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**Contents of this SPECIAL page of TOUR SUPPORT are as follows:

xx1. ---TOUR SUPPORT BY CATEGORY

xx2. ---CALLING to/from CHINA and how to figure the TIME DIFFERENCE

xx3. ---CHINA VISA Information and Instructions for 2019 tour


1. TOUR SUPPORT INFORMATION (current MARCH 12, 2019)

**The following links which are GRAYED OUT (which will be in BLUE later) are not yet avaliable to share and come from our tour operator later. They will be included in the 2019 TOUR PACKAGE sent to all a few weeks before departure.

The following links which are shown in GREEN are for sheets which WILL BE INCLUDED in the 2019 TOUR PACKAGE and sent to all a few weeks before departure - but they can be viewed and/or downloaded any time by clicking where indicated.

The following links which are shown in RED are for articles available now to help your prepare before tour departure. You can read online and/or download (and print out if desired) the .pdf version as you desire. I will have copies of all these with me on the tour for reference if needed.

The following are links which are shown in GREEN are for sheets which WILL BE INCLUDED in the 2019 TOUR PACKAGE AND sent to all a few weeks before departure - but they can be viewed and/or downloaded (and printed out if desired) any time by clicking where indicated.

(Basic Flight Numbers & times to and from China are also found under ITEM #25 on the FAQ page.)

xx1. Tour package COVER LETTER, click HERE.

xx2. FLIGHT INFORMATION from Asia Holiday Travel, Inc., click HERE & HERE

xx3. TRAVEL TIPS from Asia Holiday Travel, Inc., click HERE.

xx4. ITINERARY, click HERE.

xx5. MAP plus WEATHER CHART, click HERE.

xx6. HOTELS & EMERGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION, click HERE.

Xx7. TOUR CALENDAR (two-sided), click HERE.

xx8. MONEY MATTERS & CHINESE CURRENCY, click HERE.& HERE

xx9. OANDA CURRENCY CONVERSION CHEAT SHEET, click HERE.

x10. TIPPING CHART (Master Spreadsheet), click HERE.

x11. TIPPING SUMMATION and GUIDE, click HERE.

x12. TIP ENVELOPE GUIDE , click HERE.

x13. TIP ENVELOPE LABELS & LABEL SHEET GUIDE, click HERE & HERE

x14. WEATHER & CLOTHING, click HERE.

x15.LUGGAGE & PACKING, click HERE.

x16. ELECTRICAL, LAPTOPS, & E-MAIL, click HERE

x17. INT'L CELL PHONE USAGE, click HERE.

x18. MEDICATIONS & HEALTH, click HERE.

x19. FOOD & DRINK, click HERE.

x20. POTTY PROTOCOL, Bus, Hotel, Misc., Call Home, click HERE.

x21. KNOW BEFORE YOU GO chedcklist plus sample China entry & departure cards, click HERE.

x22. TSA & US CUSTOMS with sample forms and instructions, click HERE.

x23. SHOPPING, other TOURING, & YOUR CHINESE ZODIAK SIGN, click HERE.

x24. MANDARIN CHINESE WORDS and NUMBERS with HANDSIGNS for counting, click HERE.

***SPECIAL*** - for CHET"S GREAT GUIDE TO SEAT ASSIGNMENT, click HERE.



2. CALLING HOME - Calling the US from China

If you are just calling the US using a regular cell phone or land phone, then you just need to dial: 001 + area code + phone number. Note: 00 is for an International call and 1 is for the US country code.

Time Difference and how it affects your call home:

Note: for receiving a call in China from the US, advise your friends and family back home that they should ADD (instead of subtract) the appropriate hour(s) shown below to their local time zone to figure out what time it is for you in China. CHINA will be ahead of time in the US and often the next day/date. This should help avoid a middle of the night call while you are in China.

DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME begins this year on March 10, 2019 (well before we fly to China on March 19)

1.
China local time -15 hours = PDST (minus 16 hours before March 10th for PDT)
PDST +15 hours = local time in China
(PDT: plus 16 hours before March 10th )

Calling from China to PDST - Easy way - reverse AM and PM and back up an additional 3 hours because China time is ahead of the time in the US.
Example: 9 AM in China = 6 PM the day before on the West Coast.

NOTE: MST is the same as PDST for those living in AZ.

2. China local time -14 hours = MDST
(minus 15 hours before March 10th for MDT)
MDST +14 = local time in China
(MDT: plus 15 hours before March 10th )

Calling from China to MDST - Easy way - reverse AM and PM and back up an additional 2 hours because China time is ahead of the time in the US.
Example: 9 AM in China = 7 PM the day before in MDST zone.

