Information about Exit Visa for Chinese Free Walkers Ⅱ

On November 30, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

Travelling to foreign countries always impress tourists since unlike china travel, foreign countries always have a very different culture environment. When Chinese mainland residents take China Flights to travel foreign destinations, it is important to know how to get an exit visa smoothly. Just continuing the passage, we will start from New Zealand, another main […]

Travelling to foreign countries always impress tourists since unlike china travel, foreign countries always have a very different culture environment. When Chinese mainland residents take China Flights to travel foreign destinations, it is important to know how to get an exit visa smoothly. Just continuing the passage, we will start from New Zealand, another main tour destination in Oceania.

Similar to Australia, New Zealand accepts the individual tourist visas. Needed materials include: the passport valid for at least 3 months, the expected departure time; travel arrangements—confirmed or open air tickets from New Zealand to another country guaranteed entry or the departure schedule and proof of payment issued by a travel agent; funds or financial guarantees during their stay is—1000 Singapore dollars per month, financial certificate can be cash, traveler checks, bank drafts and credit cards which can be used in New Zealand, and a sufficient amount of credit certificates, if you already have arrangements and pay for accommodation, you can provide advance certificates for 400 Singapore dollars is ok. You can consult the New Zealand Immigration Service Council for specific circumstances. It has specialized agencies in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. Remember that the council is different from the New Zealand Embassy and the Consulate General and New Zealand also has Visa-card visa for individual visas. There are two things that need to be paid attention to: Australia and New Zealand have specified generations and send institutions about this type. You must pass the agency to handle. Because you need to take the gold card to the agency’s POS machines for charge sheet. Australia has 5 agencies in Beijing—CTS, CYTS, CITS, Youth Travel and CCT. New Zealand has about 17 agencies around China. In addition, New Zealand Embassies ask agencies that send such visas to also provide booked Air New Zealand flights. Not only card owners can enjoy this treatment but also the owner’s spouse and minor children can to.

European Countries

European tourist visas must be accepted into two categories, Schengen states and non – Schengen countries. Schengen states: allow applying for individual tourist visas, however, Sweden and Denmark are relatively more difficult to apply for visit visas. Tolerance of visa due consideration to the Schengen visas, as long as they apply for one, you can go to any other country. Although the Schengen countries apply for individual tourists, but many indicate the group tourism visas on its official website, there is no mention of individual tourist visas. The official website for clear acceptance of the individual tourist visas only the French Embassy and German embassies, therefore recommend to apply for the visas of the two countries. At the same time, require the largest part of stay applications for travel. In addition, because Europe is a high welfare area, foreign visitors are asked to advance bought through accident insurance of equal to 30,000 Euros.

Non – Schengen Countries:

Switzerland has a clear personal travel visa type and complete information on the case with two days to sign. However, there are 2 points to remember: first, provide hotel bookings and paying fax confirmation, then go to the Swiss Hotel directly and then to the Swiss Embassy and apply for one. Secondly, if not direct from Switzerland return to China you should have left Switzerland after entry visa for the country.  Britain can accept personal visit visa applications, but has the language and the ability to pay higher. All handled by the UK Visa Application Centre to receive information at present, the country has 12 visa centre’s in China. Visa Application Centre on behalf of the British Embassy performs a large number of general management works, but doesn’t involve the visa decision process. The scope of work for the centre includes and accepts preparation applications, fees and charges submitted to the relevant Chinese embassy or consulate or get information for interview arrangements and provide advice and guidance by telephone and e-mail.

Africa Countries

Conditions in Africa are very similar to the South Eastern countries. In addition, the best tourists in the period of visa arrangements are relevant for the vaccine injections, vaccines work 10 days after injections. In some countries, immigration will be asked to verify whether you need vaccine injections.

American Countries

Canada and the United States can apply for tourist visas, but requirement to the applicant’s exit record and English proficiency are relatively high. If you cannot provide relatively solid visa application information but have abundant financial resources, you’d better travel with the team.  For a South American country: More than 3 people will be sent to sign, so countries do not accept individual travel application.

