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Tips for Travel to China Escorted Tours

TIPS ON TRAVEL to CHINA
Updated January 2010/DA @ Property of Value World Tours @ All rights reserved
 
Welcome to the People’s Republic of China! We are delighted to have the opportunity to introduce this fascinating country, its culture and its people to you! We are excited about the changes that are taking place in China and we look forward to sharing our excitement with you, in particular after China hosted the fabulous Summer Olympics last year! Changes in economic policy and political ideology are contributing to rapid economic growth and a general enthusiasm among the people in China. Your involvement in this growth is not merely limited to the foreign capital you bring through tourism; you also take an active part in developing friendship between the people of the two countries. The impression you leave will have an everlasting effect on future relations between the Chinese and the American people. Therefore it is important that we advise and prepare you for some of the cultural and social differences you will encounter. The following Tour and Travel Tips have been designed to provide information and offer some helpful suggestions to ease your adjustment and help you get around any obstacles that may confront you.
 
BEING A GOOD CHINA GUEST
 
Your China visit will likely be one of the most exciting trips you will ever take. With China warmly welcoming overseas’ visitors you will see firsthand the great economic strides the country has experienced in the recent past. However, much still remains to be developed in many outlying areas. The government and/or other Chinese Handling Agencies are earnestly working to improve and increase facilities and the quality of the service. In the meantime, you will enjoy your experience most fully if you take a flexible approach.
 
Being aware of and observing the customs of the people in whose country you are an honored guest will make your trip most rewarding. The Chinese people are inherently shy and modest, though they often surprise Westerners with their lack of self-consciousness. Other than shaking hands they refrain from touching each other - a convention you should respect. 
 
·       Punctuality; being on time, is expected for all activities. There is no such thing as being “fashionably late” in China.
·       Please, never refer to the Chinese as “Chinamen”, or to their country as “Red China”,
     “Mainland China” or “Communist China”. The name is “The People’s Republic of China
·       Taiwan is considered a province and should not be referred to as “The Republic of China”.
·       The People’s Republic of China is a Socialist Country now led by a Communist party.
·       Leadership is traditionally accorded the highest respect in China; under no circumstances should a slighting remark be made about any official, Chinese or otherwise.
 
Social behavior in China is highly ethical, and the tourist custom of taking towels, ashtrays and other “souvenirs” from hotels, trains or other places is NOT acceptable. It will cause major embarrassment
on exit and may also present a problem for guides/interpreters and room attendants, who could be held responsible. Please, do not take “memorabilia” unless you buy it.
 
  
TRAVELING WITHIN A GROUP: Most tour passengers once they arrive at the first point in China will become members of a group and will travel together with other passengers originating from the US or Canada. Group travel is still the preferred mode of travel in China. The benefits are many: personal attention from National Guides that accompany the group throughout the trip and handle all of the traveling details from one point to another, to priority accommodations and check-in formalities at hotels and airports, and so on. The minuses of group travel, especially in destinations such as China, are that certain individual desires must be subordinated to the overall well being of the group. Therefore, we ask that you observe some basic rules when traveling within a group in China.
 
A few courtesy reminders: Make it your responsibility to be on time so as not to hold up the group. 
Be attentive and refrain from talking to your neighbor while the guide/s are speaking or providing information regarding the tour. Wait for all information to be given before asking questions. If traveling in a group, any special requests regarding group activities should be directed to the Tour Director/National Guide who is responsible for representing the interests of the whole group. Your local guides will refer all requests back to the tour director. Your cooperation in these matters will not only be greatly appreciated but will increase both the groups and your personal enjoyment of the tour.                                              XIE XIE! (Thank you)
 
TOUR DOCUMENTS:
 
Vouchers: Since most of our travelers will be traveling within a group, individual travel vouchers will not be provided, except where deviations, pre/post tour extensions or individual travel alterations have been booked and prepaid in advance. If we do provide you with travel vouchers - they will be marked on the Check-Off list provided with your final documents.
 
   
PERSONAL TRAVEL DOCUMENTS: Before leaving home, be sure that you remember to take your valid PASSPORT (must be valid 6 months beyond your date of return) and any appropriate VISA! Based on our current information, tourist visas are required for American citizens travelling to China. If you are a citizen of another country, please contact the Consulate and/or Embassies for up to date information on visas and other travel restrictions and requirements. Requirements can and do change frequently and without warning - and we cannot take any responsibilities for changes beyond our control.
 
