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China Travel Tips For An Enjoyable Visit

China is a land steeped in ancient mists, from the gates of the Forbidden City to the rich silt flowing along the Chang Jiang (Yangtze) River. It has long captivated us with its vibrant dancing dragons, magnificent fireworks, and tasty cuisine. Travel to China has become popular in the last decade, with tourism picking up and cruise lines sailing along its coast. When traveling to any foreign country, it is important to remember that there are different customs, laws and regulations and to have a safe and enjoyable trip you should be aware of the differences.

China has many international airports, including in Beijing, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Nanjing, and Wuhan. Most nationalities will need a visa to enter China and you will need to get this visa before entering China. Visas are only available at immigration for special emergency situations.

There are so many fantastic places to visit in China, but it can be hard to know where to go and what to do. Focusing on a particular city or region may be one way to go, or you might choose to join a travel group and tour across China. The capital city of Beijing might be a great place to start!


Beijing, once known as Peking, is located in northeastern China. It is a city that has been continuously habited for thousands of years and it is where 25,000 year old fossils of ancient humans have been found. Beijing does get hot and humid in the summer, reaching highs of 30 degrees, due to the Asian monsoon weather. The spring and fall are short time periods, but celebrating Chinese New Year in Beijing in the spring is a once-in-a-lifetime experience!

If you are looking for famous Chinese history, then Beijing is the place to visit. Iconic locations in the city include the Forbidden Palace, Temple of Heaven, and Tian’anmen Square. Contrasting beautifully with the heritage architecture are many of the new buildings built for the 2008 summer Olympics. Even though the designs of the Birds Nest Stadium and National Swimming Centre Water Cube are modern and futuristic, they follow the principles of ancient Chinese design and harmony. There are many fine museums to visit like the National Art Museum of China or the Beijing Museum of Natural History. Just outside Beijing are the Thirteen Tombs of the Ming Dynasty and you can even visit sections of the Great Wall. You should also stop by the Beihair Park to witness masterpieces of Chinese gardening and don’t forget to visit the Giant Pandas at the Beijing Zoo.

A trip to China will be a memorable and does not have to be baffling or stressful. Just do your research, pick your focus points and enjoy both the visit and the Peking duck!

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