How to Plan a Trip to China
It may be daunting to plan a trip to China even if you have already experienced many travels abroad. If it is your first time to visit China, then here are some simple steps to help you in planning your trip.
The places in China where you want to go is the first thing that you should consider. The favorite spots include Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai. But it would also be nice to visit Guilin and Chengdu. Choose places that will interest you much. Research on these areas and consider where you really want to go. It is important also to determine the activities that can be done in these places.
Include Beijing in your itinerary if you want to see a mix of history and modernity. The Forbidden City and the Great Wall are things to see in Beijing.
You will discover much of China’s history in Xi’an. It was here that China began as a nation. China’s first emperor ruled here. This is the place of the famous grand Terracotta Army, the Wild Big Goose Pagodas, and the Great Mosque.
The largest and showiest city of China in Shanghai. This the modern city has a great skyline with towering buildings. Hangzhou, Suzhou or Huangshan are water towns that you can tour.
If you want some picturesque scenery then you can visit Guilin where a Chinese minority lives. You can see many beautiful landscapes and you can escape from the city to relax here. In Yangshuo, you can cruise the Li River. If you are interested in the minority culture you can spend some days at the Longji Rice Terraces. You will also experience their tiered fields and get to experience the minority tribes of Zhuang and Yao.
If you want to see giant pandas, then you should visit Chengdu. In Chengdu you also get to taste great cuisine like the Spicy Sichuan hotpot.
So, after picking your destination, decide how long you will stay. A week in China would be ideal if you don’t just want to scratch the surface of China.
It is important to be aware of the gateway cities and China’s visa policy. For international flights, you can go to gateway cities like Beijing and Shanghai. Hong Kong is also a gateway city for entering China.
One of your considerations should be the best time to travel to China. Throughout the year it is ideal to visit China’s cultural and historical attraction. If you will do anything in these regions, seasons don’t affect it. It is during spring and autumn or from April to October that you can best and the most comfortable time to go to China.
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