China Wonders 12 Days

From  $3099 for 2    W/Air

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Beijing - Shanghai - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Wuxi - Xi'an







Day 1 - Canada - Beijing

Fly to Beijing. Cross the Int'l Date Line.


Day 2 - Beijing

Upon arrival in Beijing, the capital city of China, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel.


Day 3 - 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 Tong Ren Tang 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" ($65/RMB340).


                    



Day 4 - Beijing (AB, L, SD)

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 5 - Beijing/Shanghai-Suzhou(B) 

Enjoy  the  day  at  leisure  or  join  an  optional  Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch( $79/RMB420).  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. In the afternoon, depart for Shanghai, and be transferred to Suzhou upon arrival.


                 



Day 6 - Suzhou - Wuxi (B, L)

This morning, visit the Lingering Garden, one of the classical garden masterpieces on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Suzhou is known as the “Venice of the East” as a large part of the city is covered in water. After lunch, you may take an optional cruise along the Grand Canal for a glimpse of the local life and China’s golden waterway in its heyday ($30/RMB160). Then, visit a Silk Spinning Mill to learn how silk is created from mulberry-munching silkworms to produce the nest thread and cloth. You will be transferred to Wuxi hotel this afternoon. 


                 




Day 7 - Wuxi - Hangzhou (B, L)

To start the day, visit a Fresh Water Pearl Farm. Then, head to admire the famous Lingshan Grand Buddha, with a thousand-year old Buddhism temple nearby. Later, you will be transferred to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as “the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world”. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Impression West Lake”, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes ($90/RMB450).


                 




Day 8 - Hangzhou- Shanghai (B, L)

In the morning, take a boat ride on the West Lake, known for its scenic beauty that blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sights. Then experience an oriental tea-tasting at the Dragon Well Tea Plantation. After lunch, travel to Shanghai, the vibrant metropolis and commercial center of China. Followed by a walk along the famous Bund, a mile-long stretch along the Huangpu River. It is the best place to capture the western influences of the old days. This evening, you may take the optional Huangpu River Night Cruise to get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai ($50/RMB250).


                 

 



Day 9 - Shanghai (B,L)

Today, visit the Shanghai Museum and indulge in ancient Chinese art, furniture, and jade. Visit Shanghai Old City God Temple area, a busy shopping centre where you may find souvenirs and delicious local food. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. In the evening, attend a thrilling optional Chinese acrobatic show “ERA – The Intersection of Time” at your own expense ($65/RMB340).


                 



Day 10 - Shanghai-Xi'an(B,L,D)

After breakfast, fly to Xi'an. 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 of eleven dynasties. Upon arrival,, visit the Ancient City Wall which is not only the most complete city wall that has survived in China, but also one of the largest and most complete ancient military defense systems in the world. Then, visit the Big Wild Goose Pagoda, the symbol of the city. It is said to have been built to house and protect Buddhist scriptures collected by the Chinese monk, Xuan Zang, the key gure in the classical Chinese novel, " Journey to the West".


                                        

Day 11: Xi'an (B,L,D)

After breakfast, you will visit the Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum and see the attached life-sized defending army to the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang. This site is regarded as " the eighth wonder of the world" and is among the top archaeological excavations of the 20th century. Visit an Art Ceramics Factory before we enjoy the optional tour "special local Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner and the traditional Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show" for $70/p in the evening.


                      


Day 12: Xi'an-Beijing/Shanghai-Canada(B)

After breakfast at the hotel, you will fly to Beijing/Shanghai for connecting flight to Canada. Hotel: Titan Times Hotel or equivalent



As this is a sight-seeing and shopping tour, there are seven shopping excursions on this tour, and a minimum amount of time (60mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visit to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences s all the products including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.