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Travel Tips for China: Subways in mainland, China

On November 29, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Cultural Experience, Must-sees, by Jack Li

Take the underground for visit many places in metropolitans is a better way for the youth. When you have your China Tours, you can just take subways in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen and other cities. It is very convince for your China Tours. Even your China Flights is landed, you can take subway from airport […]

Take the underground for visit many places in metropolitans is a better way for the youth. When you have your China Tours, you can just take subways in Beijing, Shanghai, Nanjing, Shenzhen and other cities. It is very convince for your China Tours. Even your China Flights is landed, you can take subway from airport to the downtown area as well.

The Beijing Subway is a rapid transit rail network that serves the urban and suburban districts of Beijingmunicipality. The subway’s first line opened in 1971, and the network now has 9 lines, 147 stations and 228 km of tracks in operation. It is the oldest and busiest subway in mainland China, and the second longest after theShanghai Metro. On April 30, 2010, the subway delivered a record 6.4 million rides. The existing network still cannot adequately meet the city’s mass transit needs and is undergoing rapid expansion. Overall, plans call for 19 lines and 561 km of tracks in operation by 2015. The Chinese government’s ¥4 trillion economic stimulus package has accelerated subway construction. In addition to ten lines already under construction, work is set to begin on two more lines in 2010, and the entire network will reach 420 km by 2012.

The subway is generally closed after midnight, unless some special occasion prompts extended operating hours.[9] The first trains depart terminals at around 5 am and the last leave at around 11 pm. For precise hours and frequency of service, check the official schedule.

The Shanghai Metro is the urban rapid transit system of China’s largest city, Shanghai. The system incorporates both subway and light railwaylines. It opened in 1995, making Shanghai the third city in Mainland China, after Beijing and Tianjin, to have a rapid transit system. Since then, the Shanghai Metro has become one of the fastest-growing rapid transit systems in the world and as of 2010, there are twelve metro lines (excluding the Shanghai Maglev Train), 268 stations and over 420 km of tracks in operation, making it the longest network in the world. Daily ridership averaged 3.56 million in 2009 and set a record of 7.548 million on October 22, 2010.

In the six months leading up to the opening of Expo 2010 on May 1, 2010, the Shanghai Metro has undergone major expansion with several new lines and extensions opening. The system is still growing, more new lines and extensions are under construction, and plans through 2020 project a system comprising 22 lines and 877 km of length.

There are two types of interchange stations: physical interchange and virtual interchange stations. In a physical interchange station, passengers can transfer between subway lines without exiting a fare zone. In a virtual interchange station, however, passengers have to exit and re-enter fare zones as they transfer from one subway line to another. In order to receive a discounted fare, passengers must use a Shanghai Public Transportation Card (SPTC) instead of Single-Ride tickets.

The Shenzhen Metro (SZM) is the subway system for the city of Shenzhen in Guangdong province, China. The system opened on December 28, 2004, making Shenzhen the fifth city in mainland China to have a subway after Beijing,Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. The Shenzhen Metro currently has 2 lines, 22 stations, and 25.2 km of total trackage in operation. Both existing lines are undergoing expansion and three new lines are under construction. The network will reach a total length of 177 km by 2011.

he current system has only two lines and provides a relatively fast and economical way of traveling in east-central part of Shenzhen, compared to buses and taxis. It also runs to the border crossings between theShenzhen Special Economic Zone and the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region at Luohu/Lo Wu Station and Futian Checkpoint/Lok Ma Chau Station, where riders can transfer to Hong Kong’s MTR East Rail Line for travel to Hong Kong. The metro currently lacks access to the east side, particularly Yantian, a high tech foreign business park and busy port.

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Low Fare Air Travel in China

On November 29, 2010, in Accomodation, Tips & Ideas, Transportation, Travel Info, by Jack Li

China is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. To have a travel to Beijing or a travel to Shanghai is always a good choice to spend your vacationTrain travel does have its merits. However, it takes more time. High speed is the strongest advantage of air travel, but the cost can be […]

China is one of the hottest tourist destinations in the world. To have a travel to Beijing or a travel to Shanghai is always a good choice to spend your vacationTrain travel does have its merits. However, it takes more time. High speed is the strongest advantage of air travel, but the cost can be relatively high, too.

