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China At A Glance

3.7m sq m/5.92m sq. km/
Population: 1.3 billion
Density: 365 per sq km
Capital: Beijing (11.5 million)
Time: GMT +8 (entire country)
Country Code Prefix: +86
Mobile: 3G & 4G compatibility
Electrical: 220 volts AC
USD$1 = ~7 Yuan
GBP£1 = ~10 Yuan
English not widely spoken

Thank you for joining us in The Middle Kingdom, we're looking forward to sharing what past traveler's have remarked is one of the most fascinating places they've ever traveled. We have planned for your trip to be enjoyable and a relaxing one with few concerns about either preparation or matters after arrival, but please read these important notes about travel in China.

Once you arrive, we'll ensure your vacation is a pleasant, safe, and enjoyable one. Until then, please review the tour preparation information below, paying special attention the initial, "important" section.

Pre Departure

International Airlines - contact us for quotes and other information:

Hong Kong, Singapore, Seoul, Tokyo, Taipei, and Bangkok all offer direct flights into China (with Bangkok having the most daily flights and most convenient for overnight). An overnight in Bangkok may be required in- and out-bound.

Avoid these major airports for connections which have the most delayed departures in the country (June 2014 Department of Transportation report).

    • Chicago Midway (MDW): 32.6 percent of flights delayed
    • Newark (EWR): 31 percent of flights delayed
    • Baltimore-Washington (BWI): 26.6 percent of flights delayed

On-time reliability of your flight?


* If you are delayed en route to Myanmar, please contact our San Francisco, Yangon or Bangkok offices (below) so we can reschedule your airport transfer or adjust any other arrangements as necessary.

Peace of Mind
Obtain adequate cancellation insurance. Each year, we have several clients who must cancel trips for the most unexpected reasons. Cancellation insurance also covers trip delay, invaluable for booking alternative flights and hotels on the spot. We can provide a competitive quote through our partner, CSA Protection.

Similarly, ensure you have adequate emergency medical insurance, which covers urgent care and emergency air evacuation. Please ask us for a quote through our long-time (since 1996) in-country partner International SOS, which unlike intermediaries like TravelGuard, does not require time-delaying calls to international agents for services.

For your trip, please have:

  • Passport (extra pages for visas/ valid for 6 months after your return date)
  • Photocopy of passport (kept separately from your passport)
  • Airline tickets (international)
  • Airline tickets (regional, if booked by you)*
  • US currency for visas and any initial expenses
  • Required Visas** or Visa on Arrival forms (see Visa) and photos

* All regional and domestic flights are e-ticket bookings and you may check-in using your passport. We cannot assign seats in advance, please do so at check-in.
** Carefully check dates of all visas or visa authorization forms.

Various items we need from you pre-departure
120 days before departure:

  • Completed registration and tour deposit*
  • Airline arrival and departure information
  • Extra booking needs (hotel, airline, services)
  • Proof of medical & cancellation insurance

60 days before departure:

  • Balance of tour fees
  • International airline information & re-confirmation
  • Confirmation of any extra bookings
  • Signed release form
  • *Names submitted must match exactly that listed  on passport


Arrival Notes

Unlike Thailand or Vietnam, within international airports in Mainland China and Hong Kong, passengers are not permitted to be met inside secured areas of the terminal, including immigration, baggage claim, and customs areas. Your Indochina representative (holding a signboard) will greet you as you exit into the public reception area. Please note please that there are no airport porters allowed within these areas either.

- If for any reason you are not met by a representative of Indochina Travel, call directly to our offices or local tour manager so we may locate your driver.

Hong Kong Airport Information

Hong Kong Airport Notes

ARRIVAL: No visa required for Hong Kong, meet escort for private transfer to hotel (35 minutes). If you have a stopover in Hong Kong, the airport has ATMs to obtain cash before you transfer into the city.
TRANSIT: No visa required for Hong Kong although you will pass through a quick immigration and security screening checkpoint. The airport is easy to navigate and efficient, leaving plenty of time to shop and eat. Level 7, the top floor has noodle and fast food restaurants, including a McDonald's. There are also two Starbucks on level 5 and 6, which open at 7:00 a.m. The airport offers free Wifi Internet access and device charging stations (British-style adapter required).

