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How to Plan a Trip to China from United Arab Emirates

China has been one of the most popular travel destinations for Emiratis tourists in recent years. Despite the fact China seems to be a very bustling modern country, it reminds a destination steeped in history and culture. Planning a trip to China for the first time can be daunting, but also full of fun, as you will experience something completely new and old traditions that have been practiced for over thousands of years. To assist you in traveling to China from United Arab Emirates, we offer travel guide about where to start, best visit time, China visa application, and other practical travel tips. Furthermore, we list top Muslim-friendly destinations in China with sample tour packages. 

Trip to China from UAE

Where is China?

Check the map of China location we craft, you can see China is located in East Asia, west of Pacific Ocean, the eastern hemisphere and the northern hemisphere. It neighbors 20 countries, including Japan, Korea, North Korea, Myanmar, Laos, Vietnam, Mongolia, Russia, Nepal, India etc.        

The Distance from United Arab Emirates to China

According to the location of these two countries, the shortest air travel distance between China (Beijing) and United Arab Emirates is 5,009 km / 3,112 miles. 

Time Difference between United Arab Emirates and China

The territory of China is across five time zones, though, it uses UTC/GMT+08:00 as standard time. We call it China Standard Time. 
  • China is 4 hours ahead of United Arab Emirates 
Time Zone
UTC Offset

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

GST – Gulf Standard Time

UTC+4 hours

Beijing in China

CST – China Standard Time

UTC+8 hours

Geographic Differences between China and United Arab Emirates

China location map

United Arab Emirates
GPS Coordinates (DMS)
35° 51´ 41.9760'' N
104° 11´ 43.4400'' E
23° 25´ 26.6880'' N
53° 50´ 52.1520'' E
Average Elevation
1084 m (6,037 ft)
149 m (489 ft)

When to Go - Best Time to Visit China

When planning your trip to China, you may need to know China weather and Climate in advance, and more importantly, the best time to visit China. The climate of China is quite different from that of United Arab Emirates. United Arab Emirates’ climate is categorized as tropical desert climate, being hot and dry throughout the year. While China has four distinctive seasons. 

Spring goes from March to May, when most parts are still a bit chill. Summer is from June to August, hot and rainy. Autumn is from September to November of the mildest weather, while winter is from December to next February, when the country turns to be very cold (especially in North China and northern Tibet, and except some parts of South China). 
For our clients from United Arab Emirates, we usually suggest them to visit China between April and November. Autumn from September to October is recommended by most tourists as the best time to visit China, as it is the most beautiful season in China, with colorful fall foliage. >> Further reading for best time to visit Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin and other tourist cities
You are also encouraged to travel to Harbin or northern China in winter to embrace the ice and snow, for a special and fun-filled New Year Holiday. If you plan a China tour in winter, you may expect a lower price than normal (except Harbin), as it is the off-peak season of tourism in China.  
Time to avoid traveling to China: China National Day Holiday, or the so-called crazy Golden Week on October 1-7, when all sights are packed with domestic tourists
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How to Apply for a Chinese Visa in United Arab Emirates

Do U.A.E. citizens need a Chinese visa? All foreigners, including U.A.E. passport holders and expatriates from the rest of the Emirates, are required to obtain a visa to travel to mainland China. Please be noted that the Chinese Embassy only accepts applications of the U.A.E. nationals and foreign citizens who reside in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain. U.A.E. Citizens and foreign citizens reside in the rest areas should make applications to the Chinese Consulate General in Dubai. >> How to Apply for China Visa
Embassy of PRC in U.A.E
Address: Plot No. 26, Sector No. W-22, Abu Dhabi, U.A.E.
Telephone: +971-2-4434276
Fax: +971-2-4436835 4435440
Email address: chinaemb_ae@mfa.gov.cn
Consular Section Hours: 09:00 am. -- 12:00 pm. Sunday -Thursday (except Chinese Holidays)
Application Time: 09:00 am. -- 12:00 am.
Collection Time: 10:00 am. -- 12:00 pm.
Chinese Consulate General in Dubai
Address: Villa No.14, Street 7a, Community 357, Umm Al Sheif Road, Safa 2 Area, 
Tel: +971- 4-3944733 
Fax: +971- 4-3952207
Email: chinaconsul_db_ae@mfa.gov.cn
The requirements of china visa for U.A.E citizens: You may apply for L-Visa as a tourist, which allows you a stay of maximum 30 days in China. The required documents include valid passport, a fully complicated visa application form and recently-taken passport size photograph, a signed and stamped employment/no-objection letter, documents showing the itinerary, proof of hotel reservation, invitation letter, etc.