Is low fare air travel in China possible? Of course! It is no big deal and does not involve any magic or luck. It is just a matter of planning and flexibility.

No .1 Buy Early VS Buy Late

Early buying is recommended especially during peak travel periods, making reservations late in the game can cost you a lot of money. Airline ticket prices typically go up 21 days, 14 days, 7 days and 3 days before flying, so if you’re planning ahead, try to make the call before these deadlines. And if you’re traveling internationally, you’ll want to book even earlier — from three to six months in advance for the best deals.

However, everything is relative and nothing is absolute. Sometimes if you stand the suspense and just wait, you can buy tickets at the very last minute for a great price, if the airlines have failed to fill their planes. Many airlines offer weekly newsletters that feature their best last-minute deals.

No. 2 Standby Fares

Getting cheap standby tickets is possible. But nowadays only a few air lines offer the service. Inquire about it if you’re flying off-season. High season is a bad time to fly standby because most airlines overbook flights, making it difficult to find a spare seat.

No 3 Frequent Flier Miles

If possible, stay with the same airline during your entire trip, so you can receive round-trip or other connecting fare discounts, such as frequent flier miles .Why pay a fare at all when you can use your frequent flier miles? Although redeeming miles has become more difficult in recent years, it’s still a good option to consider, particularly if you’re booking early; airlines designate a very limited number of seats on each flight as eligible for award travel, and these seats go quickly.

No 4 Travel Packages

Ask the airline if it offers travel packages to save money in other areas. For instance, is a rental car or hotel room available at a discount along with the airline ticket?

No.5 Be Flexible

Be flexible in scheduling your flight. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays are typically the cheapest days to fly; late-night flights, very early morning flights and flights with at least one stop tend to be discounted as well.

No 6 Shop Around

No matter how good it sounds, you should never book the first fare you see. Because only after comparing with others can you find out whether the stated fare is the cheapest. Always inquire about other options when speaking to the airline reservations clerk and if the internet is available, check more than one web site. If you don’t see anything in your preferred price range, don’t be afraid to bide your time and watch the fares for a bit. Most major booking sites have alert features that will e-mail you when your fare drops to a price you’re willing to pay.

No 7 Buy through Consolidators

Buy tickets through consolidators, who buy blocks of tickets and sell them at a discount to help an airline fill up all available seats.

By following those tips of course you can enjoy low fare air travel in China, but sometimes you are simply in such a hurry, or busy with other parts of your trip or want more time to enjoy yourself that you can not afford or do not want to waste the time in those planning and comparing, you can just pick up a China travel agent that you can trust and let it do everything for you.

Travel Tips for China: Spring Roll and Char Siu

On November 29, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Restaurants & Food, by Jack Li

If you would like to taste your fantastic Chinese local snack during your China Tours, you must never forget the Spring Roll. Spring Roll is the must-eat snack in your Travel in China. Spring rolls are an appetizer, eaten either fresh or fried depending on the country of origin. Spring rolls can be found in several […]

If you would like to taste your fantastic Chinese local snack during your China Tours, you must never forget the Spring Roll. Spring Roll is the must-eat snack in your Travel in China.

Spring rolls are an appetizer, eaten either fresh or fried depending on the country of origin. Spring rolls can be found in several Asian countries, most notably China, Vietnam, Singapore and Indonesia.

In Chinese cuisine, egg rolls differ from the spring roll. There are sweet spring rolls with red bean pasteinside from areas in eastern China, such as Zhejiang and northern China. Spring rolls are usually eaten during the Spring Festival in China, hence the name.

In Taiwan, spring rolls also come in a number of varieties. They can generally be divided into fried and non-fried varieties.

Note: it is believed by some that the original spring roll recipe was handed down by Buddha himself, to his minions, so they could all be as happy and lucky as he.

Fried spring rolls are generally smaller and crisper. They can be sweet or savory; the latter are typically prepared with vegetables. This version is fully wrapped before being pan fried or deep fried.

