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How to Plan a Trip to China from Nepal


Are you planning a trip to China from Nepal? If you are, you may need this China Travel guide. It tells how to plan a trip to China from Nepal. Please look through and get some help from it.

Great Wall Beijing
(The Great Wall/ Beijing)

China Facts for Nepalese

China location on a world map
(China location)

Capital of China: Beijing.

Popular China tourist cities: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjaijie, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Shanghai.

Distance from Nepal to China: Nepal is China’s neighbor, and from Katmandu to Beijing, it is 3,152 km.

China Time and Nepal Time: China Time is calculated by UTC/GMT +8, and Nepal UTC/GMT+5.


How to Get to China from Nepal

Though Nepal is close to Tibet China, you are not advised to enter China through Tibet. The best way from Nepal to China is to take flight, and enter through big arrival cities in China, like Chengdu and Guangzhou.

Distance from Katmandu to Beijing: 3,125 km.

Flight type from Nepal to China: connecting flight, nonstop flight.

Flight time from Nepal to China: +1 h.

Major arrival cities in China: Chengdu, Kunming, Guangzhou, and Hong Kong

Major departure cities in China: Katmandu.

Flight from Katmandu to China:

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time

Katmandu → Chengdu

1,844 km nonstop flight 2 h 50 min(10:40 Nepal Time - 15:45 China Time)
Katmandu → Kunming 1,771 km nonstop flight 3 h 15 min(17:25 Nepal Time - 22:55 China Time)
Katmandu → Guangzhou 2,844 km nonstop flight 4 h 25 min(12:15 Nepal Time - 18:55 China Time)
Katmandu → Hong Kong 2,959 km nonstop flight 4 h 30 min(09:15 Nepal Time - 16:00 China Time)


Apply for Chinese Visa in Nepal

For applying for Chinese visa,Nepalese travelers should go to Chinese Embassy in Nepal. From material submission to visa collection, it takes several days or longer, thuse we advise you to apply for Chinese visa at least 2 weeks before you go to China.

(Chinese visa)

Type of visa: tourist visit(L-visa).

Where to apply for Chinese visa: Consular Section of Chinese Embassy in Nepal.

Required materials for submission:

  • Passport valid for at lest 6 months
  • Visa application form
  • Passport photocopy                                            
  • Photo (48mm×33mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter
  • Certificate of deposit in the last three months(for first time application for Chinese visa)
  • Application fee

Visa fee: applying for Chinese visa of single entry to China Mainland, Nepalese passport holders should pay 2,200 Nepalese Rupees for regular, 4,900 Nepalese Rupees for urgent, and 6,200 for extra urgent.

Consular Section of Chinese Embassy in Nepal:

  • Address: Hattisar, Naxal, Kathmandu, Nepal
  • Tel: 00977-1-4440286
  • Email: consulate_npl@mfa.gov.cn
  • Office time: 09:30-11:30


Best Time to Visit China-April to October

Jiuzhai valley
(Jiuzhai Valley/ Jiuzhaigou)

Best time to visit China: from April to October. At this time, China has beautiful natural sceneries.

Golden time to visit China: September and October. It has perfect weather for travelling in China, especially for hiking and rock climbing.

Travel to China in spring(March-April-May):

China weather in spring: from March to May, it is getting warmer and warmer, and May could be a bit hot. The north of China is a bit cold in March. In spring, it has many rainy days, so prepare an umbrella.

Best places to visit in China in spring: Dongchuan Red Land(Kunming), Mount Huangshan(Huangshan), Li River(Guilin), Chengdu Panda Base(Chengdu), Tongli Water Town(Suzhou).

Travel to China in summer(June- July-August):

West Lake
(West Lake/ Hangzhou)

China weather in summer: hot and humid. Some places are a bit hotter than others, like Chongqing, Wuhan and Nanjing. When travelling in hot summer days, please bring things like sunglasses and hat to protect you.

Best places to visit in China in summer: West Lake(Hangzhou), The Bund(Shanghai), Tiger Leaping Gorge(Lijiang), Qinghai Lake( Xining).

Travel to China in autumn(September-October-November):

China weather in autumn: almost all sunny days in most places of China. Autumn is considered as the best time for outdoor activities in China. But in November, it is a bit cold in the north of China, and you may need to bring a coat, and the elders may need down jacket.

Best places to visit in China in autumn: Great Wall(Beijing), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), Yangtze River Cruise(Chongqing-Yichang).

Travel to China in winter(December-January-February):

China weather in winter: cold in most places of China. The south of China is a bit cold from the end of January to February, while the north of China is much colder. For travelling to the north of China in winter days, you’d better prepare warm clothes.

