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How to Plan a Trip to China from Qatar

For planning a trip to China, what do you need to know and what should you do? How to Plan a Trip to China from Qatar made by Top China Travel, will give a fast answer and a step by step guide to make your own China trip plan.

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Where is China? East Asia

Where is China on a world map? 

where is china on a world map

China is an  Asian country, located in East Asia, the west side of Pacific Ocean, and the north of South China Sea. China borders on over 10 countries, close to India, Nepal, Pakistan, and Afghanistan in its southwest.

Qatar is a Western Asian country, close to the Persian Gulf, where China Silk Road had reached.

The distance from Qatar to China

China is in Eastern Asia, while Qatar is located in Western Asian, and from Qatar to China, it is about 6,000 km, which takes 7-8 hours to fly.

Time difference between China and Qatar

You may see China crosses several time zones in the World Time Map, but  in fact, China only uses UTC/GMT+8 as its standard time in every cities, while Qatar uses UTC/GMT+3 as its standard time, and China time is 5 hours ahead of Qatar time. For example, it's 8:00 AM in Qatar, while it is 1:00 PM in China.

What are China's major cities?  What are popular destinations in China?

China has 34 provincial-level administrative regions, with Beijing as its capital. Major cities in China are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Xian, Nanjing, Chengdu, Wuhan, and Chongqing. Most popular tour destinations are Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Suzhou, Huangshan, Zhangjiajie, Guilin, Hong Kong, Kunming, Chengdu, etc.

Click HERE to see China City Map

When to Travel-Autumn Is the Best Time to Visit China

(Chengkan Village/ Huangshan)

China weather. With a big land, China weather may be different in here and there, but generally  speaking, China is warm, rainy in spring, hot and humid in summer, cool in autumn and cold in winter. In four seasons, China has different views for Qatari citizens to enjoy.

Best time to visit China: September, October, and November. In the whole China, it has best weather for you to go out and see beautiful sceneries. In autumn, it is cool in temperature, and comfortable in air humidity. China is also beautiful in autumn.

Suitable time to visit China: April to November. You could see spring, summer and autumn sceneries of China. In this period, China has different and amazing destinations for Qatari travelers.

Winter vacation for Qatari travelers: December, January, and February. In winter, northern China snows a lot, and it becomes a winter castle. In Harbin, you could feel the authentic castles made of ice and snow. Harbin Snow and Ice World is a huge masterpiece of castles and sculptures, made by ice carvers in several months. It is totally eyes-opening to tourists, especially to Qatari travelers who has rare chance to see snow in home because it doesn’t snow in Qatar.

Not advisable time to visit China: public holidays, like National Day Holliday (Oct.1-Oct. 7), because it is the travel peak of Chinese people.

How to Apply for a  China Visa in Qatar

Visa-free access to China mainland for 30 days. Most foreigners in need of entering China, are required to have a China visa for entry. But for Qatari citizens, you don't need a China visa for travel less than 30 days in China mainland.

Over 30 days China visa. If you want to stay over 30 days, you need to apply a China tourist visa.

1. Where to apply for a China visa? You can submit your application in the Chinese embassy or consulate in your country. If you reserve a tour package with Top China Travel, we will send you the invitation letter to help you apply for China Tourist Visa.

2. What are the required documents for applying for a China visa?

  • 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

Hong Kong and Macau Visa. Qatari citizens can enjoy visa-free access to Hong Kong, and the visa free period for visit not exceeding is 30 days. If traveling to Macau, you need to apply for a Macau visa.

Embassy of China in Qatar

Embassy contact information

  • Address:  Building 250, Street 801, Zone 66, Doha, Qatar.
  • P.O.BOX:  17200, DOHA
  • Tel: 00974- 4493 4203
  • Fax:00974- 4493 4201

Email: chinaemb_qa@mfa.gov.cn

  • The Consular Section contact information
  • Address: Building No.4, 807 Street, Zone 66, Doha, Qatar.
  • Tel: 00974- 4493 3794 (8:30am-13:00pm, Sunday-Thursday)
  • Email: consulate_qat@mfa.gov.cn

Entry Cities- How to Get China from Qatar

Entry Cities. From Qatar to China, tourists could take flights from Doha to many cities in China. Major entry cities in China available to Qatari travelers are Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, and Beijing, there are nonstop flights and connecting flights available every day.  From Doha to China, there are connecting flights to most cities in China, like Xian, Chengdu, Hangzhou , Kunming, Guilin. Those nonstop flights take over 7 hours, and connecting flights take over 10 hours.

⇒ Further reading: China Entry Regulation Briefing

Nonstop flight from Qatar to China


Departure City in Qatar Arrival City in China(Time duration Schedule Notes
Doha Hong Kong(7 h 40 min), Guangzhou(7 h 45 min), Shanghai(8 h 40 min), Beijing(8 h), Chengdu(7 h 25 min) Daily nonstop flights from Doha to these cities except Chengdu


Where to Go

China is much different like Qatar in attractions, and China would be a good destination to Qatari travelers to see attractions different from home.

