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How to Plan a Trip to China from Italy

China is a fantastic country abounds with historical sites, scenic attractions, cultural activities and sightseeing tours for Italian travelers to enjoy. But not all of them have had an authentic experience to see the real China. So we ask our travel consultant team of Top China Travel agency share their professional knowledge, and give tips on planning a trip to China from Italy. It is especially helpful to first-timers to China.  

Trip to China from Italy

Where is China?

Where is China located in the world? Check the map 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. It will be easy for you to plan an Asia tour starting from China.   

The Distance from Italy to China

According to the location of China and Italy, the shortest air travel distance between the two countries (Paris and Beijing) is 7,584 km / 4,712 miles. 

Time Difference between Italy 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 normally 7 hours ahead of Italy. But when Italy is in summer time and at time zone of UTC+2, you are 6 hours behind China.
Location Time Zone UTC Offset
Rome in Italy

SAST – Central European Standard Time

UTC+1 hours
Beijing in China CST – China Standard Time

UTC+8 hours


China location map

Geographic Differences between China and Italy
GPS Coordinates (DMS)
35° 51´ 41.9760'' N
104° 11´ 43.4400'' E
41° 52´ 18.9840'' N
12° 34´ 2.5680'' E
Average Elevation
1084 m (6,037 ft)
538 m (1,765 ft)

When to Go - Best Time to Visit China

When planning your trip to China from Italy, you may want to know China weather and Climate, and more importantly, the best time to visit China. 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 Italy, we usually suggest them to visit China between April and November. Autumn (your spring season) is widely considered the most beautiful season in China, for the colorful fall foliage. The weather of autumn in China is the best. >> Further reading for best time to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and other tourist cities
If you are looking for China holidays to experience the old traditions and essence or Chinese culture, you may visit the country when the traditional festivals are held, such as Dragon Boat Festival (Zongzi Festival) normally in early June, Mid-autumn Festival (Moon-cake festival) normally in late September or early October, and Lantern Festival normally in early February. 
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
► May Day on May 1 – 3, when tourist crowds are everywhere, but fewer than National Day Holiday

Travel to China from Italy

How to Apply for Chinese Visa in Italy 

Do Italian citizens need a visa to visit China? All foreigners, including Italy passport holders, are required to obtain a visa to travel to mainland China. For ordinary passport holders, you should make a visa application to the Chinese Visa Application Service Centre (CVASC) in Rome. Holders of diplomatic, service/official passport, and others should summit the application to China Embassy in Italy >> How to Apply for China Visa
The requirements of china visa for Italian citizens: You may apply for L-Visa as a tourist. The required documents include valid passport, a fully complicated visa Application form and recently- taken passport photo, proof of your China itinerary including round-trip air ticket booking and proof of hotel reservation, etc.
Consular Office of Chinese Embassy in Italy
Tel: +39-06-96524266  
Fax: +39-06-96524260
Office Hours: 09:30-12:30, Monday-Thursday (except holidays)
Chinese Visa Application Service Centre in Rome
Address: 1st Floor, Viale Regina Margherita 279, 00198 Rome
Tel: 06-44250240 
Fax: 06-44260770
Email: romacentre@visaforchina.org
Business Hours: 09:00-15:00 (application submission); 09:00-16:00 (payment and collection), Monday-Friday (except holidays)

Regarding Hong Kong Visa and Macau visa 

Italy passport holders can travel to Hong Kong and Macau without a visa, and stay for up to 90 days for each destination.
Italy passport holders can have free-transit in a dozen China cities and provinces:

Entry Cities - How to Get to China from Italy  

With the direct flights from Rome and Milan, Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong are the major entry cities for your trip to China from Italy. After arrival in Beijing, Shanghai or Hong Kong, you can proceed your holiday to other China destinations, by domestic flights or bullet trains. 

Non-stop Flights to China from Italy 

Currently there are direct flights to Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, China from Rome and Milan Italy, operated by Alitalia, China Eastern Airline, and Air China. The air journey is around 11 to 13 hours.
Departure City in Italy
Arrival City in China
Notes for Schedule
Daily flights
Shanghai, Hong Kong
Several flights a week
Shanghai, Hong Kong
Daily flights
Several 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.  

