FAQs on China Tours from Australia

Best Time to Visit China

Traditionally, spring and autumn are considered the best time to visit China. To be specific, the best months are September and October. During this period, it's warm and dry in China, with vibrant fall colors. If you are not able to take China tours from Australia in this period, consider May and June with similar weather conditions. To not ruin your trip, you are suggested to avoid scheduling your travel around the National Day holiday of China from October 1 to 7 or around the Chinese New Year.
Seasons in Australia Seasons in China
Spring: September - November Spring: March - May
Summer: December - February Summer: June - August
Autumn: March - May Autumn: September - November
Winter: June - August Winter: December - February

Do Australian citizens need a visa to travel to China?

Yes, they need a tourist visa unless they are eligible for the limited visa-free policies of China. Travelers should make the application at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) by submitting a passport, an application form, a recent photo, and round-trip flight tickets and hotel bookings. If you book China tours from Australia all inclusive with us, we can offer you an invitation letter, so that you don't need to submit the flight and hotel bookings.

Visa fees: 109.5 Australian dollars

Where to Apply for a Visa (choose the one in charge of your residence area):
CVASC in Canberra      Tel: 02-6279-7800
CVASC in Sydney      Tel: 02-9475-8800
CVASC in Melbourne      Tel: 03-9937-2308
CVASC in Adelaide      Tel: 08-8113-3800
CVASC in Brisbane      Tel: 07-3031-6300
CVASC in Perth      Tel: 08-9220-3800

How to Travel to China from Australia - Flights

Direct flights to China mainly take off from Melbourne and Sydney. If departing from either of the two cities, you will have more flight choices for China tours from Australia with airfare included. In Perth, Adelaide, Brisbane, Cairns, and Darwin, there are also direct flights to China, but with limited numbers and some of them do not operate daily. Time spent on a one-way flight ranges from 9 to 15 hours.

Australian and Chinese cities linked by direct flights:
Melbourne: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Qingdao, Changsha, Chengdu, Xi'an, Chongqing, Xiamen, Zhengzhou
Sydney: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Kunming, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Xiamen, Changsha, Xi'an, Zhengzhou, Qingdao
Perth: Guangzhou
Adelaide: Guangzhou
Brisbane: Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen
Cairns: Shanghai, Shenzhen
Darwin: Shenzhen

Time Difference between Australia and China

Australian Eastern Standard Time is 2 hours earlier than China. However, from the first Sunday of October to the first Sunday of April, it's 3 hours earlier than China. Since the time difference is not big, you need a little time to recover from the jet lag.

Money Exchange for Australian Dollars and Chinese Yuan

Chinese Yuan (CNY) is the official currency in China. Paper money is commonly used and often appears with a face value of 1 Yuan, 5 Yuan, 10 Yuan, 20 Yuan, 50 Yuan, and 100 Yuan. Coins are seldom used, but you may receive them as change when shopping in supermarkets.

You can exchange money at airports, bank counters, and some four or five star hotels.

Voltage & Power Sockets

China Australia
Voltage 220V/50HZ 230V/50HZ
Plug Type Type A/I
Type I
For China tours from Australia, you don't need to take voltage transformer or plug adapter.

Tap Water is Not Drinkable in China

It's not safe to drink tap water in China without any treatment. Before drinking it, boil the tap water to protect yourself from diarrhea. Bottled mineral water and purified water in supermarkets can be drunk directly without any problem. Many hotels offer their guests a bottle of water each day for free.

How to Make Phone Calls

From Australia to China:
Call a land phone: Dial 0011 + China country code 86 + city code XX or XXX + phone number
Call a cell phone: Dial 0011 + China country code 86 + 11-digit phone number

From China to Australia:
Call a land phone: Dial 00 + Australian country code 61 + area code X + phone number
Call a cell phone: Dial 00 + Australian country code 61 + 9-digit mobile phone number

Learn Basic Chinese

English Chinese Pronunciation in Pinyin
Hi!/Hello! 您好 Nín Hǎo
Good Bye! 再见 Zài Jiàn
Sorry! 对不起 Duì Bù Qǐ
Thanks! 谢谢 Xiè Xiè
Washroom 厕所/洗手间 Cè Sǔo/Xǐ Shǒu Jiān
How much is it? (for price) 多少钱 Duō Shǎo Qián