China Discovery 9 Days 

From  £399pp Land Only 
     Code: NHF01           

Beijing - Suzhou - Hangzhou - Wuxi - Shanghai

Itinerary will show which meals are included for each day:

B = Breakfast

L = Lunch

D = Dinner 

Day 1 Arriving Beijing  

When you arrive in Beijing, a Nexus Holiday local representative will meet and greet you at the airport. The local representative will transfer you to your hotel and the rest of the day is yours to explore and relax.



Day 2 Beijing (B, L)         

After breakfast, visit the Tiananmen Square , which is a city square in the centre of  Beijing, China, named after the  Tiananmen ("Gate of Heavenly Peace") located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City. The square contains the Monument to the People's Heroes, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum of China, and the Mausoleum of Chairman Mao Zedong. 

Lunch included: Enjoy a famous "Peking Duck Baquet".

Forbbiden City Tour (£46/person), the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is a true architectural masterpiece and home to the National Palace Museum. 

Take the afternoon, Authentic Old Beijing Tour with Temple of Heaven, Hutong Tour and Dinner at (£60/person). 


Day 3 Beijing  (B, L)

Today's highlight is an excursion to the majestic Great Wall (Juyongguan), one of the Seven Wonders of the World! Recognized by UNESCO, and get a chance to climb a portion of this 3,700-mile marvel. Then tour the iconic Beijing 2008 Olympic Center; which includes the famous Bird's Nest and Water Cube which now hosts many spectacular opening ceremonies and events. Although there is no tour inside these buildings, it is a magnificent architectural structure from the outside, providing a perfect photo opportunity. Visit one of the largest Jade Exhibitions in Asia enroute. After lunch, see skilled artisans work at a Cloisonné Factory.

Lunch included: Traditional Mandarin Cuisine Lunch, including round trip transportation-featuring Kong Pao Chicken, Sweet and Sour Chicken, and Peking Spring Roll.

Tonight,  you can choose to attend an optional large scale dramatic musical "The Golden Mask Dynasty" show (£50/person).



Day 4  Beijing/Shanghai - Suzhou (B, L)

Start your tour to the SUMMER PALACE, a former royal retreat and now a lovely oasis within the city of Beijing. Then visit a CHINESE HERBAL INSTITUTE to learn about traditional Chinese medicine. 

We will take a Bullet Train to Shanghai, then take bus transfer to Suzhou.


Day 5 Suzhou - Wuxi (B, L)

Suzhouthe city of paradise is also known as the Oriental Venice for its exquisite canals, bridges, pagodas, and beautiful gardens. Suzhou is designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. After breakfast, tour the LINGERING GARDEN, a classic private garden with 500 years of history. Next, visit the Suzhou SILK FACTORY, the largest silk factory in the country to discover the mysterious processing of silk. 

Lunch included: Suzhou local cuisine with house special Suzhou Crispy with round trip transportation.

You can chosse an optional cruise along the ancient canal from the city to the picturesque Grand Canal.(£23/person). 

Later in the afternoon, visit the Three Kingdoms City. The Three Kingdoms City is one of the CCTV Television Bases and a renowned tourist attraction. Covering an area of about 35 hectares, the Three Kingdoms City showcases structures built in the Han Dynasty style and served as the filming location for one of China's most popular historical TV series, Three Kingdoms. 


Day 6 Wuxi - Hangzhou (B, L)

This morning tour the Brilliance of LAKE LIHU located at Famous Lake Taihu, followed by visit a to a Fresh WATER PEARL EXHIBITION and store. Continue to Hangzhou, described by Marco Polo as "the most beautiful and magnificent city in the world". 

Upon arrival, enjoy an optional boat ride on the Serene WEST LAKE (£23/person), the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.

Lunch included: Wuxi cuisine lunch with chef special spare ribs with round trip transportation.

In the evening, you may enjoy an optional performance show Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, and see the story of West Lake come alive before your eyes (£69/person from Feb- Oct).