Bangkok Airport Information

Beijing Airport Notes

ARRIVAL: Visa required in advance of arrival. Meet escort after entering terminal for expedited immigration, baggage retrieval, and private transfer to riverfront hotel (55 minutes).
TRANSIT: No visa required for transit to connecting international flight or layover less than 72 hours. Meet escort after entering terminal for luggage retrieval and transfer to connecting gate. The newer airport is easy to navigate and efficient, leaving plenty of time to shop and eat. The airport offers free WiFi Internet access although you must request an access code at any information kiosk.


General Travel Notes

- Carry your mobile with you at all times along with office, driver, guide, and hotel contact numbers.
- Bring adequate of amount U.S. Currency which is only accepted for some expenses such as visas. Credit cards and ATMs can be unreliable. AMEX is rarely accepted.
- Contact your credit card company with travel plans so your charges will not be held up.
- Visa requirements are different for almost every country in the region.
- Contact your local manager in-country for any issue you may have while traveling.
- Electrical outlets adapters are compatible with U.S. two-prong style plugs in all of Asia except Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia.
- The charger for your camera, iPad, mobile phone and most other gadgets with adapt automatically to local 220v current, but check the fine print on your adapter/charger.
- Make a paper copy of your passport and driver's license, invaluable for replacing a lost passport.
- Take photos of your passport, visas, and credit cards to store on your smartphone.
- Except for obvious trouble zones, State Department travel advisories are typically worst case scenarios and do not reflect actual travel risks within countries. Moreover, you are on a tour with experienced support staff. If there is any risk to where you will be traveling, we will be the first to notify you.
- Register for STEP (US Gov't Smart Traveler Program): https://step.state.gov/step/
- Mobile coverage is not quite good throughout Asia. However, roaming charges can be exorbitant. With an iPhone, switch your iPhone to airplane mode—which turns off roaming charges and data—and turn on Wi-Fi where available to use FaceTime which is free. For Android, Skype and Viber are free alternative.
- Open a free Syncplicity account (faster to use then Dropbox) to backup your photos as you travel.
- Flickr and Facebook are the best sites for sharing photos of your trip.
- Be wary of drivers or touts who may be posing as your guide, driver, or transfer service, do not accompany or let anyone handle your luggage without proper ID. Luggage been stolen with this ruse.



Important Travel Information

A visa or visa authorization form issued in advance is required to enter China (see below for visa procedures). In 2015 China insituted 72-Hour Visa Free Transit policy and a visa is not required if your stay is less than this time.

VISA PROCEDURES (effective September, 2014)

Indochina Travel may apply for your China visa. Please send us your passport, photos and forms at least three weeks in advance (visa rush service can be processed in a week and half).

Visa procedures:

  • 1/ FEDEX your passport, forms, photos, and applications to our San Francisco office.
  • 2/ Indochina Travel will apply at the San Francisco Chinese Consulate for your visa and FEDEX your passport back to you upon completion.


1/ Check your passport has at least 6 months remaining validity from the date of your return from China.

2/ After receiving your visa, confirm dates on your visa authorization form are correct for your dates of travel.

All visitors to must arrive with a passport that does not expire within six months after the date that you depart China. If your passport expires in less than six months from the start of your trip, you will need to renew your passport immediately or you may not be issued a visa.

We urge you to obtain adequate travel cancellation and trip delay insurance. Every season we have travelers who unexpected need to cancel or experience a delay in departure for their trips. Typical insurance packages also cover other issues, such as theft, loss, and additional medical insurance. Please request a competitive quote from Tree at tree@indochinatravel.com.

You are required to have emergency medical insurance for your trip. This insurance is for emergency treatment and air evacuation should be supplemented by standard medical insurance.

