Tipping – Tipping is not customary in China, however, it is accepted if you feel inclined. Tipping tour guides is the exception where it is common practice to offer a gratuity. Check whether gratuities have been included with your tour and ask your Tour Director if you are unsure what is appropriate. Power plugs – Throughout China, there are multiple types of socket configurations and the voltage differs on mainland China to Hong Kong and Macau. Look for a universal adapter and check if your items also require a current converter for your holiday. Currency – The official Chinese currency is the Renminbi, however, it is commonly called the Chinese Yuan. ATMs are easily accessible in cities and larger towns but take cash if you are heading to more remote regions. Check with your bank for the options available to you (and fees involved) when accessing your funds overseas.
What should I bring?
Hand sanitiser and anti-bacterial wipes – Perfect to clean up pre-meal or post-amenities, have some sanitiser or anti-bacterial wipes on hand for your trip to China. It is a good idea to also carry a pack of tissues to use if there is no toilet paper, or if the pollution in the cities make your nose or eyes water. Nasal spray and eye drops – If you are sensitive to the pollution, particularly in the bigger cities, it may be best to pack some saline nasal spray and eye drops to keep you comfortable throughout your trip. Check with your pharmacist for the ideal products for your trip. Comfortable shoes – With so much to see throughout China, it is important to have shoes that are comfortable if you are on your feet all day exploring. Add a waterproof spray to protect them from the elements throughout your tour.
Don't miss these authentic experiences on tour!
Dumpling tasting – A Chinese classic, it is imperative that you do plenty of dumpling tasting on your tour! With a choice of vegetarian, pork, shrimp, beef, chicken and more you will have plenty to choose from to get an authentic Chinese culinary experience. Man-made wonders – China is scattered with man-made marvels, from the renowned Great Wall, to the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an, and the engineering masterpiece of the Three Gorges Dam. Be blown away by the sheer scale of these works from both ancient and modern times. Cooking class – With China being renowned for its flavourful cuisine, participating in a cooking class may just be one of your highlights! If you get the opportunity, jump in to learn the Chinese cooking techniques and sample local produce as you prepare and devour a feast of signature dishes. Take a rickshaw ride – Throughout China you will see three-wheeled rickshaws making their way around the streets carrying locals and tourists alike. For an authentic way to see the sights, take a trip in one of these pedicabs through the maze of alleyways and streets of China.