Day 7 Hangzhou - Shanghai (B, L) 

Hangzhou, also known as the Paradise on Earth, has been immortalized by countless poets and artists. Then, visit No.1 Tea Plantation and taste the well-known DRAGON WELL TEA. Many studies say that green tea is excellent for your health. Dragon Well Tea is the best Green Tea in China. After lunch, drive to Shanghai. Walking along the famous Bund, lined by the colonial architecture of European design, this area is the best place to capture the Western influences of the old days. It is now the called Wall Street of the East.  Then visit the CITY GOD TEMPLE BAZAAR, which is composed of specialty stores, selling traditional Chinese arts and crafts, medicine and souvenirs.

Lunch included: Hangzhou cuisine lunch with award winning Dong Po Pork.

 Evening choose optional Shanghai Acrobatic Show - "SPIRAL (£46/person).


Day 8 Shanghai (B, L)

In the morning, tour SHANGHAI MUSEUM, to see ancient Chinese art, furniture and jade, followed by a visit to an EMERALD EXHIBITION CENTER. 

Lunch included: Shanghai cuisine, Jiangnan style steam bun with round trip transportation.

In the afternoon, you can choose the optional half day tour to Jin Mao Tower and Xintiandi (£46/person). 

At night, you may enjoy an optional "HUANGPU RIVER NIGHT CRUISE" and get a glimpse of the dazzling and charming night view of Shanghai at your own expense (£38/person).


Day 9 Shanghai - Home (B) (Flight not included)

After breakfast transfer to the airport, head back home or extend your trip to other city in China.


Price Guide

  • Please click on your selected date/ price to book. Price in GBP
  • Prices are based on twin share accommodation
  • Single Supplement: £350/pp
  • No child discount

Payment Arrangement

  • A GBP£300/person nonrefundable deposit at time of booking
  • Balance due 2 months prior to the departure

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08/01/2020 16/01/2020 N/A GBP£399
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29/07/2020 06/08/2020 N/A GBP£399
30/07/2020 07/08/2020 N/A GBP£399
31/07/2020 08/08/2020 N/A GBP£399
Single Supplements +GBP£350


*Nexus Holidays reserves the right to adjust the itinerary as it sees fit to ensure the smooth running of the tour.

*Hotels are subject to change depending on occupancy. Nexus Holidays reserves the right to substitute hotels in similar standard if the hotels listed in the flyer/website are not available. Hotel rating base on local standard.

*Nexus Holidays reserves the right to cancel or vary a tour prior to departure due to insufficient numbers, severe weather conditions, major events and holidays etc.

*Skipping scheduled itinerary are not allowed and will be considered as breach of tour booking contract, your remaining tours and hotels cancelled by without any further notice.

*Several shopping excursions are arranged during the tours. A minimum amount of time (60 mins) must be spent at each shopping site. However, there is no obligation to purchase anything.

*Please note, China Discovery 10 Days is a deeply discounted package tour, a combination of a guided tour and hotel accommodation. We will charge full traveling costs if the traveler only wishes to use a certain aspect of the package, such as airfare and hotel only, airfare only or hotel only.

Price Include
  • All land transportation (Bullet train, cruise, coach);
  • Local 4-5 star hotel accommodation (based on double occupancy)
  • Meals and featuring regional delicacies mentioned in the itinerary
  • Visits and admission fees including entertainment shows mentioned in the itinerary
  • English speaking guide;

Price Not Include

  • Chinese Visa Fee
  • Service fee for local drivers, guides and others: Prepaid £90 per person upon booking
  • Optional tours as indicated on the itinerary
  • Travel insurance
  • Personal expenditures
  • International and internal flights 

Forbidden City Tour £46 Per Person (Beijing) 

Forbidden city is the former seat of the emperors throughout the Ming and Qing dynasties. It is true architectural masterpiece and home to National Palace Museum.

Temple of Heaven & Hutong Life tour with dinner £60 Per Person (Beijing) 

Temple  of  Heaven,  inscribed  as  a  UNESCO  World  Heritage  Site,  was  visited  by  the  Emperors of the Ming and Qing dynasties for annual ceremonies of prayer to Heaven for good harvest. Then take a famous rickshaw Hutong Tour & Local Family Visit, this package also includes a traditional  Beijing  Zhajiangmian  (“Fried  Sauce  noodles”)  as  lunch. Hutongs are  traditional  alley  ways  that  made  up  Beijing’s  old  city  planning,  take  a  special  rickshaw  ride  for  an  immersive tour  to  get  a  wonderful glimpse into yesterday’s world, the old way of life and traditional Beijing culture, and see the dramatic  changes  the  city  has  undergone,  continue  to  visit  a  local  family  and  local  market  afterwards.


