China Travel Tips
1. Travel Documents
All passengers to China must possess Chinese visa issued prior to departure
from the U.S. Please inspect and read all other documents and materials
carefully. This package includes your tour itinerary with daily descriptions
and local contacts. Your domestic air and train tickets will be handled by
your local contacts. Please get your passports ready in hand when going
through the Chinese Immigration and Customs. Please also bring your ID such
as Driver License, credit cards etc.
2. Check-In Luggage
Passengers can have 2 pieces of check-in luggage for Trans-Pacific flights;
each can weigh up to 50 lbs. However, for China domestic flights, the
maximum allowance is 44 lb. for check-in baggage for each passenger. So we
urge our passengers to carry only one piece of luggage each for check-in. If
your luggage is overweight, you will pay around $1USD for every pound in
excess. Locks are required on all checked-in luggage for domestic flights in
3. Carry-On Luggage
Each passenger is allowed one carry-on by the dimensions of which should not
exceed 25 inches by length. Valuables, passports, insurance policies, air
tickets; and medications should be carried with you at all times. Most of
the hotels offer safety deposit box for your valuables free of charge (ok
for everything except passports). Please check with hotel front desk for
details and make sure you retrieve your things from the safe deposit box
before you leave the hotel.
Upon arrival at each airport within China, your local tour guide will meet
at the Exit with your name sign after you claim the checked-in luggage.
5. Money Exchange
Please bring travelers checks and some cash with you. Major credit cards are
accepted at the hotels (and their attached restaurants and shops) and
Friendship Stores. Bank of China maintains exchange at virtually all tourist
spots (hotels, airports, and railway stations and friendship Stores from
strangers as it is against the currency exchange regulation of China).
Casual clothes and comfortable walking shoes are recommended. No formal
dress is required for the evening performances (opera, concerts, etc.)
7. Electricity & Water
All twin-bedded rooms are furnished with private bath in Western style.
Electric current is 220 volts, 50 cycles. As adapters are not always
available, we suggest you bring your own two and three prong
adapters/converters for your personal electrical appliances (some hotels
have round prongs and some have flat prongs). Tap water is not drinkable in
China (except hotels equipped with extra purification equipment). However,
in each hotel room, boiled water is served in a flask and is safe to drink.
Bottled water (mineral water or distilled) is readily available in hotel
lobbies and large food shops.
We endeavor to ensure that our guides, drivers and porters are courteous,
professional and service oriented. Tipping is a personal matter and should
be taken into measure for the quality of service provided. China Custom
Tours only provides a suggestion for your consideration. We suggest you give
$3-$5 each day to the tour guide and $2-$3 to the driver when you join the
tour group; $8 -$15 to the tour guide and $5 - $10 to the driver from each
of you if you take the private tours. You can give more if you are happy
with their services.
9. International Departure Tax and Domestic Airport Taxes
From Sept 1, 2004, the international and domestic departure tax in China is
paid in U.S.A. You don't have to pay at each airport.
10. Departure Information
Please ensure to be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to international
departures and at least 2 hours prior to domestic departures.
There are no particular immunizations required for entry into China, unless
the traveler is coming from a yellow fever infected area. The Canadian and
US disease control and prevention authorities recommend the all travelers
have current polio and tetanus immunizations. For traveling into the
countryside and remote areas, immune globulin is also recommended to combat
hepatitis A, as is typhoid immunization. It is very important that you
consult your own doctor or local clinic for more information. We advise you
to bring along a supply of antibiotics, an anti-diarrhea agent, and any
other prescription drugs required by your current medical conditions.
12. Health & Hygiene
China is a remarkably healthy country despite its relative poverty and
climatic variations. Standards of hygiene varies from place to place so all
visitors must be aware of potential hazards and act cautiously. Tap water is
not safe; all water consumed must be boiled or filtered unless it is bottled
mineral water. Boiled water is available in all Chinese hotels and
restaurants. Although food is prepared fresh and cooked or cleaned
thoroughly, stomach upsets are possible so it is advisable to take some
medicine with you.
Ailments such as sore throats and chest colds are also possible and can
occur at any time of year considering China's climatic extremes. The summer
months are brutally hot so it is imperative to combat the harmful summer
heat with a sufficient supply of liquids to prevent dehydration.
* Prior to departing for China, it is recommended that you get accident and
medical insurance coverage for any medical expenses that may arise during a
payment, trip cancellation, please refer to the Terms &
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