Regarding Hong Kong Visa and Macau visa

U.A.E passport holders are exempt from visa if traveling to Hong Kong for a stay of within 30 days. For traveling to Macao, U.A.E passport holders need to apply for a Macao visa at visa offices of the Chinese Embassy in United Arab Emirats, or make a visa-upon-arrival application upon their arrival in Macao. 
U.A.E passport holders can have free-transit in a dozen China cities and provinces:

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Entry Cities - How to Get to China from United Arab Emirates

For your travel to China from United Arab Emirates, the entry cities can be not restricted to the main hubs like Hong Kong, Shanghai or Guangzhou, as direct flights has connected Dubai and Abu Dhabi with around 10 cities in China, which are provincial capitals, transportation hubs or top tourist destinations in China. So now you have more choices on the gateway cities and travel routes. 
You may fly directly to Beijing to marvel at the majestic Great Wall of China, or make your way to Urumqi from Dubai by non-stop flights, to explore colorful Xinjiang and the ancient Silk Road. 

Non-stop Flights to China from United Arab Emirates

Currently there are direct flights to China from Dubai and Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, operated by Emirates Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Air China and China Southern Airlines. The air journey is around 5 to 8 hours.
Departure City in U.A.E
Arrival City in China
Notes for Schedule

Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou

Daily Flights

Kunming, Chengdu, Chongqing, Urumqi, Yinchuan

Several flights a week
Abu Dhabi
Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai
Daily Flights
Abu Dhabi
Several flights a week

Notes: The air route and flight schedule are for reference only. Please check the official website of each airline for the accurate information and the airfares.  

Dubai to China direct flights

Where to Go – Best Muslim Travel Destinations to Visit in China

China is a Muslim-friendly country, with Halal travel destinations and foods. Allow yourself around 10 days for your first time China trip to discover the most popular destinations and all those big-name attractions. 
>> Further reading about Muslim Travel in China

Top Places for First Trip to China & What to See

Beijing: The must-visit destination for your first trip to China, Beijing offers a lot to see and experience, with both world-class historical sites and remarkable modern architectures. The history of Muslim in Beijing can be traced back to over 700 years ago during Yuan Dynasty. Today, there are large Muslim communities and many famous mosques in Beijing. 
Xian: One of the oldest city and the most famous ancient capital in China, where the Terra-Cotta Warriors Museum is situated, Xian is also one of the top Muslim travel destinations in China. There are Muslim streets and communities, very good Muslim foods, as well as the famous Great Mosque. 
Shanghai: No one fails to love Shanghai. It features not only skyscrapers and important Chinese cultural attractions, but also numerous Muslim sites, mosques, communities and century-old Muslim restaurants… Plan an extension trip from Shanghai to nearby tourist destinations? You may visit SuzhouMt. Huangshan and Hangzhou
Guilin & Yangshuo: They are two of the best scenic destinations in China. The top things to do and must-visit attractions include Li River Cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo, Longji Terraced Fields and amazing Karst caves (Reed Flute Cave or Silver Cave). It is also worth visiting Xingping Town and the surreal hills. 

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More Recommended Destinations to Visit in China