Health and Medical

Our top priority is on a safe and healthy trip. Please read this section carefully which addresses health and safety concerns. Compliment this information with your own research, but don’t be overly concerned—China is a very safe and friendly place to travel. Please note the following information must be viewed as a guide only. It is not intended, nor implied to be a substitute for professional medical advice. Indochina Travel does not guarantee the accuracy, currency or completeness of any of this information and will not be liable for any loss, damage or injury directly or indirectly caused by this material or its use.

General Health Precautions

Eating and Drinking
Digestion problems (“Mao’s revenge”) are the most common traveler complaint in the region but may come on due to travel fatigue, heat, or other reasons aside from food-borne bacteria. Still, the old travel maxim holds true: boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it — avoid raw vegetables or any other uncooked foods (although these will rarely be served in China aside from luxury hotels and high-end restaurants). Also avoid dairy products which are not typically prepared or eaten in the region.

Some of the most interesting meals can be had from street vendors, but caution is warranted, especially with dishes such as raw spring rolls) which may contain uncooked greens. For water, drink only bottled water. Locals, you’ll notice, typically drink boiled tea, not water (which is not customarily offered). Ice is made from purified water, but may be broken in unsanitary conditions — check if machine made (safe).

Northern locations, such as Beijing, and mountain areas like Yunnan can be chilly at night and mornings but places further south, such as Hong Kong, temperatures are warm to hot with intense tropical sun and sunburn can occur quickly. Drink plenty of water, avoid exhaustion, seek shade when tired, wear sunglasses and a wide-brim hat, and lather on a high-SPF sunscreen. A light-colored long-sleeve cotton shirt can provide full sun protection.

In the countryside at dusk, wearing long pants, shirt sleeves and using repellent around your ankles and other exposed skin will deter bites. Be alert when eating outside (and often inside) — mosquitoes favor the draftless, dark underside of tables (restaurants may also burn coil repellent).

Crossing Streets
What’s true in the streets of New York or London is more so in China —crossing the street can be dangerous. With few traffic lights or marked crossings, the streets look daunting and can certainly be risky. If you are hesitant to cross alone, take the arm of your guide or a local and ask to cross alongside them — they will be delighted to help. Taking a pedicab can also circumnavigate traffic.

Immunization and Vaccinations
At least two months before you travel, please review immunizations recommendations with your doctor or travel medicine clinic.

Various Health agencies recommend the following vaccinations for China (none are required for entry).

  • Polio booster
  • Tetanus — diphtheria booster (effective for 10 years)
  • MMR — Measles, mumps, rubella (update vaccines).
  • BCG (Tuberculosis)
  • Hepatitis A & B
  • Typhoid update
  • Malaria prophylaxis (see below)
  • Japanese Encephalitis (monsoon season only)

Receiving the entire immunization schedule may be unnecessary, expensive, and time-consuming considering the relatively short length of your trip, travel season, nature of your travel, and area of your stay (typically hotels in urban areas). It may be unnecessary to have vaccinations for Cholera, Japanese Encephalitis, Yellow Fever, Rabies (except for extended visits), Meningitis immunizations, and even a malaria prophylaxis, but refer to the CDC web site (below) your travel doctor for more information on vaccinations.

Official Health and Safety Information links:

U.S. State Department: www.travel.state.gov/travel/
CDC: www.cdc.gov/travel/ (or by telephone: 800-232-4636)
MD Travel Health: www.mdtravelhealth.com

Medical Facilities
Medical facilities in rural China may be primitive. In an emergency, with your consent, efforts may be made to arrange transport to regional hospitals, or air evacuation to Beijing, Hong Kong, or Shanghai, which have world-class medical facilities. Note: Although Indochina Travel may arrange for emergency transport and medical treatment, we will not bear the ultimate responsibility for any services provided. For minor health issues, local pharmacies are well-stocked with a wide variety of western drugs and medications. Read more about SOS International and office locations.

