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Tours to China from Ireland

Why travel to China? It has the world's oldest continuous civilization. It has 56 ethnic groups and each has their own unique traditions. Its culture is fascinatingly different from Ireland. It has 41 world cultural heritage sites, including the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Army, Lijiang Old Town, the Yellow Mountain, Jiuzhaigou Valley…Book one of the below customized tour packages for the Irish visitors, you will learn more about China from our travel experts!

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Where to Apply for China Visa? 
To make your trip to China an easy and pleasant one, you are kindly advised to consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the tourist visa. They will readily help you go through the necessary procedures. We also hope you may find the following info helpful.

◎ Embassy of the People's Republic of China in Ireland

Address: 40 Ailesbury Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353-1-2691707, 2601119
Fax: +353-1-2839938
Office Hours: 09:00-12:30, 14:00-17:30, Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Email: chinaemb_ie@mfa.gov.cn
Website: http://ie.chineseembassy.org/eng/

Consular and Visa Office
Address: 118 Merrion Road, Dublin 4, Ireland
Tel: +353-1-2196651
Fax: +353-1-2196647
Office Hour: 09:00 -12:00, Monday - Thursday (except holidays)


◎ Basic Documents for Applying for Any Category of China Visa
(1) One legibly, truly, completely filled Visa Application Form (Form V2011A) and Visa Application Form (Form V2011B) (Please visit http://ie.chineseembassy.org/eng/ to fill the forms)
(2) One recent color passport photograph glued on the Visa Application Form
(3) Applicant's original passport with blank visa pages and at least 6 months remaining validity
(4) Non-Irish Passport Holders who reside or work in Ireland also need provide Residence Permit and Work Permit
(5) For a child accompanying with the applicant, please offer the photo of the child

◎ Other Requirements for Applying for Chinese Tourist/Family Visit Visa (L Visa)
(1) For sightseeing in Mainland of China, Round Trip Ticket, Confirmation of Hotel Reservation or Travel Itinerary is required.

(2) For Visiting Tibet, a Tibet Entry Permit from Tibetan Tourist Bureau is required. You' d better contact a Chinese Travel Agency to send an Entry Permit to you before submitting application.

(3) For Family Visiting, Proof of Kinship is required, such as Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate. However, those who were born in China (including Macau, Hong Kong, Taiwan) shown in the passport needn’t provide the Proof of Kinship

Other Requirements for Applying for Other Categories of China Visa
Please refer to http://ie.chineseembassy.org/eng/Consular/AboutVisa/t112836.htm and read the web page carefully. There are detailed required documents for apply F, Z, X, G, D, J, C Visa.

◎ About Hong Kong Visa & Macau Visa
Irish Passport Holders are exempt from a visa to visit Hong Kong for up to 90 days.
Irish Passport Holders are exempt from a visa to visit Macau for up to 90 days.

◎ Important Notice about Change of Payment
Consular Department of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland only accept bank draft issued by Bank of Ireland or Allied Irish Bank, or post order issued by An Post, payable to the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, the denomination of the currency being euro only. Cash or any form of company cheque is not accepted.

The Best Way to Book Air Tickets for Your China Trip
Based on feedback from our Irish guests and our own travel experiences, we've found the following online search engines to be very helpful for investigating and ticketing airfare to and from each of our trips.

http://www.flightnetwork.com/destinations/

http://www.travelmath.com/flying-time/from/Ireland/to/China

http://www.cheapflights.co.uk/flights/China/Shannon/

http://www.makemytrip.com/international-flights/ireland-air_china-tickets.html

http://www.lufthansa.com/cn/en/Homepage

What about drinks?

A: Local tea is commonly served with meals and there is a variety of soft drinks, local and imported beers and wines available for purchase. You should not drink the tap water, bottled water is inexpensive and readily available. If you like a 'cuppa', you may like to bring along a small supply of tea bags, coffee and milk powder. Most rooms have electric jugs or thermos flasks of boiling water to make hot.

 

What are the toilet facilities like on tour?

A: All of our hotels have western style bathrooms and toilets. Obviously in the more remote areas, they may be a little more basic, but clean and simple is common. Whilst sightseeing, toilet facilities at restaurants and local tourist sites can vary and we would recommend that you carry tissues, wet wipes or disinfectant gel with you, “just in case”.

 

What should I pack?

A: Casual clothing is appropriate at all times although clothes that are too revealing are still frowned upon in all over China. Try to pack lightly as your trip may involve an amount of personal baggage handling as porters are often not available except in larger hotels. For security reasons it is essential that your baggage can be locked whilst during air transportation between cities. At times, you may not be able to check into your hotel room immediately or be able to access your main bags. To ensure your comfort, a change of clothes in your hand luggage to coincide with local weather conditions is always handy. All personal toiletries should be taken with you and small packets of tissues or wet wipes are recommended. A small medical kit containing medication to alleviate common ailments is suggested.
 

 

Clothing suggestion:

Season

Month

Temperature ( F)

Suggesting Clothing

Spring

Mar - May

50 - 71.6

Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes

Summer

Jun - Aug Above

71.6

T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear

Autumn

Sep - Nov

50- 71.6

Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes

Winter

Dec - Feb

Below 50

Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats; In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required

 

What credit cards can I use?

A: At present the Bank of China accepts Master, American Express, Dynasty, Visa, JCB, and Diners Club cards. Travelers may use these cards to draw cash over the exchange counters in China's banks, make purchases or pay bills at large department stores, restaurants and hotels in more than 100 major cities in China. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.

 

Where can I get consular assistance?
A:
You can obtain consular assistance and further consular information at the following addresses:

◎Embassy of Ireland in Beijing

Address: No. 3, Ri Tan Dong Lu, Chaoyang District
Postal Code: 100600
Tel: (+86)10 6532 2691, 6532 2914
Fax: (+86)10 6532 6857      
E-mail: beijingembassy@dfa.ie
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-embassy/china/
Office Hours: 09:00 - 12:30, 14:00 - 17:00 (Mon. - Fri.)


◎Consulate General of Ireland in Shanghai

Address: Suite 700A, Shanghai Centre, No.1376, Nanjing West Road
Tel: (+86)21 6279 8729
Fax: (+86)21 6279 8739
Office Hours: 09:30-12:30, 14:00-17:30 (Mon.-Fri.)
E-mail: shanghai@dfa.ie
Website: https://www.dfa.ie/irish-consulate/shanghai/

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