China Epic & Yangtze River 15 Days
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Day 1 - USA - Shanghai
Fly overnight to Shanghai
Day 2 - Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 - Shanghai (AB,L)
Shanghai is the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Today we will visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Then we will visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time here. In the afternoon you will walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. At night, you may enjoy an optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (USD$50).
Day 4 - Shanghai - Suzhou (AB, L, D)
After breakfast, travel by coach to Suzhou. Suzhou is also known as the "Garden City" due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Upon arrival, visit the Lingering Garden which is among the finest gardens in China. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is known as "Venice of the East". You may take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along China"s golden waterway in its heyday (USD$30). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.
Day 5 - Suzhou - Wuxi (AB, L, D)
This morning, travel by coach to Wuxi, one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years history. Upon arrival, visit one of the largest Fresh Water Pearl Farms in the country, followed by the Lingshan Grand Buddha. Later, stroll along Nanchang Street, a charming and fashionable pedestrian street composed of both ancient and modern architectural styles.
This morning, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional performance, "Night of West Lake", which brings the culture and the soul of West Lake lively in front of you. (USD$60).
Day 7 - Hangzhou - Shanghai -Yichang (AB, L)
After breakfast, travel by coach bus to Shanghai, and then fly to Yichang, the starting point of your Yangtze River Cruise. After dinner, we board the luxury Yangtze Cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and on board activities.
Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Your highly anticipated grand Yangtze River adventure starts this morning. The cruise ship's first stop is at Taipingxi (or Sandouping). Disembark to visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project, the world's largest dam, measuring 606 feet high and 6,500 feet long. Re-embark the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges at 41 miles long and also its highest (4000 feet).
Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Disembark at Wushan where you"ll board small riverboat for a leisurely ride through Shennong Stream, picturesque rock formations, and even see the playful monkeys and goat along the river banks. Re-embark the cruise ship as it sails through Wu Gorge, which is famous for its quiet beauty and the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Today’s shore excursion will occur either at Shibaozhai. The Shibaozhai Pagoda is 12-story, 18th century temple built in Zhongxian county on the northern bank of Yangtze River. It represents one of the gems of Chinese Architecture, an architectural delight.
Day 11 - Chongqing - Beijing (AB, L)
Disembark from the cruise in the port of Chongqing this morning and visit Ciqikou Old Town.The history of Ciqikou can be traced back more than 1700 years. After that, you can choose to attend an optional tour to visit Panda House(USD$40) at Chongqing Zoo before flying to Beijing, the historical city of China.
Day 12 - Beijing (AB, L)
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years.Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical-"The Golden Mask Dynasty" (USD$65).
Day 13 - Beijing (AB, L,D)
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Day 14 Beijing (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch (USD$79). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family and local market afterwards. Enjoy the free time this afternoon.
Day 15 - Beijing - Home (AB)
Board your homeward flight or extend your trip in China.
|Departure Dates||Price (double occupancy)USD P,P|
|Return Date||Land Only||Package Price|
|2018/10/25||2018/11/08||N/A||USD$3998 For 2|
|2018/11/01||2018/11/15||N/A||USD$3599 For 2|
|2018/11/04||2018/11/18||N/A||USD$3599 For 2|
|2019/03/17||2019/03/31||N/A||USD$3299 For 2|
|2019/03/26||2019/04/06||N/A||USD$3499 For 2|
|2019/04/07||2019/04/21||N/A||USD$3699 For 2|
|2019/04/14||2019/04/28||N/A||USD$3699 For 2|
|2019/04/16||2019/04/30||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/04/21||2019/05/05||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/05/05||2019/05/19||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/05/12||2019/05/26||N/A||USD$3899 For 2|
|2019/05/14||2019/05/28||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/05/19||2019/06/02||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/09/03||2019/09/17||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/09/10||2019/09/24||N/A||USD$3899 For 2|
|2019/09/15||2019/09/29||N/A||USD$3899 For 2|
|2019/09/22||2019/10/06||N/A||USD$3899 For 2|
|2019/10/06||2019/10/20||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/10/08||2019/10/22||N/A||USD$3899 For 2|
|2019/10/13||2019/10/27||N/A||USD$3899 For 2|
|2019/10/15||2019/10/29||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/10/20||2019/11/03||N/A||USD$3799 For 2|
|2019/10/22||2019/11/05||N/A||USD$3699 For 2|
|2019/10/27||2019/11/10||N/A||USD$3699 For 2|
|2019/11/03||2019/11/17||N/A||USD$3699 For 2|
|2019/11/05||2019/11/19||N/A||USD$3499 For 2|
|2019/11/10||2019/11/24||N/A||USD$3299 For 2|
|2019/11/12||2019/11/26||N/A||USD$3299 For 2|
Price Does Not Include
Chinese Visa Application fees multiple entries: USD$290/person.
