China Travel Toolbox

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China Travel Toolbox

Visa and Embassy:
Visa Requirements - Tourist Visas - China Visa Types - Visa Fee - Payment Methods
A visa is required for all tourists entering China that must be obtained prior to their arrival in China. In order to obtain a Chinese visa it will be necessary to submit a passport that is valid for at least 6 months, one passport photo, and a completed visa application that is available at the Chinese Consulate or can be downloaded from its website.

Customs Declaration:
There are two channels, red and green, in China customs. Take the red one if you have something to declare, otherwise the green one. If you are uncertain which channel you should take, then take the red one.If you take the red channel the customs officer will check to see whether you have to pay duty, deposit the items at Customs, or allow you to take them into China.

Table Manners:
There are two channels, red and green, in China customs. Take the red one if you have something to declare, otherwise the green one. If you are uncertain which channel you should take, then take the red one.If you take the red channel the customs officer will check to see whether you have to pay duty, deposit the items at Customs, or allow you to take them into China.

Area and Zip Codes:
China now has 668 cities, of which populations of 13 billions than two million each; 24, between one and two million; 48, between 500,000 and one million; 205, between 200,000 and 500,000; and 378, less than 200,000.

Money Issues:
Chinese currency is called Renminbi (RMB) and is issued by the state bank, the People's Bank of China. We suggest that you bring a combination of cash ($1's, $5's, $10's and $20's) and travelers' checks for your trip. It is not a good idea to bring only travelers' checks since only 50% of exchanged value can be converted back into USD. US dollars in cash form are accepted at many places while travelers' checks must first be converted into RMB.