Splendors of Japan and Korea 16 Days
From $5199 +$680 Taxes W/Air
Seoul - Mount Seorak - Andong - Gyeongju - Osaka - Nara - Kyoto - Mount Fuji - Hakone - Kamakura - Yokohama - Tokyo
Immerse yourself on an incredible journey covering two fascinating countries, Japan and South Korea. Discover South Korea’s capital city, Seoul. Seoul is Korea’s financial, political, commercial and cultural centre with over 600 years of history. Travellers can explore the many archaeological sites and temples before enjoying the beautiful natural landscapes this country has to offer. After an enchanting tour of South Korea, you will explore one of the most beautiful countries in the world, Japan. Discover a new level of cool with a journey through cherry blossoms, mountains, bustling cities and ultimately, history. The combination of places visited in these two countries will provide you with an unforgettable life-time experience. Make sure you are packing already!
Day 1: USD -Seoul
Board an overnight flight to Seoul.
Day 2: Seoul
Arrive in Seoul. You will be warmly greeted at the airport by your tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3: Seoul - Mount Seorak (B, L, D)
Designated a UNESCO Biosphere Preservation District in 1982 due to the many rare species found in the national park, Mount Seoraksan National Park is Korea’s most famous national park. This morning, tour Shinheungsa Temple and take the cable car to Gwonkeumseong Fortress to experience the beautiful natural landscapes on offer. Continue to Sokcho Fishing Village this afternoon.
Day 4: Mount Seorak - Andong - Gyeongju (B, L)
This morning visit the traditional village of Andong, with its well preserved traditional houses and unique mask dancing performance. Later, travel to Gatbawi Shrine.
Day 5: Gyeongju (B, L)
Today, explore the many archaeological sites and temples, royal tombs and monuments of Gyeongju, the capital of the ancient Shilla Kingdom. Visit Cheomseongdae Astronomical Observatory, Royal Tumuli Park, Gyeongju National Museum, Bulguksa Temple, and Seokguram Grotto Temple.
Day 6: Gyeongju - Seoul (B, L)
This morning, visit Changdeokgung Palace, one of the “Five Grand Palaces” built by the Kings of the Jeoson Dynasty and Insadong, a street full of traditional Korean antiques and tea houses. Continue to Cheonggyecheon Stream and admire its unique beauty, before visiting Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s main commercial districts. Then visit a Korean Ginseng Centre to learn about Ginseng, which has existed for thousands of years to improve people’s overall health. This evening, experience the city’s best night view at Namsan Tower.
Day 7: Seoul (B, L, D)
Visit North Korea’s 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located within the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) a 44 km drive northwest of Seoul. An entire infantry division can move through the tunnel in an hour. View North Korean territory including the Propaganda Village, People’s School and Gaeseong City, the old capital city of the Goryeo Kingdom from the Dora Observation Platform. Also visit Freedom Park, dedicated to the 5 million people who left their families and homes in North Korea. North Hall contains displays of North Korean lifestyle, and the Exhibition Hall houses old tanks and planes from the Korean War.
Day 8: Seoul - Osaka (B)
Board a direct flight operated by a local carrier from Seoul to Osaka. Your friendly tour guide will be waiting at the airport to transfer you to airport hotel.
Day 9: Osaka (B)
Today, visit one of Osaka’s most famous landmarks, Osaka Castle; which played a major role in the unification of Japan during the sixteenth century of the Azuchi-Momoyama period, before being dropped off at Dotonbori a street known to exemplify Osaka’s vibrant night life.
Day 10: Osaka - Nara - Kyoto (B, L, D)
This morning, travel to Nara and visit Todaiji Temple, one of Japan’s most famous temples, with its Great Buddha Hall housing the world’s largest bronze statue of the Buddha Vairocana. Wander through Nara Park, where over 1,200 wild sika deer roam free before heading onwards to Kyoto, one of the country’s oldest cities. In the afternoon, visit Nishijin Textile Centre and enjoy a traditional kimono show, before capping off your day at the UNESCO World Heritage Kiyomizu-dera Temple and drink to your fortune from the streams of the Otowa Waterfall.
