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How to Plan a Trip to China from Norway


Travelling to China from Norway will be a great experience for Norwegians, because China is much different from Norway, and there are many beautiful places to visit and interesting things to do. Before travelling to China, there are plenty of preparation work to  do, especially making a China travel plan.

For making it systematical, your China travel plan should cover 5 things, flight from Norway to China, how to apply for Chinese visa in Norway, when to visit China, best places to visit in China, and how many days to stay China, which are important and urgent. Moreover, it should include other preparations for China travel.

West Lake Hangzhou-plan a trip to China from Norway
(West Lake/ Hangzhou)



When to Visit China

When to visit China? Anytime you like. China has a vast land, with distinctive places beautiful in four seasons. For Norwegians, you are advised to travel to China from April to October, because Norway has  beautiful winter sceneries just like China, and it is better to avoid winter days.

When is the best time to visit China? The best time to visit China is from April to November, and the golden time to visit China is September and October. From April to November, you could visit most places in China, and the weather is favorable for traveling.

Yuanyang hani rice terrace
(Hani Rice Terrace/ Yuanyang)

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

China weather in spring: From March to May, the temperature is climbing up from over 10 degree to about 30 degree. Spring in China has many rainy days, and in the south of China, the humidity is relatively high.

Best places for travelling to China in spring: Tongli Water Town(Suzhou), Mount Huangshan(Huangshan), Hani Rice Terrace(Yuanyang), Li River(Guilin).

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

China weather in summer: hot in most places, but not that hot in places like Xining, Lhasa, Kunming and Shangri-la. Summer days in China are most sunny days with intense sunlight, so you may need to protect your skin.

Best places for travelling to China in summer: Summer Palace(Beijing), Qinghai Lake(Xining), West Lake(Hangzhou), Tiger Leaping Gorge(Lijiang), Dujiangyan Panda Base(Chengdu).

the Great wall-plan a trip to China
(The Great Wall/ Beijing)

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

China weather in autumn: a bit hot in September, and cool in October, and November could be a little cold in the north of China.

Best places for travelling to China in autumn: the Great Wall(Beijing), Potatso National Park(Shangri-la), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin).

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

China weather in winter: cold in most places of China, and places in the south of China like Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Hainan, are not that cold in winter time.

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


Best Places to Visit in China

In planning a trip to China, you should know where to visit and what to see in China. For this, you may have searched some information, but still have no clue where you should visit. Here we will help you make up your mind, and decide where to visit in China.

the Forbidden City-plan a trip to China from Norway
( The Forbidden City/ Beijing)

► If you are interested in historical and cultural sites, we suggest you go to these places.

Top historical and cultural cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Dunhuang, Luoyang, Datong, Pingyao.

Top historical and cultural sites in China: the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, Mogao Grottoes, Shaolin Temple, Pingyao Ancient City.

► If you enjoy nature, please go to these places and see how great nature is.

Most beautiful cities in China: Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Huangshan, Jiuzhaigou, Shangri-la, Daocheng Yading, and Hangzhou.

Most beautiful places in China: the Great Wall, Jiuzhai Valley, Li River, Mount Huangshan, West Lake, Yangtze River.

Famous mountains in China: Mount Huangshan, Mount Huashan, Mount Emei, Mount Tai, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Meili Snow Mountain.

Yangshuo-plan a trip to China from Norway
(Yangshuo/ Guilin)

 Beijing:  a must-visit city in China, with a big name in the world. Beijing is a popular tourist city, not just as the first stop in China, but as the city with most fantastic attractions to see and profound culture to explore. Beijing is the exact place where you could visit those grand ancient buildings like the Forbidden city, and where you could get close to Chinese traditional culture by doing activities like flying a kite, watching Kong fu show, and having a rickshaw ride.

► Guilin: a small city in the south of China,  renown for its picturesque sceneries. Guilin has been one of the most popular cities to foreign travelers for decades of years, where you could see the original beauty in China rural areas, and experience the enjoyable local lifestyle. In Guilin, you could take a cruise in Li River, go cycling in Yangshuo countryside, and explore local custom in Longji Rice Terrace, and all of those are much different from those in Norway.

 Zhangjiajie: a rising star in China tour, widely known to the world due to the movie Avatar. Zhangjiajie has marvelous mountain sceneries, with groups of mountains standing upright, and it also has awesome activities for travelers, like taking the wonderful ropeway,  taking an elevator inside a mountain, and walking on the cliff-hanging walkway and glass skywalk. Zhangjiajie won’t let you down in challenging your heartbeats and adrenaline.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Yangtze River-plan a trip to China from Norway
(Yangtze River)

First time visitors may don't know how many days to stay in China, and for this questions, you should figure out how many days you have, places to visit in China, and your rough travel budget. If not considering this factors, most travelers chose to stay in China for 5-7 days or 10-15 days.


