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1. The best months for this tour are September, October and Early November.

2. Prepare proper dress according to the weather and places you intend to go:
For Guilin section, choose the best months with less rain, but bring a rain jacket just in case.

3. Pack light, as according to the regulation in China, the luggage allowance for the first class ticket holders is 40 kilos (88 pounds) per person, 30kg (66pounds) per person for business class ticket holders and 20 kilos (44 pounds) per person for economy class ticket holders (adults). some of the airports are very strict on these allowances.

4. The official currency in mainland China is the Renminbi (RMB) or "People's currency." We suggest that you exchange money on the first day in the hotel at which you stay, otherwise you may have to wait for several days until you reach some bigger towns. The amount you need to exchange for the first time is USD150 to 200.

5. You can bring cash or travelers' cheque with you. You can use US dollars, Euros or English pounds to pay bills in the hotels or in the friendship stores. To buy things from vendors outside the scenic spots, to pay for any optional tours and to tip porters, tour guides and drivers or whomever you want to tip, use Rembini. You will be unable to use US dollars or other foreign currencies in department stores, small convenience stores, local restaurants with street vendors.

6. ATM machines are only available in big cities or towns, you need to have password to withdraw money from ATM.

7. The routes involve many small rural areas, where the sanitary condition may not be so good. It is sensible to take with you some sanitizer or wet tissues to clean your hands before you eat.

8. Bring some necessary medicines with you, such as: the medicines for flu, sore throat, coughing, diarrhea, etc that you use at home.

9. Bring hat, sunglasses & sunscreen with you.

10. Purchase some raw ginger in the local market. Eat a little piece each time with the meals or put it in the warm water, which can help your circulation and stomach and relieve pain.

11. The water from the tap in the most hotels is not drinkable, so always drink the boiled water or bottled water.

12. Respect the customs of local people, especially when you go to visit the areas of different minorities. Ask your tour guides about the proper etiquettes, behaviors, manners and taboos to avoid offending people.

13. Most Chinese people are friendly, but before you take their pictures, it is better to ask for the permission beforehand.

14. Do not tease the dogs along the way.