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Useful Facts

Flight and Transfers

Direct flights from Ireland to Beijing Capital Airport are approximately 11 hours. Flights to Hong Kong take approximately 12 hours.

Visa Requirements

Irish passport holders require a visa to enter China. Visas cannot be obtained on arrival except at Hainan Island. Irish Citizens travelling to the China require a full Irish passport which must be valid for 6 months after departure from this country. All children and infants must also have their own passports for entry into the China. Please check up to date visa requirements with the Chinese Embassy


The official and primary language is Mandarin Chinese. English is spoken at least a little in the tourist areas and there are many other dialects of Chinese.


Trains in China are famously popular and excellent for use over long distances. Buses are very useful within cities and over middle-distance trips. Taxis are plentiful and relatively cheap.


The Chinese Yuan is the local currency.


220V, 50Hz. Flat and v shape pronged plugs are common.

Vaccination & Health

As health requirements change please consult with your GP or specialist travel clinic well in advance of your holiday for specific information related to your travel and medical history. Additional information can be found by visiting NaTHNaC or MASTA Travel health.

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Time Difference

GMT+8hours (+7 hours in summer)

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