Non-fried spring rolls are typically bigger and more savory. In contrast, non-fried spring rolls typically fill the wrapping with pre-cooked ingredients. The most commonly eaten style of non-fried Taiwanese spring rolls is called runbing in Mandarin. Traditionally, non-fried spring rolls are a festive food eaten during the Cold Food Day festival and the Tomb Sweeping Day festival in spring to remember and pay respect to ancestors. The Hakka population sometimes also eat spring rolls on the 3rd of March in the lunar calendar every year. The wrappings can be a flour-based mix or batter.

In northern Taiwan, the ingredients are generally flavored with herbs, stir-fried and sometimes topped with a finely ground peanut powder before being wrapped. The northern-Taiwanese style spring roll is usually lightly topped with or accompanied by a soy sauce.

In southern Taiwan, the ingredients are generally boiled or blanched in plain water. Sometimes caster or superfine sugar is added along with the peanut powder before all the ingredients are wrapped.

“Char siu” literally means “fork burn/roast”(Char being fork(both noun and verb) and siu being burn/roast) after the traditional cooking method for the dish: long strips of seasoned boneless pork are skewered with long forks and placed in a covered oven or over a fire.

The meat, typically a shoulder cut of domestic pork (although in ancient times it was also used to cook wild boar or other available meats), is seasoned with a mixture of honey, five-spice powder, fermented tofu (red), dark soy sauce,hoisin sauce, red food colouring (not a traditional ingredient but very common in today’s preparations) and sherry or rice wine (optional). These seasonings turn the exterior layer of the meat dark red, similar to the “smoke ring” of American barbecues. Maltose may be used to give char siu its characteristic shiny glaze.

Char siu is typically consumed with starch, whether inside a bun, with noodles (cha siu mein), or with rice (cha siu fan) in fast food establishments, or served alone as a centerpiece or main dish in traditional family dining establishments. If it is purchased outside of a restaurant, it is usually taken home and used as one ingredient in various complex entrees consumed at family meals.

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Travel with a China Tourist Guide

On November 29, 2010, in Adventure Trip, Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Tours, by Jack Li

Chinese characters are indecipherable, so DIY travels are regarded very challenging for most of the foreigners. At the same time, China has a rich and wonderful history and culture and without a guide, somehow, the flavor and significance of most tour sites can be lost. So travel with a China tourist guide is recommended. You […]

Chinese characters are indecipherable, so DIY travels are regarded very challenging for most of the foreigners. At the same time, China has a rich and wonderful history and culture and without a guide, somehow, the flavor and significance of most tour sites can be lost. So travel with a China tourist guide is recommended.

You have two options; you can share a guide with other people, that is to say, joining a tour group. Organized groups for Beijing Tours or Xi’an Tours are always offered by many agencies; you can just hire a private guide. If you are going to a particular city, for practical local information refer to or et cetera.

If you want to see and do the most possible things in the least possible time, then an organized tour may be your best bet. Meanwhile, for women and senior travelers, traveling in a group can offer safety, comfort, and companionship. It can also be an opportunity to make new friends and share experiences with people who may have different perspectives.

However, disadvantages of group touring do exist.

With a group tour, you will have to experience the place as it goes by the agency’s canned itinerary. Sometimes you may find other members of the group as annoying, but unfortunately you are stuck in the same bus for the next 3-5-8 days. Sometimes you’re just tired and need a break, but the group is already rushing to the next place. All these are inconveniences you probably would like to avoid on your holiday.

The solution is to hire a private tour guide. Advantages of having a private tourist are as follows:

First, you can cross out the places you don’t want to visit and add spots which weren’t in the original plan. You will be the only person who decides how your tour is going to be. It’s almost like traveling alone only you’re guided by a local who will keep you from getting lost.

Secondly, Private guides, without being too rigid about it, points you to the best restaurant in town, answers all of your questions patiently, and would love their country/hometown so much that they have its history memorized at the back of their heads.

Thirdly, when you’re with a private guide you can trust, you can dodge the tourist traps. For some, this means reading up about the tourist traps of a particular place.

