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Day 1 - USA - Shanghai
Fly overnight to Shanghai
Day 2 - Shanghai
Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.
Day 3 - Shanghai (AB,L)
Shanghai is the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Today we will visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Then we will visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time here. In the afternoon you will walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. Lined by the colonial architectures of European design, this area is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. At night, you may enjoy an optional "Huangpu River Night Cruise" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (USD$50).
Day 4 - Shanghai - Suzhou (AB, L)
After breakfast, travel by coach to Suzhou. Suzhou is also known as the "Garden City" due to its many classical gardens, renowned for their charming natural beauty and harmonious construction. Upon arrival, visit the Lingering Garden which is among the finest gardens in China. As a large area of the city is covered by water, including a vast number of ponds and streams, Suzhou is known as "Venice of the East". You may take a cruise along the Grand Canal to view life along China"s golden waterway in its heyday (USD$30). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill, and learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the finest thread and cloth.
Day 5 - Suzhou - Wuxi (AB, L)
This morning, travel by coach to Wuxi, one of the oldest cities in China with more than 3,000 years history. Upon arrival, visit one of the largest Fresh Water Pearl Farms in the country, followed by the Lingshan Grand Buddha. Later, stroll along Nanchang Street, a charming and fashionable pedestrian street composed of both ancient and modern architectural styles.
This morning, travel by coach to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. Then, take a boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. This evening, you can enjoy an optional performance, "Night of West Lake", which brings the culture and the soul of West Lake lively in front of you. (USD$60).
Day 7 - Hangzhou - Shanghai -Yichang (AB, L)
After breakfast, travel by coach bus to Shanghai, and then fly to Yichang, the starting point of your Yangtze River Cruise. After dinner, we board the luxury Yangtze Cruise and receive an introduction on cruise events and on board activities.
Day 8 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Your highly anticipated grand Yangtze River adventure starts this morning. The cruise ship's first stop is at Taipingxi (or Sandouping). Disembark to visit the massive Three Gorges Dam Project, the world's largest dam, measuring 606 feet high and 6,500 feet long. Re-embark the ship and sail through Xiling Gorge, the longest of the Three Gorges at 41 miles long and also its highest (4000 feet).
Day 9 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Disembark at Wushan where you"ll board small riverboat for a leisurely ride through Shennong Stream, picturesque rock formations, and even see the playful monkeys and goat along the river banks. Re-embark the cruise ship as it sails through Wu Gorge, which is famous for its quiet beauty and the Qutang Gorge, the shortest and most dramatic of the Three Gorges.
Day 10 - Yangtze River Cruise (AB, L, D)
Today’s shore excursion will occur either at Shibaozhai. The Shibaozhai Pagoda is 12-story, 18th century temple built in Zhongxian county on the northern bank of Yangtze River. It represents one of the gems of Chinese Architecture, an architectural delight.
Day 11 - Chongqing - Beijing (AB, L)
Disembark from the cruise in the port of Chongqing this morning and visit Ciqikou Old Town.The history of Ciqikou can be traced back more than 1700 years. After that, you can choose to attend an optional tour to visit Panda House(USD$40) at Chongqing Zoo before flying to Beijing, the historical city of China.
Day 12 - Beijing (AB, L)
Beijing has served as the capital of five dynasties over a period of 800 years. Today, visit Tiananmen Square, the second largest public square in the world, and the Forbidden City, the Chinese imperial palace from the Ming to Qing dynasty. Tour the exquisite Summer Palace, the largest preserved ancient imperial garden in China, and a former summer resort for Emperors. Then, visit a Chinese Herbal Institute to learn about traditional Chinese medicine, which has existed for thousands of years.Tonight, you can choose to attend an optional tour with dinner, a large scale dramatic musical-"The Golden Mask Dynasty" (USD$65).
Day 13 - Beijing (AB, L,D)
Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall, the most famous image of China, and a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans at work at a Cloisonné" Factory. Then we will pass by modern exteriors of the Bird's Nest and Water Cube. Your welcome banquet includes the local delicacy, Peking Roast Duck.
