China Travel Information

China Holiday Dates
New Year - January 1, 2014
Chinese New Year Holiday – January 31 - February 6, 2014
Ching Ming Festival Holiday - April 7, 2014
Labour Day Holiday - May 1-3, 2014
Dragon Boat Festival Holiday - June 2, 2014
Mid-Autumn Festival - September 8, 2014
National Day – October 1-7, 2014

Hong Kong Holiday Dates
New Year - January 1, 2014
Chinese New Year Holiday - January 31 - February 3, 2014
Easter Holiday - April 18-21, 2014
Labour Day – May 1, 2014
The Buddha's Birthday - May 6, 2014
Dragon Boat Festival - June 2, 2014
HKSAR Establishment Day - July 1, 2014
The day following Mid Autumn Festival - September 9, 2014
National Day – October 1, 2014
Chung Yeung Festival - October 2, 2014
Christmas – December 25-26, 2014

Local Time
GMT +8 (China has only one time zone)

Money
China – Yuan (¥)
Hong Kong – HK$
HK$100 = ¥80 (approximately)
HK$7.8 = US$1, pegged rate

Hotels in Hong Kong usually offer money change service, but at a less attractive rate. Hotels in China generally don’t have much cash available for exchange service. You are suggested to get money change at the airport.

Credit cards in Hong Kong are widely used, but not in mainland China.

Electricity

China - 220 to 240 V. (photo left & right)
Hong Kong – 250 V. (photo left)

Internet Access
Five star hotels usually provide internet access within guest rooms. For smaller hotels, you can pay a little fee to use their business centre to access internet.

Internet café is popular in Hong Kong. You can easily find Pacific Coffee, Starbucks, Mix and many others at the airport and within the city.

Emergency Help
China - 110
Hong Kong – 999

Smoking Law
China doesn't imply any standard rule. Hong Kong doesn’t allow smoking within restaurants, indoor public areas and some designated outdoor public areas, such as parks.

Tipping Policy
Fine dining restaurants usually add 10% service fee to your bill. You can pay a little extra if you really appreciate the service. Hotel bell boys would expect some tipping. I would suggest paying ¥5 in China and HK$10 for Hong Kong. No tipping is necessary for taxi drivers.

China Travel FAQ

What is the best season to go?
Spring (April/May) and autumn (September/October) are the best seasons to visit China in terms of weather. Number of tourists won’t be too numerous and hotels won’t raise their rate except for special events.

What are the best souvenirs to buy?

Beijing – cultural stuff
Xian – tri-colour horse
Guilin – chili sauce
Hong Kong – gold jewellery + anything

China travel information: Hong Kong Shopping Guide

Can I bargain while shopping?
It depends. Not in shopping malls. In China, DO NOT bargain if you don’t intend to buy. For fragile products like tri-colour horses, try not to touch them or take extra care when touching them. You’ll be in great trouble if the product got broken during the bargaining process.

Do I need travel insurance?
Yes. Hospitalization in China is expensive. You must pay first and claim for reimbursement after returning to your home country.

Do I need a China Visa?
Yes. You would need one and you can apply a China Visa Online

Can I drink tap water?
No. On the land of China, Hong Kong and Macau, you must drink boiled water only.

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