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How to Plan a Trip to China from Spain


China is a beautiful country, and Spanish travelers are very interested in China, love to visit China. Trip to China from  Spain is convenient, and planning a trip to China won't be difficult to make. Here Top China Travel has done the work, and tell you how to plan a trip to China from Spain, including distance from Spain to China, flights from Spain to China, best time to visit China, best places to visit in China, how to apply for Chinese visa,  Spanish Travelers’ review on China tours, and China travel preparation.

Great Wall
(Great Wall/Beijing)

Distance from Spain to China

How far is it from Spain to China

Distance from Spain to China: 8,783 km. From Madrid to Beijing, the distance is 9,219 km, and from Barcelona to Beijing, it is 8,798 km.

China location

China location

China is located in East Asia and West Pacific Ocean, with its neighbors as Korea, Russia, Pakistan, India, Thailand, etc.

China time

China uses UTC/GMT+8 as its standard time in the whole country, without DST, which is pretty convenient.

Spain uses UCT+1 and DST+2 as its standard time.

China time is 6 hours ahead of Spain time, in the case Spain is using DST+2. For instance, 8:00 AM in Spain is 14:00 PM in China.

Fast to Know China

Big Wild Goose Pagoda
(Big Wild Goose Pagoda/ Xian)

Capital: Beijing
Language: Chinese
Currency: CNY in mainland, HKD in Hong Kong, NTD in Taiwan, Pataca in Macau
Major entry cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong
144 visa free transit cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Tianjin, Chengdu, Kunming
Popular tourist destination: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Kunming
Historical and cultural sites cities: Beijing, Xian
Natural sites cities: Hangzhou, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Kunming.
First time China trip days: 10-15 days.
Recommended destinations from first time trip: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai.

This basic information about China, like distance from Spain to China, China Time and Spain Time, is to help Spanish travelers in planning a trip to China from Spain. Knowing China Time, Spanish travelers would know they need to adjust to China Time when travelling in China, and they would also know when to contact their relatives or friends back home in Spain. Spanish travelers in China who want to pay by cash, should have Chinese currency available, Chinese yuan.


Flights from Spain to China

► The distance from Spain to China is 8,783 km. The convenient way to get to China from Spain is by flight. Or you could take international cruises to China.

Flight from Spain to China: nonstop flight, connecting flight.

Flight time from Spain to China: 14 h+.

China major entry cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Xian, Chengdu.

Spain major departure cities: Madrid, Barcelona, Malaga.

Flight from Madrid to China:

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time
Madrid → Beijing 9217 km nonstop flights 10 h 45 min
Madrid → Shanghai 10,249 km nonstop flights 12 h 45 min
Madrid → Guangzhou 10,402 km connecting flights 15 h 30 min  
Madrid → Hong Kong 10,531 km nonstop flights 12 h 40 min
Madrid → Xian 9,211 km nonstop flights 11 h
Madrid → Chengdu 9,173 km nonstop flights 12 h 40 min

One big things in planning a trip to China from Spain is to know which city should be the entry city. From the above table, you could take nonstop flights from Madrid to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Chengdu, and Hong Kong. Usually speaking, foreigh travelers having a trip to China would enter from Beijing and leave from Shanghai.


Best Time to Visit China

When should you visit China? What is the best time to visit China? Actually, you could visit China at any time, and it has beautiful sceneries for you only if you visit the right place. In order to see the best sceneries when you travelling in China, you should know best time to visit China, and China weather and best places to visit in different season. Before you decide when to visit China, you could mark those best places to visit in China in Spring, Summer, Autumn, and Winter.

chengkan village
(Chengkan Village/ Huangshan)

Best time to visit China: September, October. Best sceneries, best weather, light luggage. September and October in China is cool with sunshine almost everyday, not hot, not cold, and one T-shirt or a light coat is okay.

Travel to China in Spring(March-April-May)

Spring: spring in China is a rainy season with warm temperature, but it won’t rain every day. Outdoor travel won’t be affected, but bringing an umbrella is a safe act.