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Price Guide

  • Please click on your selected date/ price to book. All Price in CAD
  • Airport taxes are all included. ($480/pp)
  • Prices are based on twin share accommodation in main deck
  • Departing Vancouver or Toronto with Hainan Airline or Air China 
  • Add on airfare from other cities: Calgary, Edmonton, Victoria $300, Ottawa, Montreal, Quebec city $300, Saskatoon, Regina, Winnipeg $400, Halifax, St. John $400


Payment Arrangement

  • A CAD$300/person nonrefundable deposit at time of booking
  • Balance due 2 months prior to the departure



Departure Dates   Price (double occupancy)CAD P,P
International flight included
Return Date Land Only Package Price
2017/10/20 2017/10/29 N/A CAD$3199 For 2
2017/10/27 2017/11/07 N/A CAD$3199 For 2
2017/11/10 2017/11/21 N/A CAD$3099 For 2
2017/11/17 2017/11/28 N/A CAD$3099 For 2
2017/11/24 2017/12/05 N/A CAD$3099 For 2
2018/03/02 2018/03/13 N/A CAD$3099 For 2
2018/03/09 2018/03/20 N/A CAD$3299 For 2
2018/03/23 2018/04/03 N/A CAD$3199 For 2
2018/04/06 2018/04/17 N/A CAD$3399 For 2
2018/04/13 2018/04/24 N/A CAD$3399 For 2
2018/04/20 2018/05/01 N/A CAD$3599 For 2
2018/05/04 2018/05/15 N/A CAD$3599 For 2
2018/05/18 2018/05/29 N/A CAD$3599 For 2
2018/09/07 2018/09/18 N/A CAD$3399 For 2
2018/09/14 2018/09/25 N/A CAD$3399 For 2
2018/09/21 2018/10/02 N/A CAD$3599 For 2
2018/10/06 2018/10/17 N/A CAD$3599 For 2
2018/10/12 2018/10/23 N/A CAD$3599 For 2
2018/10/19 2018/10/30 N/A CAD$3399 For 2
2018/10/26 2018/11/06 N/A CAD$3399 For 2
2018/11/02 2018/11/13 N/A CAD$3199 For 2
2018/11/09 2018/11/20 N/A CAD$3099 For 2
2018/11/16 2018/11/27 N/A CAD$3099 For 2
Single Supplements +CAD$529




Price Include
  • Return international airfares from Toronto/Vancouver and airport taxes;
  • All transportation (internal flights, cruise, coach);
  • All deluxe hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
  • All visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide;

Price Not Include

  • Chinese Visa Application fee multiple entries : CAD$180/person.
  • Prepaid Tipping: CAD$120/person for the entire trip
  • Travel insurance.
  • Personal expenditures

The Golden Mask Dynasty $65 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.

 








Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with lunch $79 Per Person (Beijing)

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.




Impression West Lake $90 Per Person (Hangzhou)

Staged entirely upon the lake itself, this show is a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics. It is famous for its dreamlike show and fantastic elegance. The director of the show, Zhang Yimou, is China’s most famous movie director and the general director of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


 




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 $65 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.







Imperial Dumpling Banquet Dinner and  Tang Dynasty Singing and Dancing Show $70 per person (Xi'an)

Enjoy the performance of Tang Dynasty Music and Dance including ancient

instruments playing and dance segment (70 minutes) as well as having

Tang Palace Dumpling Banquet dinner including steamed dumplings, fried

dumplings, and boiled dumplings.


Tour Extensions


Hong Kong 3Days 2Nights/4Days 3Nights from $650/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.





Yangtze River Cruise 5Days 4Nights $990/pp

A Yangtze River cruise is the thrill of a lifetime. You will enjoy the stunning picturesque scenery and amazing natural beauties of the famed Three Gorges -Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge, while exploring the historic relics and ancient cultural sites along the mighty river. Enjoy shore excursions to explore the fascinating history and tranquil landscapes including the spectacle of Fengdu Ghost City, a peculiar site that contains statues of demons and ghosts that roam the after-world; the fun of drifting through Shennong Stream, which offers clear running waters, picturesque rock formations, and monkeys and goats along its banks; and the wonder of the Three Gorges Dam, the world's largest dam. The Yangtze River Panorama is a visual delight, full of pleasant surprises and many treasures waiting to be discovered. The images will stay with you long after you have returned home.