The Golden Mask Dynasty £50 Per Person (Beijing)

An original Chinese drama play, which features Chinese dances, acrobatics, costumes, lighting and acoustics. The play has eight chapters and more than 200 actors from China and abrouad. Produced by Chinese playwrights, directors and designers. 

Grand Canal Cruise £23 Per Person (Suzhou)

The Grand Canal is the world’s longest man-made waterway, being 1,800 kilometers long. The canal connects the present cities of Beijing in the north and Huangzhou in the south. Since most of China’s major rivers flow from the west to east, the fact that the Grand Canal runs north and south provides an important connector between the Yangtze River valley and the Yellow River valley.


West Lake Boat Ride £23 Per Person (Hangzhou)

You may take an optional boat ride on the serene West Lake, the most renowned feature of Hangzhou, noted for its scenic beauty which blends naturally with many famous historical and cultural sites.


Enduring Memories of Hangzhou, West Lake Show £69 Per Person (Hangzhou)

Staged entirely upon the lake itself, this show is a spectacle of light, music, dance and theatrics. It is famous for its dreamlike show and fantastic elegance. The director of the show, Zhang Yimou, is China’s most famous movie director and the general director of the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.


Huangpu River Night Cruise £38 Per Person (Shanghai)

Cruising along the Huangpu River, you will take a glimpse of the history and charming night view of the cosmopolitan of Shanghai. On one side of the river, there is the Bund, a landmark of Shanghai, Western-style buildings dating back to the early 19th century. On the other side is the image of a new Shanghai with steel and glass skyscrapers.


Shanghai Spiral Acrobatic £46 Per Person (Shanghai) 

This multi-million dollar show is Shanghai’s most popular acrobatic show, featuring the gamut of traditional and contemporary Chinese acrobatics from aerial walking, bowl balancing, and trampoline shows to high flying trapeze acts and motorcycle cage stunts.


Jin Mao Tower and Xintiandi £46 Per Person (Shanghai)


Tour Extensions

Xi’an 3Days 2Nights from £499/pp

Price includes 2 nights 5 star hotels, meals, guided sightseeing tours, entrance fees and transfers 

Day 1 Beijing/Shanghai - Xi’an (D) After arrival, visit Ancient City Wall and Big Wild Goose Pagoda. 

Day 2 Xi’an (BLD) Visit Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses Museum, enjoy Tang Dynasty Dancing and Singing show and Imperial Dumpling Banquet in the evening. 

Day 3 Xi’an (B) Depart 

Hong Kong 3Days 2Nights/4Days 3Nights from £399/pp

Price includes 2 nights/ 3 nights 3 star hotels, half day tour

Day 1 Beijing/ Shanghai - Hong Kong  After arrival, take the shuttle to the hotel.

Day 2 Hong Kong Half day Hong Kong city tour visiting Victoria Peak, Stanley Market, and Aberdeen Village. 

Day 3 Hong Kong Free at leisure or you can join the optional Macau tour. 

Day 4 Hong Kong Depart

Yangtze River Cruise 5Days 4Nights from £699/pp   

Price includes 4 nights 5 star cruise, meals, shore excursions, and transfers 

Day 1 Beijing/Shanghai - Yichang (D) After arrival, transfer and board the cruise. 

Day 2 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD) Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam Project 

Day 3 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD) Shore excursion to Shennong Stream 

Day 4 Yangtze River Cruise (BLD) Shore excursion to Shibao Zhai Pagoda 

Day 5 Chongqing-Beijing/Shanghai (B) Depart

Yellow Mountain 3Days 2Nights £475/pp                                      

Price includes 5 star hotels, meals, guided sightseeing tours and train transfers

Day 1 Shanghai - Huangshan (D) You will be transferred to train station and take high speed train to Huangshan. Our professional tour guide will meet you at the Huangshan city and help you check in the hotel. 

Day 2 Huangshan (B) After breakfast, visit Huangshan (Yellow Mountain). You will take the Yungu cable car to the mountain to enjoy stunning views from several viewpoints such as Shixin Peak , Dream Flower Pen Rock ,and Eighteen Arhats Facing South China Sea Rock. In the afternoon, you will see more spectacular views from Paiyun Pavilion and Unity Pine.  

