FAQ on Others
- Do lots of people speak English in China?
- How to contact my family when I travel in China?
- What kind of electrical adaptor should I bring?
- I am non-Chinese. Can I get married with a Chinese in China? How to register marriage? What are the required formalities?
- What to pack?
- Is language a problem there?
- What do I do when I am harassed by beggars and hawkers while I am visiting the attractions?
- What are the traditional festivals in China?
- I'd like to bring something as small gifts to the people I will meet in China, what will be alright?
- Can I connect to the internet using my own laptop notebook?
- Can I take Li River Cruise in winter? I heard that it is not available in December.
- In my schedule I will go and watch Beijing Opera. What should I wear?
- Can we bring our dog into China?
- Can I bring plants or potted plants to my country from China?
- I want to adopt a child from China. What are the requirements and procedures for Child adoptions in China?
- Can I bring a walkie talkie to China?
- My children are traveling with us to China. What and how should I prepare when traveling with children?
- How do I check if cookies are enabled.
- Is it possible for two none-Chinese to get married in China? If so, what are the required formalities? We are two German tourists.
- Air condition in China
- Can I view English websites like Facebook, Youtube and Twitter in China?
- How can we find a laundry?
- Where can I learn Chinese Kungfu?
- Will I have all the same facilities that I have at home?
- What are the public holidays in China?
- Which sightseeing line / route should one take to go to New Summer palace? Thanks
- My friend told me that the toilets in Chinese restaurants are "squat toilets". Is that true?
- What lawful rights and interests and obligations are foreigners entitled to in China?
- Why is the cost of traveling in China increasing?
English is taught in all Chinese schools but most of the population can not speak English. It takes years of full time study for most people to be able to speak English so that they can be understood. Even in the big cities English is very limited so part of our job is to make it easier for our customers to get the most out of their tour by reducing the communication gap as much as possible. We also want to assure that Chinese people want to communicate with you. Its amazing how much can be achieved with signs and gestures when buying and bargaining for your souvenirs.
This a short guide to what level of English can be expected as you explore China.
Tour Guides: All English speaking guides have to have passed a national exanimation and should be quite fluent English speakers. The standard of English spoken by guides in more remote areas like Tibet or the Silk Road may not be as good. Drivers rarely speak English.
Tourist Class: Limited English may be available at the reception desk but it is unlikely that any other employees will speak English.
Deluxe Class: English should be available at the reception desk and other employees may speak limited English.
Superior Class: English will may be available at the reception desk and other employees should be able to speak English.
Local Restaurants: Little or no English is spoken at most local restaurants, however some may have English menus. Our guides will be available to assist when you visit a local restaurants as part of your tour.
Taxi Drivers: As a rule taxi Drivers do not speak English. Always carry the "Take me to" card from the hotel or ask the hotel to write a note.
Tourist Attractions: As a rule staff at tourist attractions do not speak English. Our guide will always be available to take care of admission and guiding you though the attraction.
You can always use the hotel telephone. But be aware that it could be as expensive as US$3 per minute. On the Yangtze cruise ships, it could be $20 per minute as they are using satellite telephone.
1. Leave phone numbers at home and ask them to call you.
2. Send faxes from the business centers at the hotels and ship.
3. Send emails from those business centers at the hotels and ships.
4. Take a mobile phone and buy a Chinese SIM card for about $10 or an IP card for about $4 per 30 minutes of call time.
5. Use Skype (or similar) if there are internet cafes and computers online at hotels with talk programs and webcams.
6. Use public phones in corner shops, the rate is about US$1 per minute for international calls.
Electricity in China is 220V, 50 Hz, AC. The adaptors used in China are for Type A (2-pin), type B, (3-pin), type C (2-pin) and type I(3-pin) sockets. The adaptor used in Hong Kong and Macau is type G, which is three-pin socket, UK standard. Most of the hotels have a socket in the bathroom for both 110V and 220V. Most hotels have built-in converters in bathrooms for shaving, hair dryers, etc. Outside of the bathroom, only 220V sockets are provided so a converter will be required to change the voltage from 220V to 110V and well as an adaptor to allow different pins to be used. Most hotels will have adaptor, but it is always wise to be prepared if you have some piece of electrical equipment which you want to use.