Another thing about hiring a private guide is of course, the money. Your guide will provide a cost for the day, but don’t forget other potential expenses.  Entrance fees are often excluded, and sometimes you must pay your guide’s entrance fee as well. Tipping is also extra, and depending on the circumstances, you may decide to ask your guide to join you for lunch.

So, how can we get one?

As a matted of fact, the private guide business is booming in China.  From university-educated, certified guides to former taxi cab drivers turned energetic entrepreneurs, you have plenty of choices

You can ask your friends or colleagues who have traveled in china before whether they have any to recommend.

Best sources are online travel forums.  Websites like Trip Advisor and Private-Guides provide the real skinny from fellow travelers whose private guide recommendations are based on personal experiences.  Travel forums have become quite powerful, and a guide’s livelihood depends on good recommendations.

In fact, many college students are very willing to be your guide. Maybe they are not so skilled compared to those professionals, but they charge less or even for free. You can go to universities or release the information on their BBS.

Make friends with the Chinese whenever you can. They love to meet foreigners and will make good tour guides. Just buy a small present as a small token of appreciation.

Guidebooks occasionally recommend private guides. 

Of course, a tourist guide for China Tours is available in all kinds of travel agencies.

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Get a Visa to Visit China

On November 29, 2010, in Cultural Experience, Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, by Jack Li

You’ve planned a trip to China. Before book your China flights and China hotels, there’s one thing you should pay attention to. Generally speaking, In addition to a passport, as a foreigner, you will need to get a visa for China. Whether you need a visa and what kind of visa you need depend on […]

You’ve planned a trip to China. Before book your China flights and China hotels, there’s one thing you should pay attention to. Generally speaking, In addition to a passport, as a foreigner, you will need to get a visa for China. Whether you need a visa and what kind of visa you need depend on what kind of trip you are planning.

Step 1: make sure whether you need a visa

Foreigners who visit China are generally required to apply for a visa before departure, but some are exempt from a visa to Mainland China, for example, ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan enjoy visa free access to Mainland China for up to 15 days. For more detailed information, you can see the Chinese Visa Exemption.  

After checking the information above, if you are sure that you actually need a visa, the next step is to decide what kind of visa you need.

Step 2: what kind of visa do you need?

There are eight categories of ordinary Chinese visas, which are respectively marked with the letters C, D, F, G, J-1, J-2, L, X and Z.

L Visa: The most popular type of China visa, an L visa is also known as a tourist visa. It is issued to those who visit China for tourist purposes, family visit or other personal matters.

F Visa: Also known as business visa, an F visa is issued to applicants who are invited to China for business, research, lecture, scientific-technological and culture exchanges, short-term advanced studies or intern practice for a period of no more than six months.

Z Visa: A work visa, it is issued to those who are hired by Chinese companies to work or teach in China, and their accompanying family members.
X Visa: A student visa, issued to applicants who go to China for the purpose of study, advanced studies or intern practice for a period of more than six months.
C Visa: Issued to crewmembers on international aviation, navigation and land transportation missions bound for China.
G Visa: Issued to those who transit through China. American passport holders must obtain a transit visa to transit through all Chinese airports except Pudong International Airport in Shanghai.
D Visa: Issued to applicant who is to reside permanently in China.
J-1 Visa: Issued to foreign resident correspondents in China.
J-2 Visa: Issued to foreign correspondents on temporary interview missions in China.

Based on the information above, decide what kind of visa you need.

Step 3: apply For It

Preparation work: your original passport with at least 6 months validity and two blank visa pages, one legibly, completely and truly filled Visa Application Form( download it from the internet), one recent passport photo affixed on the application form, and additional documents for the specific category of visa you are applying for.

Submit those to a Chinese embassy or consulate.

More than 98% of Chinese embassies and consulates don’t accept visa application by mailing. You should visit the official website of Chinese embassy or consulate to check whether it accepts application by mailing or not. Even though the visa mail service is available, the embassy or consulate is not responsible for the loss or damage of your passport and other documents due to mishandling by mail service. It is strongly advised that you go to the embassy or consulate to submit the materials and pay the fees.

Step 4: pick up your visa

Generally speaking, 3 or 4 days later you can go to pick up you visa. Make a phone call to see whether the visa is ready before you go there is much wiser.