Day 11: Kyoto - Mount Fuji (B, L, D)
This morning, visit Nijo Castle, the Kyoto residence of the Tokugawa Shogunate and Kinkakuji: Golden Pavilion, a Zen temple and World Heritage site with two floors covered entirely in thin layers of pure gold and detailed architecture incorporating three distinct styles of Shinden, Samurai and Zen. Also visit Togetsu Bridge, the landmark of Western Kyoto’s Arashiyama District for over four hundred years, before travelling onwards to Mount Fuji by bullet train(maximum speed 320km/h).
Day 12: Mount Fuji - Hakone - Atami (B, L, D)
Today, visit Oshino Hakkai. Known as the Springs of Mount Fuji, the eight ponds are fed by melting snow filtering down from the slopes of nearby Mount Fuji, through porous layers of lava, resulting in very clear spring water that is revered by the locals. Later, visit Gotemba Peace Parkto capture a breathtaking view of Mount Fuji, before taking a cruise on Lake Ashi, and savour the numerous delights of nature. Visit Owakudani Valley, an active volcanic zone with hot springs and hot spring rivers. Also visit Hakone Shrine. Standing at the foot of Mount Hakone along the shores of Lake Ashi, the shrine buildings are hidden in dense forest, its location given away only by the temple’s huge torii gates.
Day 13: Atami - Kamakura - Yokohama - Tokyo (B, L, D)
This morning, visit Odawara Castle. Then travel to Kamakura and visit Daibutsu, the Great Buddha which is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan, surpassed only by the statue in Nara’s Todaiji Temple. Then head back to Tokyo this afternoon to visit Yokohama China Town, the largest Chinatown in Asia.
Day 14: Tokyo (B)
Spend today free at your own leisure. You may spend a day in Tokyo Disneyland or Disney Sea (admission $120). Or alternatively, you can join our wide range of optional programs (Tea Ceremony, Pottery-making Experience, Golden Joinery, Kimono Photo Shoot, Cooking Class). All activities are not guided and transportation is self-arranged.
Day 15: Tokyo (B, L, D)
Visit Meiji Shrine in the morning, dedicated to the deified spirits of Emperor Meiji and his consort, Empress Shoken. Later, stroll through the Asakusa Kannon Temple, one of Tokyo’s most colourful and popular temples and browse for souvenirs at Nakamise Shopping Street. Relax on a Sumida River Cruise. Your last stop today is Tokyo Tower, then back to the hotel.
Day 16: Tokyo (NRT) - USA (B)
After breakfast, transfer to the airport to board your flight via an intermediate city to home.
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160, Sapyeong-daero, Seocho-gu, Seoul
Founded in June, 1982, Seoul Palace Hotel is a 5-star hotel located in Banpo, the heart of business and finance in Seoul. With its spacious guestrooms, homey yet high-tech executive lounge, and numerous convenience facilities, Seoul Palace Hotel provides guests with the ultimate experience in luxury and comfort.
410-2, Sinpyeong-dong, Gyeongju-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do
Located in the middle of the Bomun Tourist Complex in Gyeongju, Commodore Hotel has been in service for over 20 years. Its unique interiors and exteriors, influenced by Buddhism, regularly attract film makers and photographers. The hotel is also popular because of its location in Gyeongju, the ancient city full of historical treasures as the capital of the Silla Kingdom. In addition, popular promenades or hiking trails are located around Bomun Lake, just a five minute walk from the hotel.
305, Dongdaegu-ro, Suseong-gu, Daegu
The Grand Daegu Hotel is located in Beomeo-Dong, the heart of Daegu’s transportation networks and business operations. In addition to luxurious interior and high-tech conveniences, the hotel features 150 guest rooms, a Korean-Japanese restaurant, a Chinese restaurant, a buffet, saunas for men and women, a fitness center, and banquet halls for various occasions.
Nikko Day Tour with Japanese-style Lunch
Nikko Toshugu $250
Nikko is the centre for Buddhism and Shinto religion. It is located in the valley and surrounded by beautiful deciduous forests and majestic waterfalls. This optional tour will take you to the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nikko Toshogu. This area is well known for its distinctive architecture made up of a large number of wood carvings and gold leaf decorated onto the building. This design is unique and not seen elsewhere in Japan. You will also visit Kegon Waterfall (around 100m tall) which is the main natural attraction in Nikko. This is the best spot to view maple leaves during autumn.
