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Visas are required by all foreigners entering mainland China although, at this stage, visas are not required by Western nationals visiting Hong Kong and Macau. Travelers in transit can stay in China visa-free for up to 24 hours as long as they have an onward air ticket for a flight from China to another destination departing within that time period. Visas are available from Chinese embassies and consulates in most countries. There are special destinations require special travel permit. We will get all the necessary permits for you once you book our trip. Please use the link below to find your nearest Chinese Embassies or General Consulates.


Weather & Climate 
Weather is an important key fact to determine your trip destination but never mind the weather too much. Experiencing a country in the off-season had its own rewards, just be prepared with the right clothing that you can always buy. Sometimes, because you do not have the right clothing with you, you end up buying your greatest gifts of the trip. China has a continental climate, and latitude spanning nearly 50 degrees. Much of the landmass is situated in the temperate zone, with the tropical and subtropical zones to the south, and reaching the Frigid Zone in the north, so temperatures differ strikingly across the country. 

You can ask our destination specialist and they will be happy to provide the information. 

Money Matters 
The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB or CNY) or in Chinese "Ren-min-bi", which translates as" the people's money". The Renmibi exchange rate to US Dollars is 650 Yuan=100USD when this website is launched. The basic unit is the yuan (also known as "kuai"), which is used to express all quantities including prices in shops etc. 

Foreign currency (cash or traveler's checks) may be exchanged to Chinese currency at licensed exchange facilities of the Bank of China and other authorized banks. 

Money exchange facilities are available at major airports, hotels. Major brands of traveler's checks are accepted at such exchange facilities and cash advances against a credit card can be arranged, a service charge is usually added. Major credit cards (American Express, Mastercard and Visa) are accepted by most major hotels and in many restaurants. ATMs compatible with bankcards are also available in almost every cities.

Gears to bring
There are some general items you will need to bring along. But there are also specific items you should pack for different trips in different seasons. Please consult our specialists when you book a trip with them.

On all of ActiveChina trips you are required to have comprehensive medical insurance. We recommend World Nomads travel insurance.

World Nomads travel insurance is the perfect companion to keep you traveling safely. World Nomads travel insurance covers a range of adventure activities such as trekking, white water rafting and cycling. 

You can buy, extend and claim online even after you've left home. Recommended by Lonely Planet, World Nomads travel insurance is available to people from over 150 countries and is designed for adventurous travelers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and nearly all adventure activities.


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