In this article you will experience an unforgettable trip to China! This vast country fascinates and amazes with long and rich histories, incredible architecture and of course the Great Wall of China – one of the most incredible engineering feats in the world. See AllCountryList to learn more about China trade communications and tourism.
China is a country full of cultural attractions, such as the Great Wall and the Imperial Palace in Beijing, and natural landscapes. From the icy plateaus of Tibet in the west to the tropical southern coast, China has almost every climate and landscape to offer. On your tour of China, you can discover the bizarre rock formations in Wulingyuan Park, the more than 3,000-year-old history of Beijing and the highlights of China’s most promising city, Shanghai.
Our China tours are the perfect way to experience everything this amazing country has to offer.
The optimal travel time through China
The vastness of China never ceases to amaze tourists and there is always more to see than you can ever fit in on one trip. From picturesque traditional landscapes to booming modern metropolises, the country has it all. To get a good impression of this country, you should take at least two to three weeks for this adventure.
In just two weeks you can enjoy the perfect mix of culture, nature and relaxation. Even if you have more time, it makes sense to concentrate on one region, for example the south. This way you can experience a lot and get the most out of your travel time.
In three weeks you will have a much more intimate and authentic experience of China. You will gain insights that are much deeper than the tourist facade. You will understand the locals’ way of life much better and feel less stressed.
A three-week China tour route could look like this:
Beijing – Xian – Xining – Lhasa – Chengdu – Lijiang – Dali – Kunming – Guilin – Shanghai
Your China tour: How to prepare yourself optimally
A valid visa is required to enter the People’s Republic of China. You must apply online at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center 5 to 6 weeks before your departure. In addition to the application, you must submit flight and hotel confirmations with your full first and last name.
If you only want to travel to Hong Kong or Macau, you (as a German citizen) do not need a visa. However, if you have a stopover in China on your trip, you generally do not need to apply for a visa if it lasts no longer than 24 hours. In some cities and regions, the visa-free stopover may last longer than 24 hours. Here you should find out about the current regional regulations in good time.
The most important preparations at a glance:
- The passport must be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.
- Additional permission must be obtained for travel to Tibet.
- Passport and visa must be carried throughout the entire trip.
- The passport must have at least two blank pages that can be visually checked.
What about compulsory vaccinations on your China tour?
You should also check whether you have been fully vaccinated. In principle, there are no compulsory vaccinations for Europeans staying in China. However, it is recommended to complete or refresh standard vaccinations against tetanus, diphtheria, polio, whooping cough, mumps, measles and rubella.
For a complete list of all recommended vaccinations, it is best to ask your family doctor or a tropical medicine specialist. Depending on the region, there are different vaccination recommendations in China, e.g. B. against rabies or Japanese encephalitis B.
Payment methods in China
Cashless payments are becoming increasingly popular in China. You should therefore make sure that you apply for a credit card in good time if you don’t already have one. If you already have a credit card, be sure to check the expiration date.
Visa and MasterCard credit cards are accepted in the People’s Republic. Diners Club and American Express are also accepted, but usually only in large cities such as Beijing or Shanghai.
Although China is generally a safe country, you should be wary of petty crimes such as pickpocketing and fraud. Take copies of important documents and credit cards with you and keep the originals in a safe place.
Technical marginal information about the China tour
Although European plugs fit sockets in mainland China, it is advisable to bring a universal adapter; especially if they travel to Hong Kong where they are confronted with British plugs.
Most cell phones in China allow you to make calls and surf the Internet. However, high fees can apply, which is why it is best to buy a SIM card with credit locally.
The internet in China is censored by the state, which means that many well-known websites and apps such as Facebook, Gmail and WhatsApp are blocked. Alternatives are WeChatApp (Chinese WhatsApp) and MAPS.Me (Chinese Google Maps).
Communication on your journey
The national language in China is Mandarin, which is spoken by the majority of the Chinese population. In addition, there are numerous dialects that can vary greatly depending on the region.
Since it is difficult to communicate with people in English in China, we recommend the following:
- It is best to have the most important phrases and the address of your hotel printed out in Chinese with you.
- Carry a picture dictionary with you to help you communicate better in everyday life.
- It is best to take guided tours in English or German.
What means of transport can you use to travel around China comfortably?
The following is one of the most important tips for your first tour of China. In such a large country, it is essential to know the transport options and how to get from A to B. Knowing appropriate travel options can make a big difference between a stressful trip and a smooth one.
Don’t even think about renting a car. Traffic in China is uncontrollable and traveling could become very difficult for them.
Buses are also not a particularly good choice due to the difficult traffic situation. They are mostly old and not very safe unless they are very short distances. However, we advise you not to travel by bus.
The airports, on the other hand, are very new and are excellently maintained, so flying could be the best alternative for you. Another good option is to travel by train.
Train stations in China are often organized similarly to an airport, with an entrance only for travelers including ticket and passport control and a body scanner. The trains are very long and have an infinite number of carriages with different classes that can be booked.
The cheapest option for those who like to share is the hardseat ticket. Here they share a bench and a table with two other people. This option is not recommended for long distances as they can only sleep while sitting.
The Hardsleeper ticket is a classic backpacker option. There are three beds on top of each other in the compartment. There is very little room upstairs and the mattresses are correspondingly hard.
The Softsleeper ticket is the most comfortable option on the train. Four people share a compartment that can even be locked. This is certainly the best option for safety and comfort conscious people. It is important to know that train tickets can only be booked ten days in advance. This means that you have to have a certain amount of time and flexibility.