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How to Plan a Trip to China from Portugal


China is a beautiful country, abundant with beautiful sceneries, historical sites and cultural sites, and it has great charms to Portuguese travelers.

For Portuguese travelers who are about to plan a trip to China from Portugal, Top China Travel has put effort into making this guide for you.

This China trip guide will tell Portuguese travelers how to plan a trip to China from Portugal from several aspects, like distance and flights from Portugal to China, China Time, how to apply for Chinese visa in Portugal, when to visit China and where to visit in China. Moreover it also gives you information about how many days to stay in China, and China tour packages, how much yuan to bring to China and how to pay in China, and things to know before visit China.

(Jiuzhai Valley/Jiuzhaigou)

Distance from Portugal to China

 How far is it from Portugal to China

Distance from Portugal to China: 9,152 km. From Lisbon to Beijing, the distance is 9,661 km and from Porto to Beijing, it is 9,423 km.

 Where is China located in the world

China location in the world

China is located in East Asia and West of Pacific Ocean.  Vietnam, Cambodia, India and Thailand are China’s neighbors in the south, while Russia and Mongolia are neighbors in the north.

► China Time

Time in China is calculated according to UTC/GMT+8, and in the whole China, peopel use the one and only China Time, which means time in Beijing is the same as time in Lhasa. Moverover, no DST in China.

Portugal Time:  Portugal uses UTC+0 and DST+1 as its standard time in continental Portugal and Madeira.

In  Summer time, China Time is 7 hours ahead of Portugal Time. For instance, 8:00 AM in Portugal is 15:00 PM in China.

► Fast to Know China

Yulong river
(Yulong River/Guilin)

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: 10-15 days
Places for a first China trip: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Hong Kong
Historical and cultural cities: Beijing, Xian
Cities for natural attractions: Hangzhou, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Chengdu, Kunming
Traditional Chinese culture learning: paper cutting, Chinese knot-making, make dumpling, learn calligraphy, play Tai chi


Flight from Portugal to China

flight from portugal to china

 Best way to get to China from Portugal: by flight.

Flight from Portugal to China: connecting flights.

Flight time from Portugal to China: 13 hours +.

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

Portugal major departure cities: Lisbon, Porto, Faro, Funchal.

► Flight from Lisbon to China for reference: it could be variable.

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time Flight Route for Reference
Lisbon-Beijing 9,661 km connecting flights 13 hours + Lisbon-Munich-Beijing
Lisbon-Shanghai 10,703 km connecting flights 14 hours + Lisbon-Frankfurt-Shanghai
Lisbon-Guangzhou 10,888 km connecting flights 17 hours + Lisbon-Dubai-Guangzhou
Lisbon-Hong Kong 11,017 km connecting flights 17 hours + Lisbon-Dubai-Hong Kong
Lisbon-Xian 9,685 km connecting flights 15 hours + Lisbon-Rome-Xian
Lisbon-Chengdu 9,661 km connecting flights 16 hours + Lisbon-Madrid-Chengdu

Portugese travelers who plan  a trip to China should check international flights from Portugal to China, and price of flight ticket changes in real time. The earlier you book, the cheaper it could be. 

How to Apply for Chinese Visa in Portugal

Portuguese travelers who plan a trip to China, are required to obtain Chinese visa before flying to China.

Chinese visa

Type of visa: a tourist visa(L-visa) for travel in China.

Where to apply for Chinese visa: China Embassy in Lisbon Portugal.

How long could you stay in China: with a tourist visa, you could stay in China for no more than 30 days.

What materials do you need to submit:

  • 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
  • Application fee

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

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

Macau visa for Portuguese travelers: 90 days visa free access to Macau.

China Embassy in Portugal:

  • Address: Rua do Pau da Bandeira, Nº 11-13, Lapa, 1200-756  Lisboa 
  • Office time: Monday to Friday, 9:00-12:30 14:30-17:30
  • Tel: 00351-213928430
  • Website: https://www.fmprc.gov.cn/ce/cept/chn/
  • Consular section: (351)213932265/213932260; china213932@gmail.com


Best Time to Visit China

While planning a trip to China, Portuguese travelers should decide when to visit China in the very first beginning, then you could make other details about China trip.

