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How to Plan a Trip to China from Netherlands


Many Dutch travelers are interested in China and want to plan a trip to China from Netherlands. Considering this, Top China Travel has worked out an useful guide for planning a trip to China.

This guide includes quite important information and essential tips for China trip planning, like distance and flights from Netherlands to China, China and Netherlands time, best time to visit China, best places to visit in China, how many days to stay in China, and how to apply for Chinese visa in Netherlands. It will solve most of your problems about planning a trip to China.

Read few minutes, and get a ton of help from tips on planning a trip to China from the beginning to the end.

great wall
(Great Wall/ Beijing)


Distance from Netherlands to China

How far is it from Netherlands to China

Distance from Netherlands to China is 7,482 km. From Amsterdam to Beijing, the distance is 7,817 km, and from Amsterdam to Shanghai, the distance is 8,868 km.

Where is China located in the world

China location on a world map

China is an East Asian country in the west of Pacific Ocean, with over 10 neighbors, Russian in the north, Pakistan and Afghanistan in the west, and Vietnam, Cambodia, India in the south.

China Time & Netherlands Time

China Time, also called Beijing Time, is the only time used in the whole country, and it is calculated in accordance with UTC/GMT+8, though China has several time zones from UTC +5  to  UTC +9.

Netherlands Time, is calculated according to UTC/GMT+1 and DST +1.

Difference between China Time and Netherlands Time: China Time is 7 hours ahead of Netherlands Time, but in Summer Time, China Time is 6 hours ahead of Netherlands Time. For example, in Summer Time, 8:00 AM in Netherlands is 14:00 PM in China.

Fast to Know China:

Ruins of St. Paul's
(Ruins of St. Paul's/ Macau)

Capital: Beijing

Language: Chinese

Currency: CNY in mainland, HKD in Hong Kong, NTD in Taiwan, Pataca in Macau

Days for a first time China trip: 5-10 days.

Best Places for a first China trip: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Hong Kong

Best attractions in China: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Jiuzhai Valley, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yellow Mountain, Longji Rice Terrace, Terracotta Warriors, Mogao Grottoes

Chinese culture learning: paper cutting, Chinese knot-making, make dumpling, learn calligraphy, play Tai chi

Famous performances:  Kong Fu Show, Acrobatics Show, Impression Sanjie Liu, Chimelong International Circus


Flight from Netherlands to China

Beijing Capital airport
(Beijing Capital International Airport/ Beijing)

Best way from Netherlands to China: by flight.

Flight from Netherlands to China: nonstop flights, connecting flights.

Flight time from Netherlands to China: 9 h+.

China major entry cities: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.

Netherlands major departure cities: Amsterdam, Rotterdam, The Hague.

Flight from Amsterdam to China:  

flights from Netherlands to China

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time
Amsterdam → Beijing 7,817 km nonstop flight 9 h 25 min
Amsterdam → Shanghai 8,868 km nonstop flight 10 h 45 min
Amsterdam → Guangzhou 9,144 km nonstop flight 11 h 15 min
Amsterdam → Hong Kong 9,271 km nonstop flight 11 h 10 min
Amsterdam → Hangzhou 8,886 km nonstop flight 10 h 35 min
Amsterdam →Xiamen 9,303 km nonstop flight 10 h 55 min


Apply for Chinese Visa in Netherlands

One of the most important things in planning a trip to China is to apply for Chinese visa. Without it, you are not allowed to enter China.

Chinese visa

► Type of visa: a tourist visa(L-visa) for a trip to China.

► Where to apply for Chinese visa: China Embassy in The Hague Netherlands.

► China Embassy in The Hague Netherlands:

  • Address: Willem Lodewijklaan 10, 2517 JT, The Hague The Netherlands
  • Tel: 0031(0)70-3065091
  • Email: chinaemb_nl@mfa.gov.cn
  • Website: http://nl.china-embassy.org/eng/

► Required materials for applying for Chinese visa:

  • Passports valid for at lest 6 months
  • Visa application form
  • Passport photocopies                                            
  • Photo (48mm×33mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter
  • Application fee.

