FAQs on China Tours from USA

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: 185 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

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