Orientis DMC FAQ’s

On regional flights, the free baggage allowance for each published adult-fare or half-fare passenger is as follows:

First class ticket: 40 kilogram (88 pounds)
Business class ticket: 30 kilogram (66 pounds)
Economy class fare ticket: 20 kilogram (44 pounds)
No free baggage allowance is granted to infants paying 10% of the adult fare.

What should you prepare

    1. Passport with at least 2 blank pages, and valid for a minimum of 6 months. The passport must in addition be valid until the final date of departure from China.
    2. Photocopy of the passport’s data page (the main page with all the personal information). If the photo is not on this page, a separate photocopy of the photo page must be included as well.
    3. Completed Visa Application Form (see link below).
    4. Completed Declaration Form.
    5. 1 recent colour passport size photo (48mm x 33mm), taken against a light background.
    6. Photocopy of the most recent previous Chinese visa, if any. If applying for a multiple entry visa, the copy provided should be of the last multiple entry visa. Hong Kong and Macau entry stamps are not included in this requirement.
    7. EITHER payment receipt for flights and hotel bookings covering the entire stay in China,

OR an invitation letter* from an organisation or individual in China which will include all of the following;

  1. Information about the applicant, including their full name, gender and date of birth
  2. Details about the planned visit, including arrival and departure dates, place(s) to be visited and accommodation arrangements
  3. Information about the inviter, including name, contact telephone number, address, official stamp of the organisation (if applicable)** and Chinese ID number of the individual inviter (if applicable), and states the relationship between applicant and inviter
  4. Specifies the source of financial support while in China
  5. The letter must be signed, and accompanied by a photocopy of either both sides of the inviter’s Chinese ID (if a Chinese citizen), or the inviter’s passport and residence permit (if not a Chinese citizen).

* Emails are not accepted
** This must be an official Chinese stamp – these are typically red, circular, and have Chinese writing around the outside with a star in the centre.

Application Form

If you would like us to obtain the visa on your behalf, please EITHER complete the online application form, print it out and sign it, OR simply print the application form out and fill it in by hand. Whichever you choose to do, when you have gathered the rest of the documentation together please contact us briefly before sending it to us. Our extensive experience will then make sure your application proceeds as swiftly and reliably as possible. However, should you prefer to apply directly to the Chinese authorities yourself, please contact your nearest Chinese Visa Service Centre.

For further information please contact Visa 365 below:

    You will need a visa to visit China and to go on tour.

    A Chinese tourist visa is issued for a stay of short duration, usually 30 days, but not more than 90 days, and cannot be extended upon expiration.

    Chinese group tourist visas are issued to foreigners traveling in tour groups of at least 10 participants. This visa is not issued on individual passports, but on a separate form, which requires the group members to enter and exit the Chinese border together.

    Hong Kong & Macao

    The citizens of EU countries may visit Hong Kong and Macau for business or tourism and may stay for 90 days without a visa.

    We recommend that you speak to your GP or a clinic for the latest vaccination information.

    If you have lost your passport while on tour in China, please report the loss immediately to local police authorities and Embassy of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

    Orientis DMC does not include personal travel insurance with your booking and we recommend that you ensure you are covered while on tour.

    Tipping would be graciously accepted to show appreciation of services.

    In Hong Kong – a region long visited by Westerners – a 10% or 15% gratuity is usually automatically added to restaurant bills, particularly in busy tourist regions. If not, the gratuity is generally expected.

    For the comfort and convenience of our clients, we have selected superior quality hotels in China, as 4 or 5-stars as agreed within the itinerary. All rooms have modern facilities, private bathrooms and normally have two twin beds rather than one double bed (double can be requested). In some more remote areas, hotels may be of a lower standard as there aren’t any international-class hotels at this stage but we do use the best available accommodation available.

    Beverages

    Drinks are included as shown within your itinerary.

    Breakfast: At most hotels within our tours a buffet-style western breakfast is served, while others provide a set selection of Western or Chinese breakfast. Should Chinese be your choice this would typically consist of rice porridge, noodles, and a mixture of sweet and sour dumplings.

     

    Lunch: The lunch provided can vary and may include meat, rice, vegetables and fish, or sometimes a Western buffet meal.

     

    Dinner: The evening meals will be a little more flexible. As China is renowned for its wide-ranging cuisines, you are able to sample many local specialties. The traditional regional cuisines can be generally divided into four styles:

    • Cantonese from the south (found most extensively abroad) using fresh seafood, pork, chicken, vegetables and rice that may be steamed, boiled or stir-fried.
    • Beijing (or Mandarin) in the north offering hotpots and tending towards steamed dumplings and noodles rather than rice (and of course the famed Peking Duck!).
    • Shanghainese dishes concentrating on spicy seafood and soya and brown-sugar sauces with vegetable platter.
    • Sichuanese, the fiery chili-spiced cuisine of the west.