Not available on the following Japan departure dates:
2016: 23 Oct
2017: 17 Oct
Tokyo Disneyland Day Ticket
Tokyo Disneyland $120
Tokyo Disneyland is a 115-acre (47 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, near Tokyo. Its main gate is directly adjacent to both Maihama Station and Tokyo Disneyland Station. It was the first Disney park to be built outside the United States, and it opened on 15 April 1983. The park has seven themed areas: the World Bazaar; the four classic Disneylands: Adventureland, Westernland, Fantasyland and Tomorrowland; and two mini-lands: Critter Country and Mickey’s Toontown. Many of the games and rides in these areas mirror those in the original Disneyland as they are based on American Disney films and fantasies. Fantasyland includes Peter Pan’s Flight, Snow White’s Scary Adventures, Dumbo the Flying Elephant and more based on classic Disney films and characters.
Tokyo DisneySea Day Ticket
Tokyo DisneySea $120
Tokyo DisneySea is a 176-acre (71.22 ha) theme park at the Tokyo Disney Resort located in Urayasu, Chiba, Japan, just outside Tokyo. It opened on September 4, 2001. Tokyo DisneySea attracted an estimated 14 million visitors in 2013, making it the fourth-most-visited theme park in the world. In 2002 Tokyo DisneySea won a Thea Award from the Themed Entertainment Association for the concept, design, and construction of the theme park. The award was presented at El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood, CA. The winners of the 2012-2015 Theme Park Insider Awards “Best theme park” is Tokyo DisneySea. There are seven uniquely themed areas or “ports of call”. The entrance to the park is Mediterranean Harbour, which opens up to six more nautically themed ports: American Waterfront, Lost River Delta, Port Discovery, Mermaid Lagoon, Arabian Coast, and Mysterious Island.
Tea Ceremony (30 minutes)
Tea Ceremony $55
The Japanese tea ceremony is a traditional ritual influenced by the principles of Zen Buddhism in which powdered green tea, or matcha, is prepared and served to a small group in a quiet setting. Often traditional Japanese confectionary is served to balance out the bitter taste of the green tea.Highlights:Learn the process of the Japanese tea ceremony from a qualified tea instructor. Learn which utensils to use to prepare green tea in a traditional Japanese room (tatami). Discover the customs, culture and hospitability of the Japanese people.
Physical considerations: Tea ceremony is performed in a kneeling position (seiza) on the floor. This puts pressure on your knees and ankles. Please be cautious of joining this optional program if you have a condition that prevents you from kneeling on the floor for a short period of time.
Optional: $130 – Wear traditional Japanese garment (kimono) and experience tea ceremony
Pottery Making Experience (60 minutes)
Pottery Making $99
Pottery is the oldest art form and earthenware traditions in Japan believed to have started around 12,000 years ago. Today, there are thousands of potters who make a living out of producing pottery-wares across the country. The pottery produced in each region varies in design because of the type of clay found there.
Try your hand at making your own cup or bowl by using the spinning wheel and clay.
Receive a pre-made sake cup made by the instructors as a souvenir.
Golden Joinery (60 minutes)
Golden Joinery $109
Learn the art of golden joinery (kintsugi or kintsukuroi), a technique of repairing broken cups, bowls, or plate using lacquer resin laced with gold powder. As a philosophy the mended aws become part of the object’s design. The result is that the object looks more beautiful than the original after being broken and repaired.
Mend broken cups, bowls or plates using powdered gold.
Take home the object you repaired as a unique souvenir.
Kimono Photo Shoot (60 minutes)
Kimono Photo Shoot Male $100, Female $120
The kimono is the traditional dress of Japan and is representative of its culture and heritage. The dress consists of a long robe with wide sleeves that is usually made of various materials and patterns. Today the kimono is only worn sparingly on formal occasions, such as weddings, funerals, tea ceremonies or other special events.Take part in a memorable photo shoot at a studio where you can dress up in a kimono of your choice. You can take photos with your own camera or you may choose to purchase a photo package plan from the photographers.
Dress up in a kimono of your choice for the photo shoot.
Have your photos taken for free with your own camera or purchase the photos from the professional photographers.
Cooking Class (120-180 minutes)
Cooking Class $129 Popular!
