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Read up on these helpful tips to ensure your trip is silky smooth.

 

Climate
The weather in Sichuan is relatively mild all year round. Traditionally, the wettest month is July so don’t forget to bring a umbrella with you. The driest month being January with a chance of light snow.  

 

Cash & Credit Credits
Most major hotels and shopping malls accept Visa, China Union Pay and MasterCard. If you have mobile payment set up, find Alipay, WeChat pay and Apple pay accepted at select vendors. However it’s always recommended to carry cash for taxis, snack vendors and smaller businesses.

 

Currency
Financial institutions will provide a credible rate of exchange when switching your currency for Chinese Yuan (CNY). A passport is necessary for currency exchange at any bank.

 

Passport & Visa requirements
A passport is required for all visitors to China. Acquiring a travel visa before you arrive in China is required. Check with your embassy for specific requirements on how to apply for a Chinese visa before you land. Recently the government has allowed in-transit customers to apply for a visa upon landing at certain airports. Find more details regarding these regulations here.

 

Time Zone
All of China follows CST (China Standard Time) which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time.

 

Altitude Sickness
If you travel to high altitude areas in western Sichuan, exercise caution when performing any rigorous activities. We recommend you pack High Altitude Sickness Medicine for your trip.

 

Respecting Cultural Differences
There are many different ethnic minorities that call Sichuan their home. While many groups maintain their traditional way of life it is important to respect customs and manners of these diverse ethnic cultures.

 

Public Holidays in 2017
Select national holidays in China, such as Chinese New Year, Rice Dumpling Festival and Mid-Autumn Festival, tend to land on different dates depending on the year. Please take note of dates for future years. Note that the date in brackets is the period of time on when that holiday lands.
New Year’s Day                                      Jan 1 (Jan 1-3)
Chinese New Year                                   Jan 27 (Jan 27- Feb 2)
Tomb Sweeping Festival (Qingming)     Apr 4 (Apr 3-5)
Labour Day (May Day)                           May 1
Dragon Boat (Rice Dumpling Festival)  May 30 (May 28 -30)
Mid-Autumn Day                                    Oct 4
National Day                                           Oct 1 (Oct 1-7)