China Travel Enquiry and Reply

Mary ( British ) July 12,2017

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We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children aged 21, 18 and 16) visiting Shanghai on 28th to 30th July 2017. We are very interested in the Baosteel Group Corporation industrial tour. Do we need to pre-book or can we just turn up? Is a visit possible on a Saturday or Sunday? Thank you.

Answer: Janet Chan ( TCT Travel Consultant ) July 13,2017

Hi Mary,


Thanks a lot for your questions left to us as below,

We are a family of 5 (2 adults and 3 children aged 21, 18 and 16) visiting Shanghai on 28th to 30th July 2017. We are very interested in the Baosteel Group Corporation industrial tour. Do we need to pre-book or can we just turn up? Is a visit possible on a Saturday or Sunday? Thank you.

Please kindly be advised that the industrial tour in Shanghai needs to pre-book and inform Baosteel Group of the booking information in advance, so tha they could make arrangement. Therefore, if you are interested in this one day Shanghai tour, please contact with us in advance to make reservation first.

This Shanghai one day tour is not available at the weekend and during national holidays. Should you plan to visit Baosteel Group, it is better to plan your trip on working day from Monday to Friday.

Anna Ortaaslan ( USA ) June 14,2017

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Hi, I would like to buy a ticket for a bus from chongqing to zhangjiajie on July 16. how do i do this? how much is it?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) June 14,2017

Hi, Anna Ortaaslan,

Thanks for your question.

Well noted that you would like to take bus from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie.

Please kindly be advised that there is only one bus from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie every day.
The bus departs at 11:30 every day from Chongqing Bus Station 重庆汽车站( address in Chinese:重庆市渝中区菜袁路6号).
We suggest you go to the bus station to buy the tickets in advance by yourself, then take the bus on time at the station to Zhangjiajie. If you have guide service in Chongqing, it will be helpful and more convenient for you to deal with the ticket issue.

It takes about 9.5 hours on the way. In this case, you will arrive in Zhangjiajie after 21:00. The bus will stop at Zhangjiajie Zhongxin Bus Station 张家界中心汽车站 (address in Chinese:湖南省张家界市官黎路官黎坪新火车站旁). The Bus station is in the city of Zhangjiajie, which is still far from Zhangjiajie Scenic Area (Wulingyuan District). Therefore, we suggest you book a hotel in the city of Zhangjiajie on July16. Then start your Zhangjiajie tour from July 17. Mt. Tianmenshan is just at the suburbs of Zhangjiajie city, which can be your first stop in the morning of July 17.

We suggest you the Zhangjiajie tour itinerary as below for reference,
Day01 Arrival Zhangjiajie and stay at a hotel in the city of Zhangjiajie
Day02 In the morning, go to visit Mt. Tianmenshan with cable car. In the late afternoon, take bus to Wulingyuan and stay at a hotel in Wulingyuan.
Day03 Visit Yuanjiajie with Bailong Elevator up, Mt. Tianzishan with cable car down. Ten-mile Galary by small train. In the afternoon, visit The Glass Bridge at Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon.
Day04 Departure from Zhangjiajie (If your flight is at night, you could choose to visit Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Huangshi Village with cable car and trek along Golden Whip Stream.

Hope the above is clear and helpful. If you would like to read more Zhangjiajie tour information, please check on our website.

Should you have any questions, do not hestiate to contact with us.

Best regards

Sophie

C Mahadevan ( india ) May 02,2017

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how to reach guilin from shangfhai, pudong? what is the distance?

Answer: Janet Chan ( TCT Travel Consultant ) May 02,2017

Dear C Mahadevan,

Thanks for your question as below,

how to reach guilin from shangfhai, pudong? what is the distance?


Guilin is one of the most beautiful cities with great landscape in China. It is most famous destination in China in the world. Shanghai is the gateway city. If you arrive in China from Shanghai and hope to travel to Guilin from Shanghai, what do you do? How to travel from Shanghai to Guilin. You could choose to get to Guilin from Shanghai by flight and by train.