Best places for visiting China in spring: Luoping Rapeseed Blossom(Kunming), Elephant Trunk Hill(Guilin), Yellow Mountain(Huangshan), Yading Dacheng.

Travel to China in summer(June-July-August)

(West Lake/ Hangzhou)

Summer: summer is also rainy and hot, and the rain days are less than spring. Visiting China in summer, you may need to bring hat, and sun cream.

Best attractions for visiting China in summer: Great Wall(Beijing), West Lake(Hangzhou), Gulangyu Island(Xiamen), Chengdu Panda Base(Chengdu), Tongli Water Town(Suzhou), Zhangjiajie National Forest(Zhangjiajie), Li River Cruise(Guilin).

Travel to China in autumn(September-October-November)

Autumn: autumn in China is sunny but not very hot, good for outdoor activities.

Best attractions for visiting China in autumn: Great Wall(Beijing), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou),Yangtze River(Chongqing), Mogao Grottoes(Dunhuang).

Travel to China in winter(December-January-February)

Winter: a bit cold in South of China, and it rarely snows; cold in North of China and sometimes it snows heavily.

Best attractions for visiting China in winter: Yellow Mountain(Huangshan), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Lijiang), Harbin Ice and Snow World, Xiling Snow Mountain(Chengdu).


Best Places to Visit in China

Best Places to Visit in China

Lugu Lake
(Lugu Lake/ Lijiang)

Best places to visit China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Hangzhou, Shanghai, Huangshan, Suzhou, Guilin, Zhangjaijie, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangrila, Jiuzhaigou
Top popular tourist cities: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai
Family trip destinations: Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Chengdu
Silk Road destinations: Xian, Lanzhou, Zhangye, Jiayuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Kashgar
Yangtze River Cruise destinations: Chongqing to Yichang
Best places to visit in spring: Wuyuan, Kunming, Luoping, Guilin, Daocheng Yading
Best places to visit in summer: Guilin, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Lijiang, Shangrila, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu
Best places to visit in autumn: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Zhangjiajie, Jiuzhai Valley, Shanghai
Best places to visit in winter: Harbin, Huangshan, Lijiang, Chengdu

temple of heaven
(Temple of Heaven/ Beijing)

Beijing: the city in China with most UNESCO World Heritage sites, and the city famous for historical and cultural sites. Beijing attractions, magnificent and marvelous, have great value in reading China history and China culture.

Xian: ancient capital of China, abundant with historical sites for thousands of years, and cultural sites which are result of Ancient Silk Road. Xian is also a big city of culture fusion, where many Muslims live and Muslims have a great culture.

Chengdu: the best place to see China giant panda and the right place to taste authentic Chengdu hot pot, and Sichuan food. Chengdu also has beautiful sceneries and historical and cultural sites about Ancient China.

Guilin: the exact place for leisure and natural sceneries sightseeing. Guilin, known to the world for its splendid Karst landscape, has picturesque sceneries with green mountains, clear rivers, and amazing caves.

Zhangjiajie: gorgeous hiking place with eye-opening sceneries and thrilling adventure activities. Its mountain hike, longest mountain cable car, glass bridge, and skywall have attracted millions of travelers to come.

When planning a trip to China from Spain, best places to visit in China should be put on the top of the list, because it directly influences your China trip experience, and your impression on  China. The above cities are recommended for your first trip to China from Spain, and they won't fail you in your tour expectation for good sceneries.


How Many Days to Stay in China & China Trip Itinerary

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

Spanish travelers usually spend 5-10 days or 10-15 days for their first time trip to China. Therefore we recommend Spanish Travellers who plan to make a trip to China, stay 5-7 days for a short China trip, and 10-15 days for a long holiday in China. If you have more days available, you could spend over 15 days in China for a panorama China tour.

For a short China trip, Spanish travelers would like to spend 5-7 days in China, and they could visit 1-2 cities or visit 3 cities in a busy itinerary.