Prepaid Tipping: USD$190/person for the entire trip
Beijing dragon city Wyndham San Jose Hotel is located in the high-speed development of Beijing Changping District Huilongguan, close to the Beijing Tibet high-speed, Yong Wang large comprehensive shopping center, the subway Changping line arrived "Life Science Park Station", walking to the hotel only about 10 minutes; Metro Line 13 arrived at the "Longze station", ride to the hotel about 10 minutes. Adjacent to the Zhongguancun Science Park and the land software park, it can reach the National Conference Center, the Olympic Village and so on for about 15 minutes, and can reach the Badaling ograph shopping center in about 25 minutes. The Beijing Capital International Airport, the Badaling Great Wall, wild zoo, the Summer Palace and Ming Dynasty Tombs can be arrived at about 40 minutes And the bird's nest, water cube and other scenic spots.
Beijing Longcheng Wyndham San Jose Hotel has about 571 wide range of advanced rooms, deluxe rooms, administrative rooms, suites, unique compound rooms, full coverage of the hotel's wireless network. The hotel has about 1090 square meters of the banquet hall, and 13 meeting places, can undertake 20 to 1000 guest activities; 1440 square meters of outdoor lawn garden, can undertake private parties, outdoor wedding. It's a good choice for meetings, tourism and leisure.
No. 317 Changping Road, Changping District, Beijing, China
Wyndham Bund East Shanghai
The noble model of the charming river scenery
Shanghai Xing Rong Wyndham San Jose Hotel is a platinum high star hotel authorized by Wyndham Hotel Group. It is also a noble example of charming river scenery.
Transportation is convenient and accessible
The hotel stands near the magnificent Whampoa River and is adjacent to the world's fourth largest cable stayed bridge Yangpu bridge. It can conveniently and quickly reach various commercial centers. 15 minutes to drive
Arrive at the Bund and Nanjing Road Pedestrian Street, 20 minutes drive to the Expo site.
• enchanting Jiang Jing
The 32 storey hotel has a bright and bright high lobby, and the light yellow marble and brown wood decorations have a simple and luxurious space.
The hotel has 370 luxury rooms and 112 distinguished suites, with separate bathtubs, mini TV and rain forest shower facilities. Most rooms have wide floor glass windows.
Looking into the distance, the charming scenery of the Bund and Huangpu River is in full view.
No. 25 Ningguo Road, Yangpu District, Shanghai (near Yang Shu Pu Road)
Pan Pacific Suzhou Hotel is located in the new city road of the Suzhou District, adjacent to the pan Gate Scenic Area, to do the garden scenery; not far away is the Suxin Times Square, convenient shopping trip.
Here is a collection of Chinese classical architecture and elegant Soviet style gardens. The main gate is the towering walls and towers, and the Chinese style hall is elegant. The elegant and unique rooms are equipped with beautiful scenery in front of the window.
The VIP Club can enjoy VIP check-in and late check-out service. There are also afternoon tea and night cocktail reception in the VIP lounge.
Crossing a door is a scenic spot. During the stay, you can take your children to visit the RT tower, the water land city gate and the Wu men bridge, and experience the local humanistic history. If you don't want to go out, you might as well go to the outdoor pool to play water. The water temperature is warmer. Don't worry that children will catch cold. You can also go to the children's paradise to enjoy your parents and children.
There are also conference rooms and business centers, which are suitable for holding various kinds of meetings and training. After a busy day, go for a walk in the garden, or go to chess and card room and sauna to relax.