@by air
Flight is the most convenient way to travel from Shanghai to Guilin. It takes about 2.5 hours by plane from Shanghai to Guilin. Most people choose this way for such a long journey. There are several flights each day between Shanghai and Guilin.

@by train

There is a high speed train per day from Shanghai to Guilin, taking 9 hours. There are some ordinary overnight trains and it takes about 19-21 hours. It is suitable for those tourist who has limited tour budget and have enough time. High speed train is almost the best and fast train in China. If you would like to have a train trip, high speed train is recommended by ordinary train.


Hope the above is clear and helpful.

Saumil Shah ( Indian ) April 13,2017

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Hi!

I am a student traveling to following places

Chongquing 10 days.
Xian 4 days.
Shanghai 4 days.
Beiging 4 Days.

I and a vegeterian.

Are there any indian food / vegeterian restaurants in the above cities.

Please give list names with address and contact nos.

Thank you very much

Saumil

Answer: Daniel Mo ( TCT Travel Consultant ) April 13,2017

Hi Saumil Shah,

 

Thank you very much for your message to us. I am pleased to recommend you the Indian Restaurants during your stay in China. Please kindly check the details as below for your reference and hope it will help :)

 

Recommendation for Indian Restaurant in Chongqing, Xian, Shanghai and Beijing

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Indian Restaurant List

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In Chongqing

Jia Jia Ru Indian Restaurant

Add: No.6 Nanbin East Road, Nan An District, Chongqing

Tel: +86 023-67129640

 

Feng Zhi Gong Indian Restaurant

Add: No.3 Xinjiang Road, Chongqing

Tel: 17783590955

 

Indian Restaurant (Cai Cai)

Add: 5th Floor, Wang Fu Jin Mall, No.166 Minzu Road

Tel: +86 023-68815420

 

Ge Lai Sha Indian Restaurant

No. B-11 Deyishijie, No.90 Jiaochangkou

Tel: +86 023-63260888

 

In Xian

Indian New Delhi Restaurant

Add: No.3 Yan Ta West Road, Xian

Tel: +86 029 85255157

 

Indian Restaurant (Cai Cai)

4th Floor, Kaide Square, No.64 Nan Er Huan, Xian

Tel: +86 029 85421108

 

RED Fort Indian Restaurant

Silk Road Fengqing Street, No.118, Laodong South Road, Xian

Tel: +86 029 84113559

 

In Shanghai

The Tandoor Indian Restaurant

Add: Jnjiang Hotel, No.59, Maoming South Road, Shanghai

Tel: +86 021 64725494

 

Indian New Delhi Restaurant

Add: #3338 Nonghongmei Shopping Street, No.5 Hongmei Road, Minhang District Shanghai

 

Lianchi Indian Restaurant

Add: #274 Tianzifang, No.12 Taikang Road

Tel: +86 021 54652743

 

G Water Front – Indian Restaurant

Add: No.3 Old Wharf, No.601 Waima Road

Tel: +86 021 33020007

 

Masala Art Indian Cuisine

Add: No.397 Dagu Road, Jing An District, Shanghai


In Beijing

The Tandoor Indian Restaurant

Add: 1st Floor, Zhaolong Hotel, No.2 Gongti North Road, Beijing

Tel: +86 010 65972211

 

Taj Mahal Indian Restaurant

Add: No.2 building, Zhonghai Square, No.8 Guanghuadongli, Chaoyang District, Beijing

Tel: +86 010 65055866

 

San Se Lotus Indian Restaurant (Houhai)

Add: No.75, Yandaixiejie, Xicheng District, Beijing

Tel: +86 010 64087849

 

Santoor Indian Restaurant

Add: No.70 Beiluoguxiang, Dongcheng District, Beijing

Tel: +86 010 64020310

 

Hope the above is clear and should you have any further questions, please feel free to contact us at any time.

 

Best regards

 

Daniel Mo

Kerry Milis Parker ( British ) February 17,2017

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How many days would be a minimum stay in Dunhuang to see Magao Grottos, singing Sand dune,crescent spring? Is there any other place not to be missed? I have the time.

