GUIZHOU Province located in southwest China, with Sichuan Province and Chongqing to the north, Yunnan to the west, Guangxi to the south and Hunan to the east. It is a picturesque place with abundant natural and cultural scenic spots. This province is home to 48 China’s ethnic groups, second to Yunnan Province, each of which has developed their own unique customs and cultures.
Landscapes in this province are broadly divided in to four types: plateaus, mountains, hills and basins. Among them, mountains and hills predominate. In addition, karst landforms are distributed widely on this land, which accounts for 61.9% of the province’s whole territory and forms a special Karst ecosystem. Due to these rugged landscapes, its development level is low, especially in the rural areas.
AREA: 176,167 km² (68,018 mi²)
POPULATION (2010): 34,746,468
MAJOR ETHNIC GROUPS: Miao, Dong, Yi, Tujia, Buyi
Guizhou has a subtropical humid monsoon climate, which is frequently cloudy and rainy. There are few seasonal changes here with the result that it is neither too cold in the winter nor too hot in the summer. As a whole, people here enjoy a pleasant climate. Its capital city, Guiyang, is considered a ‘world’s summer resort’ because of the moderate temperature. http://www.wunderground.com/weather-forecast/Guizhou/Guiyang.html
The official currency in China is the Renminbi (RMB). The basic unit is the Yuan (also known as " kuai"), which equals 10 jiao (or " mao"), which is then divided into 10 fen. Paper currency comes in 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 yuan notes.
All kind of Visa, MasterCard, Union Pay card are accepted in most of hotels, however if you are holding Diner's Card, American Express, JCB, Million Card and Federal Card – better check with your bank and see if it works in this province. Suggested to bring some cash in REMINBI for this trip.
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.
AC 220 V, 50 Hz (some hotels may have 110-volt sockets).
TELEPHONE & INTERNET
Mainland China 86; Hong Kong 852; Taiwan 886. (Special Telephone Numbers: Police 110; Fire 119; Emergency 120.) Mobile (cell) phone covered mostly the entire province however at some area and signal is very weak.
China visa required for some the foreign passport holder. Please check with the embassy for the visa application. Passport must have the validity of 6 months when you are traveling.
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.
It’s absolutely essential to have adequate travel insurance covered, especially for the purposes of flight cancellation, delay or any other incidental cases occurred during the trip and to enjoy the journey with a peaceful mind.
Take the travel insurance that meets your needs and understand its coverage.
Travelling in this area must be patient as some of the mountain roads are narrow and driving through the villages must be slow never expect the traffic to move rapidly, and allow ample time to get around.
Bicycle is the key type of transportation for local citizens in the villages only. We do not recommend any tourist to take a bicycle ride in the city since the roads are always packed with people.
Bus is another common means of getting around in the city. Services cover most areas. However, you should study the city map and local dialect before you venture out with buses.
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.
FOOD AND BEVERAGES
Food there mainly consists of Qian cuisine and local snacks. Hot, spicy and sour are the three most featured flavors of Qian cuisine. The most famous dishes include Suan Tang Yu (Sour Soup Fish) and griddle cooked dishes. Well-known snacks include Chang Wang Noodle, Lian'ai Doufu Guo and Si Wa Wa. Another Guizhou specialty is Maotai Liquor, which is considered the national liquor of China national liquor and one of the world’s three best distilled liquors along with whisky from the United Kingdom and French brandy. Rice wine made by local farmers used to offer to guest during the events or festivals.
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 hotel’s, 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.
Some travelers may not use to have Chinese cuisine during the trip, you may pack some snacks with you for this trip.
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 per person per day for sit-in-coach group tour and US$5-8 per person per day tipping for private mini van driver and the local guide(s) if their services are good.
WHAT TO BRING
Comfortable walking shoes, trekking boots ( if you are hiking ) lightweight cotton shirts, short/long pants, windbreaker, insect repellent, sun block, hat, umbrella, camera and other items of personal use are recommended.
The area is mountainous so there are many opportunities for hiking for visitors. Please be aware that the paths can be slippery due to animal excrement and the bushes can be thorny.
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, 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.