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    China Cycling Travel Questions and Answers:

  • Health, Insurance, Safety & Security

    1. Do I need to bring my medical record with me?
    Yes, we suggest you take your medical record with you in case that you need it in the event of an emergency, and please also take with you your doctor's name, address and phone number, emergency contact name and phone number, and your insurance company's name, address and phone number.

    2. Do we need vaccinations to travel to China? If yes, what kinds of vaccinations do we need?
    While you travel to China with China Odyssey Tours, we always carefully select restaurants and hotels that are clean and safe in order to provide you with a safe and healthy environment. However, we do suggest you have sorts of vaccinations 4 to 6 weeks before your trip as the following, especially if you choose to go and visit those remote and /or rural areas.

    - Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG)
    - Hepatitis B
    (We suggest 11 to 12–year-old children who did not receive it as infants have vaccination of Hepatitis B.)
    - Rabies, if you might have possibility to be exposed to wild or domestic animals.
    - Typhoid, for visiting developing countries.

    3. What are my rights and obligations when I travel in China?
    The Constitution of RPC Article 32 indicates: "The People's Republic of China protects the lawful rights and interests of foreigners within Chinese territory, and while on Chinese territory foreigners must abide by the law of the People's Republic of China."

    4. What should we do in order to make our journey safe in China?
    The following are some tips for traveling safely:

    a) Get as much information as possible from us about the places you are to travel.

    b) Make several copies of your passport, traveler's checks, credit cards, itinerary, airline tickets and other travel documents. Take one copy with you and leave one copy with a relative or friend back home.

    c) Be sure the photographs on your passport, driver's license and other ID is accurate, and be sure your passport, driver's license and other ID is valid and not expiring before you return from your trip.

    d) When you don't need to transfer from one city to another and don't need to bring your passport, driver's license and other ID with you, it's better to leave them in the safety box in the hotel either in the room or at the reception (some five-star hotels may have safety box in the rooms, while all the hotels above 3 star have safety boxes at the reception). If you need to carry your passport, driver's license and other ID with you, be sure you put them in a safe place that the others can not reach them, like you can put them in the money belt under your clothes. The same with all your tickets, credit cards and important documents and valuable things.

    e) Be sure the door of your hotel room and window is closed and locked at all times, especially when you are not in the room.

    f) Do not answer the hotel room door before you verify who it is. Never let a stranger come into your room.

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

    h) Take most of your money in traveler's checks and record the serial numbers, denominations and date and location of the issuing agency, don't sign your name on the traveler's checks before you use them. Remove all unnecessary credit cards from your wallet. Be sure to carry your credit card company's telephone number in case your card is lost or stolen. Always report losses immediately.

    i) Always exchange money at the Bank of China or in the hotel counters, don't try to exchange money in the black market, because it is illegal and sometimes you might be ripped off.

    j) Always prepare some small changes, which you can use to buy things from the street vendors, especially those at scenic spots, and when you get changes back, check carefully in case they are counterfeit money.

    k) Dress down, leave expensive jewelry and watches at home and don't show large amounts of cash or traveler's check in public.

    l) During your tour, when you have free time, you may want to go somewhere on your own by taxi, it's better have your hotel arrange taxi service for you, take a hotel card with you or ask your tour guide / receptionist to write down the names of the hotels and places you want to go in English and Chinese before getting in the car. Remember the number of the taxi in case you leave anything in it.

    m) Prepare a matchbook with some useful words and phrases both in Chinese and English. You can show the matchbook to a policeman or a local people if you need to find out and say like: “Where is the restrooms?” or “Where is KFC?” etc.

    n) 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.

    o) Most people in China are friendly, and some of them are eager to practice English, it is delightful to talk with them, but never go anywhere with a stranger.

    p) Be careful when out of the town at night and not to be out on the streets too late at night.

    q) If you are to take the train during your tour in China, be sure you take your train at right railway station because some of the big cities in China may have more than two railway stations, and when you get to the railway station, be careful with all your properties since the railway stations in China are always crowded, and never entrust your luggage to someone not in uniform. While you are on the train, be sure your passport, your credit cards and all valuable things are put in a safe place.

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