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April 7, 2014

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai #FriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky

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Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai offers guests a sunset experience aboard a luxury yacht

Our Guests booking the highest category suites at Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai  can enjoy a complimentary sunset cruise aboard a luxury yacht along the iconic Huangpu River.

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Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai has partnered with the new Shanghai Metropolitan Marine Yacht Club, which is located adjacent to the hotel on Pudong’s Harbour City riverfront, to offer a spellbinding waterborne experience of Shanghai’s landmark sites and dazzling skyline.Guests staying in a Pearl Tower Suite category and above can opt to experience the Sunset City Cruise during their stay.

The atmospheric adventure begins with a complimentary glass of Champagne at the Club Lounge.
Guests will then be escorted to the marina to board the luxury yacht. The journey transports Mandarin Oriental guests along Shanghai’s famous Huangpu River, passing between the heritage buildings of The Bund and the neon-lit skyline of Pudong, dominated by the new 650-metre-high Shanghai Tower, the world’s second-tallest tower. A Mandarin Oriental butler will be on board to point out the city’s premier landmarks and snap souvenir photographs of the experience.
Following the magical Sunset City Cruise, the hotel will be happy to pre-book a table at one of the hotel’s restaurants, should guests wish to dine in-house. Zest offers a more casual dining ambience while Fifty 8 Grill showcases contemporary French cuisine created by award-winning chef Richard Ekkebus. Alternatively, Yong Yi Ting  has a menu of delicious regional Jiang Nan cuisine.
Sunset City Cruises along the Huangpu River are offered seven days a week for adults and children aged 12 years and above.
Each cruise must be booked 48 hours in advance, and is subject to availability. Dining in-house is a separate cost and not included in this package.

Mandarin Oriental Pudong, Shanghai #FriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky


March 30, 2014

#ChinaHighlightsFriendsTravel JESS Kalinowsky 24|7|365

Filed under: Air Included,Beijing,China,China Cruises,China Land Tours,Honeymoon,Shanghai — chinatoursandcruises @ 10:42 pm

World’s Most Amazing Views



Why It’s Amazing: Millions of people over the course of 21 centuries helped construct, rebuild, and maintain the Great Wall of China, which dips, rises, and bends across the country for some 6,000 miles. The theory that it’s visible from space is now debated, but its immense engineering achievement and man-made beauty are unquestionable.

Secret Viewing Spot: You’ll find the otherworldly ruins of unrestored wall segments in Gubeikou, a less-visited part of the Yanshan Mountain range in the northeast of Miyun County.

When to Go: October’s brisk temperatures and lighter foot traffic make for ideal wall hiking.

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March 7, 2014

#ChinaVacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa

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July 16, 2012

#FriendsTravel China Yangtze River Cruises JESS Kalinowsky

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‎#FriendsTravel China

The New Five-Star China & the Yangtze Experience

Two new five-star ships, Century Legend and Century Paragon, offering Signature Suites with private balconies and a variety of exclusive VIP benefits available only to our guests

Luxurious, five-star hotels, including the Ritz-Carlton, Sofitel, and Shangri-La
Captivating excursions and cultural enrichment programs with special themed dining and performances

All transportation needs are provided for the entire journey within China, along with hands-free luggage service

Beijing to Shanghai | 11 Days
Be enchanted by a myriad of highlights from this diverse, fascinating country and journey to a land with more than 5,000 years of history.
From $3,599 per person, cruise/tour only

Shanghai to Beijing | 10 Days
Revel in the diversity of this extraordinary country with the top sights of the region, from Beijing and Shanghai to the ancient splendors of the Great Wall, all accentuated by the legendary Yangtze.
From $3,299 per person, cruise/tour only

Beijing to Shanghai | 14 Days
Experience a peaceful and spiritual journey on this UNESCO World Heritage rich program and visit Lhasa, the heart and soul of Tibet.
From $5,299 per person, cruise/tour only

Beijing to Hong Kong | 18 Days
From thriving modern cities (Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong) to monumental manmade marvels (the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors) to glorious landscapes (Suzhou, the Yangtze, and Guilin), this extraordinary expedition is the perfect introduction to the grand sweep of China.
From $5,799 per person, cruise/tour only

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July 8, 2011

#FriendsTravel SKI China! JESS Kalinowsky

Filed under: Air Included,Beijing,China,Honeymoon,SKI China — chinatoursandcruises @ 8:16 pm

Book with deposit by August 28th, 2011 and Save $100 P/P
Yabuli Ski Resort

Featured Locations

AB: American Breakfast | L: Lunch | D: Dinner | SD: Special Dinner

Day 1    US/Beijing (on the flight)
Today you will take an international flight from the US to Beijing, the Capital of China. Meals and movies will be provided on board.

