This China Destination Guide will tell you everything you need to know before venturing on you tour to China.
China is an inspiring destination renowned for its rich history, breathtaking scenery and a vibrant patchwork of cultures. It is a remarkable destination characterised by its dramatic gorges, majestic peaks, humble mountain villages and crumbling ancient ruins. A proud history of over 5,000 years has seen China transform from the epicentre of civilisation, innovation and culture to create a sophisticated language, literature, music, art and architecture for which it is renowned today.
With every visit to China you will be presented with a unique blend of the old world meeting the new. China’s traditional culture, its customs and charm remain, with thousands of palaces and pavilions, ancient sites, classical gardens, teahouses, elegant boulevards and authentic old water towns waiting to be explored. The timelessness of the old is often in the shadow of exciting new developments, with bright lights and big cities slowly shaping its new identity.
Tour Group Size
Our tour sizes range between 10 and 30 passengers. We believe our group sizes are
perfect for making friends and getting the most out of your tour.
Best Time to Travel
The best time to travel depends on personal seasonal preferences. The most popular months to visit China are between April – June and September – October, however many people prefer to visit during the off season when there are less tourists.
We advise that you visit your local doctor or travel clinic at least 8 weeks prior to your departure to receive up to date
information on vaccinations and for a general check-up. Vaccinations for tuberculosis and Japanese encephalitis are
occasionally advised. If you have any medical issues that may require assistance or equipment on tour, please notify
Travel Asia immediately.
• In rural areas all water should be boiled or sterilised before drinking, brushing teeth etc
• Eat only well cooked meat and fish. Foods such as pork, salad, snails, scallops and mayonnaise
eehave increased risk of contamination. Ensure vegetables are cooked and fruit is peeled
• Avoid swimming and paddling in fresh water
• Bilharzia (schistosomiasis) is endemic in the central Yangtze River basin
• Hepatitis E is prevalent in northeastern and northwestern China and hepatitis B is highly endemic
• Sporadic outbreaks of avian influenza (bird flu) have resulted in a small number of human deaths
• Rabies is present. If bitten, medical advice should be sought immediately
• There are occasional outbreaks of dengue fever
We will send you Travel Asia name badge, luggage tag and sticker label in your
Departure Pack approximately 4 weeks prior to departure. On your international
flight to China it is likely that you will be onboard with some of your fellow tour
members, so we encourage you to use the items in your Departure Pack so you
can be identified by your group members. These will also help your tour guide
identify you when you arrive at your destination. Your tour guide will be waiting
for you with a Travel Asia sign after you have cleared customs.
Ensure that you do not carry any of the prohibited materials listed below, when you travel to China:
• Arms and ammunition (prior approval may be obtained courtesy of the travel agency used)
• Political and religious pamphlets (a moderate quantity of religious material for personal use is acceptable)
• Pornography (photographs in mainstream Western magazines may be regarded as pornographic)
• Radio transmitters/receivers, exposed but undeveloped film
• Fruit and certain vegetables (tomatoes, aubergines and red peppers)
• Any printed matter directed against the public order and the morality of China
• Loaded recording tapes and video
• Storage media for computers
• Imitation arms
• Customs officials may seize audio and videotapes, books, records and CDs to check for
eepornographic, political or religious material
• Baggage declaration forms must be completed upon arrival noting all valuables (such as
eecameras, watches and jewellery); this may be checked on departure
• Receipts for items such as jewellery, jade, handicrafts, paintings, calligraphy or other similar
eeitems should be kept in order to obtain an export certificate from the authorities on leaving.
eeWithout this documentation, such items cannot be taken out of the country.
Most meals are included on your tour and are listed by day on your tour itinerary.
Breakfasts are generally buffet style and include a vast selection of Asian and
Western cuisines. Included lunch and dinner usually consist of 6 – 12 traditional
and modern Chinese dishes shared amongst 8 – 10 people.
Speciality meals such as a Dumpling Banquet, Peking Duck etc have been specially
sourced by Travel Asia to enhance your cultural, historical and culinary experience
and provide an insight into China and its culinary traditions throughout the ages.
At meals one beverage is usually complimentary and includes; soft drink, mineral water, beer, Chinese tea etc. On the days where dinner is not provided we encourage participants to frequent popular local establishments for an authentic culinary experience. Your guide will be happy to suggest the best places to eat in each city.
Tipping is crucial part of the tourism industry and is required when embarking on any
tour with Travel Asia. The nominated tipping amount will be advertised on the tour
terms or may be included in the price when purchased with one of our partners. The
tipping will be passed on to the local guides on your behalf. You are not expected to tip
again at your destination unless you choose to join our optional tours or you embark on
the Yangtze River Cruise.
Our programs are designed to ensure that you will have the opportunity to see the very best highlights of each region. As you may imagine, there is so much tonsee and do! You will have opportunities to explore your surroundings at your own pace. When an optional tour is mentioned in the itinerary you may choose to join for an additional cost. If you decide not to join the tour you may spend this time at leisure.
Electricity & the Internet
Electricity in China is 220 Volts at 50Hz AC and power outlets almost always have two types of sockets including the American-style socket and a variation of the Australian style socket. Australian plugs usually fit into the Chinese outlets, but occasionally will not fit. Australian appliances generally have a voltage range between 200 and 240V and can therefore be used in China. Be sure to check the voltage before using your appliances in China.
Most 4 – 5 star hotels located in the major cities of China will offer Wi-Fi access during your stay. If you are travelling to smaller regions Wi-fi access may be limited. In this instance Internet cafes will be available. The Internet speed in China is slightly above 2.0 Mbps, which is a little below the world average and far behind the fast broadband speeds of some countries. It is more than sufficient for basic web surfing and using email.
The local currency is known as the Renmimbi (RMB), with the basic unit being the Yuan. 1AUD
= 4.8 Yuan (approximately). We recommend that you take a combination of cash and travellers
cheques in Australian currency, as each hotel has money exchange facilities in the reception
areas. You are able to change any remaining Yuan back into Australian dollars before you leave,
provided that you keep all original exchange receipts.