A passport that is valid for at least six months after the end of your trip is required for both U.S. and Canadian citizens to enter and depart the country. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from your original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed up the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Visas are required by all nationalities to enter China; except when visiting Hong Kong and Macau. Single-entry visas are normally valid for three months, double-entry for six months, and multiple-entry for six, 12 or 24 months. You will need to apply for your visa independently, through a local consulate or using a visa issuing service.
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Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancellation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.
No vaccinations are required to enter China. We do recommend the following vaccinations:
Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
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China’s extreme size means it has a great diversity of climates, but being located entirely in the northern hemisphere means its seasonal timings are broadly comparable to those in Europe and the US. The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters. The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, hot summers and cold winters. The southeast region has substantial rainfall, with semi-tropical summers and cool winters. For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
What clothes to wear depends on the season you travel and what kind of activities you are taking part in on your trip. China has varied weather systems from North to South, and so you may need to prepare for multiple climates. If visiting the mountainous regions, bring along a jacket for cooler evenings. In general, we recommend packing multiple layers for the changing temperatures.
FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS: Video camera, camera with zoom lens in a dust-resistant case, sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery and charger. Photography is not allowed in certain religious buildings, especially temples. So be sure to ask permission before you take a photo.
Electricity: 220V is used across the whole of China. Socket types and sizes do vary however, but adapters can often be borrowed from the hotel. Laptop and phone chargers usually work on both 110v/220v. Do not use 110V outlets marked ‘FOR SHAVERS ONLY’ for anything else as they will not work and may even get damaged.
Phone: Roaming charges vary between carriers, but tend to be quite costly. Consult your phone provider prior to departure to discuss overseas rates and international package options.
Internet: High speed and Wi-Fi connections are readily available in the major towns and cities, but once you enter rural areas the internet becomes harder to find. Please note that it is extremely difficult to access Facebook in China. Wi-fi and internet service provided in properties is at the discretion of each establishment and Kensington Tours has no control over this. Please feel free to check with your Sales Consultant before travel if you’d like to know internet set up at each of your properties or contact the properties directly so you are aware of their internet policy if this is important to you. You may like to speak to your internet provider prior to travel to arrange a roaming package.
The currency used in China is the Renminbi (RMB). We recommend that you get a small amount of local currency from your bank before you leave home. Your bank card will likely work, and Visa or MasterCard are widely accepted. You will need a 4-digit PIN to be able to use your cards. Please note that it is much cheaper to exchange US dollars at a hotel in China. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Language: Mandarin and Cantonese
Currency: Renminbi (RMB)
Religion: Buddhism and Taoism
Time Zone: GMT +8
Electricity: 220 Volt, 50 Hz
Telephone: Country code for calling is 86
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in China: 999 Beijing and Shanghai. Rest of the country: 110 for police; 119 for fire; 120 for ambulance; 122 for traffic accident