Answer: Vicky Lu ( TCT Travel Consultant ) February 18,2017

Dear Kerry Milis Parker,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

It would take a minimum stay fo 3 days/2nights in Dunhuang to see Magao Grottos, Singing Sand Dune, Crescent Spring, including the arrival date and departure date. Usually, it takes a full day to see Magao Grottos, Singing Sand Dune, Crescent Spring. And you need one day for arrival and one day for departure.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Chung Wok Kim ( Malaysia ) February 14,2017

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Wish to join a day tour from Hangzhou to Xitang on the 21st March 2017

Answer: Vicky Lu ( TCT Travel Consultant ) February 14,2017

Dear Chung Wok Kim,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel

I am sorry to tell you that we don't offer join-in group tour from Hangzhou to Xitang. Only private tour is available.

If you need us to arrange this day tour as private tour, could you please tell us some more details of your trip plan?
1) From which place should we pick you up and drop you off in Hangzhou for the day tour?
2) May I know how many of you will there be?

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

kalani kulathilaka ( sri lankan ) February 11,2017

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How can I get an invitation letter through a travel agency for my visa application when applying for chinese visa from sri lanka?

Answer: Vicky Lu ( TCT Travel Consultant ) February 11,2017

Dear Kalani Kulathilaka,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Traveller from Sri Lanka should be paid attention that it may be hard to successfully apply the China tourist visa if you are individual traveler or a travel group with 4 pax or fewer.

So the basic conditions to apply China tourist visa for travelers from Sri Lanka and Bangladesh are:
► A travel group with at least 5 pax (including 5 pax)
► The original invitation letter authorized by related China Foreign Affair department

Quotation based on 5 or above pax is offered for you, while quotation based on 4 or fewer pax may be refused by us because of the hard China tourist visa application procedure.

For Terms and Conditions of China Visa Invitation Letter:
A China visa invitation letter is a part of your China tour package. TopChinaTravel can send an invitation letter to you on condition that you book your China tour package including all accommodation, transfer and sightseeing activities through Top China Travel. The sending of a China visa invitation letter alone is not allowed. Top China Travel will process your invitation letter after we have received the full payment from you.

You are responsible for your own China visa application from your local Chinese Embassy. Top China Travel can not offer you any assistance whatsoever with this process, nor guarantee of the success of your visa application. If your application is rejected, fax us the copies of your passport with the rejected confirmation by Chinese Embassy, we will refund your full payment of the tour, only charge the service fee for the invitation letter.

For a group under 5, the service fee is US $ 80 for the whole group. For a group of over 5 including 5, the service fee is US $10 for each person. In addition, US $50 is required for courier of original documents.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Kartika ( Indonesia ) February 06,2017

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I will going to Zhangjiajie from Chongqing, is there any direct bus? Thanks

Answer: Vicky Lu ( TCT Travel Consultant ) February 07,2017

Dear Kartika,

Thanks for contacting Top China Travel!

Yes, there is one direct bus travelling from Chongqing to Zhangjiajie every day. It departs from Chongqing Bus Station (重庆汽车站) every day at 11:30am, and take about 9.5 hours to get to Zhangjiajie Bus Station.

Any further request or question, please feel free to contact with us.

Susan White ( UK ) January 29,2017

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We are currently in Kunming and would like to go to the Stone Forest tomorrow (2017-30-01). Would you be able to help us with this? There are 5 of us. Thank you

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) January 30,2017

Hi, Susan,

Thanks for your question.
Well noted that you will be in Kunming tomorrow and hope to take a one-day tour to visit Stone Forest.
It is better to rent a private car and an English speaking guide to do the day trip to Stone Forest.


When you travel to Kunming, what you can do in a day? What are the best things to do in a Kunming day tour?

1) One Day Trip to Stone Forest

Stone Forest is the must-seeing site in Kunming, it takes around 1 day for a visit as it is a little bit far from the downtown of Kunming. It is about 87km from Kunming City. Therefore, it takes around 1.5 hours for driving to Stone Forest. Stone Forest is the first wonder of the world since Ming Dynasty, including large and small stone forest and other scenic spots. It is a typical example of karsts topography, formed about 270 million years ago. It is great area to see the limestone landscapes.