You made it! Congratulations on your new visa. Now with it you can carry out your China travel plan at any time.

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Information about Exit Visa for Chinese Free WalkersⅠ

On November 29, 2010, in Cultural Experience, by Jack Li

More and more people have spare time and money to travel especially china travel. China Tours is also not the only choice. They plan their foreign countries tours and have great interest in them. But once planning going outside, getting an exit visa is an important step. Here I want to tell you some information […]

More and more people have spare time and money to travel especially china travel. China Tours is also not the only choice. They plan their foreign countries tours and have great interest in them. But once planning going outside, getting an exit visa is an important step. Here I want to tell you some information about exit visa for different countries. And I hope it can help for your travel.

Southeast Asian countries

Tourism market in Southeast Asian countries is the earliest one opened to Chinese. And visa policy is relatively flexible. At present, all countries are allowed to apply for individual tourist visas, and most of the country will be able to handle individual visa applications, For example, Vietnam, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Laos, Cambodia and India. Personal travel visa application materials need to be prepared very simple, as long as normally is two – inch color photographs, complete table of visa and passport valid for 6 months. While, some of them require additional materials, for example, original ticket is needed in Philippines. Singapore personal travel visa for application request is complete, In addition to the above – mentioned material, you also need to provide false Evidence of employment and income certificate and Certificate of Bank Deposits of more than 50,000 RMB. Applicant for individual questioning of the Chinese embassy, the embassy will require the applicant to specify the Chinese bank pay a deposit of $5,100, before issuing visas.

Northeast Asian countries

Korea accepts personal visit visa applications. You are asked to prepare a complete set of data, including passports, photographs, visa application form, copies of ID cards, personal resume and employment documents containing the working time, the responsible departments and to set up a company official, copy of the business license. In addition, to increase the air ticket booking and reservation and detailed itinerary, temporary residence permit consulate offices or other jurisdiction. The most important thing is, we must provide a separate means of travel documents bank certificate of deposit of over 100,000yuan, housing and car purchase have proven that provide as much as possible. In addition, Visitors can apply for holding a Chinese passport visa – free access to South Korea’s Cheju Island for 30 days. The United states, valid visa and travel to third countries, Japan air of entry and exit visas to Chinese tourists from South Korea, entered the country through the means test can stay in South Korea for 15 days ” may ” only said that the possibility of not agree that immigration, and the final result depends on the judgment of immigration examination prosecutors.

Japan does not accept the Individual Tourist visas, only group tourism or apply for a business visa, and the embassy did not accept their applications to the embassy, the proxy specified organizations must be delegated to the embassy.

Oceania countries

There are two types of personal travel visa in Australia. First one is a well – known 676 types of visas. It requires a complete set of materials just like travel visa for Korea. And if the travelling expenses paid by the company, you should provide the rise of a company letter, and prove company as lawful operations such as business license tax receipts. But please keep in mind that this kind of visa will be accepted only in Shanghai and Guangzhou, Beijing embassy could not accept. And it applies for a relatively long period, usually around 2 weeks.

Another type is relatively faster, called Visa-card visa from the Australian embassy in cooperation with Visa. This kind of visa aims to Beijing, Shanghai and Guangdong to issue passports for Chinese tourists. And it just requires simple materials and will be signed soon.

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The Acrobatics Show China tours

On November 29, 2010, in Beijing, Entertainment, Featured China Stories, by Jack Li

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do for a nights entertainment while you are on your china travel and not exactly sure what to do, why not go and see the Acrobatics show from your China Hotels.  It took a while to apprehend at first and wondered what an Acrobatic show was.  […]

If you are stuck for ideas on what to do for a nights entertainment while you are on your china travel and not exactly sure what to do, why not go and see the Acrobatics show from your China Hotels.  It took a while to apprehend at first and wondered what an Acrobatic show was.  In the west you would go and see the ballet or go and watch a theatre production.  But in Beijing “out of many stage performances” Beijing are open to go and see the Acrobatics show.  Such an overwhelming culture shock.  Some of these moves are no circus acts.

