China Discovery 10 Days w/Air
From $488 w/Air LAX, ORD, SEATTLE
Limited 20 seats per airport per departure date
Beijing - Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou – Wuxi
Xian TerraCotta Warrior Extension Tour
Day 1 Departure
To start off your amazing China Tour, you will leave your departure city and fly to Beijing. Meals and snacks will be provided on the plane.
Day 2 Arriving Beijing
When you arrive in Beijing, a Nexus Holiday local representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.
Day 3 Beijing (Breakfast)
A day at leisure to explore at your own pace.
We suggest an optional excursion (USD$65/person) with lunch to the Forbidden City, the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. After an included lunch, proceed to the Summer Palace, a former royal retreat and now a lovely part. Then visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine.
This evening, delight in an optional banquet (USD$35/person) featuring the famous "Peking Duck".
Day 4 Beijing ( Breakfast, Lunch)
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall (Juyongguan), one of the “Seven Wonders of the World”! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Then tour the iconic “Beijing 2008 Olympic Center”; which includes the famous Bird's Nest and Water Cube which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Although there is no tour inside these buildings, it is a magnificent architectural structure from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity.Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans work at a Cloisonné Factory.
Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical, "The Golden Mask Dynasty" show (USD$50/person).
Day 5 Beijing fly to Shanghai, Bus to Suzhou (Breakfast, *Lunch included only with optional tour, *Dinner on airplane)
Today you are free to explore Beijing, or you can sign up to join one of our popular day tour programs. We will take a late evening flight to Shanghai. Upon arrival at Shanghai airport, transfer directly to Suzhou by bus. It is only about a one hour drive.
Additional one day tour Program: Take a morning tour to Temple of Heaven, Recognized by UNESCO, an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 AD to be used by the emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonies honoring the god of harvests. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch.(Optional USD$79/person)
Day 6 Suzhou / Wuxi (Breakfast, Lunch- Wuxi Style Ribs )
Suzhou–the city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the Lingering Garden, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the Suzhou Silk Factory, the largest silk factory in the country to discover the mysterious processing of silk.
After featured local cuisine lunch, Wuxi is apparently best known for ‘Hong Shao Paigu’ or braised spare ribs, cooked in a ‘red style’, that is, a sauce of rice wine and soya sauce flavoured with ginger, cloves, anise and black pepper.
Optional cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal (Optional $30/person).
Late afternoon, continue to Wuxi, visit the Lingshan Grand Buddha, One of China's largest Buddha statues at over 80m tall. The whole Lingshan area is a tourist attraction, with a musical fountain which plays out the story of the birth of the Buddha, as well as the Brahma palace (梵宫), a very grand palace with the pillars made of sandalwood, built to host the 2009 Buddhist conference.
Day 7 Wuxi-Hangzhou (Breakfast, Lunch- Dongpo Pork )
This morning tour the Brilliance of Lake Lihu located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm.
Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Enjoy a slow cooked Dongpo Pork which is cooked by braising fine-skinned and thin pieces of fat streaky bacon with famous Shaoxing wine in a sealed pot. When the dish is ready, the bacon will be moist and red, and the sauce well be thick and tasty. It tastes savory, sweet and full of body, but not greasy.
In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Impression West Lake”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($79/person from Feb- Oct).
Day 8 Hangzhou-Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch- Steamed Bun Xiao Long Bao)
Hangzhou, also known as the “Paradise on Earth”, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. The West Lake Cultural Landscape has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage site. After breakfast, visit The West Lake, the most beautiful lake in the country.
You may take an optional boat ride on the serene West Lake (USD$35/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.
Featured lunch Steamed Bun Xiaolong Bao- Xiaolongbao is a type of steamed bun (baozi) from the Jiangnan region of China, especially associated with Shanghaiand Wuxi. It is traditionally prepared in xiaolong, small bamboo steaming baskets, which give them their name.
Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known Dragon Well Tea. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for your health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. Walking along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. It is now the called “Wall Street of the East”. At night, you may enjoy and optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (USD$50/person)
Day 9 Shanghai (Breakfast, Lunch, Farewell Dinner- Shanghai Local Cuisine Ben Bang )
In the morning, tour Shanghai Museum, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade, followed by a visit to an Emerald exhibition center. Then visit the City God Temple Bazaar, which is composed of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs. This evening, enjoy Farewell Dinner Shanghai cuisine, also known as Hu cuisine, is a popular style of Chinese food. In a narrow sense, Shanghai cuisine refers only to what is traditionally called Benbang
Evening choose optional Chinese Acrobatic Show - "ERA The Intersection of Time" (USD$60/person)
Day 10 Shanghai- Home (Breakfast)
After breakfast transfer to the airport, departure Shanghai and head back home or extend your trip to other city in China.
Itinerary too short? Top ranking extension
Wonderful Shanghai Disney 2 Days –
USD250/person base on double occupancy including hotel accommodation with breakfast, round trip transportation, admission to Disney World, English speaking tour guide.
or extend your trip to Thailand, Hong Kong, Xian, Guilin, ChengDu Panda, Yangtze River Cruise, Tibet and so much more
Thailand Splendid 10 Days from $1099/person
Hong Kong 4 Days 3 Nights USD599/person base on double occupancy
Xi’an-Terracotta Warriors 3 Days 2 Nights USD599/person base on double occupancy
Guilin and Yangshuo 4 Days & 3 Nights from USD499/person base on double occupancy
Yangtze River Cruise 5 Days 4 Nights from USD599/person base on double occupancy
Chengdu Panda City Tour from $599/person base on double occupancy
5 Days Tibet Tour from $899/person base on double occupancy
The above prices are Los angles/Seattle/Chicago departures only. For other departure cities, please call to request.
* Full tour payment is due during booking, tour payment is non-refundable, non- transferable. Trip insurance is highly recommended.
* Prices are per person based on twin share accommodation.
* No child discount, tips will be collected during booking.
* Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or our website for the latest information
* Nexus Holidays reserves the right to substitute hotels in similar standard if the hotels listed in the flyer/website are not available. Hotel rating base in local standard.
* For Nov 14th, Nov 21st, Nov 28th 2017 Los Angeles tour departures, there will be over 13 hrs layover in Changsha China on the return flight, Changsha transit trip including lunch and dinner will be provided at extra cost $79/person.
Several shopping excursions are arranged during the tours. A minimum amount of time (60 mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visits to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences as well the products including jade, silk, tea, etc. are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.
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* Los Angeles; Chicago; Seattle International flights and airport transfer service from $488/person;
* All transportation (Internal flight from Beijing to Shanghai, coach);
* All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy);
* Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary;
* All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary;
* English speaking guide;
Price does not include:
* Chinese Visa Application fees single entry group tour visa
(US passport): USD$99/person; (Canadian passport): USD$99/person
* Optional tours, extension tours.
* Service charge & all gratuities: USD$100/person for the entire trip, to be paid at time of booking.
* Travel insurance
* Personal expenditures
319 Changping Road, Changping District, Beijing, 102208 China
Tel: 0086 10 80791188
25 Ningguo Rd, Yangpu, Shanghai, China, 200090
Wyndham Bund East Shanghai Hotel – Best of Old and New Shanghai Hotels Near The Bund
Wyndham Bund East Shanghai Hotel is convenient of hotels near Shanghai Airport for both business or leisure travelers. The property is located in the Yangpu District near the Huangpu River just steps away from the Yang Pu Bridge.
No.909 Yinxiu Road, Wuxi, Jiangsu, China
Tel: 0086 180 6828 8005
Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan Wuxi is an international luxury business hotel situated within the Wuxi Liyuan Economic Development Zone in Jiangsu, China. A four-tower hotel with a total floor area of more than 35,000 sqm, Swiss-Belhotel Liyuan Wuxi is close to Lake Taihu, the third largest freshwater lake in China, and just 6 km from Wuxi city centre.