Guilin & Yangshuo 4Days 3Nights from $850/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.





Vietnam Treasure 9Days 8Nights from $1599/pp

Vietnam’s colour, chaos and beautiful sceneries bring you new feeling every day. Feel the vivid Vietnam as you sail on a traditional junk through Halong Bay, savour the rural delights of the Mekong Delta, immerse yourself in the vibrant city life of Saigon and take a boat ride downstream from My Tho to Bentre. Discover the fascinating culture, scenery and food of Vietnam with this sensational deal!




Thailand Splendor 9Days 8Nights from $1399/pp

Travel and explore the exotic Thailand! Enjoy highest level of service with round trip airfare, deluxe hotel accommodations, ground transfers, friendly English-speaking tour guides and sightseeing. From temples and Grand Palace of Bangkok, to the exotic River Kwai and Ayutthaya, then island hopping and snorkeling at Pattaya, enjoy amazing Thailand with this unbelievable deal!


Flights to China                                                 
Passports & China Visa          
Time Difference                                        
 
Do your homework before your departure; the following information will help you prepare for a trouble free China vacation
Travel Documents Flights to China Passport & China Visa Upon Arrival Baggage Inoculation Medication Internet Your Tour Guides Currency Time Difference Electricity Water Meals Climate Dress & Laundry Mail Media Cell phone Telephone Camera, Memory Card Toiletry Shopping Packing for a China TourGratuities Travel Insurance Jet Lag Precautions Canada Duty-free
Your Travel Document
Make sure that you have
1. Valid passport ready
2. Obtain the right China visa.
3. Check your name spellings on your airline tickets, it must matches EXACTLY your name on your passport.
4. Check the weather in the places you are going to visit in China and pack your baggage light and smart.
5. Call the airline related to get your seat pre-assigned and your special dietary request placed as soon as you receive your airline tickets.
We recommend you make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other one along with a passport size photo with you in a separate place from your passport. Leave a copy of your China Tour itinerary and contact information with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
 
Flights to China
Contact your airline to confirm flight number and any possible schedule changes prior to leaving for the airport. Connecting passengers should verify, at the time of check-in, that luggage can be checked through to your China destination. For transpacific flights, you must check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time.
In case you choose to arrange your own add-on flights to the designated gateway city, you must take the following facts into consideration before booking any flights. Nexus Holidays is not responsible for any missed connections and penalties/loss as a result. For a peace of mind, we strongly recommend you to purchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Note:
• For transpacific flight, you must check-in at least three (3) hours ahead of departure time.
• It takes at least one (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 tickets are issued using a special fare which cannot be changed or canceled without incurring additional cost. Should you lose or misplace your tickets while traveling, you should immediately notify the airline. In most cases the airline will have you complete a Lost Ticket Indemnity Form, and for a fee, issue replacement tickets.
 
Passport & ChinaVisa
All foreign nationals traveling to the People's Republic of China must travel on a valid passport with 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 complete details about Passport & Visa for your China Travel Vacations.
 
Arrival
A Nexus Holidays local Tour Guide will greet you once you have cleared the Customs area at your China arrival airport. Please wear your name badge for easy identification, and look for a Nexus Holidays sign. If you take care of the flight to China on your own and book our 'Land only' package, your airport/hotel transfers on arrival/departure days are excluded. The metered taxicab from Beijing Airport to your Beijing hotel costs about $15 per ride depending on the traffic. Optional private transfer is available upon request. The hotel address in both English and Chinese is available at the "Contact Information" page in the travel documents sent to you two weeks prior to departure of your China trip.
 
Baggage
We strongly recommend you travel with one piece of checked luggage, one carry-on bag, and one personal item per person.
 
BaggageAllowance
Baggage allowance differs for the Trans-Pacific and the China domestic sections of your China trip. Baggage allowance for the Trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of checked baggage per person. Total dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of the two pieces must not exceed 107 inches (273cm); maximum dimensions of single piece shall not exceed 62 inches (158cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Each passenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions of which shall not exceed 45 inches (115cm).
 
