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How to Plan a Trip to China from Philippines


The first time to visit China? Do not know much about China? Stuck in planning your China tour?  China is a  big country with many cities worthy visiting, and it is reasonable that you are stuck.

We, Top China Travel, hereby, give a great tip for you, easy and clear to know, and a helpful guide you to make a China tour from Philippines step by step. Top China Travel is a senior travel agency, specializing in offer China tour packages to foreigners.


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. Philippines is China’s neighbor on sea, South China Sea.

The distance from Philippines to China

Philippines is to the south of China, and from Manila to Hong Kong, the distance is about 1,129 km, which is in a flight of 1h 55 min. From Manila to Shanghai, it is 1,849 km, and in a flight of 3 h 40 min.

No Time Difference between China and Philippines

(China Time Zone and World Time Zone)

There is no time difference between China and Philippines. China uses UTC/GMT+8 in the whole country, though it has 5 time zones, and China Time is also called Beijing Time. And Philippines has 1 time zone, and  uses UTC/GMT+8.

Geographical Differences

  China Philippines
GPS Coordinates 35°N, 104° E 12°N, 122° E


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

China has a vast land, with several types of climate, and it has four distinct seasons. 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.

Best time to visit China: September-November.

Suitable time to visit China: usually it is from April to November. In most places of China, tourists are comfortable to visit.

Special time for Philippines 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 and winter activities to enjoy.

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.

How to Apply for China Visa 

For entering China, as a Philippines citizen, you have to apply for a China visa.

What type of visa do you need to apply? As a tourists, 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 

► Philippines citizens can enjoy visa-free access to Hong Kong, and and the visa free period for visit not exceeding is 14 days. If traveling to Macau, you can stay for up to 30 days without a visa.

Embassy of China in Manila:

Address: Chinese Embassy in Manila, Philippines

4896 Pasay Road, Dasmarinas Village
Consular section: 2nd & 3rd Floor, the World Center
330 Sen. Gil J. Puyat Avenue
Makati, Metro Manila

(+63) 2-844 3148
(+63) 2-848 2395 (Consular section)

(+63) 2-845 2465
(+63) 2-848 2386 (Consular section)



Entries Cities-How to Get to China from Philippines

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen and Hong Kong are the main entry cities for Philippines travelers to China. Most non-stop flights from Philippines to China land in these five cities. Besides, from Philippines to China, tourists could take flights to land in Hangzhou, Nanjing, Guilin, Kunming, Xian, and Chengdu. But those flights will stay in the five main entry cities for a short time.

⇒Further reading: China Entry Regulation Briefing

Philippines China direct flights

Departure City in Philippines Arrival City in China   Notes for Schedule
Manila  Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Beijing, Macau  Daily direct flights from Manila to Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Beijing
Cebu Hongkong Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Beijing, Macau Daily direct flights from Manila to Hong Kong and Shanghai
Davao Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xiamen, Beijing, Macau Direct flight to Hong Kong, once every two days


Where to Go-Top China Destinations for Philippines Tourists

China is much different from Philippines, since Philippines is an island country, while China is a land country facing ocean with diverse landscape and profound culture and tremendous wonderful historical and cultural sites. For Philippines tourists, we recommend you highlights in China, best places to visit and amazing places different from those in Philippines.

(Harbin Ice and Snow World/Harbin)

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai & Hong Kong for the First Time Visitors

Beijing: capital of China, Forbidden City and Great Wall are name cards of China tour. Beijing has 7 UNESCO World Heritage Sites, which are a cluster of pearls in China tour.

Xian: ancient city, represent of China history. Among so many attractions, Terracotta Warriors and Old City Wall are the most famous.

Shanghai: a great city telling you modern china. A city with multiple skyscrapers and popular attractions.

Hong Kong: a popular international city, food hub, and shopping paradise. Good news is you could stay in Hong Kong for 14 days without a visa.

Chengdu: see those cute China pandas, not one or two, there is a bunch of pandas. In winter, Chengdu has Xiling Snow Mountain, and skiing resort for Philippine tourists.

Harbin: go for winter vacation, and see how beautiful Harbin Ice and Snow World and China Snow Town are.

Destinations for Philippines- Chinese and Overseas Chinese

(Gulangyu island/Xiamen)

For Philippines- Chinese, we first recommend  Guangdong province and Fujian province to you, because some of you have relatives in Guangdong and Fujian. You could take a direct flight from Manila to Guangzhou or Xiamen.

Guangdong province: Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Foshan, Chaoshan. Guangzhou and Shenzhen highly recommended, Changlong Tourists Resort and Shenzhen Happy Value are perfect for a family trip.

Fujian province: Xiamen, Jinmen, Zhangzhou, and Wuyishan. Xiamen is famous for its ocean scenery and Xiamen gourmet. Wuyishan is the best place in Fujian province to see beautiful mountain scenery.

Free and convenient consultation about China destination, please click the green chat button.

Recommend China Tour Packages from Philippines.

Top China Travel agency, for decades of years, has been providing China travel services to tremendous tourists from over the world, including those from Philippines. Tour packages offered by Top China Travel cover almost all destinations in China, and no matter where do you want to visit, we are here for you. Feel free to book our Group or Private tour packages.

11 Days China Wonders Experience

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

Highlight attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice Terraces, Li River, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund

Why recommended: This tour package covers the most popular destination in China, and give you a wonder experience about ancient China, modern China, and beautiful China landscape.

11 Days Beijing-Xian-Chengdu-Shanghai Group Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai

Highlight attractions: Tiananmen Square, Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Chengdu Rearch Base of Giant Panda Breeding, Mt Leshan, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund

Why recommended: Except Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai, this tour package will give you a chance to see adorable giant pandas, and taste Sichuan gourmet in Chengdu.

Traveler’s Reviews on Our China Tours

Together with Top China Travel, Sahlee T. Pula( 2 Pax) from Philippines had a great time in China. Thanks a lot for their positive feedback.

"Hi Yocky,

We are finally back in Manila! I would like to thank you for making this wonderful trip possible. We really had a great time in all the places we went to. Our guides are all very nice and accommodating. We never had any problem with them. The transportation and accommodation arrangements were all very good.

The places we visited are all beyond our expectations. China really is a wonderful country. I wish we could have stayed longer, but no regrets because we could always go back soon.


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Travel Tips for Philippine Tourists to China 

To plan your trip to China from Philippines, 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.

Philippines Embassy in China: There are embassies of Philippines in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Xiamen, and Mauca.

Chinese Embassy in Philippines: There are Chinese embassies in Philippines Manila, Cebu, Makati city.