2 Pinghai Rd, Shangcheng, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310006
Tel: 0086 571 8708 8088
Forbidden City tour with Lunch USD$65/Person (Beijing)
Forbidden City is the palace of ever 24 emperors as its householders in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty, one of the largest and most majestic and best preserved imperial palaces in the world. Guide, Transfer and Admission included.
The Golden Mask Dynasty USD$50/Person (Beijing)
An original Chinese drama play, which features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, and lighting and acoustics. The play had eight chapters and included more than 200 actors from China and abroad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers.
Beijing Duck Banquet $35/person
Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era. The meat is prized for its thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with scallion, cucumber and sweet bean sauce with pancakes rolled around the fillings. Sometimes pickled radish is also inside, and other sauces (like hoisin sauce) can be used.
Beijing Day Tour $79
Take a morning tour to Temple of Heaven, Recognized by UNESCO, an architectural masterpiece built between 1406-1460 AD to be used by the emperors from the Ming and Qing dynasties for ceremonies honoring the god of harvests. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch.
Optional boat ride on the serene West Lake $35
the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.
"West Lake Night" Show USD$65/Person (Hangzhou)
This performance reflecting the long and splendid culture of the region. Songs, dances, opera, acrobatics and stunts are integrated in this performance to present Hangzhou's rich ancient civilization and remarkable customs. The performance consists of five scenes lasting around 1 hour in total.
ERA: The Intersection of Time USD$60/Person (Shanghai)
This multi-million dollar show is Shanghai's most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese acrobatics from aerial walking, bowl balancing, and trampoline shows to high flying trapeze acts and motorcycle cage stunts.
Huangpu River Night Cruise USD$50/Person (Shanghai)
Cruising along the Huangpu River, you will take a glimpse of the history and charming night view of the cosmopolitan of Shanghai. On one side of the river, there is the Bund, a landmark of Shanghai, with buildings of Western style dating back to the early 19th century. On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai with steel and glass skyscrapers.
Grand Canal Cruise USD$30/Person (Suzhou)
The Grand Canal is the world's longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The canal connects the present cities of Beijing in the north and Hangzhou in the south. Since most of China's major rivers flow from west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides it as an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley.
Shanghai PVG Airport Maglev Train Ride with transportation $55/person
Premium Seating Upgrade USD300/person round trip subject to final booking.
Business Class Upgrade USD3200/person round trip subject to final booking.
Seat Selection $50/person subject to final booking.
Itinerary too short? extend your trip to Thailand, Hong Kong, Xian, Guilin, ChengDu Panda, Yangtze River Cruise, Tibet and so much more
Wonderful Shanghai Disney 2 Days – USD250/person base on double occupancy including hotel accommodation with breakfast, round trip transportation, admission to Disney World, English speaking tour guide
Thailand Splendid 10 Days from $1099/person base on double occupancy include internal airfare
3-day-2-night Hong Kong,excluding internal airfare from USD199/person base on double occupancy (for peak travel season, hotel surcharge may apply)
Do your homeworkbefore your departure; the following information will help you prepare for atrouble free China vacation
Travel DocumentsFlights to China Passport & China Visa Upon Arrival Baggage InoculationMedication Internet Your Tour Guides Currency Time Difference Electricity WaterMeals Climate Dress & Laundry Mail Media Cell phone Telephone Camera,Memory Card Toiletry Shopping Packing for a China TourGratuities TravelInsurance Jet Lag Precautions Canada Duty-free
Your Travel Document
Make sure that youhave
1. Valid passportready
2. Obtain the rightChina visa.
3. Check your namespellings on your airline tickets, it must matches EXACTLY your name on yourpassport.
4. Check the weatherin the places you are going to visit in China and pack your baggage light andsmart.
5. Call the airlinerelated to get your seat pre-assigned and your special dietary request placedas soon as you receive your airline tickets.
