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10/06/2014

China Travel - China Travel Tips

As one of the earliest places where mankind originated, China has a long history and shares a very rich culture civilization. Except the material and culture heritage, China has several places with a splendid and magnificent landscape affordable China tours. Having experienced Xia, Shang, Zhou, Qin, Han, Tang, Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties and many other turbulent times, China formed its own civilization. When you want to travel, China is a good Choice. Here the five thousand years of historical culture and imposing landscape will never let you down. Before you stepping to this miracle land, there are several tips one must pay attention to.

Visa

According to the Law of the People's Republic of China Concerning the Administration of Foreigners Entering and Leaving the Country, foreign tourists must apply for visas at China's foreign affairs offices, consulates or other organizations authorized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Before the applicants coming to China, the validity of the Visa must be checked. The goods foreigners carried must comply with the relevant laws and the rule of the health quarantine, the animal and plant quarantine, the customs as well as the relevant financial regulatory authorities. No activities that are not related to the application matters in the visa are allowed in China.

If the China visa is expired and the foreigner still wants to stay in China, then he should go to the local police station to apply for adjournment. The city or county that are not opened for the foreigners, the foreigner should apply in advance and go in once permitted. For example, if you want to go to Tibet for a visit you can apply for a visa only with the consent of the Tourism Administration of the Tibet Autonomous Region or any one of its foreign representative offices. A passport is required for visa application, the passport shall be valid for at least 6 months beyond the duration of the tour.

Safety

On the whole, traveling to China remains safe for visitors. Many of the locals are friendly and glad to help foreigners if they find themselves in trouble. When traveling, pay attention to the pick pocketing and bag snatching thieves. They are common and often prey on lonely tourist in railway stations, free markets and on buses. When you are on the street, please remember to pull your bag in front of you and keep your money in different pocket. When crossing or walking along a street, look out the bicycles, which are common and frequent and may cause many roads crowd, especially during rush hour. Do not go out or stay out all alone, especially females late at night.

Weather and Clothing

China has a continental and seasonal climate and most parts are in the temperate. Generally speaking, the southern part of China is warm, humid, and rainy while the northern part is dry and windy. In spring and autumn, one needs to wear a jacket or a sweater. In summer, the cotta and the shirts or dress are recommended. In winter, a light cotton-patted coat can keep you warm in the south area, while a heavy woolen coat is a necessity in the north area. Climates in different areas are different. For instance, the northern Heilongjiang Province has a winter climate all the year round without summer, while, Hainan Island top China tours has a summer climate the year round without winter.

The best months to visit China are April, May, September and October, because they all have a comfortable climate. Referring to May and October, both of them have a holiday known as the golden weeks for tourism. In this period, most of the tourist attractions are overcrowded with people. What’s worse, the accommodation and the admission fees are a little higher than the low season. So traveling in China during the National Holiday and International Labour Day are not highly recommended.

Customs and Taboos

With the strengthening of international communication, more and more people in China are accustomed to the foreign culture. While, there still exists some exceptions. If you don’t know, you may awkward in that situation. For instance, the bell or the clock is not welcomed as a gift, for its Chinese sound is similar with Zhong, which means the end in English. Sending a bell to a friend means saying goodbye to a dying people.

When you have a dinner with the Chinese families, you will notice that all the dishes are put together in a table and all the diners sit around it and share the dishes. You should help yourself to the food. Different from the westerners, they like to talk while eating. Jokes as well as daily funny happenings are always a good topic. The host may pick up food and put then in your bowl with chopsticks, which is a way to show their hospitality. So just accept it and offer thanks. As for the chopsticks, you should put them horizontally over your bowl and not lay them on the table or stick them vertically into the rice bowl, for it is a sign of offering a sacrifice. The host will continuously pour drinks to every one to make sure that their cups are not empty for long. If you don’t want any drinks, you can simply say no and offer thanks.

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