144-Hour Visa-Free Shanghai 6 Days 5 Nights

$169(Nov-Mar) | $219(Apr-Oct)

Arrive in Shanghai every Wednesday (Except Jan 22/29, May 6, Sep 30)   

First Departure: Sep 11, 2019

Code: NHFVSSH            

Shanghai - Suzhou - Wuxi - Hangzhou - Shanghai




The 144-hour visa-free transit has been implemented in Shanghai area(Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang ) since 2016, Beijing area(Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei) since December 28th, 2017 and Canton area since May 1, 2019, which targets citizens from 53 countries and regions and allows them to transit in the three places for a stay length not more than 144 hours(six days) without applying for a visa. 


Which Countries Are Covered by the Policy?

6 American Countries: the United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina, Chile
2 Oceania Countries: Australia, New Zealand
24 Schengen Agreement Countries: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary,
Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland
15 Other European Countries: Russia, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina,
Montenegro, Macedonia (FYROM), Albania, Belarus, Monaco

6 Asian Countries: Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, Qatar


Things to Know before Designing Your Visa-free Travel Plan
► No. 1: Transit Route: Country A → B(Beijing/Shanghai/Canton) → Country C
The travel from A to B and from B to C should be non-stop, without a stopover anywhere in Mainland China. Visitors applying for the 144-hour visa-free transit need to hold a ticket to a third country or region. In this context, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan are considered as third regions, which is a great help for planning a transiting route. For example, if a visitor coming from the UK wants to use the visa-free transit but actually have no plan to another country after visiting Shanghai, he or she can leave for Hong Kong, and then go back home.
► No. 2: The actual allowed stay length is calculated from 00:00 after the date of your entry, therefore you can maximize your stay by taking an early flight on the date of entry and a late flight on the date of exit.


What Are the Requirements & Procedures for Application?

Required documents:
► Passport/Travel Document valid for at least 3 months from the date of entry
► Confirmed onward ticket to a third country/region
► Visa for a third country/region (if needed)
► A fully completed Arrival/Departure Card (including name, nationality, passport no., visa no. & issuance place, flight no., purpose of visit, date of birth, gender)







Day 1 - Arrive Shanghai

Upon arrival in Shanghai, you will be warmly greeted at the airport by the tour guide and transferred to your hotel. Airport pick up schedule: 11am/4pm/9pm.


Day 2 Shanghai-Suzhou (B)


In the morning, tour SHANGHAI MUSEUM, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade. followed by a visit to an EMERALD EXHIBITION and store. In the afternoon, You can sign up for an optional thrilling Maglev Train Ride to Shanghai Pudong Airport (US$55/person). The Shanghai Maglev (Magnetic Levitation) train is the world's fastest commercially operating train. The train has actually exceeded 500kph in testing, with a top operating speed of 431kph (268mph). In the evening, travel to Suzhou. Suzhou–the city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


                 



Day 3 Suzhou-Wuxi (B, L)


After breakfast, tour the LINGERING GARDEN, a classic private garden with 500 years of history.Then visit the Suzhou SILK FACTORY to discover the mysterious production of silk. Then continue to Wuxi and visit the Three Kingdoms City. The Three Kingdoms City is one of the CCTV Television Bases and a renowned tourist attraction. Covering an area of about 35 hectares, the Three Kingdoms City showcases structures built in the Han Dynasty style and served as the filming location for one of
China's most popular historical TV series--- Romance of the Three Kingdoms. Then take Optional cruise from the city to the picturesque GRAND CANAL (Optional US$30/person)


                 


Day 4 Wuxi-Hangzhou (B, L)


This morning tour the Brilliance of LAKE LIHU located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit to a Fresh WATER PEARL EXHIBITION and store. Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". Upon arrival, enjoy an optional boat ride on the serene WEST LAKE (US$35/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites. In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show “Enduring Memories of Hangzhou” (US$65/person from Feb-Oct). It is a unique outdoor performance on natural settings. Staged on the West Lake, the performance appears vivid and incredibly beautiful. Mixed with the myths and legends of the West Lake, the show leads you to a sweet thousand-year dream.



                 

 

Day 5 Hangzhou-Shanghai (B, L)

Visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known DRAGON WELL TEA. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. In the afternoon, You can choose the optional hal-day tour Shanghai JinmaoTower and Xintiandi (US $60 /person). Visit the Jin Mao Tower Observation Deck (88th floor) for a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and the Bund. Then explore the affluent Xintiandi (New Heaven and Earth) area which holds the historical and cultural legacies of the city. Xintiandi was the site of the first congress of the Communist party of China, and is now the most expensive place to live in China. 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 (US$50/person). You can also watch a stunning Chinese acrobatic show at your own expense (US$60), which combines Chinese performing arts and modern technology, comparable to the tradition of the Broadway Music.


                 


Day 6 Shanghai Departure (B)
After breakfast, transfer to Shanghai airport to continue your trip. The trip in China may be over, but the experiences and memories will certainly last a lifetime.
Airport transfer time: 9am, 3pm



* Several shopping excursions are arranged during the tours. A minimum amount of time (60 mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything. For those who are not very keen on shopping, visits to shopping sites should be treated as cultural learning experiences as all the products including jade, silk, tea, etc are deeply ingrained in the Chinese culture and well worth learning.