No. 259, Xinshi Road, Suzhou District, Suzhou
600 Jinsha Avenue, Hangzhou, 310018,ChinaTEL: +86-571-89898888
President No.7 will take her maiden voyage on April 10, 2013. As one of the NEWST luxury Yangtze cruise ship in 2013, President No.7 sets up a new standard of the deluxe Yangtze ship of President Fleet.
It is the largest cruise ships on the Yangtze, with 146.8 meter in length and 20.2 meter in width. Onboard the ship, there are 215 luxury standard rooms, 13 luxury executive rooms on the top deck, and 2 presidential suites on the fore side of 3rd deck, totaling 230 rooms for 460 guests. Specially designed for customers who travel with family, President No. 7 offers 100 luxury standard cabins which can be upgraded into triple rooms for family with kids. So the total capacity of the ship can be about 580 guests.
The Golden Mask Dynasty $50 Per Person (Beijing)
An original Chinese drama play, which features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, lighting and acoustics. The play has eight chapters and more than 200 actors from China and abrouad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers.
Huangpu River Night Cruise $50 Per 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, Western-style buildings dating back to the early 19th century. On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai with steel and glass skyscrapers.
ERA: The Intersection of Time $60 Per 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.
Grand Canal Cruise $30 Per 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 Huangzhou in the south. Since most of China’s major rivers flow from the west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley.
Panda House $40 Per Person (Suzhou)
Chongqing Zoo was built in 1953 and lies in the southern suburb of Chongqing. It occupies an area of 45 hectares (112 acres), making it one of the biggest urban zoos in China. The panda house alone is about 2 hectares (5 acres) in size. The zoo is home to more than 230 different animal species, and contains a total of more than 6000 animals.
Hong Kong 3Days 2Nights/4Days 3Nights from $599/699/pp
An open city with a wonderful natural harbor, Hong Kong is the meeting place of various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences. On one hand traces of British culture can be found everywhere as a result of former colonial rule. On the other hand, the city preserves traditional customs and the core values of Confucianism that have faded in Mainland China. This is reflected in its colorful festivals ranging from Spring Festival to Christmas. Nowhere else on earth do luxury restaurants, street side food-stalls known locally as dai pai dong, grand mansions and penthouses, tenements, wooden boats and huge liners coupled with English in a variety of accents and multifarious Chinese dialects coexist peacefully.
Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors 3Days 2Nights from $590/pp
Xi'an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang Dynasty. Over a period of more than 2000 years, Xi'an was the capital for eleven dynasties. Upon arrival, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and see the attached life-sized defending army to the rst emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
Guilin & Yangshuo 4Days 3Nights from $850/pp
Guilin is regarded by many as China's most picturesque city. Cruise down the world famous Li River through the surreal karst mountains to the global village Yangshuo, wander along West Street for its mixed lifestyle and culture of East and West, bicycle through rice paddies or trek through age old villages perched along rice terraces carved in the mountains for unforgettable experiences.
Do your homework before your departure; the following information will help you prepare for a
Trouble-free vacation in China.
Your Travel Documents
Make sure that you have:
1. Valid passport ready
2. Obtain the right China visa
3. Check the spelling of your name on the airline tickets, it must exactly match what is on your passport
4. Check the weather in the places you are going to visit in China and pack your baggage accordingly
5. Call the airline to get your seat pre-assigned and your special dietary requests placed as soon as you receive your airline tickets
We recommend you make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate obtaining a replacement in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or family. Carry the other one, along with a passport size photo, with you in a separate place from your passport. Leave a copy of your China Tour itinerary and contact information with family or friends so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Flights to China
Contact the airline to confirm flight numbers and any possible schedule changes prior to leaving for the airport. Connecting passengers should verify, at the time of check-in, that luggage can be checked through to your final destination. For trans-Pacific flights, you must check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time.