For time to visit China, actually, Portuguese travelers could visit China at any season.

Best time to visit China: September, October. September and October in China are perfect for travelling, due to its sunny weather with favorable temperature and little rain.

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

meijiawu tea culture village
(Meijiawu Tea Culture Village/Hangzhou)

China weather in Spring: rainy and warm. It is the season to see beautiful flowers, like rapeseed, peony flower( late March to early April), cheery blossom(late March to early April). It is also a perfect season to visit Tea Culture Village, because late March to early April is the best time to pick tea leaves of superior quality. You may need an umbrella, or raincoat for travelling in Spring in China.

Best places for travelling to China in Spring: Luoping Rapeseed Blossom(Kunming), Meijiawu Tea Culture Village(Hangzhou), Elephant Trunk Hill(Guilin), Yellow Mountain(Huangshan).

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

Yellow Mountain
(Yellow Mountain)

China weather in Summer: hot almost in the whole China, and sometimes it rains heavily. Summer is a season to see water lily, and climb mountains. For planning a trip to China in Summer time, you'd better bring hat, sunglasses, and sun cream.

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

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

great wall
(Great Wall/Beijing)

China weather in Autumn: almost all sunny days, with comfortable temperature.  T-shirt in September, and you may need a coat in late October and November.

Best places for travelling to China in Autumn: Great Wall(Beijing), Yangtze River Cruise(Chongqing-Yichang), Chengdu Panda Base(Chengdu), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Lugu Lake(Lijiang).

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

China weather in Winter: a bit cold in south( it could be 0°C), and much cold in north( it could be lower than -10°C, and it has snowy days).

Best places for travelling to China in Winter: Yellow Mountain(Huangshan), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Lijiang), Harbin Ice and Snow World(Harbin), Xiling Snow Mountain(Chengdu).


Best Places to Visit in China

What are best places to visit in China? It is vital to Portuguese travelers who will plan a trip to China, because it has a fundamental effect on your China trip experience, like what you will see and how you will feel. Therefore you should choose best places to meet your requirements and needs.

Best places to visit in China

Yangpachen, Lhasa
(Yangpachen/Lhasa Tibet)

Best places to visit in China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai, Huangshan, Hangzhou, Kunming, Jiuzhaigou
Best Mountains to hike in China: Mount Huashan, Yellow Mountain, Mount  Taishan, Mount Emei, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
Best places for hike in China: Great Wall(Jinshanling to Simatai), Daocheng Yading, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Meili Snow Mountain, Mount Huashan, Yellow Mountain, Longji Rice Terrace
Best places for cycling in China: West Lake(Hangzhou), Xian City Wall, Yangshuo Ten-mile Gallery(Guilin), Erhai Lake(Dali)
Best cruises in China: Yangtze River Cruise, Li River Cruise, Pearl River Cruise, Huangpu River Cruise
Best places for photographing in China: Jiuzhai Valley, Qinghai Lake, Dongchuan Red Land, Lugu Lake, Longji Rice Terrace, West Lake, Yellow Mountain, Tibet
Best places for kids: Chengdu Panda Base,  Beijing Hutong, Shanghai Disneyland Park, Guangzhou Chimelong International Circus, Shenzhen Happy Valley

Chengdu panda base
(Chengdu Panda Base/ Chengdu)

Beijing: a city known to the world, most for Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven and Beijing hutongs, and a city where you learn to make paper cutting, Chinese knot, and watch Kong Fu Show, and eat delicious Pecking Duck.

Xian: a historical and cultural city with a pretty long history, where you could visit the World's Eighth Wonder-Terracotta Warriors, made 2,000 years ago. It is also the start place of Silk Road, where you could see the ancient communication between China and western countries.