Japanese cuisine (washoku) is well known for its refined taste and elegant presentation. Take part in a Japanese cooking experience and learn from one of Tokyo’s most popular cooking instructors whose book has been published in English. Bring home with you a set of new cooking skills and culinary techniques that will leave your friends and family impressed.
Learn to cook different types of Japanese foods, such as sushi, soup and various side dishes.
Learn the ingredients, culinary techniques and methods used in creating home made Japanese dishes.
Enjoy your own cooked dish for lunch.
Transportation is not included. However, optional program venues are located in the easily accessible Tokyo CBD.
You may join up to 2 programs per day (exception: Nikko Day Tour).
Optional programs are subject to availability and must be booked more than 1 month before departure.
From $1,199 pp. twin share
Taipei, Nantou, Taichung, Kaohsiung, Kenting, Taitung, Hualien, Taroko
A country of stunning beauty and jaw-dropping natural landscapes, Taiwan was the chosen location for the filming of the 2013 Oscar winning blockbuster, “Life of Pi”, directed by Ang Lee. As one of the most diverse destinations in Asia, Taiwan has increasingly been attracting travellers from all over the world, showcasing not only it’s spectacular scenic landscapes, but also a thriving folk culture, museums bursting with treasures – including the best of imperial China, its bustling night markets – famous for their delicious xiaochi (literally “small eats”), and the latest in high-tech gadgets.
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Do your homeworkbefore your departure; the following information will help you prepare for atrouble free China vacation
Travel DocumentsFlights to China Passport & China Visa Upon Arrival Baggage InoculationMedication Internet Your Tour Guides Currency Time Difference Electricity WaterMeals Climate Dress & Laundry Mail Media Cell phone Telephone Camera,Memory Card Toiletry Shopping Packing for a China TourGratuities TravelInsurance Jet Lag Precautions Canada Duty-free
Your Travel Document
Make sure that youhave
1. Valid passportready
2. Obtain the rightChina visa.
3. Check your namespellings on your airline tickets, it must matches EXACTLY your name on yourpassport.
4. Check the weatherin the places you are going to visit in China and pack your baggage light andsmart.
5. Call the airlinerelated to get your seat pre-assigned and your special dietary request placedas soon as you receive your airline tickets.
We recommend you maketwo copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitatereplacement in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at homewith friends or relatives. Carry the other one along with a passport size photowith you in a separate place from your passport. Leave a copy of your ChinaTour itinerary and contact information with family or friends at home so thatyou can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Flights to China
Contact your airlineto confirm flight number and any possible schedule changes prior to leaving forthe airport. Connecting passengers should verify, at the time of check-in, thatluggage can be checked through to your China destination. For transpacificflights, you must check in at least three hours prior to the scheduleddeparture time.
In case you choose toarrange your own add-on flights to the designated gateway city, you must takethe following facts into consideration before booking any flights. NexusHolidays Group Inc is not responsible for any missed connections andpenalties/loss as a result. For a peace of mind, we strongly recommend you topurchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Note:
• For transpacificflight, you must check-in at least three (3) hours ahead of departure time.
• It takes at leastone (1) hour to clear customs and claim your checked baggage.
• For domestic flight,you must check in at least two (2) hours prior to departure time.
Most airline ticketsare issued using a special fare which cannot be changed or canceled withoutincurring additional cost. Should you lose or misplace your tickets while traveling,you should immediately notify the airline. In most cases the airline will haveyou complete a Lost Ticket Indemnity Form, and for a fee, issue replacementtickets.
All foreign nationalstraveling to the People's Republic of China must travel on a valid passportwith 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 completedetails about Passport & Visa for your China Travel Vacations.
A Nexus Holidays GroupInc local Tour Guide will greet you once you have cleared the Customs area atyour China arrival airport. Please wear your name badge for easyidentification, and look for a Nexus Holidays Group Inc Inc sign. If you takecare of the flight to China on your own and book our 'Land only' package, yourairport/hotel transfers on arrival/departure days are excluded. The meteredtaxicab from Beijing Airport to your Beijing hotel costs about $15 per ridedepending on the traffic. Optional private transfer is available upon request.The hotel address in both English and Chinese is available at the "ContactInformation" page in the travel documents sent to you two weeks prior todeparture of your China trip.
