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How to Plan a Trip to China from India

With a long history same as India, China is a treasure house of historical sites and ancient wonders. Despite its old traditions dating back to thousands of years ago, China is a bustling modern country that is full of energy and vibrancy. Nowadays, a lot of people plan to travel to China from India, to experience the impossible vast and amazingly diverse. With 50+ years of professional experience in China tourism, we would like to assist you in China trip planning, with great tour itineraries and useful travel tips. 

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Where is China?

Check the map of China location we craft, you can see that China is located in Eastern Asia, west of Pacific Ocean, and belongs to the northern hemisphere. It neighbors 20 countries, including India with the borderline of 1700km. So it is quite easy to travel to China from India.   

The Distance from India to China

According to the location of China and India, the shortest air travel distance between the two countries is 2,984 km, equally 1,854 miles. 

Time Difference between India and China

The territory of China is across five time zones, though, it uses UTC/GMT+08:00 as standard time. We call it China Standard Time.
  • China is 2.5 hours ahead of India

Time Zone

UTC Offset

Delhi in South Africa
IST – India Standard Time
UTC+6 hours
Beijing in China
CST – China Standard Time

UTC+8 hours

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Geographic Differences between China and India
GPS Coordinates (DMS)
35° 51´ 41.9760'' N
104° 11´ 43.4400'' E
20° 35´ 37.2480'' N
78° 57´ 46.3680'' E
Average Elevation
1084 m (6,037 ft)
160 m (525 ft)

When to Go - Best Time to Visit China

When planning your trip to China, you may want to know China Weather and Climate, and the best time to visit. Both China and India are of typical monsoon climates, but China has a dry and cold winter. 
For our clients from India, we usually suggest them to visit China between April and November. September to October is recommended by most tourists as the best time to visit China, as it is the most beautiful season in China, with colorful fall foliage. Besides, the weather of autumn in China is mild and most comfortable. >> best time to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Guilin, and Hong Kong
You are also suggested to visit China in the off-peak season of tourism from December to February with fewer tourists and lower flight fare. 
Time to avoid traveling to China: China National Day Holiday, or the so-called crazy Golden Week on October 1-7, when all scenic areas are crowded with China domestic tourists.

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How to Apply for a Chinese Visa in India

All foreigners, including Indian passport holders, are required to obtain a Chinese visa to travel to mainland China. So you have to prepare the necessary documents and make a visa application to the China Embassy or Consulate-General of PRC in India. >> How to Apply for Chinese Visa
Visa office of Embassy of PRC in India
Gate No. 4, Chinese Embassy, Nyaya Marg, Chanakyapuri, New Delhi
The Consulate General in Mumbai

9th Floor, Hoechst House, 193 Backbay Reclamation, Nariman Point, Mumbai

The consulate General in Kolkata
EC-72, Sector I, Salt Lake City, Kolkata
The requirements of china visa for Indian citizens: For tourism purpose, you should apply for L-Visa, which allows you a stay of maximum 30 days in China. The required documents include valid passport, a fully complicated visa application form and recently-taken passport size photograph, proof of finances, confirmed round-trip air ticket booking and proof of hotel reservation.

Regarding Hong Kong Visa and Macau visa

► Indian nationals can travel to Hong Kong without a visa, and stay for up to 14 days.
► For a trip to Macao, Indian nationals can apply for a visa on arrival at the international airport of Macao. 

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Entry Cities - How to Get to China from India 

With the direct flights, Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Kunming are the major entries cities for your trip to China from India. After arrival in these cities, you can proceed on your tour to China’s other destinations, by domestic flights or bullet trains. 

Non-stop Flights to China from India

Currently there are direct flights to China from Delhi, Bombay, Kolkata, India, operated by Cathay Pacific Airways, Air China, China Southern Airline, Jet Airways and some other airlines. The air journey is around 2.5 to 6 hours.
Departure City in India
Arrival City in China
Notes for Schedule

Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Kunming

Daily flights except to Kunming
Beijing, Hong Kong

Daily flights from Bombay to Hong Kong

Kunming, Hong Kong
Daily flights
Notes: The air route and flight schedule are for reference only. Please check the official website of each airline for the accurate information and the airfares.  

India to China direct flights

Where to Go – Best Places to Visit in China for Indian Tourists

Generally, if it is your first time to visit China, it is recommended to have a 8-11 days tour so that you can have enough time to see the essences of China. Make sure your itinerary has been included the most popular tourist destinations in China with must-see attractions. Below the listed cities and things to do may give you inspirations for planning trip to China. 

