Things We Like to Hear: $777 for Six Nights in Beijing and Shanghai, Airfare and Hotels Included
The World Expo is over, the Barbie flagship store has opened and President Obama has said 再见 (goodbye) to the Great Wall for now...so what else is going on in China these days? Well, you can go see for yourself as a huge trip deal just hit our inbox and we'd be booking it right now if China didn't block sites like Facebook and Twitter. ChinaSpree.com is offering a $777 Winter Special package that includes air from San Francisco (New York is $200 more), 6 nights in four-star hotels with breakfast, airfare between Shanghai and Beijing, and airport-hotel transfers.
Okay now think about it: $777 for all thata week-long trip to the two big Chinese cities with air, hotels and transferscosts less than just the regular airfare should be. Granted you'll probably be flying Air China, but we've been before and would fly them again.
What's more is that the trip doesn't involve sticking together in a group fashion, like a bus tour or anything. The tour is "freestyle," meaning you go off and see what you want in Beijing and Shanghai, they provide the flight tickets and pillows to sleep on while you're over there.
Now here lies the rub: To visit China you've got to obtain a Tourist "L" Visa ASAP, which costs $130 for Americans and is only valid for one year (be sure to choose the 12-month, multiple entry option just in case; it costs the same as a single-entry). Then there's $99 taxes on top of the package and you've got to be okay with spending a week in China without uploading any pictures to Facebook or tweeting. That's the part that kills us; luckily last time we went to China, we were able to completely leave our laptop at home. Hopefully you can too, because this is a crazy good deal.
[Photo of a view from Shanghai's Yuyuan Gardens: Jaunted]