In case you choose to arrange your own add-on flights to the designated gateway city, you must take the following facts into consideration before booking any flights. Nexus Holidays Group Inc. is not responsible for any missed connections and penalties/loss as a result. For a peace of mind, we strongly recommend you to purchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Note:
· For trans-Pacific flights, you must check-in at least three (3) hours ahead of the departure time
· It takes at least one (1) hour to clear customs and claim your checked luggage
· For domestic flights, you must check in at least two (2) hours prior to departure time
Most airline tickets are issued using a special fare which cannot be changed or cancelled without incurring additional costs. Should you lose or misplace your tickets while travelling, you should immediately notify the airline. In most cases, the airline will have you complete a Lost Ticket Indemnity Form, and for a fee, issue replacement tickets.
Passport & China Visa
All foreign nationals travelling to the People’s Republic of China (PRC) must travel on a valid passport with 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 complete details about passports and visas for your trips to China.
A Nexus Holidays Group Inc. local tour guide will greet you once you have cleared the Customs area at your arrival airport in China. Please wear your name badge for easy identification and look for a Nexus Holidays Group Inc. sign. If you take care of the flight to China on your own and book our “Land Only” package, your airport/hotel transfers on arrival/departure days are excluded. The metered taxicab from the Beijing airport to your Beijing hotel costs about $15 per ride depending on traffic. Optional private transportation is available upon request. The hotel address in both English and Chinese is available at the “Contact Information” page in the travel documents sent to you two weeks prior to the departure of your trip to China.
We strongly recommend you to travel with one piece of checked luggage, one carry-on bag, and one personal item per person.
Baggage allowance differs for the trans-Pacific and the domestic Chinese sections of your China trip. Baggage allowance for the trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of check baggage per person. Total dimensions (Length +Width + Height) of the two pieces must not exceed 107 inches (273 cm); maximum dimensions of a single piece shall not exceed 62 inches (158 cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Each passenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions of which shall not exceed 45 inches (115 cm).
Domestic Chinese flights are more restrictive than trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one piece of checked baggage, and that must not exceed 44 lbs per person. In addition, you are allowed one carry-on bag not exceeding 11 lbs and one personal item such as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, but the size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is the rule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not – depending on the 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 in excess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by the passenger. For domestic Chinese flights, you may be asked by the airline to pay fees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.
Baggage Locks & Liquids
When departing from within the United States, you can either lock your checked baggage or leave it open to your discretion.
However, Chinese aviation and transportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checked baggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need to lock the major compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. If your bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or train station will lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare a lock for the main compartment of each bag; any lock will do.
Liquids and gels over 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in both the United States and China.
Make sure that you have luggage tags for each check suitcase. A copy of your itinerary and contact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aid the airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage become separated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters), valuables (i.e. cash, jewellery, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undeveloped film, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicine, travel vouchers). Please also refer to the United States Customs for more information about permitted and prohibited items.
Nexus Holidays Group Inc. will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personal belongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your travel insurance provider. Travel insurance covering lost and damaged property is strongly recommended. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leaving the airport.
No inoculation is mandatory for your trip to China. However, we remind you that travelling in China does require certain precautions. Most seasoned travelers get immunized for Hepatitis A&B and Tetanus. Note, we are not in the position to tell you that you should or should not take certain inoculations. We, therefore, highly recommend that you consult your family doctor to verify your particular needs, or contact your local Travel Clinic for their professional advice. You can locate a Travel Clinic in your area by a Google search using keyword “Travel Clinic” or look through your local Yellow Pages. Some shots need to be taken well in advance.
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Keep these medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term travel overseas might cause tourists to develop an upset stomach, a change in water, food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrheal medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
If you are prone to motion sickness, you are strongly recommended to bring motion sickness medication or patches to help ease nausea or dizziness. Motion sickness also includes air sickness and sea sickness.
If your trip to China includes Tibet (elevation of 12,000 feet), you are strongly recommended to visit your doctor or a travel clinic for their professional advice about travelling at high altitudes. People may experience Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) with symptoms like light-headedness, shortness or breath and may tire a little more easily at high elevations. Medication to reduce mountain sickness may be advised by your physician. The hotel we use in Tibet offers an oxygen bag for you at no cost.
