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Dear Ms. Mary Ma,
I am back from China now and would like to take a moment out of my busy schedule to let you know that your company and your guide Rogin Lee are fantastic. Rogine made my tour of China, his depth of knowledge is incredible and his presentations and introductions were indepth and interesting. Rogin presented China's past and present in a new light. This China tour with Rogin surpassed what I was expecting from any China tour company. I would like to extend my thanks to yourself, Rogin Lee and Mr. Wong, the driver.
Sincerely,
Lee A. Gravesen
lee@directdoor.com
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We had an absolutely perfect day with our tour guide - Rogin Luo - who took us for a hike along The Great Wall! Didn't know what to expect and were thrilled to have him as our guide. Very imformative, knowledgable and fun! We go to experience a part of The Great Wall that was unrestored and see all its natural beauty. Got a long history lesson along the way! After the hike, we all went to lunch at a small place at the bottom of the hill. Located in a house, we ate lunch in the proprietors bedroom! What a hoot! Rogin is the Best of the Best! This tour company delivered for us and we are extremely grateful.

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General Information on How to Plan Your China Trip

When to Go
"When to go" largely depends on your climate preference, your vacation time, personal taste and tourist seasons in China. China has a continental and seasonal climate. Southern areas are in the tropical or subtropical zone while northern areas are in the frigid zone. Climates in different areas are complicated. Every season here has its charms and pitfalls!

China in Spring (March - May)
Spring in China is a season of recovery, commonly warm with a little rain. Spring can also be delightful with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn, at about 10°C - 22°C.

China in Summer (June to August)
Summer in China can be extremely hot with temperatures well above 30°C. You can go to summer resorts in some northern cities of China. Summer is also the rainy season, so travelers should not forget umbrellas, light raincoats and rubber shoes.

China in Autumn (November - February)
Autumn is a season which is suitable to visit any city of China. Normally, the most comfortable season of the year in China is early autumn (September to early October). During that period, temperatures are mild with a limited amount of rain. Autumn is a harvest season. The sky is bright and clear. Your eyes are filled with the most beautiful view of the natural world.

China in Winter (November - February)
Winter can be incredibly cold especially in the north, but off-season travel can also offer its rewards. For example, the Harbin Winter Ice Lantern Festival is a charming event. The southern China in winter is not that cold.

Tips:
Whenever you decide to travel to China try to avoid 1-3 May (Labor holidays) or 1-7 October (National Day) when hard-working Chinese get a one week holiday; School Summer Vacation (July and August) and Winter holiday (China Lunar New Year). It is extremely crowded everywhere, especially in some hot destinations in China. You should take some time preparing for your pack for your China trip since China is possibly a big difference from your resident country. Beside the normal pack list for a trip, you are advised to focused on the following China pack tips:

Tip 1: Take a Chinese Phrasebook
There is such a wide varity of Mandarin phrasebooks on the market. You may choose a useful Chinese phrasebook for Chinese travelers. If you meet any difficulty on your trip without any English speaking people around, you can turn to your Chinese phrasebook for help.

Tip 2: Bring some cash on hand
Cash is widely used in China though credit cards have become more and more popular. Some restaurants and stores don't accept credit cards. If you travel to some remote area, you will find paying cash is the only way of local payment.

Tip 3: Take Hand Sanitizer & Wet Wiper
It is very useful to have hand sanitizers and wet wipers on hand to clean your hands after dining, going to toilet or traveling in some crowded public places. It is advisable to carry alcohol pads to clean the ones in the restaurants.

Tip 4: Prepare for an Electrical Converter and Adapter Plugs
China uses generally 220V, 50HZ, AC (Hong Kong is 200V; Taiwan is 110V). A standard socket in China has two pins on the upper part and earthed three pins on the lower part. You may buy a portable plug adaptor at your home country or here in China. Some of your hotels in China offer free use of plug adaptors.

Tip 5: Do not Drink the Tap Water in China
Some hotels provide bottled water for free, use that even for brushing your teeth. Buy bottled water, or boil your own using the electric water heater found in every hotel room.

Tip 6: Bring Toilet Paper
Always bring tolet paper with you since most of the restrooms in China don't offer toilet paper except hotels.

Tip 7: Prepare for a photocopy of China Tourist Visa
Always prepare for a photocopy of your China tourist visa in case you lose your passport.