No special vaccinations are required or necessary in China. It is recommended you have Hepatitis A and B, and an up-to-date Tetanus shot.

View and download full list of vaccination information for China (pdf)

View a malaria map of China

If you are traveling with us outside these places, please consult with your medical doctor whether you should to take a malarial prophylaxis. Please do bring a repellent such as 3M's Ultrathon (we like the spray) and hotels will have mosquito nets or air conditioning.

Emergency Medical Contacts

We have planned your trip carefully to be as safe as possible. However, in the event of a serious medical emergency, with your permission, we may attempt to arrange transit to the nearest medical facility or for air ambulance evacuation to Bangkok or Singapore, if necessary, with International SOS.

Contact information below is the same we would use for medical treatment and/or evacuation, but any traveler may make contact independently, if you are not with a guide. For non-emergency matters, refer to your itinerary for local hospital contacts.


China (nationwide)
Ambulance: 120
Fire: 119
Police: 110

U.S. Embassy Beijing: 010-8531 3000
After hours: 010-8531-4000

Embassy of Canada Beijing: (86 10) 5139-4000

British Embassy Beijing: 86 (10) 5192-4000

Canadian Cons. Shanghai: (86-21) 3279-2800
After hours: 10-800-140-0125

U.S. Embassy Shanghai: 021-3217-4650
After hours: (86-10) 8531-4000 (Beijing)

U.S. Embassy Hong Kong: (852) 2841-2211

International SOS Beijing

Beijing Medical Clinic (Open 24-hours a day)

International SOS Beijing Clinic
Suite 105, Wing 1, Kunsha Building 16 Xinyuanli, Chaoyang District Beijing 100027
Clinic appointments: +86 (0)10 6462 9112 Dental Appointments: +86 (0)10 6462 0333
Directions (in Chinese) pdf

Shanghai Emergency

American Medical Center
Address: 888 Tian Lin Road, Bldg. 1 East
Telephone: 021-6485-7333
24-Hour Hotline: 18616239281

View a full list of medical, dental and hospitals in Shanghai


Queen Mary Hospital
102 Pok Fu Lam Rd, Pok Fu Lam, Hong Kong
Tel: 852 2255 3838

If you are taking medication, remember to bring enough medication to last for the entire time that you expect to be traveling as it may be difficult to obtain a prescription for pre-existing conditions once traveling. We also recommend that you pack your medication as part of your carry-on luggage in case your main luggage is delayed. If you have a notable medical condition, please inform us in advance; no one likes surprises, and just remember that this is all for your safety. All medical records will be kept strictly confidential.

Skin Care
In a tropical climate, even a minor scratch can easily become infected. Promptly cleanse and treat all wounds or sores. The tropical sun is best in small and protected exposure. Consider wearing a wide brim hat and sunscreen that you will not sweat off (Bullfrog is a good, sticky brand).

Food and Drink
Stomach indigestion can come on due to travel, exertion, and heat, not necessarily food-borne reasons. However, when sampling food, remember the old travel maxim: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it. Avoid raw vegetables or any other uncooked foods (although these will rarely be offered). Interesting meals can be had from street vendors, but use caution avoiding raw green, and tourist favorites – pizza, for example. For water, drink only bottled water or boiled tea, which is safe. Ice is made from purified water, but prepared in less than sanitary conditions – you may want to avoid it.

Chinese cuisine is typically fresh and safe to eat. Fish, rice, noodles and vegetables spiced with fish sauce, ginger, garlic and chillies are the common local ingredients. Local dishes include soups, chicken and rice, and fried noodles with vegetables and meat. Delicious fruits are available in the markets and food stalls appear on the corners of most large towns. Western cuisine is offered in many hotels and restaurants.

Malaria occurs primarily in the Yunnan Province with little risk elsewhere and rarely in the most typical travel destinations, please take appropriate measures. After dusk, make it a habit to wear long pants, long shirt sleeves with repellent around ankles, neck and other exposed skin. Check your hotel mosquito net and take care not lean against it while sleeping. With vigilance, it is possible to go the entire tour with few if any bites.



