How was your travelling experience in China?
Svetoslav Dimitrov, A keen travel enthusiast and excellent storyteller
I’ve lived, worked, and travelled in and around China.
The friendliness of the people, the chaos on the streets, and the sheer size of the cities – I fell deeply in love with everything there.
However, there are certain things you need to know before travelling to China to enjoy yourself fully.
For that reason, I’ve prepared а guide with 151 tips for travelling to China.
A.Tips that will save you from embarrassing yourself and from getting scammed.
B.Tips that will make even the most ignorant person a China-savvy.
C.Tips that will you help you have the trip of your lifetime!
D.Here are the first 5 of them:
1.Get your visa. Unlike its neighbouring country South Korea, China requires a visa for most countries, even for U.S. citizens. Without your visa, you won’t be able to travel around China. And the go nment doesn’t provide visas on arrival like Cambodia, Thailand, and Vietnam.
2.Provide the dates of your China travel routine. When applying for a visa, you’ll have to give your travel dates, where you’re staying at, an invitation (if someone has invited you), and proof for all these. This means that you’ll have to have your hotel reservations ready before you go to the embassy or consulate in your country. The second time I went to China, I was going to work there and had my accommodation covered, so I had to provide the address I was staying at.
3.China has a 72-hour (3-day) Visa-Free Transit. You can visit 18 Chinese cities without a visa if you have a long layover. The time limitations are 72 hours, and they apply to 53 countries. Since very recently, some visa-free transits have been extended to 144 hours (6 days).
Cities Which You Can Visit:
1)Changsha, Chongqing, Harbin, Guilin, Xi’an
2)Beijing, Dalian, Hangzhou, Nanjing, Qinhuangdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shijiazhuang, Tianjin – Extended to a 144-hour (6-day) Visa-Free Transit
3)Chengdu, Guangzhou, Kunming, Qingdao, Wuhan, Xiamen – Will be extended to a 144-hour (6-day) Visa-Free Transit from January 1st, 2019.
Documents for Application:
1)A passport that’s valid at least 3 months from entering China. To play it safe, have a passport that’s valid for at least 6 months.
2)A visa for your final destination (if applicable).
3)A completed Arrival/Departure Card (incl. name, nationality, date of birth, gender, passport number, visa number and place of issuance, flight number, and purpose of visit).
4)An onward ticket with a confirmed seat.
1)Notify the airline when checking in, so they can declare your request for a 72-hour visa-free transit to the airport customs before If you’re transiting through Beijing’s airport, you can apply for the visa-free transit permit afterarrival.
2)There’s a special lane/counter for the 72-hour visa-free transit at immigration, so you can follow the signs to go directly there.
3)After the authorities approve your request, they will stamp a permit on your passport.
4)If for some reason, you cannot depart on time (a flight cancellation or a sudden illness), you have to file a visa application at the Municipal Public Security Bureau. Otherwise, you cannot apply for an extension of your stay.
1)Only flights are eligible for transfer in China. The policy doesn’t apply to other means of transportation.
2)Your flight can only stop in one Chinese city and should depart from the same one. There’s an exception for the cities of Jiangsu, Shanghai, and Zhejiangwhere you can choose to depart from Hangzhou Xioashan Airport, Nanjing Lukou Airport, or Shanghai.
While this 72-hour visa-free transit is perfect for long layovers, 3 days in China are never enough. Thus, if you’re planning a visit, my sincere recommendation is from 10 days to two weeks, minimum. If you like slow travel like me, cities like Beijing alone can take up to a week or more.
- Get an outlet adaptor for China. The voltage in China is 220 V / 50 HZ. Mainland China, as well as Hong Kong and Macau, use a voltage power of 220 Volt, 50 Hz AC.
Do you need an outlet adaptor for China? The chargers of most electronic devices can function normally in the range of 110V~240V. The majority of hotels and accommodation have electrical outlets that provide both 110 V and 220 V. Despite that, I’d highly recommend to have a portable plug adaptor and use it. I didn’t use one, and I’m pretty sure that made my phone’s and laptop’s battery lives much lower. So:
1)Is an adaptor mandatory? No.
2)Is an adaptor recommended? Yes.
There are two types of power sockets. Mainland China uses two kinds of power sockets – type A and type I. The first one can also accommodate plug types C or F, commonly used in most countries of Europe.