Day 14 Beijing (B)
Enjoy the day at leisure or join an optional Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch (USD$79). Temple of Heaven, inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was visited by the Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional Beijing Zhajiangmian (“Fried Sauce noodles”) as lunch. Hutongs are traditional alley ways that made up Beijing’s old city planning, take a special rickshaw ride for an immersive tour to get a wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic changes the city has undergone, continue to visit a local family and local market afterwards. Enjoy the free time this afternoon.
Day 15 - Beijing - Home (AB)
Board your homeward flight or extend your trip in China.
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|2017/11/02||2017/11/16||N/A||USD$3099 For 2|
|2017/11/05||2017/11/19||N/A||USD$3099 For 2|
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25 Ningguo Rd, Yangpu, Shanghai, China, 200090
Wyndham Bund East Shanghai Hotel – Best of Old and New Shanghai Hotels Near The Bund
Wyndham Bund East Shanghai Hotel is convenient of hotels near Shanghai Airport for both business or leisure travelers. The property is located in the Yangpu District near the Huangpu River just steps away from the Yang Pu Bridge.
Upgrade extra cost $580/person base on double occupancy
It is located in the heart of Old Havana, opposite the Central and close to the Capitol, Teatro García Lorca Park, Paseo del Prado and entertainment venues. Not far from the Hotel you will find the famous El Floridita bars and Sloppy Joe's, as well as the National Museum of Fine Arts.
The Hotel Iberostar Parque Central is a elegant complex, situated in the beautiful Central Park in the heart of Havana.
The Hotel offers 427 rooms with a classic and elegant style, equipped with air conditioning, coffee maker, safe, minibar, satellite TV and balcony.
It features 3 restaurants, one with a varied buffet withe Cuban and International specialities, and the other with Creole cuisine and mediterranean food.
You can refresh in the outdoor pool with sun loungers, where you can enjoy beautiful views over the city.
There is also a Spa that has massages, and you can practice sports at the gym.
The Hotel organizes shows at night with Live Cuban music in the lobby bar.
BeiJingRamada Beijing North 5*
319 Changping Road, Changping District, Beijing, 102208 China
Tel: 0086 10 80791188
The luxurious President No.7 and President No.8 are two newly constructed sister ships with same design and technique. They will begin their first sail on the Yangtze River in April of 2013. With the maximum length of 146.8m and width of 20.2m, the ship possesses 215 deluxe cabins, 13 executive cabins and 2 presidential cabins, which all together could accommodate up to 580 passengers. There are about 200 staff on board offering superior and all - directional service to guests whenever needed. Besides the high-quality service, the two ships are also equipped with the most advanced facilities like Satellite Television, Satellite phone and air-conditioning system. Furthermore, you will be impressed by their humanized design of providing large swimming pool, deluxe cinema, Golf driving range, Children's park and barrier-free facilities, which made them quite different from the traditional luxurious cruise ships.
In considering the comfort of all passengers, the two ships have strict partition for public area and rest area. And also with advanced soundproof facility, each client will have a quite and cozy room to rest. It is no doubt that you will get a memorable Yangtze River cruise tour on either of the two ships.
2016 Sailing Date: Chongqing - Yichang (Downstream), Yichang - Chongqing (Upstream)
Lobby, Reception Desk, Souvenir Shop, Business Center, Clinic, Café, Reading Room, Swimming Pool, Golf Driving Range, Children's park, Card Room, Dancing Hall, Multi-Function Hall, ok Karaok, Bar, Banquet Hall, Internet bar, cinema, Dining Room, Front View Stand, Beauty Salon, Massage Room, Conference Center, Radio Room, Sun Deck, Public Washroom, Gym Room, Sauna
|Entered Service||2013||Passenger Capacity||460|
|Maximum carry passengers||580||Gross Tonnage||17000T|
|Length (m)||146.8||Width (m)||20.2|
|Deluxe Cabins||215||Executive Cabins||12|
Active Window, Extension Telephone, TV, Private Bathroom, Shower, Cloth Line, Mini Bar , Life Jacket, Mineral Water, Ball-Pen, Memo Pad, Telephone Directory, Tea Bags, Shampoo , Bath Foam, Shower Cap, Bath Towel, Bath Robe, Face Towel, Hand Towel , Comb, Soap, Toothpaste, Toothbrush, Tooth Mug, Slippers, Laundry Bag, Private Balcony, Hair Dryer, Mini Refrigerator, Weight Balance , Private Safety Box.