Chengdu: It is a popular urban star in China, stepped in history and culture. You may experience time-honored traditions, try different kinds of snacks on the ancient streets, and explore a dozen old towns nearby. Chengdu is also a family-friendly destination, for being the hometown of giant panda. Thus you can have a close contact with these cutest fur balls and even hug a panda cub. 
Zhangjiajie: if you plan to venture into the great nature of China, Zhangjiajie is the best place to visit. The quartz sandstone peak forest landform is rare on earth, and a skywalk on the Glass Bridge is nerve-wracking yet totally rewarding.
Yangtze Cruise: The cruise trip normally starts in Chongqing, and ends in Yichang. You will discover beautiful landscape cruising to Goddess Stream, Shennong Stream, Qutang Gorge, and experience the uniqueness of Chinese culture when visiting Ghost City of Fengdu, Shibaozhai, Three Gorges Dam, etc.
Ancient Silk Road: A legendary route dotted with many historical towns and important cultural sites and now a UNESCO cultural heritage, Silk Road is where you will discover profound Muslim culture and traditions in China, by traveling to Gansu or Xinjiang. What’s more, there are deserts, oasis, Danxia Geography Park of Zhangye
Hong Kong                          ●Tibet                              ● Yunnan                               ● Jiuzhaigou     

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Recommended China Tour Packages

Top China Travel, the leading China tour specialist since 1959, offer all inclusive China tours to Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Tibet and more. Below we list China Muslim tours, as well as our best China travel deals. Please feel free to send us an enquiry or contact us for a tailor-made China tour to meet your personal needs.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heaven, hutong, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Great Mosque, Muslim Street, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Xiaotaoyuan Mosque
Why Recommended: The most classical China tour itinerary is especially suitable for your first trip. You are going to visit the big-name attractions, as well as the renowned historical Muslim sites and communities in China. 

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Guilin, Hong Kong
Highlight Attractions: China Great Wall, Forbidden City, Niujie Mosque, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, hutong, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Muslim Street, the Bund, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden, Elephant Trunk Hill, Li River Cruise to Yangshuo, Victoria Peak, Aberdeen
Why Recommended: A well-crafted Muslim tour in China, you will experience local Muslim culture and life in China, apart from visiting ancient architecture wonders, UNESCO world natural and cultural heritages.

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Chongqing, Yichang, Shanghai
Highlight Attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Olympic Park, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Terracotta Warriors, Ancient City Wall of Xian, Tang Bo Art Museum, Muslim Quarter, Yangtze Cruise, Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Yuyuan Garden , The Bund
Why Recommended: Take a relaxed and enjoyable China holiday to the best tourist destinations in China, including ancient capitals and the country’s most legendary river. 

Destinations: Shanghai, Tongli Water Town, Suzhou, Hangzhou, Mt. Huangshan
Highlight Attractions: Shanghai Yuyuan Garden, Tongli Water Town, Humble Administrator Garden, West Lake, China Tea Museum, Mt. Huangshan, Chengkan Ancient Village
Why Recommended: Explore the highlights of East China to enjoy profound Chinese culture of tea and silk, elegant classical Chinese gardens, romantic water towns, and take wonderful pictures of Yellow Mountain. 

World Travelers' Reviews on Our China Tours

For decades, we have arranged China travel packages for many U.A.E tourists, e.g. Mr. Jailson (4 pax), who took 8 days China Tour. Check what he said: 
“I had many experiences during this wonderful trip in China:
1 - Beijing using a full day guide and car;
2 - Xian using a local guide in Terracota Warrior Site;
3 - Shanghai using friends
Due to the competency of Mr. Chin (our guide in Beijing), for sure our time there was the most productive and enjoyable.
Our next visit in China (I don't know when...), will include Guilin, Hong Kong, Taiwan, etc “ 

Travel Tips and Advice

To plan your trip to China from UAE, you also need guidance for the preparation and tips when traveling in China.
► What to Pack: Bring with passport, China visa and other required documents, the contact list with your hotel info and contact number of local guides (your travel consultant of TCT will send to you in advance), suitable clothes for different seasons, etc.  
► How to use phone & access internet in China: follow our guidance, you can use mobile phone and access internet (and Facebook, Instagram, etc) when traveling in China
► Accommodation in China: China hotels are classified according to the international standard. Check for different classes and what top China travel arrange for our clients.  
► Travel in China by plane: When taking China domestic flights, you are supposed to know the luggage allowance and restrictions in advance. There are also tips if you are traveling with kid or baby. 
► Tips for travel in China by train: Try bullet train in China. Here are useful tips for the train ticket booking procedure and how to take a train in China. 
United Abra Emirates Embassy in China: Street address and contact number of the Embassy of U.A.E in Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Guangzhou