A long China trip, usually lasts for 10-15 days. For a 10-15 days China trip, Spanish travelers could visit 3-5 cities, and would see highlights of China trip.

5-7 days China trip itinerary for reference: 

10-15 days China trip itinerary for reference


Recommended China Tour Packages

Yuyuan Garden
(Yuyuan Garden)

8 Days Beijing-Xian-Shanghai Group Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai.

Best attractions: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Xian City Wall, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden.

Top Reasons: Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are 3 must visit cities and best places to visit in China. Classic routes, famous attractions and meaningful activities in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai would give a great experience of visiting China.

14 Days Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangtze-Shanghai Group Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing-Yichang(Yangtze River cruise), Shanghai.

Best attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice Terrace, Yangtze River Cruise, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund.

Top Reasons: In this tour, you would visit Beijing and Xian, which have best historical and cultural sites in China, and visit Guilin and Yangtze River, where you could see best natural sceneries. Shanghai, a city of cultural sites and scenery sites, is also a city of Chinese style and western style, and it will give a special feeling about China.


Spanish Travelers' Review on Our China Tours

Review from Sara Garcia

Tongli water town
(Tongli Water Town/ Suzhou)

Sara Garcia, 2 pax, together with Top China Travel, had a private 12 days tour to Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Hangzhou-Suzhou-Shanghai. She has given us review and thanks about our China tour as:

We are a couple from Valencia who returned twelve days ago from our trip to China. The trip has been fantastic and the organization, perfect. We visited Beijing, Xi'an, Guilin, Hangzhou, Suzhou and Shanghai. When we arrived we knew that the tour as we hired TOP CHINA TRAVEL, at a very interesting price, was also PRIVATE.


The work of TOP CHINA TRAVEL (especially its agent MIGUEL), both the previous one to define places, dates, accommodations, transfers, etc., as well as the one to assist us during the stay was EXCELLENT. Absolutely recommendable after the wonderful experience. Thank you, Miguel, thank you TOP CHINA TRAVEL !!!

Read More: Best China Tour for a Spanish Couple.

Review from Habanatamarindo

Longji Rice Terrace

Habanatamarindo, from Islas Canarias, travelled with Top China Travel, and gave a review about our China tour on TripAdvisor as:

Somos una pareja de Tenerife que hace tres días regresamos de nuestro viaje a China. Todo fue muy, muy bien.

Fuimos en un tour privado con TOP CHINA TRAVEl. En cada ciudad teníamos un guía que hablaba español, un chófer y un coche. Siempre tuvimos guías muy profesionales que hablaban bien el español, bien documentados en la historia de su país y muy agradables en el trato. Los conductores eran prudentes y atentos. También queremos destacar la calidad de los coches, todos eran nuevos, amplios y confortables.

El trabajo de TOP TRAVEL CHINA fue excelente, nos sentimos cómodos y protegidos por ellos. En todo momento estuvieron atentos a nuestros deseos e intereses. Esto hizo que nuestro viaje fuese inolvidable, quedándonos sólo con buenos y bonitos recuerdos. Lo recomendamos plenamente.

Visitamos Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai, Guilin y Hong Kong. Cada día que vivimos en China fue maravilloso y lleno de felicidad.

Gracias a TOP TRAVEL CHINA !!!

Read more reviews about our China tours:  Top China Travel on TripAdvisor. For those Spanish travelers who plan a trip to China, don't hesitate, read other's review and get your own great China tour.


China Travel Preparation

Chengdu panda base
(Chengdu Panda Base/ Chengdu)

In the later phase of planning a trip to China, you would like to know to prepare for your upcoming China travel. Here are things you need to know before flying to China.

China Travel Preparation: it includes what to pack, Chinese currency, survival Chinese phrases.

Phone & internet usage: know to use phone and access to internet, you really need this.

Traveler tips: we have special tips for different kinds of travelers,  senior travelers, Muslim travelers, women travelers, etc.

China travel safety tips:  be safe and avoid scams.

How much does it cost to visit China: get known about China travel cost.