BAGGAGE: PLEASE PACK LIGHTLY! Make a list of everything you pack for the trip and leave a copy of the list at home. It is also a good idea to tape a copy inside your luggage listing your name, home address and home phone. Although we cannot assume responsibility for lost luggage, airlines and local ground handlers will make every effort to locate your luggage or offer reasonable compensation if you can itemize the suitcase contents. Purchasing Travel Insurance is strongly recommended!
 
BAGGAGE ALLOWANCE: Baggage allowances differ for the United States, transpacific, inter-Orient and China sections of your tour. However, carrying a single suitcase weighing no more than 44 pounds will meet all requirements. Another good reason to travel light is that there may be times when you will have to carry your own baggage, especially in China. Specific baggage regulations for the various sections are as follows:
-US and non-stop transpacific - Two pieces of luggage, their combined measurements (sum of the three dimensions not exceeding 106 inches; no single piece may be larger than 62 inches). 50 – 70 lb max!
-Inter-Orient - Maximum weight allowance of 44 pounds.
-People’s Republic of China - Baggage allowance within China is 44 pounds per person for travel by air and one piece of baggage per person to travel by train.  Baggage must be locked as required by inter-China air carriers. Carry on luggage has to be checked in if heavier than 5kg (=11 lb).
-Hong Kong - U.S. - Carry-on Baggage allowance for carry-ons when departing from Hong Kong for the United States. One piece: size 22 x 14 x 9 inches (or 56cm x 36cm x 23cm)
 
LUGGAGE TAGS: Will be provided with your final documents if you select to receive paper documents. To make sure your luggage takes the same vacation as you do, use them! These are to be used whenever moving from one location to another (hotel to hotel or ship). This will tremendously help the hotel and cruise vessel porters to distribute your luggage quickly and efficiently. Each TAG can be used for up to 6 segments of travel - so please do NOT remove them from your luggage until they are used up! Simply cross out the former and add new destination (and room number once known). Additional luggage stickers may also be provided. These should be placed visibly on the luggage. They are also great for finding your bags at airports!
 
BUTTONS/BADGES: Will be provided with your final documents. if you select to receive paper documents. PLEASE WEAR THEM at all airports, transfer points, and hotels. Not only do your badges assist us in providing adequate security on the vessels and hotels by identifying you as a group member to our guides, staff and security personnel, they also allow you to get to know other members of your travel group to the mutual enjoyment of all!
 
NAMES: Please note that our buttons/badges are left BLANK - since most people prefer to use nicknames or prefer to be addressed differently than what is in their passports. Therefore, please PRINT your name the way you would like to be addressed and wear the buttons for at least the first few days.
 
CLOTHING SUGGESTIONS: China has different climates - from the chilly North to the balmy South- so you need to bring a variety of clothes for all types of weather conditions. However, in principle, you should combine clothes that can be worn in layers! Our tour and cruise programs are designed with comfort in mind and are INFORMAL! Leave your formal evening clothes at home - they will not be needed! One tie and sport coat or jacket for gentlemen and one dress or dress pants for ladies is all you will need in terms of more elegant clothing for the Farewell dinner, Cocktail party and a few other cultural or theater performances.
 
Otherwise, pack as lightly as possible combining a few shirts, tee shirts, multi-purpose turtle necks, a few wrinkle free slacks, shorts, a light jacket or wind breaker (clothes that can be worn in layers!) and you will be fine. In addition - LEAVE YOUR JEWELRY AT HOME! Remember - you are going to see - not to be seen! By keeping it simple you will have a worry free trip - to the benefit of all of us!!!
 
SHOES: Do pack comfortable, “broken-in” shoes! Most of our tours and cruises include extensive walking! Sneakers and rubber-soled shoes with firm arch supports are the best. You will need to be comfortable!!!
 
PHYSICAL DISABILITIES:
Please note that tours and cruises in CHINA require extensive walking. Services for the physically impaired are few and far between. Hotels are OK but buses and most of the sightseeing attractions are not equipped to handle wheelchairs. Most of the sightseeing is on foot. Therefore, regretfully, we do not recommend these tours and cruises to wheelchair bound passengers or to passengers with severe walking limitations or other severe physical disabilities.
 
