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.
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
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.
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.
Simple & flexible