China Tours from Shanghai
Trip China Guide is a boutique tour operator offering tours from Shanghai China for the traveler who wants to explore ancient Chinese history, Chinese civilization, and landscape of China. These tours are available for departure from Shanghai. If you cannot find what you are looking for please E-mail Us or use our search panel on the right to find your perfect choice.
Tour Code: TCG-SH-02
The 4-day tour concentrates on the can't-miss attractions around the Shanghai to present the intoxicating combination of western and eastern cultures. Nearby the bustling metropolis, the tranquil water town Zhujiajiao is definitely a stunning contrast.
Tour Code: TCG-L-013
Destinations: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Xi'an, Beijing
On this cultural and heritage journey in China you will explore some of the best destinations of China renowned for cultural and heritage attractions. You'll see historical places of China like Great Wall, West Lake, Terracotta Warriors, and Suzhou Gardens. The trip will cover many unique Chinese cultural elements like...
Tour Code: TCG-L-039
Destinations: Shanghai, Yichang, Chongqing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Shigatse
We start the tour with leisure and memorable trip through three gorges and the grand dam site; then the jorney will focus on the fantastic land on Tibet, to witness stunning monasteries, tibetans with prayer wheels, monks in robes and white-capping mountains.
Tour Code: TCG-L-038
Destinations: Shanghai, Suzhou, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xi'an, Beijing
16 Days of ancient culture, modern miracles and amazing natural scenery. The fantasitic of Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City and Terracotta Army are the top sites to be explored with the developed city of Shanghai and the amazing Yellow Mountain as well as Guilin - where the breathtaking karst landscape located.
Tour Code: TCG-L-037
Destinations: Shanghai, Suzhou, Xi'an, Beijing
This China tour is specially designed for women, which includes the must-visit sites in Shanghai, Beijing & Xi’an. The trip features local old streets like Tianzifang Art Street in Shanghai, No.1 Silk factory in Suzhou, Muslim Old Quarters in Xi’an and Hutong Valley in Beijing. This is leisure trip for women to know...
Tour Code: TCG-L-035
Destinations: Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Kunming, Lijiang, Chengdu, Xi'an, Beijing
This Unforgettable China Tour Package provides great opportunity to explore the charm of China rich cultural heritage and monuments of China. You will ensure maximum interest and enjoyment with your personal tour guide and driver. The tour covers from romantic Lijiang and beautiful Yangshuo in the south to the home of the...
Tour Code: TCG-L-50
Destinations: Shanghai, Guilin, Yangshuo, Xi'an, Beijing
Get lost in the glimmering metropolis of Shanghai, cruise down the picturesque watery wonder from Guilin to Yangshuo, marvel at the subterranean army of Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, climb the legendary Great Wall in Mutianyu, explore the Forbidden City and some other world heritage sites in Beijing. Also, biking, kayaking...
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China is an ideal getaway all year round. Whenever you come, China has something for you. While the best time to visit China is in April, May, September and October. Traveling during these period would be rewarded with comfortable weather and breathtaking landscape, while that also means your travel cost will likely be higher, too. Traveling in other months is also suggested, because you would be rewarded with extraordinary landscape, less crowded attraction area as well as cheap accommodation. In winter, enjoying world-famous ice festival in Harbin and experiencing the spree of Chinese New Year are also what you can not miss. Traveling during this period seems more money-efficient but still travel-effective.
High Season vs Low Season
High Seasons in China:
• Labor Day (May 1, 3 days duration)
• National Day (October 1, 7 days duration)
• University Holidays: Summer holiday (June-September) and Winter holiday (January-February)
Many people plan a visit during high seasons. However it is not always the best choice. During high seasons tickets for trains, planes, as well as accommodations at hotels are hard to obtain, as great numbers of people travel during these times. It is highly recommended to join an organized tour if you must travel during high seasons, as doing so will certainly relieve you from the difficulties of obtaining tickets.
Low Seasons in China:
Compared with high seasons, low seasons couldn't be a better choice for visits. They offer you the following merits:
• Saving money. In low seasons, the related costs will be much lower than during the peak seasons. Entrance fees, travel ticket prices, and the goods sold in the places of interest will all cost less.
• Saving time. Low seasons offer you a more tranquil environment rather than a noisy, crowded place. It may take several hours to take a photo during peak time, while in low seasons you can enjoy yourself in the beautiful scenery without any interference.