“He who would travel happily must travel light”—Antione de St. Exupery

What to Wear
Light clothing is adequate for and most low elevation tourist areas during the dry season. Up-country in Yunnan and other higher elevations the temperature may reach near freezing at night during the 'winter' season. Travelers should bring appropriate cold weather clothing if traveling there. Revealing clothing is not as much an issue in China as other conservative cultures in the region. When visiting religious shrines and temples, modest dress is required and easily removable footwear is recommended since such sacred grounds must be visited only in bare feet (with no socks). Having a sarong for a quick wrap may be useful for these short visits.

New luggage restrictions on regional airlines typically limit baggage to 20 kilograms, or about 44 pounds for each piece of checked-in luggage. Regional overweight baggage fees can be excessive, roughly $5-8 per kilo over this limit.

Packing List
Use the following checklist to assist you in narrowing down the number of overall items in your luggage:


Passport (and photocopy stored seperately) feminine needs

Visa (and Photocopy) sweater or light jacket
plane tickets (and Photocopy) sunglasses
money/passport pouch walking shorts (one pair)
Traveler’s checks (bring receipts) one pair light pants (not jeans!)
credit card (for cash advance Collared (1) and T-shirts (2)
Photocopy of birth certificate underwear (3)
Photocopy of immunization record light socks (3)
Burmese phrase and guide books light, comfortable shoes
basic first-aid kit bathing suit
mosquito repellent (with DEET) small wash cloth
lip balm with sunscreen small towel
waterproof sun-screen (high SPF) wide-brimmed, sun hat
sandals or thongs (beach only)* address book
camera, flash, film business or contact cards
extra camera battery earplugs
medications journal
photos from home to share       small gifts for children (pens)
small utility knife small binoculars

 3M's Ultrathon Repellent

* Because of the uneven surfaces on streets, unexpected obstacles, and debris, we do not recommend open-toe sandals.

Basic First-Aid Kit
We recommend you bring a small medical kit, including:

Band Aids (including butterfly bandages)
Aspirin or other pain reliever
Medical prescriptions
Antiseptic ointment (Neosporin) for scrapes and scratches
Eye drops
Gauze bandage and tape
Tums, Pepto Bismol pills for common stomach indigestion
Anti-diarrheal (e.g. Immodium) as a last resort
Sunburn ointment

Rural China can be a difficult and challenging place to travel. In general, the region is not accustomed to or equipped for tourism on the level of other places, such as Europe. Although it is our prime objective to ensure your trip with us is a healthy, pleasant and safe one, we cannot always prevent the unexpected. Being prepared and flexible can reduce inconveniences in a region marked by unpredictable travel events, including delayed and canceled flights, adverse weather, poor infrastructure, and bureaucratic speed bumps, which can often change the best planned trips. Please try to have patience and understanding with our hosts and staff and as they work to resolve any unexpected issues.

Itinerary Changes
Although we may not be able to change your itinerary, such as flights and hotels at the last minute — we will certainly try to make any alterations you request within your daily itinerary.

There are an abundance of shops, markets, and galleries for every budget, featuring local handicrafts, ceramics, wood carvings, silk products, and clothing. Beijing and Shanghai, in particular, has many galleries selling everything from woodblock prints to lacquer paintings. However, fakes abound, so ask for proof of authenticity of materials and workmanship.  Caveat emptor: if you can’t carry home with you, there may be shipping damage, import taxes, duty, freight, and storage charges, which can be significant. Indochina Travel bears no responsible for any purchases made during your trip, regardless of recommendations offered by staff. You should always obtain insurance for any good shipped and required fumigation.

Personal Security
Despite a tumultuous history, China is among the safest regions in the world for travelers. Aside from petty theft, crime against foreigners is unheard of. Thefts from hotels is very rare — please leave all valuables in your vehicle or hotel safe, where they are secure, including passports and cash.

