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China Travel Guide: All you need to know to visit China in 2022

Welcome to China

China is one of the most visited countries by tourists worldwide. It’s a huge country with a great culture and history. The Chinese people are charming, welcoming, and hospitable. Chinese love their food and have some of the best cuisines in the world. There are many things to do in China, like visiting ancient cities, exploring beautiful landscapes, enjoying delicious foods, shopping at markets, and much more.

We have listed everything that you will require while traveling to China. So let’s start with this ultimate China travel guide.

COVID restrictions in China

Document checklist for China

  • Visa

  • Health Declaration

  • Valid passport

  • Sufficient funds

  • Return airline ticket

Essential China travel information

  • Currency - Renminbi (元/¥) (CNY). $1 is equivalent to approx. CNY 7,16.

  • Daily budget for 1 person - The cost per day on your vacation in China can be around CNY 459 (USD 64).

  • Languages - The entire country speaks Standard Chinese, commonly known as Mandarin. However, some recognized regional languages are Mongolian, Uyghur, Tibetan, and Zhuang, among others.

  • Socket type - For China, there are three associated plug types: A, C, and I. China operates on a 220V supply voltage and 50Hz.

  • Time zone - China Standard Time (GMT+8).

  • Top 3 cities to visit - Beijing, Hong Kong, and Suzhou.

  • Top 3 landmarks/monuments - Great Wall of China, The Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace.

Visa information for China

There are several visa formats to travel to China; they depend on what you need and your nationality, so we recommend you visit our Visa Checker Tool so you are sure what type of documentation you need to travel to China.

Here we will mention each one of them so that you can learn more about the Chinese visa.

The China Group e-Visa explained

The China Group e-Visa was introduced by the government to make tourism to China easier for travelers in groups of 2 or more. We don’t offer this visa currently but it will be launched soon!

The China Group e-Visa is valid for 30 days after arrival.

Business eVisa on Arrival

The China Business Visa on arrival is issued for citizens of more than 23 countries. This Visa on arrival allows travelers to enter the country for business reasons and will enable them to stay in China for up to 15 days per entry.

China 10-year visa application

The China 10-year visa is for those holding a US passport who also reside in the USand are eligible for this type of visa. This visa allows you to enter and leave China as often as you want within ten years for a maximum of 60 days per entry.

China Health Declaration

The China Health Declaration is an electronic document designed to monitor the health of travelers entering and leaving China. It is an obligatory requirement if you are planning to travel to this country.

This document is for a single entry and expires one day after arrival. And remember, this document doesn't replace a visa.

Typical costs and budget for China

Here, we will tell you the costs you should have projected when planning your trip to China.

Daily spending per person - A daily budget per person is around CNY 459 (USD 64).

  • Meals - On meals you can spend around CNY 132 (USD 18).

  • Transport - In local transportation around CNY 92 (USD 13).

  • Hotel - Accommodation for one person is around CNY 198 (USD 27), and CNY 396 (USD 55) for a couple.

A week-long vacation to China usually costs around CNY 3,215 (USD 449,17) for one person. Consequently, a two-person trip to China costs around CNY 6,429 (USD 898,19) for one week.

Transport and ways to travel around China

China is one of the countries with a well-developed public transportation system, so you should be confident with how big it is, as mobility is effortless. There are bullet trains that connect to other cities or towns, you can use the metro system in large cities and buses to travel long and short distances, and eve even using bikes to explore around. So it’s up to you which one you like best or want to try.

  • Train - China has a high speed train that will take you to most tourist destinations, plus you can enjoy the extraordinary landscapes of the Chinese countryside while traveling. You can buy your tickets online or at the train stations.

  • Metro - The main cities have an economic metro system. You can buy a transport card to travel by metro and use this same card to connect to some bus lines. Avoid traffic hours by using the subway system.

  • Bus - It is the best option if you travel somewhere remote in China. In addition, they can be cheaper than a plane or train ticket. China is a leader in electric buses, so you’ll see hundreds in the cities.

  • Bicycles - You will find bicycles throughout China. You can rent and ride while exploring the city or countryside.

  • Airplane - It is also a way to go to major cities. However, it is much more expensive. Airports in China have had a remarkable evolution; they are elegant and modern.

So which one of these public transportation do you prefer?

Safety in China

China is a safe country to travel to. However, you must be careful when traveling; you can witness minor thefts, so always take care of your belongings.

China travel tips

When you visit China, keep the following travel tips in mind to have an incredible and peaceful experience.

  • Read a little about the local laws in this country, so you won’t commit any imprudence or know how to respond to any circumstances.

  • Always carry your passport with you, as there are always random checks by the authorities.

  • Travel with your travel insurance if you are sick or need medical treatment.

