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How to Plan a Trip to China from Russia


Travelling from Russia to China is very convenient and if you have holidays, why not go and visit China? China is much different from Russia and has wonderful places for visiting, and travelling in China would never let you down.

For your upcoming to China, we has made this China travel plan to help you make your own China travel plan. Remember 5 big things to figure out: flight from China to Russia, apply for Chinese visa in Russia, when to visit China, where to go and where to see in China, how many days to stay in China.

Longji Rice terrace-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Longji Rice Terrace/ Guilin)


When to Visit China

When should I visit China? What is the best time to visit China? These two questions are frequently asked by travelers, and here we would tell you when to visit China.

► For Russian travelers, we suggest you travel to China from April to October. In this time, the weather is not cold, and natural sceneries are in the best. While in winter time, China is cold, thought it is not so cold as Russia, and the weather is not favorable for travelling.

Mount Huangshan-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Mount Huangshan/ Huangshan)

Best time to visit China: from April to October.
Golden time to visit China: September and October, but please avoid  the National Day( October 1- October 7) due to tremendous travelers crowded in attractions.
Worst time to visit China: December to February.

► Here we also recommend some places to visit in different time when you travel to China from Russia.

Best places to visit in China in March, April & May: 

  • Dongchuan Red Land(Kunming), Hani Rice Terrace(Yuanyang), Li River(Guilin), Mount Huangshan(Huangshan).

Best places to visit in China in June, July & August: 

  • Summer Palace(Beijing), Qinghai Lake(Xining), Potala Palace(Lhasa), West Lake(Hangzhou), Tiger Leaping Gorge(Lijiang), Zhangjiajie National Forest Park(Zhangjiajie).

Best places to visit in China in September, October & November: 

  • The Great Wall(Beijing), Mogao Grottoes(Dunhuang), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin).

Best places to visit in China in December, January & December: 

  • Meili Snow Mountain(Shangrila), Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Lijiang), Harbin Ice and Snow World, Mount Huangshan(Huangshan).


Where to Go & What to See in China

Some Russian travelers may be familiar with China, but most of you do not know much about China tour. Therefore we would like to introduce some wonderful places to visit in China.

Where to go in China? Here introduces some interesting cites for you.

Mount Huashan-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Mount Huashan/ Xian)

Top 10 tourist cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai, Hangzhou, Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Lijiang, Lhasa.
Most beautiful places in China: Jiuzhaigou, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Lijiang.
Top foodie cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.

What to see in China? China has so many great sceneries for you and you may need to pick some for your China travel.

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

Top 10 attractions in China: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Jiuzhai Valley, Potala Palace, Yangtze River, Li River, West Lake, Yellow Mountain, the Bund.
Famous historical and cultural sites in China: the Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Mogao Grottoes, Humble Administrator's Garden, Shaolin Temple, Wuzhen Water Town, Pingyao Ancient Town.

Recommended cities to go

Beijing: no reasons for you to miss Beijing. It is such a great place with much to see, like the magnificent Forbidden City and the grand Great Wall. Still you could go to explore Chinese culture, like watching Kongfu Show and Beijing Opera.
Xian: never miss Terracotta Warriors. I bet you have heard of Terracotta Warriors, which is regarded as the 8th Wonder in the World.
Chengdu: Chinese giant panda and delicious Chengdu food are two highlights of Chengdu. You won’t say no to those cute pandas, and they are superstars in the world.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Zhangye danxia landscape-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Zhangye Danxia Landscape/ Zhangye)

You know China is a wonderful country with various beautiful attractions, and you could spend many days in China as you like.

► If you have only 5-7 days, you could visit 2-3 places like Beijing+Xian , or have a deep tour in 1 place like Beijing.

► If you have over 10 days, there are many interesting places for you to visit, like Beijing, Xian, Chengdu, Guilin, and Shanghai.

► In order to help you figure out how many days to stay in China and work out a great China tour itinerary, here we list some China tour itineraries for you.

⇒ For more, please go to China Tours, Top 10 Tours, or Group Tours.


Recommended China Tour Packages for Russians

11 Days Beijing-Xian-Zhangjiajie-Shanghai Group

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Zhangjiajie National Forest Park/ Zhangjiajie)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, Shanghai.
Highlight attractions: Temple of Heaven, the Great Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianzi Mountain Nature Reserve, Yuyuan Garden, the Bund.

Top reasons:

  • Beijing, Xian, Zhangjiajie, and Shanghai are highly recommended by both Chinese people and foreign travelers.
  • Most famous landmarks, world wonders, and well renowned historical and cultural sites in Beijing, Xian, and Shanghai.
  • Fabulous mountain sceneries and thrilling experience in Zhangjiajie, like Halleluja Mountian, Tianzi Mountain, glass skywalk, mountain ropeway, etc.    

