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How to Plan a Trip to China from Israel

China and Israel share a host of characteristics, both with the most persistent civilizations in the world. Chinese and Jews started communications and cultural exchanges as early as around the 8th Century. Every year, a lot of tourists from Israel plan to visit China, a country wedged between history and modern, to explore sights of cultural significance or natural charm. Furthermore, they are keen to have a Jewish heritage tour of China. For those who feel overwhelmed when planning the first trip to China, travel consultants of Top China Travel Agency offers this step-by-step guide and share their professional trip ideas. 

China tours from Jerusalem

Where is China?

Check the map of China location we craft, you can see China is located in East Asia, west of Pacific Ocean, the eastern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. It neighbors 20 countries, including Japan, Korea, North Korea, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Russia, Nepal, India etc.         

The Distance from Israel to China

According to the location of these two countries, the shortest air travel distance between China (Beijing) and United Arab Emirates is 6,333 km / 3,935 miles. miles. 

DTime Difference between Israel 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 6 hours ahead of Israel
Time Zone
UTC Offset
Jerusalem, Israel
IST - Israel Standard Time
UTC+2 hours
Beijing in China
CST – China Standard Time
UTC+8 hours

China location map

Geographic Differences between China and Israel 
GPS Coordinates (DMS)
35° 51´ 41.9760'' N
104° 11´ 43.4400'' E
31° 2´ 45.7800'' N
34° 51´ 5.7960'' E
Average Elevation
1084 m (6,037 ft)
508 m (1,667 ft)

When to Go - Best Time to Visit China

When planning your trip to China, you may need to know China weather and Climate in advance, and more importantly, the best time to visit China. The climate of China is quite different from that of Israel. Israel’ climate is categorized as Mediterranean climate, with long, hot and dry summer and short cool humid winter. While China has four distinctive seasons. 
Spring goes from March to May, when most parts are still a bit chill. Summer is from June to August, hot and rainy. Autumn is from September to November of the mildest weather, while winter is from December to next February, when the country turns to be very cold (especially in North China and northern Tibet, and except some parts of South China). 
For our clients from Israel, we usually suggest them to visit China between April and November. Autumn from 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. >> Further reading for best time to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and other tourist cities
You are also encouraged to travel to Harbin or northern China in winter to embrace the ice and snow, for a special and fun-filled New Year Holiday. If you plan a China tour in winter, you may expect a lower price than normal (except Harbin), as it is the off-peak season of tourism in China.  
Time to avoid traveling to China: China National Day Holiday, or the so-called crazy Golden Week on October 1-7, when all sights are packed with domestic tourists

Trip to China from Israel

How to Apply for a Chinese Visa in Israel

Do Israeli citizens need a Chinese visa? All foreigners, including Israeli passport holders are required to obtain a visa to travel to mainland China. So you need to prepare the necessary documents and submitted your application to the Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in the state of Israel >>How to Apply for China Visa
Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in Israel
Address: 219 Ben Yehuda Street, P.O.B.6067, Tel Aviv 61060, Israel
Tel: +972-3-5467242
Fax: +972-3-6023170
Email: consulate_isr@mfa.gov.cn
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, Sunday-Thursday (except holidays)
The requirements of china visa for Israeli citizens: You may apply for L-Visa as a tourist, 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, an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China, documents showing the itinerary, proof of hotel reservation, etc. 

Regarding Hong Kong Visa and Macau visa

Israeli passport holders are exempt from a visa to Hong Kong for a stay up to 90 days, and Macau up to 90 days. 

China visa

Entry Cities - How to Get to China from Israel

For your travel to China from Israel, Beijing used to be the only city in mainland China that was linked with Israel with direct flights, thus it is also the major entry city. Thanks to the launch of non-stop flight from Tel Aviv to Shanghai in September 2017, now Israeli tourists have another choice on the gateway city. Besides, the travel route and itinerary can be more flexible. 

Non-stop Flights to China from United Arab Emirates

Currently there are direct flights to Hong Kong, Beijing, Shanghai, China from Tel Aviv, Israel, operated by Hainan Airlines and EL AL Israel Airlines. The air journey is around 10 to 10.5 hours.
Departure City in Israel
Arrival City in China
Notes for Schedule
Tel Aviv
Six flights a week
Tel Aviv
Three flights a week
Tel Aviv
Hong Kong
Nine flights a week
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.  

Israel to China direct flights

Where to Go – Top Destinations to Visit in China

China is a Jewish-friendly country, with some popular Jewish travel destinations. Allow yourself around 10 days for your first time China trip to discover all those must-see places and attractions, and follow in the Jewish tracks to find the Jewish communities, synagogue and important heritages. 