Day 2    Beijing/Harbin (flight)
Upon arrival in Beijing, you’ll take a connecting flight to Harbin, often referred to the “Moscow in the East” due to the cultural influence from Russia in the history. Harbin is also the hosting city of the annual Harbin International Ice and Snow Sculpture Festival, one of the four largest ice and snow festivals in the world. Upon arrival at the airport in Harbin, you will be met by our representative and transferred to your hotel. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure. Hotel accommodations at the Sofitel Hotel or similar.

Harbin Ice-Lantern Show

Day 3    Harbin (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, the excursion today takes you to the Stalin Park, the Flood Control Monument, the St. Sophia Church Square, Central Street and Gogol Street. You will also attend the famous Ice and Snow Festival to enjoy the ice and snow sculptures in different formations with the light.

Day 4    Harbin/Yabuli (AB, D) (bus)
After breakfast, you will take a bus ride (approximately 3.5 hours) to Yabuli Ski Resort, the best ski resort in China. Enjoy your skiing for the rest of the day. Stay overnight at one of the best resorts available in Yabuli.

Day 5    Yabuli (AB, D)
Enjoy your full day skiing in Yabuli.

Day 6    Yabuli (AB, D)
Enjoy your full day skiing in Yabuli.

Day 7    Yabuli/Harbin/Beijing (AB, L, D) (bus / flight)
Today you will take a bus ride to Harbin Airport for your flight to Beijing. Upon arrival at the Capital International Airport in Beijing, you will be met and transferred to your hotel in Beijing. Hotel accommodations at the Oriental Bay International Hotel or similar.

Day 8    Beijing (AB, L, SD)
The highlight today is a trip to the astonishing Great Wall of China at Juyongguan Pass, one of the most remarkable feats of mankind. After lunch, you will stroll along the Sacred Way guarding the Ming Tombs, lined with different statutes of animals such as lions, elephants, camels and etc. Later in the day, you will take a tour of the Olympic Park where you will view the exterior of the Bird Nest-China National Stadium and Water Cube-China National Aquatic Center. Attend a welcome Peking Duck Dinner tonight.

Day 9    Beijing (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, you will visit Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, the largest and most intact conglomeration of ancient structures of the imperial palace. You will also tour the emperors Summer Palace, the famous resort of Empress Dowager Ci Xi.

Summer Palace, Beijing   

Day 10    Beijing/Shanghai (AB, L, SD) flight
After breakfast, you will take a flight to Shanghai. It is China’s largest city (home to 16 million people) and also China s principal port on a deep estuary of the Yangtze River. Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will visit the Bund and the well-known Shanghai Museum of Art and History, which ranks among the great museums of the world. Attend a farewell dinner celebration of Shanghai cuisine in the evening, followed by a cruise on Huangpu River to enjoy a fascinating night view of Shanghai. Hotel accommodations at the Ramada Plaza Gateway or similar.

Day 11    Shanghai (AB, L)
Todays excursion takes you to Yu Garden and the bustling Nanjing Road. After lunch, enjoy your leisure time to explore Shanghai on your own.

Day 12    Shanghai/US (AB)
After breakfast you will take a departure transfer to the airport for the flight back home.

Tour Fare from LAX: $2,695  P/P (double occupancy)
Tour Fare from JFK, NYC: $2,795  P/P (double occupancy)
International & Chinese Airport Tax: from $118 P/P
Airlines Fuel Charges: from $340 P/P (subject to change)
(for both international and domestic Chinese flights)

Group discount of $100 P/P is available for a group reservation of 10 passengers and
up taking the same flight routing. Ask JESS Kalinowsky about making your own group.

Departure Dates:
Dec. 28, 2011; Feb 08, 2012; Mar. 07, 2012
(Additional cost from $100 P/P for departure on Dec. 28, 2011)
The Ice Festival is open from late December through mid February.
Other departure dates may be available upon request.

Optional Add-on Tour 1:  4 Day 3 Night – Xian Excursion

Day 13    Shanghai/Xian (AB, SD)
Today you will take a flight to Xian, the ancient capital city for 11 dynasties in Chinese history. Upon arrival in Xian, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda if time permits. Enjoy an imperial dumpling dinner banquet, followed by an on-stage show of Tang Dynasty dance and music. Hotel accommodations at the New World Grand Hotel or similar.

Day 14    Xian (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, visit the Tomb of Emperor Qin Shi Huang and see the awesomeTerra-Cotta Warriors and Horses, widely regarded as the eighth wonder of the world. You will also take a tour of the well preserved city wall in Xian.