- 买一个插座适配器。中国的电压是220伏/ 50赫兹。中国大陆，以及香港和澳门都使用220伏，50赫兹的交流电压。
Anna Bomby, I love traveling
Ok maybe it’s not really travel since I stayed there for 3 years, but overall China is an amazing place to go to.
It’s safe, it’s (quite) cheap and people can be helpful in a way you won’t see in Europe.
People will be delighted if you just tell them 2 sentences in Chinese.
Pollution can be disturbing, I suggest that you take throat treatments (such as Strepsil).
Taxis will try to rip you off around airports and tourists places. Pretty much all the rest will be metered taxis, and they won’t speak English.
Andrew Krueger, Christian studies; Hebrew, Greek, German, Chinese language
I toured Shanghai, Hangzhou, and Beijing from a 2.5 week introduction to a teaching English program I am interested in and met a lot of lovely people, many of which I am still in contact with via WiChat. A little run down from each city:
Shanghai (4 days) was by far my favorite. The streets were decently clean, the food was amazing, and there are a lot of touristy spots, which luckily were relatively empty as it was drizzling the whole time we were there. Of the three cities, Shanghai also had the cleanest air and was the most comfortable to be a Westerner in as I received less stares and there were a lot of English speakers which I could ask easily for help.
Hangzhou was were I spent the most time in (9 days). Here I was able to borrow a friends bike and while my friends rode the bus or took the subway to different parts of the city, I would end up getting there much sooner than they would. It surprised me, as the city has a population of around 5 million or so, yet I was able to get from the northeastern side to the southwestern side in about 25 minutes of biking. It was in Hangzhou were I had the deepest immersion in Chinese culture as I went to the Dragon Boat Festival and was able to explore various temples and Pagodas along West Lake. Also, I noticed there were more street musicians here than in Beijing or Shanghai.
While the Subway systems in Hangzhou and Shanghai were fairly new, the ones in Beijing looked similar to what you would find in Chicago. Also, there was a lot more security around, as guard were stationed at every subway entrance. Though it was here where I had one of the most memorable experiences: dancing with a Chinese child in front of the Birds Nest while being surrounded by Chinese people taking pictures and videos. That was so much fun.
Overall I would love to go back to China. As I said, this was only a tour for meet to meet English teachers and experience some of the culture. This trip though has convinced me that China is a pretty awesome place to be!
Dimitri Vallette, Visited over 20 countries across five continents.
In fact, I’m living in Shanghai.
I have been living in Shanghai for over three years now, and have had the chance to visit Beijing, Hangzhou, Wuxi, Wuhan, Fuzhou, Xiamen, Chongqing, Suzhou, Shenzhen, Changsha, Xitang and Macau.
It’s much easier for me to live in Shanghai as it’s more developed and expat friendly than the others though I have good memories from the other cities I have visited.
If you have an open mind, you will find China to be quite amazing. China tends to have a bad reputation because of the crowd, and more importantly, the pollution, but in China, you have…
Shy Bredewold, lived in China
Put the names of every country on a piece of paper, hold the piece of paper that says “China” on it and mix the rest in a hat.
Draw a name and hold it as a pair with “China”.
Draw a third and fourth country name and pair them together separately, so you now have two pairs of country names: China and “x”, “y” and “z”.
I feel that “y” and “z” will have more in common than China and “x”.
I lived in China for almost three years and travelled throughout this time for business, leisure, and even sport. I visited a number of cities and lived in both Kunming and Beijing. I went on holiday to both local and national sites of interest. China is a very… unique place.
You will probably eat things you never knew were edible. You will probably get upset stomach like you never knew possible. There are so many people there, you will probably never have a moment to yourself.
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If you open your eyes enough…
You might see a proud people.
You might see a new way to enjoy food.
You might see a new way to make friends.
You might see hard work and sacrifice for family.
You might see hard work and sacrifice in your own family.
You might see a thriving entrepreneurial spirit.
You might see a new way of appreciating the world.
You might see a culture again redefining itself.
You might see change.
You might see 100,000,000 people brought out of poverty.
You might see opportunity.
You might see…
…In the end, it’s up to you what you choose to see. Life in China was an emotional roller-coaster for me, but I’ve not met anyone who didn’t enjoy their visit.
Talal Khan, Business Development Manager at Oilfield Vendor Openmarket (2017-present)
Yes, I have been living in China from last 4 years and what a beautiful country is this with an amazing friendly nation of 1.3 billion people.
China has pretty much everything from deserts to mountains to rivers and forests to ice glaciers pretty much everything. And then this amazing food and a unique culture