Italy to China direct flights

Where to Go – Top Places to Visit in China for Italian Tourists

Our professional travel consults suggest that you take at least one week or 10 days for your first trip to China. Well plan on the itinerary to cover the must-visit destinations, and the must-see tourist attractions in China. If you’d like to visit the remote towns or villages, you must make investigation first, and have a thorough understanding of the local situation, the transportation, accommodation, foods, etc. Below the listed cities and things to do may give you China trip inspirations. 

Best Destinations for First Trip to China & What to See

Beijing: The political and cultural center of China, Beijing is favored by all tourists and the first choice of your tour in China. The city boasts a wealth of world-class landmarks and historical sites. Great Wall and Palace Museum are the must-visit attractions. 
Xian: If you would like to explore more of Chinese history and the ancient architectural wonders, make sure Xian is on your travel itinerary. Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum is known as “the eighth wonder of the world”. The Ancient City Wall is ideal for biking and having a great view of the old and new Xian.
Shanghai: Highly recommended by world travelers as one of the most popular destinations in Asia, Shanghai features both ancient and modern wonders. Furthermore, it is close to some other popular destinations in East China, such as, SuzhouMt. Huangshan and Hangzhou.  Don’t hesitate to try bullet trains between Shanghai and nearby cities.  
Guilin & Yangshuo: They are two of the best scenic destinations in China. 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 tours from Italy

More Recommended Destinations

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.
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.
Zhangjiajie: if you plan to venture into the great nature of China, Zhangjiajie is the best place to visit. The quartz sandstone peak forest landform is rare on earth, and a skywalk on the Glass Bridge is nerve-wracking yet totally rewarding.
Ancient Silk Road: A legendary route dotted with many historical towns and important cultural sites and now a UNESCO cultural heritage, Silk Road is where you will discover diverse cultural and religious traditions in China. What’s more, there are deserts, oasis, Danxia Geography Park of Zhangye… 
● Hong Kong                           ●Tibet                                     ●Yunnan                               ● Jiuzhaigou

China tour packages from Italy

Recommended China Tour Packages

Top China Travel, the leading China tour specialist, offer all inclusive China tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Chengdu, Tibet and more. Below the best-selling China tours listed are for your reference, and can be adjusted to meet your needs and interests. Please feel free to send us an enquiry or contact us for a tailor-made China tour.

Destinations: Beijing, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Palace Museum, Mutianyu Great Wall, Olympic Park, Summer Palace, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Shanghai Oriental Pearl TV Tower, The Bund
Why Recommended: Suitable for all and available throughout the year, it is a well-designed tour itinerary of Beijing and Shanghai that covers covers all the highlights and must-visit attractions of China.  

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, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden
Why Recommended: Suitable for all, but with fixed departure dates, the most classic China tour is taking you to all most popular destinations, for ancient Chinese wonders, UNESCO world cultural and natural heritages, wonderful foods... 

12 Days China Panda Tour
Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Palace Museum, Beijing hutong, Terracotta Amy Museum, Dujiangyan Panda Base, Sichuan Cuisine Museum, Jiezi Ancient Town, Reed Flute Cave, Li River, Yangshuo, Shanghai Tower
Why Recommended: Discover the traditions dating back to thousands of years, have fun with giant pandas, learn to cook Chinese dishes, and indulge in picturesque natural scenery.

Destinations: Beijing, Datong, Pingyao, Xian, Shanghai, Tongli Water Town, Suzhou
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Yungang Grottoes, Hanging Temple, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Yuyuan Garden, Humble Administrator Garden
Why Recommended: An all inclusive China tour suitable for those addicted to Chinese culture and ancient architecture. You’ll see the most significant architectural monuments of ancient China. 

World Travelers' Reviews on Our China Tours

Since our company was founded in 1959, we have arranged China travel packages for many Italian travelers, e.g. Mr.Marcello Pacini (2 pax), who took 12 days Xinjiang & Silk Road Tour in China. Check what they say: 
“Dear Lily,
Thanks for the photos.
The travel along the Silk Road and to Altai mountains has been very beautiful. The guide has been excellent from all points of view and in general all services and hotels have been very good.
Many thanks for TCT cooperation and your personal care!
Best regards
Marcello pacini”

Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from Italy, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when touring 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. 
► Travel tips for solo travelers, senior travelers, disabled travelers, those planning family holiday in China
Italy Embassy in China: Street address and contact number of the Embassy of Italy in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Guangzhou