  • Have all your travel documents in order and know the travel restrictions in Chinese law.

Weather in China

The best time to travel to China is during spring (April-May with 10°C to 23°C, this is 50° F- 68° F) to explore popular destinations, and during autumn as well (September and October, with 15°C to 27°C, which is 59°F-80.6°F). The warm and dry climate during these periods is much more exceptional for tourism.

Popular cities and towns in China

Discover the major tourist areas and rural regions you should visit on your trip.

  • Beijing - China’s capital. Its ancient streets with houses of exceptional architecture will make you feel vibrant in Chinese cultural life.

  • Hong Kong - The city of China’s skyscrapers, a cosmopolitan city where you can find the world’s largest financial centers. Hong Kong has futuristic vibes that blend the diversity of cultures.

  • Suzhou - A city that attracts visitors for its beautiful gardens and traditional buildings, it is also a place that is surrounded by water channels, making it a much more magical place to have an adventure. In times past, this city was of great importance to merchants for its legendary silk production.

  • Hangzhou - Just one hour away by train from Shanghai, Hangzhou is one of the most popular cities in China. It’s the place of the magnificent West Lake, which is a symbol of the city. You can see the hills, pagodas, and temples from the lake, which is covered with lotus flowers in summer, creating a unique and romantic atmosphere.

  • Shanghai - This city represents China’s growth in its status as a global power. When visiting Shanghai, you need to do some shopping; you will find Nanjing Road, the main shopping street in China, famous for its shops. Prepare to go to the most ancient capitals in the world!

Must do and see in China

In this China travel guide, we recommend unique places not to be missed on your trip:

  • Great Wall of China - It is a 13,170-mile-long wall and is one of the seven wonders of the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can take pleasant walks and tour the wall while you observe the incredible landscapes.

  • The Forbidden City - Built in 1420 by the Ming dynasty, it is the largest imperial palace in the world. Walk through the corridors and the impressive Chinese architecture of this place, which will teach you the rich history of imperial China and the life of its emperors.

  • Summer Palace- One of the most beautiful royal gardens in the world, its lakes and landscape make it one of the most visited places in China for international visitors. This place was created as a resting place for royalty and their guests, but it is now open to the public.

  • Dujiangyan Panda Base- It is a home to more than 50 pandas, so if you like these adorable animals or are curious about them, you should plan your trip there. It has more than 51 hectares, which include the hospital of pandas, medical laboratories, accommodation for staff, and even an educational center.

  • Leshan Giant Buddha - At 71 meters high and carved in stone, the Giant Buddha of Leshan will steal all your attention. This statue was carved for 90 years until its completion. Its construction began in the 8th century by the monk Hai Tong, and its structure was meant to bring peace and tranquility to the area.

Typical Chinese food to try

Eating traditional Chinese dishes in local restaurants will make you feel closer to its ancestral culture, so be prepared because you will love it. Chinese cuisine is trendy around the world. Below you can read about the most famous traditional dishes to taste:

  • Dumplings- It is one of the most delicious dishes and very popular among the locals of northern China. This recipe is made up of minced meat and vegetables wrapped in dough. You will also find dumplings with stuffed shrimp, ground chicken, beef, and vegetables. This dish is boiled or also fried. It's very popular during the Chinese New Year.

  • Hot Pot- It is one of the most popular dishes, where the magic is that all the ingredients are cooked in a hot pot while enjoying with family or friends: everything is cooked while everyone is around it. The pot has a broth where they put the meat and vegetables, giving a unique flavor to the food.

  • Chow Mein- These are a combination of boiled noodles, minced meat, pork, seafood, and other vegetables. All these are put together in a wok, which highlights the flavor by mixing the ingredients.

Chinese cooking is one of the best traditions of locals, conserving and influencing western food with delicious food.

Vaccine information for China

On the CDC website, you can find all the info you need about the Covid vaccine and other vaccine requirements that the Chinese government demands to let you enter.

Toilet paper was invented in China

Sounds funny? Toilet paper is one of the most used resources in the world, although its importance is overlooked. The first documented use of hygienic paper in the history of human life dates from the 6th century AD in China in medieval times.

Fun facts about China

Learn some fun facts you may not know about China!

  • Chopsticks were initially utilized for cooking and not eating.

  • China is among the most ancient Babylonian, Mayan, and Egyptian civilizations. There has been written documentation of China's history for more than 3,000 years.

  • China is a multi-religious country due to its large population; many world religions have been practiced there. However, most Chinese people practice Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism.

  • Tea was discovered in China and was utilized as a medicine in the 10th century BC.

  • China is home to the world’s largest canal, which is The Grand Canal, starting in Beijing and ending in Hangzhou. This is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is not only the world’s longest but also the oldest canal.

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