Monday 23 September 2019

Before the trip - Extra General Information

Introduction of China

One of the most ancient civilizations on earth, China's heritage spans the ages and is home to Neolithic structures, the Silk Road, and more than 2,000 years of Dynastic reign. The country's long and proud cultural heritage is reflected by the fact that it is home to no fewer than 50 UNESCO World Heritage Sites. There are more 'must-see' cultural attractions in China than travelers could ever hope to experience in a single visit, including fascinating sights like The Great Wall, Forbitten City, the Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors Museum.

China is an enigmatic and mysterious country, where modernity and tradition, as well as progress and conservatism, all coexist. It is one of those countries that has tourists returning home filled with a far greater sense of wonder at the world than when they left.

China travel information

Time and Language

Local time is GMT +8
The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but there are hundreds of local dialects.


In China the power plugs and sockets are of type A, C and I. The standard voltage is 220 V and the standard frequency is 50 Hz.


Travel Health

It is recommended that travellers to China seek medical advice for vaccinations before departure. Tap water shouldn't be drunk unless it has first been boiled, filtered or chemically disinfected. Street food should be treated with caution. High levels of air pollution in major cities and industrialised areas in China might exacerbate bronchial, sinus or asthma conditions. There is generally a high standard of health care in major Chinese cities, but it is not provided free of charge; travellers are advised to have comprehensive travel health insurance.

Local Customs

Chinese people usually have three names, the first of which is their surname, or family name. As a result, visitors should be prepared for hotels mistakenly reserving rooms under their first names. For clarity, surnames may be underlined. When addressing Chinese people, the surname should come first and official titles should be used. When meeting people for the first time it is normal to shake hands and say 'ni hao', which means 'how are you'. Note that handshakes generally go on for longer in China than in most western countries and it is customary to stand close together when in conversation. When giving or receiving business cards or a gift, it is customary to hold it with both hands. Chinese consider gifts an important show of courtesy. During a meal or reception, your host is likely to offer a toast; foreigners may be expected to offer them one in return.


The international dialling code for China is +86. Phone booths on the streets are usually for local calls only. In hotels, local calls are generally free or will be charged only a nominal fee. Hotels, cafes and restaurants offering free wifi are widely available. As international roaming costs can be high, purchasing a local prepaid SIM card can be a cheaper option.

China Climate and Weather

China covers extensive territory and has a complex topography; therefore the weather differs substantially from region to region. The southeast, below the Nanling Mountains, tends to be very wet with high temperatures all year round. In the central Yangtze and Huaihe River valleys there are four distinct seasons with very hot summers and extremely cold winters and rain all year round. The dry north experiences a short but sunny summer, with long, bitterly cold winters (between December and March), with temperatures in Beijing dropping as low as -4ºF (-20ºC). The coast is humid and experiences Typhoons during summer. Travelers are advised to research the climate for the specific region they are visiting.


China's currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY), which is divided into 10 jiao or 100 fen. Make sure you exchange your leftover Yuan before returning home because you may have difficulty exchanging the currency outside China's borders. Foreign cash can be exchanged in cities at the Bank of China. Banks are closed weekends. The larger hotels and the special 'Friendship Stores' designed for foreigners will accept most Western currencies for purchases. Major credit cards are accepted in the main cities, but acceptance may be limited in more rural areas.

Suggestion to pack for this trip

We are traveling in autumn season (autumn begins in the late September and continues until early December) Usually the temperature will stay between 10 and 25, however in the evening, still a little bit chilly. Warm cloth, fleece jackets, gloves, scarf, layering, good walking shoes, lots of memory sticks, charger,  credit card if you want, roaming your mobile phone if you plan to take with you, bring/or wear a mask to protect you from yellow sand/dust if possible.

Useful Contacts

China National Tourism Administration (CNTA), Beijing:
Phone:+86 (0)10 6520 1114

Tourism Administration Website:


110 (Police); 120 (Ambulance)

Australian Embassy, Beijing:

Address:21 Dongzhimenwai Dajie Sanlitun Beijing 100600 China
Telephone:+86 10 5140 4111
Fax:+86 10 5140 4204 or +86 (0)10 5140 4111.

Australian Embassy, Shanghai:

Address: Level 22, Citic Square 1168 Nanjing West Road Shanghai 200041 China
Telephone: +86 21 2215 5200
Fax: +86 21 2215 5252

We have already registered on the smart traveler website as a group

Smart Traveler is the Australian government’s travel advisory and consular assistance service, provided by the Australia Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Friday 20 September 2019

Welcome Page

Welcome to Pedare 

Cultural Tour of China 2019

Australia -Beijing –Jinan– Xian - Shanghai–Australia

12th Oct. 2019—24th Oct. 2019