 For those who don't have many days available, 5-7 days in China  would be a good choice for visiting 2-3 places. Here are some China tour itineraries for your reference:

 If you have over 10 days, you could visit several wonderful places in China, and the following China tour itineraries are for your reference:


Recommended China Tour Packages for Norwegians

8 Days Classic China Tour

Terracotta Warriors-plan a trip to China from Norway

Beijing, Xian, Shanghai.

Highlight attractions: The Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Bell Tower, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund.

Top reasons: You should really travel to China, and it will impress  you so much. And this classic China tour will tell you why you should go to China.  You must have heard of some places in China and read  information about them, and I bet Beijing and Shanghai are among those places.  When it comes to Beijing, you know the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, which are marvelous and brilliant places to visit. Terracotta Warriors in Xian is an art treasury with those lifelike warriors, horses and chariots exquisitely made two thousand years ago. Shanghai, is a comfortable place for foreigners to stay, because it welcomes people from over the world and has an inclusive culture, which could be seen from places like the Bund.

10 Days Scenic Tour to Zhangjiajie & Mt. Huangshan

Mount Huangshan-plan a trip to China from Norway
(Mount Huangshan)

Destinations: Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Huangshan, Shanghai.

Highlight attractions: the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmenshan Mountain, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden,  Chengkan Ancient Village, Mount Huangshan.

Top reasons: if you are a big fan of nature, you will love this tour. Except visiting the overwhelming Great Wall in Beijing, you also go to those amazing mountains in Zhangjiajie and Huangshan, and challenge yourself for seeing those thrilling views. In Huangshan you could get close to nature and enjoy the tranquility in Chengkan ancient village.

If you want to see more China tour packages, please go to China Tours, or Top 10 Tours, China Group Tours, or get a personal tour. Hope you can find the one fit you well.

personal tours by Top China Travel


Flight from Norway to China

For travelling from Norway to China, the best way is by plane, which is much more convenient than by train or by ship. About flights, there are nonstop flights and connecting flights available. So far, nonstop flights  are only available for flying between Oslo and Beijing, and they are not available everyday, but usually on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Considering from least flight time, the best choice for flying between Norway and China is from Oslo to Beijing and from Beijing to Oslo. But if you want to save money, you may take connecting flights.

Distance from Norway to China: 6, 887 km
Flight type from Norway to China: nonstop flights, connecting flights
Flight time from Norway to China: + 9 hours
Major arrival and departure cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong
Major departure city in Norway: Oslo

Flight from Oslo to China:

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time Notes
Oslo → Beijing 7,020 km nonstop flights 9 h 14:30 Norway Time-05:30 China Time
Oslo → Shanghai 8,082 km connecting flights 14 h 13:55 Norway Time-09:55 China Time


Apply for Chinese Visa in Norway

Chinese visa-plan a trip to China from Norway
(Chinese visa)

As most of you know, Chinese visa is required for entering China, and you should apply for Chinese visa in the Chinese Embassy in Norway at least 1 weeks ahead of departure time.

How to apply for Chinese visa in Norway: all applicants shall fill in the visa application form online(https://cova.cs.mfa.gov.cn), and schedule an appointment(https://avas.cs.mfa.gov.cn), then submit the printed and signed confirmation sheet and form, together with other materials like passport, to the Consular Section of the Chinese Embassy in Norway.

Required materials:

  • Confirmation sheet and form
  • Passport and passport photocopy
  • Paper photos with 33 mm in width and 48 mm in length
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter

Visa fee: for applicants from Schengen countries, you should pay  NOK 600 for visa of single, double, or multiple entries, and NOK 250 for urgent, and NOK 350 for extra urgent.

The Consular Section of the Chinese Embassy in Norway:

  • Address: Holmenveien 5, 0374 Oslo
  • Office time: 09:00-11:30
  • Website: https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/ce/ceno/eng/


Preparation for China Travel

shanghai-plan a trip to China from Norway
( Oriental Pearl Tower/ Shanghai)

In order to have a great China travel, you need to make a full preparation in the beginning phase. For this, you’d better read the following information which will help you a lot.

What to pack: make a list of those necessary papers and things, and do not forget the important things, which may cause great troubles.

Phone and internet usage:  you would like to know how to use phone and access to internet in China,  and it will help you contact families and friends and share your wonderful experience.

Travel in  China by plane: read regulations about things you can bring on a plane or can’t, and avoid of missing a flight.

China travel guide book(free download): download useful China travel guide books, and save the trouble of taking notes.