* Please note, China Visa Free Tour is a deeply discounted package tour, a combination of a guided tour and hotel accommodation. We will charge full traveling costs if the traveler only wishes to use a certain aspect of the package, such as hotel only. Skipping scheduled itinerary are not allowed and will be considered as breach of tour booking contract, your remaining tours, hotels will be cancelled by without any further notice.
* Nexus Holidays reserve the right to adjust the sequence of the trip.






Price Guide

  • $169 (Nov-Mar) | $219 (Apr-Oct)
  • Arrive in Shanghai every Wednesday (Except Jan 22/29, May 6, Sep 30)
  • First Departure: Sep 11, 2019
  • Price is based on twin share accommodation;
  • Single supplement $250; No child discount. 
  • Tour prices are subject to change without prior notice. Please check with your travel agent or website for the latest information.



Departure Dates   $169(Nov.15-Mar) | $219(Apr-Nov.14) Prepaid Gratuities: $60 USD
Return Date Land Only Package Price
2019/09/11 1970/01/01 N/A CAD$219
Single Supplements +CAD$250




Price Include
  • Hotel accommodations; 
  • Airport transfers; 
  • Visa fees;
  • Breakfasts as indicated in the itinerary; 
  • Sightseeing as per itinerary in air-conditioned motor coach;
  • Service of English-speaking tour guides;
  • Entrance fees per itinerary.

Price Not Include

  • Prepaid Tipping: USD$60 per person; 
  • Any international or domestic airfare; 
  • Insurance of any kind; Personal expenditures such as laundry service, souvenirs and telephone calls.
  • *Please see visa-free tour terms

  • SuZhouPan Pacific Hotel 5*

    https://www.panpacific.com/en.html

    259 Xinshi Rd, Gusu, Suzhou, Jiangsu, China, 215007

    Tel: 0086 512 6510 3388

  • SuZhouSUZHOU QINGSHAN HOTEL

    http://suzhou-qingshan.suzhouhotels365.com/en/

    Address: 35 Jiaxian Rd, Huqiu Qu, Suzhou Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China
    Phone: +86 512 6689 0999



  • BeiJingRamada Beijing North 5*

    http://www.ramada.com/hotels/china/beijing/ramada-beijing-north/hotel-overview

    319 Changping Road,Changping District,Beijing,102208 China

    Tel: 0086 10 80791188

  • BeiJingWyndham Beijing North 5*

    https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/wyndham/beijing-china/wyndham-beijing-north/overview

    317 Changping Road, Changping District, 102208 Changping, China


  • BeiJingHoian Silk Village Resort

    http://www.hoiansilkvillage.com/

    28 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Tan An, Hoi An, Vietnam

    Hoi An Silk Village Resort & Spa is situated in the beautiful World Heritage Site - Hoi An, the heart of the tropical centre in Vietnam where you could discover the charming culture of Silk Villageand the attractive tropical garden here, enjoy the sunshine on the beach and walking around Hoi An ancient town at night to see the old houses hundreds of year ago and floating lantern on Hoai river, a special highlight in Hoi An.From the moment you arriveHoi An Silk Village Resort & Spaand entering the spacious garden you will be surprised and impressed by a fresh and green atmosphere surroundedHoi An Silk Village Resort & Spaand a warm welcome by friendly staff. 

  • BeiJingKimiyoshi Hot Spring Hotel

    http://www.kimiyoshi.com/

    406-0024 Yamanashi, Fuefuki, Isawa-cho 1607-27, Japan

    TEL.055-262-3757 / FAX.055-262-3748



  • BeiJingNagoya Tokyu Hotel

    https://www.tokyuhotels.co.jp/nagoya-h/

    Address: 4 Chome-6-8 Sakae, Naka Ward, Nagoya, Aichi Prefecture 460-0008, Japan
    Phone: +81 52-251-2411

  • BeiJingApa Hotel & Resort

    https://www.apahotel.com/ja_ja/resort_hotels/?hotel_id=16423

    Address: Japan, 〒261-0021 Chiba Prefecture, Chiba, Mihama Ward, Hibino, 2−3

    Phone: +81 570-070-111


  • BeiJingMS Crucestar 4*



    Welcome on board our 4*+ MS CRUCESTAR!

    Guest cabins are spread over four decks. All have a shower and wc, satellite television with a channel showing live camera footage from the front of the ship, a hairdryer, safe, intercom telephone. Standard cabins are compact and have a small window. During the day, one bed folds away and the other is converted into a sofa. Newly refurbished deluxe cabins are more spacious and have permanent hotel-style beds that can be configured as twins or doubles. They also have large picture windows that slide open. Wi-Fi on extra payment is available throughout the ship.