We strongly recommendyou travel with one piece of checked luggage, one carry-on bag, and onepersonal item per person.
Baggage allowancediffers for the Trans-Pacific and the China domestic sections of your Chinatrip. Baggage allowance for the Trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of checkedbaggage per person. Total dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of the twopieces must not exceed 107 inches (273cm); maximum dimensions of single pieceshall not exceed 62 inches (158cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Eachpassenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions ofwhich shall not exceed 45 inches (115cm).
China domestic flightsare more restrictive than Trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one pieceof checked baggage, and that must not exceed 44 lbs per person. In addition,you are allowed one carry-on bag not to exceed 11 lbs, and one personal itemsuch as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin orunder the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, butthe size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is therule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not - depending onthe 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 inexcess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by thepassenger. For domestic China flights, you may be asked by the airline to payfees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.
Baggage Lock &Liquids
If you departure fromVancouver / Toronto, you can either lock your checked baggage or leave it opento your discretion.
China aviation andtransportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checkedbaggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need tolock the major compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. Ifyour bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or the train stationwill lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare a lockfor the main compartment of each bag and any lock will do.
Liquids & gelsover 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in both Canadaand China.
Make sure that youhave luggage tags for each checked suitcase. A copy of your itinerary andcontact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aidthe airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage becomeseparated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters),valuables (i.e. cash, jewelry, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undevelopedfilm, bottles, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicines, travel vouchers).Please also refer to Canada Customs information about
Permitted andProhibited Items.
Nexus Holidays GroupInc will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personalbelongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of theincident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission toyour travel insurance provider. Travel Insurance covering lost and damagedbaggage is strongly recommended. If your luggage is lost or damaged by theairlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leavingthe airport.
Your checked baggagemust be locked during transportation while in China. This is a Chineseregulation. No specification on type of locks as long as there is one.
No inoculation ismandatory for your China travel. However, we remind you that traveling in Chinadoes require certain precautions. Most seasoned travelers get immunized forHepatitis A&B and Tetanus. Note we are not in the position to tell you thatyou should or should not take certain inoculation. We, therefore, highlyrecommend that you consult your family doctor to verify your particular needs,or contact your local Travel Clinic for their professional advice. You canlocate a Travel Clinic in your area by a Google search using keyword “TravelClinic” or look at your local Yellow Pages. Some shots need to be taken well inadvance.
If you takeprescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Keepthese medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term traveloverseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water,food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrheamedications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
If you are prone tomotion sickness, you are strongly recommended to bring motion sicknessmedication or patch to help ease nausea or dizziness. Motion sickness alsoincludes air sickness and sea sickness.
If your China tourincludes Tibet (elevation of 12,000 feet), you are strongly recommended tovisit your doctor or a travel clinic for their professional advice abouttraveling at high altitudes. People may experience Acute Mountain Sickness(AMS) with symptoms like light-headedness, shortness of breath and may tire alittle more easily at that high elevation. Medication to reduce mountainsickness may be advised by your physician. The hotel we use in Tibet offers anoxygen bag to you at no cost.
Internet access isavailable at almost all hotels on your Nexus Holidays Group Inc Inc travelitinerary. You can use the computers in the business center at your hotel for afee. Internet access is usually charged by minute and may be expensive. Manyhotels offer free internet access at your hotel room, so you may want to bringyour own laptop, but some hotels do charge for that and it could be expensive(up to $15-18 per day). Wi-Fi is not commonly available in China hotels. Mosthotels in China either do not have WiFi at all or only have WiFi in a publicarea. Usually you will not have access to WiFi from your hotel room. In orderto use iPad or iPhone in your hotel room, you may buy an AirPort Express fromApple to convert the internet access from the cable modem to wireless. YouriPhone can roam to China but data roaming could be expensive.
China Tour Guides
Please rest assuredyou are in good hands when you join Nexus Holidays Group Inc’s inclusive Chinapackage travel. Our travel guiding system in China is comprised of acentralized office on a national level, local offices and partners in eachdestination city, and an extensive network of tour guides.
For a tour group with10 travelers or more, a professional Nexus Holidays Group Inc National Guide (aChinese national) will be assigned to accompany the group throughout mainlandChina, supervising the work performed by local agencies and smoothing over anypossible difficulties along the trip.