China domestic flights are more restrictive than Trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one piece of 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 item such as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, but the size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is the rule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not - depending on the 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 in excess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by the passenger. For domestic China flights, you may be asked by the airline to pay fees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.
 
Baggage Lock & Liquids
If you departure from Vancouver / Toronto, you can either lock your checked baggage or leave it open to your discretion.
China aviation and transportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checked baggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need to lock the major compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. If your bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or the train station will lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare a lock for the main compartment of each bag and any lock will do.
Liquids & gels over 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in both Canada and China.
 
BaggagePrecautions
Make sure that you have luggage tags for each checked suitcase. A copy of your itinerary and contact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aid the airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage become separated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters), valuables (i.e. cash, jewelry, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undeveloped film, bottles, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicines, travel vouchers). Please also refer to Canada Customs information about
Permitted and Prohibited Items.

BaggageDamage/Lost
Nexus Holidays will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personal belongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your travel insurance provider. Travel Insurance covering lost and damaged baggage is strongly recommended. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leaving the airport.
 
BaggageLock
Your checked baggage must be locked during transportation while in China. This is a Chinese regulation. No specification on type of locks as long as there is one.
 
Inoculation
No inoculation is mandatory for your China travel. However, we remind you that traveling in China does require certain precautions. Most seasoned travelers get immunized for Hepatitis A&B and Tetanus. Note we are not in the position to tell you that you should or should not take certain inoculation. We, therefore, highly recommend that you consult your family doctor to verify your particular needs, or contact your local Travel Clinic for their professional advice. You can locate a Travel Clinic in your area by a Google search using keyword “Travel Clinic” or look at your local Yellow Pages. Some shots need to be taken well in advance.
 
Medication
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Keep these medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term travel overseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water, food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
If you are prone to motion sickness, you are strongly recommended to bring motion sickness medication or patch to help ease nausea or dizziness. Motion sickness also includes air sickness and sea sickness.
If your China tour includes Tibet (elevation of 12,000 feet), you are strongly recommended to visit your doctor or a travel clinic for their professional advice about traveling at high altitudes. People may experience Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) with symptoms like light-headedness, shortness of breath and may tire a little more easily at that high elevation. Medication to reduce mountain sickness may be advised by your physician. The hotel we use in Tibet offers an oxygen bag to you at no cost.
 
Internet
Internet access is available at almost all hotels on your Nexus Holidays travel itinerary. You can use the computers in the business center at your hotel for a fee. Internet access is usually charged by minute and may be expensive. Many hotels offer free internet access at your hotel room, so you may want to bring your 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. Most hotels in China either do not have WiFi at all or only have WiFi in a public area. Usually you will not have access to WiFi from your hotel room. In order to use iPad or iPhone in your hotel room, you may buy an AirPort Express from Apple to convert the internet access from the cable modem to wireless. Your iPhone can roam to China but data roaming could be expensive.
 
China Tour Guides
Please rest assured you are in good hands when you join Nexus Holidays’s inclusive China package travel. Our travel guiding system in China is comprised of a centralized office on a national level, local offices and partners in each destination city, and an extensive network of tour guides.
For a tour group with 10 travelers or more, a professional Nexus Holidays National Guide (a Chinese national) will be assigned to accompany the group throughout mainland China, supervising the work performed by local agencies and smoothing over any possible difficulties along the trip.
Your National Guide is a licensed professional who gives you personal care and is accessible 24 hours a day throughout your trip in mainland China (For tours in Hong Kong you only have a Hong Kong local guide). For your convenience, your National guide will give his/her cell phone number to you at the beginning of your China tour.
In addition to your national guide, a local guide is assigned along the trip in each destination to provide in-depth tour services to you and offer assistance on local tour arrangements. Sometimes, your National Guide may also act as your local guide in the city where he/she is from, provided he/she has a local tour guide license and is eligible to do so.
sFrom time to time, our qualify control manager in the North American office may contact our customers while they are in China to ensure their China tour is progressing smoothly and satisfactorily.
Nexus Holidays local tour guides are hand-picked, well trained and service oriented. They are constantly evaluated based on the performance and our customer evaluation of each individual Nexus Holidays tour group. We strive to hire only the best. We know the success of your China trip largely depends on the quality of your tour guides.
 
