Wi-Fi access is ubiquitous in China, even in the remotest of locations, so staying in touch with the folks back home shouldn’t be a problem.
However, remember that you’ll be up against the ‘Great Firewall,’ which blocks access to many popular websites, including Google, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat.You can get around this by signing up for a VPN (virtual private network) service before you head to China.
Make sure you give us your phone number when booking. Our guide may call you on your hotel phone to confirm the details of your tour, so please answer! It is for this reason we might ask you for the name you use to check into the hotel, otherwise the operator cannot connect our guide with you.
Hotel phones can be pretty pricy when dialing out, especially for international calls. We recommend using Skype or similar internet phone services.
You can also receive calls from people in your own country. Remember that the rates may be very high and if you want to chat with the folks back home there are better ways to do it such as Skype or a calling card.
If you’re staying China for a while and are looking to strike out on your own, you might consider purchasing a local SIM card or even a local phone if yours isn’t unlocked. Ask your tour guide and they will be more than happy to help you with this.