We recommend you maketwo copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitatereplacement in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at homewith friends or relatives. Carry the other one along with a passport size photowith you in a separate place from your passport. Leave a copy of your ChinaTour itinerary and contact information with family or friends at home so thatyou can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Flights to China
Contact your airlineto confirm flight number and any possible schedule changes prior to leaving forthe airport. Connecting passengers should verify, at the time of check-in, thatluggage can be checked through to your China destination. For transpacificflights, you must check in at least three hours prior to the scheduleddeparture time.
In case you choose toarrange your own add-on flights to the designated gateway city, you must takethe following facts into consideration before booking any flights. NexusHolidays Group Inc is not responsible for any missed connections andpenalties/loss as a result. For a peace of mind, we strongly recommend you topurchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Note:
• For transpacificflight, you must check-in at least three (3) hours ahead of departure time.
• It takes at leastone (1) hour to clear customs and claim your checked baggage.
• For domestic flight,you must check in at least two (2) hours prior to departure time.
Most airline ticketsare issued using a special fare which cannot be changed or canceled withoutincurring additional cost. Should you lose or misplace your tickets while traveling,you should immediately notify the airline. In most cases the airline will haveyou complete a Lost Ticket Indemnity Form, and for a fee, issue replacementtickets.
All foreign nationalstraveling to the People's Republic of China must travel on a valid passportwith at least six(6) months remaining validity after the entry date into China.A tourist visa must be obtained prior to entering the PRC. Please read completedetails about Passport & Visa for your China Travel Vacations.
A Nexus Holidays GroupInc local Tour Guide will greet you once you have cleared the Customs area atyour China arrival airport. Please wear your name badge for easyidentification, and look for a Nexus Holidays Group Inc Inc sign. If you takecare of the flight to China on your own and book our 'Land only' package, yourairport/hotel transfers on arrival/departure days are excluded. The meteredtaxicab from Beijing Airport to your Beijing hotel costs about $15 per ridedepending on the traffic. Optional private transfer is available upon request.The hotel address in both English and Chinese is available at the "ContactInformation" page in the travel documents sent to you two weeks prior todeparture of your China trip.
We strongly recommendyou travel with one piece of checked luggage, one carry-on bag, and onepersonal item per person.
Baggage allowancediffers for the Trans-Pacific and the China domestic sections of your Chinatrip. Baggage allowance for the Trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of checkedbaggage per person. Total dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of the twopieces must not exceed 107 inches (273cm); maximum dimensions of single pieceshall not exceed 62 inches (158cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Eachpassenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions ofwhich shall not exceed 45 inches (115cm).
China domestic flightsare more restrictive than Trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one pieceof checked baggage, and that must not exceed 44 lbs per person. In addition,you are allowed one carry-on bag not to exceed 11 lbs, and one personal itemsuch as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin orunder the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, butthe size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is therule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not - depending onthe local airport and how full the flight is. The checked-baggage rule,allowing only one piece and its weight allowance are usually enforced,particularly in the inland cities.
Overweight luggage inexcess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by thepassenger. For domestic China flights, you may be asked by the airline to payfees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.
Baggage Lock &Liquids
If you departure fromVancouver / Toronto, you can either lock your checked baggage or leave it opento your discretion.
China aviation andtransportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checkedbaggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need tolock the major compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. Ifyour bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or the train stationwill lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare a lockfor the main compartment of each bag and any lock will do.
Liquids & gelsover 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in both Canadaand China.
Make sure that youhave luggage tags for each checked suitcase. A copy of your itinerary andcontact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aidthe airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage becomeseparated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters),valuables (i.e. cash, jewelry, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undevelopedfilm, bottles, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicines, travel vouchers).Please also refer to Canada Customs information about
Permitted andProhibited Items.