Day 15    Xian (AB, L)
Today you will visit the Shaanxi Provincial Museum of History. Enjoy the rest of the day for leisure or shopping.

Day 16    Xian/Beijing/US (AB)
After breakfast, you will take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight to Beijing to connect your international flight back home.

Add-on Tour Fare: from $635 P/P (double occupancy)
Additional Airport Tax for Add-on Tour: from $50 P/P
(Tour fare includes air fare Shanghai/Xian and Xian/Beijing, round trip airport transfers, escorted tours with English speaking guide and tour admissions, deluxe hotel accommodations with American breakfast and meals and cultural show as specified.)
Optional Add-on Tour 2:  4 Day 3 Night – Hong Kong Excursion

Day 13    Shanghai/Hong Kong (AB)
Today you will take a flight to Hong Kong-The Pearl of the Orient. Upon arrival in Hong Kong, you will be met and transferred to your hotel. You may stroll around for leisure or shopping for the rest of the day. Hotel accommodations at Harbour Grand Kowloon or similar.

Day 14    Hong Kong (AB)
Todays half-day seat-in-coach tour of Hong Kong Island takes you to the Stanley Market, the Aberdeen Fishing Village, Repulse Bay and Victoria Peak for a breathtaking view of the city and its harbor. The rest of the day will be free for you to experience the vibrancy and vitality of urban Hong Kong on your own.

Day 15    Hong Kong (AB)
Enjoy your free day for leisure or shopping.

Day 16    Hong Kong/US (via Beijing)
After breakfast, you will take a departure transfer to the airport for your flight back home via Beijing.

Add-on Tour Fare: from $995 P/P (double occupancy)
Additional Airport Tax for Add-on Tour: from $45 P/P
(Tour fare includes air fare Shanghai/Hong Kong and Hong Kong/Beijing, round trip airport transfers, join-in tours with English speaking guide and tour admissions, deluxe hotel accommodations with American breakfast)
Tour Features

  • Round trip air transportation between LAX or JFK and China.
  • Welcome reception upon arrival with local guides.
  • All air and ground transportation in China.
  • Round trip airport transfers and escorted tours with tour admissions and English speaking guide in each city.
  • 10 nights deluxe hotel accommodations with buffet American breakfast: 2 nights in Harbin, 3 nights in Yabuli, 3 nights in Beijing and 2 nights in Shanghai.
  • 2-day lift ticket and ski rental in Yabuli.
  • 24 meals: 10 breakfasts, 6 lunches and 8 dinners including the specialty dinners.
  • All local taxes.
  • RESERVATIONS:  24/7/365
  • JESS Kalinowsky Professional Travel Consultant

March 3, 2011

#FriendsTravel China Footsteps of the Emperors JESS Kalinowsky

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Walk in the Footsteps of Chinese Emperors
12 nights from $9145* per person (land only)

For those in search of that “once in a lifetime” journey through historic China, look no further. This incredibly unique travel experience offers visitors the ultimate portal into China’s regal past, including a stay at Beijing’s Summer Palace which captures the essence of the Ming Dynasty’s elegant aesthetic.

Explore the halls where Emperors once strolled; visit a local family and witness their cultural lifestyle unshaken by the contemporary developments surrounding them; unwind in the tranquil Amanresort setting in Hangzhou; wonder at the intricately carved Terracotta soldiers in Xi’an; marvel at the ever-modern skyline of Shanghai, China’s largest city, and uncover the extraordinary heritage that lies beneath the pulsating energy of Hong Kong.

In the Footsteps of Emperors


  • Internal First Class flights within China
  • Round trip private airport and land transfers
  • 3 nights Beijing at Aman at Summer Palace
  • Private Forbidden City half day tour
  • Private Summer Palace half day tour
  • Private Great Wall at Mutianyu tour
  • Private Hutong tour with Family Lunch
  • One hour Chinese massage treatment for two
  • 1 night Xi’an – Shangri-La
  • Private Terracotta Museum half day tour
  • 3 nights Hangzhou at Amanfayun
  • Longjing Tea Village and Nine Creeks guided tour
  • Lingyin Temple guided tour
  • One hour reflexology treatment for two once during stay
  • 2 nights Shanghai at The Peninsula
  • Shanghai Acrobatics Show
  • Private Bund, Jade Buddha and Yu Garden tour with lunch
  • Private Zhu Jia Jiao Water Village tour
  • 3 nights Hong Kong at The Peninsula
  • Hong Kong Heritage half day tour
  • Private Macau full day tour
  • 12 breakfasts 3 lunches
For details contact an Asia Specialist at: 24/7/365
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#FriendsTravel China all inclusive tours JESS Kalinowsky

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Our best value tour

27 days from $ 3790

China Highlights

Our best value tour to China explores the famous sights of this fascinating land as well as many of its hidden treasures. See historic cities, fabulous landscapes and the famous panda reserve in Chengdu. Also, discover the ancient Buddhist sites at Leshan and Dazu as well as the beautiful cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou.

