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How to Plan a Trip to China from Vietnam


Want an inclusive guide for how to plan a trip to China from Vietnam? Here we offer it to you. Vietnam is a neighbor of China, and Vietnamese travelers are somewhat familiar with China tours, but you may still want such a China trip planning guide.

This guide will help you make a full preparation of planning a trip to China from Vietnam, and it centers on 5 important things in early-stage preparations about China tour: when to visit China, where to visit in China(best places to visit in China), how to get to China from Vietnam(flight from Vietnam to China), how many days to stay in China, and how to apply Chinese visa in Vietnam. Except these, it also gives information about China tour packages, and other travel tips.

Forbidden City
(Forbidden City/ Beijing)

Flight from Vietnam to China

Vietnam is China's neighbor in south, and borders on Yunnan province and Guangxi province in China. From Vietnam to China, we recommend you take flight, due to convenience. Nonstop flights are available from Vietnam to many cities in China like Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong, Kunming, Nanning, Shenzhen, Hangzhou and Changsha.

Best way from Vietnam to China: flight.

Distance from Vietnam to China: 2,457   km.

► Flight time from Vietnam to China: +1 h.

Flight type from Vietnam to China: nonstop flights, connecting flights.

China major arrival cities: Guangzhou, Beijing, Shanghai, Hong Kong.

Vietnam major departure cities: Hanoi, Ho Chi Min City, Da Nang.

Flight from Hanoi to China:

  Distance Flight Type Flight Time
Hanoi → Guangzhou 800 km nonstop flight 1 h 25 min
Hanoi → Hong Kong 873 km nonstop flight 2 h 
Hanoi → Shanghai 1,925 km nonstop flight 3 h 15 min
Hanoi → Beijing 2,325 km nonstop flight 3 h 35 min
Hanoi → Nanning 328 km nonstop flight 1 h


Apply Chinese Visa in Vietnam

For Vietnamese travelers, Chinese visa is required to enter China. Thus, you need to apply Chinese visa in Vietnam before flying to China. Here are some tips for you to apply Chinese visa.

Chinese visa
(Chinese visa)

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

Duration of stay: usually 30 days.

Required materials for submission:

  • 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

Time of visa collection: usually 4 weekdays after submission.

Visa fee: Vietnamese travelers shall pay 60 USD for single entry, and 25 USD for urgent service, 37 USD for extra urgent service.

Where to apply Chinese visa: Chinese Embassy in Vietnam.

Chinese Embassy in Vietnam:

  • Address: 46 Hoang Dieu Road, Hanoi, Vietnam
  • Email: chinaemb_vn@mfa.gov.cn
  • Tel: 00844-38453736


When to Visit China

What's the best time to visit China? when should you visit China? And here gives you a brief introduction about when to visit China.

Jiuzhai Valley

(Jiuzhai Valley/ Jiuzhaigou)

Best time to visit China: April to October.

Golden time to visit China: September and October.

Winter Time to visit China: December, January and February. In winter, Vietnamese travelers could see snow mountains, snow carving, and China snow town, and go skiing.

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

China weather in spring: spring is a warm season in China, though March is a bit cold in the north of China. Spring is also a rainy season, please bring an umbrella while travelling.

Best places to visit in China in spring: Dongchuan Red Land(Kunming), Li River(Guilin), Daocheng Yading, Mount Huangshan(Huangshan).

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

China weather in summer: hot almost everywhere in China, but you could find some great attractions to cool down. For travelling to China in summer, you are advised to bring hat, sunglass, and sun cream to protect yourself.

Best places to visit in China in summer: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park(Zhangjiajie), Mount Huashan(Xian), Qinghai Lake(Xining), Tiger Leaping Gorge(Lijiang), West Lake(Hangzhou).

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

China weather in autumn: sunny days with comfortable temperature, but November could be a bit cold in the north of China. Autumn is a great season for visiting China, because it has great weather for outdoor activities.

Best places to visit in China in autumn: Great Wall(Beijing), Terracotta Warriors(Xian), Jiuzhai Valley(Jiuzhaigou), Longji Rice Terrace(Guilin).

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

China weather in winter: cold in China. The south of China is a bit cold, while the north of China could be frigid, and have heavy snows.

Best places to visit in China in winter: Jade Dragon Snow Mountain(Lijiang), Xiling Snow Mountain(Chengdu), Harbin Ice and Snow World, China Snow Town(Harbin).


