China Travel Guide: Planning your Trip to China
A Step by Step Guide

Going to China: a Step by Step Planning Guide

Our China Travel Guide will take you step by step from your door to the steps of the Great Wall...

From some very essential points like securing your China visa...

... to advice on best times to go...

... places to visit if this is your first time to China...

... to practical information such as changing money...

... what to pack...

... vaccinations...

Here's all you need to know to have a grand time in the Middle Kingdom!

Let's get started!

China Travel Planner: Where to Go

Yes! It's a great land! Where to go? Lots of places to see, lots of things to do! Climbing the Great Wall, rickshaw rides, ancient terracotta soldiers, biking in the countryside, stunning mountains, giant buddhas, bamboo rafting, cuddly pandas... take a deep breath...don't cram too much into the schedule... assume you will be back!
China Travel Planner: When to Go

It's great if you can choose the timing of your trip, as a general rule, spring and autumn are very pleasant to travel in China. Knowing what to expect during the time of your travel is important. If there are any major holidays or celebrations, you need to pay special attention to your transportation and accomodation as this becomes very challenging during these times.
China Travel Planner: With a Tour or on your Own

One major aspect will be to decide whether to go on an organized tour or make the arrangements yourself

China Travel Planner: Flight to China

A combination of factors such as higher oil prices and increased airport taxes throughout the world makes getting cheap flights to China increasingly more difficult. But there are still many ways you can save when booking your air tickets to China.

If traveling with a tour, skip to Step 8. Individual travelers continue to plan accomodations and local transportation.

China Travel Planner: Book your Hotel in China

Hotels, Apartments, Youth Hostels, Rentals... Follow our guide to the different accommodation options you may encounter, the standards you can expect at each and tips on booking and getting the best deals.

China Travel Planner: Domestic Transport in China

When traveling to different cities within China, you should pre-book your domestic transportation if you are traveling on a tight schedule. Otherwise, unless it's during peak holiday season, booking as you go will be fine and might even save you money. There are several options for getting around cities, here are some resources for booking domestic flights and high-speed trains.

China Travel Planner: Booking Shows, Activities, Things to do

Want to see the acrobats? Hug a panda? Ride some rickshaws or go for a bike ride? It is a good idea to pre-book any activity that you REALLY want to see or do to avoid dissapointment. Activities can be booked separately for each city you wish to visit. It is easy to put your own program together.

We have used and recommend Viator to book our excursions.


Viator is an online resource that offers hundreds of adventure activities, city tours, off-the-beaten-path experiences, educational tours, family-friendly activities, day trips, airport transfers... you name it, in hundreds of different locations, not only in China.

China Travel Planner: Get Your Visa to China

A China Visa is needed by all foreign passport holders upon entry into China with very few exceptions. Chances are, you need to get one.

China Travel Planner: Get China Travel Insurance

First review any coverage you might have with your current policies for medical insurance or any coverage provided with your credit card issuer for any travel-related casualties.

We do recommend that everyone traveling to China or any foreign country for that matter get the appropriate coverage to safeguard the holiday from any unexpected incidents.

Travel insurance is not only for medical emergencies, which your existing medical policy may or may not cover, but will also provide assistance in cases of trip delays or interruptions, evacuations, lost baggage...

...and then there's also the peace of mind of knowing that if something does go wrong there will be a helping hand and someone ready to assist you to sort it out. Considering the cost of a policy, you can not afford NOT to have one!
China Travel Planner: Staying Healthy

Are vaccinations required for China? Can you drink the water? In this section we cover basic safety and health concerns when traveling to China and the precautions you should take to make sure your trip is a healthy and enjoyable one.

China Travel Planner: Electricity in China

Will my phone work in China? How do I access the internet with my ipad? How do I charge my batteries?


Check out these sections that provide answers to some basic questions about internet access, cell phone and tablet use and electricity in China:

China Travel Planner: Exchange Money in China

The Chinese currency is the Chinese Yuan or Renminbi used throughout mainland China. If venturing to Hong Kong, you will need to exchange HK dollars, Macau as well has its own currency, the Pataca. Where to exchange? How much to bring? Are credit cards widely accepted? Here are some answers:

China Travel Planner: Packing List

Here's a useful checklist of essential stuff to take along, and the not so essential stuff that comes in really handy.


All done! Relax and Enjoy! Welcome to China!

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