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How to Plan a Trip to China from Mexico


Mexican Travelers are big fans of China Tours, and most of Mexican travelers woud like to travel to China. For the sake of Mexican travelers, Top China Travel, here, makes a much helpful guide about how to plan a trip to China from Mexico, including how to apply for Chinese visa in Mexico, how to get to China from Mexico, when to visit China, where to visit in China, how many days Mexican travelers would like to stay in China, and China tour packages for Mexican travelers.

Mutianyu Great Wall
(Mutianyu Great Wall/Beijing)

China Time & Mexico Time

Where is China located on a world map?

China location on a world map

China is located in the east of Asia, and the west of Pacific Ocean, and has dozens of neighbor countries, such India, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Pakistan, and Russia.

China Time & Mexico Time

China time and world time
For visiting in China, Mexican travelers should know China time, to deal with jet lag in the first day arriving in China. Then knowing the difference between China Time and Mexico Time, it will be convenient for you to contact your families and friends in Mexico.

China Time: UTC/GMT+8 is used to calculate time in the whole China, including Hong Kong, though it has several time zones.

Mexico Time: UTC/GMT-7 is used in Mexico for its standard time.

China Time is 14 hours faster than Mexico Time, for instance,  11 AM in China is 9 PM in Mexico.

Fast to know China

Capital: Beijing

Language: Chinese

Currency: CNY in mainland, HKD in Hong Kong, NTD in Taiwan, Pataca in Macau

First tier city: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou

Popular tour destination: Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Hangzhou

Distance to China from Mexico: 12,818 km


When to Visit China

Jiuzhai valley
(Jiuzhai Valley)

In planning a trip to China from Mexico, Mexican travelers would like to know when to visit China, because it has an influence on sceneries you will see in China and your tour experience in China. Still, it may help you save money, if you want to travel in off seasons.

Best time to travel to China: September, October. This two months are the best time period to visit, with the most comfortable temperature and also beautiful Autumn sceneries.

Suitable time to travel to China: April to November. At this time, you could visit almost everywhere in China.

Winter trip to China: December, January, February. Winter sceneries for Mexico travelers are snow mountains, snow town, skiing resorts, and snow and ice carvings.

Travel Peak:  April to November. China trip cost would be bigger than that in off season, due to flight tickets, and accommodation.

Off season: December, January, February, March.


Where to Visit in China

Longji Rice Terrace
(Longji Rice Terrace/ Guilin)

Where to visit in China, is an important question to Mexican travelers, because it directly decides what you will see in China, and whether your China tour would be great or not. Best places for Mexcan travelers who plan a trip to China from Mexico, are Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, and Shanghai.

Destinations for September and October:  Jiuzhai Valley, Silk Road(Dunhuang), Yangtze River, Shangri-la, Garze, Xining.

Destinations for winter: Harbin, Huangshan, Lijiang, Chengdu

All year round destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Kunming, Lijiang, Shanghai, Hong Kong.

Meijiawu Tea village
(Meijiawu Tea Village/ Hangzhou)

Beijing: it has many famous attractions you heard of, like Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace. Beijing is a popular city for its historical and cultural sites.

Xian: go to Xian and see the magnificent Terracotta Warrior made two thousand years ago and uncovered in 1974. And see Silk Road by Big Wild Goose Pagoda and Muslim Street.

Guilin: best natural sceneries, composed of river, mountain, rice terrace and cave. It is renown for Elephant Trunk Hill, Reed Flute Cave, Li River and Longji Rice Terrace.

Chengdu: see the most adorable PANDAS, and picturesque Jiuzhai valley, eat spicy Sichuan hot pot. Chengdu food is spicy, and it would be a popular destination to Mexico travelers.

Shanghai: see one of the most modern cities in China, and a city smells like western cities. Strolling at the Bund, see Shanghai panorama from Oriental Pearl Tower, and eat Mexico food at Mexico restaurants.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Mexico travelers usually would like to plan a 1-3 weeks trip to China. Considering Mexico is far away from China, most of Mexican travelers prefer 2 weeks. 2 weeks are enough for you to visit 5 cities in China and have a highlight China tour.

► Recommended  2 weeks trip to China from Mexico

  • 11 days Beijing-Xian-Zhangjiajie-Shanghai
  • 11 days Beijing- -Xian-Chengdu –Shanghai
  • 14 days Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangtze-Shanghai
  • 16 days Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Guilin-Hangzhou-Suzhou-Shanghai

Forbidden city
(Forbidden City/Beijing)

► Short Business Trip and Stopover Tour

Some of you have one or one more days in China, maybe for a business trip or may for a short stopover. Here recommends you short trip itinerary.

  • One Day Beijing City Must-see Essence Tour: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven.
  • One Day Mutianyu Great Wall & Forbidden City Tour: Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City.
  • One Day Shanghai City Highlights Tour: Jade Buddha Temple ,Yuyuan Garden, Shanghai Museum, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Nanjing Road, the Bund.


Flights from Mexico to China

Distance from Mexico to China: 12,818 km.

