Traveling to China
Are you planning to go on vacation to Asia? Are you looking for some useful and effective recommendations and tips for traveling to China?
That’s why we’re here to help you with some tips and basic information you should know before you go east.
It is said that in less than 10 years, the country will become the first tourist destination with the highest number of visitors in the world.
Do you have a travel plan to visit this country in mind? Do you want to learn more about this country?
You can discover and get to know the special charm of China and fully enjoy your holidays or business trips.
Follow these tips to travel to China, and pack your bags!
Tips and recommendations for traveling to China
The first obstacle to overcome when travelling near China is the language barrier. Even today, it is a barrier that can sometimes be completely impenetrable.
It is always advisable to try to learn a few words and phrases before visiting distant lands, but in China it is almost indispensable.
Try to sign up for Mandarin classes before you go, or try to learn some of the basics on your own.
When you leave for China, be sure to carry a Chinese – Spanish phrase book or dictionary with you.
Requirements for travel to China
When traveling to China, it is required by law that all non-Chinese citizens need a visa for China in order to enter the country.
When applying for a Chinese visa, the applicant will need a passport valid for 6 months, a Visa application form, a passport size photo, a photocopy of his/her passport and a photocopy of his/her last Chinese visa (if applicable).
Best time of year to travel to China
China is a country that has extreme temperature differences depending on the season.
In winter China is extremely cold, some areas of the north reaches minima of -30 degrees. In summer it can reach extremely uncomfortable highs, for example, in Hong Kong, there can easily be 32 degrees.
The best time to travel to China is during spring and autumn, as the temperature during this period is very pleasant and has a cool feeling in it.
The sky is usually much clearer during these periods as well, giving guests from China opportunities to take perfect photographs.
However it is important to avoid the first week of May and the first week of October, as these are national holidays in China and the country becomes too stressful to enjoy as a tourist.
Recommendations and tips for travelling to China
Remember these recommendations.
Electricity in China
The voltage of electricity in China is generally 220V. Therefore, adapters are required to use your electrical appliances in China.
Most hotels will have adapters for sale for about 100-200 Yuan.
Around the hotel, there are 220V and 110V electrical sockets, however, in most hotel rooms the electrical sockets are 220V.
Food in China
Although I personally love Chinese food, it is not for all Western tastes, sometimes food in China can be very unpleasant.
Chinese food in China doesn’t really taste like what we know from Chinese food, so many tourists may be surprised.
However, there is no need to worry. In most hotels in big cities like Beijing and Shanghai, there will be a Western option for breakfast and dinner.
Throughout most modern cities in China, there is also the option of fast food establishments such as McDonalds, KFC and subway.
It should be noted however that in the more remote areas, such as Tibet and Yunnan Province, there will probably only be one Chinese food option available.
Tipping in China
Although it is not mandatory to tip in China, we always advise if it is possible to offer something.
For example, it is a mandatory requirement on Yangtze River cruise ships and will be picked up when boarding the ship.
In high-end restaurants, it would be polite and a sign of respect to the waiter. In smaller and local restaurants, you may not worry about this.
Vaccines for travel to China
Before travelling abroad, you should always consult your family doctor and see what they recommend.
We recommend getting vaccines for typhoid fever, hepatitis A, tetanus, and polio.
Be sure to consult with your primary care physician as to which areas are seen as malaria warning spaces.
Areas in southern China, such as Yunnan and Hainan Island are generally susceptible to malaria so please consult your family doctor before traveling.
For high altitude areas like Tibet, take some gingerbread cookies to help with altitude sickness.
Change money in China
The currency in China is called the Yuan or Kuai. You can change your money before you leave, or you can change your money at the airport upon arrival in China.
On the other hand, some top hotels have a foreign exchange rate, which does not charge a commission.
Water in China
We strongly recommend not drinking tap water in China, as it may be contaminated.
Buy bottled water somewhere in your hotel or supermarket.
When buying bottled water, please make sure that the cap and seal are tightly sealed, as it may happen that the bottle has been filled with tap water.
Public baths in China
The sanitary facilities in the main tourist attractions and hotels are of a high standard.
However, outside of these areas the toilets are very low and are generally squatting toilets with little privacy and cleanliness.
Always remember to take a roll of toilet paper with you when you leave your hotel.
Tea and coffee
The last of the tips for traveling to China is about the availability of tea and coffee.
Most hotels offer Chinese tea and coffee. However, most hotels offer a teapot in the room.
If you don’t have one, please ask at reception and they will surely provide you with one without problems.