13 Days from Li River to the Yangtze Tour(Beijing-Xian-Guilin-Yangtze Cruise-Shanghai

Li River-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Li River/ Guilin)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Guilin, Yangtze River, Shanghai.
Highlight attractions: the Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Xian City Wall, Terracotta Warriors, Li River Cruise, Elephant Trunk Hill, Yangtze River Cruise, the Bund.

Top reasons:

  • Best places to visit in China, the great historical and cultural sites in Beijing and Shanghai, the most beautiful scenery in Guilin and Yangtze River.
  • Guilin is a beautiful city with great fun, and we highly recommend it you. In Guilin, you could enjoy marvelous landscape and tranquil countryside sightseeing, and join interesting outdoor activities, like rock climbing, and hiking.
  • If you are a photographer, you will love this tour. Yangtze River will give you big surprises.


Flight from Russia to China

Guangzhou city view-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Guangzhou City View)

From Russia to China, you could take train or take flight, and the best way from Russia to China is by flight, because it takes much less time.

Distance from Moscow to Beijing: 5,790 km.
Flight type from Russia to China: connecting flights, nonstop flights.
Flight time from Russia to China: + 7 hours.
Major arrival cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong.
Major departure city in Russia: Moscow.

Flight from Moscow to China: this information is only for reference, and you may need to check real-time information.

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time Notes
Moscow-Beijing 6,937 km nonstop flights 7 h 30 min 18:45 Russian Time-07:15 China Time
Moscow-Shanghai 6,813 km nonstop flights 8 h 45 min 17:10 Russian Time-06:55 China Time
Moscow-Guangzhou 7,008 km nonstop flights 9 h 21:10 Russian Time-11:10 China Time
Moscow-Hong Kong 7,136 km nonstop flights 9 h 25 min 19:20 Russian Time-09:45 China Time


Apply for Chinese Visa in Russia

Chinese visa-plan a trip to China from Russia
(Chinese Visa)

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

Where to apply for Chinese Visa in Russia:

  • All applicants shall go to Consular Section of Chinese Embassy in Moscow or Consular-Generals  of Chinese Embassy in Saint Pete, khabarovsk, Ekaterinburg,  Irkutsk, and Vladivostok.

Required materials:

  • Visa application form
  • Passport valid for more than 6 months
  • passport photocopy
  • Paper photos(33mm × 48mm)
  • Your China trip itinerary (both flight and hotel reservations) or invitation letter
Visa collection:  5 work days after the application day for the regular.

Visa fee( Russian citizens):

  • RUB 3300 for single entry, RUB 6600 for two entries, RUB 9900 for multi entries.
  • RUB 2000 for urgent, and RUB 4600 for extra urgent.   

Consular Section of Chinese Embassy in Russia:

  • Address: No.6, Ulitsa Druzhby,Moscow, Russia,115127
  • Tel: +7-499-951-8435(Russian)


Travel on Your Own or Join a Group

When you are planning a trip to China, you may have this question: should I travel to China on my own or join a group. Here we will analyze the advantages and disadvantages for you.

the forbidden city-plan a trip to China from Russia

Travel on you own:

  • You have everything in your hands, and make every decision according to your preference.
  • Adjust your itinerary and activities flexibly.
  • visit a place as long as you like.
  • spend lots of time in searching for information and reading reviews
  • may miss some wonderful places and interesting activities
  • you may be tired in the journey

Join a group:

  • Save time in making China travel plan, itineraries, etc.
  • Save troubles in buying tickets, and bookings hotels and restaurants.
  • Deep tour with Russian speaking tour guide.
  • Hand-picked highlight attractions for you.
  • Special needs will be also met.
  • Tour with several persons, and the number of a group is from 6 to 15.
  • Visit some places which you may be not so interested in.


  • For travelling on your own, please wisely use day tours,  including coach tours and private day tours.
  • In order to have a comfortable China travel, you could book high-quality private China tours, with everything tailor-made for you.


Prepare for China Travel

Chenghuangmiao-plan  a trip to China from Russia
(Chenghuangmiao/ Shanghai)

To plan a trip to China from Russia, you also need guidance for preparation before your China tour, and tips while visiting China.

What to pack: bring those important papers like passport, and Chinese visa, and pack necessary clothes and items like camera.
China tour reviews and feedbacks: if you don’t know where to visit, go and read other travelers’ reviews and feedbacks.
China travel guide books: save your hard work in collecting information about China tours, and read them when needed.
Phone and internet usage in China: you would like to know where to buy SIM card, how to use VPN, and where free WIFI is available in China.