best way to plan a travel trip to China
and more people are travelling to China.
we notice more and more tourists arriving in various parts of
China. For many tourists, it was an eagerly anticipated, once
in a life-time trip while for others, it was like repeat visits
and culture that never fail to fascinate them again and again.
first time visitors to China often ask us on the best way to
plan trips to China. This article will attempt to give you advice
on how to plan a travel trip to China.
Ensure you have applied for a visa to travel to China (Read Visa
2. Change plenty of Reminbi notes as credit cards are not widely
3. Book a tour package in your own home country. (Or check this
4. If you are adventurous enough, forget about tour pacakges
and plan your own itinerary. Reserve hotel rooms and domestic
5. Prepare a small medical kit as you may fall sick from the
local food or from too much hectic travel
6. Have a handy phrase book as most Chinese do not speak nor
understand English (Check our basic
7. Buy your camera from home as international electronic brands
tend to be more expensive in China
8. Prepare mentally that some parts of China will be crowded,
noisy and dirty
your time well ahead
plan well ahead. China is such a large and fascinating country
that too short a trip would mean a wasted trip as you would have
missed out on a lot of fascinating sights and sound.
best time to travel to China is between May to November as the
winter months between December to March can be very cold, especially
towards Northern and Western China.
planning any kind of travel on the three golden weeks in China;
Two weeks during Chinese New Year (Likely to be late January
or early February each year)
2. The first week of May (May day holidays)
3. First week of October (National Day holidays)
are weeks where every Chinese would also be on holidays. This
create an incredible crush on air, land and sea transport systems
as well as hotels, restaurants and tourist sights. Always plan
for trips before or after the golden weeks and never during,
unless you don't mind being crushed by millions of Chinese on
holiday as well.
yourself what you would like to see in China. Try to travel on
a theme to make your trip more interesting and rewarding.
China - If you are interested in modern China, and want
to see how modern this country has become, plan visits to places
like Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen,
Hong Kong and Macau.
These are some of the most modern cities in China today and they
showcase the incredible wealth and economy
that China is today. There are massive casinos where you can
play blackjack, slots and poker. There are also famous modern
restaurants, buildings and shopping centres for visitors to experience.
China - If you are interested in the history and culture
of China, plan visits to Beijing, Xian, Nanjing etc.
These are cities which were cradles of olden emperors, historical
events or happenings and many of these cities still retain the
ancient relics, buildings, tombs and artefacts. Hence, you will
find the fascinating Terra-cotta warriors in Xian,
the Great Wall in Beijing and Ming
tombs of Nanjing and let the tour guides fascinate
you with tales of palace betrayals, assination attempts and peasant
China - Many people are not aware of the beautiful
landscapes that China offers. These natural landscapes exist
all over China but some of the larger and more awesome landscapes
include the beautiful and scenic Jiuzhaigou in Sichuan (Natural
temperate nature reserve), the Three Gorges (beautiful river
and mountains) and Mount Emei in Wudang (Mountain
landscapes and Buddha curvings).
China can be a very diverse country and you can enjoy many different
culture and way of life within China. Go on a Silkroad trip
(Western China) and trace how Marco Polo travelled to China,
travel to Yunnan and see how minority ethnic tribes live in
China, visit the cute Pandas in Szechuan or cycle through the
hutongs (narrow lanes) in the remaining olden parts of Beijing.
your mode of travel
you have time, plan a slow trip through China using local transport
(buses/trains) and absorb the true sight, sound and smell of
China. Live with the Chinese, eat with the Chinese and even party
with the Chinese.
most of us, we don't have the time, and hence a city to city
hop via air is the fastest and most ideal way to cover China.
air travel in China is well developed and getting tickets is
a matter of calling your hotel's travel desk or getting the ticket
the airport itself. Three major domestic airlines in China
will vie for your business and you can apply for an air mileage
card if you forsee a lot of air travel in and out of China.
more information about Chinese way of life and to prevent cultural
shock, check out this interesting China
Book. Or email
us for further information.