Sichuan a province at the southwest of China, the name in Chinese means “four circuits of rivers”. The Sichuan basin is embracing the eastern part of Qinghai-Tibet plateau, consisted with 32 cities and 120 counties in this province, is the main gateway to Tibet. Benefiting from the Min and Tuo two Rivers, which are the branches of the Yangtze River and the Dujiangyan Irrigation Project which was constructed in 256 B.C, the province is reputed as a place richly endowed with natural resources. There are many attractions around particularly famous for Pandas and Jiuzhaigou Valley.
POPULATION Approx. 80 million ( 2010 )
LOCAL TIME GMT +8
ELECTRICITY 220V, 50 Hz Sackets: 2 pins flat at most of the local hotels
Renminbi (RMB). The basic unit of RMB is Yuan, in denominations of 100, 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1. The Yuan is divided into 10 Jiao, which is further divided into 10 fen.
Credit Cards – Accepted at all International hotels, however some local management hotels only accepted local credit cards, International card may apply surcharge and not being accepted, suggest to take RMB cash
Travellers cheques – Travellers cheques and currencies may be exchanged into Yuan in major banks and hotels. However it may takes long time to cash it at local banks.
It is the passengers responsibility to obtain all required travel documents, visas and permits, and for complying with the laws, regulations, orders, demands and other travel requirements of countries of origin, destination or transit.
We strongly recommend that you go to the IATA Travel Centre website http://www.iatatravelcentre.com for more information.
OFFICIAL BUSINESS HOURS
Government Offices: 8:00-12:00, 14:30-17:30
Banks: 8:30-12:00, 14:30-17:00.
Post Offices: 08:00-19:00 hrs
Sichuan is a relatively large province, with very large differences in climate. Therefore, the best time to see and travel different scenic spots in Sichuan is often not the same. You should decide which city you want to visit first.
Typically April - May, and September - October, is tend to be the time with the beautiful scenery in Sichuan. Especially in the fall season, it is often the most beautiful time throughout the year. In addition, July and August are peak season for tourism in Sichuan, mainly in Sichuan-Tibet line and Ruoergai grasslands. But in the capital city Chengdu will be extremely hot.
For more weather information please click the website : http://worldweather.wmo.int/en/city.html?cityId=547
China visa required for foreign passport holders. Please check with the Embassy for the visa issuance.
72 hours FREE transit visa
Passport holders of 51 countries including the USA, Canada, UK, Germany, France, Australia, Russia, Netherlands, Switzerland, Spain, Portugal, Japan, etc. can enjoy 72 hours free transit via Shuangliu Airport.
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Passport must have the validity of 6 month when you are traveling.
Telephone & Internet: Mainland China 86
(Special Telephone Numbers: Police 110; Fire 119; Emergency 120.)
Mobile (cell) phone covered in the entire area, Internet access can be provided at most of the hotels and the internet bars and café. International calls accessible at all hotels.
If you are travelling from Hongkong and in need of full internet access please browse the website for router rental service to use in the country.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation or delay, as it often happen due to weather condition.
Many of Sichuan's attractions area are located at high altitudes above 3,000 meters such as “Jiuzhaigou Valley” or the western part of this province, the altitude sickness may be a threat to tourist. Make sure to monitor your own health and take it easy for a day or two days to acclimatizing. To help combat this sickness, many local Chinese eat medicine known as “Hong Jing Tian” These are red capsules that the soldiers of the People's Liberation Army use to help them quickly adjust to altitude conditions in the Western Chinese provinces. The best way is to consult your doctor before travel to somewhere above 3,000meters from sea level.
WHAT TO EAT
Sichuan cuisine is well-known worldwide, including dishes like Kung Pao Chicken and Twice Cooked Pork. It is also famously spicy, with liberal use of chilies and the indigenous Sichuan pepper. Other specialty in the area is the Hot Pot, very popular in Chengdu but extremely spicy. Take the chance to try the Sichuan cuisine while you are traveling in the county.
AIRPORT TAXES AND SERVICE CHARGE
All the airport taxes and service charges, whether for international, regional or internal flights, are included in the air tickets.
Tipping is considered as part of your guide’s income. Drivers and Guides are expecting some reward as a gesture of satisfaction. We suggested US$3.00 per person per day for sit-in-coach group tour and US$5-8 per person ( or similar amount in RMB ) per day tipping for private mini van driver and the local guide(s) if their services are good.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
It is advisable not to drink tap water. Instead drink boiled water in the flask or bottled-water provided by your hotel. In most cities, bottled beverages are available either in your hotel or department stores. Local beers are relatively inexpensive. There is a wide range of soft drinks or juice in bottle available at shops or store and supermarkets. Coffee or Tea is served at all hotels. However most of hotels are served local brands except in International chain hotels. Special diet like vegetarian meal cannot be made on the spot, please advise the land operator in advance, so that the arrangement can be prior to you arrival.
YOUR CHINA TOUR ARRANGEMENTS
All land arrangements within China are solely at the discretion of our land operators who control the final scheduling of sightseeing programs based on current situation of the day or period like weather, flight schedule, traffic condition etc…….
Those situations are not under our control and cannot be held responsible for sudden changes.
Terms & Conditions are based on our website : www.f56.com/Terms&Conditions.pdf
HEALTH INFORMATION FOR TRAVELING ( FOR TRAVELLERS FROM HONGKONG )
OUTBOUND TRAVEL ALERT ( FOR TRAVELERS FROM HONGKONG )
If you are traveling from Hongkong and would like to know more about the outbound
Travel alert please explore the website: http://www.sb.gov.hk/eng/ota/
If you are a Hongkong Resident holding a valid HKID card and have register a MyGovHK account,
you can use the ROTI which is free of charge. Or explore the website to register. http://www.gov.hk/en/residents/immigration/outsidehk/roti.htm