2) One Day Tour to Explore Kunming City

In the morning, suggest you walk around Green Lake Park, where you could see many local seniors singing, dancing, playing instruments, playing cards, playing Mahjong, ect in the park. If it is between November and March, you have chance to see the 
Red-billed Gulls, who come from Siberia to Kunming Yunnan every winter. It becomes an unique view of Kunming.

Then visit Village of Ethnic Culture, which is a site built to represent and exhibit the history, the cultures, the customs and the natural village houses of the 26 nationalities in Yunnan, where tourists could enjoy the precipitous hills, beautiful lakes and the colorful customs, cultures, music, songs, dances, religious and architecture of the ethnic groups of Yunnan Province.


If time is enough, exploring the West Hill at the bank of Dianchi Lake and enjoying the countryside fruit pick-up are also good idea for your to enjoy happy time in Kunming. 

3) Whatelse to do in Kunming

► Visit Qiongzhu Temple or Yuantong Temple if you are beliving in Buddhism or you are interested in Buddhism. 
 
►  Take a leisure day trip to Haigeng Park, which is just at the bank of Dianchi Lake

►  Walk around at local Bird & Flower Market, walking into locals

►  Try the local food, such as Cross Bridge Rice Noodle, Steamed Pot Chicken, local snack, ect

►  Visit Dounan Flower Market, which is the largest flower wholesale Market. You will find it interesting. The flowers at Dounan Flower Market are sold by weight.

Kunming is the capital city of Yunnan Province of China, the gateway city for traveling to Yunnan. There are many things to do in Kunming.

Hope the above is helpful for those tourist who are traveling in Kunming or planning to travel to Kunming.

sajjad ( pakistan ) January 23,2017

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How to get to Rime Island from Changchun by bus or train?

Answer: Sophie Huang ( TCT Travel Consultant ) January 24,2017

Hi, Sajjad,

Thanks for your question about how to get to Rime Island.

Rime Island (Wusong Island) is an island in Songhua River, located at Wulajie Manchu Town, Longtan District, Jilin City, Jilin Province. It is the best place to see and take photograph of rime. The best season to visit Rime Island is from the late Decmeber to the end of Feb in next year. The best time in a day to take photoes of rime is between 10:00 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.

The trees on both sides of Songhua River are flourishing. The mist of the ice-free in the river encounters the cold air and frosts up in the trees, which is meteorologily called rime. It is one of the four wonders of nature in China. Rime is divided into two kinds. One is granular rime and the other is crystalline. The granular rime is a kind of the formation of a small ice and loose crystalline rime is structured like flake. Jilin rime is crystalline. 

Where is the Best Place to See Rime?

Hantun Village and Zengtong Village in Wulajie Manchu Town are the best places to appreciate the rime scenery.

What about the accommodation at Rime Island?
There are many hotels and hostels in the downtown of Jilin at different level, but you are suggested to stay at Rime Island (Wusong Island), where you could experience one night accommodation at local house, with paper windows, ondol, wall pasted by newspaper. Besides, there are many newly-built house constructed recent years, with separate washroom and solar water heaters. It is very convenient. Besides, tourists can also try the local farm-flavored food.

Tips for Travel to Rime Island

1. If you travel to Jilin for rime, it is better to pay attention to the weather forecasts before you go there. As we know, the formation of rime requests certain weather condition. Generally speaking, we cannot have chance to see rime scenery unless the temperature is below -21 °C.
2. The temperature of Jilin is low in winter. It can reach -20-30 °C, so please prepare for coldness. In addition to warm jacket, it's important to select a pair of half tall waist and anti-slip snow shoes.
3. Select the whole mechanical structure of the camera, because the electronic camera cannot work normally at low temperatures.

How to Get to Rime Island?

Tourists could go to Jilin Gome, in front of which there are coaches from Jilin to Wulajie Manchu Town. The bus departs every 20 minutes from 06:30 to 17:00 every day. The bus fare is CNY8 per person per way. It is 35km from Jilin to Wulajie Manchu Town and takes more than 1 hour by bus. Then take a taxi from Wulajie Manchu Town to Hantun and cost about CNY15-20 per way.