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Travel Advice: China

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Overview
China

With a completely new culture and language to navigate, it’s important to do your research before your China holiday. Below are a few quick bits of advice. For more details, talk to your Travel Butler.

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Visas
China

British citizens need to arrange a visa in advance to visit mainland China, which you can apply for through the Chinese Embassy or consulate. Hong Kong, Macau and other non-mainland territories have separate entry requirements that are not covered by the China visa. Speak to your local embassy or your Travel Butler to find out more about arranging your visa and other immigration requirements.

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Inoculations
China

There are no vaccinations requirements when travelling from the UK to China, but travellers should check that they are vaccinated against hepatitis, polio, tetanus and typhoid. You may also need antimalarial medications when visiting some remote areas, such as Hainan Island and border regions.

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When to go
China

China's immense size means that any time of year will be high or low season somewhere. Generally though, the summer months of June to August are the busiest and most expensive time to visit. It can also be worth avoiding the major festivities such as Chinese New Year, May Day and National Day in October, when the mass migration of domestic travellers can make transport difficult and hotel prices soar. Visiting off-peak in spring and autumn usually means smaller crowds while still offering comfortable conditions and some scenic areas will be resplendent with colourful foliage. Winter (from November to March) should be avoided if you're travelling to Beijing and the northern regions, while the summer is best avoided in southern areas due to the often sweltering temperatures and seasonal typhoons that bring heavy rainfall.

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Currency
China

China's currency is the renminbi, represented by the yuan.

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Electrical
China

You will need a plug adaptor and voltage converter when taking UK electronics to China. The country's power supply is 220 volts, and the most commonly used plugs are 2-pin type A plugs and 3-pin type I plugs, making a universal adaptor the best option for saving space in your luggage.

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Travel insurance
China

However you're planning to spend your time in China, make sure you're covered in the event of accidents, illness and other emergencies by taking out travel insurance before you leave the UK.

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What to pack
China

China is a huge country with many different climate zones, so you should plan for the weather, the season and the type of activities you'll be getting involved in when packing for the trip. Generally speaking, items that will come in handy include:

  • Passport
  • Power adaptor
  • Comfortable walking shoes
  • Language translator
  • Power adaptor

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