CUSTOMS & ENTRY FORMALITIES:
 
If traveling on an INDIVIDUAL VISA to China, you will need to fill out a health card before passing through customs. These health cards are usually distributed by airline crews on airplanes before you arrive to your first point of entry into China. If you are traveling on a GROUP VISA (even though you may have booked as an individual - if traveling on a package tour you may be part of a larger group of passengers) your final documents may include a COPY OF THE GROUP VISA. The group visa will list all the passenger names. It is important to note the number under which you are listed on the group visa - and a good idea is to place a sticker on your passport corresponding to the number under which you are listed on the Group Visa (for example - passengers 33 and 34). If traveling within a group, lining up in the order in which you ALL are listed on the Group Visa once you arrive at the first point of entry into China, will assist Chinese Customs officers to locate you on their “master” list and will expedite your passage through the lines. If this sounds complicated please remember - Chinese alphabets and language are totally different from English - numbers are the easiest things to be recognized by local Chinese hosts. NOTE: When visas are purchased through us, we will provide individual visas for our passengers.
 
TRAVELING WITHIN CHINA:
Traveling within China is exhilarating and exciting. However, please be prepared that sometimes some tour arrangements, due to reasons beyond our control, may cause you to miss some sightseeing features. For instance, if the domestic flights are delayed or canceled due to bad weather, your rerouted itinerary may be adjusted. Please note there are only limited air services between cities, which is beyond our control. Under such circumstances, we would appreciate your patience and understanding. Also, please be assured that the Chinese Handling Agents will make every effort to achieve the best possible alternate arrangements, but they will not “entertain” any idea concerning refunds for lost or unused services!
 
DOMESTIC AIR TRANSPORTATION:
When flying on domestic segments within China, please note the following information:
AIRCRAFT: Good news! Most of China’s domestic carriers utilize modern western equipment including Airbuses, Boeing 757,737,767,707 and McDonnell Douglas 82.The “bad” news: Airports in smaller cities are sometimes congested, passenger service may seem confusing and seat pitches on planes are small - fortunately, most local flights are in the 2 hour range - so grin and bear it! Here are samples;
Beijing-Xian =2 hrs, Xian-Wuhan -1:30h, Chongqing-Shanghai =2:30h, Shanghai-Hong Kong=3h
 
PASSPORT AND LOCAL FLIGHT NUMBERS: Please KEEP YOUR PASSPORT AVAILABLE on your person throughout your trip. DO NOT PACK IT IN YOUR LUGGAGE! You must show your passport at all domestic airports when passing through security control - it is your identification! Also, some of the airports can be quite chaotic! Although your guides will do most of the work - it is always good to “know the ropes”. Therefore, REMEMBER YOUR LOCAL FLIGHT NUMBER - it is the main piece of information that will enable you to find the appropriate check in counters as well as the appropriate gates! And most important - once you have passed security you will be directed to a specific gate number - BUT THIS MAY NOT BE WHERE YOU BOARD THE AIRCRAFT FROM! Gates are customarily used as waiting areas - your final boarding gate may be different! So keep your eyes and ears open - and if traveling as an individual without the benefit of group guides - do not be afraid to ask! Employees at information booths will be quite helpful.
 
TIME ZONE: Although vast in size, China maintains a single time zone throughout which is
16 hours ahead of Los Angeles and 13 hours ahead of New York. So when its noon in Beijing it is 6pm in Los Angeles and 9pm in New York the previous day! (15 hours during time savings!)
 
ARRIVALS/DEPARTURES/GROUND TRANSPORTATION & LUGGAGE:
Upon passing customs and immigration at your first point of entry, your local guide and transfer car or bus will be waiting for you to take you to your hotel. (Please note that this applies only for those passengers who have booked their flight with us or have purchased their transfers through us!). At most hotels, your bags will be sent to your room. Upon leaving the hotel, you will be instructed to put your baggage outside your door at a specific time. To ensure that your baggage is transported with the group’s bags, please adhere closely to the times given. In the unlikely event that your bags arrive damaged, please let the Tour Director know immediately, so he or she may report it. The longer you wait the harder it is to get the hotel or CAAC to accept responsibility. For your convenience we suggest essential items (medications, toiletries, jewelry, passport, plane tickets, currencies) be stored in your carry on bag.
 