Currency
China is very much a cash-based society – bring a money belt or clothing with secure pockets because you’ll need to carry around a fair amount of local cash. Major credit cards are only acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend you use a credit card for big purchases at tourist stores and buy insurance for the shipped 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 notify them of your trip to China so they won’t decline your transactions made while you are in China. Tipping can be made with either Canadian. dollars or the equivalent Chinese RMB. Pay in smaller bills when shopping with street vendors.
 
Chinese Currency
The Chinese currency is known as Renminbi (RMB), literally "People's Money". The basic unit of RMB is Yuan (dollar), which is divided into 10 Jiao (dimes), which is divided again into 10 Fen (cents). Bank of China issues RMB bills in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan and 1, 2, 5 Jiao. Bronze and nickel coin equivalents exist for the smaller units. As of June. 2011, CAD$1=RMB 6.6, Exchange rate fluctuates daily. Hong Kong's currency is the Hong Kong Dollars (HKD). It is internationally exchangeable and worth slightly less than RMB. Note, Hong Kong dollar cannot be used in mainland China and you must convert all your HKD back to USD or CAD before leaving Hong Kong.
 
Exchanging money
You can change money at 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 shop around for a better deal. For the sake of convenience and safety we suggest that you change money in your hotel. Almost all hotels in your China trip offer foreign currency exchange service supervised by Bank of China. Retain the exchange receipts because you will need the receipt to convert RMB to your home currency at the end of the trip. Those traveling to Hong Kong can change RMB to Hong Kong Dollars there, but make sure you convert all Hong Kong dollars to RMB or your home currency before departing Hong Kong. You must exchange all Chinese RMB before the last day of your tour because you won’t have time to convert it back to your home currency at the airport.
 
Traveler'sChecks
The fact is that Traveler’s Checks become more inconvenient to use in China, particularly in the smaller cities and in local Chinese hotels. So don’t rely on Traveler’s Checks.
If you are lucky to cash your Traveler’s checks, you will find the advantage of it is obvious: you can always void them if they are lost. Keep your exchange slip; you will need it when buying back your home currency. We recommend you use only Traveler’s Checks issued by major financial organizations such as American Express and Visa. But note, cash, particularly in the form of U.S. dollars is easier to use than Traveler's Checks.
 
CanadianDollar
Cash advance service is not commonly available in China, so you need to bring cash with you. Please note: foreign coins are not acceptable in China. All paper bills should be complete, not badly worn and free from graffiti. Partial, badly worn or defaced bills will not be accepted by local vendors.
 
Credit Cards
Major credit cards are only acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend you use a credit card for any big purchases at tourist stores and purchase insurance for the shipped items. Please call your credit card company to let them know you are traveling in China so they won’t decline your transactions made during your trip.
 
PersonalChecks
Personal checks are generally not acceptable outside North America.
 
ATMs (Automated Teller Machine)
Do not count on ATMs in mainland China, although they are commonly used in Hong Kong. ATMs can be found 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 withdraw cash. The network is only available in sizeable cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Most ATMs in China can only be used for withdrawing RMB. The exchange rate on ATM withdrawals is similar to credit cards but there is a maximum daily withdrawal amount. For credit-card cash advance, service fees apply.
 
CarryingMoney
You may feel more comfortable using a money belt for large sums of cash and credit cards. Care and good judgment is a must in all travel.
 
Time Difference
Although P. R. China covers five time zones, only Beijing Standard Time is adopted for the entire country. 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 western regions like Tibet follow a later work schedule to keep pace with the official centralized Beijing Time. Please check World Clock for current regional time.
When it's 8 am in Beijing, 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 the easiest way to convert Canada time to Beijing time during Daylight Saving Period:
Pacific Time + 3 hours, then switch AM and PM. For instance, it is 5 pm in Vancouver, Beijing time is 8 am, the next morning.
Eastern Time only change AM and PM. For instance, it is 8 pm in Toronto, Beijing time is 8 am, the next morning.
 
