PRACTICAL CHINA HACKS
Us as we arrived at the Beijing airport,
looking pretty perky after eighteen hours of travel from Windsor airport to Beijing Airport.
My daughter, and favorite traveling partner, and I have traveled in many European counties by ourselves, coordinating all travel/lodging and car arrangement and planning our own itinerary. But somehow China just seemed too foreign to try to do on our own. So for our first time,
we booked a tour with Sinorama tours. More about our experience with them later.
I wanted to share some of the things we learned....
PASSPORT & VISA
In addition to a valid passport, you’ll need a Chinese Visa.
While we already had our passports, China requires a Visa for entry. The process can look intimidating and may require a visit to the local Chinese Embassy.
We used ItsEasy https://www.itseasy.com/. to obtain ours.
It didn’t cost much more than obtaining a visa directly from the Chinese Embassy and I found it very easy to use. They were very nice about answering a couple of questions I had about the form and I had our Visas with a few week of applying for them.
They can, also, help you obtain or renew a passport, but this is pretty easy to do on your own check online at https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/passports.html
Check the rules for the country are visiting; many require that sure your passport won’t be expiring within six months of your trip. We meet a couple that hadn’t and had to spend a few days of their vacation trying to get it resolved.
Being a woman “of a certain age”, I always am worried about having some health issue while traveling and always purchase travel/health insurance. And it really paid off the time my checked bag was missing for three days, I thought it was going to be a hassle to get reimbursed, but submitted the receipts for what I had purchased, sent a copy of my packing list for my check bag and quickly got a check!
Here’s the company that I used to find the best
Link to travel insurance