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How to Arrange a Trip to China Less Than 15 Days

From December, 2023 to March, 2024, China announced 15-day visa-free policy to 11 European countries including France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Ireland, Hungary, Austria, Belgium and Luxembourg. Citizens from above 11 European countries can travel to China without visa less than 15 days. Traveling to China will be easier without visa. During March, 2024 to November 30, 2024, European travelers can travel to China without visa application. How to arrange a China tour based on the 15-day visa-free policy? This article will give you some ideas and inspiration for your reference.


Time Limit: 15 Days

First thing, please be aware of the thing that the time limit of the visa-free policy is 15 days. It is recommended that you stay in China for less than 15 days. Upon your arrival in China, you can stay 15 consecutive natural days, until the 24th hour of the 15th natural day, before leaving China. Based on the 15-day visa-free policy, you should ensure that your tour in China lasts less than 15 days including the day you arrive in and depart from China. To make your trip smoothly, it is recommended that you can arrange a tour less than 14 days(including 14 days), which leaves enough time for your departure.


How many cities can I visit in China less than 15 days?

Generally speaking, it is recommended that you spend 3 days in a Chinese city while traveling. Therefore, you can fully experience the history, culture and landscapes of the cities in China. To fully visit each city, you can visit 4 to 5 cities in China in less than 15 days. You can learn about the cities in China you are interested in and decide how long to stay in each city, then you will have a perfect plan about a tour to China based on the 15-day visa-free policy.

If you are fast paced in traveling, you can visit more than 5 cities in China in less than 15 days. Everyone has its traveling style, some prefer slow paced, others prefer fast paced. If you want to visit more than 5 cities in China in less than 15 days, you should be more careful and considerate in planing your itinerary in China.


Recommended Cities to Visit in China

If you know about China and have some cities that you are interested in, you can just choose the cities you want to visit. If you have no idea of the cities to visit in China or you are hesitated about which city to visit, following are our recommendation for the classical cities that most of the traveler will choose.


Famous attractions are concentrated like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Tian’anmen Square. You will experience authentic Beijing foods and get a special experience at Panjiayuan Antique Market.

The Forbidden City in Beijing
The Forbidden City in Beijing


Xi’an boasts historical sites like Terracotta Army, Xi’an City Wall, Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor, Big and Small Wild Goose Pagoda, where you can feel the long history of China.

Big Wild Goose Tower in Xi'an


Zhangjiajie provides amazing scenery of high stone peaks towering into clouds, where you can experience the Avatar world.


You can live a slow-paced idyllic countryside life in Guilin with the karst landform, rivers, rice terraces and limestone caves. Guilin is always beautiful in sunny, rainy or foggy days.



Shanghai is one of the most modern cities in China. You can enjoy the skyline in Shanghai and experience this metropolis.



Chengdu is known as the hometown to giant pandas, also a slow-paced city, where you can taste the spicy foods like hot pot.



Chongqing is a charming city with its three-dimensional transportation network, gorgeous night view and starting point of the Yangtze River cruise.

Transportation in Chongqing

When to Visit China

When to visit China depends on many elements, weather, crowds, best time to visit the attractions, etc. From March, 2024 to November 30, 2024, April to June and September to November are the best time to visit China with pleasant weather and climate. To avoid the crowds, it is recommended to avoid the public holidays in China, especially Labor Day holiday and National Day holiday in China, when attractions in China are full of Chinese tourists. The best time to visit the attractions will be totally different because everyone has his/her like.

In a word, make sure you visit China during March, 2024 to November 30, 2024 and take the weather, crowds and best time to visit the attractions for reference, you will have a nice trip in China.

Huanglong in Winter
Huanglong in Winter


Travel in Group or in Individual

Travel in group or in individual is the thing that all of the travelers should consider. Travel in group, the travel agency will help you arrange most of the things during your trip and you will not have much worries about the transportation, accommodation and tickets. Traveling with group, you will meet some friends with the accompanies in the group. Traveling in group, you will take much time to choose the most ideal itinerary and reliable travel agency.

If you like do everything yourself, you can travel in individual. Under this circumstance, you should consider in almost all the aspects and things during your trip to China. Though it takes much time and energy, it is really a challenge to you. It will give you a sense of accomplishment after you successfully finish your trip in China by yourself.


Choose An Experienced Travel Operator

Why we suggest you choose an experienced travel operator is they can cover almost all of the things in your trip. You will find that some tickets in China are difficult to get for foreign visitors. And not all the hotels in China can accept foreign customers. A local travel operator can help you with all these things.


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