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General Information Sheet
for Tours to and in Sichuan

 

HEALTH

Before touring in Sichuan it is important to consider certain health risks.

Within the Sichuan basin the climate is moist and warm – ideal conditions for all kinds of insects. Although there is no Malaria in China, you should be aware of possible infection of mosquito bites. Leeches are found in dense and moist mountain forests below an elevation of 2500m. While hiking off trail, make sure to effectively protect your lower legs against bites.

In elevations above 2500m, especially in the western parts of Sichuan, you will not be bothered by mosquitoes or leeches any more. Instead the risk of getting headache, nosebleed, or mountain sickness rises together with elevation. Even a simple walk around a Lamasery could exhaust you more than a day shopping in Chengdu.

The immune system works under abnormal conditions due to the thin air, low air pressure, high UV-radiation, and other factors that visitors are unaccustomed to. Therefore, a sudden collapse is not uncommon and can appear in any kind of syndrome such as strange forms of influenza, diarrhea, or dermatological syndromes, to name a few. In such cases the best cure is to descend to a lower altitude immediately, rest well and drink lots of (not cold) water. In order to prevent emergency cases it is best to acclimatize to the altitude gradually, and to be sensible about sudden changes of temperature (keep warm).

As our tours take place in the nature and remote from masses of people, the risk of infectious diseases is relatively low. However, outbreaks of (lung) tuberculosis have been recorded in less developed areas during the winter. In this period it would be advisable to wear gauze masks while entering long distance bus stations, hospitals or other places with a larger gathering of people.

Do avoid drinking water from rivers or brooklets as you cannot be sure where they rise and come from (diarrhea). If you don’t want to miss the marvelous taste of Tibetan butter tea, then at least enjoy it with the necessary caution.

Hepatitis A vaccination is not compulsory but warmly recommended. Especially for trips longer than one month it additionally makes sense to consider a Hepatitis B vaccination. For further information please consult your local physician or other competent health institutes.

 

INSURANCE

Our service includes a national insurance policy. We recommend the purchase of a travel insurance policy, including health and accident terms. The payment of national claims is based on low level international standards.

 

HYGIENE

This topic is supposed to be of high interest for travelers. Most places really have a neat and clean appearance. On the other hand you still may notice rather bothering manners in the public, as well. One of them is spitting. Here, the best thing to do is accept it and keep away from certain wet spots on the ground.

Toilets, chop sticks, dishes, and bed-linen are usually well cleaned or disinfected, nevertheless, please note that there always are exceptions, and the cleaning process is not always as thorough as it should be (especially when the boss is not looking).

Tap water should be boiled before drinking. Due to Sichuan’s tea drinking culture, boiled water is available everywhere so should not prove to be a problem.

Many small townships on the countryside unfortunately are very dirty and dusty. Heaps of plastic waste border the roads in many places. Try to use public toilets that are assigned as tourist toilets, otherwise - caution.

 

VISA

Entering China as a tourist requires a visa which can be applied for at any Chinese embassy in your country or travel agency offering China tours. The application usually takes one week. You may have to provide the address of the first place you are staying at (hotel, guesthouse).
Travelers to Tibetan Autonomous Region, i.e. Tibet need a special entry permission which can be obtained at any larger hotel or agency in Chengdu. This permission usually is tied to an air (train) ticket to Lhasa.

 

MISCELLANEOUS

Information on physical requirements can be checked in each detailed tour description respectively. For further questions we welcome you to contact us directly.

Concerning appropriate clothing and footware, visitors note that the rainy season lasts from July to September. On higher elevations (above 4000m) there is possibility of snow fall, even in the summer.

 

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