China is one of the most interesting countries in the world. A centuries-old history, an incredible number of temples and national parks, a rich culture – all this and much more makes the Celestial Empire an attractive object for Europeans. Tours to China from Minsk are a unique opportunity to get acquainted with the color of mysterious Asia, to see places familiar from photographs and advertising brochures. And of course, to make sure from our own experience that this country, like no other, has its own unique features.
Excursion tours to China are unique trips that are remembered for years to come. A lifetime is not enough to see the natural and architectural riches that the Celestial Empire is famous for. Everyone, of course, has heard about the Great Wall of China, the Imperial Palace, the Temple of Confucius, the Forbidden City in Beijing. And there are many such objects. China is also known for its magnificent seaside resorts with sandy beaches and gentle tropical sun. The most popular beach destination in the Celestial Empire is Hainan Island, which is sometimes called the “Asian Hawaii”.
Holidays in China can be both calm and peaceful, as well as active and entertaining. The enthusiastic reviews of tourists who visited this country once again confirm that it is worth visiting here for everyone who is attracted by exotic and unexplored eastern countries.
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DOCUMENTS FOR TRAVELING TO CHINA
- s/passport signed by the owner (valid for at least 6 months after the end of the tour).
- 2 any photos from the last six months for each traveler.
- Personal data on our form (link to the form below).
- Help from the place of work.
GENERAL – CHINA
Major cities: Chongqing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Harbin, Tianjin, Shinjiazhuang, Wuhan, Qingdao, Guangzhou.
main beach resorts: Hainan Island, Dalian and Qingdao
China is a fantastically rapidly developing country, where ancient pagodas and mirrored skyscrapers, traditional culture and modern management coexist in harmony with each other. Before every traveler, the Celestial Empire appears as an amazing, original country with an ancient culture, traditions, philosophy and way of life, rooted deep in the past. And these are not just words from an advertising brochure, which is why tours to China are so popular.
An important point that increases the attractiveness of China for tourism is the fact that it has recently fallen significantly in price due to the rigid peg of the Chinese yuan to the US dollar.
Why do tourists choose this country?
Five “categories” of tourists travel to China. The first is those who have visited many countries and now crave the exotic. The second is people who have long been interested in Chinese history and culture. The third is those who already know the country deeply and go on individual tours with visits to Taoist temples, landscape parks, tea plantations, and areas inhabited by small ethnic groups. Still others combine excursions with relaxation on the tropical island of Hainan and health improvement in the centers of traditional Chinese medicine. Finally, the fifth “variety” of tourists is people who regularly travel to Asian countries on business.
Who is going?
Wealthy people aged 25 and older. Families (often with children) go on excursion programs to Beijing, on vacation to Hainan Island and on a “grand tour” throughout China. A lot of intelligentsia – doctors, teachers. Recently, elderly people are increasingly traveling to the Middle Kingdom.
Features of the hotel base:
On excursions, 4 * hotels are mainly offered, on vacation – 4-5 *. All decent level. The rooms have everything: air conditioners, mini-bars, refrigerators, TVs, bathrobes, disposable slippers, disposable toothbrushes and toothpaste. The cost of the excursion tour usually includes two meals a day: breakfasts in hotels (“buffet”) and lunches in Chinese restaurants. On vacation, the price includes only breakfast in hotels. “Buffet”, as a rule, is a European cuisine with a small splash of Chinese. The all inclusive system is not practiced in China, even the buffet is not very popular. The reasons are a wide variety of dishes in Chinese cuisine and the traditional desire of the Chinese (and many tourists) to choose them on their own.
Features of service and maintenance:
Service at a good level. All restaurants in the country serving foreigners have a special license and are registered with the China Tourism Administration.
Features of staying in the country:
The Chinese are hospitable, helpful and polite. Russian tourists are treated with respect and curiosity, especially in remote places, where the situation, typical for many tourist destinations, is amusingly turned upside down: here the natives themselves often film tourists or take pictures. In large cities, a “white man” can be politely asked to take a picture with him (this primarily applies to European girls and children).
The main reasons for complaints:
Due to the strict quality control of the reception of foreign tourists and the good work of the guides, complaints occur infrequently. In rare cases, there are complaints about guide-interpreters because of their far from perfect pronunciation.
Flight: Aeroflot operates regular flights Moscow – Beijing (journey time 7 hours, Boeing-777 flies), Moscow – Shanghai (journey time 9 hours 10 minutes), Moscow – Hong Kong (10.5 hours). Beijing can also be reached with scheduled Air China flights, and Shanghai with China Eastern flights.