China is a great country with numerous nationalities and each nationality has their own festivals. Should you be a Chinese culture lover, come during the time the festival you wish to see is happening.
Nearly each Chinese festival has its own legend and history. Please explore more details about Chinese festivals and determine your itinerary based on your favorite ones.
Websites for Booking China Domestic Flight Tickets
·Make a packing list and number them in order of importance.
·Reread you list. Think twice about the "desired or essential" items.
·Try to make the list as short as possible.
·Find related information about your destination and amend your list accordingly.
What to Pack
Travel light! Whenever you travel, remember that quality, not quantity is the order of the day. Hereafter are some useful tips for packing. Please read it carefully as it will surely help you.
·Do remember to take you passport, visas, related health certificates, tickets, ID, money, credit card, map, itinerary and other important documents needed during traveling
·Do remember to make a card upon which are your personal details in case of emergency
·Do remember to make copies for your important materials. It is strongly recommended that you additionally store a backup of your information in your email account or other on-line storage.
·Do remember to bring guide and phrase books related your destination.
·Do not pack important items unprotected; put them into a waterproof bag to prevent damage.
·Do not carry too much money all in one place, spread it around your pockets.
·Do not keep your credit card and identification card together.
·Do not take too many reading materials, 1-3 copies is ok.
·Do check the climate of your destination, and then see what kind of clothes you require.
·Do remember to take leisurewear which will keep you relaxed and comfortable.
·Do remember to take clothes that dry easily.
·Do remember to take a waterproof and umbrella.
·Do not take too many formal clothes, one or two is enough.
·Do not bring natural fibred clothing as it is hard to dry and are heavier than synthetics.
·Do not forget to bring sunhat, sunglasses and sun block in summer
·Do not forget to take you toiletries and your personal items such as toothbrush, towel and so on.
·Do not take sturdy clothes
·Do not wear military-styled clothing in case of unnecessary misunderstandings.
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Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes
T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear
Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes
Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats; In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required
·Do remember to take a power convert and adapter plugs. China's electrical system operates at 220 volts
·Do remember to take razor, alarm clock, camera and enough film as well as extra batteries
·Do not take too many electrical products which can be bought anywhere or are provided by hotels, hair dryers for example. It will be a burden for you.
·Do remember prescribed medications!
·Do remember to prepare some drugs for emergency use, including Aspirin, vitamins, anti-inflammatory, anti-histamines, remedy for diarrhea and antacid.
·Do take along your medical history (Blood Group, Allergies, and Known Medical Conditions) and keep in your first-aid kit. This may be helpful if you need to see a doctor or become incapacitated.
·Do not carry excessive quantities of drugs; you may encounter problems at China Customs.
·Do not bring a pharmacy, just bring the essentials.
·Roll your clothes instead of folding them or use vacuum bags. In this way you will save a lot of space and provide extra protection for your clothing.
·Put the items your will use regularly at the top.
·Bring several plastic bags with you. You will find many uses for them during your trip.
·Remember the rules on carrying liquids; you may have to remove them at your point of departure.
Where to Get China Visas?
The Chinese visa authorities overseas include Chinese embassies, consulates, visa offices, and the consular department of the office of the Commissioner of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China. If a foreigner intends to enter into, exit from or transit through the Chinese territory, s/he shall apply to the above-mentioned Chinese visa authorities for a Chinese visa. For further information, please consult the nearest Chinese visa authorities. Visas for individual travel in china are easy to get.
How to Apply for China L Visa (Tourist)?
Visa Application Form - Apart from personal details, the visa application form also asks you to specify your religion and politic party, and occupation and previous occupation, whether you have been in China before and the names of relatives and friend in China. It asks you to specify what languages you know and the purpose of your journey to china. For religion and political party, say 'none'. For occupation the safest job is 'student' – don't tell them you're a journalist, priest, government worker or something similarly naughty. Don't list relatives and friends in China. If you speak Chinese don't say so. Tell them you're going to China for 'sightseeing'. It also asks you to specify your itinerary of travel and your means of transport, but you can deviate from this as much as you want; just list a few major places that are officially open to foreigner. You don't have to leave from the place you specifying on your visa application form. List your means of transport as train and plane.
Supplementary Documents Required for Application of China L Visa
One of the following documents is required:
(1) An Invitation Letter for Tourist or for Tourist Group by a Duly Authorized Tourism Unit;
(2) An Invitation Letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions or individuals in China. If the invitation letter is issued by an individual in China, the photocopy of the ID of the individual is required.