Be on time! No one likes to be known as the last to arrive. When traveling in a group, it is very important that every member be punctual for transfers and sightseeing services. No request for refunds or make-up arrangements for late-comers will be considered.
 
BUSES:
Buses may be of different quality and comfort level - from “acceptable” in major cities to old and “dinky” in some small and out of the way places (especially along the Yangtze cruise route). Please be assured that you are getting the best that is available - even though “best” may not be at the level you are accustomed to at home. Also, please remember to rotate seats on buses - everyone likes to sit by the window and up front. And, although smoking is still a mass habit in China, on all motor coaches, we maintain a smoke free environment. For those who smoke, frequent stops are made along the way. Mutual understanding between smokers and non-smokers will be appreciated! In all, good will, a readiness to understand, basic courtesy and good manners will go a long way to making everyone’s trip most enjoyable!
 
HOTELS:
Although the quality and standard of hotels throughout China still vary greatly, in major cities and tourist routes, the number of and the quality of hotels ranging from 3 to 5 star deluxe properties has been greatly improved in recent years. In most major cities, we utilize first class (4*) or 5* Deluxe hotels (depending on your itinerary). Room assignments: Rooms are assigned based on availability by the hotel management. While specific requests such as 4th floor etc., will be honored if possible, the hotel staff reserves the right to assign rooms at their discretion. As for the quality of the rooms, all the hotels we use at this time are equipped with all modern creature comforts including TV’s, direct dial telephones, mini-bars and toiletries in the bathrooms. Interesting features found in most Chinese hotels are thermoses with hot water and pitchers with cold water that are prepared daily for guests. Since we DO NOT recommend drinking tap water anywhere in China (although 4* and international chain hotels purify their water supplies - so its OK) - it is perfectly safe to use the water provided via these pitchers and thermoses as they have been boiled and are safe for consumption. All in all, the hotels used on all of our tour and cruise programs, are always carefully selected to provide the best combination of location, comfort and value for money. For the actual hotels used on your particular itinerary, please consult the Hotel & Contact List sent with your final documents.
  
MEALS:  Please check your itinerary! The breakfasts in hotels are generally self serve buffets offering a combination of western and oriental cuisine. Lunches are usually held for all of the group members at a local restaurant or hotel as are the dinners. These will consist of either a self-serve buffet or a sit-down meal. The menus are pre-arranged and fixed for the group and will consist of Chinese delicacies and a limited choice of western foods. If you like Chinese - you will be delighted! If you don’t - bring plenty of snacks (just kidding)! And do not believe the stories about how bad “real” Chinese food is compared to back home - simply not true as per the author of these tips who gained 6 pounds on his last 10-day visit! The meals are plentiful and tasty and the cuisine varies from region to region. In Beijing, the cuisine is the Peking style with lots of sweet and sour sauces. In Chongqing, the cuisine is Szechwan - and if you like hot and spicy foods you have to try a “Hot Pot - literally a big pot of boiling oil and spicy seasoning where you as the customer get to throw in raw pieces of meat, fish and vegetables and cook the food to your liking - but be warned, you better have a bucket of water nearby to cool-off! In Shanghai the cuisine is lighter with milder sauces - the accent is on fish and dim-sum style foods - but specialties such as snake are a delicacy! In any case, unless you have a very restrictive diet - you should be fine, especially since there are now an abundance of McDonalds, Kentucky Fried Chicken and Pizza Hut outlets in all major metropolises- just in case you get “homesick”!
 