Train: Two trains run from Moscow to Beijing every week – Chinese (via Ulaanbaatar) and Russian (via Zabaikalsk). True, during their journey it is quite possible to forget where and why you are going
. A visa to Macau is issued at the border and costs 12 USD.
Customs: Import of national currency is limited to 6000 RMB. Import and export of foreign currency is unlimited. If during the stay in China the tourist has not spent all the local currency, before leaving he can exchange it back for the desired foreign one by presenting a certificate of the original exchange (the certificate is valid for 6 months).
Duty-free import of 400 cigarettes, 100 cigars or 500 g of tobacco, 1.5 liters of alcoholic beverages, household electrical appliances and other household items is allowed – up to 2000 RMB. Personal items are imported duty-free, as well as cameras, portable tape recorders, portable video cameras and laptops – one item each, if their value does not exceed 5000 RMB (things must be presented upon departure). Citizens arriving and departing from PRC airports must report their valuables and other goods in a special customs declaration. The rules do not apply to children under 16 accompanied by adults and persons not subject to customs inspection.
The import of weapons, pornography, explosives, drugs and poisons is prohibited. It is forbidden to export historical documents, valuable objects and works of art, as well as paintings and graphics without a store receipt confirming the legality of the purchase, or an export permit from the Chinese Administrative Department for Cultural Property under the Ministry of Culture of the PRC.
The airport tax on domestic flights is the equivalent of ~6 USD, and on international flights it is about 11 USD.
When departing from Hong Kong, an airport tax of 150 HKD (~20 USD) will be charged.
Chinese Embassy in Moscow: st. Friendship, 6; tel. consular department: (495) 143-1543, fax: 956-1169
Russian Embassy in Beijing: (10) 6-532-2051, 6-532-1281, consular department – 6-532-1267
Consulate General of Russia in Shanghai: ( 21) 6-306-9982, 6-324-2682, 6-324-8383
Consulate General of Russia in Hong Kong: (852) 2-877-7188, fax: 2-877-7166
International Inquiry Service (in English): 115
Police and Rescue Service: 110
Fire Department: 119
Traffic Police: 122
Information: 114 Emergency
Information Service for Foreigners: Shanghai 6-439-0630, Guangzhou 8-667-7422.
The telephone code for Beijing is 10, Shanghai is 21, Guangzhou is 20
Transport: Public transport in cities is overloaded to the limit. In Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou there are metro (only two lines, open from 5:30 to 23:00), buses and trolleybuses (work from 5:00-5:30 to 22:00-23:00). A ticket for the metro is bought at the box office at the entrance (travel and magnetic cards are not available), for the bus and trolleybus – from the conductor (and on suburban lines – from the driver).
There are also fixed-route taxis serving tourist congestion areas and railway stations. The fare for them varies depending on the distance and usually ranges from 1 to 3 RMB.
Taxi is the most comfortable way to get around the city. They guard tourists at all hotels, they can be caught on the street or called by phone. Tariffs in different companies vary quite a lot and depend on the type of car. On average, this is 10-12 RMB for the first 4 km and 1-2 RMB for each subsequent one. At night, the rate may be higher. Usually it is written in large size on a piece of paper attached to the windshield or glass of the rear right door. The taxi driver takes money strictly according to the meter and returns the change in full, and at the first request of the client, he is obliged to issue a check for the amount paid (a cash register is installed in each car).
You can travel short distances by bicycle and conventional rickshaws, the fare for which depends on the weight of the passenger and the distance. Even the skinniest tourists should agree on a price in advance – usually a rickshaw is more expensive than a taxi.
It is recommended to take a taxi at the main entrance to the hotel – the rates are the same for everyone. At the entrance to the hotels, porters on duty give the tourist a coupon with the entered taxi number – in case he forgets something in the car.
It is impossible to catch a “private trader” in China: private transport is prohibited.
Car rental: Due to the fact that international driving licenses are not valid in China, car rental is only possible with a driver. This is all the more convenient because driving in China is, to put it mildly, specific. Speaking frankly, the Chinese drive without much observance of the rules.
Safety: No vaccinations or vaccinations are required before traveling to the country.
Be sure to use the safe for storing documents, money and valuables. If the safe is in the room, you should clarify whether it can be used free of charge, or you need to pay extra for the safe (~ 1-3 USD per day). If there is no safe in the room, documents and valuables can be deposited with the duty administrator. You should not carry all the money with you: in China, especially in crowded places, petty theft is developed.