Distance from Mexico City to Shanghai: 12,900 km.

Best and the most convient way from Mexico to China: by flight.

Type of flights from Mexico to China: connecting flights.

Flight time from Mexico to China: 16 hours+

Major entry cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.

Major departure cities in Mexico: Mexico City, Guadalajara, Monterrey, León.

Connecting flights: Mexico is very far from China, and so far there hasn't t had nonstop flights from Mexico to China. But Mexico travelers could take connecting flights to China, which may have stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, or New York. Or Mexico travelers could take flights to cities in another country, then transfer to China.

Mexico City to China for reference:

  • Mexico-San Francisco-Beijing- 19 hours
  • Mexico-Los Angeles-Shanghai-21 hours 10 min
  • Mexico-Vancouver- Guangzhou-21 hours
  • Mexico-Dallas- Hong Kong- 21 hours 10 min


Recommended China Tour Packages

11 Days Beijing-Xian-Zhangjiajie-Shanghai Group Tour

zhangjiajie national forest park
(Zhangjiajie National Forest Park/Zhangjiajie)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai

Highlight attractions: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower.

Reasons for your pick: Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are must visit cities for every foreign travelers, with great attractions to you. Zhangjiajie is suitable to young travelers, and those who are in good health. Zhangjiajie is a wonderful natural site, and it will give thrilling experience.

16 Days China Highlight Tour

chengdu panda base
(Chengdu Panda Base)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Shanghai.

Highlight attractions: Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Mutianyu Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Panda Base, West Lake, Tongli Water Town, the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower.

Reasons for your pick: see ancient China and also modern China, see China Giant Panda, visit West Lake and go to Meijiawu Tea Village, and stroll at China Water Town. All those are special and highlights in China, and it will definitely be a great China tour.


Mexico Travelers' Reviews on Our China Tours

mexico travelers with TCT

Mr.Miguel Aparicio, 6 pax, took a 6 Days Private Tour of Shanghai Guilin and Beijing with Top China Travel, and wrote:

Rebecca was very helpful in organising our tour the way we wanted. Everything went extremely smoothly and we had a wonderful time in China. Overall well organised trip and very reliable, all the guides took us to the airports and back, helped us with checking in etc which was very helpful. Very kind and helpful drivers with very good vehicles..It was one of the most enjoyable locations I ever spent. Thanks REBECCA from TCT for organizing this perfect busy still very fun holiday for us.

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How to Apply for Chinese Visa in Mexico

Chinese visa

► For Mexico travelers, China visa is required before entering China.

Type of visa: a tourist visa (L-Visa) for China trip. With a tourist visa (L-Visa), you can stay in China for no more than 30 days.

Where to apply for a China visa in Mexico: a Chinese embassy or consulate general in Mexico, like Mexico City, Tijuana.

Requirements and documents for China visa:

  • 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 Visa: 90 days visa-free access to Hong Kong, for Mexican citizens.

►  Macau Visa: 90 days visa-free access to Macau, for Mexican citizens.

Embassy of China in Mexico: Consular section of Embassy of China in Mexico, Chinese Consular general of in Tijuana.

Consular section of Embassy of China in Mexico:

  • Address: Av. Río Magdalena No.172, Col. Tizapán San Angel, Del. Alvaro Obregón, C.P.01090, CDMX.
  • Office time: 09:00-13:00
  • Tel: 0052-55-56164324
  • Email: consularchinaenmexico88@gmail.com
  • Website: https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/ce/cemx/chn/


How Much Yuan to Take to China

Nanjing road
(Nanjing Road/Shanghai)

  • According to regulation, for saving you trouble and procedure,  you’d better bring no more than CNY 20,000, or over 5,000 USD to enter China.
  • CNY 3,000  to CNY  5,000  would be enough, If you have booked a China tour from a travel agency and don’t want to buy anything.
  • CNY 10,000, travel on your own. It is better to not bring so many cash with you, because it is not safe. If you are travelling on your own, CNY 10,000 is far away from enough. Therefore you need to exchange money in banks in China when in shortage of cash.
  • For money change, no matter which entry cities you land in China, there are exchange machines and bank counters available at airport.


How to Pay As a Traveler in China

credit card

Cash. When you pay on cash, you should know people use CNY in mainland, HKD in Hong Kong, NTD in Taiwan, Pataca in Macau. That’s why you need bring Chinese Yuan to China, or exchange your  money in banks.

Credit card. Your credit card, like MaserCard, VISA, and American Express, is widely accepted in China. When you need to buy expensive goods, like jade, china, silk, and tea, your cash won’t be enough. Check if your credit card is available in China before you travel to China.

E-payment. Paypal is not available for shopping in restaurants, markets and shopping malls in China mainland, but may be accepted in online booking. China mainland widely uses Alipay and Wechat-pay.

By reading here, you must know how to plan your trip to China from Mexico. For planning a trip to China from Mexico, you need prepare from these aspects:  applying for Chinese visa, take flights to China from Mexico,  decide when to visit China and where to visit in China, and know how to pay as a traveler in China and how much yuan to take to China.