MEAL ETIQUETTE: The sit down meals throughout China are served in a procession like buffet
and always on small saucer sized plates. The meal begins when just one or two plates, representing appetizers, are put on the table…. Do not be worried about the “small” quantity, this is only the beginning! Usually, the host of the meal (if you are eating with a Chinese person) will offer the first portion to his guest or to the person on his right then will serve himself and will pass the plate on to the person on his left. Once this formality is completed, everyone can simply dig in! In China, eating is a serious business! There is very little time for intimate conversation or “romantic” interludes. The Chinese eat to get fed and that’s it! Therefore, don’t be shy - follow the leader and enjoy! What is especially interesting to the western eye is the lack of rice at the table - which is only brought at the end of the meal. The reason is that it is impolite to bring out the “cheapest” food first - therefore rice is always served last! But, if you would like rice with your meal - simply ask for it! Another interesting quirk is the fact that soup and desert are usually brought to the table half way through the meal! Yet again, the idea is to wash down the tastes of the previous food items and clean your palate with the soup, before you continue on with other delicacies! In any case - don’t be shy; ask your server to bring out whatever you need - and as for what you are eating - sometimes it’s better not to know! (Just kidding!)
 
*NOTE ON THE  FAMOUS PEKING DUCK: Since this is a delicacy that most of our travelers can’t wait to taste - a few words of explanation. First, after a number of appetizers, the fully roasted duck is rolled out by the Chef who then painstakingly slices small portions of the skin off the duck - and before your astonished eyes rolls the meat away!!! As you can gather - the Chinese consider the skin of the duck to be the delicacy - the meat is used for soups and other broths. The skin is served to the tables along with thinly sliced onions and celery or cucumber along with thin round pancakes resembling soft tacos or tortillas, bean curd and other sauces. The idea is to place the skins, the onions and cucumbers in the tortilla - roll it up and enjoy it like a “Chinese Duck Burrito”! 
 
WATER: As mentioned previously, outside of your hotels where the water provided in pitchers in your room is fine, we do not recommend drinking water anywhere while traveling. It is much safer to carry a bottle of water, which can be purchased at your hotels and at many local shops. During the cruise, water is OK to drink from pitchers provided in cabins with boiled water. Bottled water is also available for purchase on board.
 
ON BOARD: There is one restaurant featuring one seating for all passengers.  All cruises include 3 meals daily. The times of meals vary, as they are coordinated with the port stops and shore excursions, but are generally held at:
BREAKFAST: 8:00-9:00, LUNCH: 12:30-14:00 DINNER: 19:00-20:30.
 
BREAKFASTS usually consist of a self-service buffet featuring both Chinese and Western cuisine (eggs, bacon etc.). Water, fruit juices, coffee and tea are provided at no extra cost. Additional beverages can be purchased for a nominal charge from the restaurant staff.
 
LUNCHES are also served buffet style with a variety of Chinese dishes complemented with a limited number of Western choices (such as salads, pizza, hot dogs, hamburgers).
 
DINNERS are a sit down affair featuring a wide variety of Chinese dishes served all together at “Lazy Susan” style round tables and meant to be shared by all passengers at the table (family style).
 
SPECIAL DIETS: Vegetarian and other special diets will be attended to within reason and the capability of the restaurant staff. Please advise us at the time of booking and the Maître D’ and your table waitress/waiter on the first day of arrival. If you have a very restrictive diet (no sugar, fat, Jenny Craig, etc.) we suggest you bring with you additional non-perishable snacks and specialized foods.
 
SEATING ASSIGNMENTS: Tables are assigned to passengers at the first meal function. The tables are then kept by the passengers for the duration of the cruise. Therefore, if you would like to share your table with friends, it is a good idea to go to the first meal together so that you may be seated together - later changes in seating assignments may not be possible due to limited space.
 
*On less than full sailings, free seating may be allowed.
 
COMMUNICATION: Most hotels in China today feature direct dial phones in the rooms and business centers where faxes and emails can be sent back home. In remote areas where direct dial phones are not yet available, international phone calls can be arranged through local operators who will take your number and call you back when the connection is made. 
 
VALUABLES: While safe deposit boxes are available at most hotels (either in the rooms or via the reception) we still strongly recommend that you leave items of value such as expensive jewelry at home - you will not need them and you will “sleep” better without worrying about it!
 
LAUNDRY SERVICES: Are available at most hotels.
 
