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We've compiled a list of frequently asked questions concerning travel in China. If your question isn't listed below, please contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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Booking Information

No. Our tours and holidays do not include international flights. Some tours include domestic flights.

Before you go

Yes, almost all non-Chinese nationals will need a visa to enter China. There are different categories and you will most likely need a tourist visa (L). Please contact your local Chinese embassy or consulate for more information. The procedure normally requires submitting a visa application form, paying a fee and providing the Chinese authorities with an authorised Itinerary from Albatros Travel.

However, as of 1 January 2013, a transit visa policy was introduced making it possible to transit in Beijing or Shanghai for up to 72 hours without needing a visa. 


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Please consult your doctor before travelling to China regarding any vaccinations you may need.

When in China

For medical treatment in China, it is advisable to purchase medical insurance that covers one of the international joint venture hospitals in many of the bigger cities like Beijing or Shanghai. If you fall ill, our guides and our office will assist in locating a suitable hospital.

The RMB (Renminbi) is the official currency of China. It is possible to exchange USD, Euro and most other currencies, but please note that most hotels only exchange a small amount of USD and Euro, so you will have to go to a bank for larger amounts. Most major credit cards such as VISA, American Express and MasterCard are accepted in China, but some ATMs of smaller banks (usually those without the name “China” in them) may have problems accepting foreign credit cards.

No, but you can brush your teeth and take a shower. For drinking, it's advisable to buy bottled mineral water. The prices range from RMB 3-10 depending on the brand and where the water is bought. Most hotels provide a kettle for boiling water. 

In most major Chinese cities, roads and streets can be quite congested. It's best to extra careful when crossing streets and beware of scooters and mopeds!

No, remember to bring toilet paper with you. Most public toilets are not equipped with toilet paper.