Internet access is available at almost all hotels on your Nexus Holidays Group Inc. travel itinerary. You can use the computers in the business center at your hotel for a fee. Internet access is usually charged by minute and may be expensive. Many hotels offer free internet access at your hotel room, so you may want to bring your own laptop, but some hotels do charge for that and it could be expensive (up to $15-$18 per day). WiFi is not commonly provided in Chinese hotels. Most hotels in China either do not have WiFi at all or only have WiFi in a public area. Your smartphones can roam in China, but data roaming charges could be expensive. Please contact your carrier prior to your trip to China.
Chinese Tour Guides
Please rest assured that you are in good hands when you join Nexus Holidays Group Inc.’s inclusive Chinese package trip. Our travel guide system in China is comprised of a centralized office on a national level, local offices and partners in each destination city, and an extensive network or tour guides.
For a tour group of 10 or more travelers, a professional Nexus Holidays Group Inc. National Guide (a Chinese national) will be assigned to accompany the group throughout mainland China, supervising the work performed by local agencies and smoothing or any possible difficulties along the trip.
Your National Guide is a licensed professional who gives you personal care and is accessible 24 hours a day throughout your trip in mainland China (for tours in Hong Kong you will have a Hong Kong local tour guide instead). For your convenience, your National guide will give his/her cell phone number to you at the beginning of your China tour.
In addition to your national guide, a local guide is assigned throughout the trip in each destination to provide in-depth tour services to you and offer assistance on local tour arrangements. Sometimes, your National Guide may also act as your local guide in the city where he/she is from, provided he/she has a local tour guide license and is eligible to do so.
From time to time, our quality control manager in North America may contact you during your trip in China to ensure that the tour is progressing smoothly and satisfactorily.
Nexus Holidays Group Inc. local tour guides are hand-picked, well trained and service oriented. They are constantly evaluated based on the performance and our customer evaluation of each individual Nexus Holidays Group Inc. tour group. We strive to hire only the best. We know the success of your trip to China largely depends on the quality of your tour guides.
China is very much a cash-based society = bring a money belt or clothing with secure pockets because you’ll need to carry around a fair amount of local cash. Major credit cards are only accepted at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend you use a credit card for big purchases at tourist stores and buying insurance for shipped 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 notify them of your trip to China so that they won’t decline your transactions made while you are in China. Tipping can be made with either US dollars or the equivalent Chinese RMB. Pay in smaller bills when shopping with street vendors.
The Chinese currency is known as Renminbi (RMB), literally “People’s Money”. The basic unit of RMB is Yuan (dollar), which is divided into 10 Jiao (dimes), which is divided again into 10 Fen (cents). The Chinese Treasury issues RMB bills in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 Yuan and 1, 2, 5 Jiao. Bronze and nickel coin equivalents exist for the smaller units. As of June 2016, the exchange rate is US$1 = RMB6.6. The exchange rate fluctuates daily. Hong Kong’s currency is the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD). It is internationally exchangeable and worth slightly less than the RMB. Note, the Hong Kong Dollar cannot be used in mainland China and you should convert all your HKD back to RMB or your home currency before leaving Hong Kong.
You can exchange money at hotels, Chinese arrival and departure airports and at Bank of China branches. The official exchange rate is used in most places so it’s unnecessary to shop around for a better deal. For the sake of convenience and safety we suggest that you exchange money at your hotel. Almost all hotels in your China trip offer foreign currency exchange services supervised by the Bank of China. Retain the exchange receipts because you will need the receipt to convert RMB back to your home currency at the end of the trip. Those travelling to Hong Kong can change RMB to HKD there, but make sure you convert all HKD to RMB or your home currency before departing Hong Kong. You must exchange all Chinese RMB before the last day of your tour because you won’t have time to convert it back to your home currency at the airport.
The fact is that travelers checks are rather inconvenient to use in China, particularly in the smaller cities and local Chinese hotels. So don’t rely on travelers checks.
If you are lucky enough to case your travelers checks remember to keep your exchange slip, you will need it when buying back to your home currency. We recommend you use travelers checks issued by major financial organizations such as American Express and Visa. But note, cash, particularly in the form of US dollars is much easier to use than travelers checks.
