China is a country with deep traditions and diverse landscapes. Travelers to China can expect a unique experience that will include beautiful scenery of every variety, incredible food, fascinating cultural discoveries, and so much more. For many, it is very challenging to take in all that China has to offer in a single trip. To make the most of the time and resources that are available to you, it can be helpful to try to focus your itinerary on a few regions, points of interests, and activities that can be given the time needed to truly take it all in. Trying to pack your itinerary too full can be overwhelming and may diminish your enjoyment of this incredible destination.
Getting Started with your China Travel Planning
Many travelers to China have opted for the planning assistance from tour operators, like Wendy Wu Tours, that specialize in travel to China. By utilizing the knowledge and connections that are available through a reputable tour coordinator, you increase your likelihood of having an enjoyable visit to China. You can choose to be part of a group tour or can have a tailor made private vacation. You will have the opportunity to focus on the sights, tastes, and sounds of this beautiful country without having to fuss with the travel logistics.
If you are planning your first trip to China, it can be helpful to do plenty of online research or consult with a travel planner to narrow down the time of year you plan to travel, the key destinations you hope to visit, and the various activities you wish to experience. China is a large country with diverse offerings in every region. By starting to focus your itinerary, you can better define the resources that are available to assist you in the detailed planning of your trip.
Seasons for Travel
The climate in China varies dramatically each season and can even vary from region to region. However, the most pleasant temperatures can generally be experienced in late spring and early fall throughout China. Even during the preferred months for travel (May & September), it is important to pack clothes that can be added or removed in comfortable layers as the temperature fluctuates.
High and low tourism seasons in China are also important to consider as you make your travel plans. Congestion in major cities and at popular tourist attractions can be overwhelming during high seasons, making it a challenge to secure travel arrangements. High Season in China generally coincides with national holidays and school breaks.
While the English language has been included in the curriculum of many schools in China, language barriers still many challenges for travelers in China. It can be valuable to take a few language classes before traveling, or at least invest in a pocket translator or Chinese phrase book.
Entry & Exit
Entry into China requires a Visa and a minimum of six months validity on the passport. It is important to check on the status of your passport before making travel arrangements. Depending on the locations you are looking to explore in China, a permit may be required for entry. It is advisable to check into the entry and exit regulations for your various destinations in China before you finalize your travel itinerary.
Health & Safety
While it may be unlikely that you will ever require medical or safety assistance while visiting China, it is valuable to have an understanding of the standards you can expect. All travelers in China are held to the laws of the Chinese government. Chinese police have the authority to detain and possibly deport any tourist that does not comply with local laws and regulations.
Health care accommodations in China are not equivalent to the standards found in many industrialized nations. Most urban areas have adequate medical facilities and staff to handle a variety of medical issues. However, it can often be a challenge to find English speaking medical staff and there are very few patient protection regulations in place in China. In rural areas in China, the facilities have limited resources and supplies, as well as minimal qualified healthcare staff.
For the best health and safety care while you travel in China, it can be beneficial to secure the services of a recognized travel agency that is experienced in travel in China. These travel agencies have developed trusted relationships throughout the country to ensure the safety and well being of their clients. It is encouraged that you take precautious for your health and safety while traveling overseas.
China has so many amazing places to discover that it will become a place to visit time and again. Travel planning is the key to enjoying a successful vacation in this beautiful and dynamic country.