Apartments and Vacation Rentals in China

How to Find and Book a Vacation Rental in China

Staying in an apartment or vacation rental in China can be an attractive option for some travelers. These are normally private properties that are rented out to travelers on a short or long term basis by their owners.

If you are staying for a longer period of time in a specific city for instance, an apartment or rental might be more suitable and oftentimes more economical.

Families traveling with children likewise find this a better option and can avoid the hassle of staying in separate hotel rooms.

Apartmens do offer a bit more space and having a kitchen is definitely a plus.

You might also want to try a Vacation Rental in China that offers a distinct experience than staying in a hotel. If you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, spend some quality time with your group, look for a property in the outskirts and enjoy more of the local flavor... Waking up to the magnificent sight of the Great Wall in quiet and tranquil surroundings is a wonderful experience...

Although some properties require a minimum stay, say one week, others are more flexible and can be booked for a night or two, a fun option if only for the experience of living like the locals.

Apartments and Vacation Rentals in China are typically rented directly by the owner or through a management company.

Booking an apartment or rental in China is not as straightforward as booking a regular hotel room. It will most likely require communicating with the owner or property manager directly, make arrangements for picking up keys on arrival, etc. and there is always the risk that the property is not as advertised or as it "looks in the pictures".

Unless you have a first hand recommendation from someone that has stayed in a particular property before, it is a good idea to book through a reputable listing service which has verified the property and will make the process easier and less risky.

In addition, the listing services also provide visitor reviews which are useful in determining whether a property fits your needs as the range of ammenities varies greatly among properties.

How do I book a vacation rental or apartment in China?

TripAdvisor has partnered with FlipKey and Holiday Lettings to offer vacation rental listings and reviews from travelers to help you find a property that suits your needs. They offer the following advice and tips when booking your apartment or vacation rental:

  • During high season, popular vacation rentals go fast! Plan on booking six months to a year in advance, and don¬ít hesitate to contact multiple properties at a time.

  • You can book some properties directly online; however, many properties, especially homes managed directly by the owner, require personal contact. In this case, fill out the e-mail form provided on the site and the owner will reply directly to you.

  • Responses typically take 24 to 48 hours.

  • Make sure you know what is included in the price. If it's not indicated in the property description, you need to ask. Things like:
    • Local Phone Calls
    • Sheets and Towels
    • Appliances in the kitchen if you want something in particular i.e. microwave, toaster, etc.
    • Is there a cleaning fee?

Payment and Deposit policies vary among properties with most requiring a security deposit.

Apartments and Vacation Rentals in China Listings

The following links will take you to the listings currently offered by TripAdvisor. You can compare features, rates, read visitor reviews and contact the owner/property manager for additional information or make a booking:

We have also used, although we found the listings for China are a bit more limited.

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