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Keeping in Touch (China)

Phone Calls & Using Your Phone

All hotels in China will have phones where you can make calls back home, however please be aware that the cost of these calls may be expensive and rates will vary between hotels. It is possible to use mobile phone applications such as Skype and WhatsApp through an internet connection to contact friends and family back home free of charge. 

SIM cards can be pre purchased in Australia or on arrival in China at major airports, kiosks, street vendors and shops in most major cities.

If you wish to use your own sim card from Australia, we recommend that you contact your mobile provider if you intend to use international roaming during your holiday and ensure you investigate all associated costs before you leave home. Most major providers have an optional add-on charged by the day to use your phone for calls and internet when overseas. 

Australia: To call Australia, the international access code is 00, followed by the country code 61, then the local area code (omitting the first 0), then the number. For example, to call Wendy Wu Tours' Sydney office from China you would call: 00 61 2 9224 8888.

China: China's country code is 86. To call China, dial 0011 followed by 86, then the local number. Alternatively, the 0011 can be replaced with a + followed by 86 (i.e. +86), then the local number.


We recommend that you use the Post Offices rather than your hotel to post items, as hotels are often more expensive and unreliable. We advise you to use a courier service from Post Offices to send anything valuable or important.

Internet and Email

Free Wi-Fi connections are available in most hotels in main cities and tourist destinations. Note some hotels will only provide free Wi-Fi in the hotel lobby, and internet access in your hotel room may come at an additional cost. Wi-Fi is available on your Yangtze Cruise ship at an additional cost. Please note, Google is sometimes restricted in China also so you may experience some difficulties using Google-based programs such as Gmail.

In remote areas, you will rarely be able to access phone or internet facilities and mobile phones are not likely to have reception. We advise that you let friends and family at home know that you will be out of phone contact during these sections of your itinerary.

Censorship and Social Media

China restricts access to certain websites, usually those which include social media and forum-style discussions. Therefore, you will find that access to Facebook, Instagram, Youtube, Twitter and other social network sites are not available in mainland China. Please note, Google is sometimes restricted in China also.

Most locals rely on other social digital platforms such as WeChat, Douyin (China's version of Tik Tok) or Weibo for news, entertainment, shopping, etc.

Time Difference

China is 2 hours behind Australian Eastern Standard Time.  

In Xinjiang Province (north west China), although the time zone officially remains the same as Beijing, people and businesses run on an unofficial time that is two hours behind. Shops and banks open from 10am to 7pm and you might find yourself eating dinner at the official time of 9pm.