Restaurants and Entertainment
YiChangGoddess No. 2 5 Star Cruise
Cruise Ship InformationChina Goddess No. 2 Yangtze River cruise ship is the only new and deluxe 5 star cruise ship on Yangze River in 2014. It is built according to 5 star deluxe cruise ship standards by China National Tourism Bureau. It just follows China Goddess 1 managed by Chongqing Damei Changjiang Three Gorges Cruise Co, Ltd, as the 2nd China Goddess series cruise boat, but it is larger than China Goddess 1. China Goddess No. 2 set its maiden voyage on November 16th, 2014.
Standard Twin Cabins
Executive Double Cabins
2.0 m*1.8m(King size)
Executive Twin Cabins
2.0m*1.8m (King size)
2.0m*2.0m (King size)
Wi-Fi Access in Public Spaces
Spa & massage facilities
front View Stand
Indoor Swimming Pool
Cultural Highlights on board
Note: The available electricity is 220 volts
The Golden Mask Dynasty $60 Per Person (Beijing)
An original Chinese drama play, which features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, lighting and acoustics. The play has eight chapters and more than 200 actors from China and abrouad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers.
Huangpu River Night Cruise $50 Per Person (Shanghai)
Cruising along the Huangpu River, you will take a glimpse of the history and charming night view of the cosmopolitan of Shanghai. On one side of the river, there is the Bund, a landmark of Shanghai, Western-style buildings dating back to the early 19th century. On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai with steel and glass skyscrapers.
ERA: The Intersection of Time $60 Per Person (Shanghai)
This multi-million dollar show is Shanghai’s most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese acrobatics from aerial walking, bowl balancing, and trampoline shows to high flying trapeze acts and motorcycle cage stunts.
Grand Canal Cruise $30 Per Person (Suzhou)
The Grand Canal is the world’s longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The canal connects the present cities of Beijing in the north and Huangzhou in the south. Since most of China’s major rivers flow from the west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley.
Panda House $40 Per Person (Suzhou)
Chongqing Zoo was built in 1953 and lies in the southern suburb of Chongqing. It occupies an area of 45 hectares (112 acres), making it one of the biggest urban zoos in China. The panda house alone is about 2 hectares (5 acres) in size. The zoo is home to more than 230 different animal species, and contains a total of more than 6000 animals.
Hong Kong 3Days 2Nights/4Days 3Nights from $599/pp
An open city with a wonderful natural harbor, Hong Kong is the meeting place of various cultures that blend harmoniously with Chinese traditions and exotic influences. On one hand traces of British culture can be found everywhere as a result of former colonial rule. On the other hand, the city preserves traditional customs and the core values of Confucianism that have faded in Mainland China. This is reflected in its colorful festivals ranging from Spring Festival to Christmas. Nowhere else on earth do luxury restaurants, street side food-stalls known locally as dai pai dong, grand mansions and penthouses, tenements, wooden boats and huge liners coupled with English in a variety of accents and multifarious Chinese dialects coexist peacefully.
Xi’an Terra Cotta Warriors 3Days 2Nights from $590/pp
Xi'an was the first Chinese city to open its doors to the world during the Tang Dynasty. Over a period of more than 2000 years, Xi'an was the capital for eleven dynasties. Upon arrival, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and see the attached life-sized defending army to the rst emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang.
Guilin & Yangshuo 4Days 3Nights from $499/pp
Guilin is regarded by many as China's most picturesque city. Cruise down the world famous Li River through the surreal karst mountains to the global village Yangshuo, wander along West Street for its mixed lifestyle and culture of East and West, bicycle through rice paddies or trek through age old villages perched along rice terraces carved in the mountains for unforgettable experiences.
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.