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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.
Lee A. Gravesen
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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.

Westborough, Massachusetts
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Plan your trip to Beijing from Australia
"When to go" largely depends on your climate preference, your vacation time, personal taste and tourist seasons in China. China and Australia have opposite seasons due to their different location of the northern hemisphere and the southern hemisphere.

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!

Australia in Four Seasons
Summer: December to February
Autumn: March to May
Winter: June to August
Spring: September to November
China in Four Seasons
Winter: November - February
Spring: March - May
Summer: June to August
Autumn: September to October

China in Spring
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
Summer in China can be extremely hot with temperatures well above 22° 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
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 reasonable throughout China at about 10° C - 22° C 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
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.

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; University Holidays: Summer holiday (June-September) and Winter holiday (January-February). 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 a 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!

All Australia passport holders require a visa before travel to China, but don't require a visa to enter Hong Kong for stays of 90 days. There is no visa-on-arrival provision except in extraordinary cases. You should apply to the Chinese embassy or consulate to your home. Or you may turn to your local travel agency or visa agency for a Chinese visa. Your passport must be valid for six months from your proposed date of entry and contain two blank visa pages when you hand in the visa application. Aquiring the standard one-month tourist visa is not difficult.

Chinese visa application fees:
For single entry: A$60
For double entries: A$90
For six months multiple entries: A$120
For one year multiple entries: A$180

Places to apply for a visa
The Chinese Embassy processes applications from Australian Capital Territory, South Australia and Northern Territory.
Consular Section Office Hours
Monday to Friday 9am -12:00noon (Except public holiday)
Phone Inquiry: 02-6273 4783, 62737443

Applications from New South Wales are advised to be forwarded to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Sydney;
TEL:02-9475 8800

Applications from Victoria and Tasmania are advised to be forwarded to Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Melbourne;
TEL:03-9937 2308

Applications from Queensland are advised to be forwarded to Chinese Visa Application Service Center in Brisbane;
TEL:07-3031 6300

Applications from Western Australia are advised to be forwarded to the Chinese Consulate-General in Perth.
TEL:08-92220333(Voice recording instructions);
08-92220321(2:30pm - 4:00pm every weekday)

It is quite useful and practical to learn some useful Chinese phrases if you have the chance to visit Beijing China. Chinese is a difficult language for most foreigners. But with some efforts foreign people still can master some useful and daily life sentences to be used in their trips to Beijing China.

How to get to China
There are plentiful flights between the major cities in China and Australia. Some are direct flights and some are indirect flights via Singapore, Hong Kong, Guangzhou and Shanghai.

The following airlines provide frequent flights to Beijing:

China Southern Airlines China Southern Airlines Air China Air China China Eastern Airlines  China Eastern Airlines
Korean Air Korean Air Singapore Airline Singapore Airlines Malaysia Airlines Malaysia Airlines
Cathay Pacific  Cathay Pacific Qantas Qantas Air New Zealand Air New Zealand

 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. 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
Practical Advice
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.

Australian Embassy in China
Embassy of Australia
Chancery:No. 21, Dong Zhi Men Wai Da Jie, San Li Tun, Beijing
Tel:51404111( Embassy ) 85328686( Commerce )
51404424( Visa )
Fax:51404450( Military Attaches ) 51404486( Politics & Economy )
51404230( Culture ) 51404337( Education )
65324606( Commerce ) 51404199( Development & Cooperation )
51404204( Consulate & Executive ) 51404164( Visa)
China Travel Advice from Australian government: see

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).

For RMB (CNY) and AUD exchange rate, please visit The Currency Converter.

Basically there are two main standards for voltage and frequency in the world. One is the standard of 120 volts at a frequency of 60 Hz, and the other is the standard of 220–240 volts at 50 Hz. China uses generally 220V, 50HZ, AC (Hong Kong is 200V; Taiwan is 110V).

Electricity in Australia is 240 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. Chinese plugs and sockets are similar to those in Australia. A Chinese plug may fit loosely in an Australian socket, but thick pins of an Australian plug may not fit easily in a Chinese socket. In China, the sockets are installed upside-down compared to Austrlian ones.

Internet: Most hotel rooms will offer an internet connection for your laptop. Beijing airport, Starbucks, SPR and a number of other coffee restaurants provide free wi-fi. If you don't have a laptop, inexpensive internet bars are scattered around the city.

Post Offices: Airmail letters to Australia 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.

Telephone: China's country code is 86 and Beijing code is 010.

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 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 emergency cell phone 0086 - 13520598855

Although a traditional measurement system exists, China now uses the metric system.

1 kilometers = 0.62 mile
1 meter = 1.09 yards
1 centimeter = 0.39 inch
1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds
1 gram = 0.035 ounce
1 liter = 0.76 pint
0C = 32 F

The Chinese government regulates that Chinese people work 8 hours a day with five working days a week and a maximum 44 working hours a week. In China, business hours are generally set between 9:00am and 6:00pm. But typical business hours vary by different working units and regions.

Passport and Visa
You are required to have your passport with you at all times while travelling around. Keep a copy of your passort to prevent losing it. If you lose your passport, you should report it to the foreign section of the Beijing Public Security Bureau and your embassy in Beijing. If you like to extend your stay in China, please go to to the foreign section of the Beijing Public Security Bureau for visa extension. Thirty-day touist visa (type L) are usually issured.

The PSB Office in Beijing
Tel: 010-84020101
Add: No.02, Andingmen Dong Dajie, Beijing
Subway: next to the subway station of Yonghegong (Lama Temple)

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.

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.

Health and Medical Emergence
Western style medical facilities with international staff are available in Beijing. The information below is an information resource only. Hospitals and clinics with English speaking staff.

Bayley & Jackson Beijing Medical Center
7 Ritan Dong Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: (8610) 8562-9998

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics
2 Jiang Tai Lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100016
Emergency: (8610) 59277120
Tel: (8610) 59277000

Beijing United Family Clinic in Shunyi District, Beijing
Pinnacle Plaza #818, Tian Zhu
Shunyi District, Beijing 101312
Tel: (8610) 8046-1102

GlobalDoctor, Ltd.
Clinics staffed by English-speaking doctors within the VIP wards of government-run hospitals in Chengdu, Nanjing, and Beijing.
24 Hour rescue hotline: (8610) 58151188
Fax: (8610) 58151128

International SOS
Operates modern medical and dental clinics; provides medical evacuation and medical escort services in Beijing, Nanjing, Tianjin and Shekou, with multilingual coordinators and doctors on duty.
24hr Alarm Centers in Beijing and Shanghai
Tel: (8610) 64629100

Peking Union Medical Hospital
1 Shui Fu Yuan, Dong Cheng Distict, Beijing 100730
24 Hour Emergency: (8610) 6529-5284
Registration: (8610) 6529-6114
Information: (8610) 6529-7292

Vista Clinic
B29 Beijing Kerry Center, No.1 Guanghua Road, Chao Yang District, Beijing 100020
Tel: 010-85296618
Fax: 010-85296615

China-Japan Friendship Hospital
Tel: 84205566
Add: Yinghuayuan Dong Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Beijing United Family Hospital and Clinics:
Tel: 59277000
Add: B1, St. Regis Hotel, 21, Jianguomenwai Dajie, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Ambulance: 120 or 999

China is generally a very safe place for tourists. However, while travelling in China, there are several tourist scams that visitors should be aware of. Always be careful with what you do and with who you can trust.
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