Before travelling to China, most Chileans don't know much about China, and may ask: how do I plan a trip to China? Here is a travel guide to help you make your China travel plan step by step.
This guide tells how to plan a trip to China from Chile, and focuses on 5 big questions: when to visit China, where to go in China, how many days to spend in China, how to apply for Chinese visa, and how to get to China. When these 5 questions are solved, your China trip plan is almost done.
What's the best time to visit China? From April to October.
► Travel to China in spring(March-April-May):
(Hani Rice Terrace/Yuanyang）
Is March a good time to visit China? Not a perfect time, but you could visit the south of China, like Guilin, Guangzhou, Huangshan, Kunming, and Lijiang, considering the north of China is a bit cold in March.
From March to May, it is warming up, and you are advised to visit China in April and May, because this two months have warm weather for travel.
Best places to visit China in spring: Hani Rice Terrace(Yuanyang), Li River(Guilin), Mount Huangshan, Canton Tower(Guangzhou), Lijiang Old Town(Lijiang).
► Travel to China in summer(June-July-August):
What’s the weather in China in June? Hot in sunny days and humid in rainy days, with temperature between 20 ºC -32 ºC.
June, July and August are summer in China, with temperature ranging from 20 ºC to 35 ºC. Summer is also a rainy season, sometimes it has heavy rains and strong winds. In places like Shanghai, Xiamen, and Guangzhou, it may have typhoons.
Best places to visit in China in summer: West Lake(Hangzhou), Zhangjiajie National Forest Park(Zhangjiajie), Mount Huashan(Xian), Huangpu River(Shanghai).
► Travel to China in autumn(September-October-November):
(The Great Wall/ Beijing)
China has four seasons from spring to winter, though each season has something special for you, autumn is considered as the best season to visit China. September and October are golden time to visit China, and because the weather is very goode in most places of China, with sunny days and cool temperature. But in November, it is a bit cold in the north of China, and the temperature could be as low as 10 ºC.
Best places to visit in China in autumn: the Great Wall(Beijing), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), Yangtze River(Chongqi-Yichang), Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding(Chengdu).
► Travel to China in winter(December-January-February):
From December to February, the whole China is in cold winter days, and it is not advised to visit China in this time, unless you are planning a trip to see snow sceneries.
Best places to visit in China in winter: Harbin Ice and Snow World(Harbin), Jade Dragon Snow World(Lijiang), Mount Huangshan(Huangshan).
While planning a trip to China from Chile, you may want to know what you can see in China. In fact China has many beautiful places to visit and incredible sights to see, and here we give a brief introduction about them.
(Xian City Wall)
► Best places to visit in China: click and read more about best places to visit in China.
|Top 10 china tourist cities: Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chengdu, Lijiang, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Shanghai.|
|Most beautiful places in China: Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Shangri-la, Yangtze River, Lijiang.|
|Top 10 attractions in China: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Jiuzhai Valley, Yellow Mountain, Li River, Yangtze River, West Lake, the Bund, Potala Palace.|
|Top business cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Wuhan, Chengdu, Chongqing, Tianjin.|
► Beijing: a really wonderful city in China, with many great attractions to see and interesting things to do. In Beijing, you could go to the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, and Summer of Palace to see the glories of past emperors, and hang around in Beijing hutongs and Houhai Lake to see local people's colorful and happy life.
► Shanghai: a city which embraces the world and welcomes people from all over the world. In Shanghai, you could see close connections between China and western countries in the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, and Tianzifang, and you could experience things unique to Shanghai in Yuyuan Garden, Shikumen, and Zhujiajiao Water Town.
► Guilin: a leisure and beautiful city with a big name known to the world, and it is one of the tourist cities in China that foreign travelers most like to visit. Guilin's name has been built by its fantastic landscapes, the picturesque Li River, the golden Longji Rice Terrace, and the true-to-life stalactites in Reed Flute Cave, and the leisure bamboo raft in Yulong River, Yangshuo.