Your National Guide isa licensed professional who gives you personal care and is accessible 24 hoursa day throughout your trip in mainland China (For tours in Hong Kong you onlyhave a Hong Kong local guide). For your convenience, your National guide willgive his/her cell phone number to you at the beginning of your China tour.
In addition to yournational guide, a local guide is assigned along the trip in each destination toprovide in-depth tour services to you and offer assistance on local tourarrangements. Sometimes, your National Guide may also act as your local guidein the city where he/she is from, provided he/she has a local tour guidelicense and is eligible to do so.
sFrom time to time,our qualify control manager in the North American office may contact ourcustomers while they are in China to ensure their China tour is progressingsmoothly and satisfactorily.
Nexus Holidays GroupInc local tour guides are hand-picked, well trained and service oriented. Theyare constantly evaluated based on the performance and our customer evaluationof each individual Nexus Holidays Group Inc tour group. We strive to hire onlythe best. We know the success of your China trip largely depends on the qualityof your tour guides.
China is very much acash-based society – bring a money belt or clothing with secure pockets becauseyou’ll need to carry around a fair amount of local cash. Major credit cards areonly acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend youuse a credit card for big purchases at tourist stores and buy insurance for theshipped 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 notifythem of your trip to China so they won’t decline your transactions made whileyou are in China. Tipping can be made with either Canadian. dollars or theequivalent Chinese RMB. Pay in smaller bills when shopping with street vendors.
The Chinese currencyis known as Renminbi (RMB), literally "People's Money". The basicunit of RMB is Yuan (dollar), which is divided into 10 Jiao (dimes), which isdivided again into 10 Fen (cents). Bank of China issues RMB bills indenominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan and 1, 2, 5 Jiao. Bronze andnickel coin equivalents exist for the smaller units. As of June. 2016, US$1=RMB6.6, Exchange rate fluctuates daily. Hong Kong's currency is the Hong KongDollars (HKD). It is internationally exchangeable and worth slightly less thanRMB. Note, Hong Kong dollar cannot be used in mainland China and you mustconvert all your HKD back to USD before leaving Hong Kong.
You can change moneyat hotels, China arrival and departure airports, and at Bank of China branches.The official exchange rate is used in most places so it’s unnecessary to shoparound for a better deal. For the sake of convenience and safety we suggestthat you change money in your hotel. Almost all hotels in your China trip offerforeign currency exchange service supervised by Bank of China. Retain theexchange receipts because you will need the receipt to convert RMB to your homecurrency at the end of the trip. Those traveling to Hong Kong can change RMB toHong Kong Dollars there, but make sure you convert all Hong Kong dollars to RMBor your home currency before departing Hong Kong. You must exchange all ChineseRMB before the last day of your tour because you won’t have time to convert itback to your home currency at the airport.
The fact is thatTraveler’s Checks become more inconvenient to use in China, particularly in thesmaller cities and in local Chinese hotels. So don’t rely on Traveler’s Checks.
If you are lucky tocash your Traveler’s checks, you will find the advantage of it is obvious: youcan always void them if they are lost. Keep your exchange slip; you will needit when buying back your home currency. We recommend you use only Traveler’sChecks issued by major financial organizations such as American Express andVisa. But note, cash, particularly in the form of U.S. dollars is easier to usethan Traveler's Checks.
Cash advance serviceis not commonly available in China, so you need to bring cash with you. Pleasenote: foreign coins are not acceptable in China. All paper bills should becomplete, not badly worn and free from graffiti. Partial, badly worn or defacedbills will not be accepted by local vendors.
Major credit cards areonly acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend youuse a credit card for any big purchases at tourist stores and purchaseinsurance for the shipped items. Please call your credit card company to letthem know you are traveling in China so they won’t decline your transactionsmade during your trip.
Personal checks aregenerally not acceptable outside North America.
ATMs (Automated TellerMachine)
Do not count on ATMsin mainland China, although they are commonly used in Hong Kong. ATMs can befound in a growing, but still limited number of large banks in mainland China.You can use Visa, Master card, American Express, Cirrus and Plus to withdrawcash. The network is only available in sizeable cities like Beijing andShanghai. Most ATMs in China can only be used for withdrawing RMB. The exchangerate on ATM withdrawals is similar to credit cards but there is a maximum dailywithdrawal amount. For credit-card cash advance, service fees apply.
