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    China Cycling Travel Questions and Answers:

  • Travel Arrangement: Tour Guide, Transportation, Tipping, etc.

    1. Is tipping a common practice in China?
    Yes, tipping for tour guides and drivers in recognition of their good service has become a common practice. Hotel bellboys and house keepers expect your tips as well. It is not customary to leave tips at hotel or local restaurants as the bill usually includes 10-15% service charge.

    2. Does the quotation you offer include tipping?
    Yes, the quotation we offer includes tipping as it will be more convenient for you, and you don't have to worry about this matter too much, instead, you can focus on enjoying cycling and views along the route.

    3. If we have lots of free time after finishing the day's cycling and don't want to stay in the hotels, what can we do?
    If you still feel energetic after finishing cycling that day, and don't want to stay in the hotels, you can:

    1) Go and explore the city or area by yourselves.

    2) If there are local bars or cafes available, you can go and enjoy drinks there.

    4. Will your guide accompany us throughout the tour?
    If you think it is necessary for you to have a Chinese national guide accompanying you from one city to another until your tour is finished within China, we can always make the arrangement for that - with an extra cost of course.

    5. How can I know who will be my tour guide when I arrive at airport or railway station?
    Our guide will meet you at arriving gate of each airport or railway station by holding a board /a piece of paper with your name on it, so it will be very easy for you to recognize our guide when you arrive.

    6. Can we get a tour guide who can speak our language?
    Most of our tour guides speak English which is the first foreign language in China, and we also have guides speaking other foreign languages such as German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Italian and etc. When you book the tour, please let us know if you have special language requirement so that we can try to make the arrangement to meet your need.

    7. What about your tour guides?
    The tourism In China has been booming since China opened to the world almost 30 years ago, so do the professional staff working in tourism. Now, all over China we have tens of thousands of trained and licensed tour guides. There is a nationwide examination for qualified tour guides once a year, only those who pass the examination will be certificated by the national tourism administration and be able to work in this field.

    Our guides are friendly, knowledgeable and experienced; they are the experts in communicating with people and organizing your tour well by dealing with all the unexpected situations and difficulties.

    And we carefully choose the tour guides for the cycling groups, who are energetic and knowledgeable enough to handle with cycling groups properly.

    8. Do I need tour guides when cycling in China?
    It is better to have tour guides if you have a bigger group over 10 people, because our guides are professional and experts in local areas, who can give you more information and help a lot with lodgings, food and so on, thus you can enjoy cycling more instead of worrying about food, lodgings. etc along the route.

    9. How about the taxi in China?
    In most cities in China, there are quite a lot taxis available, which are cars painted either in red or yellow or green. Taxi fares may vary from city to city but they are supposed to be marked on the taxi window, and the taxi drivers are supposed to use taximeter when you get on the taxi.

    Most taxi drivers do not understand English, it is better for you to have your destinations written down in Chinese so that you can show the address to the taxi driver, and don't forget to ask for a receipt or remember the number of the taxi in case you leave something in the taxi.

    10. What kind of vehicles that we are going to use during our tour?
    If you book a cycling tour from us, private van/bus with air-condition and cushioned seats will be provided for you according to the number of your group throughout the whole tour, the back-up luggage truck will be also provided when necessary.

    11. What is the airport tax in China?
    Airport tax or airport construction fee is of 50 yuan (about US$6) for the domestic flights.
    International Departure Tax (even flying to Hong Kong or Macau) is 90 yuan (about US$11). Since September 1st, 2004, the airport tax has been pre-charged with the air ticket, so our quotation will include the airport tax if the domestic flight booking is involved.

    12. What are the luggage regulations when we take domestic flights in China?
    The luggage regulations when taking domestic flights in China are:

    1) For the check-in luggage, passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 40kg (88 pounds) for first class, and 30kg (66pounds) for business class, while20kg (44 pounds) for economy class. No free baggage allowance is granted to infants. If your luggage is over the limitation, you will need to pay for the excess weight, and some of the airports in China are quite strict with this.

    Tip for this: If you are traveling together in group more than 1 people, you can use your allowance together, for example, if you have 35kg, your friend have only 5kg, it will be fine as long as you two check in together. This method also applies to 3, 4, 5 or even more people within one group, as long as you are checking in at the same time over the airport counter.

    2) For the carry-on luggage, total weight of carry-on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg (11 pounds). First class passengers may carry up to 2 pieces. All other passengers may carry on only one piece. The size may not exceed 20x40x55cm. Carry- on baggage in excess of the limit is subject to an excess baggage fee and must be carried as checked baggage.


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