Electricity
China's electrical current is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapes and are different from that in North America. Adapters and converters are readily available at all hotels but may be limited to a small number. So if you have to use them in urgency you are advised to bring along your own adapters and converters for your North American appliances. As soon as you check-in, you should contact Housekeeping to borrow adaptors and converters. Hair dryers and irons are readily available also.
 
Water
Tap water is not considered safe to drink in China despite the fact that water in China is commonly chlorinated and processed. Drink only bottled water or boiled water. Bottled purified water and soft drinks can be easily obtained at reasonable prices. All your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily, with which you can safely make tea.
 
Meals
Most meals are included as specified in your China Tour itinerary. Breakfasts included on your China Tour are usually American buffet breakfast to give you a good start for the day. Lunches and dinners are usually served in local Chinese restaurants with a set menu and in a family style.A regular lunch/dinner is composed of 6-12 dishes shared by 6-10 people sitting at a round table (which symbolizes union and perfection-harmony). One beverage of your choice (beer, mineral water and soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Chinese tea is usually complimentary. Special meals such as an authentic Peking Duck dinner, Dumping Banquet is also included courtesy of Nexus Holidays.
 
Climate
China is a huge country 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 and the 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 major tourist cities and their current weather conditions.
 
Dress & Laundry
China is a country with few dress taboos. Dress for comfort. Sandals, shorts, and jeans are widely accepted. Coordinate your outfits for multi-tasking. Dress in layers to suit various weather/temperature changes. No formal dress is required.China hotels offer laundry service. It is convenient but may appear expensive for someone. The least expensive places to do laundry are in smaller cities like Xian and Guilin. Please check pricing at your Hotel Laundry List from the hotel information page of each tour.
 
Mail
Your China Tour hotels have postal service allowing you to send postcards and letters overseas. It usually takes more than 10 days for a postcard to reach North-America. The postage is charged in Chinese RMB equivalents to about 50 cents U.S. for a postcard, and 80 cents U.S. for a letter up to 20 grams.
 
Media
China publishes various newspapers and magazines in English. Among them, China Daily is a popular English newspaper, complimentary at most hotels. Imported publications like Time, Newsweek, and The Economist can be found at certain hotels. BBC, CNN or even HBO are becoming commonly available in most tourist hotels.
 
Cell phone
Blackberry and Iphone can roam to China, but data roaming could be expensive. Check with your phone carrier for their special internal roaming plan. You may also buy a SIM card in China to use on your cell phone if your phone is unlocked. You may also get an unlocked tri-band (multi-band) mobile phone from the States (Canada), and buy a local 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 hotel IDD service. For your convenience, you may rent a cell phone. Please visit Pandaphone.com for details.
 
Telephone
Both international and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Domestic long-distance rates in the PRC vary according to distance and are usually inexpensive. Local calls are 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 expensive when the hotel adds a surcharge on top of China's already high IDD rates. Some hotels may request that you pay a deposit before you can access the international line from your hotel room. Use a phone card for international calls; it is becoming more widely available and the rate is reasonable. Simply consult your Tour Director regarding this matter, he or she will be happy to assist you.
 
• Calling North America from Mainland China
Dial 00 (international access code) + 1 (North America country code) + local number
• Calling China from North America
Dial 011 (international access code) + 86 (China country code, or 852 for Hong Kong regional code) + China area code (minus initial zero) + local number
• Essential Numbers in China
 
There are several telephone numbers that are the same throughout China. However, only International Assistance and Local Weather Forecast are likely to have an English-speaking operator.
 
