China FAQ



China’s geographic area is slightly larger than the United States, and it covers similar latitudes, with the lion’s share located in the temperate zone. This provides endless year-round variety for visitors, from ice festivals in the north to tropical beach resorts in the south.

While China is a year-round destination, the months of May, September, and October are ideal months for travel anywhere in the country.

In the north, the winters are cold, and summers are warm, with moist monsoon air streams making it hot (80% of China’s rainfall occurs between late May and early October, mostly in the Southern regions). June through August is a good time to visit central and northern China and spring and autumn are the best months for travel in Southern China. March and April are the lower-priced shoulder season; while the lowest price, off-season travel is from November through the winter months. This is when adventuresome travellers are rewarded with unbelievably low prices and far fewer fellow tourists.

The most comfortable season of the year is early autumn (September to  October). During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China (about 10 -22 C) with a limited amount of rain. September is the only month when the ancient and valuable paintings of the Beijing Palace Museum are displayed due to proper climate conditions (low humidity and proper temperature).

Spring(March to May) can also be delightful, with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn (about 10-22 C). The best way to dress is to wear layered clothing that will make you comfortable in chilly and warm weather.

Summer (from June to the end of August) can be extremely hot with temperatures well above 22C, especially in the famous ‘four furnaces’ of China: Wuhan, Tianjin, Chongqing and Nanchang. Summer is a rainy season, so bring umbrellas, light raincoats and rubber/plastic shoes.

Winter (November to February) can be incredibly cold especially in the north. An off-season visit can offer its rewards. For example, the Harbin Winter Ice Lantern Festival is quite charming.

What is the local currency in China?

Chinese money is called Renminbi (RMB), which literally means "The People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is “yuan”. With the strong Australian Dollar, there is no better time to travel overseas and the Australian Dollar does go a long way in China!

What is the current local time in China?

China is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

What language is spoken in China?

The official national language in China is Mandarin, which has eight major dialect groups that are region specific. In addition, there are several ethnic minority languages in the western and southern most provinces. Including Mandarin and English, there are a total of 296 languages spoken in mainland China, including some that have no monolingual speakers.

What are the entry requirements for China?

Passports must be valid for at least six months prior to entry. Visas are required for Australian travellers - this must be organised by the traveller before departure through the Chinese consulate/embassy.

Are any vaccinations required for travel to China?

While no vaccinations are required for a trip to China (except for Yellow Fever if you're arriving from an infected area), it is recommended that you consult your physician and preferably a doctor at least 4-6 weeks before you are scheduled to depart. There are some recommended vaccines and it's important that you take the necessary precautions and be up-to-date on your routine vaccines.

Are there any water and food safety concerns in China?

It goes without saying you should be careful with food and water. Only drink bottled water and use it to brush your teeth. Nexus Holidays supplies complimentary bottled water every day on the tour. Your hotel will also provide several bottles a day free of charge.

If you have an extremely sensitive stomach, then you may want to avoid raw vegetables. Peeled fruit and cooked food should cause you no problem.

Is medication easily accessible in China?

While many common medications are available in China, navigating the language and communicating the need may not be something you have time for in an emergency. It's best to pack a few precautionary items with you, especially for minor illnesses and complaints such as:

•             Bandaids

•             Antibacterial ointment

•             Headache medicine

•             Something for an upset stomach or diarrhoea

•             Hand sanitiser

•             Insect repellent

•             Allergy medication

•             Cold medicine

•             Sunscreen


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