ELECTRICITY: The electricity throughout China is 220V and 50 cycles. Our US electricity is 110v and 60 cycles. YOU WILL NEED TO BRING 2 THINGS, if you plan on using appliances such as hairdryers, coffee heaters and video cameras; (Some hotels may be equipped with both system).
 
a)    UNIVERSAL TRANSFORMER: or converter. An apparatus you plug into the wall outlets before plugging your appliances in. The best is a 50/1600 converter which should enable you to use laptops on the 50 cycle and hairdryers on the 1600 cycle. These are available at Radio Shack or any appliance store. They cost about $40-$50 but are worth it for all your future travels. Note: some newer cameras and computers will automatically convert currents between 110 and 240 volts. Check you individual item to see if this is true.
 
b)    WALL ADAPTOR PLUGS: While most people remember transformers - most forget that the plugs in the wall outlets are also different. Again, the best is to buy a set of 5 plugs available at any travel or appliance store, which would cover most destinations in the world.
 
Onboard ship:  Please do NOT use personal equipment in your cabins to recharge batteries. Video cameras, digital cameras and other electrical appliances can be recharged at the front desk.
 
NOTE TO VIDEO CAMERA OPERATORS: China operates on a different system than in the United States. So, please bring plenty of spare tapes and additional batteries. And if buying local tapes - make sure they are filmed in the NTSC format (US standard) or the cost of transferring them when you get back home may cost more than you paid for them in the first place! Important: Asian DVDs are encoded differently from US DVD (Region Code 1). Therefore, please remember if you purchase a DVD in China, you may only be able to play it in laptop computers but not your DVD players!
 
 
CURRENCY: The Chinese currency is the RMB (Renminbi) or more commonly called the YUAN. The rate of exchange at the time of printing was $1=6.8 RMB. When figuring out marked prices in shops, the easiest is to divide the Chinese rate by 7. Exchange offices are available at most major hotels, airports and to a reasonable extent via the reception desks on the ships. There is no limit to how much foreign currency you may bring into China. CREDIT CARDS: Are gaining wider acceptance in China and can be used in most hotels and on board the vessels to pay for your incidentals at the end of the cruise. However, in shops and especially with souvenir vendors Cash is still “king”!
 
TIPPING: Tipping today has become commonplace. Salaries are small, so tips do represent a substantial income, especially for the people in the tourism and service industries. Unlike the West, however, tips are NOT obligatory and are subject to your satisfaction – but your generosity will sincerely be appreciated.
 
TIPPING
While tips are discretionary, since we get asked for advice here are some suggestions:
·       In restaurants, taxis etc. you should leave a 15% tip rounded off to the highest round figure.
·       For porters at hotels a tip of $1 per suitcase
·       For chambermaids a tip of $2 per day
·       For Local Guides in cities that host half-day tours and their drivers - $3 guide, $2 for driver. Total $ 5.
 
 
NATIONAL GUIDES: If traveling with a group of 15 or more, we will add our own, specially selected, English speaking hosts who will escort you from the day you arrive to the day you depart. They will be on hand to guide you, educate you, entertain you and if needed “scold” you! They will reconfirm all of your travel arrangements, they will handle and take care of your luggage, they will interpret, advise and “psychoanalyze” if need be - but we are sure that you will find their help indispensable! Therefore, if you are satisfied with their work, we recommend $7-10 per person/per day, to be given to them individually or collected by the group leader and handed to them on the day of your departure. ($100-$150  per person for a two-week program) SUMMARY: If this is all confusing - set aside roughly $200 per person for all your tipping needs - and you’ll be covered!
 
CAUTIONS FOR EXPORTING:
 
NO-ART/ANTIQUES: No duty is charged for items of a personal nature and basic souvenirs,
but exporting of art and antiques older than 100 years is not allowed without prior permission from the Ministry of Culture. If not sure, inquire with your Tour Guide PRIOR to purchasing any items of great value - you may end up making some local Chinese rich!
 
YES: It is OK to buy souvenirs and arts & crafts including silk, jade and other items not considered a national treasure. For further details on items and quantities allowed, contact your nearest Chinese Consulate or consult your Tour Director.
  
SHOPPING: Although most of your tour activities have been pre-arranged, there will be some time for shopping. We recommend shopping at department stores, wholesale factories and the “friendship” stores. These shops cater to foreign groups, so some of the staff usually speaks some English and the choice and quality of goods are better. Among the most popular purchases are rugs, silk, cashmere sweaters, jade and a wide variety of antiques, arts and crafts. The prices are usually fixed by the state - so bargaining is not necessary. When buying from street vendors, the costs will be lower, the quality of goods will be lower, and bargaining is expected! So bring along plenty of small denomination bills!
 
