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Useful Advice for Tourists Visiting China
This page offers general advice for Tourists Visiting China (September 2008)
The aim of this section is to give those travelling to China for the first time the general information they require to enjoy their stay

Tours and sight-seeing trips are readily available to all parts of China via local travel agents. The National China International Travel Service (CITS) will usually have some staff with reasonable English. They are very competent, but more expensive than smaller private companies.

Trips are usually of 4 or 5 days duration, and fully inclusive of everything! They are normally very good value for money, with a standard trip currently costing between $200 and $350 inc flights, transfers, hotels, food, guided tours, etc. Entrance charges are usually extra

It is normal practice for Chinese to offer you a packed program, which initially sounds great. However, we have found this often means you are shuttled around on a bus for 12 hours or more each day. Sometimes there is not enough time to see some sights properly, whilst other stops may include sales opportunities (Tour Staff get commission on what you buy). Some of these are excellent, and some are entirely missable. Each day will usually conclude with a Chinese meal, and expect to be away from your hotel for an average 14 hours each day. This means you don't really have the energy or inclination to see the nightlife. Our advice, use them wisely and to your advantage + take days off to do your own things; and do try the nightlife, usually a district called 'Downtown'

Most cities will not have a specific sight-seeing package available for visitors who are already there. However, a larger local travel agent can arrange this for a group of people. You will need a local speaker to help you do this. Normally visitors travel to each attraction by their own means

Some travel options can only be booked via the larger hotels with their business services office. These include regular coaches and ferry to Hong Kong from Guangdong Province for instance

This information is as supplied by the Chinese Embassy in UK, as dated 20th June 2008, and/or other reliable sources. Please check this information yourself as it may alter without notice, and whilst we try our best to ensure it is correct, please do not hold us responsible for any errors - this is intended as a simple guide only
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