CURRENCY The currency used in China is RENMINBI (RMB), which means the people's currency. MONEY MATTERS ATMs are not easily accessible on the journey. The ship can cash travellers cheques and accepts all major credit cards (MasterCard, Visa and American Express).
Tipping onboard the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is entirely discretionary but general suggestions are as follows:
GMT + 8 hours.
Mandarin Chinese is the official language in mainland China. In Hong Kong, Cantonese is spoken.
The Three Gorges region is protected by mountains to the north and enjoys a humid subtropical climate. Spring (March to May) is mild with occasional light rains. Summer (June to September) is hot and humid, while Autumn (October to November) is milder and drier. Winter (December to February) is cool, but please note that the Sanctuary Yangzi Explorer is not in operation during this season.
In most cases, visitors to China require a valid visa to enter the country. However, there are certain exemptions applicable to some countries. Please consult with the embassy of the People's Republic of China for information on exemptions that apply to your country.
Visas can be obtained through proper application from any embassy of the People's Republic of China or consular office empowered to grant visas. Single entry visas for China are valid for 30 days. Double entry and multiple entry visas (valid for 3 or 6 months) are also available.
For up to date information on the latest health and vaccination recommendations, please contact your local health practitioner.
For more information on China travel please visit http://www.cnto.org/