Local Tour Manager
Your local tour manager in Beijing is responsible for your tour being safe, comfortable, and pleasant. Please contact them immediately if this is not the case and for other concerns you may have.

A comprehensive, printed pre-tour packet will be mailed upon confirmation of your trip, below is only brief information only for Beijing. The pre-tour materials cover far more than the brief listing of key topics here and contain a wealth of advice and essential information to make your trip as enjoyable as possible. Please read them carefully before your arrival.

Beijing experiences four distinct seasons. The best weather is September through November when it is sunny and dry. Spring runs from March through May and also brings pleasant temperatures, although in the earlier months there is a chance of occasional sand clouds drifting in from Inner Mongolia. Summer sees high temperatures over 30°C (80°F), although the heat does not deter travelers and this is often the busiest time of the year. Winter can be cold with temperatures of -20°C (0°F), but seeing the Great Wall and the Summer Palace under a white cloak of snow is a magical, not to mention photogenic, experience. Rainfall is almost exclusively limited to the hotter months from June through September.

During the winter months from November to March, warm clothes are required. In autumn and spring, guests should pack light woolens for early mornings and evenings, with lighter clothing for the rest of the day. During the summer months it is recommended you wear light, yet conservative attire and travel with comfortable walking shoes and a wide-brimmed hat.

Mandarin in Beijing and Cantonese in Shanghai and Hong Kong. English is rare in Beijing, less so in Shanghai, and common in Hong Kong. If you're away from your guide, make use of your English-speaking hotel staff to help you with phone calls and the like. Almost no information, booking, complaint, or emergency lines in Beijing have anyone who speaks English.

All top-end hotels and some top-end restaurants add a ‘service charge’ of 10% or 15%. You’ll often be charged the ‘tourist price’ for meals, however tipping is not customary at these venues. An appropriate tip for guides and drivers ranges from USD 10-20 per person/day.

Currency is the Yuan or Renminbi. Major credit cards are accepted in hotels and larger establishments. Most currencies and traveler’s checks are easy to cash. There are six ATMs at the airport and machines are widely available in the city, including the  Bank of China accepting international cards 24 hours a day.

220V, 50Hz (most iPads, Kindles, laptops, camera, and other devices will automatically adjust to this current but check the fine print on your adapter. The most common outlet plugs in Hong Kong are the British 3-prong style. However, throughout hotels in China a slanted 3-prong outlet is common along with a flat and round prong, accepting North American style plugs (image).

All of China is on Beijing time which is 8 hours ahead of GMT (London), 13 hours ahead of New York, 14 hours ahead of Chicago, and 16 hours ahead of Los Angeles. There is no daylight savings time, so subtract 1 hour in the summer.

Laundry is available at all hotels. Please turn in your wash early to allow for adequate drying time as dryers may not be available.

Country dialing code: 86 and the The local code for Beijing is 010.
Mobile network: GSM 900, 3G & 4G compatability. Most hotels now provide free broadband or WiFi Internet service. Note: China is famous for blocking Facebook and other Western sites including Google, but not in Hong Kong.

Call of Nature
In remote areas, Western-style sit toilets may be scarce. Carry extra tissue on you for such stops.

Cathay Pacific Airlines
Reservations: 400-888-6628 (Local)
(86-10) 5905 7855 (International)
Check-in counters: Beijing International Airport, Terminal 3, Corridor C

Dragonair contact information
Reservation: 400-888-6628 (Local)
(86-20) 8388 2498 (International)
Check-in counters: Beijing International Airport, Terminal 3, Corridor C

Indochina Travel Beijing Contact:
Mr. Steve Duyang
Mobile (24-hour): (86) 1370 100 8778

Regional and domestic airlines restrict luggage to one piece with a weight of no more than 20 Kilograms (44 pounds) per person. Your passport, travel documents, jewelry, money, camera, fragile items and any medication should be hand-carried and not checked in. On domestic flights, each passenger is allowed one piece of hand luggage. When planning your packing, please bear in mind on your trip may be constantly on the go, staying in a new hotel at least every other day and you'll want to pack lightly for mobility and convenience as well as have a day pack for your van. Checked luggage is required by the local authorities to be at the airport two hours prior to your flight departure. If we are arranging check-in for you, then we need to arrange collection of all bags before your departure in order to complete all check in formalities for you. Please remember to retain your travel documents and any hand baggage.