Oozing with energy this entertainment is not to be missed.  It is believed that the performers are trained at a very young age and eventually grow into being an Acrobatics stage performer.  This is why the performers know how to put the audience on edge.  In Beijing and Shanghai one can see breath – holding acrobatics and in a few words the best way to describe it and so forth, this show can be so demanding in the timing and balancing skill it is a verge to the almost impossible.

Beijing Acrobatics lift

After the show I couldn’t help but hear someone say “I couldn’t believe it when I was in the theatre watching all the flashing light effects and loud music watching five girls performing bridge balancing one by one on each other’s shoulders right in the centre of the stage.  The girl at the bottom must have been very strong to bare all that weight.”

If you’re an acrobatics enthusiast there are many Acrobatic shows to go and see in Beijing (and in Shanghai).  This is not to be missed by the young or the old.  There is a cycling show in the centre of the stage with a big wheel going round, manned by two men running inside the wheel doing many back flips and dangerous moves.

The group show is also a favourite with the ten cycling girls finally all ending up on a bicycle with their fans spread out like a peacock.  There are also girl performers who seem so spineless that they can bend and fold their bodies to a position where the feet clasp the face and the head and hands are still able to balance glasses.

Beijing Acrobats, Spinning Balancing Discs

Other performances include martial arts, balancing of bowls, tight rope walking, pole climbing, roller skating and plate swirling.  It is great entertainment in such a short space of time.  Chinese acrobatics have thought to go back way into (475 – 221 BC) nearly two thousand years old.  Back then fire eating was largely infiltrated, knife swallowing and tight rope walking were regular features.  Shows were performed for the Imperial court.  However, with new technologies Acrobatics have taken to the indoor stage.

Success of acrobatics these days depend on good stage arts like images, music, choreography and costumes backed up by props and lighting.  The frequent local competitions in China for acrobatic excellence have made China a nation unique in an oriental form of acrobatics that is second to none in the world.

If this has inspired you to go to the Acrobatics show then don’t forget to go to China Tours.  You too can experience this exciting opportunity.  Tickets can be obtained for the Chaoyong Juchang and the Tiandi Juchang.

Tips on Tourist Visa to China

On November 26, 2010, in Tips & Ideas, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

For tourists who come to China Tours for the first time, there are many preparations they need to take into account, such as the flights, hotels, the travel agencies, the itineraries, etc. However, today I decided to come into the other topics. First comes to the passport, which is one of the needed travelers have […]

For tourists who come to China Tours for the first time, there are many preparations they need to take into account, such as the flights, hotels, the travel agencies, the itineraries, etc. However, today I decided to come into the other topics. First comes to the passport, which is one of the needed travelers have to own. In addition to a passport, you’ll need a need a visa for business trips or leisure travels to mainland China. If your company’s travel agency isn’t handling the process for you, this tutorial will walk you through the (occasionally confusing) steps and I hope it will be helpful for your china travel.

Firstly, you need to download the visa application from the Chinese Embassy website and complete the visa form, and keep in mind to attach one passport photo to the application. Then make a copy of your hotel and flight information. After have done those, you will obtain an invitation letter from an authorized Chinese business, and then you need to deliver all materials to the Chinese Consulate nearest you. No appointments are necessary. Provide a self-addressed, prepaid envelope to have documents returned to you via mail.

When you come to the visa issues, there are things you need to prepare in advanced. Firstly, passport with at least six months of remaining validity and one blank visa page; secondly, the completed Visa Application Form; thirdly, an invitation letter from an authorized Chinese business/organization; lastly, fees for the standard services. However, there are tips on the Visa issues. The same day and rush service are available for extra fees. There is an exception that you do not need a visa for trips to Hong Kong less than 30 days. If you are traveling to Hong Kong prior to China, it is possible to apply for your visa there. You can ask the hotel concierge for assistance.

