For Colombians who are planning a trip to China, you may need some help for China trip planning. Considering this, Top China Travel has worked out this guide of China travel preparation for you.
In planning a trip to China, you could ask 5 questions, how to apply for Chinese visa in Colombia, how to get to China from Colombia, when to visit China, where to visit in China, and how many days to stay in China. When you solve this 5 questions, big parts of China trip planning will be done.
(Jinshanling Great Wall/ Beijing)
Chinese visa is the most important paper for entering China, and you are required to obtain one before flying to China. Considering applying for Chinese visa will take about 1 week, you'd better apply for Chinese visa at least 2 weeks ahead of time.
► Type of visa: tourist visa(L-visa).
► Duration of stay: 90 days at most.
► Required materials for submission:
► Visa fee: 114,000 Colombian Pesos for single entry, 171,000 Colombian Pesos for 2 entries. 77,000 Colombian Pesos for urgent, and 114,000 for extra urgent.
► Where to apply for Chinese visa: Chinese Embassy in Colombia.
► Embassy in Colombia:
► Hong Kong visa: Colombians enjoy 90 days visa-free access to Hong Kong.
For the question, how to get to China from Colombia, we advise you to take flight from Colombia to China considering the long distance and flight time. From Colombia to China, nonstop flight is not available right now, thus you should take connecting flight, which may have short stops in big cities like New York, Los Angeles, Munich, and Frankfurt.
(Flight from Colombia to China)
► Best way from Colombia to China: flight.
► Distance from Colombia to China: 15,507 km.
► Flight time from Colombia to China: + 22 h.
► Flight type from Colombia to China: connecting flights.
► Major arrival cities in China: Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong.
► Major departure city in Colombia: Bogota.
► Flight from Bogota to China: this information is only for reference, and it may change at any time.
|Distance||Flight Type||Flight Time||Notes|
|Bogota → Beijing||14,930 km||connecting flight||22 h 35 min||(Bogota-Frankfurt-Beijing) ( 22:45 Colombia Time-08:30 China Time,+2 days)|
|Bogota → Shanghai||15,682 km||connecting flight||24 h||(Bogota-Frankfurt-Shanghai) (20:55 Colombia Time-09:55 China Time,+1 day)|
|Bogota → Guangzhou||16,808 km||connecting flight||27 h 45 min||(Bogota-New York-Guangzhou) (13:00 Colombia Time-05:45 China Time, +2 days)|
|Bogota → Hong Kong||16,868 km||connecting flight||25 h||(Bogota-Madrid-Hong Kong) (17:00 Colombia Time-07:00 China Time, +2 days)|
► Best time to visit China: from April to October. In this period, the weather is good for outdoor activities, and natural sceneries are gorgeous.
► Travel to China in spring(March-April-May):
(Li River/ Guilin)
China weather in spring: from March to May, it is getting warmer and warmer. In March, it is a bit cold, while in May, it is a bit hot, with the temperature between 20 ºC -30 ºC. Spring is also a rainy season, and it is not good for activities like hiking.
Best places to visit in China in spring: Dongchuan Red Land(Kunming), Li River(Guilin), Wuyuan Rapeseed(Wuyuan), Mount Huangshan(Huangshan).
► Travel to China in summer(June-July-August):
China weather: hot in most places of China(25 ºC -35 ºC). For clothes, you may prepare some thin, breathable, or quick dry clothes to wear in hot summer days. For other objects, you may bring hat, sunglass to protect yourself from heat.
Best places to visit in China in summer: Tiger Leaping Gorge(Lijiang), West Lake(Hangzhou), Qinghai Lake(Xining), Zhangjiajie National Forest Park(Zhangjiajie), Mount Huashan.
► Travel to China in autumn(September-October-November):
China weather in autumn: it has cool and comfortable temperature(20 ºC -30 ºC), with many sunny days. Autumn is the best season to climb mountains and go hiking in China.
Best places to visit in China in autumn: Great Wall(Beijing), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Yangtze River(Chongqing to Yichang).
► Travel to China in winter(December-January-February):
(China Snow Town/ Harbin)
China weather in winter: cold. In the south China, usually it won’t snow, with the lowest temperature at about 0 ºC. In the north of China, it will have heavy snows, and the temperature could be -15 ºC.
Best places to visit in China in winter: Harbin Snow and Ice World, China Snow Town(Harbin), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Lijiang).
In planning a trip to China, you would like to know highlights of China tour, and best places to visit in China. Here are some useful information for you.