Best places to visit in China in winter: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Lijiang), Harbin Ice and Snow World, China Snow Town(Harbin).


Best places to visit in China

Though you are interested in China tours, you may not know much about China and where to visit in China. Thus we would like to recommend you best places to visit in China.

Forbidden City
(Forbidden City/ Beijing)

Best places to visit in China: discover the mystery of China and see the beauty of China.

Top tourist cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Huangshan, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou
Most beautiful places in China: Guilin, Huangshan, Zhangjiajie, Lijiang, Jiuzhaigou, Shangrila, Yangtze River
Famous grottoes in China: Mogao Grottoes, Yungang Grottoes, Longmen Grottoes, Maijishan Grottoes
Sacred mountains in China: Mount Tai, Mount Huashan, Mount Jiuhua, Mount Putuo, Mount Wudang, Mount Kailash
Most Famous temples in China: Puji Temple, Shaolin Temple, Lingyin Temple, Jokhang Monastery, Daxiangguo Temple

Beijing: every traveler would love to visit Beijing, because it will exceed your expectation about China tour. In Beijing, you could visit famous historical sites like the Forbidden City and Temple of Heaven, climb the Great Wall,  experience China culture in Beijing hutongs, and find novel objects in antique markets or antique streets.

Terracotta Warriors
(Terracotta Warriors/ Xian)

Xian: the ancient city glitters with historical and cultural sites, and valuable relics. Xian is mainly famous for three things, and you should not miss them: Terracotta Warriors, Xian noodles, and Mount Huashan.

Guilin: a city famous for natural landscapes. Its beauty is made by nature, not spoiled by  human, but  human activities make Guilin tour more funny by adding lights to its beauty, such as experiencing minor ethnic groups’ culture while hiking in Longji Rice Terrace,  and watching Impression Sanjiu Liu while going cycling in Yangshuo.

Chengdu: for Nepalese, we highly recommend Chengdu to you. Chengdu is accessible by taking nonstop flight from Katmandu. Moreover Chengdu has its uniqueness: panda bases, where you could see groups of pandas living together.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Li River
(Li River/ Guilin)

If you have done some  work about China tour, you may know that China is so big that it has tremendous attractions for travelers to explore. Then you may be puzzled by how many days you stay should in China. For Nepalese who have never traveled to China, most of you would like to have a China tour like 10 days. But considering Nepal is close to China, some of you tend to have short China tours, like 5-7 days.

For having a 5-7 days China tour, you could visit 2-3 places in China. Here are some popular China tour itineraries for your reference:

For having a 10 days China tour, you may visit several places. Popular places are Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Chengdu, Zhangjiajie, and Huangshan. You may combine some of them to design your China tour itinerary.  Here are some for your reference:

Top 10 China tours


China Tour Packages for Nepalese

6 Days Sichuan Tour to Leshan & Mount Emei

Chengdu Panda Base

(Chengdu Panda Base)

Destinations: Chengdu, Leshan, Emei.

Highlight attractions: Chengdu Panda Base, Sichuan Cuisine Museum, Chengdu People’s Park, Leshan Giant Buddha, Mount Emei.

Top reasons: Nepalese travelers could get to Chengdu from Katmandu by nonstop flights in three hours. In Chengdu, you could see Chinese Giant Panda, eat Sichuan cuisine and learn to make Sichuan cuisine, visit Leshan Giant Buddha, and climb Mount Emei. Those natural sceneries, cultural sites, cuisine and panda make a great Sichuan tour for you.

11 Days China Wonders Experience



Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai.

Highlight attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall,Terracottar Warrior, Li River, Longji Rice Terrace, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden.

Top Reasons: for first time visitors, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Shanghai are top choices, because in this itinerary, you could visit those great historical and cultural sites, the beautiful sceneries, and explore China culture in the north of China and also the south of China. This four cities form a classic China tour, popular to foreign travelers.


China Travel Tips

To plan a trip to China, you may also need guidance in accommodation, transportation, and others.

What to pack: required papers and documents, suitable clothes, and daily necessities for travelling in China.

Accommodation in China: learn about China hotels and how to use hotel facilities in China.

Travel in China by plane: learn about luggage allowance, and restrictions about flying in China.

Travel in China by train: read information about how to take a train in China.

China travel guide book: get yourself a free China travel guide, and make your trip to China easier.

From the above, you could see there are five important things in planning a trip to China from Nepal, and you could sovle them one by one, which will make your China trip planning much easier. If you need any help, please contact us, and we would like to help you.