The invitation letter issued by companies, corporations, institutions or individuals in China, shall include the following items:
A. Personal information of the applicant: name, gender, date of birth, passport number, etc.
B. Information concerning the applicant's visit to China: purpose of the visit, date of arrival and departure, places to visit, relationship between the applicant and the inviter, and who will bear the cost of the applicant's accommodations in China.
C. Information of the inviter: name of the unit or individual, phone number, address, and if applicable, the legal representative or the inviter's seal and signature.
(3)Travel Itinerary in China, photocopy of the roundtrip airline ticket and hotel reservation.
Note: (1)Generally, the invitation letter may be submitted as a fax, copy or printout. If necessary, the consular officer will ask the applicant to submit the original invitation letter, or to provide some supporting and supplementary documents, or schedule an interview.
(2) The application with any fake invitation letter or other fraud will be rejected.
(3) In accordance with the specific application, the consular officer decides to issue visas with different validity, number of entries and duration of stay in China.
When NOT to travel in ChinaWeather aside, avoid traveling during any of the China's national holidays if at all possible. In the 1990's the Chinese government introduced the "Golden Weeks" to develop domestic tourism industry. The three Chinese national "Golden Weeks" to avoid are:
1.Chinese New Year (Spring Festival): This is the worst time to travel. The exact dates each year varies since it’s based on the Lunar Calendar, but it’s usually around late January to mid-Feb.Technically about 2 weeks but many Chinese will just get the first week off. Chinese New Year is the most important of the traditional holidays, kind of the equivalent of Christmas in the West. A huge chunk of the population — from white collar to migrant worker — takes off work to travel back to their hometowns to spend time with their families. Most businesses shut down completely, so your options for eating and shopping also become severely limited in smaller towns. Of course, if you don't mind the crowds, it can be lots of fun (festivals, street activity, etc).
2. National Day (starts Oct 1): A week-long holiday that celebrates founding of the People’s Republic of China. In particular, avoid some hot sites, such as the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, the Yellow Mountain, Jiuzhaigou Valley, etc.
3. Labor Day (May 1): Until 2007, this was a week-long holiday but has since been scaled back to a long 3-day weekend. So not as crazy as before but still definitely want to avoid being in transit during this time.
Most of China's business world slows down considerably during the spring festival in late January and early February. Business visitors would be wise to avoid this two to three week holiday period.
In most cities in China, businesses and government offices are usually open Monday through Friday and every other Saturday from 8 am to noon and from 1:00 to 2:00 pm to 5:00 or 6:00 pm. China has a five and a half day workweek consisting of 44 hours. Banks are open Monday to Saturday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Shops are open every day.
The renminbi (RMB, sign: ¥; code: CNY; also CN¥, 元 and CN元) is the official currency of China (People's Republic of China). Renminbi is legal tender in mainland China, but not in Hong Kong, Taiwan, or Macau. It is issued by the People's Bank of China, the monetary authority of China. It literally means "people's currency".
The primary unit of renminbi is the yuan (元). One yuan is subdivided into 10 jiao (角), which in turn is subdivided into 10 fen (分). Renminbi banknotes are available in denominations from 1 jiao to 100 yuan (¥0.1–100) and coins have denominations from 1 fen to 1 yuan (¥0.01–1). Thus, some denominations exist in coins and banknotes. Coins under ¥0.1 are used infrequently.
For RMB (CNY) and GBP exchange rate, please visit The Currency Converter.
Currently there are seven main foreign credit cards available in China, including Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, JCB, Federal and Million. Credit cards can be used for withdrawing money, shopping and other transactions in most major cities of the country, but generally not accepted in rural areas.
In China, most of the local ATMs machines accept Visa and Master. CITIBANK card and HSBC are also very popular in China because Citibank and HSBC have agreement with UnionPay. For other cards, you may check the ATMs you are going to use and see if they have the logos and signs for your credit cards.Electricity
Basically there are two main standards for voltage and frequency in the world. One is the standard of 120 volts at a frequency of 60 Hz, and the other is the standard of 220–240 volts at 50 Hz. China uses generally 220V, 50HZ, AC (Hong Kong is 200V; Taiwan is 110V).
Electricity in United Kingdom is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to China, you will need a voltage converter and a plug adapter.