Best Cities for First Trip to China & What to See

Beijing: No matter you are fond of the ancient China or the modern China, Beijing has something for you to explore. The city boasts a wealth of world-class landmarks and historical sites. Yet it also has remarkable modern architecture and still keeps the site of Olympic Park 2008. 
Xian: As one of the oldest cities and the most famous ancient capitals in China, it is home to the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum which is one of the seven wonders in the world. The Ancient City Wall is ideal for biking and having a great view of modern innovation of Xian. 
Shanghai: As one of the most popular destinations in Asia, Shanghai reminds people of bustling shopping streets, ornate modern high buildings, dynamic modernized lifestyle and fantastic nightlife. Planning an excursions from Shanghai? You may visit Suzhou, Mt. Huangshan and Hangzhou. 

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More Recommended China Tourist Destinations

Hong Kong: Indian families love Hong Kong, for the Disneyland Park, leisure shopping districts, excellent foods, and the interesting confusion of Eastern and Western cultures. 
Guilin & Yangshuo: The famous saying goes that, “Guilin landscape tops those elsewhere, Yangshuo landscape tops that of Guilin”. They are the best natural scenic destinations in China. 
Chengdu – hometown of giant panda
  • Pay a visit to a panda base, see the pandas eating and have fun on the playground or to be a panda volunteer to take care of the lovely pandas for one day
  • A leisure walk through Wide & Narrow Alleys or Jinli Old Street for various local foods and souvenirs
  • UNESCO heritage Leshan Giant Buddha and Mt. Emei are 1 - 1.5 hours by bullet train from Chengdu
● Mt. Huangshan                  ● Yunnan                      Yangtze Cruise                      Jiuzhaigou    

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Recommended China Tour Packages

Top China Travel, the leading China tour specialist since 1959, offer all inclusive China tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Hong Kong, and more. Below the best-selling China travel deals, including both small group tours (with fixed departure dates) and private tours. Please feel free to send us an enquiry or contact us for a tailor-made China tour.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Bird Nest and Water Cube, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palaces, hutong, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden
Recommended Reasons: The most classical tour of China is especially suitable for your first trip to China. The group size is around 6 to 15 people, you can see the must-visit sights and also save your money. 

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

Beijing, Xian, Guilin. Yangtze River, Shanghai

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Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze River, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Li River, Yangshuo, Yangtze River Cruise, Shanghai Tower
Recommended Reasons: It is another best-selling group tour of China, you will see both cultural and scenic destinations. Also enjoy relaxed and enjoyable cruises on both Yangtze River and Li River. The tour is not available in off-peak season (winter time). 

Destinations: Beijing, Shanghai

Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
Recommended Reasons: Suitable for all and available throughout the whole year, it is a well-designed tour itinerary that covers all the highlights of Beijing and Shanghai. If you have special requests about the meals or anything else, please feel free to let us know.  

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Shanghai, Tongli Water Town, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Mt. Huangshan

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Destinations: Shanghai, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Mt. Huangshan
Highlight Attractions: Shanghai Yuyuan Garden, Tongli Water Town, Humble Administrator Garden, West Lake, China Tea Museum, Mt. Huangshan, Chengkan Ancient Village
Why Recommended: Explore the highlights of East China to enjoy profound Chinese cultural water towns, see more of natural landscapes, elegant classical Chinese gardens and experience cultural events. 

Travelers’ Reviews on Our China Tours

For decades, we have arranged China travel packages for many Indian tourists, e.g. Mr Sudhir Reddy (10 pax), who took a 13 days China Tour. Check what they say: 
“This is to thank you for the excellent arrangements for our trip to China. All the 10 of us were very pleased with the arrangements and also the response from you on various changes/additions.
The guides were very knowledgeable and co- operative. All of them had a good command over English and were very lively. They would go out of the way to meet our needs. Simon, Helen, Jerry, Seasons and Lydia were all helpful and readily agreed to our requests..
Thanks once again the the enjoyable trip. We would not hesitate in suggesting you to our friends keen on China tour.”                                                      

China Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from India, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when traveling in China. 
► What to Pack: Bring with passport, China visa and other required documents, the contact list with your hotel info and contact number of local guides (your travel consultant of TCT will send to you in advance), suitable clothes for different seasons, etc.  
► Accommodation in China: China hotels are classified according to the international standard. Check for different classes and what top China travel arrange for our clients.  
Travel in China by plane: When taking China domestic flights, you are supposed to know the luggage allowance and restrictions in advance. There are also tips if you are traveling with kid or baby. 
► Tips for travel in China by train: Try bullet train in China. Here are useful tips for the train ticket booking procedure and how to take a train in China. 
India Embassy in China: Street address and contact number of the Embassy of India in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou
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