Self-driving in China is not a simple game by only an international driving license; actually it is a complicated project work. China government is strict with the self-drive overland tour with foreigner’s vehicle due to high sense of defence and safety of passengers. So the permits from a lot of government departments are required and it is really a complicated project taking about 3 months normally.
Only all of the permits are done can the traffic police issue temporal driving license and temporal plate for the foreigner. Many tourists thought they could drive in China merely with an international driving license or carnet paper, actually it is wrong. Without these documents, they will be stopped at the gate of China for sure. And international driving license is not valid in China, but they can be the efficient proof for obtaining China temporal license.
And in these overland tours, the route must be fixed in advance before the application went through the government department because they will check the route carefully to see if it passes by some military or sensitive area, therefore the route can not be changed once they pass through it. Also the date of entering and leaving China is also fixed but can be minor flexible. And daily driving distance is flexible, can be controlled by yourself.
A Chinese tour escort, or we say guide from our company, will accompany you for your whole trip in China according to the government request. It means that your vehicle must have a seat for our guide. And it has been proved that a Chinese tour escort can be very useful, he can settle many problems for you besides working as an interpreter.
China Exploration has been operating the self-driving overland tours over 10 years, which accumulated us rich experience and close relation with the government. Although it is a complicated project, it is a simple work for the customer. They just provide us the copies of their vehicle registration, photo, driver license, passport and then arrive at the boarder in time, we will do all of the work for them and send out our guide to meet them at boarder. Many foreign tourist and tour companies have successfully travelled in China with our help.
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