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China is one of the most searched countries on Google. It is very important to get the right travel information before heading to China, whether you are traveling for business or go on a personal holiday. China is not a land of palm trees, hammocks on the beach, and parties until the late hours on the coast.

 

Yet China is becoming increasingly popular among backpackers and travelers. And rightly so! It may not have the tropical beaches of Malaysia or the peace you will find in Nepal, it has beautiful cultural sights and beautiful nature in the interior regions. China even has 45 sights or nature reserves that are on the UNESCO World Heritage List! It is a country that is literally unmissable.

 

Why visit China?

China’s magnificent culture came about 2,000 years ago during the well-known Han Dynasty. The centuries-old buildings in the country still stand with the Great Wall as the best-known highlight. Yet this age-old culture is overtaken by modern skyscrapers and a 24/7 economy with the speed of light. The combination of old and new makes China such an endlessly fascinating destination.

 

The first thing you notice when you travel in China is the amount of people. Outside the cities in the middle and east of the country are villages that seem to last endlessly, connected to highways. People live here in peace drinking tea, eating with chopsticks, praying in smoky temples and living in crowds of people.

 

Before looking at all the different highlights of China we will give you some general travel information about China. Everything from visa requirements & the best time to visit to the delicious Chinese food you will find there. Take a look below!

Black Dragon Pool in China

China – Everything You Need to Know Before You Leave

China is one of the most searched countries on Google. It is very important to get the right travel information before heading to China, whether you are traveling for business or go on a personal holiday. Above all, you will have to prepare your trip well. China is not a land of palm trees, hammocks

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Chinese yuan banknotes

China – Prepare Your Budget Using Our Experience & Tips

China is not the first country you think of when you want to go on a holiday to Asia. Yet it is one of the most versatile and beautiful countries in Asia. But what exactly does traveling in China cost? One thing is certain; your budget for China will be somewhat higher than for other

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Female backpacker in front of mountains in China

China – Our Tips on Backpacking in this Versatile Country

China will not be at the top of many people’s ‘places to backpack’ list. Yet it is a great country for backpacking! The distances are large but the transportation options are endless! In addition, the country has an incredible amount to offer with spectacular nature, booming cities, and lots of cultural highlights. The big advantage

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Shanghai Cityscape

China – Our Tips on Different Ways of Spending the Night Here

If you are traveling to China, you also have to spend the night there. Especially with a backpack trip it is important to rest well. In terms of overnight stays in China you have many options. Whether you are looking for a budget hostel in Lijiang or a super-luxury hotel in Beijing, everything is available

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Chinese food plates in a restaurant

China – Our Tips on Chinese Food in China

Because China is a large country, the Chinese food is also very varied. This is partly due to the fact that China has many climatic areas, which means that different types of food are available. In addition, the country has many inhabitants and many cultures, each with their own kitchens. You cannot really speak of

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Cheerful doctor with a syringe

China – Which Vaccinations Are Required to Travel Here?

When you travel to China, good preparation is important. That is always the case when you travel, but a trip through China is a bit different; the culture, people, nature, religion, everything about China is (very) different than we are used to. Proper preparation for your holiday in China is important to prevent unpleasant surprises.

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River in China with beautiful colors

China – Best Time to Visit & Average Weather

Whether you are walking on the Chinese wall, on your way to the Terracotta Army, Lushan National Park or visiting the interior regions of China, it’s nice to have good weather. Due to the size of the country, the best time to visit China can sometimes differ. Good weather can give your trip that little

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China – All Means of Transportation Explained

A lot can be said about the transport in China. Not because there are many means of transport, but because the country is many times larger than other countries in South East Asia. What is the best way to travel in this immense country? There is a big difference in China between transport in the

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China – Visa Requirements & How-To Apply

Arranging a visa for China is a “wonderful” job. It is a nice introduction to the bureaucracy of the country. It is all quite time-consuming and quite a lot of work to apply for a China visa. And you have to do it well because without a visa you will definitely not be able to

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Highlights of China

There is so much to see! We all know the Great Wall, Beijing or Shanghai, but travel west or north and you will come to a completely different world. You leave the cities behind and the masses of people become thinner and thinner.