Must visit-destinations in China for first time Qatari travelers

(Yuyuan Garden/ Shanghai)

Beijing: capital of China. Needless to say, you should go for a visit. In fact, Beijing is very attractive, and you must have heard of Great Wall, Forbidden City, and Temple of Heaven.

Xian: it is the starting place of Silk Road, famous for Terracotta Warrior, Big Wild Goose Pagoda, and Muslim Street. Xian is the center of ancient China, and a hub of multi-culture.

Shanghai: Shanghai is a business hub of China, a city open to the world, and embrace differences. You could see things from over the world in China, and the Bund is its representative.

Interesting and meaningful destinations for Qatari tourists

(West Lake/ Hangzhou)

Xining: it is a city where many Muslims pious to their religion live, and where you could visit Dongguan Mosque, eat halal food, and see the picturesque and wonderland-like Qinghai Lake.

Guilin: Guilin’s scenery is the best under Heaven, which tells Guilin has great natural scenery, with green mountains, clean river, splendid rice terraces, and gorgeous caves. Li River, Elephant Trunk  Hill, and Reed Flute Cave will keep your feet stay.

Hangzhou: close to Shanghai, Hangzhou is famous for Hangzhou West Lake, water towns, Tea villages, Longjing Tea, and silk. A tour in West Lake will make you relaxed in body and spirit.

Guangzhou: it is a business city in China, where you could attend various meetings and fairs, like Canton Fair, and visit factories and companies.


Recommended China Tour Packages

For your China tour, Top China Travel recommends two China tour packages to you, which are hand picked from our tour packages according to Qatari clients' needs and preferences. As a Qatari traveler, you don’t need to worry about food and dining, because in big cities, your food request would be definitely solved without any problems. In the northwestern China, there is also hahal food for  you, because there are local Muslim communities.

14 Days Best Silk Road Tour

(Mogao Grottoes/ Dunhuang)

Destinations: Shanghai, Xian, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, Beijing

Highlight attractions:  Yuyuan Garden, the Bund, Terracotta Warriors, Mogao Grottoes, Emin Minaret, Heavenly Lake, Forbidden City, Mutianyu Great Wall

Why recommended: Silk Road is the ancient way connecting China with western Asian countries. This Silk Road Tour brings you to the must-visit cities, Shanghai, Xian, and Beijing, and also to the highlight places in Silk Road. You could enjoy the art treasure of Silk Road, beautiful sites, historical and cultural sites in China, and also experience China Muslim culture.

13 Days from Li River to the Yangtze Tour

(Yangtze River)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Chongqing, Yantze Cruise, Yichang, Shanghai

Highlight attractions: Forbidden City, Mutian Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Liver,  Elephant Trunk Hill, Yangtze River, the Bund, Yuyuan Garden

Why recommended: This tour combines the best historical and cultural sites, and the best natural sceneries in China, which will be a great China tour to you. Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Shanghai are popular tour destinations, and Yangtze River has gorgeous sceneries in the river sides.


How Many Days to Stay in China

(Li River/ Guilin)

Qatari travelers usually stay 3-5 days, 1 week(5-7 days), 2 weeks(10-15 days), and 3 weeks( 20-25 days) in China, like travelers from other countries.

3-5 days in China: most of Qatari travelers come to certain cities in China for a business trip, and have 1-2 days for visiting.

Recommended tour route: 3 Days Best Shanghai Tour, 3 Days Guangzhou Essence Tour

1 week(5-7 days) in China: you don’t have much time, but would like to visit 1 or 2 cities in China.

Recommended tour route: 6 Days Beijing Shanghai Tour, 8 Days Highlight Sichuan Tour

2 weeks(10-15 days) in China: you want to have a great first time China travel, and pick the best destinations for travelling.

Recommended tour route: Amazing Natural View of China-10 Days, 16 Days China Highlight Tour

3 weeks( 20-25 days): You are so interesting in China that you plan to have an in-depth China tour, to see China’s best sceneries and know more about China.

Recommended tour route: 21 Days China Panorama Tour.


China Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from Qatar, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when touring in China.

What to Pack: You must bring the passport and other required documents, the contact list with hotel info and contact number of local guide (your travel consultant of TCT will send to you in advance), suitable clothes, etc.

Healthy & Medical Tips: Before you travel to China, you are suggested to consult with your doctor and get knowledge about vaccinations.

Travel in China by Plane: When taking China domestic flights, you should know the luggage allowance and restrictions.

Accommodation in China: China hotels are similar to those of international standers, but you may need to know the differences and detailed services.

Travel to China with Kids: For your family holiday in China, we provide very useful travel tips and suggestions of family-friendly activities and destinations.

Basic Chinese: You may need some basic Chinese for your  conversation with Chinese people. Survival Chinese Phrases.

Qatar Embassy in China: There is embassy of Qatar in Beijing,  and consulate-general of Qatar in Guangzhou.


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