Tonight, enjoy optional Hui Show for (£30 ). The Hui show (local opera) is origin of Peking Opera with 200 years. It mainly represents the colorful tradition and life of local people and tells the story of Hui merchants. Hui Opera encompasses singing, recitative, gesticulating and acrobatics as its basic compositional forms. 

Day 3 Huangshan - Shanghai (B) Visit Liyang Old Street in the morning. After visiting Huangshan Bamboo charcoal shop or latex shop, return to Shanghai. Transfer to hotel upon arrival.

Do your homework before your departure; the following information will help you prepare for a trouble free China vacation

Travel Documents Flights to China Passport & China Visa Upon Arrival Baggage Inoculation Medication Internet Your Tour Guides Currency Time Difference Electricity Water Meals Climate Dress & Laundry Mail Media Cell phone Telephone Camera, Memory Card Toiletry Shopping Packing for a China TourGratuities Travel Insurance Jet Lag Precautions
Your Travel Document
Make sure that you have
1. Valid passport ready
2. Obtain the right China visa.
3. Check your name spellings on your airline tickets, it must matches EXACTLY your name on your passport.
4. Check the weather in the places you are going to visit in China and pack your baggage light and smart.
5. Call the airline related to get your seat pre-assigned and your special dietary request placed as soon as you receive your airline tickets.
We recommend you make two copies of your passport identification page. This will facilitate replacement in case your passport is lost or stolen. Leave one copy at home with friends or relatives. Carry the other one along with a passport size photo with you in a separate place from your passport. Leave a copy of your China Tour itinerary and contact information with family or friends at home so that you can be contacted in case of an emergency.
Flights to China
Contact your airline to confirm flight number and any possible schedule changes prior to leaving for the airport. Connecting passengers should verify, at the time of check-in, that luggage can be checked through to your China destination. For transpacific flights, you must check in at least three hours prior to the scheduled departure time.
In case you choose to arrange your own add-on flights to the designated gateway city, you must take the following facts into consideration before booking any flights. Nexus Holidays is not responsible for any missed connections and penalties/loss as a result. For a peace of mind, we strongly recommend you to purchase trip interruption/cancellation insurance. Note:
• For transpacific flight, you must check-in at least three (3) hours ahead of departure time.
• It takes at least one (1) hour to clear customs and claim your checked baggage.
• For domestic flight, you must check in at least two (2) hours prior to departure time.
Most airline tickets are issued using a special fare which cannot be changed or canceled without incurring additional cost. Should you lose or misplace your tickets while traveling, you should immediately notify the airline. In most cases the airline will have you complete a Lost Ticket Indemnity Form, and for a fee, issue replacement tickets.
Passport & ChinaVisa
All foreign nationals traveling to the People's Republic of China must travel on a valid passport with at least six(6) months remaining validity after the entry date into China. A tourist visa must be obtained prior to entering the PRC. Please read complete details about Passport & Visa for your China Travel Vacations.
A Nexus Holidays local Tour Guide will greet you once you have cleared the Customs area at your China arrival airport. Please wear your name badge for easy identification, and look for a Nexus Holidays sign. The metered taxicab from Beijing Airport to your Beijing hotel costs about $15 per ride depending on the traffic. Optional private transfer is available upon request. The hotel address in both English and Chinese is available at the "Contact Information" page in the travel documents sent to you two weeks prior to departure of your China trip.
We strongly recommend you travel with one piece of checked luggage, one carry-on bag, and one personal item per person.
Baggage allowance differs for the Trans-Pacific and the China domestic sections of your China trip. Baggage allowance for the Trans-Pacific flight is two pieces of checked baggage per person. Total dimensions (Length + Width + Height) of the two pieces must not exceed 107 inches (273cm); maximum dimensions of single piece shall not exceed 62 inches (158cm). Maximum weight per piece is 50 lbs. Each passenger may carry one piece of carry-on luggage, the combined dimensions of which shall not exceed 45 inches (115cm).
China domestic flights are more restrictive than Trans-Pacific flights. You are allowed only one piece of checked baggage, and that must not exceed 44 lbs per person. In addition, you are allowed one carry-on bag not to exceed 11 lbs, and one personal item such as a purse or camera bag. The carry-on must fit in the overhead bin or under the seat. The airport authorities seldom weigh your carry-on baggage, but the size of it does matter, particularly when the flight is full. This is the rule. Sometimes it is enforced strictly and sometimes it is not - depending on the local airport and how full the flight is. The checked-baggage rule, allowing only one piece and its weight allowance are usually enforced, particularly in the inland cities.
Overweight luggage in excess of allowances will incur excess baggage charges payable on site by the passenger. For domestic China flights, you may be asked by the airline to pay fees of approximately $2 to $4 per pound in excess of the weight limit.
Baggage Lock & Liquids
If you departure from Vancouver / Toronto, you can either lock your checked baggage or leave it open to your discretion.
China aviation and transportation authorities have a different rule on this issue and your checked baggage must be locked during the transportation in China. You only need to lock the major compartment of your baggage. This is a Chinese regulation. If your bag is found unlocked during transit, the airline or the train station will lock it for you and you will be billed for the locks. So prepare a lock for the main compartment of each bag and any lock will do.
Liquids & gels over 100 ml must be packed in checked luggage at all airports in the UK and China.
Make sure that you have luggage tags for each checked suitcase. A copy of your itinerary and contact information should also go in an outside pocket of your luggage to aid the airline personnel to locate you in case you and your luggage become separated. Never check luggage containing prohibited items (i.e. lighters), valuables (i.e. cash, jewelry, and cameras), fragile items (i.e. undeveloped film, bottles, eyeglasses) or critical items (i.e. medicines, travel vouchers). Please also refer to the UK Customs information about Permitted and Prohibited Items.