I am non-Chinese. Can I get married with a Chinese in China? How to register marriage? What are the required formalities?
Yes, you can register marriage in China if your other half is a Chinese citizen. The following applies to Sino-foreign marriages. It is also suggested that you consult Chinese embassy for the most updated information.
Step 1: Submit the required documents
The Sino-foreign couple must go together, in person to the appropriate marriage registration office and submit a completed marriage registration application form (available at the marriage registration office). The appropriate marriage registration office will be the one in the jurisdiction in which the Chinese partner is registered (the location of the hukou). Together with the application form, the couple must submit a number of other documents:
(1) A certificate of marriageability (2) A certificate of birth (3) Household registration book (hukou) (4) A health certificate (obtainable from a regional-level local hospital) (5) A letter from the parents of the Chinese partner giving permission for their child to marry a foreigner (this letter should include the index fingerprint of both parents below their signatures and date)
(1) A current passport (2) Chinese residence permit (3) A health certificate from a local hospital designated by the marriage registration office (4) Three photos of the marrying couple, taken together (5) A registration fee (6) A certificate of marriageability.
Item 6 requires further explanation. Basically, the marriage registration office needs a form from the foreign partner's home government stating he/she is not already married in his/her home country. Every foreign government has its own version of this type of form with its own requirements for obtaining one. Couples will need to check the embassy website of the foreign partner's home country in China for details on how to obtain this kind of certification. (Chinese translations must accompany foreign-language documents.)
Note: Application requirements may vary from office to office. When an individual visits the appropriate marriage registration office to pick up an application form and find out which local hospital(s) the foreign partner must receive a check-up at, he/she should also check to see if the office's requirements differ from those listed here.
Step 2: Wait for the good news
After the establishment of the new marriage law, it takes the marriage registration office about an hour or so to review the submitted documents and approve the application.
Step 3: Once the marriage registration office approves the application and registers the marriage, it will issue a marriage certificate to be picked up by the couple.
1. The passport with all necessary visas and travel documents. We recommend that a copy of all documents be kept separately to the original documents in case original document are lost. Copies are very useful for identification purposes.
2. Casual outdoor clothing depending on the time of year that you travel and your destination. A pair of good walking shoes is necessary. Most tours involve plenty of walking, sometimes on hard or uneven surfaces and stairs.Many attractions are also quite exposed to the weather – sun, wind, rain etc; for example the Forbidden City has many large open spaces, and many of the Temples have large courtyards between their halls and pagodas.
3. 'Carry On' luggage for air travel in China is limited to 2 pieces for first class travelers and one piece for business and economy class travelers. The dimensions of each shall not exceed 20X40 X55cm and the total weight of the above two pieces shall not exceed 5 kg. The carry on items in excess of the above mentioned shall be checked-in as checked baggage according to regulations.
5. Credit cards
6. Traveler's checks
7. Airline, Cruise or Train tickets
8. First-aid kit
9. Medicine and vitamins
10.Hat, Sunscreen, lip creams and sunglasses, depending on the season and your destination. If you will go to places with high elevation such as Tibet, parts of Sichuan, Yunnan and Xinjiang provinces, these items are vital to protect your skin and eyes as the high altitude and the thin atmosphere allows the sun's solar radiation to strike the earth with unusual intensity.
11.Address and telephone number list. A list of e-mail addresses, mailing addresses and telephone numbers will help keep you in touch. Type them onto a sheet instead of taking a your whole address book. It will save weight.
12.Itinerary with confirmation numbers and addresses and phone numbers of the places you'll be staying.
13.Insect repellent. Especially for summer months and for travelers who are visiting rural areas.
14.Do not bring expensive jewelry and watches.
