China

Beijing, China   Great Wall of China

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Pacific World is the intelligent choice in China to demonstrate the art of Asian destination management that will considerably enhance your clients’ experience of the fastest growing destination in the world. Pacific World demonstrates exquisite attention to detail and operational excellence, from the smallest incentive to the largest convention.

Pacific World operates three dedicated offices in China, with three teams on the pulse and in position, to present and operate this fascinating country’s variety of established and developing destinations. We have developed strong relationships with key trade partners and Chinese authorities to the benefit of our clients, providing added value through our ability to negotiate the best rates and contract terms available, as well as exclusive access to otherwise inaccessible venues for spectacular events. Combine these benefits with our creative touch, for exclusively intimate experiences and the ultimate ‘wow’ factor.  China is a ‘Think Big’ destination, where population and scale are matched with grand achievements. Ancient wonders, modern marvels, scenic beauty and emerging destinations impress visitors like nowhere else and provide events that your guests will talk about for years to come.

Meetings: Organize a meeting in the heart of Shanghai, at the Shanghai International Convention Center in China’s most innovative and forward-looking city.

Incentives: Organise a tour to the Great Wall of China and take in some of China’s most historic and beautiful sites.

Conferences: The Great Hall of the People in Beijing can be brought to life with exquisite entertainment, as showcased at the Beijing Olympics, for any group size, large or small, to create breathtaking and highly memorable occasions.

Events: An awe-inspiring event at the Forbidden City with a Gala evening in the main square of this ancient citadel.

China is a place shrouded in mystery, best described in superlatives. A country with over 5000 years of history, yet quickly becoming the touchstone of the 21st Century. Ancient wonders and scenic beauty combine with modern marvels and emerging destinations to deliver a ‘wow factor’ like nowhere else, and events that attendees will talk about for years to come.

From Beijing’s ancestral wonders to its modern Olympic heritage; Shanghai’s cosmopolitan fusion of futurism, French colonialism and old China to the amazing Terracotta Warriors of Xian and Lijiang and Guilin’s unparalleled natural beauty, China, quite literally, has something for any visitor.  A fascinating ancient culture, bustling cities and incredible scenery make China the ideal destination for trips of discovery.

A wealth of opportunities. Tourism and incentive travel are only now really starting up as, seemingly overnight, China has developed a 21st Century infrastructure for meetings and events, including an extensive network of modern airports, as well as state-of-the-art facilities, world-class hotels, convention centres and resorts, a cosmopolitan dining scene, and unique sites that lend themselves to outstanding gala dinner venues. Within one country, an overwhelming choice of established and emerging destinations cater to every kind of event. There simply is no other place to visit that is more central to the wave of the future and the hold of the past than China. Not only is it a magnet for commercial, scientific and technological innovation, it has opened up its millennial culture to share with a curious world, eager to learn and discover more, with very good reason. The place to be in the 21st Century, ensuring high motivational appeal and increased audience attendance for international events.

Exceptional, brand new infrastructure & state-of-the-art facilities. China’s cities have met the challenge of 21st Century trade with a dazzling new infrastructure including plentiful world-class, five-star hotels; state-of-the-art convention centres, and unique venues only recently opened for public use. Out of this world gala dinners at world heritage sites. Event organisers can stage very large and impressive galas while experiencing history alive at such venues as the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City, which can be put to equally impressive impact for smaller groups and incentives. Unique social programmes enhance China’s incredible destination appeal. Exploring China’s rich history and delving into its vibrant imperial and local cultural practices are enriching experiences for delegates, with lots of fun and great memories to be had.

  • When should I travel?
Early autumn, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons. If arriving in winter, heavyweight clothing and boots are recommended to cope with what can be extreme cold. Likewise, lightweight clothing should be packed for a visit at the height of summer. Be aware that if visiting during Chinese New Year a large number of businesses will be closed and public transport, in particular rail routes, can be enormously busy. 

  • Is it safe to travel and are there places to avoid?
Most visits to China are trouble-free but you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate international terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners. 
  • What money should I take?
The currency is the Renminbi Yuan (CNY). American Express, Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in major provincial cities in designated establishments. Credit cards are often unlikely to be accepted away from the major cities. ATMs can generally be found in airports, hotels, shopping centres and banks, as well as in many major cities and towns. To avoid additional exchange rate charges, travellers are advised to take traveller's cheques in US Dollars.

  • What language will they understand?
The official language is Mandarin Chinese as well as an enormous number of local dialects. Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang, which are autonomous regions, have their own languages. English is spoken by many guides and in hotels. Many taxi drivers do not speak English, even in big cities.

  • How about my health?
Medical services tend to be offered through local hospitals rather than private clinics. Costs at local hospitals are low and standards vary. Medical facilities in international hospitals are excellent and many common drugs are available over the counter. Traditional Chinese medicine treatments are also used widely in China, such as acupuncture, meridian massage, cupping and herbal medications. Medical insurance is strongly advised.

  • Public Holidays

2012
January 01 New Year
January 23 Spring Festival, Chinese New Year
April 05  * Qing Ming (Tomb Sweeping) Festival
May 01 Labour Day
June 23 Dragon Boat Festival
September 30 Mid-Autumn Festival
October 01 National Day

2013
January 01 New Year's Day
February 10 Spring Festival (Chinese New Year)
April 04 Qingming Festival
May 01 Labour Day
June 12 Dragon Boat Festival
September 19 Mid-Autumn Festival
October 01 National Day

  • Do I need a visa?
South African passport holders require a visa for China.

  • Will I need any innoculations before I depart?
Yellow fever innoculations are required if coming from an infected area.