Nexus Holidays will not be responsible for loss or damage to your luggage and/or personal belongings. You must report any loss or damage immediately at the time of the incident and obtain a written report from the local authority for submission to your travel insurance provider. Travel Insurance covering lost and damaged baggage is strongly recommended. If your luggage is lost or damaged by the airlines, a baggage claim form must be filled with the carrier before leaving the airport.
Your checked baggage must be locked during transportation while in China. This is a Chinese regulation. No specification on type of locks as long as there is one.
No inoculation is mandatory for your China travel. However, we remind you that traveling in China does require certain precautions. Most seasoned travelers get immunized for Hepatitis A&B and Tetanus. Note we are not in the position to tell you that you should or should not take certain inoculation. We, therefore, highly recommend that you consult your GP to verify your particular needs.
If you take prescription medication, be sure to bring enough to last the entire trip. Keep these medications with you and do not pack them in checked baggage.
Long-term travel overseas might cause tourists to develop stomach upset; a change in water, food, sleep habits and/or climate may all cause discomfort. Bring anti-diarrhea medications such as Imodium and Lomotil just in case.
If you are prone to motion sickness, you are strongly recommended to bring motion sickness medication or patch to help ease nausea or dizziness. Motion sickness also includes air sickness and sea sickness.
If your China tour includes Tibet (elevation of 12,000 feet), you are strongly recommended to visit your doctor or a travel clinic for their professional advice about traveling at high altitudes. People may experience Acute Mountain Sickness (AMS) with symptoms like light-headedness, shortness of breath and may tire a little more easily at that high elevation. Medication to reduce mountain sickness may be advised by your physician. The hotel we use in Tibet offers an oxygen bag to you at no cost.
Internet access is available at almost all hotels on your Nexus Holidays travel itinerary. You can use the computers in the business center at your hotel for a fee. Internet access is usually charged by minute and may be expensive. Many hotels offer free internet access at your hotel room, so you may want to bring your own laptop, but some hotels do charge for that and it could be expensive (up to $15-18 per day). Wi-Fi is not commonly available in China hotels. Most hotels in China either do not have WiFi at all or only have WiFi in a public area. Usually you will not have access to WiFi from your hotel room. In order to use iPad or iPhone in your hotel room, you may buy an AirPort Express from Apple to convert the internet access from the cable modem to wireless. Your iPhone can roam to China but data roaming could be expensive.
China Tour Guides
Please rest assured you are in good hands when you join Nexus Holidays’s inclusive China package travel. Our travel guiding system in China is comprised of a centralized office on a national level, local offices and partners in each destination city, and an extensive network of tour guides.
For a tour group with 10 travelers or more, a professional Nexus Holidays National Guide (a Chinese national) will be assigned to accompany the group throughout mainland China, supervising the work performed by local agencies and smoothing over any possible difficulties along the trip.
Your National Guide is a licensed professional who gives you personal care and is accessible 24 hours a day throughout your trip in mainland China (For tours in Hong Kong you only have a Hong Kong local guide). For your convenience, your National guide will give his/her cell phone number to you at the beginning of your China tour.
In addition to your national guide, a local guide is assigned along the trip in each destination to provide in-depth tour services to you and offer assistance on local tour arrangements. Sometimes, your National Guide may also act as your local guide in the city where he/she is from, provided he/she has a local tour guide license and is eligible to do so. Nexus Holidays local tour guides are hand-picked, well trained and service oriented. They are constantly evaluated based on the performance and our customer evaluation of each individual Nexus Holidays tour group. We strive to hire only the best. We know the success of your China trip largely depends on the quality of your tour guides.
