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Welcome any qutesions about China tour. It is our honour to help you to make everything goes smoothly. Please regester to our forum, and tell us your problem.
 
1.what kind of preparations should I do before my trip start?
 
There are many big stores and supermarkets in most of China city, you can buy any life necessities from there.we suggest you bring a few things to avoid back your country with heavy burden.
 
 
2.How can I work out a suitable tour schedule?
 
Please tell us the detail idea about your tour as much as possiable, such as the spots you want to visit, you are vegetarians,the level of accommodation,the vehicles you want ,the numbers of your group and so on. It will helpful for our travel advisors to work out a wonderful trip for you.
 
3.What kind of permits do I need to visit Tibet ?
 
There are two kinds of permits (Tibet visa) for traveling in Tibet: the entry permit (TTB permit) and the Alien's travel permit (PSB permit).  
 
A. TTB Permit - Tibet Entry Permit (Tibet visa)
When you fly from any city to Lhasa you will need to show this permit when you check in at the airport. Furthermore, whenever you buy a flight to Lhasa you need to show this permit. TTB permits are also needed by groups traveling by Land Cruiser but this will be arranged by the travel agency organizing the trip. Here is a picture of TTB permit (click on the picture to enlarge):
 
B. PSB Permit - Alien's Travel Permit
If you want to go further to the "unopened" areas, you need an Alien's travel permit issued by PSB of Tibet. It is called "Alien's Travel Permit" or "PSB permit".
 
 
4.What is the tipping practice for visitors to China ?

 It is a common practice for visitors to tip the tour guide and driver in recognition of their good service. A hotel bellboy expects your tips as well. It is not customary to leave tips at hotels or local restaurants as the bill usually includes a 10-15% service charge.
 
5.When is the peak season, shoulder season and low season in China?
 
In china , the peak season refers to May, September and October; the Shoulder Season refers to March, April, June, July and August; the Low Season refers to January, February, November and December.

6.What kind of currency we can use in China?
 
China official currency is the Renminbi (RMB). The basic unit
of china currency is yuan, jiao,fen. (1 yuan=10jiao=100fen)
Paper currency divided into 1,2,5,10,50,and100 notes.
We suggest you bring a small amount of cash. it is easy to use credit card in big stores, restaurants, hotels in many cities. It is very convenient to withdraw money from ATM machines of Bank of China at any time, and the 24-hours self-help service is available. The ATM machine of Bank of China can accept most foreign credit cards, such as VISA, American Express, and MasterCard etc. You also can exchange travelers check to RMB at banks.China Money
 
7.How do I pay you?
 
Click here to get our payment instruction.
 
8.How to book a tour with us ?
 
Welcome to China Unquie Tour. We put on various perfect itinerary on our web, if you satisfied with one of those,just contact with us to get more detial information.
 
9.What kind of documents should I prepared for my China tour?
 
You must have a valid passport and visa for your China tour. If you only plan to travel and stay in Hong Kong you are exempt from applying for a China visa.
 
 
10.How to apply visa to China in Hong Kong?


You can apply your visa at Visa Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of  China. Its office time is from Monday to Friday.You need to bring following documents with you to obtain a China visa:

1)a recent passport-size photo.

2)Passport which needs to be valid at least more than 3 months.

3)Usually you can get the visa within one working day. Cost 100HK$ or more.

4)Fast process is available when paying 150HK$.

5)Their Address (Please call them before you go to their office):
5th Floor, Lower Block, 26 Harbor Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
Tel: ++852-25851657 ++852-25851680  ++852-25851794
 
11.How can  I  keep  health  when  travel  in  China?
 
China is a country with a remarkably healthy population despite its climatic variations. However, with such a vast territory, standards of hygiene can and do vary from place to place. With this in mind, visitors should be aware of potential hazards and exercise due caution. China Health & Medical Service

Before Traveling

Long trips, especially those that involve walking fair distances, hilly country, or mountainous terrain, can prove to be very tiring. Before leaving for China follow these three important recommendations to enjoy a trouble-free tour:

Contact your doctor for health advice or a thorough check up if you have not had one recently. This is very important for all but particularly for those with a history of coronary or pulmonary problems.

Check your health insurance policy. If it does not provide for overseas visits, consider requesting your insurer to extend the policy. It is also advisable to take out travel insurance to cover you in the event of accidental injury as well as cover for medical expenses. Travel policies also cover you for a variety of other risks, such as cancellation charges, loss of money, loss of baggage, and liability to third parties to name but a few. Remember an annual travel policy will save you money if you propose to go abroad more than once in any twelve-month period.

Take along a copy of your medical record. A good medical record should mention all medicines you are taking, the medical treatments you have received or are receiving, your chronic ailments, allergies or hypersensitivities, immunization history, blood type, eyeglass prescription, health insurance (the company's name, address and phone number) and so on. You should also have your doctor's name, address, and phone number in case it is needed. Carry these documents in a place that is both secure and accessible by you at all times while traveling.