A foreigner in China should always carry a hotel business card with an inscription in Chinese or a card with his data filled out by any Chinese translator. It can be presented to local residents if the tourist is lost in the intricacies of the streets. They will understand everything and lead the prodigal foreigner on the right path.
Independent visits to Tibet are prohibited – a special additional permit is required, which is issued by the host in advance. It is really possible to visit Tibet with a group along a previously agreed and agreed route.
Drinking raw tap water is strongly discouraged. In any hotel in the room there will be either a thermos with boiling water or an electric kettle. Also, in most hotels, mineral water without gas is provided free of charge (the Chinese basically do not use carbonated “mineral water”).
A Russian passport is of certain value in the country, since there is a problem of illegal Chinese migration to Russia and further to the West. If you lose your passport, you should immediately contact the embassy or consulate.
In Hong Kong, smoking in public buildings (airport, shops, subway) is subject to a ~5000 RMB fine.
Photo and video shooting in temples and museums is prohibited (in some places photography is allowed – for an additional fee). Photographing government institutions and strategic facilities (even bridges and dams) for tourists who do not want to be mistaken for spies of the capitalist military is strongly discouraged.
Electricity: The standard voltage in China is 220V. Plugs are found in both three-pin (western-style) and two-pin (flat or round). As a rule, hotel rooms are equipped with universal sockets. If the plug does not fit into the socket, the service personnel will find the adapter.
Climate: The climate varies greatly in different parts of the country, stretching along three climatic zones: temperate continental with hot summers and harsh winters in the west and north, subtropical in the central regions of the country and tropical monsoon on the southern coast and islands. A characteristic feature is the very high air humidity in summer in many central and southern regions.
The average temperature in the northern regions in winter is about -7°C (not uncommon -20°C), in summer it is about +22°C and it is quite dry. In the central part of China in winter from 0°С to -5°С, in summer – about +20°С.
In the southern regions in winter from +6°С to +15°С, in summer – above +25°С. The best time to travel to China is late spring (April and May), as well as autumn from September to October, (in the south from November to December).
You can travel to Hainan Island all year round. The average annual temperature on the island is +28°C, sea water temperature is +25.6°C. The abundance of tropical forests on the island creates a unique microclimate – moderately hot and moderately humid. Perhaps that is why Hainan ranks first in the world in terms of the number of centenarians per thousand inhabitants, and second in terms of environmental cleanliness.
Hotels: There are global and local Chinese “chain” hotels in the country. Well-known hotel chains are distinguished by high standards and corresponding price levels. Russian tourists are settled mainly in Chinese hotels 4-5 *. Prices are lower, but the level of service is still quite decent, as many Chinese hotels are managed by experienced foreign managers.
In China, they may quite officially ask tourists for higher accommodation and food fees than locals. For this purpose, restaurant owners make up two menus – for “their own” and for foreigners.
In hotels, food taken from the buffet cannot be taken out of the restaurant. At the same time, food and drinks bought in stores (including alcoholic ones) can be freely brought into the room with you.
Telephone conversations from the room are paid per minute, regardless of whether the guest was able to get through or not. Therefore, it is more profitable to use a telephone card: in every hotel there are international pay phones.
When paying bills at the hotel, another 10-18% of the total amount is charged from the tourist – “for services”.
Money: Yuan (RMB) is the only legal tender in China. The Chinese themselves call their money “renminbi”, or “people’s money”. Currency can be exchanged at the main branches of the Bank of China (Bank of China), hotels, international airports (the best rate), railway stations and some major shopping centers. Receipts received during the exchange should be kept, since the return of the remaining yuan at the end of the trip can only be carried out upon presentation.
American Express, JCB, Visa, Master Card and Diners Club credit cards are accepted at international hotels and restaurants, as well as major government department stores. You can withdraw cash from them only at the branches of the Bank of China (commission fee is usually 4%). When buying with a credit card, a special fee is charged (1-2% of the purchase price), discounts do not apply to such purchases.
The currency in the hotel will be changed only for its guests.
Old or damaged dollars are reluctantly exchanged or not accepted at all.
Officially, banks are open from 9:00 to 12:00 and from 14:00 to 17:00, but many set their own working hours.
Shopping: The choice of souvenirs is huge, but many of them are of low quality. Chopsticks, beautiful china, cups, lacquer boxes, seals and scroll cases can be bought at every turn. Hangzhou and Suzhou are famous for their excellent tea and silk. Real antiques are sold, as a rule, only in state-owned stores and are expensive. When buying it, you must definitely obtain an export permit from the seller.
