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China Travel Tips 2012

China Travel Tips provide you various kinds of latest and useful china tour tips and travel advice.

*Time: GMT+8

*Flying to China

from UK: about 12 hours

from USA(east coast): about 13 hours

from USA(west coast):about 12 hours

*Language: Mandarin Chinese and numerous dialects spoken. English is well understood in airport,4 up star hotels and tourism.

*Currency: Renminbi (RMB) called Yuan or Kuai by Chinese people

1Eura = 9.7 RMB approx

1£ = 11 RMB approx

1$(AUD) = 6.1 approx

1$(CAD) = 6.5 approx

1$(USD) = 6.8 RMB approx

* Visa Requirement:

A China tourist visa, also known as an L visa, is usually valid for 30 days from the day of entry. It might be extended through applications to the local public security bureau. You have the option of a single-entry or double-entry or multiple-entries visa.

To apply a China tourist visa , Chinese Embassy and Consulates at your home may require the following:

a valid passport with 6 (tourist/business) or 12 (work/student) months validity remaining;

at least one blank visa page;

a recent passport photo (black and white or color);

completed China visa application form;

payment (cash, money order or bank check only);

a self-addressed prepaid return envelope with postage (FedEx, UPS, Express Mail are preferred);

proof of your round-trip air tickets and hotel reservations;

a cover sheet that tells the content of the envelope, your contact telephone number and your request.

China Embassy in UK

China Embassy in London

Address: 49-51 Portland Place London W1B 1JL

Tel: 020 72994049, 72994051
Fax: 020 76362981,76365578

China Embassy in Manchester

Address: Denison House,49 Denison Road, Rusholme,Manchester M145RX UK

Tel: 0161 2489304

Fax: 0161 2572672

China Embassy in USA

Chinese Embassy in Washington DC

Address: 2201 Wisconsin Avenue, N.W., Washington D.C. 20007

Tel: (202) 338-6688, (202)5889760

Fax: (202) 588-9760

Chinese Consulate General in Chicago, IL

Address: 1 East Erie Street, Suite 500, Chicago, IL 60611

Tel: (312) 453 0210 / (312) 803-0095

Fax: (312) 803-0122

Chinese Consulate General in Houston, TX

Address: 3417 Montrose Blvd., Houston, TX 77006

Tel: (713) 520-1462

Fax: (713) 521-3064

Chinese Consulate General in Los Angeles, CA

Address: 443 Shatto Place, Los Angeles, CA 90020

Tel: (213) 807-8088

Fax: (213) 807-8091

Chinese Consulate General in New York, NY

Address: 520 12th Avenue, New York, NY 10036

Tel: (212) 244-9392

Fax: (212) 465-1708

Chinese Consulate General in San Francisco, CA

Address: 1450 Laguna Street, San Francisco, CA 94115

Tel: (415) 674-2900

Fax: (415) 563-0494

New China travel visa fees(USD) are as follows:

Single entry visa: $ 130.00
Double entry visa: $ 130.00
Multiple Entries for 6 months: $130.00
Multiple Entries for 12 months: $130.00

*Getting Around: There is a good network of frequent domestic flights within China, with major carriers being Air China, China Eastern Airline and China Southern Airline. Various direct flight operate between Beijing, Shanghai and China's major resorts; including Xian, Guilin, Kunming and Lhasa. Apart from flights China has wide and efficient railway system. The network today serves all provinces(including Tibet), with the exception of the special administrative region of Macau.

*Festivals, Events and Busy Times:

China has many festivals and events throughout the country at the time of the year. Many of these are determined by the lunar cycle and so exact dates vary. But the most of the busy time is China Lunar New Year which could be the day in end of Jan or before mid Feb. Usually 15 days before and after Lunar New Year the transportation is getting very busy and everyone thinking of going home. The airline wouldn't have discount tickets and train tickets are hard to be obtained.

Other important festivals:

1st Jan-3rd Jan --- New Year's Day

4th Apr or 5th Apr --- Qingming Festival (The Clear and Bright Festival)

5th day of the Fifth Month of Chinese Lunar Calendar---Dragon Boat Festival (most in end of May to mid of Jun)

15th Day of the Eighth Month of Chinese Lunar Calendar---Mid-Autumn Festival (most in end of Sep)

*Baggage Allowance

Airport Checked Baggage: For China domestic flight, an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 40kg (88 pounds) for first class, and 30kg (66pounds) for business class, while20kg (44 pounds) for economy class. No free baggage allowance is granted to infants. If your baggage is over the limitation, you will need to pay for the excess weight, and some of the airports in China are quite strict with this.

Airport Carry-on Baggage: For the domestic passengers, the total weight of carry-on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg (11 pounds). First class passengers may carry up to 2 pieces. All other passengers may carry on only one piece. The size may not exceed 20x40x55cm. Carry- on baggage in excess of the limit is subject to an excess baggage fee and must be carried as checked baggage.

Train Baggage: No baggage pieces required. For adult passengers the total allowed weight is 20kg (44 pounds) . For child passengers the total allowed weight is 10kg (22 pounds). ,
Author/Editor By : Maggie