Nexus Holidays GroupInc will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personalbelongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of theincident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission toyour travel insurance provider. Travel Insurance covering lost and damagedbaggage is strongly recommended. If your luggage is lost or damaged by theairlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leavingthe airport.
Your checked baggagemust be locked during transportation while in China. This is a Chineseregulation. No specification on type of locks as long as there is one.
No inoculation ismandatory for your China travel. However, we remind you that traveling in Chinadoes require certain precautions. Most seasoned travelers get immunized forHepatitis A&B and Tetanus. Note we are not in the position to tell you thatyou should or should not take certain inoculation. We, therefore, highlyrecommend that you consult your family doctor to verify your particular needs,or contact your local Travel Clinic for their professional advice. You canlocate a Travel Clinic in your area by a Google search using keyword “TravelClinic” or look at your local Yellow Pages. Some shots need to be taken well inadvance.
If you takeprescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Keepthese medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term traveloverseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water,food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrheamedications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
If you are prone tomotion sickness, you are strongly recommended to bring motion sicknessmedication or patch to help ease nausea or dizziness. Motion sickness alsoincludes air sickness and sea sickness.
If your China tourincludes Tibet (elevation of 12,000 feet), you are strongly recommended tovisit your doctor or a travel clinic for their professional advice abouttraveling at high altitudes. People may experience Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) with symptoms like light-headedness, shortness of breath and may tire alittle more easily at that high elevation. Medication to reduce mountainsickness may be advised by your physician. The hotel we use in Tibet offers anoxygen bag to you at no cost.
Internet access isavailable at almost all hotels on your Nexus Holidays Group Inc Inc travelitinerary. You can use the computers in the business center at your hotel for afee. Internet access is usually charged by minute and may be expensive. Manyhotels offer free internet access at your hotel room, so you may want to bringyour own laptop, but some hotels do charge for that and it could be expensive(up to $15-18 per day). Wi-Fi is not commonly available in China hotels. Mosthotels in China either do not have WiFi at all or only have WiFi in a publicarea. Usually you will not have access to WiFi from your hotel room. In orderto use iPad or iPhone in your hotel room, you may buy an AirPort Express fromApple to convert the internet access from the cable modem to wireless. YouriPhone can roam to China but data roaming could be expensive.
China Tour Guides
Please rest assuredyou are in good hands when you join Nexus Holidays Group Inc’s inclusive Chinapackage travel. Our travel guiding system in China is comprised of acentralized office on a national level, local offices and partners in eachdestination city, and an extensive network of tour guides.
For a tour group with10 travelers or more, a professional Nexus Holidays Group Inc National Guide (aChinese national) will be assigned to accompany the group throughout mainlandChina, supervising the work performed by local agencies and smoothing over anypossible difficulties along the trip.
Your National Guide isa licensed professional who gives you personal care and is accessible 24 hoursa day throughout your trip in mainland China (For tours in Hong Kong you onlyhave a Hong Kong local guide). For your convenience, your National guide willgive his/her cell phone number to you at the beginning of your China tour.
In addition to yournational guide, a local guide is assigned along the trip in each destination toprovide in-depth tour services to you and offer assistance on local tourarrangements. Sometimes, your National Guide may also act as your local guidein the city where he/she is from, provided he/she has a local tour guidelicense and is eligible to do so.
sFrom time to time,our qualify control manager in the North American office may contact ourcustomers while they are in China to ensure their China tour is progressingsmoothly and satisfactorily.
Nexus Holidays GroupInc local tour guides are hand-picked, well trained and service oriented. Theyare constantly evaluated based on the performance and our customer evaluationof each individual Nexus Holidays Group Inc tour group. We strive to hire onlythe best. We know the success of your China trip largely depends on the qualityof your tour guides.