International Assistance: 115Local Directory Enquiries:114Long Distance Enquiries: 113 or 173
 
Local Weather Forecast: 121 Police Hotline: 110 Fire Hotline: 119
 
Area Code list: CITYCODE
Beijing
10
Guilin
773
Shanghai
21
Wuhan
27
Suzhou
512
Chongqing
23
Xian
29
Hangzhou
571
Nanjing
25
Wuxi
510
Lhasa
891
Canton
20
Chengdu
28
Hong Kong
852
 
 
Camera, Memory Card & Film
Your camera bag is considered a personal item and can be carried onboard in addition to your carry-on baggage. Make sure to bring many camera memory cards with you for your China vacations. A memory card is easy to obtain but may not compatible with your camera. If you still use conventional camera and film you should be aware that when flying U.S. domestic and transpacific flights, you should pack all undeveloped film in carry-on baggage. Repeat screening on checked baggage will damage undeveloped film. Most X-ray machines in China's airports and railway stations are marked "film safe". However, films with a higher ASA rating could be fogged by repeat exposures to X-rays. You should carry such film by hand.
 
Toiletry
It is wise to bring hand wipes to use before dinner and after toilet. Also bring a handkerchief or bandanas; this can substitute for a hand towel. Always bring your own toilet paper as it is not usually available in public toilets.
 
Packing for a China Tour
Pack light and you'll soon find you are better off with less! The best packing question a traveler can 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 be staying. Don't cram your suitcase with unnecessary items, and you'll have room for the "treasures" you collect along the way. Remember that you will have access to:
• Convenient, same day laundry service in all your hotels, if you send clothes in the morning you should have them back in the evening. The price is reasonable. For any destination city where you stay two or more nights you can do laundry.
• A hair dryer and iron are readily available at most hotels for your use; simply contact Housekeeping.
• Bath accessories in your private bathroom include disposable tooth brush and toothpaste, comb, soap, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, sanitary bag, shower cap etc.
• You can easily purchase a shoulder bag or small piece of luggage to carry your purchases back home.
• Virtually anything you require can be secured along the way. It is part of the adventure. Travel in China involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Make sure to check current weather conditions before you decide what clothes to pack.
 
Gratuities
Tips are commonly expected from foreign tourists to China. Whether they are considered as gratuities or service fees, tips are the major motivator for the tour guides. Your China Tour national guide, local guides, drivers and porters are professional, conscientious, and most thankful for your acknowledgment.
CAD$10 per traveler per day, shared between all guides, porters and drivers.
Outside dining: service charge is included (except in Hong Kong)
 
Shopping
China is the world's factory and bargain shoppers' paradise. We are aware of the fact that shopping is an integral part of international travel, particularly to countries like China. However, your valuable travel time in China is limited and therefore Nexus Holidays tours features the minimum arranged shopping stops compared to all other tours.
 
TravelInsurance
We strongly recommend you buy travel insurance to protect yourself and your travel investment against the unexpected. Please read more details about Travel Insurance.
 
Jet Lag Precautions
Jet lag happens when your body's inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest and meals as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Its symptoms are fatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jet lag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:
1. Get several good nights of sleep before your trip departure.
2. Set your watch to your destination time when you board the plane, and adjust sleep and meals accordingly.
3. Try to sleep on the plane.
4. Walk around the plane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat.
5. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice while flying.
6. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during and after the flight.
7. On arrival, throw yourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until your normal sleeping time at home.
 
CanadaDuty-freeExemption
When shopping in China, keep receipts of all purchases. Upon reentering the Canada be ready to show customs officials what you've bought. Each resident returning to Canada is entitled to one of the following personal exemptions based on his/her time absent from Canada (including all goods and/or gifts purchased or received abroad)
24 hours: CAN$200 48 hours: CAN$800 7 days: CAN$800
This includes alcohol and tobacco, see information below:
1.5 L of wine or 1.14 L of liquor or 24 x 355 ml cans or bottles (8.5 L) of beer or ale. You must be of legal age in the province of importation.
200 cigarettes, 200 tobacco sticks, 50 cigars or cigarillos and 200 grams of manufactured tobacco (Special duty may apply).
You must complete a Declaration Card before entering Canada Customs. Sample Declaration Card.
Please check the guideline for residents of Canada returning to Canada, and updated information on Duty-free exemptions and available on
Canada Border Services Agency web site.
PDF version of Guideline for Residents of Canada Returning to Canada
On behalf of Nexus Holidays, have a wonderful safe, pleasant China Vacation !
 
 



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