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How to Plan a Trip to China from Finland


For Finnish people who want to travel to China, what do you need to know about China tours? How could you make a workable China travel plan?

5 things need to know about planning a trip to China: when to visit China, where to go and what to see in China, how many days to stay in China, flight to China from Finland, how to apply for Chinese visa. When you figure out these 5 issues, everything will be easy to deal with.

Moreover, There are also many little things you need to know, and you may prepare your China tour from aspects like China tour packages,  what to pack, how to use phone and access to internet in China, etc.

the great wall-plan a trip to China from Finland
(The Great Wall/ Beijing)



When to Visit China

For travelling to China far away from Finland, you deserve to see the best scenery and have the best experience in China. So what is the best time to visit China? What is the worst time to visit China?

Generally speaking, the best time to visit China is from April to October, and the golden time is September and October. The worst time to visit China is from December to March, but it could be a great time to visit places like Harbin Ice and Snow World.

Li River Guilin-plan a trip to China from Finland
(Li River/ Guilin)

Travel to China in March, April & May:

China weather in March, April & May: a bit cold in March, warm and rainy in April and May. The temperature varies from 10 degree to 30 degree in March, April and May. You may need warm clothes in March, and coats, long sleeve shirts or T-shirts in April and May. Don't forget to bring an umbrella.

Best places to visit in China in March, April & May: Dongchuan Red Land(Kunming), Li River(Guilin), Mount Huangshan(Huangshan), Nanxun Water Town(Hangzhou).

Travel to China in June, July & August:

Weather in China in June, July & August: hot with intense sunlight, sometimes it has storms. Places like Xining, Lhasa and Shangri-la are cool to travel in summer, but they may have big temperature changes in day and night. Travelling to China in June, July & August, you may prepare long sleeve shirts, T-shirts, and sandals.

Best places to visit in China in June, July & August: Qinghai Lake(Xining), Mount Huashan(Xian), West Lake(Hangzhou), Tiger Leaping Gorge(Shangri-la), Summer Palace(Beijing).

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(Mount Huangshan/ Huangshan)

Travel to China in September, October & November:

Weather in China in September, October & November: not that hot like in summer, and it has cool sunny days for travelling, and November could be a bit cold in the north of China.

Best places to visit in China September, October & November: Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Yangtze River(Chongqing-Yichang), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), the Great Wall(Beijing).

Travel to China in December, January & February:

Weather in China in December, January & February: cold in China, and it would snow in the north of China. Winter is a time to see snow sceneries.

Best places to visit n China in December, January & February: Mount Huangshan(Huangshan), Harbin Ice and Snow World(Harbin).


Where to Go & What to See in China?

Where would you like to go in China? You may have heard of places like Beijing, and Shanghai, and here we offer you more information to chose places to visit in China.

JIuzhai Valley-plan a trip to China from Finland
(Jiuzhai Valley/ Jiuzhaigou)

Best places to visti in China: 

Top 10 tourist cities in China:

  • Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Shanghai, Guilin, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Lijiang, Lhasa.
Most beautiful cities in China:
  • Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Shangri-la, Daocheng Yading, Hangzhou

Most beautiful places in China:

  • The Great Wall, Jiuzhai Valley, Li River, Mount Huangshan, West Lake, Yangtze River.

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(Summer Palace/ Beijing)

Beijing: a great place to see China and a popular place people looking forward to visiting. Beijing has got so many wonderful sites to visit, like the Forbidden City, Summer Place, Temple of Heaven, and the Great Wall. In Beijing, you could see the ancient imperial palace and residential buildings of local people, and experience Chinese culture by taking a rickshaw, and learning to make Chinese handcrafts like Chinese knot and paper cutting. Most of you are not familiar with China, so why not go to Beijing and have a look.

Days for stay: 3-5 days.

Chengdu: a beautiful city and a home to Chinese Panda. Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan, and a leisure city to visit. In Chengdu, you could enjoy the world-famous Chengdu food, like hot pot, and see adorable pandas in panda bases, and also go to places around Chengdu like Jiuzhai Valley, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei, and Daocheng Yading. Chengdu is a gourmet city, and you are highly recommended to taste Chengduu food and snacks. Another big thing to do in Chengdu is to see pandas. You may have seen pandas in Helsinki, but I bet you haven’t seen groups of pandas before coming to China. Now it is your chance, please catch it.

Days of stay: 2-3 in Chengdu, 5-8 days in Sichuan.

Guilin: a small city with a big name, where you could see picturesque sceneries composed by mountains, and  rivers, and enjoy pure tranquility in villages. Guilin is famous for countryside sightseeing, and has great beauty in nature. Famous places in Guilin are Longji Rice Terrace, Li River, Elephant Trunk Hill, Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery, Yangshuo West Street. Interesting activities are  go hiking and watching sunset and sunrise in Longji Rice Terrace, taking Li River cruise to Yangshuo, go cycling in Yangshuo, etc. 

Days of stay: 3- 5 days.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Chinese Giant Panda-plan a trip to China from Finland
(Chinese Giant Panda/ Chengdu)

For answering this question,  you need to first give answers to this two questions: how many days do you have? How many places do you want to visit?