You may feel morecomfortable using a money belt for large sums of cash and credit cards. Careand good judgment is a must in all travel.
Although P. R. Chinacovers five time zones, only Beijing Standard Time is adopted for the entirecountry. It is 8 hours ahead of GMT, 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time(15 hours ahead of PST in daylight saving time). People in China's far westernregions like Tibet follow a later work schedule to keep pace with the officialcentralized Beijing Time. Please check World Clock for current regional time.
When it's 8 am inBeijing, the time in other Canada cities at Daylight Saving Time is:
Vancouver Calgary /Regina Winnipeg Toronto
5 pm (previous day)6pm (previous day) 7pm (previous day) 8 pm (previous day)
The following is theeasiest way to convert Canada time to Beijing time during Daylight SavingPeriod:
Pacific Time + 3hours, then switch AM and PM. For instance, it is 5 pm in Vancouver, Beijingtime is 8 am, the next morning.
Eastern Time onlychange AM and PM. For instance, it is 8 pm in Toronto, Beijing time is 8 am,the next morning.
China's electricalcurrent is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapesand are different from that in North America. Adapters and converters arereadily available at all hotels but may be limited to a small number. So if youhave to use them in urgency you are advised to bring along your own adaptersand converters for your North American appliances. As soon as you check-in, youshould contact Housekeeping to borrow adaptors and converters. Hair dryers andirons are readily available also.
Tap water is notconsidered safe to drink in China despite the fact that water in China iscommonly chlorinated and processed. Drink only bottled water or boiled water.Bottled purified water and soft drinks can be easily obtained at reasonableprices. All your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily, with which youcan safely make tea.
Most meals areincluded as specified in your China Tour itinerary. Breakfasts included on yourChina Tour are usually American buffet breakfast to give you a good start forthe day. Lunches and dinners are usually served in local Chinese restaurantswith a set menu and in a family style.A regular lunch/dinner is composed of6-12 dishes shared by 6-10 people sitting at a round table (which symbolizesunion and perfection-harmony). One beverage of your choice (beer, mineral waterand soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Chinese teais usually complimentary. Special meals such as an authentic Peking Duckdinner, Dumping Banquet is also included courtesy of Nexus Holidays Group IncInc.
China is a hugecountry with varied climates. In general, the north is cold and dry in 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 andthe first two weeks of November. The climate in Hong Kong is sub-tropical,similar to that of Hawaii. Read more on average temperatures in China's majortourist cities and their current weather conditions.
Dress & Laundry
China is a countrywith few dress taboos. Dress for comfort. Sandals, shorts, and jeans are widelyaccepted. Coordinate your outfits for multi-tasking. Dress in layers to suitvarious weather/temperature changes. No formal dress is required. China hotelsoffer laundry service. It is convenient but may appear expensive for someone.The least expensive places to do laundry are in smaller cities like Xian andGuilin. Please check pricing at your Hotel Laundry List from the hotelinformation page of each tour.
Your China Tour hotelshave postal service allowing you to send postcards and letters overseas. Itusually takes more than 10 days for a postcard to reach North-America. Thepostage is charged in Chinese RMB equivalents to about 50 cents U.S. for apostcard, and 80 cents U.S. for a letter up to 20 grams.
China publishesvarious newspapers and magazines in English. Among them, China Daily is apopular English newspaper, complimentary at most hotels. Imported publicationslike Time, Newsweek, and The Economist can be found at certain hotels. BBC, CNNor even HBO are becoming commonly available in most tourist hotels.
Blackberry and Iphonecan roam to China, but data roaming could be expensive. Check with your phonecarrier for their special internal roaming plan. You may also buy a SIM card inChina to use on your cell phone if your phone is unlocked. You may also get anunlocked tri-band (multi-band) mobile phone from the States (Canada), and buy alocal SIM card as soon as you arrive in China. The cards are prepaid -- e.g.RMB100 will get you quite a bit of talk time and at lower cost than the hotelIDD service. For your convenience, you may rent a cell phone. Please visitPandaphone.com for details.