1.Internet: Most hotel rooms will offer an internet connection for your laptop. Airports, Starbucks, and a number of coffee restaurants provide free Wi-Fi. If you don't have a laptop, inexpensive internet bars are scattered around the city.
2. Post Offices: Airmail letters to United Kingdom usually take between four days and a week to reach their destinations. Stamps are sold at the post office counters.
♦ Call a fixed phone
If you are going to call a fixed phone in a particular city in China, please dial the exit number of your home country 0011 + 86 (China's country code) + 10 (i.e. Beijing's city code) + phone number.
♦ Call a cell phone
If you are going to call a mobile phone in a particular city in China, please dial the exit number of your home country 0011 + 86 (China's country code) + Cell phone number.
Although a traditional measurement system exists, China now uses the metric system.
1 kilometers = 0.62 mile
1 meter = 1.09 yards
1 centimeter = 0.39 inch
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
1 gram = 0.035 ounce
1 liter = 0.76 pint
0℃ = 32 ℉
·Greetings are formal and the oldest person is always greeted first.
·Handshakes are the most common form of greeting with foreigners.
·Many Chinese will look towards the ground when greeting someone.
·Address the person by an honorific title and their surname. If they want to move to a first-name basis, they will advise you which name to use.
·The Chinese have a terrific sense of humour. They can laugh at themselves most readily if they have a comfortable relationship with the other person. Be ready to laugh at yourself given the proper circumstances.
·The Chinese prefer to entertain in public places rather than in their homes, especially when entertaining foreigners.
·If you are invited to their house, consider it a great honour. If you must turn down such an honour, it is considered polite to explain the conflict in your schedule so that your actions are not taken as a slight.
·Arrive on time.
·Remove your shoes before entering the house.
·Bring a small gift to the hostess.
·Eat well to demonstrate that you are enjoying the food!
·Learn to use chopsticks.
·Wait to be told where to sit. The guest of honour will be given a seat facing the door.
·The host begins eating first.
·You should try everything that is offered to you.
·Never eat the last piece from the serving tray.
·Be observant to other peoples' needs.
·Chopsticks should be returned to the chopstick rest after every few bites and when you drink or stop to speak.
·The host offers the first toast.
·Do not put bones in your bowl. Place them on the table or in a special bowl for that purpose.
·Hold the rice bowl close to your mouth while eating.
·Do not be offended if a Chinese person makes slurping or belching sounds; it merely indicates that they are enjoying their food.
·There are no strict rules about finishing all the food in your bowl.
Tipping in China
Tipping is not widely expected or required in Mainland China. However, at superior hotels and restaurants catering to western tourists, porters, room service and wait staff may have become used to receiving small tips. You can tip in cash, some small gifts brought from your country would also be appreciated, such as music CDs, books, perfumes, candies, etc. While in Hong Kong and Macau, tipping is very common and important, just like many parts of the world.
What To Do in an Emergency in China
Hopefully, you won't have to deal with an emergency while you're in China. However, if you do find yourself in a bad situation, it is important to know what to do.
In China the organization that is responsible for public safety is the Public Security Bureau (PSB). There are usually several PSB locations within a city district. If you feel you are in danger or need to call for help, you can reach the PSB by dialing 110 on any phone in China.
If you lose your passport, you should report the lost passport as soon as possible to your nearest Public Security Bureau and to your embassy or consulate in China. In order to get a new Chinese visa, a Police report about the loss/theft will be required.
Below are some emergency phone numbers that you should make note of:
110 for the police
119 in case of fire or
120 for an ambulance
If you lose your credit cards or travelers checks, call the issuers immediately. There is usually an international number on the backside of your credit card that you can dial collect 24 hours a day from anywhere outside your home country.
♦ The PSB Office in Zhangjiajie
No. 32, Nanzhuang Lu, Yongding District
♦ The PSB Office in Beijing
Add: No.02, Andingmen Dong Dajie
Subway: next to the subway station of Yonghegong (Lama Temple)
♦ The PSB Office in Shanghai
Add: No. 128, South Wuning Lu (Wu Ning Nan Lu)
♦ The PSB Office in Guangzhou
Add: No.200, Qiyi Lu
♦ The PSB Office in Xi'an
Add: No.63, West Street (Xi Da Jie)
♦ The PSB Office in Guilin
Add: No.1, Sanduo Lu