15.Medical records, daily necessities such as bathroom requirements are readily available throughout China and you may wish to save space by purchasing these items while you travel.
16.If you are taking a more adventurous trip, it's a good idea to take your own silk sleeping bag liner and lightweight travel towel along with a reasonable supply of tissues, torch, personal toiletries.
17. Chargers for your mobile phone, digital camera etc. An electrical transformer could be useful. China uses 220V electricity for 110v devices cannot be used on this system.
Mandarin is spoken throughout China, and many people in Hong Kong speak Mandarin and English as well as Cantonese. English is the first foreign language of China and becoming more common, however it is still not widely spoken.
The beggars around the well known attractions are usually people getting money by misrepresentation. They often work in gangs and if you give to one, others may be attracted to you. Likewise, hawkers sell low quality products and discounted services and are not trustworthy.
Traditional festivals of China are colorful and rich in content. This is an important part of Chinese culture. We have included all the major traditional Chinese festivals in our festivals page. Please click here to read.
I'd like to bring something as small gifts to the people I will meet in China, what will be alright?
If you will just send something to some one who has helped you, things like postcards of your country will be fine, nothing expensive and they will be really happy about that. If you meet lovely little kids, you may give them something like a balloon bought on street, and some little items. They might be quite shy to accept it. Don't worry about that, Chinese people are quite friendly to foreigners. Bringing gifts to Chinese is not really a must. And if you could take photos with them and give them a copy, they will be very happy.
Yes, most major hotels provide Internet access. Some provide free internet. Please check on arrival at the hotel. China uses 230v electricity so a transformer may be needed. You may need an adapter plug to accommodate plug types”A” “I” and “G” .Mobile Wireless Broadband also available in more than 100 cities throughout China. It is possible to purchase a separate USIM card/USB mobile card for your computer in China. Chinese operators use some different technology to other countries. So please check the specification before coming if you wish to use this technology. For your information, China Mobile use TD-SCDMA , China Unicom use WCDMA and China Telecom use CDMA2000 EV-DO. Your guide can assist you in purchasing a card on arrival.
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It's not necessary to dress formal for Beijing Opera. Dress slacks will be fine.
I want to adopt a child from China. What are the requirements and procedures for Child adoptions in China?
There are many uncertainties about regulations on this matter. Our suggestion is that you buy a set in China when you arrive in China just to be safe, because problems on entry can cause long delays. Usually use of walkie talkies is not allowed without permission. They may interfere with legal users who use the same frequency.
My children are traveling with us to China. What and how should I prepare when traveling with children?
We have the following suggestions that are hopefully useful for your preparation.
Passports /ID cards: in most countries, children no longer share their passports with parents, also usually children’s passports expire faster than parents’
Visa: Children need their own visa on their passports
Insurance, doctors and emergency contact email address or telephone no.
International Vaccination Card – some countries have different requirements.
Children should have the copy of contact information for each city in case they become separated.
Sunscreen, UV protection, Umbrella, Insect repellent, Band-Aids, regular medicine for cough, headache, diarrhea and allergy. Any special prescription suggested by your doctor with clear instructions.
Instruct children to drink only bottled water in China.
A push car/stroller or a baby carrier may be an advantage.
Comfortable clothing, Swimming suit and or warm clothing depending on the location and expected weather.
Baby oil, baby cream and lip balm, tooth brush or their own preferred soap, shampoo and toothpaste, Wet wipes.
A large range of baby item are commonly available at supermarkets including disposable diapers and famous brand of milk powder.
If you children have food allergies, you can make a list and alert your travel advisor, tour guide and the restaurant. We are also glad to help by translating the information into Chinese and arranging meals for you.
Music, DVD, comics or small snacks for long time drive and small, light and not easily broken toys (no guns)
Your children might enjoy taking photographs video to record so that they can write their own dairy or travelogue.
You can see this page (http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/guidebook/travel-with-kids.htm) for more information about traveling with kids in China. If you have any further inquiries or need tour services in China, feel free to send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org, our travel advisors will reply within 24 hours.