Tip 8: Always Carry one of the Hotel's Business Cards
Most hotels in China provide business cards (contact cards on the front desk). Please always take it for an easy return to the hotel.

Tip 9: Don't Forget to Ask for a Local Tourist Map from your Hotel
Most hotels in China provide free tourist maps. These maps are basically more informative than the maps in your China guidebook. But usually your hotel doesn't put them on the hotel front, you have to ask for it! Visa Types
Basically there are four kinds of visa most frequently issued:
L Visa–Tourist visa. Issued for visiting China, sightseeing, family visits or other private matters.
F Visa–Visit visa. Issued to those coming to China to conduct business (giving a lecture, undertaking research…)
Z Visa–Work Visa. Issued for the holder to work full-time in China.
X Visa–Student visa. Issued to those coming to China to study for longer than 6 months.

Where to apply for your China visa
You are mainly requested to go to the Chinese embassy or consulate in your home country for visa application in person or use a visa service.
1) First search the official website of the Chinese embassy in your home country.
2) Study the requirements for the visa application.
3) Contact Chinese embassy by email or on phone.
4) Prepare for personal documents for the allication.
5) Pay the visa fee and wait for your Chinese visa.
Official visa service web: www.visaforchina.org

How to apply for Chinese tourist visa
To get Chinese tourist visa, you must offer the documents below to the Chinese emabssy or consulate in your home country. Your valid passport which must have at least six (6) months of remaining validity with at least two visa pages.
1) China bound air-tickets
2) China Hotel confirmation
3) Tour Confirmation letter from a local travel agency in China
4) Other requirements

Visa renewal or Extension
The agency in charge of visa matters inside China is the Public Security Bureau (PSB). If you lose your passport in China, or you are going to extend your , you should turn to the PSB.

Please visa renewal, please contact the Entry & Exit Administration of the Public Security Bureau if you have more questions.
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Oceania
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Africa
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Currently, transit passengers from 51 designated countries are entitiled to spending up to 72 hours visa free transit stay in the 8 cities of Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Dalian and Shenyang in China.

The 51 Nationalities Eligible for 72 Hours Free Visa Stay include:
1) 24 Schengen countries in Europe:
Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovak, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland.

2) 13 other European countries:
Russia, Great Britain, Ireland, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Romania, Ukraine, Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republic of Montenegro, Macedonia and Albania.

3) 6 American countries:
The United States, Canada, Brazil, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.

4) 2 Oceanian countries:
Australia and New Zealand.

5) 6 Asian countries:
Republic of Korea, Japan, Singapore, Brunei, United Arab Emirates, and Qatar.

Note:
1. Requirements for travelers of the 72-hour transit without visa policy
1) Citizens from one of the 51 countries
2) Must be transit passenger to a third country (region).
3) Must hold the related tickets
2. Disclaimer Statement
Tour Beijing gives no warranty and accepts no responsibility or liability for the accuracy or the completeness of the information on 72-hour free-visa stay policy. Please confirm with your airline and authorities concerned to make sure you are entitled to this free-visa policy.
How to Book a Hotel in China
For the past 20 years, the Chinese government has gradually established an fairly effective hotel star rating system which has classified all qualified hotels in China into five categories - Five Star, Four Star, Three Star, Two Star and One Star ( or youth hostels). The higher level of a hotel's star rating system, the better service and high rates you will expect. But The number of stars of a hotel may not necessarily match its service level.

5 Star Hotel
the 5 star hotels in China will offer you a good night stay with full range of moden room facilities. But the hotel rates are also very expensive usually ranging from USD100 to USD500 per room per night.

4 Star Hotel
You will feel very comfortable for most of the 4-star hotels in China. but some 4 star hotels are far below your expectation and you would like to stay in a clean and cozy three star hotel.

3 Star Hotel
There is a big difference between the quality among the three star hotels in China. The three star hotel rating is decided by the local governments with strong local protectionism. Some of the three star hotels are clean and comfortable; some are just rundown and shabby. Most of the three star hotels have no websites which make it quite difficult to book online.

2 Star Hotel
Strangely enough, 2 star hotels have comfortable facilities comparable to some 3-stars. But the problem for many 2 star hotels is that very few staffers can speak English. So if you are able to manage it, you may get some good rates.

