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About our tours

Which is the most popular tour for first time travellers to China?

For those who are planning their first trip to China and only have a short time to spare, we would strongly recommend 12 Days Best of China which is the most popular tour for first-timers. This tour takes you to explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of China, starting from the legendary imperial cities Beijing and Xi’an, to the picturesque landscape in Guilin, to the modern cosmopolitan Shanghai.

Alternatively, for those who have more time to spare and would prefer a longer trip covering a broader scope of China, then the ideal choice would be 22 Days Amazing China or 28 Days Magnificent China which are both very comprehensive tours of China that showcase its amazing historical heritage, rich culture, natural wonders and charming landscapes, and dramatic economic, social and architectural changes that characterise the future directions of China and it’s amazing rise as a leading economic force.

What do Nexus Holidays tour packages include?

All of our tour packages feature international and domestic flights, first class hotel accommodation (we only use 4-5 star hotels), luxury air-conditioned coach transportation, daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) featuring local cuisine and delicacies such as Roast Peking Duck, exciting sight-seeing, rich historical and cultural exploration, professional English-speaking tour guides, and also price and departure guarantees.

What makes up the ideal tour?

Safe and reliable transportation, luxury accommodation, good food, exciting sight-seeing and an excellent tour guide. You’ll find all of these features in all of our China tours.

How flexible is the tour itinerary?

With all of our China tours, the itinerary is very flexible. First, you have the choice of preferred airline (although of course, some carriers are more expensive than others). We can also help you with pre and post tour arrangements. For example, you might want to stay a few extra days in Shanghai or Hong Kong to do some shopping or visit friends that you might have there.

Also, you can join the entire tour from start to finish or just a part of the tour. For example, if you’ve already been to Beijing, you can choose to skip that part of the tour and just visit the other places on the itinerary. Customised tours are our strength, so if you’re an avid traveller you can mix and match different tour itineraries to create one to fit you.

From airport-hotel transfers, to sight-seeing trips, our luxury, air-conditioned tour coaches will ensure you have a safe and pleasant trip.

About China

When is the best time to visit China in terms of climate?

China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to tour and the kind of weather you enjoy. Spring and autumn is generally the best time to visit China when the weather is mild – not too cold and not too hot.

Normally, the most comfortable season of the year is early autumn (September to early October). During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China with a limited amount of rain. Spring (March to May) can also be delightful with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn.

The best way to deal with weather unpredictability is to wear layered clothing that will make you comfortable in both chilly and warm weather. Before deciding when to take a tour, it is worth checking carefully the China weather conditions of each city on the itinerary. Regardless of the time of the year, a visitor will always be rewarded with charming scenery throughout China.

What is the local currency in China?

Chinese money is called Renminbi (RMB), which literally means "The People's Currency". The popular unit of RMB is “yuan”. With the strong Australian Dollar, there is no better time to travel overseas and the Australian Dollar does go a long way in China!

What is the current local time in China?

China is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

What language is spoken in China?

The official national language in China is Mandarin, which has eight major dialect groups that are region specific. In addition, there are several ethnic minority languages in the western and southern most provinces. Including Mandarin and English, there are a total of 296 languages spoken in mainland China, including some that have no monolingual speakers.

What are the entry requirements for China?

Passports must be valid for at least six months prior to entry. Visas are required for Australian travellers, the price of which is already included in the fully inclusive price of all our group tours for Australian passport holders (provided all applications are received by Nexus Holidays within the required visa processing time frame).

Tibet Permits are issued by our operators in China as there are not available from Australia.

Are any vaccinations required for travel to China?

While no vaccinations are required for a trip to China (except for Yellow Fever if you're arriving from an infected area), it is recommended that you consult your physician and preferably a doctor at least 4-6 weeks before you are scheduled to depart. There are some recommended vaccines and it's important that you take the necessary precautions and be up-to-date on your routine vaccines.

Are there any water and food safety concerns in China?

It goes without saying you should be careful with food and water. Only drink bottled water and use it to brush your teeth. Nexus Holidays supplies complimentary bottled water every day on the tour. Your hotel will also provide several bottles a day free of charge.

If you have an extremely sensitive stomach, then you may want to avoid raw vegetables. Peeled fruit and cooked food should cause you no problem.

Is medication easily accessible in China?

While many common medications are available in China, navigating the language and communicating the need may not be something you have time for in an emergency. It's best to pack a few precautionary items with you, especially for minor illnesses and complaints such as:

  • Bandaids
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Headache medicine
  • Something for an upset stomach or diarrhoea
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Insect repellent
  • Allergy medication
  • Cold medicine
  • Sunscreen

If you have any other questions or want to find out more about our tours, contact us now.

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Testimonials

I returned from my 11-day trip to China and wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed it.
It was a very interesting tour; we learned a lot of history, culture and interesting facts about modern China. The tour organisation was wonderful, service and hotels were excellent...

- Anna

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The effort of the guides employed, their individual character traits and the extensive knowledge shared, made my tour with Nexus Holidays a most memorable and remarkable experience, eclipsed only by the magnificence of the country visited...

- Duncan

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I thought I would pass on my comments about the recent "Amazing China 22 day Tour" which we completed on 20 May 2013. Firstly let me say our escort for the entire tour Jackie, was exceptional. Nothing was too much trouble, including retrieving a jacket I had left in the hotel at Hangzhou and posting it to my home in Melbourne...

- Helene

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I wanted to take this opportunity to thank you everyone at Nexus Holidays for organising a magnificent China Sampler tour. The tour exceeded my expectations in every way. It was operated by very efficient local and national guides, who were both experienced and helpful...

- Janette

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My wife and I travelled on a Nexus Holidays organised tour that left Sydney on May 4th and we can’t speak more highly of the tour it was the most organised and professional tour we have ever been on. Compliments to our tour guide Gavin and Oliver in Beijing who greeted us and to all the tour guides we encountered...

- Joe & Lella

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I just wanted to pass on my thanks for the China tour as we totally enjoyed the nine days. The tour guides were all very informative; King and George were organised, caring and helpful. The hotels are superior and we saw a different side of China...

- Noela

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