For those who take special medicine on a regular basis, make sure that you carry an adequate supply. Bring enough to last throughout your trip. Carry them in the original containers to identify them as legally obtained drugs and pack them in your carry-on bag.

Also needed are some useful medicines, such as those for colds, diarrhea and constipation.

Plan your tour schedule carefully allowing for rest breaks so as to avoid becoming exhausted.

Generally, those who are in poor health, pregnant, or are of advanced age should not travel, unless special arrangements have been made. Visa applicants over 60 are sometimes required to complete a health questionnaire. When medical problems do exist carry a letter from your physician explaining what treatment you are receiving. If relevant, copies of your most recent electrocardiograms would be helpful should an emergency occur during your tour.

When Traveling

The obvious way to avoid illness is to follow the basic rules of hygiene throughout your journey. In particular, this applies to restaurants and roadside snack bars. Never eat raw or undercooked food. This includes salads. Carry your own chopsticks and a metal bowl with a lid for train journeys and meals in small roadside restaurants. Fruit and vegetables should be washed thoroughly in purified water, then peeled or boiled.  China Food and Drink

Drink only boiled or bottled water, even though the tap water is said to be drinkable, irrespective of where you are. Hotels usually supply boiled water that is safe for drinking and for cleaning your teeth. It is also the custom in China for tea to be available in hotel bedrooms. Supplies of both boiled water and tea are regularly replenished. Bottled water and carbonated drinks are readily available. In some remote areas, water purification tablets are recommended for travelers to carry and use when neither boiled water nor bottled drinks are available.Drinking Water & Electricity

The adjustment to climatic variations and different foods may result in colds or digestive disorders that, although rarely serious, may impede one's enjoyment. Diarrhea can frequently affect travelers and is generally caused by a change of diet, or sometimes by contaminated food or water. It is wise to carry some anti-diarrhea capsules, such as Imodium. Should your symptoms persist, seek professional advice to stop the problem from becoming serious.Travel Insurance

Toilets off the beaten tourist track tend to be primitive so it is useful to bring along your own sanitary necessities and moist towels when venturing outside your hotel. Air pollution in the large cities is severe, particularly in winter. Respiratory ailments are common.

Some regions of China, including Tibet, Xinjiang, Sichuan and Yunnan have very high altitudes. These can put strain on your health. People with heart disease or high blood pressure are advised not to travel in these areas in view of the serious physical problems that can occur. All travelers should avoid strenuous activity until they are fully acclimatized.

To sum up, careful preparation will ensure the success of your trip. What may seem to be a bit of a nuisance will go a long way to help you avoid mishaps.

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12.Is China visa enough to travel in Tibet? Should we need any special permits?

If you have China ID card, you do not need any special permit.

If you have Hong Kong ID card and the permit to mainland of China, you do not need.

When you travel to Tibet, if you did not hold china ID card, you need not only valid China visa but also Tibet permits, such as TTP permit, PSB permit, if you are going to the unopen area, you are required Tibet military permit.

All the neccessary permits can be arranged by your local tour operator Chinauniquetour.com.

If you enter Tibet from Kathmandu of Nepal, you have to apply for China visa again even you have already had the China visa in your country according to governmatal memo between Nepal and China.Our partner in Nepal can help you arrange your China visa.

13. Our payment guide

To secure all your booking with us(CHINAUNIQUETOUR.COM), You are required to pay us the deposit when you confirm your tour with us. There is the payment guide:
 
1.It is USD 100 per person plus the fees of train tickets to secure your reservation if you make your booking 30days before your start. And the balance should be paid in full 15days before your start. You do not need to pay us the airfare if you arranged by yourself.
 
2.It is 50% of the total payment to secure your reservation if the booking is made within 30 days but 15 days prior to your arrival in Lhasa. The balance is paid in full upon your arrival in Lhasa.
 
3.If the booking is made within 15 days prior to your arrival in Lhasa; you are required to pay in full payment.
According to our regulation of  payment, you need wire transfer 176USD per person for the reservation.
 
There are our bank account:
 
 
Beneficiary:XIAN CHINA TRVEL SERVICE CO. LTD

Bank Account: 482-02173508091001

SWIFT: BANK OF CHIAN XIAN NAN  JIAO SUB-BR

SWIF---code:BkCHCNBJ 620

Add :NO.3 CHANG AN BEI LU XIAN SHAANXI

or

Bank Name: BANK OF CHINA  SHAANXI  BRANCH


Bank Account: 3016  6602 0129  195
 
SWIFT: BKCHCNBJ620

Beneficiary: JIAMIN
 
Address: Xi'an Shaanxi Province,China 246 Dongxin Street
 
Note:
 
•When you make the wire transfer,the commission charge of the bank is asked to pay by your side,because normally, the commission charge of the wire transfer is not included in the quotation we provide to you due to the different places different wire transfer charges.
 