One Star or Youth Hostel
Youth hostes are getting very popular in China. Low rates with simple and basic facilities. The rooms are clean and safe too. The staffers are always helpful and resourceful. Most of the staffers at youth hostels can speak English.
What to see in China
China is a vast and extraordinary country extending thousands of miles from the deserts and plateau in the west to the ocean on the east. China has a history of over 5,000 years with one of the most rich and textured histories of all civilizations. If it is your first time to visit China, the China Top 10 below will be very useful in planning your maiden trip to China by its highlights.

Beijing Xian Shanghai Guilin Yangtze River
Beijing Xian Shanghai Guilin Yangtze River
Lhasa Tibet Jiuzhaigou Sichuan Lijiang Yunnan Zhangjiajie Hunan Silk Road in China
Lhasa Tibet Jiuzhaigou Sichuan Lijiang Yunnan Zhangjiajie Hunan Silk Road in China
Foreign visitors are allowed to bring all personal effects, such as cameras, video recorders, laptop computers etc., into China without problem. The duty free allowance permits three bottles of alcoholic beverages, and two cartoons of cigarettes. Foreign currency exceeding the equivalent of US$5000 is supposed to be decleared. Avoid carrying any books on sensitive political subjects as well as pornography.

Upon departure, note that Chinese law stipulates that antiques dating from 1795 to 1949 be accompanied by an official certificate stating their provenance and that antiques dating prior to 1795 may not be legally exported. We have listed the major foreign embassies based in Beijing, the capital of China with addresses and phone numbers. Chinese people have two kinds of of holidays: official and traditional. As China is a huge country with 56 ethnic minority groups. So in addition, minority nationalities in China have their own unique holidays. Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao also have their own official and traditional festivals.
Time Difference
Chna only has one time zone - Beijing Time, eight hours ahead of Greenwich (GMT + 8). Australia (EST) are 2 hours ahead of Beijing. Noon in Beijing is 2pm in Melbourne. China's legal tender is Renminbi ( Abbreviation: RMB), literally meaning "People's Money", issured by the People's Bank of China. Short official name: CNY (China Yuan), but the short name RMB is also often used. Its symbol: ¥; Monetary unit: Yuan (元) and Fractional units: Jiao (角) and Fen (分). 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).
Communication
Free Wireless access
1)When you arrive at Beijing airport, or other major airports in China, you could easily get wireless internet within its arrival or departure hall. The Starbucks, Mcdonald's and cafes at the airport also offer internet connections (Some need Password, but you can get it form their frontdesks).

2) Internet at hotels
Internet is available in most hotels. If you don't have a laptop with you, you could use the computers at the business centers of these hotels. If you have a laptop, you could use the broadband acceesible in your room. Some hotels also offer free wireless internet in the cafes or lobbies in their hotels.

3) Wi-fi at some Cafes, Starbucks, Mcdonald's, internet cafes and some larges stores
Some Cafes, Starbucks, Mcdonald's and some larges stores offer wi-fi service.

4) Wireless connections at some public places
More and more public places offer wireless access including Wangfujing Street, Xidan Commercial Street, Railway Stations, Financial Street, Yanshan and Zhongguancun area.

Post Offices
Airmail letters to Your Country should take between four days and a week to reach their destinations. Mark envelopes "air mai.par avion". Stamps are sold at the post office counters: there are no machines.

How to Make a Phone in China
China's country code is 0086 and Beijing code is 010: Shanghai 021; Xian 029;

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 + 0086 (China's country code) + city code ( Beijing's code) + phone number. Take dialing tour-beijing.com: 0086 – 10 – 67160201.

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 + 0086 (Chinese country code) + cell phone number. Take dialing tour-beijing.com emergency cell phone 0086 - 13520598855

How to Use toilets in China
China's reputation for horrible public bathrooms is quite known. But things are changing to the better now in some big cities like Beijing. The local government in Beijig is doing a lot to improve the state of the toilet facilities. Now you will often find public toilets rated with stars.

How to Give a Tip in China
To tip or not to tip in China is a question which has confused many foreign visitors. Those against tipping in China argue that China has no tradition of tipping; those for tipping in China think that China is changing and tipping has become more and more popular as a kind of etiquette as well as bonuses for service providers like those in the west.


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