Road conditions in some parts of rural China remain quite poor and traveling by car, bus, and bike can be bumpy. Most available cars and coaches are quite old and therefore not in perfect condition, however rest assured we will always do our utmost to arrange cars or buses of the best possible local quality available for your transfers and touring.

While no immunizations are formally required, malaria prophylaxis is often recommended for travel in remote areas. As health requirements change without notice, please check with Centers for Disease Control, physician or public health service for current required or recommended inoculations. The biggest health risk and the most common with our past travelers is stomach issues. Drink only bottled or boiled water and tea. Food should not be purchased from sidewalk vendors without recognizing you face a greater risk of getting a bug and avoid any raw greens and vegetables.

Insect repellent should be brought, especially up-country and in wooded areas (we recommend 3M's Ultrathon in spray bottle). Recent news articles have mentioned a general increase in Dengue fever risk in SE. Asian countries. The tropical sun can burn in minutes, bring wide brim hat, sun shirts and a sweat proof sunscreen (we like Bullfrog gel and spray). All travelers are required to have medical-evacuation insurance. Hospitals in Indochina are inadequate for advanced medical care, although a few private clinics may provide emergency care, in the event of serious illness or injury, medical evacuation to Bangkok or Singapore will be recommended.

Consulate General of Canada
ECO City Building, 8th floor, 1788 Nanjing Xi Lu - Jing An District, Shanghai,
200040, China
Tel.: 86 (21) 3279-2800
Emergency toll-free to Ottawa: 10800-1400125 (from any landline in Shanghai)
Fax: 86 (21) 3279-2801
E-Mail: shanghai.consular@international.gc.ca
Internet: http://www.shanghai.gc.ca
For emergency assistance after hours, call the nearest Canadian government office and
follow the instructions or you may also call the Emergency Watch and Response Center
in Ottawa at 613-996-8885 (collect calls accepted).

U.S. Embassy Beijing
55 Anjialou Rd, Chaoyang, Beijing
No. 55 An Jia Lou Lu 100600
Tel: (86-10) 8531-3000
Click here for the map

Public Affairs
Fax:(86-10) 8531-4200

American Citizen Services
Fax: (86-10) 8531-3300
Emergency Contact Number: 8531-4000
E-mail: BeijingACS@state.gov

No doubt you will be moved by the wonderful people you meet along the way. many who live in poverty. It may be hard not to feel compelled to give something, but think about doing so will change the dynamic of your people encounters and those who follow you. If you do feel compelled to give, we recommend pens, simple to carry with you, useful and beyond the budget of most families. We never encourage giving money, candy or the like. For giving before or after your trip, we suggest these charities.


Contact Indochina Travel


Your support staff is not limited to those with you. Please don’t hesitate call our local offices and agents at any time, for any reason — we want to ensure your trip is enjoyable as possible. For any questions about preparing for your trip, please contact us in San Francisco.

SAN FRANCISCO (during your trip, please contact in-country offices below)
Tel: (415) 680-3788 office
Fax: (206) 350-4208
Tel: Tree Tam, Tours Manager: (415) 680-3788

(note: skip 0 before city code dialing from internationally)

China In-Country Contacts

Janet Leung, Client Services Manager
Tel: (852) 3179-5941 office | Fax: (852) 2866 0556

Mr. Steve Du Yang, Client Services Manager
5/F, East Town Building, 41 Lockhart Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong
(852) 3179-5909 office | (852) 3179-5901 fax | Mobile: (86) 1370 100 8778 (24-hour)

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