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Transportation in China


What kind of vehicles that we are going to use during our tour?
If you book a private tour with us, private car/van/bus with air-condition and cushioned seats will be provided for you according to the number of your group. Please see the picture of our vehicle.

Roads
A national network of roads, totaling 1.075 million km, links all the cities, counties, townships and villages open to tourists. Expressways reach all cities in China.
Transportation authorities support the tourist industry by increasing investment in and improving maintenance of roads leading to tourist attractions. Furthermore, they have made great efforts to beautify and afforest roads, and to improve management of passenger transportation.

Buses
Most of Chinese tour buses have luxurious seats, large windows, a loudspeaker system and air conditioning.

Taxi
Taking a taxi is very convenient in all cities. You can take a taxi at a hotel or along the street.
Reminde: take a hotel logo with you to show the taxi driver, so that he or she can get you to the hotel.

Airline Service
China has radical improvement in its civil aviation industry in recent years. International routes, major domestic routes and popular tourist routes are flown by advanced airliners.
China's air routes serve all the major tourist cities and attractions. All stewardesses have received standard training, and they can speak major international languages.

Luggage regulations of domestic flights
- Check-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. You will need to pay for the excess weight if your luggage is over the limitation. Some of the airports in China are quite strict with this.
- 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.

Train
Trains in China offer hard seats, soft seats, hard sleepers and soft sleepers. Train rides offer spectacular views of the Chinese countryside. There are shuttle trains between major tourist cities.
Trains travel at three speeds: Local, fast and express. Ticket reservation service is available at travel services and hotels. Express trains link Beijing, the nation's capital, with capital cities of all the provinces, municipalities

Chinese government has made great efforts on improving the standard of the train travel, so the train travel is not so bad. But you need to avoid the period of Chinese New Year, May 1st to May 7th, October 1st to October 7th, and the beginning & the end of summer or winter vacation. It will be very crowded at the railway station and on the train during these periods.
And the facilities on the train are like: soft sleepers have comfortable 4-berth (2 upper &2 lower) compartments with full bedding provided. Hard sleepers provide bunks in open-plan dormitory cars, usually arranged in bays of 6 (2 upper, 2 middle and 2 lower) on one side of the aisle, with pairs of seats on the other side of the aisle for daytime use. Each compartment has two washrooms at both ends of it, which is about 1 square meter large, with a separate room beside it for you to clean your hands and face. Hot water will be provided from water boilers at both ends of compartment free of charge. Meals and drinks can be purchased in the train's restaurant carriage which is in the middle of the train, and the staff may sell things like drinks, books, meal boxes etc. from one compartment to another with pushcart.

Though train travel within China may be fun, interesting and very unusual; you still need to pay attention to the following facts, especially if it is the first time for you to travel in China:

1) The broadcast of each stop along the way will be in Chinese. Only very few trains can provide broadcast in English. Please make clear the time to get off wit your guides.
2) The interval time of stopping at each station differs from one station to another (3 minute to 15 minutes). The time is very tight for passengers get on and off the train. Please give yourself enough time to prepare for getting on and off.
3) The railway stations and trains will be crowded, especially during the special occasions we mentioned above and if the trains go between important cities.

 
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