Both international anddomestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Domestic long-distance ratesin the PRC vary according to distance and are usually inexpensive. Local callsare either at a very low rate or free of charge depending on the hotel.International Direct Dial (IDD) calls made from a hotel room could be expensivewhen the hotel adds a surcharge on top of China's already high IDD rates. Somehotels may request that you pay a deposit before you can access theinternational line from your hotel room. Use a phone card for internationalcalls; it is becoming more widely available and the rate is reasonable. Simplyconsult your Tour Director regarding this matter, he or she will be happy toassist you.
• Calling NorthAmerica from Mainland China
Dial 00 (internationalaccess code) + 1 (North America country code) + local number
• Calling China fromNorth America
Dial 011(international access code) + 86 (China country code, or 852 for Hong Kongregional code) + China area code (minus initial zero) + local number
• Essential Numbers inChina
There are severaltelephone numbers that are the same throughout China. However, onlyInternational Assistance and Local Weather Forecast are likely to have anEnglish-speaking operator.
InternationalAssistance: 115Local Directory Enquiries:114Long Distance Enquiries: 113 or 173
Local WeatherForecast: 121 Police Hotline: 110 Fire Hotline: 119
Area Codelist: CITYCODE
Camera, Memory Card& Film
Your camera bag isconsidered a personal item and can be carried onboard in addition to yourcarry-on baggage. Make sure to bring many camera memory cards with you for yourChina vacations. A memory card is easy to obtain but may not compatible withyour camera. If you still use conventional camera and film you should be awarethat when flying U.S. domestic and transpacific flights, you should pack allundeveloped film in carry-on baggage. Repeat screening on checked baggage willdamage undeveloped film. Most X-ray machines in China's airports and railwaystations are marked "film safe". However, films with a higher ASArating could be fogged by repeat exposures to X-rays. You should carry suchfilm by hand.
It is wise to bringhand wipes to use before dinner and after toilet. Also bring a handkerchief orbandanas; this can substitute for a hand towel. Always bring your own toiletpaper as it is not usually available in public toilets.
Packing for a ChinaTour
Pack light and you'llsoon find you are better off with less! The best packing question a travelercan ask is "do people where I am headed live without this item"?Don't pack the stuff which is readily available in the hotels where you will bestaying. Don't cram your suitcase with unnecessary items, and you'll have roomfor the "treasures" you collect along the way. Remember that you willhave access to:
• Convenient, same daylaundry service in all your hotels, if you send clothes in the morning youshould have them back in the evening. The price is reasonable. For anydestination city where you stay two or more nights you can do laundry.
• A hair dryer andiron are readily available at most hotels for your use; simply contactHousekeeping.
• Bath accessories inyour private bathroom include disposable tooth brush and toothpaste, comb,soap, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, sanitary bag, shower cap etc.
• You can easilypurchase a shoulder bag or small piece of luggage to carry your purchases backhome.
• Virtually anythingyou require can be secured along the way. It is part of the adventure. Travelin China involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are essential.Make sure to check current weather conditions before you decide what clothes topack.
Tips are commonlyexpected from foreign tourists to China. Whether they are considered asgratuities or service fees, tips are the major motivator for the tour guides.Your China Tour national guide, local guides, drivers and porters areprofessional, conscientious, and most thankful for your acknowledgment.
USD$10 per travelerper day, shared between all guides, porters and drivers.
Outside dining:service charge is included (except in Hong Kong)
China is the world'sfactory and bargain shoppers' paradise. We are aware of the fact that shoppingis an integral part of international travel, particularly to countries likeChina. However, your valuable travel time in China is limited and therefore NexusHolidays Group Inc tours features the minimum arranged shopping stops comparedto all other tours.
We strongly recommendyou buy travel insurance to protect yourself and your travel investment againstthe unexpected. Please read more details about Travel Insurance.
Jet Lag Precautions
Jet lag happens whenyour body's inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest andmeals as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Its symptoms arefatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jetlag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:
1. Get several goodnights of sleep before your trip departure.
2. Set your watch toyour destination time when you board the plane, and adjust sleep and mealsaccordingly.
3. Try to sleep on theplane.
4. Walk around theplane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat.
5. Drink plenty ofwater and fruit juice while flying.
6. Avoid alcoholic andcaffeinated drinks during and after the flight.
7. On arrival, throwyourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until yournormal sleeping time at home.