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Friendly Planet Travel Gives Vacationers a Ten Day Taste of China for Just $999


Super-hot deal includes Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, and optional Hong Kong extension


Jenkintown, Pa.-April 29, 2009-Savvy travelers with their eyes on Asia had to blink twice this week, when Friendly Planet Travel, one of the Internet's leading group travel providers, unveiled their ultra-low-cost Taste of China vacation deal. The package, starting at just $999, visits three of China's most dynamic and culturally awe-inspiring cities: Beijing, Xi'an, and Shanghai. The trip includes round-trip airfare from Los Angeles via Air China; all ground transfers; all intra-China flights; superior and deluxe hotel accommodations; daily breakfast; four lunches; and comprehensive sightseeing with a local, English-speaking expert guide. Yet, all of these fine features are included in the lowest priced China vacation package available from the U.S.

Travelers can also choose from an array of inexpensive optional tours plus a four-day extension in Hong Kong. Friendly Planet Travel's Taste of China is departing through March, 2010, and has already sold out four departure dates. Packages are still available, but they'll sell out quickly, so vacationers should act now to reserve their spots.

            "Great travel deals are the bad economy's silver lining," says Peggy Goldman, President of Friendly Planet Travel. "We've been able to reduce prices for many of our tours. And now, we have a $999 deal to China, with 10 days (eight nights) of superior travel, at a price that's lower than any I've seen in my 30 years in business. Vacationers will enjoy some of the most dynamic, culturally rich cities the world has to offer, terrific hotels and services, and all at prices that are unbelievable. "

            China is one of the most attractive travel destinations in the world, with modern achievements interwoven with an ancient culture, and a recorded history spanning over 5,000 years. The tour, conducted by English-speaking, Chinese guides, immerses vacationers in the country's rich culture and history, starting with the capital, Beijing, where the group visits such important sites as Tiananmen Square, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall of China.

Vacationers then fly south for two days in Xi'an, where they'll visit, among other fascinating sites, one of the world's archeological marvels: the army of 2,200-year-old terra-cotta soldiers, including more than 8,000 life-size ceramic soldiers, chariots, and horses buried to protect the tomb of the first Qin emperor. Vacationers then fly to their final destination in Shanghai, China's most modern city, often referred to as "Paris of the East." 

"International tourism is down on average, but that hasn't stopped us from coming up with amazing deals for those who can't stay home." Goldman says. "People are looking for the best deals and the best locations, and that's exactly what we've always done, since day one.  We're creating amazing deals with the help of our industry partners, and as always, we're passing our savings through to our customers. That strategy has kept our bookings strong. Those who leap at the deals we create will enjoy many opportunities to experience the best of the world, for less than they ever dreamed."

For more information about Friendly Planet Travel, please visit the company's Web site at, the blog at, or contact Jackie Zima at 610-228-2138 (office), 215-534-2973 (mobile), or write to




Friendly Planet Travel ( makes high-quality exotic travel affordable for everyone. Since 1981, Friendly Planet Travel has been arranging all-inclusive escorted discount vacation packages and cruises to the most exciting destinations in the world at the lowest possible prices. 


Each year, Friendly Planet Travel offers more than 30 different group travel packages to Asia, the Middle East, Africa, Europe and South America-at discounts of hundreds of dollars off similar vacations. With no hidden charges, add-ons or surprises, Friendly Planet Travel vacations include convenient flights and airfare, carefully-selected first-class and superior hotels, knowledgeable English-speaking guides, many meals and itineraries as well as friendships and memories that last a lifetime.


Friendly Planet Travel offers its extensive, economical travel services to private groups including universities, religious institutions, alumni associations and families. Groups who wish to travel together can count on Friendly Planet Travel's three decades of experience to operate their group travel program expertly and always at the very best possible prices.


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