    If you are not a great lover of Chinese food, in free evenings, you can arrange your own dinners, there are many Western restaurants in China, and you may consult your tour manager. Or why not explore the many local restaurants found along the streets? It’s a great experience and one that you are bound to enjoy.

    The climate in China ranges from cold, dry winters to hot, humid summers. Northern China is generally warm to hot from late May to September with the southern regions experiencing hotter conditions. The north can be very cold during winter with temperatures often dropping below zero so, for those travellers who don’t like weather too hot or too cold, March to May and September to November are generally the ideal months to tour in China.

    Casual wear is acceptable at all times, although while the Chinese are increasingly adopting colourful and Western-style fashions, clothes that are too revealing are frowned upon. Remember to take clothing appropriate to the season – for example, sweater, warm overcoat, hats and boots in winter and light cotton clothing in summer. Comfortable walking shoes are important for sightseeing.

    If you’re not sure you’ll need it, don’t bring it! You’re going to China… whatever you forgot is made there, anyway!

    You’ll be shopping, so we recommend that you leave some extra room in your suitcase or carryon additional purchases.

    That depends on how much you like to shop! As most of the expenses are already included in your tour cost your primary expenses will be shopping, a few meals, and any optional activities you choose. Here are just a few suggestions:

    We recommend that you arrive in China with about $200 in cash and exchange at the airport. This will certainly serve any immediate needs that you may have. Most international airports provide currency exchange booths and while their exchange rates may not be the best, it certainly is the most convenient option.

    Bring one or two major credit cards. American Express, Discover, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted at larger stores, particularly in the larger cities…but rarely accepted in small stores or street vendors. At virtually all hotels, extra expenses (phone charges, room service, mini-bar charges, laundry or dry-cleaning, etc.) can be charged to a major credit card.

    Bring a debit/ATM card. ATM machines are located within major airports and at major banks in China.

    Tour Tips: We suggest you alert your credit card company of your upcoming travel to China so as not to raise any ‘red flags’ concerning your spending profile. And while in China, when exchanging currency we suggest you try to secure as many ’small notes’ in the local currency as possible (in the hotels you stay), preferably 10RMB or 20RMB notes. There’s some problem with counterfeit currency in China, particularly with the larger (100RMB or higher) bills. Many shopkeepers have scanners for counterfeit detection.

    We endeavour to include within group tours cultural shows for entertainment and enjoyment of an evening. These take place when visiting Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Lijiang, Suzhou (except in winter) and Guilin. If a traditional tour is more your preference then the Chinese Kung Fu show is one of the best on offer. Alternatively you can find local acrobatic shows or circuses. Should the western scene be of appeal to you, then there are many discotheques, clubs, and bars within most hotels.

    If you need any advice on the above please consult your Tour Manager, who will be happy to help.

    Having a reasonable level of fitness would be ideal however the tours are by no means made to be exhausting but rather at your pace. Walking is a key day to day activity and climbing steps can also be involved at certain sites and dependant on your itinerary.

     

    Although our tours are “destination-focused” rather than “shopping-focused,” we recognize that most visitors are interested in doing at least some shopping for souvenirs and keepsakes. Therefore, we provide several short shopping opportunities in major cities. Free time is scheduled into all tours to provide extra time for shopping.

    Tour Tip: Shopping options typically include several ‘factory’ visits during your tour. For instance, Beijing offers both a ‘Jade Factory’ and a ‘Pearl Factory’ tour; each allow you to see artisans at work, as well as clerks eager to sell! However, there is never any obligation to buy. Suzhou offers a ‘Silk Factory’ tour which demonstrates how silk is processed from cocoon to thread. As with all of these ‘factory’ shopping stops, a retail outlet is provided.

    If you’d like to experience bargaining at flea markets, you can do it in your free time. There are several flea markets and shopping streets either in Beijing and Shanghai. Like the Silk Street, Yashow Market, and Nanjing Road.

    As you know during your tour, we also include shopping for traditional Chinese items like cloisonné, porcelain, handicrafts, silks, tablecloths, and exquisite embroidery are favourite souvenirs of China. Government department stores have fixed prices, and sometimes have discounts or special offers. Should you purchase large items from government stores (carpets, furniture, rosewood chests, etc.) most will arrange door-to-door shipment.