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Things to know before travelling with U China Travel

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You plan a trip in China and you still have some questions regarding the logistic, practical information? You are in the first steps of a collaboration with U China Travel and some aspects of your trip are still blur?

Whatever the type of tour you book with us – A “Private Tour” or a “Small Group Tour” – we like sharing general useful information about China but also the way we run the trip for an ultimate worry-free trip!

 

The meals during your trip:

With U China Travel, you always travel at your pace. We know that our guest like having a break after their day tour, having a rest in the hotels or exploring places around. This is the reason why we prefer to make all dinners open and our prices include the breakfasts and the lunches only (including all taxes, service charges). However we are always happy to help you make reservations for dinners and provide you with any transportation if you need. 

The meals included in the trip are all “A la Carte” (except some restaurants that offer set menus), meaning you will take a look at the menu and order the items you like (with the exception of the very expensive shark fin, birds nest, etc…. But we don’t recommend eating those things anyway!). Feel free to let our local guides know the dishes you like and our local guides will assist you while ordering. They will also suggest the best, signature dishes of each restaurant. Guests are welcome to invite the guides to dine with them and most of our guides will be happy to join in, however they also fully respect the need for guests’ privacy. Our local guides and drivers will have their own funds to subsidize their meal.

 

Payment method and process:  

We require a 20% deposit up-front and the remainder can be paid 45 days prior to departure date. There are currently two payment methods available; via PayPal or Wire Transfer. PayPal charges a commission on the payment receivers and another service charge to transfer from the PayPal account to our actual bank account. We will charge 6% extra if guests want to pay by Pay Pal. Most of our guests use wire transfer to our company’s HSBC account in Hong Kong. There is no extra cost for doing this (banks typically charge 10-20 USD) and the transfer only takes 1-2 business days. 

 

Travel documents: 

Once the deposit is received, we send you all the hotel confirmation letters with the guests’names, room types. These hotel confirmation letters are useful for you to apply for your Chinese visa (along with your round trip flights). We confirm your inter-city flights 30-60 days before the traveling dates (30 days before for high-speed trains). We also send you all the e-tickets with the names on it. All hotels and flights are booked under your name so that any check-in only requires all guests’ passports presentation. 

For any flight/hotel booking we arrange for you, we need: 

1. Your full name as written in your passport, 

2. The passport number,

3. Date of birth (year/month/date), 

4. The passports valid/expiration date.

 

Luggage allowance for domestic flights: 

China is a very big country and you will probably need to take some domestic flights. You can check-in two pieces of luggage, with a total weight of about 20 kg (44 pounds) per passenger. By experience, flying with over 2-3 kg (4.4-6.6 pounds) is generally acceptable. If your luggage exceeds the maximum you will be charged a fee of about 20-30 CNY per kilogram. The carry-on allowance is about 5 kg per person and the size limit should not exceed 20 inches. All domestic airlines are not very strict about the weight but put more restrictions on the size of the carry-on.

There is NO weight limit for luggage on trains since passengers don’t check-in their luggage and rather carry the luggage themselves to their appropriate cabin or seat.

Most domestic flights offer First Class as an alternative to Business Class. The standard weight limit for First Class is about 40 kg (88 pounds) per passenger.

For the domestic flights, we usually book the economy class. If requested, we can also book the business or first class. For the high-speed train, we recommend the first class, which is much more comfortable and less crowded. 

If you fly with an airline member of“Sky Team”or “Star Alliance”, we recommend you to check their website for their special luggage policies.

 

Should you tip your local guides and drivers? 

China is NOT a tipping country but tipping local guides and drivers while traveling is always appreciated. Our recommended amount is about 20-30 USD a day to local guides and drivers. You can do higher or lower depending on how much you enjoy their services. You can tip them at the end of your visit at the airport or on your last stop with them before your next departure. Any tips will be accepted as a bonus wage.

 

Should you bring a big amount of cash to travel in China? 

You don’t need to take a big amount of cash since credit cards are widely used except in very small towns and villages. Most of the fees (hotels, sightseeing, entrance fees, lunches) are already paid by us (except the drinks). There are also ATMs everywhere and our local guides and drivers will help you with any transactions.

Except for some vendors and to tip the local guides and drivers, most of the places in China DO NOT take USD. Your hotels will provide special services to exchange USD to CNY (Yuan) and the rate will be the same as at the bank. They don’t accept any commission and it is a service for the guests.

Most of the restaurants take credit cards except some small ones but they also prefer cash in CNY. As taxis only take CNY, we recommend you to have some with you along your travel.

No trap, no bad surprise!

U China Travel NEVER brings you to tourist shops or traps along your tour. Our local guides help you shop at local markets, small handicraft stores and any places where you wish to shop. You only buy and directly from local craftsmen, artists, small stores, local people and small studios, no compromise!

 

How to pack my suitcase smartly?

China is a very big country with a variety of climates and weather conditions. In general, the early spring and fall months are the most ideal and comfortable to visit any region in China. With a big itinerary and lots of time outdoor, we recommend a light sweater for the evening and a rain jacket in case of any bad weather conditions. Comfortable, cotton clothes and walking shoes are always appropriate for traveling.

 

Here are some useful links to prepare your trip: 

http://cibtvisas.com

And then apply personally at your local Chinese Embassy or Consulate and be prepared with the following items: 

-A valid passport with at least six months of remaining validity and at least one blank visa page in it,

-Your hotel confirmation letters,

-A copy of your flights’ tickets.

According to your country origin, some differences in the required documents are possible.

We have striven to be the most complete by selecting the most frequent questions of our past guests.

Obviously, if you have any other questions on your planned trip in China, please feel free to contact us at: info@uchinatravel.com

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