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At Nexus Holiday we take pride in offering a variety of all-inclusive holidays of superb quality for all kinds of travellers, without costing the earth. Here’s how:

About our tours

Which is the most popular tour for first time travellers to China?

For those who are planning their first trip to China and only have a short time to spare, we would strongly recommend 12 Day Best of China tour, which is the most popular for first-timers. This tour takes you to explore the history, culture, and natural beauty of China, starting from the legendary imperial cities Beijing and Xi’an, to the picturesque landscape in Guilin, to the modern cosmopolitan Shanghai.

Alternatively, for those who have more time to spare and would prefer a longer trip covering a broader scope of China, then the ideal choice would be the comprehensive 22 Day Grand Tour of China, which showcases China’s amazing historical heritage, rich culture, natural wonders and charming landscapes, and dramatic economic, social and architectural changes that characterise the future directions of China and it’s amazing rise as a leading economic force.

What do Nexus Holidays tour packages include?

All of our tour packages feature international and domestic flights, first class hotel accommodation (we only use 4-5 star hotels), luxury air-conditioned coach transportation, daily meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner) featuring local cuisine and delicacies such as Roast Peking Duck, exciting sight-seeing, rich historical and cultural exploration, professional English-speaking tour guides, and also price and departure guarantees.

What makes up the ideal tour?

Safe and reliable transportation, luxury accommodation, good food, exciting sight-seeing and an excellent tour guide. You’ll find all of these features in all of our China tours.

How flexible is the tour itinerary?

With all of our China tours, the itineraries are very flexible. You also have the choice of preferred airline (although of course, some carriers are more expensive than others). We can also help you with pre and post-tour arrangements. For example, you might want to stay a few extra days in Shanghai or Hong Kong to do some shopping or visit friends that you might have there.

Also, you can join the entire tour from start to finish or just a part of the tour (a tour breakaway fee applies). For example, if you’ve already been to Beijing, you can choose to skip that part of the tour and just visit the other places on the itinerary. Customised tours are our strength, so if you’re an avid traveller you can mix and match different tour itineraries to create one to fit you.

From airport-hotel transfers, to sight-seeing trips, our luxury, air-conditioned tour coaches will ensure you have a safe and pleasant trip.

About China

When is the best time to visit China in terms of climate?

China is a vast country with wide-ranging climatic conditions, so a decision about the best time to visit should be based on the regions you plan to tour and the kind of weather you enjoy. Spring and autumn are generally the best seasons to visit China, when the weather is mild – not too cold or too hot.

Normally, the most comfortable time of year is early autumn (September to early October). During that period, temperatures are reasonable throughout China, with a limited amount of rain. Spring (March to May) can also be delightful, with the average temperatures roughly the same as in autumn.

The best way to deal with weather unpredictability is to wear layered clothing that will make you comfortable in both chilly and warm weather. Before deciding when to take a tour, it is worth checking carefully the China weather conditions of each city on the itinerary. Regardless of the time of the year, a visitor will always be rewarded with charming scenery throughout China.

What is the local currency in China?

With the strong Australian Dollar, there is no better time to travel overseas and the Australian Dollar does go a long way in China! Chinese money is called Renminbi (RMB), which literally means “The Peoples’ Currency”. A unit of RMB is a ‘yuan’ (e.g. ‘san yuan’ = ‘three dollars’). Mandarin speakers may use the colloquial term ‘kuai’ in daily life – so you may hear phrases like ‘wu kuai chien’ (roughly, “five bucks cash”).

What is the current local time in China?

China is 2 hours behind Australian EST.

What language is spoken in China?

The official national language of China is Mandarin, which is the first language of more than 70% of Chinese, and is taught in all schools. There are also eight major ‘Chinese’ dialect groups (such as Wu, Min, and Cantonese) that are region-specific. In addition, China has 56 recognised ethnic minorities, so languages such as Mongolian, Uighur, and Tibetan are commonly spoken in certain regions. Some sources count up to 297 living languages in contemporary China.

What are the entry requirements for China?

Passports must be valid for at least six months beyond the return date. Visas are required for Australian travellers. Nexus Holidays can help lodge your visas with a fee, please refer to the visas page for for more information.

Tibet Permits are issued by our operators in China as there are not available from Australia.

Are any vaccinations required for travel to China?

While no vaccinations are required for a trip to China (except for Yellow Fever if you’re arriving from an infected area), it is recommended that you consult your physician and preferably a doctor at least 4-6 weeks before you are scheduled to depart. There are some recommended vaccines and it’s important that you take the necessary precautions and be up-to-date on your routine vaccines.

Are there any water and food safety concerns in China?

It goes without saying you should be careful with food and water. Only drink bottled water and use it to brush your teeth. Nexus Holidays supplies complimentary bottled water every day on the tour. Your hotel will also provide several bottles a day free of charge.

If you have an extremely sensitive stomach, then you may want to avoid raw vegetables. Peeled fruit and cooked food should cause you no problem.

Is medication easily accessible in China?

While many common medications are available in China, navigating the language and communicating the need may not be something you have time for in an emergency. It’s best to pack a few precautionary items with you, especially for minor illnesses and complaints such as:

  • Bandaids
  • Antibacterial ointment
  • Headache medicine
  • Something for an upset stomach or diarrhoea
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Insect repellent
  • Allergy medication
  • Cold medicine
  • Sunscreen

If you have any other questions or want to find out more about our tours, contact us now.