In large state-owned stores and food stalls, prices are fixed. The markets should be skillfully bargained. Even if the product has a price tag, it is nothing more than a “landmark” indicating the order of the purchase price. Sellers often immediately offer the goods they are interested in cheaper and are very annoying.
State-owned stores are open seven days a week from 9:30 to 20:30, private ones from 9:00 to 21:00, and often even longer. Markets usually open at 7:00 (some even at 4:00) and work until 10:00-12:00.
The vast majority of “antiquities” in the markets are fakes, but only a knowledgeable person will notice this: many things are very skillfully made and look very elegant.
When buying tea and bulk products, one should bear in mind that the measure of weight in China is “jin”, equal to about half a kilo, and the indicated price corresponds to this particular measure of weight.
In large department stores, the purchase of goods is often accompanied by the execution of a large number of papers and checks, so you should familiarize yourself with the rules of purchases in advance.
In Hong Kong, it is more profitable to buy audio, video and photo equipment in large shopping centers, leather bags and suitcases in small specialized shops, and clothes in regular sales at Bossini, Baleno, Gordano or Crocodile stores.
Food: Chinese cuisine is characterized by the ubiquitous use of rice, soy and vegetables. A variety of cereals made from rice, kaoliang, corn or millet are used both as a substitute for bread and as a base for other dishes. When cooking, open fire and vegetable oils are used, animal fats are not used. All products, including vegetables, are subjected to heat treatment.
The masterpiece of the capital’s chefs is Peking duck, which is cooked for more than 24 hours in a special temperature regime. Numerous types of dumplings are also popular in China. The most exotic dishes are swallow’s nest soup, fried bear’s palms and “longhudou” (“dragon-tiger fight”), a dish of wild leopard cat and snake. Fried scorpions are very popular in Shandong province.
Light and strong rice beer is very widespread – cheap and high quality. The best varieties are considered “Qingdao” and “Wu-sin”.
In China, it is customary to eat with chopsticks, but at the request of the tourist, he will always be served the usual cutlery. Portion sizes are usually quite large, so it is recommended to order one for two (or even several) people.
In large and medium-sized cities, many eateries have appeared in recent years. Along with Chinese establishments, McDonald’s, KFC, pizzerias, etc. work.
After finishing a meal, you can not leave chopsticks stuck in food, and even more so – sticking out of a cup. Do not point the spout of the kettle at a person.
Due to unusual food, tourists sometimes experience indigestion, so it is recommended to always have a supply of appropriate medications with you. This risk is not related to the quality of cooking – it’s all about unusual cuisine.
Encourage your tourists to visit restaurants that have a special license to serve foreign tourists (posted in a conspicuous place and written in English).
Having entered a nightclub with an entertainment program (this primarily concerns Hong Kong), you should first take an interest in the prices on the menu. Otherwise, when the cost of a hearty dinner is demanded from a guest for a glass of beer, he may be quite surprised.
Tipping: In fact, tipping is officially prohibited in China, however, in some cases, 5-10% paid in excess of the cost of the service will not be thrown in the face of a presumptuous stranger from the West. Tipping is customary for porters, as well as for therapeutic massages at the hotel. In restaurants and taxis, tourists will definitely be given change.
Excursions:For tourists in China, 99 cities of great cultural and historical significance, 750 unique cultural monuments under state protection, as well as 119 landscape places are open. These are famous monasteries, including the legendary Shaolin, ginseng farms in Qinghai province, the Great Wall of China, numerous archaeological excavations in the Gobi and Takla Makan deserts, climbing bases on the eastern slopes of the Himalayas and Karakorum, the picturesque Yunnan-Guizhou Highlands with many mountain rivers, waterfalls and deep caves. These are the unique Taihu and Xihu lakes, Taishan, Huangshan, Emeishan mountains, Dunhuang caves – a treasure trove of ancient Buddhist art, Yong-Gang caves, Huangguoshu waterfall, karst caves and “stone forest” in Wansheng county, Ludiyan caves in Guilin. Hunting is organized in the forests of the Greater Khingan. Traveling along the ancient Silk Road, you can visit the Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, where Chinese Muslims live. From the province of Sichuan, you can cruise along the Yangtze River (the three famous Sanxia Canyons), visit Mount Emei, visiting the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve. A region of unique beauty is the Lijiang River in Guilin and the five “sacred mountains”.