In most cities in China, there are quite a lot taxis available, which are cars painted either in red or yellow or green. Taxi fares may vary from city to city but they are supposed to be marked on the taxi window, and the taxi drivers are supposed to use taximeter when you get on the taxi.
Most taxi drivers do not understand English, it is better for you to have your destinations written down in Chinese so that you can show the address to the taxi driver, and don't forget to ask for a receipt or remember the number of the taxi in case you leave something in the taxi.
The Constitution of RPC Article 32 indicates: "The People's Republic of China protects the lawful rights and interests of foreigners within Chinese territory, and while on Chinese territory foreigners must abide by the law of the People's Republic of China."
For October 1st, according to Chinese government's regulation, two weekends will be combined with 3-day holiday, thus most Chinese people will have 7-day consecutive holiday from Oct. 1st to 7th, when it is very crowded in tourist cities like Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou and Guilin, etc. We suggest you avoid visiting China during this public holidays if possible.
The luggage regulations when taking domestic flights in China are:
1) For the check-in luggage, passengers holding an adult fare or half fare ticket are entitled to a free baggage allowance of 40kg (88 pounds)for first class, and 30kg (66pounds) for business class, while20kg (44 pounds) for economy class. No free baggage allowance is granted to infants. If your luggage is over the limitation, you will need to pay for the excess weight, and some of the airports in China are quite strict with this.
Tip for this: If you are traveling together in group more than 1 people, you can use your allowance together, for example, if you have 35kg, your friend have only 5kg, it will be fine as long as you two check in together. This method also applies to 3, 4, 5 or even more people within one group, as long as you are checking in at the same time over the airport counter.
2) For the carry-on luggage, total weight of carry-on baggage for each passenger may not exceed 5kg (11 pounds). First class passengers may carry up to 2 pieces. All other passengers may carry on only one piece. The size may not exceed 20x40x55cm. Carry- on baggage in excess of the limit is subject to an excess baggage fee and must be carried as checked baggage.
1) Articles which can not be taken as baggage: flammable, explosive, corrosive, poisonous, radioactive, polymerizable and magnetized materials, and arms, sharp or lethal weapons as well.
2) Articles which cannot be packed in the checked baggage: important documents, classified materials, diplomatic mail bags, negotiable securities, currencies, money orders, valuables, vulnerable perishables and articles and other articles needed in the special custody of somebody. The carrier will not be liable for the loss of or damage to the aforementioned.
3) Articles which should be put in check-in baggage: knife, scissors and bottled or tinned alcohol/ wine.
4) The checked baggage should be packed perfectly with a lock, tied up solidly and be able to withstand pressure to a reasonable extent. Carriers may refuse to accept for carriage if the baggage packing does not meet the requirements.
5) The carrier will be liable to compensate for the loss of or damage to the checked baggage due to the carrier's fault. The norm of compensation shall not exceed RMB 50 yuan per kg. If the value of the baggage is less than RMB 50 yuan per kg, the amount of compensation shall be paid according to its actual value of the loss.
6) A passenger may declare the value of his baggage if the value of his checked baggage exceeds RMB 50 yuan per kg. Baggage declared value can not exceed the value of the current baggage. The maximum baggage declared value is RMB 8,000 yuan.
7) Passengers and their baggage (including checked and carry-on baggage) are subject to the security inspection before boarding the aircraft.
What's the weather like in China and what is the best season to visit China?
China is a vast country with different climates, but generally speaking, spring is from April to June, summer from June to September, fall from September to October, while winter is from October to March, and usually it is colder and drier in the north in winter, and hotter and more humid in the south in summer.
May, September and October are the best months for you to travel to China when the weather is the most pleasant all over China.
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