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How to Plan a Trip to China from Canada

China is one of the most popular destinations for Canadian travelers. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians travel to China every year to see top landmarks like Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terra-cotta Warriors, Li River, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Giant Pandas etc. Plan a trip to China from Canada is never easy. But with 50+ years of professional experience in China tourism, Top China Travel would like to give you credible travel advises for your China tour from Canada, the timely information, safety tips and insider’s pick of destinations and tour packages.

Tour to China from Canada

Where is China?

The location of China: Both China and Canada are located in the Northern Hemisphere, but China locates in the eastern part. In East Asia and west of Pacific Ocean, China is the fourth largest country in the world. 

Distance from Canada to China

How far is it from Canada to China? The shortest air travel distance between the two countries is 9,410 kilometers / 5,847 miles / 5081 nautical miles. 

Time Difference between Canada and China

  • China time (Beijing time) is 13 hours ahead of Toronto
  • China time (Beijing time) is 16 hours ahead of Vancouver
  • China time (Beijing time) is 13 hours ahead of Montreal

Location of China


Geographical differences


GPS Coordinates (DMS)

35° 51´ 41.9760'' N

104° 11´ 43.4400'' E

56° 7´ 49.3320'' N

106° 20´ 48.3720'' W


Average Elevation

1084 m (6,037 ft)

469 m

When to Go - Best Time to Visit China

Before your trip to China from Canada, you can have a general idea of China climate and weather. China has four distinct seasons. Spring goes from March to May. Summer is from June to August. Autumn is from September to November, while winter is from December to next February. For most parts, it is still a bit cold in spring, hot and rainy in summer, warm and dry in autumn, and getting chilly in winter, especially in Northern China and northern Tibet. 
When to visit China depends on your personal interest and preference, as  in different seasons China has different beauties. The best time to visit China is from September to October with mild temperature and comfortable weather.
Canadian tourists should avoid traveling to China during the important public holidays including National Day Holiday on Oct.1-7 and May Day on May 1-5, when all the scenic ares are crowded with tourists. Besides, the accommodation price may be a bit higher during school summer holiday between July and August. During Chinese New Year Festival normally from late January to early February, the flight and train tickets may be short of the need. 

Best Time to visit China

What is the Visa Requirement for Canadians Travel to China?

Canadians citizens are required to get a visa to enter China, and you are not able to apply for China visa on arrival for tourist purpose. You can summit your Chinese visa application to the nearest consulate or embassy of China in Canada. Prepare the required documents including your passport and photo, visa application form, proof of your China itinerary and invitation letter, etc.  For Canadian-Chinese, you should also present photocopy of previous Chinese passports. It usually takes 7 working days for the processing time. >> How to Apply for China Visa
Canadians travelers to China can enjoy 72--hour visa-free transit in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Dalian, Xi'an, Guilin, Kunming, Hangzhou, Wuhan, Tianjin, Harbin and Nanjing, and 144-hour Visa-free Transit in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Jiangsu. 
You may plan to visit Hong Kong and Macau as well. You can stay for up to 90 days without a visa in Hong Kong, and up to 30 days in Macau. 
You can have more information about Chinese Visa for Canadians Citizens from Embassy of China in Canada 
Tel: +1-613-7893434 ext. 232 (manned service available between 15:30 to 17:30 on working days)
Fax: +1-613-7891414
Email: consulate_can@mfa.gov.cn

Chinese visa for Canadian Citizens

Entry Cities - How to Get to China from Canada

Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong and Guangzhou are the major entry cities for Canadian tourists traveling to China. Yet now, you can also choose Kunming, Nanjing, Shenyang, Xiamen, Zhengzhou and Qingdao as the gateway of your China tour with dozens of non-stop flights. So for second or third time Canadian travelers to China, you may fly directly to Kunming to explore Yunnan for exotic highland scenery and colorful minority cultures, or to Xiamen to discover Hakka tulou buildings in Yongding. 

Canada to China direct flights


Non-stop Flights from Canada to China

Currently there are direct flights to China from Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, Canada, operated by Air Canada, Alaska Airlines, China Airlines, Hainan Airlines and several other airlines. And news has that the non-stop flight from Ottawa to Beijing is expected to be launched in the near future. 
Departure City in Canada
Arrival City in China
Notes for Schedule

Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Xiamen, Kunming, Guangzhou, Shenyang, Zhengzhou, Qingdao

Daily flights from Vancouver to Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou

Beijing, Shanghai
6 flights a week to Beijing
4 flights a week to Shanghai

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong

Daily flights from Toronto Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong

Notes: The air route and flight schedule are for reference only. Please check the official websites of airlines for the accurate information and the airfares.  

Where to Go – Best Places to Visit in China for Canadian Travelers 

When planning your China tour from Canada, you must desire to know where to go, the most popular destinations in China and the outstanding features of each destination. Based on the opinions and feedbacks of our previous Canadian clients, here we selected some amazing places for your consideration. 

