Entry Requirements—For citizens of the United States and Canada, both a valid passport and a visa for travel to China are required. Visas may be obtained through a Chinese consulate here in the U.S. prior to departure. Consulates are located in New York, NY; Chicago, IL; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Houston, TX. The China Embassy is located in Washington, DC. If you live in any of these cities it will be relatively easy for you to obtain your visa. Please follow the instructions at the China Embassy Website. If you do not live in any of these cities, you will need to use a visa processing service. Here is a link to one in Washington, DC, that specializes in obtaining visas for entry to China: http://china.visahq.com/ Many previous tour participants have used this service and were very satisfied. The process can take some time, so please don’t wait until the last minute to get started.
Immunizations and Health—No immunizations are required, but it is wise to have your inoculations up to date. Please check with your health professional or a local travel clinic and follow recommended protections. Is your tetanus booster current? CDC Health Information for Travelers to China. Please check out their website at: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/traveler/none/china for complete details.
Exit Requirements—There is an “Departure Tax” of 50 Yuan (about US $6.00) collected at the airport before each domestic flight. When catching your international flight departing China, a departure tax of 90 Yuan (about US $11.00 will be collected. These fees are not included in your tour cost, and are payable in cash (Yuan) only at a special airport tax desk before check-in. This information is subject to change, and the tax may be included in the cost of your international ticket.
On this tour, international airfare is NOT included. You will need to get your international air to Beijing, China (PEK), and from Shanghai, China (PVG), back to the U.S.A. We encourage you to work with Steven Goldberg at Frosch Travel in Chicago, who knows the best flights to get you to Beijing, with return from Shanghai.
3 internal flights within China are included in the price of this trip.
You will need to arrive in Beijing, China by 4 p.m. on October 9, 2017. Departure is from Shanghai, China anytime on October 20, 2017.
Steven Goldberg / Frosch Travel
Toll-Free in USA: 1-800-323-1276
International guests, please call +1-312-371-9686
When calling, please identify yourself as a Toto Tours participant. If you leave a message on Steven’s voice mail, he will return your call promptly. He will be happy to discuss your travel plans and help you decide when to purchase your ticket for the best rate.
NOTE: The recent trend in travel is for travelers to finalize their plans much closer to departure time than was customary in the past. While we try to be as flexible as possible we often must turn away last minute registrants because we relinquish hotel space 8 – 12 weeks prior to departure! Please keep this in mind when making your travel plans.
In October, the weather will start turning cooler with annual daily temperatures in Beijing ranging between 48 to 66 degrees. It will be nearly 10 degrees warmer in Xi’an, Guilin and Shanghai. You won’t need a suit jacket or tie, as the tour is informal and dinner attire will be casual, but you will want nice outfits for concerts and dinners. Try to pack light and bring only one piece of luggage plus your carry-on. Create mix and match outfits, and think about layering! Pack any medications you require in a carry-on bag and leave expensive jewelry at home.
Chinese money is called Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY). The word renminbi means “The People’s Currency”. The popular unit of renminbi is “yuan”. 1 yuan equals 10 jiao, 1 jiao equals 10 fen. Chinese currency is issued in the following denominations: one, two, five, ten, twenty, fifty and one hundred yuan; one, two and five jiao; and one, two and five fen.. American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are accepted in larger establishments. As of November 15, 2016, the exchange rate was $1 U.S to 6.92 CNY. Click here to see the current exchange rate.
Tipping in China: We will give group tips to drivers and guides in each city along the way. To make this easier, we will suggest an amount for each person to contribute to a group tip fund during the Welcome Dinner. These contributions will then be disbursed throughout the tour by the tour leader and an “auditor” selected from the group. Suggested tipping guidelines will be provided prior to departure so you can come prepared to participate.
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