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    Best Time to Visit China

    The best time to visit China is definitely September and October, when the temperature is the most pleasant and it is usually sunny. May and June are also fine months to visit. As China spans a large area, the best time to visit may vary depending on your travel destination.

    Note: To ensure an excellent China tour from the US, we strongly recommend that you avoid visiting during the National Day holiday in the first week of October and Spring Festival Travel Rush.
    Seasons in the United States Seasons in China
    Spring: April - June Spring: March - May
    Summer: July - September Summer: June - August
    Autumn: October - December Autumn: September - November
    Winter: January - March Winter: December - February

    Do US citizens need a visa to travel to China?

    Yes, unless they qualify for the visa-free policies of China, US citizens need to get a tourist visa in advance for China tours from the States. Submit your passport valid for at least six months, a completely filled-out application form with a recent bareheaded photo, and round-trip tickets and hotel bookings or an invitation letter from a China travel agency, to the Chinese embassy or consulate in your residence area. It usually takes 4 working days.

    Visa fees: 140 dollars

    Where to Apply for a Visa (choose the one in charge of your residence area):
    Chinese Embassy in Washington, D. C.  Tel: 202-3371956
    Chinese Consulate in Chicago     Tel: 312-4530210
    Chinese Consulate in Houston     Tel: 832-2403780
    Chinese Consulate in Los Angeles     Tel: 213-2011765
    Chinese Consulate in New York    Tel: 212-2449392/212-2449456
    Chinese Consulate in San Francisco     Tel: 415-8729091

    How to Travel to China from USA - Flights

    Currently, there are plenty of direct flights from the US to China that generally take 11 to 14 hours one-way depending on weather conditions and air routes. More than 10 US cities have non-stop flights to China's major travel destinations including Beijing, Shanghai, and Guangzhou. Travelers can book China tours from USA with airfare included from different parts of the country.

    US and Chinese cities linked by direct flights:
    New York: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu
    Seattle: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen
    San Francisco: Beijing, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guangzhou
    Los Angles: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Nanjing, Changsha, Qingdao
    San Jose: Beijing, Shanghai
    Las Vegas: Beijing
    Chicago: Beijing
    Detroit: Beijing, Shanghai
    Boston: Shanghai
    Washington, D. C.: Beijing
    Atlanta: Shanghai
    Dallas: Beijing, Shanghai
    Houston: Beijing
    Honolulu: Beijing, Shanghai

    Time Difference between USA and China

    During Daylight Saving Time, China is 12 hours ahead of Eastern Time in the US. The rest of the year it is 13 hours ahead.

    Money Exchange for US Dollars and Chinese Yuan

    The current exchange rate is roughly: 1 USD ≈ 6.8 CNY

    CNY, short for Chinese Yuan, is the official currency used in China. 1 Yuan is divided in to 10 Jiao, and 1 Jiao is equal to 10 Fen. Nowadays, mobile payment is popular in China. The commonly seen minimal face value of paper money is 5 Jiao or 1 Yuan and it's rare to see money with lower values.

    Travelers can enter China with a maximum of 20,000 Yuan. Since it's convenient to exchange money in China, you are not advised to bring much cash. You can exchange US dollars to Chinese Yuan at airports, most bank branches, and some four and five star hotels.

    Voltage & Power Sockets

    China USA
    Voltage 220V/50HZ 120V/60HZ
    Plug Type Type A/I
    Type A/B
    If you are joining China tours from USA, you will need to bring both voltage adapter and plug adapter.

    Tap Water is Not Drinkable.

    Tap water cannot be drunk directly. You need to boil the water before drinking. Bottled water sold at stores and purified water provided at hotels, restaurants, shopping malls, on trains and at public facilities is safe to drink.

    How to Make Phone Calls

    From USA to China:
    Dial 011 + China country code 86 + city code XX or XXX + phone number
    Note: If you are trying to connect a cell phone, the city code should be omitted.

    From China to USA:
    Dial US country code 001 + city code XXX + phone number

    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
    • Customer Reviews
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      5.07 Reviews
      Posted on February 20, 2019
      It was indeed a pleasure finally meeting Linda – my consultant last Friday. I would like to thank Linda for all the hard work in preparing my brief but enjoyable journey to Mainland China.

      The meals were all excellent. The Peking Duck was a stand out for me! My only suggestion is to allow the guide to take the meals with the client.

      I must say that both Kevin in Beijing and Carol in Xian were excellent representatives of their country and company they were both superior in their knowledge of the local area and their English was very good. Kevin went far above the calling and even climbed the Great Wall with us which was quite an undertaking. He was an enjoyable young man and a true professional.

      The cars and drivers were also very professional. The vehicles were clean and well kept and all drivers were courteous and knowledgeable in their ways around the areas I visited. I must say I thought Los Angeles traffic was congested but China comes in a close second.

      I must say that my next trip with Travel China I will spend more time in this Asian country. There were places that I would have liked to visit that time did not permit.
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      Vimlesh Patel
      United States
      Posted on February 18, 2019
      It was a wonderful experience that travelchinaguide gave us visiting China. Our Guides, Drivers, and Transfer Efforts were beyond my expectations! Their hospitality in tending for my specific needs during lunch being a vegetarian were very good also. The careful guidance our Guides gave our children was outstanding and best of all the guides kept the kids very well captivated in all locations - this is absolute a key requirement - well done!

      Without a doubt I have already passed our itinerary to over a dozen people were I work (Cisco - Bangalore) and recommended that they contact this agency directly. My wife who organized this trip will surely do the same.
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      Beth Stewart
      Posted on February 13, 2019
      Kelly answered every question promptly. We’re excited for our visit!
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