China is very much acash-based society – bring a money belt or clothing with secure pockets becauseyou’ll need to carry around a fair amount of local cash. Major credit cards areonly acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend youuse a credit card for big purchases at tourist stores and buy insurance for theshipped items. Don’t count on ATMs for credit card and bank card cash advances;they are not common in China. Please call your credit card company to notifythem of your trip to China so they won’t decline your transactions made whileyou are in China. Tipping can be made with either Canadian. dollars or theequivalent Chinese RMB. Pay in smaller bills when shopping with street vendors.
The Chinese currencyis known as Renminbi (RMB), literally "People's Money". The basicunit of RMB is Yuan (dollar), which is divided into 10 Jiao (dimes), which isdivided again into 10 Fen (cents). Bank of China issues RMB bills indenominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan and 1, 2, 5 Jiao. Bronze andnickel coin equivalents exist for the smaller units. As of June. 2016, US$1=RMB6.6, Exchange rate fluctuates daily. Hong Kong's currency is the Hong KongDollars (HKD). It is internationally exchangeable and worth slightly less thanRMB. Note, Hong Kong dollar cannot be used in mainland China and you mustconvert all your HKD back to USD before leaving Hong Kong.
You can change moneyat hotels, China arrival and departure airports, and at Bank of China branches.The official exchange rate is used in most places so it’s unnecessary to shoparound for a better deal. For the sake of convenience and safety we suggestthat you change money in your hotel. Almost all hotels in your China trip offerforeign currency exchange service supervised by Bank of China. Retain theexchange receipts because you will need the receipt to convert RMB to your homecurrency at the end of the trip. Those traveling to Hong Kong can change RMB toHong Kong Dollars there, but make sure you convert all Hong Kong dollars to RMBor your home currency before departing Hong Kong. You must exchange all ChineseRMB before the last day of your tour because you won’t have time to convert itback to your home currency at the airport.
The fact is thatTraveler’s Checks become more inconvenient to use in China, particularly in thesmaller cities and in local Chinese hotels. So don’t rely on Traveler’s Checks.
If you are lucky tocash your Traveler’s checks, you will find the advantage of it is obvious: youcan always void them if they are lost. Keep your exchange slip; you will needit when buying back your home currency. We recommend you use only Traveler’sChecks issued by major financial organizations such as American Express andVisa. But note, cash, particularly in the form of U.S. dollars is easier to usethan Traveler's Checks.
Cash advance serviceis not commonly available in China, so you need to bring cash with you. Pleasenote: foreign coins are not acceptable in China. All paper bills should becomplete, not badly worn and free from graffiti. Partial, badly worn or defacedbills will not be accepted by local vendors.
Major credit cards areonly acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend youuse a credit card for any big purchases at tourist stores and purchaseinsurance for the shipped items. Please call your credit card company to letthem know you are traveling in China so they won’t decline your transactionsmade during your trip.
Personal checks aregenerally not acceptable outside North America.
ATMs (Automated TellerMachine)
Do not count on ATMsin mainland China, although they are commonly used in Hong Kong. ATMs can befound in a growing, but still limited number of large banks in mainland China.You can use Visa, Master card, American Express, Cirrus and Plus to withdrawcash. The network is only available in sizeable cities like Beijing andShanghai. Most ATMs in China can only be used for withdrawing RMB. The exchangerate on ATM withdrawals is similar to credit cards but there is a maximum dailywithdrawal amount. For credit-card cash advance, service fees apply.
You may feel morecomfortable using a money belt for large sums of cash and credit cards. Careand good judgment is a must in all travel.
Although P. R. Chinacovers five time zones, only Beijing Standard Time is adopted for the entirecountry. It is 8 hours ahead of GMT, 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time(15 hours ahead of PST in daylight saving time). People in China's far westernregions like Tibet follow a later work schedule to keep pace with the officialcentralized Beijing Time. Please check World Clock for current regional time.