Usually speaking, you could visit a place for a short tour in 2-3 days, and a long tour in 5 days. Thus in a 10 days China tour, you could visit 2-4 places.

According to our data, most travelers, especially first timers, would like to stay 10-15 days in China, and visit several places. A small number of travelers chose to stay 20-30 days in China and explore the real China. A 10- 15 days China tour will bring you to 4-7 places in China, and you could visit some of those famous places. A 20-30 days China tour will  give you a deep tour in China to see most great places in China.

► Here we recommend you some China tour itineraries for  your reference:


Recommended China Tour Packages for Finns

8 Days Classic China Tour

the Forbidden City-plan a trip to China from Finland
(The Forbidden City/ Beijing)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
Highlight attractions: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Bell Tower, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund 

Top reasons:

  • Beijing, Xian and Shanghai are the top three tourist cities in China. In Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, you could see those attractions with big names, often broadcasted in social media, and praised by travelers.
  • In Beijing and Xian, you could visit grandly built ancient buildings, and see those valuable items collected in the Forbidden City like porcelain, pottery ware, and paintings.
  • Never miss Shanghai. Shanghai has many to offer, and you could have a city tour and go to the observation deck in  the Oriental Pearl Tower to have a panorama view of Shanghai, and have a culture tour by visiting Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, etc.
  • Get to know Chinese culture by watching shows like Kongfu Show, playing Tai chi, and learning how to make Chinese traditional handicrafts like Chinese knot and paper cutting, etc.

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

Yangtze River--plan a trip to China from Finland
(Yangtze River)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze River(Chongqing-Yichang), Shanghai.
Highlight attractions:  the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice Terrace, Li River Cruise, Yangtze River Cruise, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund.

Top Reasons:

  • This is a popular China tour package, with great highlights in Chinese historical and cultural sites, and beautiful natural sceneries.
  • Guilin is a beautiful city with great fun to visit. Longji Rice terrace is one of the most beautiful rice terraces in China, and it is gorgeous at sunrise and sunset.
  • Li River and Yangtze River are two famous rivers in China, with splendid sceneries along river sides, and Li River and Yangtze River cruises are quite popular to tourists.

If you want to see more China tour packages, please go to China Tours, Top 10 China Tours, or Group Tours, and there is always a China tour package fit for you.


Flight from Finland to China

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In planning a trip to China, you should know that you need to buy international flight tickets to China and off China by yourself, even you join a group. From Finland to China, there are nonstop flights and connecting flights available. If you don't have much time, or want to have a comfortable flight, you may make use of nonstop flights. While considering the high price of flight, you could choose connecting flights over nonstop flights.

► Basic information about flight from Finland to China: 

Distance from Helsinki to Beijing: 6, 318 km
Flight time from Finland to China: + 8 hours
Major arrival cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong
Major departure city in Finland: Helsinki

 Flight from Helsinki to China: information only for reference.

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time Notes
Helsinki → Beijing 6,318 km nonstop flight 7 h 35 min 18:20 Finland Time-06:55 China Time
Helsinki → Shanghai 7,372 km nonstop flight 8 h 50 min 17:20 Finland Time-07: 10 China Time
Helsinki → Guangzhou 7,697 km nonstop flight 9 h 30 min 17:00 Finland Time-07: 30 China Time
Helsinki → Hong Kong 7, 822 km nonstop flight 9 h 45 min 16:40 Finland Time-07: 25 China Time


Apply for Chinese Visa in Finland

The most important thing: apply for Chinese visa before heading to China.

For applying for Chinese,  you should make application and submit materials at least  1 week before you go to China, because it would take several days for you to get Chinese visa.

Chinese visahttps-plan a trip to China from Finland
(Chinese Visa)

► How to apply for Chinese visa in Finland: first, complete online visa application form on China Visa Application Service Center(http://www.visaforchina.org) and make an appointment, then submit required materials to the office of China Visa Application Service Center in Finland.

Required materials:

  • Confirmation sheet and form
  • Passport valid for more than 6 months
  • passport photocopy
  • Paper photos(33mm × 48mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter

Visa fee:

  • 60 Euro for Chinese visa of single, double or multiple entries
  • 21 Euro for urgent(the next day or third day service)
  • 31 Euro for extra urgent(the same day service)

China Visa Application Service Center in Finland:

  • Address: Salomonkatu, 17B, 3krs, Helsinki
  • Tel: 010-3375600
  • Email: helsinkicenter@visaforchina.org
  • Office time: 9:00-15:00 for application, 9:00-16:00 for collection, Monday to Friday


Preparation for China Travel

For making an all-inclusive China travel plan, you need to pay attention to some small but also important things.

 What to pack: pack important papers, suitable clothes, and necessary items.

► Travel in China by plane: read rules about allowance, and prohibited items.

► Phone & internet usage: information where to buy SIM card, how to access to internet, and where free WIFI is available in China.

 China travel guide book(free download): much helpful information in a China travel guide book.

► Top China Travel and China tours: read reviews about Top China Travel on TripAdvisor, and read reviews of China tours commented by Finnish travelers.

► Finland Embassy in China: make notes of important information, in case you may need them.