Included in the price

  • Price includes international flights,
  • Departure taxes, current fuel
  • Surcharges, domestic transportation,
  • Accommodations, all meals, daily tours,
  • Entrance fees, guides and visa fees for US passport holders.
  • Reservations: 24/7/365

#FriendsTravel China Cruise Pandas Historical Sights JESS Kalinowsky

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Cruise, Pandas & Historical Sights

14 days from $ 3290

Majestic Yangtze

The highlight of this two-week tour is a four night cruise on the Yangtze River. Sail through the Three Gorges where the vertical
cliffs rise dramatically from the water. Add to this a visit to the famous panda reserve in Chengdu and it’s easy to see why this tour
is a long-time favorite.

Included in the price

  • Price includes international flights, departure taxes, current fuel
  • Surcharges, domestic transportation,
  • Accommodations, all meals, daily tours,
  • Entrance fees, guides and visa fees for US passport holders.
  • Reservations: 24/7/365

February 13, 2011

#FriendsTravel Yangtze River Huangshan Mountain Air Inclusive Gold Experience JESS Kalinowsky 24/7/365

• All intra-China air/land transportation
• Includes all intra-China transfers between airports and hotels (initial arrival and final departure transfers are included when transpacific air is purchased through PDT
• 7 nights in FiveStarPlus® hotels
• 6 nights on Victoria Cruises Five-Star Yangtze River Cruise ship in Junior Suite with private balcony, full meal service offering fine cuisine and small group excursion.
• 13 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 11 dinners
• Includes baggage handling, port charges, hotel taxes and service fees
• USTOA $1 Million Travelers Assistance Program

Special inclusions:
• Group size limited to 16 members
• Experienced English speaking guide escorts groups all through-out China
• Full American or buffet breakfast daily at hotels
• Regional culinary specialties – Beijing Duck Dinner
• Choice of Western or Chinese cuisine at select meals
• Special entertainment: Traditional Drum Performance, Tang Dynasty Show, Shanghai Acrobatics Show
• Comprehensive sightseeing as noted
• Special cultural activities: Old town, artist at work, local family visit
• On board activities: Small group excursions, traditional performances and entertainment, Tai Chi lessons, Chinese language lesson, educational lectures, captain’s cocktail party, farewell banquet

Day 1 • Depart USA

Depart the USA and cross the international dateline.

Day 2 • Arrive Beijing

You will check into your luxury accommodations.

Day 3 • Beijing AB, L, D

This morning, see vast Tiananmen Square and the extravagant Ming-era Imperial Palace in the Forbidden City, including the jewelry section. After lunch, visit the elegant Summer Palace, a UNESCO World Heritage site, with the largest imperial garden in the world. The grounds include over 3,000 structures with a variety of pavilions, towers and arched bridges surrounding Lake Kunming with boat ride (weather permitting). Tonight, attend a Beijing Duck dinner.

Day 4 • Beijing AB, L, D

A highlight of your trip today as you visit the renowned Great Wall. On the way, if traffic allows, stop to photograph the iconic “Bird’s Nest”– the Beijing National Stadium–host to many spectacular events of the 2008 Summer Olympics. Then arrive at the amazing Great Wall, and walk along its ramparts as emperors once did. After lunch, visit a Cloisonné Factory and observe the skilled artisans at work as they create intricate designs. This afternoon tour Beijing’s historic Hutong (“narrow lanes”) area by old-fashioned pedicab. Climb up the Drum Tower and see a traditional drum performance. Visit a local family living in a courtyard-style home known as a Siheyuan.

Day 5 • Beijing / Xi’an AB, DS

Fly to historic Xi’an, ancient capital of China and site of archeological treasures. This afternoon, explore Xi’an City Wall. Tonight, a special treat as you enjoy a Tang Dynasty dinner and an entertaining show.

Day 6 • Xi’an / Chongqing AB, D

See the extraordinary Terra-Cotta legion of warriors, the bronze Chariot buried with the emperor for over 2,200 years, and the Circle Vision Movie. This afternoon, fly to Chongqing.

Day 7 • Chongqing / Cruise AB, L, D

After breakfast, board Victoria Cruises. This evening enjoy dinner on board the Victoria Prince.