Best Places for First Trip to China & What to See

Beijing: Despite the big-name attractions such as Great Wall and Palace Museum are always crowded with visitors, Beijing is the most worthwhile and popular destination in China. There are a lot to explore and see, from ancient royal palace and engineering wonder to remarkable modern architectures. 
Shanghai: Another must-visit destination in China, Shanghai boasts a wealth of Jewish historical sites, e.g. Shanghai Jewish Refugees Museum. From 19th Century to 20th Century, a lot of Jews used to lived and run business in Shanghai. During WWII the city was a shelter for Jews. In addition, you should not miss the diverse art forms in Shanghai. 
Plan an extension trip from Shanghai to nearby tourist destinations? You may visit SuzhouMt. Huangshan and Hangzhou.  
Xian: One of the oldest city and the most famous ancient capital in China, where the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum is situated, Xian is rich in ancient structures and historical museums, and an amazing place to experience the Chinese cultural traditions.
Guilin & Yangshuo: For your trip to China, these two picturesque places are idea for sightseeing, walking and cycling. The top things to do and must-visit attractions include Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Longji Terraced Fields and amazing Karst caves (Reed Flute Cave or Silver Cave). It is also worth visiting Xingping Town and the surreal hills. 

China tour from Israel

More Recommended Destinations for Israeli Tourists to Visit in China

Chengdu: It is a popular urban star in China, stepped in history and culture. You may experience time-honored traditions, try different kinds of snacks on the ancient streets, and explore a dozen old towns nearby. Chengdu is also a family-friendly destination, for being the hometown of giant panda. Thus you can have a close contact with these cutest fur balls and even hug a panda cub. 
Yangtze Cruise: The cruise trip normally starts in Chongqing, and ends in Yichang. You will discover beautiful landscape cruising to Goddess Stream, Shennong Stream, Qutang Gorge, and experience the uniqueness of Chinese culture when visiting Ghost City of Fengdu, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam, etc.
Harbin: The International Ice and Snow Festival is held in the city annually, attracting world travelers to marvel at the stunning ice and snow sculptures. But for Israeli tourists, there are more to see – many Jewish heritages are kept, where Jews used to have religious and cultural activities and lived a harmonious life with local Chinese.  
Kaifeng: A time-honor city, Kaifeng is lesser-known among international tourists, but famous among Jews travelers, for it features many Jewish heritage relics. Moreover, Kaifeng is nearby Luoyang, which is home to Shaolin Temple. You can learn authentic martial arts here.  
● Ancient Silk Road                       ●Tibet                             ● Zhangjiajie                        ● 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, Guilin, Chengdu and more. Below we list our best China travel deals. Please feel free to send us an enquiry or contact us for a tailor-made Jewish tour to China from Jerusalem.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangshuo, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Reed Flute Cave, Li River, Yangshuo, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden
Why Recommended: The most classic China tour is taking you to the top destinations, for ancient Chinese wonders, UNESCO world heritages, one of the most beautiful rivers in the world... 

8 Days Classic China Tour

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai

Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, hutong, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden

Why Recommended: Suitable for all, it is an exciting historical & cultural China tour for you to experience the essence of traditional Chinese culture and art, and visit many world-class landmarks.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yichang, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Tang Bo Art Museum, Muslim Quarter, Yangtze Cruise, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden , The Bund
Why Recommended: Take a relaxed and enjoyable China holiday to the best tourist destinations in China, including ancient capitals and the country’s most legendary river.  

Destinations: Beijing, Dengfeng, Luoyang, Xian, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, China Great Wall, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Shaolin Temple, Longmen Grottoes, White Horse Temple, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, The Bund, Shanghai Old Street
Why Recommended: Travel to China’s most legendary cities in history, and visit the cradle of Chinese martial arts. The tour can be customized by adding some Jewish heritage sites and communities.  

World Travelers' Reviews on Our China Tours

For decades, we have arranged China tour packages for many Israeli tourists, e.g. Mr.Benjamin Stein (4 pax), who took 11 days China Tour. Check what he said: 
“We landed in Israel before a week now, and are getting used again to our routines. We have not stopped thinking and talking about our trip to China, was one of the best trips we have ever had.
I want to thank you personally about the PERFECT planning and organization of the trip. Everything worked so well, starting with the scheduled plan, the outstanding guides, the professional drivers, the vans we had, the excellent hotels we stayed on….
We will certainly comment about our trip at the TripAdvisor site, and in every site you recommend us to do it.
Thanks for coming and meet us in Guilin, was a very nice gesture. “ 

Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from Israel, 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.  
► How to use phone & access internet in China: follow our guidance, you can use mobile phone and access internet (and Facebook, Instagram, etc) when traveling in China
► 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. 
Israel Embassy in China: Street address and contact number of the Embassy of Israel in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shenyang, and other cities