CLIMATE & CLOTHING

China has a continental and seasonal climate. Most parts are in the temperate zone but southern areas are in the tropical or subtropical zone while northern areas are in the frigid zone. Climates in different areas are complicated. For instance, northern Heilongjiang Province has a winter climate the year round without summer, while Hainan Island has a summer climate the year round without winter. The following is a reference table for tourists to prepare clothing on their trips.

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Spring: 10-22°C, Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes.
Summer(raining season):22°C -40°C, T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear.
Autumn: 10-22°C, Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes.
Winter: 10°C or lower, overcoat, cotton clothes, lined coats, down jacket. In very cold areas a cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required.

RATE OF EXCHANGE

1USD=6.78, 1RMB=9.5RUPEE, PLEASE BRING USD to China, you can change money in airport or hotel reception. You can also change money in India in advance. Rate will be changed according to the daily changes.

TIMELAG

Time different: 2.5 hours ahead

PACKING & CHECKLIST

The rule of thumb is to pack lightly, and bring casual clothes. A sturdy, comfortable pair of walking shoes is an absolute. A sports coat and a nice shirt for man, and one or two dresses or pantsuits for women will suit the most formal occasions to be encountered in China. Travelers should bring shirts, sweaters and jackets that can be worn in layers to suit a range of climates. Shorts (for both men and women) are fine for summer days though not recommended when visiting religious shrines. Remember, dress for Comfort, not for Style.

  • Electrical converter and adapter plugs. China’s electrical system operates at 220 volts. Two or three flat style plug

  • Hair dryer, razor, alarm clock. Most of int’l chain hotel will provide hot water kettle and hair dryer, slipper and sleeping clothes, but local 3-4 star hotel will not provide.

  • Common toiletries, cold and digestive medications, lip balm, sanitary napkins and any over-the-counter medicines you generally use.

  • Chewing gum, mints or throat lozenges to keep your mouth moist.

  • Reading materials, including a guidebook on the places you will see.

  • Sunscreen lotion and sunglasses.

  • A light raincoat or an umbrella except in winter months.

  • Camera & film. Be aware that while print film is available in most places, slide film may be difficult to find. And be sure to pack extra batteries and digital memory card.

  • A notebook to keep track of all the exciting things happening on the trip

  • China sim card(can purchase in India or in China airport)

SHOPPING

Arts and Crafts
China is a treasure house of arts and crafts which are an important part of the Nation’s cultural inheritance. Products such as carving, embroidery, pottery and porcelain, glassware and dyeing, replicas of ancient cultural relics are all exquisitely crafted. Other well-known crafts are weaving, printing and dyeing. Cloisonne is a special traditional handicraft of Beijing while Jiangxi Jingdezhen ware is a representative of China’s fine porcelain. China’s handmade carpets are much sought after in international markets. Suzhou, Hunan, Guangdong and Sichuan embroidery are four of China’s best-known embroideries. Some of the regional art and craft specialties include the wood carving of Dongyang and the bamboo products of Shengxian from Zhejiang Province, the clay figurine of Master Zhang from Tianjin, the grass and wickerwork from Shandong Province, the three color-glaze Tang ware of Luoyang from Henan Province, the batik from Guizhou Province and the Huishan clay figurine of Wuxi from Jiangsu Province. Also well-know are the four treasures of study of Xuan paper and ink stick from Anhui Province, Duan ink slab from Zhaoqing, Guangdong Province, and Shanlianhu writing brush from Wuxing, Zhejiang Province. There are many other famous handicrafts, such as folk paper cuts created by women farmers.

SOME USEFULL NUMBERS

110–Police
112–Inner-city telephone mishaps
114–Inner-city telephone number inquiries
116–Information on domestic long-distance calls
117–Time
119-Fire
120–Ambulance
121–Weather forecasts