Get Inspired / China China: Travel Information Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / China China: Travel Information story by: Inspire Hong Kong & China ACCOMMODATION: Superior quality hotels are used in China - all rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms and normally have two twin beds (double bed can be requested but is not guaranteed). Triple share accommodation consists of two single beds plus a rollaway/fold-up bed, not normally recommended. In some remote areas, hotels may be of a lower standard. But we do use the best available accommodation. CLIMATE: Ranges from cold and dry winters to hot, humid summers. Northern China is generally warm to hot from late May to September with the southern regions experiencing hotter conditions. The north can be very cold in winter with temperatures often dropping below zero. March to May and September to November are generally the ideal months to tour in China. CURRENCY: Chinese currency is known as Renminbi (RMB) and the basic unit is the yuan (made up 100 Fen). International travellers’ cheques can be exchanged for Chinese currency at your point of entry into China or at banks and hotels within the country. Major foreign credit cards are acceptable in designated shops, hotels and large restaurants in many cities throughout China. Australian Dollar travellers’ cheques are recommended, although, in remote areas in some provinces, US currency is more readily recognised. ELECTRICITY: China’s electricity supply is 220 volts, AC50. Plug sizes and styles vary between cities and even between hotels - they can be 2 or 3 pin, round or flat (although more commonly 2 round pins), British, American, European or Australian-style. It’s advisable to take a complete set of adaptor plugs for any electrical appliances, readily purchased in most big stores, luggage outlets and at duty-free stores. Battery operated appliances can be an advantage for a short trip. SHOPPING: Traditional items like cloisonné, porcelain, handicrafts, silks, tablecloths and exquisite embroidery are favourite souvenirs of China. But did you know that western-style men’s suits, leather ware, sports shoes, ladies’ and men’s casual wear, cashmere sweaters, washable silk shirts and even designer fashion labels are now very popular and offer excellent quality and value for money? Government department stores have fixed prices while in privately-operated local markets and at roadside stalls you are expected to bargain – start from less than half the asked price and work your way up. Should you purchase large items from a government store or similar (carpets, furniture, rosewood chests, etc.) most will arrange for shipment to Australia. Helen Wong’s Tours makes no recommendations for particular stores or markets you may visit during your tour, whether independently or with your local guide. Helen Wong’s Tours will not take responsibility for the quality or authenticity of any items you may purchase. ENTERTAINMENT: Included in your group tour program are evening cultural shows in such major centres as Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Lijiang, Suzhou (except in winter) and Guilin. Nightlife in China has progressed so far that you will have difficulty choosing what to do. If you prefer the more traditional entertainment, Chinese Opera provides spectacular performances of dance, song and martial arts. Check for local acrobatic shows, circuses or puppet shows as they provide an inexpensive but entertaining night out. If you prefer a more western-style night, many hotels have discotheques, nightclubs and lounge bars. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wakatipu: Queenstown Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist The Eight Sights of Guangzhou Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.