When it's 8 am inBeijing, the time in other Canada cities at Daylight Saving Time is:
Vancouver Calgary /Regina Winnipeg Toronto
5 pm (previous day)6pm (previous day) 7pm (previous day) 8 pm (previous day)
The following is theeasiest way to convert Canada time to Beijing time during Daylight SavingPeriod:
Pacific Time + 3hours, then switch AM and PM. For instance, it is 5 pm in Vancouver, Beijingtime is 8 am, the next morning.
Eastern Time onlychange AM and PM. For instance, it is 8 pm in Toronto, Beijing time is 8 am,the next morning.
China's electricalcurrent is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapesand are different from that in North America. Adapters and converters arereadily available at all hotels but may be limited to a small number. So if youhave to use them in urgency you are advised to bring along your own adaptersand converters for your North American appliances. As soon as you check-in, youshould contact Housekeeping to borrow adaptors and converters. Hair dryers andirons are readily available also.
Tap water is notconsidered safe to drink in China despite the fact that water in China iscommonly chlorinated and processed. Drink only bottled water or boiled water.Bottled purified water and soft drinks can be easily obtained at reasonableprices. All your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily, with which youcan safely make tea.
Most meals areincluded as specified in your China Tour itinerary. Breakfasts included on yourChina Tour are usually American buffet breakfast to give you a good start forthe day. Lunches and dinners are usually served in local Chinese restaurantswith a set menu and in a family style.A regular lunch/dinner is composed of6-12 dishes shared by 6-10 people sitting at a round table (which symbolizesunion and perfection-harmony). One beverage of your choice (beer, mineral waterand soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Chinese teais usually complimentary. Special meals such as an authentic Peking Duckdinner, Dumping Banquet is also included courtesy of Nexus Holidays Group IncInc.
China is a hugecountry with varied climates. In general, the north is cold and dry in winter.In the south, summer is hot and humid. The rainy season is in July and August.The best season to travel in China is April, May, late September, October andthe first two weeks of November. The climate in Hong Kong is sub-tropical,similar to that of Hawaii. Read more on average temperatures in China's majortourist cities and their current weather conditions.
Dress & Laundry
China is a countrywith few dress taboos. Dress for comfort. Sandals, shorts, and jeans are widelyaccepted. Coordinate your outfits for multi-tasking. Dress in layers to suitvarious weather/temperature changes. No formal dress is required. China hotelsoffer laundry service. It is convenient but may appear expensive for someone.The least expensive places to do laundry are in smaller cities like Xian andGuilin. Please check pricing at your Hotel Laundry List from the hotelinformation page of each tour.
Your China Tour hotelshave postal service allowing you to send postcards and letters overseas. Itusually takes more than 10 days for a postcard to reach North-America. Thepostage is charged in Chinese RMB equivalents to about 50 cents U.S. for apostcard, and 80 cents U.S. for a letter up to 20 grams.
China publishesvarious newspapers and magazines in English. Among them, China Daily is apopular English newspaper, complimentary at most hotels. Imported publicationslike Time, Newsweek, and The Economist can be found at certain hotels. BBC, CNNor even HBO are becoming commonly available in most tourist hotels.
Blackberry and Iphonecan roam to China, but data roaming could be expensive. Check with your phonecarrier for their special internal roaming plan. You may also buy a SIM card inChina to use on your cell phone if your phone is unlocked. You may also get anunlocked tri-band (multi-band) mobile phone from the States (Canada), and buy alocal SIM card as soon as you arrive in China. The cards are prepaid -- e.g.RMB100 will get you quite a bit of talk time and at lower cost than the hotelIDD service. For your convenience, you may rent a cell phone. Please visitPandaphone.com for details.
Both international anddomestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Domestic long-distance ratesin the PRC vary according to distance and are usually inexpensive. Local callsare either at a very low rate or free of charge depending on the hotel.International Direct Dial (IDD) calls made from a hotel room could be expensivewhen the hotel adds a surcharge on top of China's already high IDD rates. Somehotels may request that you pay a deposit before you can access theinternational line from your hotel room. Use a phone card for internationalcalls; it is becoming more widely available and the rate is reasonable. Simplyconsult your Tour Director regarding this matter, he or she will be happy toassist you.