Day 8 • Yangtze Cruise Qutang Gorge / Small Gorges Excursion / Wu Gorge / Xiling Gorge AB, L, D

Cruise through the first of the fabled Three Gorges: Qutang Gorge hemmed by mossy cliffs. At Wushan, sail up the Daning River via cruiser to view the dramatic Small Gorges. Continue by sampan to the picturesque mini-gorges of the Ma Du River with its clear, swift water, unusual rock formations, and monkeys and goats along the banks. Alternatively, your excursion may be on Shennong Stream with its impressive small gorges. Sail on downstream through scenic Wu Gorge, celebrated for its Twelve Peaks. Next, cruise into Xiling Gorge, the last and most scenic of all the gorges. This evening, pass through the amazing ship locks at the Three Gorges Dam.

Day 9 • Yangtze Cruise Xiling Gorge / San Dou Ping / Yichang AB, L, D

After breakfast, visit San Dou Ping to see the massive Three Gorges Dam, the world’s largest hydroelectric project. After your tour, board the ship at the eastern mouth of the Xiling Gorge, in Yichang.

Day 10 • Yangtze Cruise Wuhan AB, L, D

Arrive in Wuhan, a fusion of three cities spanning the Yangtze River. Disembark for a city sightseeing tour, including a visit to the Hubei Provincial Museum. Continue your downstream cruise later this afternoon.

Day 11 • Yangtze Cruise Guichi / Huangshan AB, L, D

The area around Guichi is well-known for its stunning natural beauty. Today’s memorable shore excursion takes you to spectacular Huangshan Mountain, revered throughout China. The area was named a UNESCO World Heritage site for its exceptional natural beauty and valuable habitat for rare and endangered species. Experience the feeling of walking into a living Chinese ink painting, as the sheer peaks and their breathtaking vistas unfold before you. Alternatively, depending on weather and road conditions, your visit may be to dramatic Jiuhuashan, the Mountain of the Nine Lotuses. Return to the ship and sail on from Guichi this evening.

Day 12 • Yangtze Cruise Nanjing AB, L, D

Arrive in Nanjing this morning, where your city tour visits Sun Yat-sen Mausoleum and a Qing dynasty-style bazaar. Board your ship and continue sailing toward Shanghai.

Day 13 • Shanghai AB, L, D

Sail to Shanghai today, disembark and take a tour of the city. Sightsee Shanghai’s highlights: the Shanghai Museum, with an audio tour describing the special features of the museum’s permanent collections, Yu Garden, the Old Town, the city’s colonial European past at The Bund, the modern Xintiandi, and a renowned Shanghai silk carpet factory. After lunch, you will visit Children’s Palace or Urban Planning Center. Tonight after dinner, enjoy front section seating at an astonishing performance of the world-famous Shanghai acrobatic show.

Day 14 • Shanghai AB

Day at leisure to explore on your own, or enjoy an optional tour.

Day 15 • Journey Home AB

After breakfast, bid farewell to China. Perhaps you may choose to extend your trip with a post tour to Hong Kong or Vietnam or Bangkok.

• The Ritz-Carlton Hotel, Beijing – Chaoyang District

• Shangri-La Hotel, Xian – Xian

• JW Marriott Hotel, Chongqing – Chongqing

• Victoria Cruises –

• The Portman Ritz-Carlton, Shanghai – Shanghai

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SAVE $1000 per couple 3/22 – Save $500 per person 4/5, 4/19 – Save $400 p. p. 5/3, 17, 31- Save $300 p. p.

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January 27, 2011

#FriendsTravel China Grand Luxe Cultural Journey JESS Kalinowsky






Every day is enlightening & enjoyable as a maximum of only 20 tour members are immersed in the ancient & modern eras of performance arts, cuisine, contemporary life, literature, written language, fashion, aesthetics, traditional medicine, Chinese Art, & More

13 Amazing Days

Beijing (Peninsula Hotel) Xian (Shangri-La) Guilin (Shangri-La)
Yangshuo (Green Lotus) Shanghai (Peninsula)

*Limited to not more than 20 travelers

*Led by reknowned Chinese-American scholar *Lively daily discussions

*Invitation-only events such as white-glove handling of national treasures, private orientations by city officials

*Most meals including gala dinner parties

*Special performances

*Bamboo rafting

*And more!

Prices begin at $5198 per person, double room basis; $1251 single room supplement

Includes 3 intra-China flights, centrally-located 5-star hotels, sightseeing with entrance fees, special dinner parties, most meals, all gratutities.  Hong Kong Extensions available from $1450.

Transpacific air is available at attractive fares.

Discount First Class, Business Class, and Coach Airfares USA to China!


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