Cash advance services are not commonly available in China, so you need to bring cash with you. Please note: foreign currency are not accepted within China and need to be exchanged to RMB. All paper bills should be complete, not badly worn and free from graffiti. Partial, badly worn, or defaced bills will not be accepted by local vendors. You may feel more comfortable using a money belt for large sums of cash and credit cards. Care and good judgement is a must on all trips.
Major credit cards are only accepted at hotels, tourist stores and upscale stores. We recommend you to use a credit card for any big purchases at tourist stores and purchasing insurance for shipped items. Please call your credit card company to let them know you are travelling to China so they won’t decline your transactions made during the trip.
Personal checks are generally not accepted outside of North America.
ATMs (Automated Teller Machines)
Do not count on ATMs in mainland China. Although they are commonly used in Hong Kong and its usage is growing in mainland China, it is still rather limited to large cities such as Beijing or Shanghai. Most ATMs can only be used for withdrawing RMB. The exchange rate on ATM withdrawals is similar to the currency exchange rate. Credit card cash advances are not commonly available in China.
Although the People’s Republic of China covers five time zones, only Beijing Standard Time is adopted for the entire country. It is 8 hours ahead of GMT, 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (15 hours ahead of PST during daylight savings time). People in China’s far western regions, such as Tibet, follow a later work schedule to keep pace with the official centralized Beijing Time. Please check the world clock for the current regional time.
China’s electrical current is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs and outlets come in a variety of shapes and are different from that in North America. Adapters and converters are readily available at all hotels but may be limited to a small number. So if you have to use them in urgency, you are advised to bring along you own adapters and converters for your North American appliances. As soon as you check-in, you should contact housekeeping to borrow adaptors and converters. Hair dryers and irons are readily available also.
Tap water is not considered safe to drink in China despite the fact that water in China is commonly chlorinated and processed. Drink only bottled water or boiled water. Bottled purified water and soft drinks can be easily obtained at reasonable prices. All your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily, with which you can safely make tea or other beverages.
Most meals are included as specified in your trip itinerary. Breakfasts included on your China tour are usually American buffet breakfasts to give you a good start for the day. Lunches and dinners are usually served in local Chinese restaurants with a set menu and in a family style. A regular lunch/dinner is composed of 6-12 dishes shared by 6-10 people sitting at a round table (which symbolizes union and harmony). One beverage of your choice (beer, mineral water or soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge. Chinese tea is usually complimentary. Special meals such as an authentic Peking Duck dinner, dumpling banquet is also included courtesy of Nexus Holidays Group Inc.
China is a huge country with varied climates. In general, the north is cold and dry in the 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 and the first two weeks of November. The climate in Hong Kong is sub-tropical, similar to that of Hawaii. Please check your destination’s weather conditions beforehand in order to pack accordingly.
Dress & Laundry
China is a country with few dress taboos. Dress for comfort. Sandals, short and jeans are widely accepted. Coordinate your outfits for multi-tasking. Dress in layers to suit various weather/temperature changes. No formal dress is required. Chinese hotels offer laundry services. It is convenient but may appear expensive for some people. The least expensive places to do laundry are in smaller cities like Xi’an and Guilin. Please check pricing at your hotel laundry list from the hotel information page of each tour itinerary.
Your Chinese hotel offers postal service, allowing you to send postcards and letters overseas. It usually takes more than 10 days for a postcard to reach North-America. The postage is charged in Chinese RMB (equivalent to about 50 cents USD for a postcard and 80 cents USD for a letter up to 20 grams.
China publishes various newspapers and magazines in English. Among them, China Daily is a popular English newspaper, complimentary at most hotels. Imported publications such as Time, Newsweek, and the Economist can be found at certain hotels. BBC, CNN and even HBO are becoming commonly available in most tourist hotels.
Smartphones can roam in China, but data roaming can be expensive. Check with your phone carrier for the international roaming plan. You may also buy a SIM card in China to use if your phone is unlocked. The local SIM cards are prepaid – e.g. RMB100 will get you quite a bit of talk time and at a lower cost than the hotel IDD service. For your convenience, you may rent a cell phone. Please visit Pandaphone.com for details.