PHOTOGRAPHY: Please DO NOT photograph people without asking their permission first. Also, refrain from taking photos of restricted areas such as airports and military installations.
And although camera film is readily available at most major hotels - it is still a good idea to bring plenty of film, digital memory, and batteries for your cameras with you!
 
Please also note that museums may charge fees for film or video photography
- or may not allow them at all.
 
 
ADDITIONAL FEATURES: Most hotels include business centers, conference rooms, saunas, beauty and massage parlors, gyms and gift stores. 
 
 
 
We hope we have been able to provide answers to the most frequently asked questions.
For additional detailed information, please check out some guides and books available that we would highly recommend you read before going on your trip! If there is something we missed - by all means - give us a call! If all is OK - then get ready for a trip of a lifetime!
 
 
 
EMERGENCY CONTACTS:
For the hotel names and addresses used for your specific departure - please consult the CONTACT SHEET supplied with your final documents. In addition, the following two addresses may be useful;
 
Beijing
 
Embassy of the United States of America
3, Xiu Shui Dong Jie
Jianguomenwai, Beijing 100600, China
Tel.: 86-10-65323831
Fax: 86-10-65323178
 
Shanghai
 
Consulate General of the United States of America
1469, Huaihai Zhong Lu, Shanghai 200031, China
Tel.: 86-21-64336880
Fax: 86-21-64334122
 
 
“XIE, XIE” - THANK YOU!&
BON VOYAGE!
 
 
 
HELPFUL PHRASES FOR TRAVELERS
ENGLISH                                          HANYU PINYIN (Chinese pronunciation)
  • Hello, how are you?          Ni hao; ni hao ma
  • Good morning                    zao; zao an
  • Good evening                    wan an
  • Goodbye                              zai jian
  • I don’t understand              wo bu dong
  • Please                                  qing
  • Thank you; many thanks!    Xie xie; duo xie!
  • Don’t mention it                   bu ke qi
  • I’m sorry                                dui bu qi
  • My name is                            wo de ming zi shi
TRAVEL:
 
  • Hotel                                      lu guan
  • Room                                      fang jian
  • Key                                         yao chi
  • Telephone                             dian hua
  • Toilet                                      ce suo
  • Water                                      shui
This above section provided by our own Chinese expat - Ms. Helen Guo ! Xie Xie ! Thanks !      
 
 
  
PACKING TIPS & SUGGESTIONS
 
Items You May Wish to Bring Along:
 
·       Facial tissues, washcloths and shower caps, as they are not supplied on board.
·       Skin cream and other cosmetics for sun protection.
·       Insect repellent.
·       Spare set of eyeglasses for emergencies. If you wear contact lenses, bring a pair of eyeglasses for occasions when contacts are bothersome to wear, such as in strong wind or dust.
·       Medications, which are vital to your health. A letter should accompany these from your doctor (signed and dated), certifying that such medications are vital to your health. Dosage should be indicated. Always pack any personal medications in you carry on luggage, not in your checked baggage.
·       Common remedies such as laxatives, indigestion tablets, aspirin and travel sickness pills
·       Sunglasses.
·       Bring plenty of film, flash bulbs and blank videocassettes.
·       Sewing, cosmetic, shoe shine, first aid kits, and paper towels  
·       Laundry soap packets
·       Diet sweeteners if you do not take sugar.
·       Instant coffee especially if you prefer decaffeinated!
·       Batteries for cameras, shaver etc.
·       Electrical Extension Cord
·       Transformer and plug adapters (purchased at K-Mart, Thrifty, appliance stores)
 
FOR MORE INFORMATION SEE YOUR TRAVEL AGENT OR CONTACT
 
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17220 NEWHOPE ST. #203
Fountain Valley, CA, 92708
Tel: (714) 556-8258, Fax: (714) 556-6125,
Email: travel@valuecruises.net               Web: www.valuecruises.net
 
Updated January 05, 2010 – DA @Property of Value World Tours, Inc @ All rights reserved
Information provided herewith was correct at the time printing but is subject to change without notice