Before You Go
Preparation is the key to successful travel. By doing homework before leaving, you minimize the chances of something going wrong. Here are some information to help you prepare for a safe and enjoyable journey.
You should have a valid passport if you plan to travel outside Canada and to prove admissibility to enter Canada. Remember to carry a photocopy of the identification page of your passport and keep it separate from your passport; also leave a copy of it at home.
Apply for a Canadian passport if you are a Canadian citizen and you don’t hold a valid one.
Renew your Canadian passport if your passport is due to expire within six months of your departure from Canada.
Click for more information on how to obtain Canadian passport.
A visa is required for Canadian visitors to enter China. Click China Visas for details.
Travelling with Children
Travel with children should be planned carefully to ensure everyone’s safety. Make sure you and your children leave home with proper identification and documentation.
Birth certificates showing the names of both parents.
A parental consent letter: must be signed and dated by the other parent (if children travel with one parent) or by both parents (if children travel alone or without either parent).
Any legal documents pertaining to custody.
Health and Travel Insurance
DO NOT leave Canada without supplementary medical insurance. Carry proof of insurance coverage and give a copy to someone at home. China Star Holiday strongly recommends all tour participants purchase trip cancellation, hospital, medical, accident and baggage insurance to protect their travel plans. For more information on travel and medical insurance, please contact your travel agent for details.
Personal Health Needs
Certificate of vaccinations is normally not required. However, this may be subject to change without prior notice with governmental announcements for such requirement made in an emergency case.
Please take care of your own personal health needs, such as vaccinations, prescriptions, medical certificates, supplies, extra eyeglasses, etc.
If you take medication, be sure to pack an extra supply. Carrying a duplicate of your original prescription is recommended. This is also a good idea if you wear glasses or contact lenses; having the prescription makes it easier for you to replace them.
Learn About China
Do some research on China and attractions that you plan to visit.
What to Pack
Although international flights may allow up to 23-kilogram of luggage, most domestic flights within China allow only one single 20 kilogram luggage item per passenger (checked-in). Some countries in Asia is restricted to 15 kilogram of luggage item per passenger (checked-in). You are also allowed to carry one piece of hand-carry baggage, the size of the carry-on baggage should not exceed 20 X 40 X 55 cm and 5 kilogram in weight.
Pack only what you will need. Think “light-weight and compact” when you’re deciding on what to bring. It is recommended that you bring along your binoculars, wind breaker and sunscreen lotion.
Prepare local currencies, traveler’s cheques, and credit cards according to your needs. Determine your travel budget. Sometimes foreign travel is more expensive than you expected. Obtain some local currency ready ahead of time. Note that some places do not accept traveler’s cheques or credit cards, and automatic teller machines may not be readily available.
3 meals daily are provided if you join our tours to China ( except free day ). Breakfasts are served in buffet style with a good mix of Chinese and western food at the hotel. Pre-ordered Chinese dishes will usually be served for lunches and dinners. A variety of dishes will be served and we will make an effort to avoid dishes being repeated. Please note that the cooking style in China may use more oil (mainly peanut oil) and have a stronger taste. If you are not used to oily food, it is recommended for you to use a bowl of hot water or tea to rinse the food before eating.
Tour Personnel Gratuities
Tour group staff tipping is mandatory. It is an expression of appreciation for services provided. Your China tour price includes scheduled daily activities, sightseeing, and all meals. Your tour conductor, local guides and drivers will accompany you every day.
The customary practice for Canadian group members is to tip US$10.00 per day. This will be shared among the national guide/tour escort, local guides and drivers in each city.
For the Yangtze River cruise, although the ship recommendation is US$6 – 8 per person per day, you will be required to tip C$25.00 at the end of the cruise which will be shared among the Yangtze Cruise ship crew.
Please note that the National Guide/Tour Escort will collect the tipping on Day 3.
During your trip, if you find any person providing you exceptional services, you are always free to give him/her special encouragement individually.
Bon Voyage But…
Pack a copy Bon Voyage But… in your luggage. This booklet, which is published by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, offers essential guidelines to ensure a safe and successful journey. It also provides vital information on consular services and Canadian government offices worldwide.
It is important to be prepared and to expect the unexpected while abroad. By preparing carefully in advance, you can prevent serious and costly problems for you and your family.
Keep the original receipts for any purchases you make, as well as for hotel bills, medical bills, or any other bills.
Make Friends and Develop Relationships
Getting to know local people will help you understand the country. Get involved in local culture. You will be surprised that: the more you experience, the more fun you have. Enjoy the foods, the philosophy of architecture, the culture, and there will be more while you are touring in each country.
Emergency Operations Centre, the department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada, is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. It offers assistance in case of an emergency situation abroad.
Emergency Operations Centre Contact Info
Call collect outside Canada: (613) 996-8885 (where available)
Calls originating in Canada: 1 800 267-6788 or (613) 994-6788
Toll-free to Ottawa (from China):10800-1400125 or 00800-2326-6831
Toll-free to Ottawa (from Hong Kong): 001-800-2326-6831
Fax: (613) 943-1054
Canadian Government Offices in China
|Beijing – Embassy||86 (10) 6532-3536||86 (10) 6532-5544||Consular Section,
19 Dongzhimenwai Dajie
|Shanghai – Consulate General||86 (21) 6279-8400||86 (21) 6279-8401||American International Centre,
West Tower, Suite 604,
1376 Nanjing Xi Lu
|Chongquing – Consulate||86 (23) 6373-8007||86 (23) 6373-8026||Room 1705,
Wu Yi Lu
|Guangzhou – Consulate General||86 (20) 8666-0569||86 (20) 8667-0267||China Hotel Office Tower,
Suite 801, Liu Hua Lu
|Hong Kong – Consulate General||(852) 2810 4321||(852) 2847 7561||13th Floor,
One Exchange Square,
8 Connaught Place,
Central Hong Kong
Returning to Canada
When you are returning to Canada, you will follow the process required by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Be sure to declare what you are bringing into the country such as purchases for yourself or gifts, as well as goods bought at a Canadian or foreign duty-free store.
The guide, I Declare (provided by CBSA), describes what you can and cannot bring back to Canada.