China is very much a cash-based society – bring a money belt or clothing with secure pockets because you’ll need to carry around a fair amount of local cash. Major credit cards are only acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend you use a credit card for big purchases at tourist stores and buy insurance for the shipped items. Don’t count on ATMs for credit card and bank card cash advances; they are not common in China. Please call your credit card company to notify them of your trip to China so they won’t decline your transactions made while you are in China. Tipping can be made with either Canadian. dollars or the equivalent Chinese RMB. Pay in smaller bills when shopping with street vendors.
Chinese Currency
The Chinese currency is known as Renminbi (RMB), literally "People's Money". The basic unit of RMB is Yuan (dollar), which is divided into 10 Jiao (dimes), which is divided again into 10 Fen (cents). Bank of China issues RMB bills in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan and 1, 2, 5 Jiao. Hong Kong's currency is the Hong Kong Dollars (HKD). It is internationally exchangeable and worth slightly less than RMB. Note, Hong Kong dollar cannot be used in mainland China and you must convert all your HKD back to GBP before leaving Hong Kong.
Exchanging money
You can change money at hotels, China arrival and departure airports, and at Bank of China branches. The official exchange rate is used in most places so it’s unnecessary to shop around for a better deal. For the sake of convenience and safety we suggest that you change money in your hotel. Almost all hotels in your China trip offer foreign currency exchange service supervised by Bank of China. Retain the exchange receipts because you will need the receipt to convert RMB to your home currency at the end of the trip. Those traveling to Hong Kong can change RMB to Hong Kong Dollars there, but make sure you convert all Hong Kong dollars to RMB or your home currency before departing Hong Kong. You must exchange all Chinese RMB before the last day of your tour because you won’t have time to convert it back to your home currency at the airport.
Travellers Checks
The fact is that Traveler’s Checks become more inconvenient to use in China, particularly in the smaller cities and in local Chinese hotels. So don’t rely on Traveler’s Checks.
If you are lucky to cash your Traveler’s checks, you will find the advantage of it is obvious: you can always void them if they are lost. Keep your exchange slip; you will need it when buying back your home currency. We recommend you use only Traveler’s Checks issued by major financial organizations such as American Express and Visa. But note, cash, particularly in the form of U.S. dollars is easier to use than Traveler's Checks.
British Pounds 
Cash advance service is not commonly available in China, so you need to bring cash with you. Please note: foreign coins are not acceptable in China. All paper bills should be complete, not badly worn and free from graffiti. Partial, badly worn or defaced bills will not be accepted by local vendors.
Credit Cards
Major credit cards are only acceptable at hotels, tourist stores and upscale shops. We recommend you use a credit card for any big purchases at tourist stores and purchase insurance for the shipped items. Please call your credit card company to let them know you are traveling in China so they won’t decline your transactions made during your trip.
Personal checks are generally not acceptable outside the UK.
ATMs (Automated Teller Machine)
Do not count on ATMs in mainland China, although they are commonly used in Hong Kong. ATMs can be found in a growing, but still limited number of large banks in mainland China. You can use Visa, Master card, American Express, Cirrus and Plus to withdraw cash. The network is only available in sizeable cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Most ATMs in China can only be used for withdrawing RMB. The exchange rate on ATM withdrawals is similar to credit cards but there is a maximum daily withdrawal amount. For credit-card cash advance, service fees apply.
You may feel more comfortable using a money belt for large sums of cash and credit cards. Care and good judgment is a must in all travel.
Time Difference
Although P. R. China covers five time zones, only Beijing Standard Time is adopted for the entire country. It is 8 hours ahead of GMT, 16 hours ahead of Pacific Standard Time (15 hours ahead of PST in daylight saving time). People in China's far western regions like Tibet follow a later work schedule to keep pace with the official centralized Beijing Time. Please check World Clock for current regional time.

