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China Travel Tips 2011
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Safety (Human & Money)

China is considered one of the safest countries in the world in which to travel. Crime rate is very low throughout China, and there are virtually no crimes committed against tourists visiting China. Chinese law enforcement is very strict with offenses against foreigners. Please be aware that all Chinese hotels provide an in-room safe or locked security boxes at the front desk. Leave valuables at the hotel safety deposit. If there is a problem report it immediately to your tour guide or the police.


It is suggested that you should buy insurance at home covering the travel duration. Travel insurance in major western countries covers a wide range of inconveniences from lost & damage of luggage & cash, to flight delays & tour cancellations due to unforeseeable situations. Medical & emergency evacuation insurance is also suggested.

Restricted Areas

Tourists to China should be aware that Chinese regulations strictly prohibit travel in non-opened areas without special permission. However, over 1,200 cities and areas in China are open to visitors without special travel permits, including most major scenic and historical sites.

Money Issue

The Chinese currency RMB yuan are issued in 1, 2, 5, 10, 50, 100 denominations. 1Yuan = 10Jiao (in 1, 2 & 5) = 100 Fen (in 1, 2 & 5). In China, foreign exchange is under the control of the Bank of China, so all the hotels have foreign exchange, which offers similar rate to the Banks. You can check the exchange rate at the official site of Bank of China. Traveler’s checks are the safest way to take money with you on your holidays. The major foreign currencies can be easily exchanged in most the hotels in major tourist cities in China. Tourists can feel free to use all major credit cards in most hotels, big restaurants and shopping centers.

Health Requirements

No special vaccination is required, but those who have traveled from an infected area before coming to China should have vaccination records available for a Health Declaration form upon arrival. However, we recommend that you visit your family doctor for advice well in advance of travel date. Tourists are recommended to drink bottled water instead of tap water when they travel in China. It is true that for most cities in China, medical facilities are still lagging behind. But medical rescue efforts for foreign tourists are always in top priority.


Throughout China 220 volt 50 AC are used, although some 4 & 5-star hotels are wired for use of 110-volt electrical appliances. Electrical appliances will require an adapter that can change the shape of the plug prongs, as well as an electrical voltage converter that will allow a normal 110-volt appliance to take 220 Volt current. Most of tourist hotels have a hair-dryer in each room, or you can ask for one at the reception desk.

While en route

Hotel check in

Most hotels allow check-in on or after 12:00 noon time. It does happen that during peak season check in time is extended to late in the afternoon; Upon check-in, a copy of your credit card or cash deposit will be requested for miscellaneous fees like mini-bar, laundry, fax service and etc. This is a pre-authorization only and does not mean hotel will charge the sum of money from your credit card. However, it is useful to record the consumption of your card for double check when you return home.


Nowadays, tipping is widely accepted among tour industry in China. However it is uncommon to tip in the local restaurants, to the taxi drivers, and other services.


Please do not over-pack. China now manufactures many consumer goods meeting international standards. Domestic airlines baggage allowance:

1. Economy class: 20kg (44 lbs.) per person for check in and 5kg (11.2 lbs) for carryon;

2. Business class: 30kg (66.14 lbs) for check-in & 5kg (11.2 lbs) for carryon;

3. First class 40kg (88 lbs) for check-in & 10kg (22.4 lbs) for carryon;

Overweight baggage is calculated at OW*Economy full fare*1.5% (OW is the number of kgs in excess of the allowance). For example, economy full fare Guilin/Xi’an is RMB1090, and if you luggage is 5kg overweight, then you will have to pay 5*1090*1.5%=81.75yuan;

Airport Check in

Due to the enhanced security check in 2008, it is suggested that you be at the airport at least 2.5 hours for international departures and 2hrs for domestic flights. Non-solid substances are not allowed in the carryon, for example, toothpaste, sun blocks, small perfume bottles, cream or gels and etc;

Departure Taxes: For international and domestic departures, taxes are included in the ticket and you do not have to purchase it individually.

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