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How to Plan a Trip to China from Indonesia

Location of China and Time Difference

When to Go

China Visa

Entry Cities & Direct Flights to China

Where to Go

Recommended China Tour Packages

Travel Tips in China

You are from Indonesia, and want to visit China, but don’t know how to plan a China tour? Or you have problems in visiting China from Indonesia? Fortunately, you find us, and we will tell you how to plan a trip to China step by step.

We, Top China Travel, in here, offer you an all-inclusive guide in making your personal China tour plan. Believe in us, We are a senior travel agency, experienced in trip planning and itinerary making.


Where is China

► Where is China on a world map?

China is located in East Asia, west of Pacific Ocean, and north of South China Sea, adjacent to dozens of countries, including Vietnam, India, Cambodia, Japan, Korea, Russia, etc. Indonesia is China’s neighbor on sea, and Indonesia is in the south of South China Sea.

The distance from Indonesia to China

China is in the north of Indonesia, and not so far from Chin, about 4,195 km from Indonesia to China. The distance is different considering specific cities.

Jakarta-Hong Kong 3,276 km
Jakarta-Guangzhou 3,334 km
Jakarta-Shanghai 4,441 km

Time difference between China and Indonesia

(China Time and World Time)

China uses UTC/GMT+8, while Indonesia uses UTC/GMT+7, and it means that China Time is 1 hour faster than Indonesia Time.

Geographical difference between China and Indonesia 

GPS Coordinate: Indonesia is 0.79°S, 113.92 °E, and  China is 35°N, 104° E.

When to Travel-Autumn is the Best Time to Visit China

China weather. Generally speaking, in China, spring is a bit cold and a little wet due to rain. Summer is hot and humid, due to sunshine and rainy season. Autumn is warm and a bit dry. Winter would be cold, and some places are frigid, like north China. According to temperature, and air humidity, Autumn would be the best time to visit China, due to its  mild weather. Different cities in north, south, west or east of China may be a bit different in temperature, and they follow the general rules.

Best time to visit China: September-November. Everything is best. Best in temperature and humidity, and best scenery.

Suitable time to visit China: usually it is from April to November. In most places of China, tourists are comfortable to visit. Summer is hot, but to Indonesian friends, it won’t be a big problem, because Indonesia is also hot in summer.

Special time for Indonesian travelers to visit China: December-February for winter vacation. In winter, a big part of China will snow, and cities like Harbin have gorgeous winter sceneries, winter activities and skiing resorts to enjoy. In Indonesia, winter is not cold, just like other seasons, therefore, winter vacation in China is highly recommended to Indonesia citizens. By the way, Chinese Spring Festival is also in winter, and Indonesians could experience a profound traditional Chinese New Year.

Not advisable time to visit China: important public holidays, especially National Holliday(Oct.1-Oct. 7), for attractions full of people, higher accommodation price, higher flight ticket, and train ticket in shortage.

For Indonesian friends, we suggest you visit China from April to November, and if you want to have a winter vacation, December to February will be good to see snow sceneries.

How to Apply for A China Visa in Indonesia

For Indonesian travelers, you are required to apply for a China visa before entering China. Applying for a  China visa is not troublesome, but convenient and easy.

What type of visa do you need to apply for? For visiting China, a tourist visa (L-Visa) is required. With a tourist visa (L-Visa), you can stay in China for no more than 30 days.

Where to apply for a China visa? You can submit your application in the Chinese embassy or consulate in your country. If you reserve a tour package with Top China Travel, we will send you the invitation letter to help you apply for China Tourist Visa.

What are the requirements and documents for Philippines citizens travel to China?

  • Passport valid for at lest 6 months
  • Visa application form
  • Passport photocopy                                            
  • Photo (48mm×33mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter
  • Application fee.

Check the step-by-step guide to apply for a visa to China.

Hong Kong and Macau Visa. Indonesia citizens can enjoy visa-free access to Hong Kong, and the visa free period for visit not exceeding is 30 days. If traveling to Macau, you can stay for up to 30 days without a visa.

Embassy of China in Indonesia

China has several embassies and consulate-generals in Indonesia, including Jakarta, Medan, Surabaya, and Denpasar.

Consulate-General of China in Jakarta
Address Unit 07-12, 8th Floor East Building Jl, DR Ide Anak Agung Gde Agung Blok E.3.2  Kav 1 South Jakarta 12950.
Working day Monday-Friday: (except holidays)
Working time

Submission of Applications: 9:00-15:00 Monday-Friday

Payment and Collection: 9:00-16:00 Monday-Friday

Tel: 021-579 38655
Fax: 021-579 38659
Email: jakartacentre@visaforchina.org
Website http://id.china-embassy.org/eng/


Entry Cities- How to Get to China from Indonesia

For Indonesia travelers visiting China, the major entry cities are Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Fuzhou, and Beijing, because there are nonstop flights available.