China's electrical current is 220V, 50 cycles AC. Plugs and Outlets come in a variety of shapes and are different from that in the UK. Adapters and converters are readily available at all hotels but may be limited to a small number. So if you have to use them in urgency you are advised to bring along your own adapters and converters for your appliances. As soon as you check-in, you should contact Housekeeping to borrow adaptors and converters. Hair dryers and irons are readily available also.
Tap water is not considered safe to drink in China despite the fact that water in China is commonly chlorinated and processed. Drink only bottled water or boiled water. Bottled purified water and soft drinks can be easily obtained at reasonable prices. All your hotels offer boiled water to your room daily, with which you can safely make tea.
Most meals are included as specified in your China Tour itinerary. Breakfasts included on your China Tour are usually American buffet breakfast to give you a good start for the day. Lunches and dinners are usually served in local Chinese restaurants with a set menu and in a family style.A regular lunch/dinner is composed of 6-12 dishes shared by 6-10 people sitting at a round table (which symbolizes union and perfection-harmony). One beverage of your choice (beer, mineral water and soda) is included per person per meal at no additional charge; Chinese tea is usually complimentary. Special meals such as an authentic Peking Duck dinner, Dumping Banquet is also included courtesy of Nexus Holidays.



China is a huge country with varied climates. In general, the north is cold and dry in winter. In the south, summer is hot and humid. The rainy season is in July and August. The best season to travel in China is April, May, late September, October and the first two weeks of November. The climate in Hong Kong is sub-tropical, similar to that of Hawaii. Read more on average temperatures in China's major tourist cities and their current weather conditions.
Dress & Laundry
China is a country with few dress taboos. Dress for comfort. Sandals, shorts, and jeans are widely accepted. Coordinate your outfits for multi-tasking. Dress in layers to suit various weather/temperature changes. No formal dress is required.China hotels offer laundry service. It is convenient but may appear expensive for someone. The least expensive places to do laundry are in smaller cities like Xian and Guilin. Please check pricing at your Hotel Laundry List from the hotel information page of each tour.
Your China Tour hotels have postal service allowing you to send postcards and letters overseas. It usually takes more than 10 days for a postcard to reach North-America. The postage is charged in Chinese RMB equivalents to about 50 cents U.S. for a postcard, and 80 cents U.S. for a letter up to 20 grams.
China publishes various newspapers and magazines in English. Among them, China Daily is a popular English newspaper, complimentary at most hotels. Imported publications like Time, Newsweek, and The Economist can be found at certain hotels. BBC, CNN or even HBO are becoming commonly available in most tourist hotels.
Cell phone
Blackberry and Iphone can roam to China, but data roaming could be expensive. Check with your phone carrier for their special internal roaming plan. You may also buy a SIM card in China to use on your cell phone if your phone is unlocked. The cards are prepaid -- e.g. RMB100 will get you quite a bit of talk time and at lower cost than the hotel IDD service.
Both international and domestic calls can be made from your hotel room. Domestic long-distance rates in the PRC vary according to distance and are usually inexpensive. Local calls are either at a very low rate or free of charge depending on the hotel. International Direct Dial (IDD) calls made from a hotel room could be expensive when the hotel adds a surcharge on top of China's already high IDD rates. Some hotels may request that you pay a deposit before you can access the international line from your hotel room. Use a phone card for international calls; it is becoming more widely available and the rate is reasonable. Simply consult your Tour Director regarding this matter, he or she will be happy to assist you.
• Calling UK from Mainland China
Dial 00 (international access code) + 44 (UK country code) + local number
• Calling China from UK
Dial 00 (international access code) + 86 (China country code, or 852 for Hong Kong regional code) + China area code (minus initial zero) + local number
• Essential Numbers in China
There are several telephone numbers that are the same throughout China. However, only International Assistance and Local Weather Forecast are likely to have an English-speaking operator.