3. China local time -13 hours = CDST
(minus 14 hours before March 10th for CDT)
CDST +13 hours = local time in China
(CDT: plus 14 hours before March 10th )

Calling from China to CDST - Easy way - reverse AM and PM and back up an additional 1 hour because China time is ahead of the time in the US.
Example: 9 AM in China = 8 PM the day before in CDST zone.

4. China local time -12 hours = EDST
(minus 13 hours before March 10th for EDT)
EDST +12 hours = local time in China
(EDT: plus 13 hours before March 10th )

Calling between China and EDST - Easy way is to just reverse AM and PM but remember China is always AHEAD of the time in the US. Example: 9 AM in China = 9 PM the day before in EDST zone.



3. CHINA VISA Information and Instructions - information pertains to the 2019 tour

Everyone must get a visa to go to China, but this is usually a simple and trouble-free process. We do NOT use a Group Visa as this method can cause enormous problems should one of the group need to separate from the group because of any personal emergency, etc. Your actual passport must be submitted physically well in advance to a controlling agent who will process the request and then place the visa stamp in your passport. There are a number of avenues open to you for this process. Our tour operator provides this service via us as the most common choice and we pass along his $160 pp discounted fee via our final payment invoice to you. You may also opt to obtain your own visa but it is VERY important that you follow the instructions provided further down. Normally you cannot obtain a visa until you are able to present confirmed roundtrip airline reservations, hotel confirmations, and a complete itinereay plus the name of the inviting agency.

If you need to submit your passport and application, etc., on a different time schedule from the group due to other personal travel, be sure to follow the instructions at the bottom of the line-by-line instructions which appear below AND require a signature upon receipt from the tour operator as per their preference to insure safe delivery at their business location.

You will need to complete a China Visa application form (V.2013) and submit it (with an official Passport-type photo attached). You will normally need to ship to us in the latter part of Jan or early Feb. prior to the tour, via a secure method, your actual passport along with the completed application form with official-type passport photo attached. We review all and then submit the batch collected from the group to our tour operator who also reviews all before presenting them to the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco, CA for processing.

NEW Requirement for visa application submission: you will also need to provide a photocopy of your driver's license and a photocopy of your main front page of your passport.

NOTE: There are new rules for those whose home address does not lie within the newly established jurisdiction of the San Francisco Chinese Consulate. Please contact me personally for instructions for anyone whose home address is NOT in Northern California (greater San Francisco area and northward), Nevada, Oregon, Washington or Alaska

Once they are processed and the airline tickets have been processed, plus all other travel materials and documents are ready, we retrieve all from our tour operator and then ship everything to you, via Fed Ex or UPS with tracking and insurance, usually to arrive at the address you specify sometime near the end of February. Special arrangements can be made for those who have other travel plans that require a different schedule for the handling of the passports and visas.

****IMPORTANT:****Here is the direct link to click on to go directly to the China Visa Form (V.2013) (since the blue links in the instructions "images" below do not work) - where you can fill it in first on your computer and then print it out to sign - OR print it out first and then fill it in using a typewriter - just be sure to type everything in ALL CAPS, either way:
http://www.china-embassy.org/eng/visas/fd/W020130830801798289342.pdf. Hand-completed forms are no longer accepted. All must be typed using either a computer or a typewriter.

-----I have found that this China visa form works best for the fill-in-format method (typing the data directly into your computer before printing it out for date, signature and addition of photo) by using INTERNET EXPLORER, but it also works OK using the CHROME browser - does not seem to work in FIREFOX at this time. I am unable to test the Safari browser (used by Apple products). It should print out OK in any browser if you opt to use a typewriter (in all CAPS). If you have trouble, CALL me! I can help!
-----To save a completed copy to your computer, toggle
OFF the "Highlight Existing Fields" at the very top right FIRST; then SAVE to a location of your choice.
-----If you have trouble because your Adobe Reader is requiring you to first download special fonts (because of the Chinese characters that also appear on the form), click on the next link to download a special PDF graphical image version that bypasses that problem but then must be printed out first and then filled in by hand -- hand PRINTING in ALL CAPS.
-----To download a SPECIAL PDF only version of the China visa application form for use on a TYPEWRITER, click HERE.

NOTE: For those with a foreign passport and GREEN CARD, you now only neeed to submit a photocopy of your GREEN CARD along with the rest of the sunmission.

NOTE: You can view or download a .pdf of the INSTRUCTIONS below by clicking HERE.
NOTE: You can view or download a .pdf of a completed SAMPLE by clicking HERE.



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This page last updated MARCH 12, 2019