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Is it possible for two none-Chinese to get married in China? If so, what are the required formalities? We are two German tourists.
If you want to register your marriage and receive Marriage Registration Certificate in China, I’m afraid that Chinese laws do not allow two foreigners to register marriage in China, when neither one of you is a Chinese registered resident.
However, China is an ideal destination for your honeymoon tour, and we will also be glad to arrange if you would like to have a traditional Chinese style wedding ceremony. Check out our honeymoon tours at http://www.chinahighlights.com/tour/honeymoon-tours/.
Feel free to send us your inquiries or requirements to email@example.com, our travel advisors will reply within 24 hours.
On the byproducts of economical development and urbanization is pollution and China's nation's water and air quality have suffered. In the large industrial cities of the north, pollution can be quite bad and this occurs even in some famous tourist cities including Beijing, Shanghai,Xian Hangzhou and Guilin.
There are few public laundries on the streets. Laundering services are available in your hotels and cruise ships. In some hotel, they offer the One-day dry cleaning and pressing services.
China is a developing country with traditions, culture and habits that are very different to many foreign countries. We are sure that we can give you a great Chine experience and we will assist you over most of the problems but it good to be aware that differences exist between our countries.As few important things.
1. Most people do not speck English. Our guides will be available in most case but please be patient and you will achieve your goals.
2. Chinese food is one of the most popular cuisines worldwide but we understand that you may want a change sometimes. Your evening meal is not included so that you can choose the food of your choice.
3. Toilet paper will not be available in most toilets including trains and some small hotel.
There are three key national holiday periods in China, when a large part of the population is on the move – all travel bookings are extremely tight at these times, hotels generally increase their rates and flights and trains can be very crowded. The main, week-long holidays are: Chinese New Year in February; International Labour Day the first week of May, and to celebrate National Day the first week in October.
The General Principles of Constitution of PRC indicate definitely that
1) Within Chinese territory, the legitimate rights and interests of the foreign visitors are protected by the People's Republic of China. And the freedom of person of the foreign visitors is inviolable as that of the Chinese nationals. And likewise, all foreign visitors must abide by the law of the People's Republic of China. Any activities that disrupt public order, disserve public security and infringe upon the interests of the state, of society and of the collective would be punished according to the laws of China.
2) Within the period of validity of their visas, foreign visitors can freely travel the areas open to foreigners. But they should respect the folkways and customs of local areas. While, those who what to visit areas that are not opened to foreigners should apply for a Foreigners Travel Permit from the local public security organ. Only after the approval is granted, can they enter the area legally.
China is a developing country, but the cost of daily expenses here is not as low as many people expect it to be. Recently, a post was widely circulated on Chinese blogs: In China, suppose a person with the wages of CNY 5,000 p/m ($800), it costs him CNY30 ($5) to eat at KFC, CNY100 ($16) in a local restaurant, CNY400 ($65) to buy a Levis and at least CNY200,000 ($30,000) to buy a Camry Toyota car; while in the US, a person with the wage of $ 5,000 p/m, it costs only $4 for KFC, $ 40 in a restaurant, $20 for a Levis and at $30,000 for a Camry Toyota car.
It sounds funny but it is true in China. Because of the economic expansion in recent years, China’s CPI has been highly raised; According to current data, the CPI rose by 5.5% in 2011 which would be difficult to control in a long term; China is no longer the country with cheap consumption or labor. China Highlights would like our clients to be fully informed of the high consumer price to avoid being astonished when traveling in China and to be well prepared before coming. Below is some price index for reference:
|Food (Per KG)|
|Aquatic Products||CNY40 ($6.3)|
|Fresh Local Fruits||CNY36 ($6)|
|Fuels (Per GAL)||CNY30 ($5)|
|Clothing (department store)||CNY500 ($78)|
|Apartment (Beijing, per Sq Meter)||CNY30,000 ($4,762)|