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Travel Tips

When to Come

Normally, the most comfortable season is early autumn (September to early October). At that time, temperatures are reasonable (about 50-71.6 F) throughout China. Spring can be delightful and the average temperatures (50-71.6 F) are roughly the same as that in autumn. Rain falls sometimes. Summer (from June to the end of August) can be extremely hot with a temperature above 71.6 F, especially in the rather famous ‘furnaces’ of China: Wuhan, Nanjing, Chongqing and Nanchang

Language

There are seven major dialects and many sub-dialects in China. Dialect spoken in Beijing, known as “Mandarin” or Putonghua, is the predominant dialect, widely used by over 70 percent of the population. Putonghua is various referred to as the “Han language” (hanyu), or simply Chinese. Only about two-thirds of the Han people are native speakers of Putonghua and the others who living in southwest and southeast China speak their own dialects

Climate

China has a marked continental monsoonal climate characterized by great variety. Most parts are in the northern temperate zone while the southern areas are in the tropical or subtropical zone and northern areas in the frigid zone. Most parts of China have clear division between seasons. In winter, northerly winds from high latitude areas keep the northern part cold and dry, while in summer, monsoons from southern coastal areas bring warm and moisture. In addition, the climate also varies with the extensive territory and various topography from region to region

Clothing

Travel in spring or summer, your clothing should be casual and designed for comfort, without being too revealing. Take light cotton clothes that are easily washed. In winter, most parts of China are under the influence of cold weather, especially in the north China. So it is advisable to wear layers of garments

Insurance

Buying travel insurance is a very good idea. It is possibly the best way to protect you against medical costs through illness or injury, against theft or loss of possessions and other accidences may occur during your travel period. With this in mind, we recommend you to buy travel insurance which provide exceptional coverage for international travelers

Visa

All visitors to China must have a visa. There are generally three types: a group visa, individual tourist visa and individual business visa. Tourist visas may be obtained either through a travel agent or direct from the Chinese Embassy or consulate. Visitors intending to go to China for business purposes should be in possession of an invitation from a host organization and should apply for visas directly to the Chinese Embassy. Passports must be valid for at least six months before your travel to china.

Entry Regulation

On arrival in China from abroad, foreigners have to go through the following procedures, just as in other countries: Health check, Frontier inspection, baggage check.

Exit Regulation

On departure, travelers must fill in Exit Registration Cards and have their passports and visas checked. All articles you have declared on the Customs Luggage Declaration Form upon arrival should be brought out of China. Departure is relatively much simpler.

Baggage

According to weight system regulations, baggage allowance of each passenger is:

a) 40 kg (88 lbs) for first-class passenger
b) 30 kg (66 lbs) for business-class passenger
c) 20 kg (44 lbs) for economy-class passenger
d) No free baggage allowance is granted to infants paying 10 percent of the adult fare

Health

No special shot are required for short-term travelers with the exception of those coming from or via an infected area. All visitors may be asked to complete a health form to indicate if they have symptoms of yellow fever, cholera, typhoid, or other communicable diseases.

Customs Regulations

Upon entering China, travelers must complete a customs declaration form listing the valuables or amount of foreign currency being brought into the country. A copy of the form will be collected upon exit. There are two channels, red and green, in China customs. Take the red one if you have something to declare, otherwise the green one. If you are uncertain which channel you should take, then take the red one.

Group Travel

The easiest way to get to China is by joining a group tour on a full package or a mini-package service. Your travel agent will be able to recommend many tour options. Most group tours include three meals daily, hotel accommodations, intercity transportation, visa service, sightseeing arrangements, porterage and English-speaking guides throughout the trip.

Independent Travel

FIT (foreign independent travel) programs to China are growing in popularity. We market modular FIT packages that offer most of the services of a group tour but without the group. FIT programs come in two types the “fully inclusive” tour, with all the inclusions of a standard group tour, and the “mini-package”, with key inclusions like hotels, certain meals, and a pre-determined sightseeing schedule.

Seasonality

In China’s most popular tourist areas, the peak tourist season is spring and fall (May and September through the first half of November). Shoulder season runs from March to April and June through August. The off-season arrives mid-November and lasts through winter.

Currency

The unit of Chinese currency is yuan, divided into ten jiao, which arc again divided into ten fen. 1 yuan = 10 jiao = 100 fen. Chinese currency renminbi denominations:1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 yuan; smaller 1, 2 and 5 jiao, and tiny 1, 2 and 5 fen. There are also 1 and 5 jiao coins; and 1, 2 and 5 fen coins.