When finished the visa, you can come to China directly. Before your departure, I have something to tell you about the travels in China. If you a green hand, I recommend that you should go to a China travel agency for help. China Youth Travel Service (CYTS), which has a long history of good reputation, will give your more suggestions on China Tours. In fact, you can find flights, hotels, tour packages information here and compare all the prices which is offered by different airlines or hotels, so that you can get the most competitive prices. By doing this, you can save big on your travel expense. In addition, the most attractive service of CYTS offered is the tour packages, such as the Multi-City Tours, the Single-City Tours, Join-in Groups Tours, and so on. I will give you an example to make it clearer. The Beijing Post-Olympic Memories, which is one of the Single-City Tours. For this itinerary, you can experience the most popular historical city and see both ancient civilization and modern progress. Moreover, you will have to opportunity to walk on the largest Square in the world Review 29th Olympic Games at Olympic Park. The highlights of this itinerary are the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, the Forbidden City, the Hutong Culture, the Bird’s Nest, the Water Cube, and many other attractions. It is sure that you will have a better view to Beijing.

There are all kinds of tours waiting for you, travel to Tibet—the holy palace; travel to Shanghai—the metropolis; travel to Guilin—the famous landscape, etc. China will never disappoint you. So, are you going to join us on China Tours? Come to book your China Flights and explore yourself.

FAQ about Travel to China Visa

On November 26, 2010, in China Travel Gossip, Travel Info, What's Our Specialist Say?, by Jack Li

When foreign visitors want to come to china travel, one of the most important things they need take into account is the Visa Card. In the following article, I will show you some FAQ about China Visa Application and I hope it will be helpful for your China Tours. Firstly, some foreign visitors asked if […]

When foreign visitors want to come to china travel, one of the most important things they need take into account is the Visa Card. In the following article, I will show you some FAQ about China Visa Application and I hope it will be helpful for your China Tours.

Firstly, some foreign visitors asked if they need a visa to China, except Hong Kong and Macau. The answer is yes. Foreigners who visit China are generally required to apply for a visa before departure, but some aliens are exempt from a visa to Mainland China, for example, ordinary passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan enjoy visa free access to Mainland China for up to 15 days. Secondly, the place where you submit your visa application is Chinese Embassy.  For entry into China, aliens should apply for visas from Chinese Embassies or Consulates. Each Embassy or consulate has its own consular districts. Usually, applicants are required to lodge their application to the relevant Embassy or Consulate according to consular districts. For example, if you live in Idaho, you should submit application to Chinese Embassy in USA. Applicants who reside or travel away from their country can apply for visas at a local Chinese Embassy or Consulate. By the way, Shenzhen and Zhuhai are the Special Economic Zones; they can issue a special economic zone tourist visa to aliens at the entry ports. Shenzhen issues Single-Entry Tourist Visa with 5 days of stay in Shenzhen at the entry ports. Aliens can also apply for Zhuhai Single-Entry Tourist Visa with 3 days of stay in Zhuhai at the entry ports. The best time for you to submit your visa application is only 1 or 2 months before your planed date to enter China. Of you apply for the visa too late, you may not have enough time for the application. If you apply for the visa too early, the visa may become invalid before your departure for China. Generally, the validity of a single-entry visa is 3 months, counted from the date of application. Thirdly, the easies way to get the visa application form is download it from the internet; moreover, the application is also offered by the embassy or consulate for free. Fourthly, if you can’t go to the embassy or consulate in person, the visa application can be presented by someone else, such as your friends, relatives, visa agency or travel agency, but the visa application form should be completed and signed by yourself. Someone else can pick up your visa for you as long as he can show the “Pick Up Form”. And keep in mind that most of Chinese embassies and consulates don’t accept visa application by mailing. You should visit the official website of Chinese embassy or consulate to check whether it accepts application by mailing or not. Even though the Visa Mail Service is available, the embassy or consulate is not responsible for the loss or damage of your passport and other documents due to mishandling by mail service. Generally speaking, it takes 4 working days for processing the visa application. Many embassies or consulates also provide 1 working day service or 2 – 3 working days service, but you need pay extra money for the service.
fifthly, the visa fees vary greatly according to your nationality, the number of entries, the country you are applying in and whether you need an express service or not. Generally speaking, the visa fees are more expensive if the visa has more number of entries.

After getting your visa card to China, you can take China Flights and explore the amazing country yourself.

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