•After we get your deposit, we will arrange TTB permits for you, please fax the copy of your passport and visa to your travel advisor!
 
Policy of Cancellation:
To minimize cancellation penalty, cancellations must be received no less than 15 days prior to your arrival date. Your deposit, less a $50 US service fee plus 5% of the total payment bank-processing fee (if paid by credit card), will be refunded.
For cancellation received more than 20 days, less than 30 days prior to your arrival, your payment, less a $75 US service fee plus 5% of the total deposit bank-processing fee, will be refunded.

For cancellation received more than 7 days, less than 21 days prior to your arrival, your payment, less a $125US service fee plus 5% of the total deposit bank-processing fee, will be refunded.

For Cancellation received more than 3 days, less than 7 days prior to your arrival, your payment, less a $225US service fee plus 5% of the total deposit bank-processing fee, will be refunded.

For cancellation received within 3 days prior to your arrival, your payment, less a $525 cancellation penalty, will be refunded.

For non-show clients, 50% -100% of your payment will not be refunded.

Itinerary Alteration

China Unique Tour reserves the right to modify the itinerary of the tour if air schedule or surface transportation changes, and/or events beyond our control make such alteration necessary. If such a situation arises, the increase or decrease in the tour price will be calculated and charged accordingly. If the arranged tour has to be changed only due to your own wishes, you are supposed to pay for the corresponsive additional cost.  Safety & Security in China


Luggage Allowance

In accordance with the International Airline Regulations, the free baggage allowance for economy class passengers is 20kg plus limited cabin luggage. Excess baggage charges are the sole responsibility of the client. Regulations within China specify that all suitcases must have a locking device attached. Failure to follow this regulation may result in refusal by airport staff to load suitcases onto the aircraft.
 
Many of our tours include activities which require attention, caution and discipline such as climbing into and out of boats and up and down hills; and entering and exiting ancient tombs or caves. Our experienced guides and other staff will advise you and assist you in these activities, but you undertake all such activities at your own risk. China Unique Tour, its employees and agents are not responsible for participants who do not exercise normal and customary caution, who do not stay with the group, and/or who do not heed the advice and instructions of our guides.

Health Requirements

Clients should familiarize themselves with any health requirement applicable to areas they intend to visit. You are solely responsible for compliance with vaccination and other health requirements of governments in countries visited or transited. For those traveling to Tibet, due to extreme high altitude, a doctor's certificate is requested stating that passenger is fit to travel and his/her blood pressure and heart condition are normal.

Responsibility

We are not responsible for the following positions:

    All the negative actions during passing the custom .
    All the negative actions and delays which happened because of air companies;
    Stolen and lost of valuable things of tourists because of his/her false
    All the losses and damages caused by the tourists themselves

China Unique Tour acts only as agent for suppliers such as air carriers and hotels identified on documents supplied to you in connection with your purchase of the tours described herein or other travel services. China Unique Tour shall not be held responsible for any wrongful or negligent acts or omissions by any supplier or other party not directly owned or controlled by China Unique Tour, or by the failure of any equipment operated by any such supplier or other party. China Unique Tour shall not be liable for any loss, injury, or damage to person, property, or otherwise, in connection with any accommodations, transportation, or other services, resulting directly or indirectly from any acts of dangers incident to the sea, fire, breakdown of machinery or equipment, acts of government or other authorities, wars whether or not declared, hostilities, civil disturbances, strikes, riots, thefts, pilferage, epidemics, quarantines, medical or customs regulations, defaults, delays or cancellations of or changes to itineraries or schedules, or from any causes resulting from insufficient or improperly issued passports, visas, or other documents. Neither China Unique Tour nor any of its affiliates or subsidiaries shall be or become liable or responsible for any additional expenses of liability sustained or incurred by the tour member as a result of any of the aforementioned causes.

The right is reserved to substitute hotels and cruise ships and to alter itineraries. The right is also reserved to cancel the tour prior to departure. If any tour is canceled prior to the passenger's joining the tour, China Unique Tour is liable for a refund of money received by China Unique Tour. China Unique Tour is not responsible nor liable for defaults of those not directly under the control of China Unique Tour.
 
The traveler assumes complete and full responsibility for, and hereby releases China Unique Tour from any duty of checking and verifying any and all passport, visa, vaccination or other entry requirements for each destination, and all safety and security conditions during the length of the proposed travel.

Prices are subject to change.

The receipt of your deposit and/or final payment will indicate that you and your travel agent (when applicable) have read these Terms and Conditions, and that you (and your agent) have accepted them.