe people do this, there should be a notice on front page "Do not give me to randoms".
          carry photocopies, if someone wants a copy (hotels, etc), give it to them
          if anyone travels to less mainstream locations, this can be a grave consideration

        • +1 vote

          You would be stupid to let them have your passport for "any reason"

      • +1 vote

        If you arrange your own visa, and list your own itinerary on that (and presuming there’s no way the tour company can alter/cancel your flights), then it seems like there would be nothing they can do.

        But I regularly book flights to China for under $500 return, so $999 (plus a $150 “fee”) for a couple doesn’t seem amazing value.

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    yea I've been to one of these scam shops before, not on a tour but yeah they said they could give us massive discounts and we were randomly chosen to benefit from this. Everything looked quite fake so we just walked out

  • +2 votes

    The op should know that this is a scam tour right? Running a travel site they should be wary of these kinds of things.

    • +2 votes

      Can't know about every possible scam out there unfortunately, always learning!

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        good to see you put the edit in at least. Some people have a tendency to jump the gun on things like this so maybe a bit of due diligence before posting. It's easier to damage your reputation than it is to build.

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    Disgusting

  • +1 vote

    This is a scam. It is actually a shopping tour. Also advertised 999 and plus other mandatory fees in the small t&c is misleading and against at least VIC laws.

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    I've been on one of these tours with my parents. If you're young and time poor, then you really don't want to waste time at these tea houses (bought some tea) or silk factory for hours. Our guides weren't very pushy and the shopkeepers did do a pretty good show of what they were selling but it's pretty clear they are fine with keeping everyone in the group in the shop until they've reached their spending requirements. Luckily when I went there were a couple of big spenders who bought into basically everything so it didn't exactly get too negative

    My parents are a bit older and they don't mind it because they have the time, the patience and find a lot of value in these cheap tours where virtually everything like a pretty decent hotel, meals, guided tours and transportation (ex shows, tips, special meals) is included.

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    Would not recommend these packages to anyone. Forced tours and questionable acommodation, $150 cash payments? What a joke.

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    Upvoted for the price
    However, you are definitely better off book hotels & flights at off-peak times.
    Just FYI:
    1. Discounted return flight tickets start from $290 (Hainan Airlines) to China. You can also get prices under $600 for a return cheap (Absolutely no idea how can they even cover the cost of fight for 2 persons charging each $500).
    2. Hotels per night price
    4 Stars and higher: $100-$150+
    Budget Franchise: $50-$100

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    Not a deal but thanks OP and others, for the travel lesson. The post should stay for educational purposes.

  • +1 vote
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    Can you just take the flights and accommodation from the deal and pull a quick one out the back door at the airport? 😂

  • +6 votes

    Went on one of these cheap weekend tours in China a several years back and confirm all of the above comments. It was a bargain basement value price for the tour, but the kicker (and what a kicker!) is you get brought to these scam tourist shops selling anything from jewels to souvenirs for 80% of the time. These places were in the middle of nowhere so it's not like you can even just leave.
    The tour operator and guide receive a percentage of sales (I heard around 15-20% but this was..7-8 years ago) and will either outright tell people to buy or guilt trip you.
    Luckily mine was the second sort of tour guide and every time we got on the bus after a visit to one of these places 'on the way' to the real tourist attractions, we'd be told how we weren't respecting her by buying from the shady shops.
    Someone tried to haggle and was pulled aside to not-so-quietly be told that haggling on the (ridiculous) price was disrespectful and definitely not allowed.

    Some other notes:
    - They ALL say you get 4-star or 3-star or 5-star accommodation. The reality is you will be in some dirty run down hotel in the middle of nowhere.
    - The meals are the worst meals you will ever eat. Seriously, we opted to forego all meals after the first night and buy from local restaurants ourselves but was still infinitely better than the garbage they feed you (think bland, flavourless food, lots of boiled veggies. I recall the meal that broke the camel's back was everyone crammed into a crappy restaurant, 10 to a table, and they brought out large aluminium bowls with bland food like. The one or two bowls that were meat got rushed immediately, good luck. Imagine what you'd expect to eat if you were in prison in China. Even the rice smelled bad, which was a feat in itself).
    - The tour guide generally expects a tip from everyone.

    If you think this is a 'holiday', think again. Pay the extra, organise your own flights, accommodation, and itinerary.

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    Thanks for sharing the deal with best intentions OP, even though it turned out not to be what you were expecting :)

    Maybe some people will benefit from just the flights.