Convertible Currencies

In China the following currencies from 17 countries and regions can be converted into Chinese RMB. Australian dollar (A$), Austrian schilling (Sch), Belgium franc (BF), Canadian dollar(Can$), Danish krone (Dkr), German mark (DM), French franc (Ff), Japanese yen (Y), Malaysian Ringgit (M$), Dutch guilder(F1), Norwegian krone(Nkr.), Singapore dollar (S$),Swedish krona(Skr.), Swiss franc (SF), British sterling pound, US dollar US$),and Hong Kong dollar (HK$).

Money & Credit Cards

Tourists can exchange their money in China for renminbi (RMB). Visitors would be wise to take traveler’s checks as they command a slightly higher exchange rate than cash. The Bank of China operates exchange desks at all hotels, airports and Friendship Stores. At present, most major credit cards such as American Express, Visa, Million Card, Master card, Diners Club, Federal Card, East Americard-Visa, Pacitic card and JCB Card can be used in China.

Open Cities & Areas

In China today more than l,000 cities and counties are open to foreign visitors holding a tourist visa, without having to obtain additional travel permits.

Business Hours

Shops: Open day from 9am to 8pm (some to 9pm).

Banks: Currency can be exchanged at banking counters in hotels and stores. There are no standard hours of business for the exchange counters in hotels.

Main Voltage

220 volts, 50 cycles AC. Most hotels have built-in convectors in bathrooms for shaving, hair dryers, etc. Otherwise, come equipped, as there is a variety of plug types in use.

Airport Tax

Passengers who take domestic airlines will be charged 50 yuan for airport tax and those on international or regional flights outside China will pay 90 yuan.

Drinking Water

Do not drink water from the tap in China. Most hotels supply boiled water in a thermos and flask or a glass of tumbler with cold water, and mineral water in plastic bottles is readily available in most cities.

Civil Aviation

Most air-planes in China are Boeing 777s, 767s, 757s, 747s and A340s or 320s. Over 750 domestic, 128 international and 21 regional air routes have been set up. In major cities plane ticket booking is available via a computer network. Plane ticket booking is available at all civil aviation ticket offices, travel agencies and hotels..

Shopping & Souvenirs

China is most famous for its silk, tea, liquors, cloisonné, antiques, porcelain, pottery, paper-cutting, bronze ware, jade, embroidery, painting and dyeing. Among all, cloisonne made in Beijing, porcelain made in Jingdezhen in Jiangxi, embroidery works from Suzhou, Hunan, Guangdong and Sichhuan, Tang tri-color horses and camels, batik from Guizhou and Yunnan are highly recommended

Food

Chinese cuisine is well-known for its sight, smell, taste, touch and even the sound. There are eight famous dishes in China: Sichuan Dish, Guangdong (Canton) Dish, Fujian Dish, Anhui Dish, Hunan Dish, Shandong Dish, Jiangsu Dish, Zhejiang Dish.

Accommodation

By the end of 2002, there are totally 6029 hotels catering to foreigners in China, among which 2368 are listed as three-star or above, according to international standards. Specifically, 117 are five-star and 352 four-star.Luxury hotels, normally above three-star, are available in major cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xi’an and Guangzhou. They all offer internationally standard service

Photography

Bring more films than you think you’ll need, as you’ll find there’s a lot to photograph. All security X-ray machines on Mainland China and at Hong Kong airport are film-safe. Camera and video camera should be declared upon entry to China. Most major brands of color print film are available in China, but slide or high/low ASA film may be difficult to find. In the large cities of China, film could be processed in one hour and the quality is acceptable.

Emergency

The Public Security Bureau is the ever-present police force responsible for the social safety. Its functions include maintaining public security, chasing suspects, settling the disputes, issuing visa extensions and etc.When you’ve lost something, notify the hotel, tour group leader, transportation authorities or the police. If credit cards or traveller’s cheques have been stolen, inform the issuer as soon as possible. If in serious difficulty, contact your embassy.

Medical Service

In major cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Xi’an, medical facilities are good. Some hospitals have special sections set aside for foreigners. There will be doctors and nurses who speak English. They are well qualified and competent so you will receive good medical care. Medical fees are reasonable and immediate payment is required.

Tipping

Today, attitudes towards tipping are changing. Although the practice is not officially recognised, tips are now frequently offered to and accepted by travel guides, tour bus drivers, porters and waiters in top-class hotels and restaurants

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