Check the step-by-step guide to apply for a visa to China 

 Hong Kong visa for Dutch travelers: 90 days visa free access to Hong Kong.

► Macau visa for Dutch travelers: 90 days visa free access to Macau.


Best Time to Visit China

When should I visit China? What's the best time to visit China? These questions occur to Dutch travelers who are planning a trip to China for next year's holiday. Desired to see best sceneries in China and have an exhilarating China tour, you would love to know when you should visit China.

In fact, you could visit China at any time, because China has so many attractions, distinctive in four seasons, and they will meet your expectation.

Longji Rice Terrace
(Longji Rice Terrace/ Guilin)

► Best time to visit China: September, October. This time period has the most comfortable weather for travelling and outdoor activities. The sceneries in China at this time are beautiful and heart-touching.

► Travel to China in Spring(March-April-May)

China weather in Spring: warm, rainy. March(10°C-25°C) in China is not that warm, and it could be a bit cold in the north of China. April and May(20°C-25°C) in China are warm, and May in China would be a bit hot. Spring in China is a rainy season, with many rainy days. For travelling to China in Spring, you may need bring umbrella or raincoat.

Best places to visit China in Spring: Jiangling(Wuyuan), Xidi Village(Huangshan), Nanxun Water Town(Hangzhou), Dongchuan Red Land(Kunming), Elephant Trunk Hill(Guilin), Summer Palace(Beijing).

 Travel to China in Summer(June-July-August)

China weather in Summer: hot and humid, with heavy rainy days. Temperature in June, July and August is from 25°C-35°C, which is so hot that you need bring hat, sunglass and sun cream to protect yourself from heat.

Best places to visit China in Summer: Yellow Mountain(Huangshan), Mount Huashan(Xian), West Lake(Hangzhou), Tiger Leaping Gorge(Lijiang), Zhangjiajie National Forest Park(Zhangjiajie).

Yangtze river cruise
(Yangtze River Cruise)

► Travel to China in Autumn(September-October-November)

China weather in Autumn: cool and sunny. September and October(20°C-30°C) are perfect for travelling. November is cool in the south of China, but it could be a bit cold in the north of China.

Best places to visit in China in Autumn: Yangtze River Cruise(Chongqing-Yichang), Great Wall(Beijing), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Potatso National Park(Shangrila).

► Travel to China in Winter(December -January-February)

China weather in Winter: in south of China, it is a bit cold and the temperature could be as low as 0°C , and sometimes it drizzles. In the north of China, it is much colder, and sometime it snows heavily.

Best places to visit in China in Winter: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Meili Snow Mountain, Harbin Ice and Snow World, Mount Emei(Emei), Yellow Mountain(Huangshan).


Best Places to Visit in China

Dutch travelers should know what China has got for your China trip in the beginning phase of planning a trip to China from Netherlands, and go to places where you want to visit. For your sake,  here lists some useful information about best places  to visit in China.

qinghai lake
(Qinghai Lake/ Xining)

Best places to visit in China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Kunming, Shanghai, Yangtze River, Silk Road

Best places for photographing in China: Jiuzhai Valley, Qinghai Lake, Great Wall, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Longji Rice Terrace, Daocheng Yading, Li River

Best mountains to visit in China: Mount Huashan, Mount Emei, Yellow Mountain, Jade Dragon Mountain, Tianmen Mountain, Mount Everest

Best trekkings in China: Kailash Mansarovar, Qinghai Lake, Great Wall, Tiger Leaping Gorge

Best water towns to visit in China: Tongli Water Town, Wuzhen Water Town, Zhouzhuang Water Town, Nanxun Water Town

Best Chinese classic gardens to visit in China: Summer Palace, Humble Administrator's Garden, Yuyuan Garden

Best China villages to visit in China: Longji Rice Terrace, Hongcun Village, Dong Chuan Red Land, Yongding Hakka Tulou.