    FACILITIES ON BOARD

    •Restaurant

    •Panoramic Bar & lounge

    •Reception

    •Sun deck

    •Library

    •Whirlpool

    •Wi-Fi



     


    Standard Main/Middle Deck                                                                           Deluxe Middle/Upper Deck   

     



     




      


     


      


     


      


     









  • BeiJingNorwegian Gateaway

    https://www.ncl.com/ca/en/cruise-ship/getaway

    Norwegian Getaway combines the most magnificent amenities Norwegian has to offer with unforgettable destinations. Stroll The Waterfront, an innovative, industry-first open-air promenade designed to connect guests with the ocean like no other cruise line. Indulge in more than 28 dining options, experience the thrill of five water slides, and three levels of action-packed activities in the sports complex. The excitement and entertainment continues with Broadway musical Million Dollar Quartet. Get ready to explore the white sand beaches and deep-blue waters on a Bahamas or Caribbean cruise, build a pink sandcastle in Bermuda, explore history up close in Europe, or just relax at sea on a Transatlantic cruise. Miami’s Ultimate Ship is your ultimate getaway. 

    ·        145,655     Gross Tonnage 

    ·        3,963         Guest Capacity

    ·        1068.3ft     Overall  Length

    ·        169.7ft       Max  Beam

    ·        2014          Year Built

    ·        1,646         Ship  Crew


    Inside Cabin                                                                                    Balcony Cabin 

     

          






  • BeiJingNile River Cruise


    Notes: Nile cruise boats are typically very large with a passenger capacity of around 150. All cabins have private facilities and the boat is fully air-conditioned. Evenings will be spent on the boat, so make full use of the boat's facilities where you can relax on the top deck by the pool and watch stunning Nile scenery pass by. All meals are included on board. Although we use the best possible five-star rated cruise boats available, please note that the local equivalent of five stars isn't to the same standard that we might expect at home. Nile cruise boats are not luxury, but they are very comfortable and a great way to experience the Nile. Due to varying schedules we aren't able to provide advance notice of which exact boat we'll be sailing on.

    Decks   5

    Facilities
    • Bazaar 
    • Laundry 
    • Piano bar 
    • Coiffeur 

    • Lounge bar 
    • Discotheque 
    • English pub bar 

    • Swimming pool  
    • Jacuzzi 
    • Shower 
    • Bar 
    • Gym

    Voltage                    220V
    Total no of cabins      66 Junior suites + 2 Royal suites
    Boat Crew                 100
    Length                      72 meters
    Width                       14.5 meters

    Height                      11.20 

      

      

  • BeiJingSilverland Yen Hotel 4*

    73 - 75 Thu Khoa Huan, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

    Situated on Thu Khoa Huan St, Silverland Yen Hotel is just a 6-minute walk to Ben Thanh Market. The hotel boasts a warm-water outdoor hot tub and sauna/steam bath facility. Guests can enjoy complimentary afternoon high tea every day. Free parking is offered.

    Silverland Yen Hotel is a 6-minute walk to Museum of Ho Chi Minh City, while Reunification Palace and Fine Arts Museum are within 10-minute walk away. The nearest airport is Tan Son Nhat International Airport, approximate 7 km driving distance.

    All rooms have air conditioning, a desk and flat screen TV with satellite channels. Certain rooms feature views of the city and carpeted floor. An en suite bathroom comes equipped with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. Free WiFi access is available in all rooms.



  • WuXiDoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Wuxi

    http://www.hilton.com.cn/zh-cn/city/Wuxi-hotels.html

    Address19 Gaolang Rd, Binhu Qu, Wuxi Shi, Jiangsu Sheng, China, 214028
    Phone+86 510 8181 8888


  • HangZhouGrand Metropark Hotel Hangzhou 5*

    http://grandmetroparkhangzhou.com/

    2 Pinghai Rd, Shangcheng, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China, 310006

    Tel: 0086 571 8708 8088

  • HangZhouJinma Palace

    http://jinmapalacehangzhou.com/

    Address: 218 Tonghui Middle Rd, Xiaoshan Qu, Hangzhou Shi, Zhejiang Sheng, China, 311201
    Phone: +86 571 8288 7888




  • ShangHaiWyndham Bund East Shanghai Hotel 5*

    http://www.wyndham.com/hotels/china/shanghai/wyndham-bund-east-shanghai/hotel-overview

    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.

  • ShangHaiShanghai Theme Park Wassim Hotel

    http://www.puxi-hotel.cn/

    Address: 7099 Chuanzhou Hwy, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 201100

    Phone: +86 189 1806 9861




Enduring Memories of Hangzhou US$65 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 US$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.

 




Shanghai Acrobatic Show US $60 Per Person (Shanghai) 

SPIRAL is a Shanghai style acrobatic show which is created according to the characteristics of proscenium stage. It tells the story of a group of young people occurred in different places of Shanghai, displays Shanghai style and city spirit. It is not only a wonderful acrobatic show, but also the envoy of spreading the culture of Shanghai. The domestic and foreign audiences will follow the artists get in 'SPIRAL' and feeling Shanghai.


 





Grand Canal Cruise US $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.






Boat Ride on West lake US $30 Per Person (Hangzhou)


Maglev Train Tour US $55 Per Person (Shanghai)


Jin Mao Tower + Xin Tian Di US $60 Per Person (Shanghai)


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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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.
 
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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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