► Best Places to Visit in China:
|Top 10 tourist cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Lhasa, Lijiang, Guilin, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Hangzhou, Shanghai|
|Most beautiful places in China: Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Huangshan, Yuanyuang, Lijiang, Shangri-la, Lhasa, Jiuzhaigou, Zhangye, Wuyuan|
|Top 10 attractions in China: The Great Wall, The Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Jiuzhai Valley, Potala Palace, West Lake, Yellow Mountain, The Bund, Li River, Yangtze River|
|Top water towns in China: Zhouzhuang Water Town, Tongli Water Town, Wuzhen Water Town, Zhujiajiao Water Town, Nanxun Water Town|
|Top hiking routes in China: The Great Wall, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Longji Rice Terrace, Daocheng, Kanas Lake|
(Hongchun village/ Huangshan)
► Beijing: one of the most famous cities in China, renowned to the world most for its brilliant culture, grand historical sites, and various activities. In Beijing, you can visit those places which often appear on social media as cards of China, like the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, and Beijing hutongs.
► Xian: go to Xian and see one of the most famous international cities in ancient China. Xian enjoys a name as the oldest capital of China in ancient times, and has created great history and culture, with the marvelous Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, Xian City Wall for us to admire.
► Huangshan: a small city with a big name in China tour, due to Mount Huangshan and beautiful countryside sceneries. Mount Huangshan, one of the most famous mountains in China, is popular to tourists for its distinctive sceneries in four seasons. Xidi Village, Hongcun Village, and Chengkan Village are ancient villages, with distinctive buildings and beautiful natural sceneries, and they are also good places for hiking and photography.
► Shanghai: go and see the modern and diverse Shanghai. In Shanghai, it is highly recommended that you should go to the Bund, and see those western buildings and Oriental Pearl Tower in the other side of Huangpu River, and take a Huangpu River cruise. Or you could go and learn Shanghai history and culture in Yuyuan Garden, the City Gold Temple, and Zhujiajiao Water Town.
Given that from Colombia to China, it would take about 2 days for a single flight, and that China has many beautiful places to see and interesting things to do, we suggest that you should stay in China for 10-15 days.
(Mount Huangshan/ Huangshan)
► For a 10-15 days China trip from Colombia, you could visit 4-6 places, and see those highlight attractions in China. In a long China trip itinerary, Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai are three must-visit cities for first time visitors. And you could combine these 3 cities with other cities, such as Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Hangzhou, and Lijiang.
► Here are some China tour itineraries for you reference:
► 12 Days China Panda Tour
( Chinese Giant Panda)
Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai.
Highlight attractions: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Dujiangyan Panda Base, Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River cruise, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden.
Top Reasons: as one of the top 10 China tours, this tour has one distinguishing feature, to see Chinese giant panda in Chengdu. Sichuan is the home of panda and there are two panda bases in Chengdu, where you could see pandas, take photos with pandas. Beijing and Xian have magnificent historical and cultural sites for you to see, while Guilin has great natural sceneries.
► 14 Days Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangtze-Shanghai Group Tour
(Xian City Wall)
Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze River, Shanghai.
Highlight attractions: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice Terraces, Li River Cruise, Yangtze River Cruise, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund.
Top Reasons: Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are three must-visit places in China, and impress tourists with their remarkable attractions. Guilin, praised as one of the best beautiful places in China, is quite popular among foreign travelers for Longji Rice Terrace, Li River and Yangshuo West Street. Yangtze River, the third longest river in the world, has marvelous sceneries in its two sides, and Yangtze River always has something stunning for you in this 5 days and 4 nights Cruise.
Mr. Mauricio Archila, 4 pax, with Top China Travel, visited Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Huangshan and Shanghai. For this tour, he gave a review as below:
"Consulte a Top China Travel para un tour privado en español con un crucero por el rio Yangtze, inmediatamente la agencia me lo cotizo pero me aconsejo mas bien otro itinerario que se acomodara a mi disponibilidad de tiempo y que me aseguraba era una mejor combinacion de actividades y lugares para conocer. Esto en vez de incluir ese crucero incluyo varios sitios de belleza natural como son las terrazas de arroz en Longji, un paseo por el rio Li en Yangshuo que presenta una topografia de una gran belleza y finalmente una visita a la Montaña Amarilla (montaña Huangshan)……"
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Here are some related information for you to plan a trip to China, please have a read.
What to pack: make a list of what you need to pack, and check the package before you fly to China from Colombia.
How to use phone and access to Internet: necessary information about Chinese SIM card, WIFI, and VPN.
Travel in China by plane: go and read information about luggage allowance, restriction, etc.
China travel guide books: download China travel guide books, and read guidance from those guide books to plan your own China trip.
Colombia Embassy in China: take notes about their contacts, and call them when it is needed.