Currency exchange
In China, only RMB is used. However, currency exchange centers
can be found at airports, most hotels and large shopping centers. When exchanging money, please keep your receipt, which you can use to change
back any remaining RMB to foreign currency when leaving China. Visa, Master, American Express, Diners Club and JCB credit cards are accepted in many department stores and hotels. They are also accepted by the
Dazheng Hot Spring Holiday Hotel. But it might be difficult to draw cash using credit cards. The Bank of China and most hotels can cash traveler’s cheques issued by any foreign bank or financial institution but you will need to show your passport and pay a 3% commission. Traveler’s cheques signed over to a third party cannot be cashed in China, but can be presented for exchange through the Bank of China.
Passport and Visa
In general, most visitors will require Chinese visas in order to enter China. Participants who requires a visa to enter China should apply to their local Embassy or Consulate General of the People’ Republic of China as soon as possible. We strongly advise that participants should arrange for their visa application at least TWO months before their departure for China.
Guilin has a sub-tropical monsoon climate with four mild and distinctive seasons. Guilin weather in January is the coolest with an average temperature of 7.9C (46F). July is the hottest with an average temperature of 28.3C (82.9F). Warm clothes are recommended for winter-wear, while in spring and autumn something lighter with a woolen sweater will be comfortable. T-shirts with skirts, shorts or slacks are the best choice for summer when the temperature can be rather high. Summer is the rainy season, especially in May and June. Always remember to bring an umbrella with you. Comfortable footwear suitable for walking is a must all year round. It would be wise to bring sun block with you, some medicine to prevent heatstroke and insect repellant Local herbal tea also helps travelers to become accustomed to the local weather and water.
The optimum time to travel in Guilin is from April to October. However, try to avoid the two golden weeks, namely May Day (1 May to 7 May) and National Day (1 October to 7 October), when all the people in China seem to move around. Also Spring Festival in January or February should also be avoided since more and more families take a trip rather than staying at home as before. At these times you can expect difficulties with hotel reservations, ticket booking and traffic conditions and prices are frequently much higher.