Both international and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Domestic long distance rates in the PRC vary according to the distance and are usually inexpensive. Local calls are either at a very low rate or free of charge depending on the hotel. International Direct Dial (IDD) calls made from a hotel can be expensive when the hotel adds a surcharge on top of China’s already high IDD rates. Some hotels may require you to pay a deposit before you can access the international line from your hotel room. Use a phone card for international calls; it is becoming more widely available and the rate is reasonable. Simply consult your tour director regarding this matter, he or she will be happy to assist you.
· Calling North America from China – Dial 00 (international access code) + 1 (North America country code) + local number
· Calling China from North America – Dial 011 (international access code) + 86 (China country code, or 852 for Hong Kong regional code) + China area code (minus initial zero) + local number
Essential Numbers in China
These numbers are the same throughout China. However, only International Assistance and Local Weather Forecasts are likely to have an English-speaking operator
International Assistance: 115
Local Directory Enquiries: 114
Long Distance Enquiries: 113 or 173
Local Weather Forecast: 121
Police Hotline: 110
Fire Hotline: 119
Area Code List
Beijing – 10
Guilin – 773
Shanghai – 21
Wuhan – 27
Suzhou – 512
Chongqing – 23
Xi’an – 29
Hangzhou – 571
Nanjing – 25
Wuxi – 510
Lhasa – 891
Canton – 20
Chengdu – 28
Hong Kong – 852
Camera, Memory Cards & Film
Your camera bag is considered a personal item and can be carried onboard in addition to your carry-on baggage. Make sure to bring many camera memory cards with you for your trip to China. A memory card is easy to obtain within China, but may not be compatible with your camera. If you still use a conventional camera and film, you should pack all undeveloped film in carry-on baggage. Repeat screening on check baggage will damage undeveloped film. Most x-ray machines in China’s airports and railway stations are marked “film safe”. However, films with a higher ASA rating could be fogged by repeat exposure to x-rays. You should carry such film by hand.
It is wise to bring hand wipes to use before dinner and after the restroom. Also bring a handkerchief or bandanna; this can be substituted as a hand towel. Always bring your own toilet paper as it is not usually available in public toilets.
Packing for a China Trip
Pack light and you’ll soon find that you are better off with less. The best packing question a traveler can ask is “do people where I am headed live without this item”? Don’t pack stuff that is readily available in the hotels where you will be staying. Don’t cram your suitcase with unnecessary items, and you’ll have more room for the “treasures” you collect along the way. Remember that you will have access to:
· Convenient, same-day laundry service in all your hotels. If you send clothes in the morning you should have them back in the evening. The price is reasonable. For any destination city where you stay two or more nights you can do laundry.
· A hair dryer and iron are readily available at most hotels for your use; simply contact housekeeping.
· Bath accessories in your private bathroom include disposable toothbrushes, toothpaste, combs, soap, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, sanitary bag, shower cap, etc.
· You can easily purchase a shoulder bag or small piece of luggage to carry your purchases back home.
· Virtually anything you require can be secured along the way. It is part of the adventure. Traveling in China involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Make sure to check current weather conditions before you decide what clothes to pack.
Tips are commonly expected from foreign tourists in China. Whether they are considered as gratuities or service fees, tips are the major motivator for the tour guides. Your Chinese national guide, local guide, drivers and porters are professional, conscientious and most thankful for your acknowledgement.
USD $10 per traveler day, shared between all guides, porters and drivers.
Outside Dining: Service charge is included (except in Hong Kong)
China is the world’s factory and bargain shoppers’ paradise. We are aware of the fact that shopping is an integral part of international travel, particularly to countries like China. However, your valuable travel time in China is limited and therefore Nexus Holidays Group Inc. tours features the minimum amount of arranged shopping stops compared with tours offered by competitors.
We strongly recommend purchasing travel insurance to protect yourself and your belongings against the unexpected. Please read more details about Travel Insurance.
Jet Lag Precautions
Jet lag happens when your body’s inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest and meals, as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Its symptoms include fatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jetlag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:
1. Get several good nights of sleep before your trip departure
2. Set your watch to your destination time when you board the place and adjust sleep and meals accordingly
3. Try to sleep on the plane
4. Walk around the plane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat
5. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice while flying
6. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during and after the flight
7. On arrival, throw yourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until your normal sleeping time at home.