International Assistance: 115Local Directory Enquiries:114Long Distance Enquiries: 113 or 173
Local Weather Forecast: 121 Police Hotline: 110 Fire Hotline: 119
Area Code list: CITYCODE
Hong Kong
Camera, Memory Card & Film
Your camera bag is considered a personal item and can be carried onboard in addition to your carry-on baggage. Make sure to bring many camera memory cards with you for your China vacations. A memory card is easy to obtain but may not compatible with your camera. If you still use conventional camera and film you should be aware that when flying U.S. domestic and transpacific flights, you should pack all undeveloped film in carry-on baggage. Repeat screening on checked baggage will damage undeveloped film. Most X-ray machines in China's airports and railway stations are marked "film safe". However, films with a higher ASA rating could be fogged by repeat exposures to X-rays. You should carry such film by hand.
It is wise to bring hand wipes to use before dinner and after toilet. Also bring a handkerchief or bandanas; this can substitute for a hand towel. Always bring your own toilet paper as it is not usually available in public toilets.
Packing for a China Tour
Pack light and you'll soon find you are better off with less! The best packing question a traveler can ask is "do people where I am headed live without this item"? Don't pack the stuff which is readily available in the hotels where you will be staying. Don't cram your suitcase with unnecessary items, and you'll have room for the "treasures" you collect along the way. Remember that you will have access to:
• Convenient, same day laundry service in all your hotels, if you send clothes in the morning you should have them back in the evening. The price is reasonable. For any destination city where you stay two or more nights you can do laundry.
• A hair dryer and iron are readily available at most hotels for your use; simply contact Housekeeping.
• Bath accessories in your private bathroom include disposable tooth brush and toothpaste, comb, soap, shampoo, body lotion, sewing kit, sanitary bag, shower cap etc.
• You can easily purchase a shoulder bag or small piece of luggage to carry your purchases back home.
• Virtually anything you require can be secured along the way. It is part of the adventure. Travel in China involves a lot of walking. Comfortable walking shoes are essential. Make sure to check current weather conditions before you decide what clothes to pack.
Tips are commonly expected from foreign tourists to China. Whether they are considered as gratuities or service fees, tips are the major motivator for the tour guides. Your China Tour national guide, local guides, drivers and porters are professional, conscientious, and most thankful for your acknowledgment.
GBP£10 per traveler per day, shared between all guides, porters and drivers.
Outside dining: service charge is included (except in Hong Kong)
China is the world's factory and bargain shoppers' paradise. We are aware of the fact that shopping is an integral part of international travel, particularly to countries like China. However, your valuable travel time in China is limited and therefore Nexus Holidays tours features the minimum arranged shopping stops compared to all other tours.
We strongly recommend you buy travel insurance to protect yourself and your travel investment against the unexpected. Please read more details about Travel Insurance.
Jet Lag Precautions
Jet lag happens when your body's inner clock falls out of sync with daily cycles of light, rest and meals as you cross time zones to reach your destination. Its symptoms are fatigue, irritability and vague disorientation. You cannot totally avoid jet lag, but you can minimize its effects. Here are some suggestions:
1. Get several good nights of sleep before your trip departure.
2. Set your watch to your destination time when you board the plane, and adjust sleep and meals accordingly.
3. Try to sleep on the plane.
4. Walk around the plane occasionally, do isometric exercises at your seat.
5. Drink plenty of water and fruit juice while flying.
6. Avoid alcoholic and caffeinated drinks during and after the flight.
7. On arrival, throw yourself into your new schedule, avoid naps, and try to stay awake until your normal sleeping time at home.

On behalf of Nexus Holidays, have a wonderful safe, pleasant China Vacation

We strongly recommend you obtain the correct Travel Insurance for your trip.Please ensure the insurance covers any existing medical conditions, airfare or trip cancellation, delays or lose of baggage. Unfortunately, we do not currently provide any insurance, however please search online for suitable coverage.


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