From Indonesia to other cities in China, such as Hangzhou, Kunming, Chengdu, Guilin, and Xian, there are connecting flights available. Those flights will stop in Guangzhou, Hong Kong or other major entry cities for a short time.

⇒ Further reading: China Entry Regulation Briefing

Nonstop flights from Indonesia to China

Indonesia China direct flight

Departure City in Indonesia Arrival City in China Notes for Schedule
Jakarta Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Fuzhou, Beijing Daily nonstop flights from Jakarta to these 7 cities
Surabaya Hong Kong Daily nonstop flights from Jakarta to Hong Kong
Bali Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Beijing Daily nonstop flights from Jakarta to these 5 cities

Nonstop flights from Jakarta to China cities. The following information is variable, only for reference.

  Time duration Frequencey
Jakarta-Hong Kong 4 h 55 min 6 flights, daily
Jakarta-Shanghai 6 h 30 min 1 flight, 2flights in turn
Jakarta-Guangzhou 5 h 15 min 3 flights daily
Jakarta-Shenzhen 5 h 2 flights daily
Jakarta-Xiamen 5 h 25 2 flights daily
Jakarta-Beijing 7 h 20min 1 flight daily
Jakarta-Fuzhou 5h 45min 1 flight daily


Where to Go

China, an amazing country, is rich in various and beautiful sceneries, and different cities have its unique and attractive sites for tourists. The following is a brief introduction to some popular cities for Indonesian travelers.

Best cities for Indonesian first time visitors to China

(Above picture/ Bell Tower/ Xian)

Beijing: you must have heard for lots of times, and surely recommended to visit for several times. Beijing with many great attractions, is worthy visiting and also pocket-friendly.

Xian: to see ancient China, experience China Muslim culture-Muslim Sreet; and visit world wonder-Terracotta Warriors, climb the most dangerous mountains-Mount Huashan.

Shanghai: modern China, happy and dreamlike Shanghai Disneyland, great for a family trip.

Photo tour to China beautiful cities

(Above picture/ Daocheng Yading/ Sichuan)

Sichuan: Sichuan is one of the most beautiful provinces, with famous attractions in Jiuzhai Valley, Garze(Daocheng Yading), Emei, and Chengdu. The former are stunning for photo tour, and the latter Chengdu is where you get close to China Giant Panda.

Yunnan: Indonesian traveler longing to see natural landscapes shouldn’t miss it. In Yunnan, you could see stone forest, red land, rice terrace, snow mountains, turquoise lakes crowded in mountains.

Winter vacation for Indonesia travelers

(Above picture/ China Snow Town. Harbin)

Harbin: cold winter but interesting activities in skiing resort. In Harbin, you could see the marvelous Harbin Ice and Snow World, and stay a night in China Snow China, and it will be an unforgettable experience in your life.

Recommended China Tour Packages

Top China Travel, in here, introduces two popular China tour packages to you. Top China Travel, professional and experienced has designed great tour packages to meet you needs. Those all-inclusive tour packages will save you trouble in making your itinerary and We, TCT, will guarantee you a wonderful China tour.

12 Days China Golden Essence Tour

(Above picture/ Guilin)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

Highlight attractions: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Muslim Quarter, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River, Victoria Peak

Why recommended:  this tour brings to see highlights of ancient China, modern China and China natural sceneries, and experience China culture. It also has great activities for you to join, suitable for a family trip.

10 Days Best of Yunnan

(Above picture/ Dongchuan Red Land)

Destination: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la

Highlight attraction: Stone Forest, Dali Ancient Town, Erhai Cruise, Lijiang Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Potatso National Park

Why recommended: Yunnan is a place often praised by magazine and other media, and it won’t fail your expectation. Beautiful landscapes in Yunnan, the places close to Heaven, and the pious people, will definitely give a great Yunnan tour.

China Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from Indonesia, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when touring in China.

What to Pack: You must bring the passport and other required documents, the contact list with hotel info and contact number of local guide (your travel consultant of TCT will send to you in advance), suitable clothes, etc.

Healthy & Medical Tips: Before you travel to China, you are suggested to consult with your doctor and get knowledge about vaccinations.

Travel in China by Plane: When taking China domestic flights, you should know the luggage allowance and restrictions.

Accommodation in China: China hotels are similar to those of international standers, but you may need to know the differences and detailed services.

Travel to China with Kids: For your family holiday in China, we provide very useful travel tips and suggestions of family-friendly activities and destinations.

Indonesia Embassy in China: There are embassies of Indonesia in Beijing, Shanghai,  Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.