China Practical information
You must have a passport valid for at least 6 months after your exit date.
A tourist visa is required for French nationals.
Entry into China requires no mandatory vaccine.
But consider updating your vaccines for: Diphtheria-Tetanus-Polio (DTP), hepatitis A and typhoid.
It is advisable to bring with you any medication you might require during your trip.
If possible, take out insurance covering medical expenses and emergency repatriation.
Tap water is not drinkable in China. Always choose bottles instead.
Remember to bring along anti-mosquito sprays for regions at risk of malaria (south and centre of the country).
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The Chinese currency is the yuan.
1 USD =6.76 CNY*
* Exchange rate provided as a guideline only
Where can you change your money?
You can change your money in banks and airports.
In China, you can change money in banks as well as in luxury hotels (4-5 stars) if you are a customer.
Tipping is not part of China's customs. In luxury hotels and restaurants, you can leave a tip if you enjoy the service. Small gifts (books, eau de toilette, CDs) are particularly popular.
Buses are one of the most commonly used forms of transport in China. They can take you almost anywhere in the country.
There is a metro in some cities including Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.
The best suggestion is taxis in less developed cities. In terms of comfort and speed, it’s the most effective way to reach your destination. Widely available, taxis are easy to flag down. You can also hire a taxi for half a day or even a whole day, provided you agree on the price in advance with the driver.
The train is one of the least expensive and most popular forms of transport, especially for long distances.
With the Shangri-La Express, you can take a trip on the Silk Road in comfort. This luxury train will appeal to travellers looking to escape the city and visit the most remote sites in the country.
Emergency number: 110
Fire service: 119
Traffic accidents: 122
The official language of China is Mandarin.
A few phrases to remember :
Hello: Nǐ hǎo !
Thank you: Xièxie nǐ
Pardon; excuse me; sorry: Qǐng yuánliàng
How much is this?: Duōshao ?
I don't understand: Wǒ bù dǒng
Where is...?: Zòi nǎli... ?
Do you speak French? / Do you speak English?: Nín jiǎng fǎyǔ ma ?/ Nín jiǎng yīngyǔ ma ?
I would like to go: Wǒ yòo qù
Right: yòu biān
Left: zuǒ biān
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