Best Cultural Destinations

Beijing: The royal capital of China, a city full of traditional Chinese culture and history, imperial palace- Forbidden City, world wonder- Great Wall, imperial garden- Summer Palace, Peking Opera, Kung Fu show... You will find your inspiration for your trip to China. 
Xian: Ancient capitals of ancient China, The must-visit sights include Terra-cotta Army Museum, ancient City Wall, It may be not as famous as Beijing or Shanghai for foreign travelers, but you will find it definitely worth a visit, especially if you are fans of Chinese culture. The city has a history of civilization of over 7000 years. and archaeological sites. You can also learn Chinese calligraphy or painting in Xian.   
Chengdu: The cradle and center of Sichuan Culture, Chengdu is another important cultural destination in China. Furthermore, it is the hometown of adorable pandas, and heaven for foodies who love spicy food. Don’t miss the unique Sichuan Tea Ceremony and Sichun Opera. The cultural places and sights around Chengdu include a dozen ancient towns, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mt. Emei, Dujiangyan Irrigation System, etc. 
Shanghai: Many tourists consider Shanghai as one of the must-visit destinations in Asia, not only for its skyscraper or innovative fashion style, but also its splendid culture and art background. There are art museums and galleries, old streets and traditional dwellings hidden behind the modern high buildings, all kinds of museums, Jewish sites, water towns…

Trip to China from Canada

Best Scenic Destinations 

Guilin: World-famous for the surreal Karst landscape, Guilin features the most beautiful countryside in Yangshuo, amazing Karst caves, stunning rice terraces of Longji and picturesque Li River. It is idea for hiking, biking, rafting and other exciting outdoor sport.

Yangtze River: The Mother River of the Chinese Nation; the Life-blood of China; these colourful descriptions of the Yangtze River are no exaggeration. Over 6,300 kilometres long, the mighty Yangtze is the largest and longest river in China, surpassed only by the Nile of Africa and the Amazon of South America.
Huangshan: It is highly recommended for your trip to China from Canada. Yellow Mountain (or Mt. Huangshan) is regarded by tourists as the prettiest mountain in China and beautiful throughout the year. The surrounding old towns are waiting for you to explore the Huizhou culture and folk dwellings. 
Yunnan: The direct flights connect Vancouver and Kunming, so you are encouraged to add the destinations in Yunnan to your China tour. The should-not-miss scenic sights include Stone Forest in Kunming, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Erhai Lake in Dali, Yuanyang Terraced Fields, Shangri-La…
Jiuzhaigou: A true fairyland on earth, Jiuzhaigou attracts people with its beautiful natural scenery. There are colorful lakes, flourish virgin forests of rare fauna and flora, stunning waterfalls, snow-capped mountains, glaciers… Autumn is the best time to visit Jiuzhaigou. 

China tour frm Canada

Destinations for Overseas Chinese 

For Canadian-Chinese who plan a root tour to China from Canada, you can take direct flights to Hong Kong, Xiamen or Guangzhou from Toronto or Vancouver, and proceed to your return journey to other places, like Foshan, Meizhou, Chaozhao, Shaoguan in Guangdong Province, and Fuzhou, Putian, Quanzhou, Zhangzhou and Longyan in Fujian Province. 
>> Please feel free to contact travel advisor of Top China Travel team to customize a China tour from Canada

Recommended China Tour Packages from Canada

Ever since its establishment in 1959, Top China Travel agency has provided high quality China travel services for numerous tourists from Canada and now is highly recommended by world travelers (check TripAdvisor Reviews). The tour packages we offer can include the most popular cities, as well as the hidden secret areas of China. Please don’t hesitate to tell your travel consultant the places to you want to visit, we believe we will give you a satisfying itinerary.
Below the travel packages we recommend are for your reference. The itinerary or accommodation can be adjusted to meet your requirements. 

12 Days China Golden Essence Tour

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong

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Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Li River cruise, Yangshuo Yulong River, The Peak Hong Kong
Recommended Reasons: It is the most classical travel route of China to see the must-visit sites of China including both cultural attractions, natural scenic spots and modern China characteristics, suitable for all tourists.

12 Days China Panda Tour

Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai

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Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, Summer Palace, Beijing hutong, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Dujiangyan Panda Base, Jiezi Ancient Town, Reed Flute Cave, Li River, Yangshuo, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Recommended Reasons: The highlight of 12 Days China Panda Tour would be the panda tour in Chengdu together with the Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Dujiangyan Panda Base, Li River and Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower.

11 Days Best Yangtze River Cruise Tour

Beijing,Xian, Yangtze River, Shanghai

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Destinations: Beijing, Xian,Yangtze River, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions:  Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, Summer Palace, Beijing hutong, Terracotta Warriors Museum, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower
Recommended Reasons:   The best combination of travel destinations in China and suitable from April to November. Comfortable Yangtze River cruise boat with  colorful activities and shore excursions.

Travelers’ Reviews on Our China Tours

When taking a private China tour with us, we promise to provide what really interests you and things you need.
Mr. Aleksova (2 pax) from Canada gives a positive feedback about the tour package we arrange:

“Our trip in China was one of the best organized private tours and most memorable one. Everything went exactly as planned and often exceeded our expectations.
Tour guides and drivers were excellent. Lily in Beijing, Sara in Shanghai, Kathy in Xian, Lily in Guilin were all very polite, knowledgeable and very friendly. Thank you all. Hotel selection and locations were great, Places we saw are unforgettable.
We already highly recommended TCT to friends interested in trip to China.
… ”  

Travel Tips for Canadian Tourists to China 

To plan your trip to China from Canada, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when traveling to 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: Hotels in China are similar to international standards, more details and services you may consult with your travel consultant. 
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. 
Canadian Embassy in China: There are Canadian embassies located in Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, and Guangzhou.