Dongchuan red land
(Dongchuan Red Land)

Beijing: don't miss out Beijing for your trip to China. Beijing is one of the most shining silvers in your entire tour. In Beijing you could go those famous places frequently visited by foreign presidents and great political leaders, like Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, and Beijing hutongs.

Xian: China history and culture lovers would love to visit Xian, and it will give you big surprises by virtue of its Terracotta Warriors, Shaanxi History Museum, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Xian City Wall. By the way, Muslim travelers would definitely love this place.

Kunming: a beautiful city in Yunnan, famous for natural sceneries. In Kunming you could get so close to nature and admire its magic by visiting Kunming Stone Forest and Dongchuan Red Land. Kunming is also a transfer place to Lijiang and Shangri-la.

Zhangjiajie: if you like hike and adventurous activities and also like to visit natural attractions, Zhangjiajie will exceed your expectation. Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park, and Zhangjiejie Grand Canyon have so much for you, like longest mountain ropeway and thrilling glass skywalk.

Shanghai: everyone knows it, and everyone would go and visit. Shanghai is a diverse city made by diverse elements, where you could get known ancient cultural things by Yuyuan Garden, Jade Buddhism Temple, Zhujiajiao Water Town, see modern things like Oriental Pearl Tower, and see western things converged in Shanghai, like the Bund, and Shanghai Disneyland.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
(Zhangjiajie National Forest Park)

Dutch travelers like to have holidays in China, no matter short holidays or long holidays. Dutch travelers usually plan a trip to China from 5 days to 15 days.

For a short holiday, Dutch travelers would like to stay in China for 5-7 days. Here are some 5-7 days China trip itineraries for your reference:

For a long holiday, Dutch travelers would like to stay in China for 10-15 days. Here are some 10-15 days China trip itineraries for your reference:


Recommended China Tour Packages

7 Days Tour from Shanghai to Huangshan

Yellow Mountain
(Yellow Mountain/Huangshan)

Destination: Shanghai, Huangshan.

Highlight attractions: Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Mt. Huangshan, Hon Cun Village.

Top reasons: Shanghai is one of the most comfortable cities to foreigner travelers, with many to see and to do. Huangshan is another popular city in China, famous for Mt Huangshan, Hong Cun Village, and Tunxi Old Street. Moreover, this tour is available all year around, cause Mt Huangshan is pretty beautiful in four seasons.

11 Days Beijing-Xian-Zhangjiajie-Shanghai-Group Tour

Destination: Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai.

Highlight attractions: Forbidden city, Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund.

Top Reasons: Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai are 3 must visit cities for your China trip, where you will visit the most famous attractions in China. Zhangjiajie is a rocketing tour destination, very popular to foreigner travelers for its unrivalled sceneries and thrilling activities.


Dutch Travelers' Review on Our China Tours

Dutch travelers in China

Mr. Lauw, 6 pax from Netherlands, together with Top China Travel,  had a Yangtze River cruise and Zhangjiajie trip in 2018. He wrote to us as the following:

Hi Vicky,

Yes, I am back home and at work already.

We had a great time in China. you have a beautiful country.

Hotels were good, our guides were easy going and friendly, and the food was good.

Thank you for organizing our trip.

Read more: Excellent Yangtze River & Zhangjiajie Trip in October.


Things to Know Before Visiting China

Guilin Li River
(Li River/ Guilin)

For an all-inclusive trip planning to China and a great China tour experience, we also recommend you the below things.

How much yuan to bring to China: according to customs regulation, for saving problems, you may bring less than 20,000 yuan to enter China.

How to pay as a traveler in China:  by cash, Chinese currency; pay by credit card, not all credit cards are widely accepted. Please make sure that your credit card is widely accepted in China; by paypal, only for some online booking.

How much does it cost to visit China: get known about China travel cost and have an estimation about your own China travel cost.

What to pack: don't forget the most important materials, visa, passport, etc. And pack things you need to use in a China trip, like clothes suitable for the weather.

Phone & internet usage: you would love to know how to use phone and access to internet in China to share your China trip to friends back home.

China travel safety tips: wherever you are, be safe. No gun is allowed in China, but there are scams and thieves in some places.