Frequently Asked Questions


Is tap water safe to drink in China?

Is food sold on street stalls safe to eat?

What about taxis?

Are there any short cruises down the Yangtze River?

What is the weather like?

What injections will I need?

Can you recommend a Tour Operator?

Do you work for the P.R.C. ?

Where is the best place to eat ?








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Is tap water safe to drink in China?

No ! No ! No ! Well not at the moment ! Don't let a drop of it pass your lips. Don't clean your teeth with tap water. Don't have a shower with your mouth open. Hotel bedrooms have thermos flasks of boiled water, which will be replenished on demand, politely of course ! Wherever you eat, make sure your rice bowl is dry before you use it. Use a paper tissue if necessary. Don't be embarrassed.
 
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Is food sold on street stalls safe to eat?
 

Chinese food is generally cooked at very high temperatures so is safe to eat, but make sure that the food has been freshly cooked for you, and not been hanging around for an hour or two. All fresh fruit should be peeled. There is no problem with sealed packets of sweets, cakes, biscuits, bread etc., which you will find in abundance. You need never feel hungry in China !
 
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What about taxis?
 

Metered taxis are efficient and inexpensive. When you change cheques or your own currency at the hotels, ask for some 10 yuan notes. Don't offer a 100 yuan note for a 10 yuan taxi fare or you are likely to get a fistful of soiled low value notes as change. Saloon cars with drivers can be booked at hotels should you wish to go somewhere special.
 
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Are there any short cruises down the Yangtze River?
 

As far as I am aware the shortest cruise at the present time is one of three days from Chungking.CTS It includes excursions, then the three gorges and the Gezhouba Dam at Yichang. From Yichang you are bussed to Wuhan to continue to your next destination.
 
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What is the weather like?
 

Very cold to very cool in the far north, and from very warm to very hot in the south. In my opinion September and October are the best months for visiting the tourist sites. July and August are best avoided if possible. Short term weather forecasts are available at Weather By Yahoo
 
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What injections will I need?
 

On all medical matters you should consult your own doctor as requirements are subject to change, and depend on which area you will be visiting. My own jabs are Typhoid, Hepatitis and Tetanus, with tablets for Malaria.
 
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Can you recommend a tour operator?
 

I'm afraid not as I make my own arrangements with the help of Chinese friends. Any reputable travel agent should be able to help you. All tour groups on arrival in China are virtually taken over by the China Travel Service (CTS) They take care of your baggage, make arrangements for hotels, transport, and excursions with restaurant meals. They make sure that everything runs smoothly and that you enjoy your visit to "their" country. You can also book tours directly through...CTS-USA
through...CITS-GUILIN
or contact CITS-UK at Tel -0044 20 7935787 Fax-20 74875842
Tell them what you would like and they will tell you what they have to offer.

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Do you work for the P.R.C.?
 

No ! "Beifan" and "chinadan" are purely personal sites recording my experiences during many visits to China. If you want to know how my love affair with the country all began, then you can visit..Wrexham
 
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Where is the best place to eat?
 

"When in Rome, do as the Romans do !" Look for a restaurant favoured by the local people, and there you are sure to get some good food.
 
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