Shanghai: a modern and shining city where you may like to visit the Bund, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai Tower, and have fun in Shanghai Disneyland. For the cultural side, you could see a different Shanghai through Yuyuan Garden and Zhujiajiao Water Town.

Guilin: a popular tourist city, renown to the world for its beautiful sceneries, water of Li River, mountain of Elephant Trunk Hill, and cave of Reed Flute Cave. It is a place for leisure tour, where you could hike along rivers or in mountain pathes, take a bike on country roads, have outdoor rock climbing, and take a cruise or take bamboo raft.

Chengdu: you would like to see Chinese Giant Panda, as most travelers do. In Chengdu, you have the chance to see many pandas living together, and get so close to them. Still you would like to try Chengdu food and Sichuan food, which would suit Portuguese travelers' taste.

The above places are recommended to Portuguese travelers, and they  would be helpful for Portuguese travelers to figure out where to visit in China in planning a trip to China. China is much different from Portugal, and Beijing and Xian are highly recommended to those Portugese travelers who want to see historical and cultural sites. It is highly likely that Portugese travelers would visit Guilin and Yangtze River Cruise, if they do  like to see China natural landscape.


How Many Days to Spend in China

How many days to stay in China, is a big question to Portuguese travelers, which has everything with places you will visit, sceneries you will see, and how much money you would spend.

In planning a trip to China, Portuguese travelers should know how many days you have, and how many days would be enough for a China trip. Most Portuguese travelers would spend 5-7 days or 10-15 days for a first China trip.

For a short China trip, Portuguese travelers usually spend 5-7 days in China, and visit 1-2 cities. Usually speaking, it could be a tour package of two cities, like 6 days Beijing and Xian tour.

Chimelong international circus
(Chimelong International Circus/ Guangzhou)

5-7 Days China trip itinerary for reference:

For a long China trip, Portuguese travelers would like to spend 10-15 days in China and visit 4-5 cities. A long China trip would be a China Highlight tour, and you could visit many beautiful places in China in this tour.

10-15 days China trip itinerary for reference:


Recommended China Tour Packages

6 Days Beijing-Xian Group Tour

Summer palace
(Summer Palace/ Beijing)

Destination: Beijing, Xian.

Highlight attractions: Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Xian City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Big Wild Goose Pagoda.

Top reasons: why is China a mysterious country to the world? The probable reason is its culture and history. Beijing and Xian are two historical and cultural cities, where you  could get known about China culture through those historical and cultural sites. Many of them are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, totally worthy to visit.

11 Days China Wonders Experience Tour

Oriental Tower Shanghai

Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai

Highlight attraction: Mutianyu Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Longji Rice Terrace, Li River Cruise, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden.

Top reasons: This tour is a classic route for foreign travelers to visit China, and you could visit most beautiful places in China, including picturesque Guilin, modern and interesting Shanghai, ancient Xian, and golden Beijing.


Portuguese Travelers’ Reviews on Our China Tours

Longji Rice Terrace

Jose Chan
, 2 pax, with Top China Travel, had 6 days memorable experience in Guilin, and he wrote us as:

The 6 days Guilin tour had been very well designed with the help of Miss Raylene He, adviser of TCT. All the time had been fully filled and extremely enjoyable, visiting special, beautiful and interesting cultural, historical and scenic places. The tour general service had been very good, specially with the professionalism of the English speaking tourist guide Miss Tang Yong Hong. I would express my appreciation for these two excellent professionals for the good time provided with this tour.

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Things to Know Before Visiting China

In the later phase of planning a trip to China, Portuguese travelers also want to know more things before visiting China, such as how to pay in China, how much yuan to bring to China, and what to pack for a China trip.

How Much Yuan to Bring to China: according to customs regulation, you may bring less than 20,000 yuan to enter China for saving of problem,

How to Pay As a Traveler in China: you could pay by cash of Chinese currency or pay by credit card. Before flying to China, please make sure that your credit card is widely accepted in China. Moreover, you may pay by paypal in online booking.

What to pack: don't forget the most important materials, like 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.

China travel safety tips: wherever you are, be safe.