• Calling NorthAmerica from Mainland China
Dial 00 (internationalaccess code) + 1 (North America country code) + local number
• Calling China fromNorth America
Dial 011(international access code) + 86 (China country code, or 852 for Hong Kongregional code) + China area code (minus initial zero) + local number
• Essential Numbers inChina
There are severaltelephone numbers that are the same throughout China. However, onlyInternational Assistance and Local Weather Forecast are likely to have anEnglish-speaking operator.
InternationalAssistance: 115Local Directory Enquiries:114Long Distance Enquiries: 113 or 173
Local WeatherForecast: 121 Police Hotline: 110 Fire Hotline: 119
Area Codelist: CITYCODE
Camera, Memory Card& Film
Your camera bag isconsidered a personal item and can be carried onboard in addition to yourcarry-on baggage. Make sure to bring many camera memory cards with you for yourChina vacations. A memory card is easy to obtain but may not compatible withyour camera. If you still use conventional camera and film you should be awarethat when flying U.S. domestic and transpacific flights, you should pack allundeveloped film in carry-on baggage. Repeat screening on checked baggage willdamage undeveloped film. Most X-ray machines in China's airports and railwaystations are marked "film safe". However, films with a higher ASArating could be fogged by repeat exposures to X-rays. You should carry suchfilm by hand.
It is wise to bringhand wipes to use before dinner and after toilet. Also bring a handkerchief orbandanas; this can substitute for a hand towel. Always bring your own toiletpaper as it is not usually available in public toilets.
Packing for a ChinaTour
Pack light and you'llsoon find you are better off with less! The best packing question a travelercan ask is "do people where I am headed live without this item"?Don't pack the stuff which is readily available in the hotels where you will bestaying. Don't cram your suitcase with unnecessary items, and you'll have roomfor the "treasures" you collect along the way. Remember that you willhave access to:
• Convenient, same daylaundry service in all your hotels, if you send clothes in the morning youshould have them back in the evening. The price is reasonable. For anydestination city where you stay two or more nights you can do laundry.
• A hair dryer andiron are readily available at most hotels for your use; simply contactHousekeeping.
• Bath accessories inyour private bathroom include disposable tooth brush and toothpaste, comb,soap, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, sanitary bag, shower cap etc.
• You can easilypurchase a shoulder bag or small piece of luggage to carry your purchases backhome.
• Virtually anythingyou require can be secured along the way. It is part of the adventure. Travelin China involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.Make sure to check current weather conditions before you decide what clothes topack.
Tips are commonlyexpected from foreign tourists to China. Whether they are considered asgratuities or service fees, tips are the major motivator for the tour guides.Your China Tour national guide, local guides, drivers and porters areprofessional, conscientious, and most thankful for your acknowledgment.
USD$10 per travelerper day, shared between all guides, porters and drivers.
Outside dining:service charge is included (except in Hong Kong)
China is the world'sfactory and bargain shoppers' paradise. We are aware of the fact that shoppingis an integral part of international travel, particularly to countries likeChina. However, your valuable travel time in China is limited and therefore NexusHolidays Group Inc tours features the minimum arranged shopping stops comparedto all other tours.
We strongly recommendyou buy travel insurance to protect yourself and your travel investment againstthe unexpected. Please read more details about Travel Insurance.
Jet Lag Precautions
Jet lag happens whenyour body's inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest andmeals as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Its symptoms arefatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jetlag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:
1. Get several goodnights of sleep before your trip departure.
2. Set your watch toyour destination time when you board the plane, and adjust sleep and mealsaccordingly.
3. Try to sleep on theplane.
4. Walk around theplane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat.
5. Drink plenty ofwater and fruit juice while flying.
6. Avoid alcoholic andcaffeinated drinks during and after the flight.
7. On arrival, throwyourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until yournormal sleeping time at home.