Destination: China


Destination: China


What can I expect from China?

China has 22 unique provinces. With so much to see and do in this vast country, it can often get overwhelming to plan a trip – especially for first-time travelers. The following China travel guide will help you plan your trip and have the time of your life.

COVID-19 Travel Information for China

  • In March 2020, China suspended entry into the country for all foreigners.
  • Most visitors are not yet allowed entry to China.
  • Optimistically, China may open its borders in mid-2022.


  • Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games: domestic travel within China is open - but not international travel.
  • On March 15, 2021, China lifted various restrictions for certain travelers from these 23 countries.
  • Visitors coming for work/business or humanitarian reasons, like visiting family, can apply for visas, as can holders of the APEC Business Travel Card.
  • Permanent Residents of China may also return.
  • Everyone, however, must have been vaccinated with Chinese-made vaccines at least 15 days prior to entry.
  • China established has a Fast Lane agreement with Singapore, allowing business travelers.
  • Business travelers from South Korea are also allowed in.


Right now, there are three ways to go to China:

  1. Holding valid Chinese residence permit for work, personal matters, and family reunion
  2. Holding a diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visa
  3. Applying for a new China visa (the previous visa will not be canceled) only for work or emergency humanitarian needs, such as visiting a seriously ill family member


China Quarantine Rules

Vaccinated and unvaccinated persons have to quarantine for 14 days a hotel assigned by the government upon arrival in China.

The quarantine expenses lie between about CN¥400–600 (around US$60 - $95) per day paid at your own cost.


Things to See and Do in China

  • See the Forbidden City
  • Climb the Great Wall of China
  • Try Peking Duck
  • Hike Zhangjiajie - The Avatar Mountains
  • See the Terracotta Warriors
  • Eat local Hot Pot
  • Do a Cruise on the Yangtze River
  • Explore the Rice Terraces

Typical Costs When Traveling

Accommodation – With China’s rapidly growing tourism industry, there is accommodation for all budgets available. My favorite place to stay when visiting Beijing is the stunning Rosewood Beijing, a luxury hotel in Chaoyang District.

Food – Because China’s enormous size, the food is different in every corner of the country – but Chinese chefs have identified eight culinary traditions as the best:

  • Shandong Cuisine: fresh and salty with a lot of seafood dishes.
  • Sichuan and Hunan cuisines: hot spice.
  • Guangdong (Cantonese), Zhejiang, Jiangsu cuisines: great seafood, and generally sweet and light flavors.
  • Anhui and Fujian cuisines: inclusion of wild foods from their mountains.

Transportation – Most cities in China has a subway system. Traveling between cities is easily done by bullet train or cheap domestic flights.

Suggested daily budget

30-50 EUR / 33-56 USD

(Note: This is a suggested budget assuming you’re staying in a hostel, eating out a little, cooking most of your meals, and using local transportation.

Using the budget tips below, you can always lower this number. However, if you stay in fancier accommodation or eat out more often, expect this to be higher!)

Money Saving Tips

  • Eat at local restaurants. Foreign restaurants are usually more expensive compared to local food. Plus, you get to experience authentic Chinese food!
  • Use Public Transportation. Unfortunately, many taxi driver try to take advantage of tourists - especially if you don't speak Chinese. Using public transportation like buses, trains and the subway is a lot cheaper!
  • Pre-book your tickets. Many attractions charge more when you buy admission tickets at the entrance. If you pre-book your tickets, using Klook for example, you'll save some serious coin!
  • Use student discounts. If you're a student, you will be able to get a lot of discounts in China. Simply bring your student ID card and present it at a ticket booth.


I’m always surprised how many people travel without travel insurance. For me, it’s as essential to travel as buying a plane ticket, backpack or accommodation, and I never go without it.

Although China is relatively safe, unexpected natural disasters can always happen and I’ve witnessed people getting laptops and phones pickpocketed first hand.

Adequate insurance not only provides you with medical coverage (if you get sick or break your leg), but also covers things like your camera full of epic shots getting damaged or stolen, your flights getting cancelled, or you getting caught up in a natural disaster.

In short, it’s an insurance against potential issues that arise when you’re traveling and can save your life (or at the very least, a lifetime of debt).

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China is one of my favorite travel destinations and I’d recommend anyone interested in Asia and history to visit. The Great Wall of China and the Forbidden City are among some of the most impressive historic attractions around the world and should be on anyone’s bucket list.

The following blog posts will help you plan your trip to China. Whether you are looking to travel around China independently or want to join a guided tour, you’ll find what you need in these related articles: