FAQs on China Tours from UK

Best Time to Visit China

Generally speaking, the best time for China tours from the UK is September and October, when China is in golden autumn with sunny and pleasant climate. May and June in the transition period of spring and summer are nice months to visit China as well. As China is a vast country with diverse climatic conditions, the specific best time to visit is determined by your travel destinations.

Remember to avoid the National Day holiday from October 1 to 7 and Spring Festival Travel Rush when booking China tours from the UK.
Seasons in UK Seasons in China
Spring: March - May Spring: March - May
Summer: June - September Summer: June - August
Autumn: October Autumn: September - November
Winter: November - February Winter: December - February

Do UK citizens need a visa to travel to China?

A tourist visa is needed unless you are eligible for China’s visa exemption policies. Collect your passport, an application form, a bareheaded color photo, round-trip flight tickets and hotel booking records, or an invitation letter from a China travel agency if you have booked a China tour from UK all inclusive. Then submit all documents to the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC). Note that it’s compulsory to make an appointment before you visit the CVASC.

Visa fees: 151 pounds

Where to Apply for a Visa (choose the one in charge of your residence area):
CVASC in London     Tel: 020-77767888
CVASC in Manchester     Tel: 0161-2361070
CVASC in Edinburgh     Tel: 0131-2292519
CVASC in Belfast     Tel: 0131-2292519

How to Travel to China from UK - Flights

Most China tours from UK with airfare included depart from London, because there are direct flights reaching over 10 cities in China, including the most favored travel destinations like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, and Xi’an. Besides, travelers can fly from Manchester or Edinburgh to Beijing. A one-way trip takes around 10 hours.

UK and Chinese cities linked by direct flights:
London: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, Qingdao, Changsha, Shenzhen, Chengdu, Xi’an, Wuhan, Sanya
Manchester: Beijing
Edinburgh: Beijing

Time Difference between UK and China

From the last Sunday of March to the last Sunday of November, China’s time is 7 hours earlier than UK. All other days, it’s 8 hours earlier than UK.

Money Exchange for Pounds and Chinese Yuan

The official currency in China is CNY (Chinese Yuan), also known as Renminbi. Goods are often priced by Yuan because it’s the basic monetary unit.

If you have booked China tours from UK all inclusive with us, it’s not necessary to take a lot of cash because most expenses are covered. Money exchange can be easily done at airports and banks in big cities. Some four or five star hotels may also provide such services for their guests.

Voltage & Power Sockets

China UK
Voltage 220V/50HZ 230V/50HZ
Plug Type Type A/I
Type G
As there is slight difference in voltage, travelers don't need the voltage adapter for China tours from the UK. A plug adapter should be prepared in advance.

Tap Water is Not Drinkable

Unlike many western countries, tap water in China is NOT safe to drink directly. When in China, you need to boil tap water before drinking or just simply buy bottled water.

How to Make Phone Calls

From UK to China:
Call a Land Phone: Dial 00 + China country code 86 + city code XX or XXX + phone number
Call a Mobile Phone: Dial 00 + China country code 86 + phone number

From China to UK:
Dial 00 +UK country code 44 + phone number without the leading zero

Learn Basic Chinese

English Chinese Pronunciation in Pinyin
Hi!/Hello! 您好 Nín Hǎo
Good Bye! 再见 Zài Jiàn
Sorry! 对不起 Duì Bù Qǐ
Thanks! 谢谢 Xiè Xiè
Washroom 厕所/洗手间 Cè Sǔo/Xǐ Shǒu Jiān
How much is it? (for price) 多少钱 Duō Shǎo Qián