Best Places to Visit in China

Don't know where to visit in China? Don't worry, here is the infromation you need about best places to visit in China, including those you have heard of and those you may not know.

Great wall
(Great Wall/ Beijing)

Best places to visit in China: we have sorted best places to visit in China into different kinds according to themes.

Top tourist cities in China: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai, Chengdu, Guilin, Zhangjiajie, Hangzhou, Kunming.
Most beautiful places in China: Guilin, Hangzhou, Jiuzhaigou, Daocheng Yading, Kunming, Lijiang, Shangrila.
Top attractions in China: Great Wall, Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors, Li River, Jiuzhai Valley, West Lake.
China winter destinations: Harbin, Huangshan, Chengdu, Lijiang, Beijing.
Famous mountains in China: Mount Huangshan, Mount Huashan, Mount Emei, Mt. Putuo, Mt. Jiuhua.

Shanghai Disneyland
(Shanghai Disneyland)

Shanghai: one of the most modern cities in China, great for a family tour. You could go to historical and cultural sites, like The Bund, and Zhujiajiao Water Town, taste delicious Chinese food, see Shanghai panorama from those skyscrapers, have a Huangpu River cruise, and meet romance and happiness in Shanghai Disneyland.

Guilin: a beautiful city, famous for natural sceneries. Guilin has many picturesque attractions and interesting activities, and you could go hiking to Longji Rice Terrace, go cycling in Yangshuo, have a cruise on Li River, see marvelous caves in Reed Flute Cave. Besides. Guilin is really close to Vietnam, and for Vietnamese travelers it is convenient to go to Guilin.

Guangzhou: one of the best places to have a family vacation in China, renown for Chimelong Resort, including Chimelong Paradise, Chimelong Safari Park, Chimelong Water Park, and Chimelong International Circus. At night, you could go to Canton Tower to see the beautiful Guangzhou, or take a Pearl River cruise, or taste Canton food. You will love this city for its inclusiveness, entertainment and cuisine.


How Many Days to Stay in China

Mount Huangshan
(Mount Huangshan/ Huangshan)

Considering Vietnam is so close to China, Vietnamese travelers could visit China many times, and they tend to make short trips to China, like 5-10 days. If you don't know how many days to stay in China, here we recommend you some China tour itineraries for reference.

For a 5-7 days trip to China, you may visit 1-2 cities, like the following:

For a 7-10 days trip to China, you could visit 2-4 cities in China, like this: 


Recommended China Tour Packages for Vietnamese Travelers

5 Days Guilin and Yangshuo Tour

Li River
(Li River/ Guilin)

Destination: Guilin, Yangshuo.

Highlight attractions: Longji Rice Terraces, Li River, Reed Flute Cave, Elephant Trunk Hill.

Top Reasons: Guilin is not far away from Vietnam. Vietnamese travelers could flight to Nanning, then to Guilin, which takes few hours. Guilin is a pretty beautiful city, with a grand picture composed of green mountains, clean rivers, and splendid caves.

8 Days Beijing-Xian-Shanghai Group Tour

Terracotta warriors
(Terracotta Warriors)

Destinations: Beijing, Xian, Shanghai.

Highlight attractions: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Temple of Heaven, Terracotta Warriors, The Bund, Yuyuan Garden, Oriental Pearl Tower.

Top Reasons: to see the ancient China in Beijing and Xian, and see modern China in Shanghai. Beijing, and Xian have so many precious historical relics and cultural relics for you to see, and great ancient buildings to visit. Shanghai, as one of the most modern cities in China, has great city views and interesting activities for Vietnamese travelers.

10 Days Best Yunnan Tour

Jade Dragon Snow Mountain
(Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Lijiang)

Destinations: Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Shangri-la.

Highlight attractions: Kunming Stone Forest, Three Pagodas, Erhai, Lijiang Ancient Town, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain, Sumtsaling Monastery, Potatso National Park.

Top Reasons: Yunnan is a popular tourist region, famous for 4 tourist cities. Each of them has distinctive attractions, like Stone Forest in Kunming, Jade Dragon Snow Mountain in Lijiang, Erhai in Dali, Potatso National Park in Shangrila, and those beautiful attractions are worth visiting.


Travel Tips in China

China Overview: read China facts and fast to know China.

Customer service center: various travel tips which you need, like how to access to internet in China, luggage allowance in China, and accommodation in China.

China travel guide book(Free Download PDF): free travel guide books are available to help you plan a trip to China from Vietnam.