China: Destination Asia


Destination Asia is the Far East’s leading Diversified Travel Organisation with 27 offices in 11 Asia countries.

Destination Asia was formed in 1996 when experienced travel executives and managers saw a niche market opportunity for a travel firm that, being owned by its staff, could provide travel services solely responsive to the needs of the client and not the whims of any international corporate conglomerate.

Destination Asia Thailand and Destination Asia Vietnam were the first units of the Destination Asia group to be formed. From these two initial successes Destination Asia Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Myanmar and Laos have evolved, further strengthening our association within the region. In 2010 we opened in Singapore & Malaysia and in 2011 we launched our Japan operation.

We offer specialist services for all areas of the corporate Incentive, Meeting and Exhibition business, with particular expertise in the UK markets. Destination Asia prides itself in creating unique and cost effective programs, with the highest levels of professional operation and delivery, which has resulted in the Company providing services to many of the Fortune 500 companies using incentive travel as a core sales motivation device.


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Shanghai Sample Incentive ProgrammeKey Contacts
Linda Wang - Managing Director (China)
Nicholas Mulley - COO DA Group/Executive Director (China)

China - Destination Factfile

Local Time GMT +8hrs. All of China is officially set to the one time zone.

Flying Time From UK London - Beijing / Shanghai
approx 11hrs subject to route & carrier.

Main Airports
Beijing Capital International Airport
Shanghai Pudong International Airport

Beijing Capital Airport is about 20 miles from the city centre - travel time is approx 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Shanghai Pudong Airport is about 19 miles from the city centre - travel time is approx 45 minutes depending on traffic.

Immigration Visitors to China must hold a current passport that is valid for at least six months after your planned departure date from China. Visitors to China are required to have a valid visa prior to arrival. Destination Asia are not liable for insufficient travel documentation.

For further advice please contact the Chinese Embassy in the United Kingdom as follows:

Embassy of People's Republic of China - Visa Office
31 Portland Place
London, W1B 1QD

Tel: 020 7631 1430
Calls answered by operator: 9.00am-12.00noon and 2.00pm-4.00pm.
Calls outside these hours are answered by auto-attendant.


Office Hours: 9:00am to 12:00 noon - Monday-Friday (except during UK and Chinese holidays)

Embassy of People's Republic of China (London) website

Official Currency CNY – Chinese Yuan (also known as Renminbi, RMB)
Notes: 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100

Climate China experiences four distinct seasons and can be visited all year round.
Spring - March to May: Once of the most pleasant times to visit. Days are warm and clear, although nights can be cool.
Summer – June to August: Starts to warm up in June, with July and August being the hottest months. It is hot and dry in the north, and can get quite hot and humid in the south. These two months also experience the most precipitation.
Fall – September to November: Early fall is perhaps the best time to visit China. Days are warm and sunny, and nights are generally very pleasant.
Winter – December to February: The north experiences cold, dry winters. Cities in central China like Xi’an and Shanghai are cold but not as dry. Winter is much milder in the south of China although it can get rather cold in places at high elevation.

Official Holidays
January 1 New Year
February 9-15* Chinese New Year
April 4-6* Qingming Festival
May 1-3 Labour Day
June 13-15* Dragon Boat Festival
September 19-21* Mid-Autumn Festival
October 1-7 National Day holiday

* NOTE; These public holidays are based on the Chinese Lunar calendar and dates vary from year to year. All dates are inclusive.

Overview China — a country so vast, a history so rich and a culture so profound… Home to over one billion people, China is a mysterious and fascinating nation with an incredible array of iconic historical sites, traditions and civilisations that date back many thousands of years, breathtaking country landscapes, yet in contrast, futuristic cities such as Shanghai, one of Asia’s fastest growing and most modern Cities, reflect China’s positioning in a booming economic region.
Beyond the obvious, there is also Xian, famous for its Terracotta Warriors, there is Guilin, the Yangtze River, Lhasa and so much more.

Electricity Power in China is generally 220 volts/50Hz. Chinese power sockets accept NEMA (North American/Japanese), Europlug (Europe) and 3-pin (Australia/New Zealand) plugs although it is advisable to carry an international adapter and converter plug for any essential electrical appliances as pin thicknesses may in some cases vary.

Health Advice
Water: It is recommended not to to use water from the tap for drinking purposes. Although the water is clean, it has a high mineral content. Bottles of mineral water are very cheap and on sale everywhere. However, there is no need to brush your teeth with mineral water. It is also safe to consume ice-cubes in drinks since they are produced with mineral water.

Food: It is recommended to carry an anti-gastric remedy as you may be eating cuisine that your system is unused to consuming. We recommend you seek professional medical advice on up to date precautionary medicine.

Vaccinations & Medicine: No vaccinations are required when visiting China. Please contact your local health clinic or government health department should you require advice.

Cell phone networks
3G UMTS 2100 MHz / 3G TC-SCDMA / 2G GSM 900 MHz

Dialing code from the UK to Beijing - 00 86 10
Dialing code from the UK to Shanghai - 00 86 21

Emergency Services numbers in China
Police 110
Fire & Ambulance 120

China has a 17% VAT. At present VAT rebates are only available to exporters. Also, high-end hotels and restaurants charge a 10-15% service charge applicable to room rates, food and beverage.

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