China has so many places to visit, but it is impossible to visit them all at one time. Then how many days should you spend in China for a first time trip? In fact, many of you tend to spend over 10 days in China considering distance from Chile to China and travel cost. Chile is so far away from China that you need to spend 2 days in flying to China, and the international flight is expensive, so 1 week in China is not the best choice.
If you plan to spend 10 days in China, you could visit several places in China, like Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, and Shanghai. You could decide the tour days according to places to visit, and travel budget.
Here are some China tour itineraries for your reference to plan your own China travel:
Can I travel to China without visa? Of course not, you need a Chinese tourist visa. Then how can you get a tourist visa for China? Here are some tips for applying for Chinese visa in Chile.
|Type of visa: Chinese tourist visa(L-visa)|
|Duration of stay: 90 days at most|
Required materials for submission:
|Where to apply for Chinese visa: Consular Section of Chinese Embassy in Chile|
Consular Section of Chinese Embassy in Chile:
From Chile to China, Chileans could take international cruise or take flight, but taking flight is more convenient. For booking flight, Chilean travelers may book it on TripAdvisor or other platforms, and it is advised that you book flight as early as you could.
► Distance from Chile to China: 19,618 km.
► Flight time from Chile to China: + 24 h.
► Flight type from Chile to China: connecting flight.
► Major arrival cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.
► Departure city in Chile: Santiago.
► Flight from Santiago to China:
|Distance||Flight Type||Flight Time||Notes|
|Santiago → Beijing||19,048 km||connecting flight||27 h||Santiago-Paris-Beijing(14:55 Chile Time-05:55 China Time, + 2 days)|
|Santiago → Shanghai||18,837 km||connecting flight||24 h||Santiago-Paris-Shanghai(14:55 Chile Time-06:55 China Time, + 2 days)|
|Santiago → Guangzhou||18,793 km||connecting flight||27 h 55 min||Santiago-Sydney- Guangzhou(13:30 Chile Time-05:25 China Time, + 2 days)|
|Santiago → Hong Kong||18,678 km||connecting flight||27 h 30 min||Santiago-Sydney-Hong Kong(13:30 Chile Time-05:00 China time, + 2 days)|
► 11 Days China Wonders Experience
(Longji Rice Terrace/ Guilin)
Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai.
Highlight attractions: the Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice, Terraces, the Bund.
Top reasons: this classic tour covers 4 famous tourist cities in China, with Beijing and Xian to see the glorious history and profound culture of China, Shanghai to see the modern China, and Guilin to see beautiful landscape, and experience leisure lifestyle in China.
► 21 Days China Panorama Tour
(The Forbidden City/ Beijing)
Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Lhasa, Chongqing, Yangtze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Guilin, Hong Kong.
Highlight attractions: the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Potala Palace, Yangtze River, the Bund, Humble Administrator Garden, West Lake, Li River, Victoria Peak.
Top reasons: this 21 days China tour is suitable for those who have long time to travel. It will take you over 10 popular places in China, and you could see those special but great attractions, and experience colorful Chinese culture.
For planning a great trip to China, you definitely need more information and guidance, and here are some travel trips highly recommended to you.
► China Time and Chile Time: China Time is calculated according to GMT+8, and it is 12 hours ahead of Chile Time. When Chile uses DST, China Time is 11 hours ahead of Chile Time.
► What to pack: mark those necessary papers, and prepare suitable clothes and daily necessities.
► Phone and Internet usage: read information about how to use phone and access to Internet in China, which is very important, no matter for reporting safety or sharing your China tour with friends at home.
► Travel in China by plane: know rules about luggage allowance, and restriction, thus you could board flight smoothly in China.
► China travel guide books(free download): have China travel guide books at hand, and save troubles in searching for information.
► Chile Embassy in China: save necessary information in case you may need them.