 

You will not find the “Chinese” here; ethnic minorities live here, ranging from animistic hill tribes to urban Muslims. The magical landscape here is dominated by green rice fields, foggy hills, remains of the ancient Silk Road, and the majestic mountains of Tibet.

 

Be surprised by a country with two faces. The chaos of the big cities and the culture and nature in the interior regions. China is a country that you cannot ignore, literally! Here are some of the best highlights to visit in China:

Karst mountains landscape near Guilin

Karst Mountains – Our Tips on this Beautiful Area in China

China is not known to most people because of its beautiful nature. The best-known highlights are the temples in Beijing, the Great Wall, and the Terracotta Army. Yet China has a beautiful landscape that many people unfortunately forget during their trip through China. The Karst Mountains are such an area. Before you continue reading, we

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Shangri-La monasteries next to the wetlands

Shangri-La – A Beautiful Area Surrounded by Tibetan Monasteries

In Shangri-La, you will feel like you’re in Tibet rather than in China. The city is also called Zhongdian and is located high in the mountains between Yunnan, Sichuan and Tibet. Shangri-La is situated in a beautiful area surrounded by a few beautiful Tibetan monasteries.   Shangri-La Shangri-La, or Zhongdian, was an unknown city until

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Footbridge to Pavilion on Wuzhizhou Island

Wuzhizhou Island – The Maldives of China

Wuzhizhou Island is also called the “Maldives of China”. It is the place in China for diving. Wuzhizhou is a small island with a holiday village just off the coast of Hainan. The crystal clear sea, beautiful beaches, rare wildlife and coral reefs are the main attractions here.   Wuzhizhou Island Wuzhizhou Island is one

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North Sea in China

Beihai – One of the Most Beautiful Destinations in China

Beihai has been named as one of the five most beautiful holiday destinations in China. And rightly so because with its vast sea, long sandy beaches, islands, lakes and forested mountains, Beihai is a unique place in China. Silver Beach is what people mean, one of the best and most beautiful beaches in China.  

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Landscape of Zhangjiajie

Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – Avatar in Real Life

Anyone who is a fan of Avatar, and especially the flying mountains of Pandora, should not miss the Zhangjiajie National Forest Park. The park is located in the northwest of Hunan and consists of a mystical landscape of sand and limestone rocks that provide a breathtaking and spectacular view. With more than 3,000 rocks that

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Five Flower lake with azure water in Jiuzhaigou

Jiuzhaigou National Park – A Beautiful Nature Reserve in China

One of the most beautiful nature reserves in China can be found in the Jiuzhaigou National Park in Sichuan province. Every year more than two million people come here to marvel at the bizarre blue lakes, the gigantic waterfalls, green forests and snowy peaks. Everything looks great here, from well-maintained hiking trails to beautiful camping

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Huangshan Mountain View

Huangshan – The Most Beautiful Mountain Range in China

Huangshan is also called the Yellow Mountains. It is located in the east of China and is one of the largest sights in the country. It is said that once you have seen the peaks of Huangshan you will never want to climb another mountain again. Although that may be a bit exaggerated, the view

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Ancient buildings and canals in Suzhou

Suzhou – Our Tips on the Venice Of China

The Venice of China, that’s how Suzhou is often described. Whoever comes here immediately understands why; the canals, boats and even gondolas are reminiscent of the world famous city in Italy. Even Marco Polo once called the city one of the most beautiful cities in China! Suzhou is an old, charming trading town bordering the

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Yunnan – The Most Magical Landscape in All of China

A world of difference from the rest of China; Yunnan is a paradise where you will find the most magical landscape in all of China! From impressive rice fields and snow-capped mountain tops in the north to remote mountain villages and small temples that rarely attract tourists. Yunnan is a beautiful region where nature will

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Lijiang – The Most Beautiful & Atmospheric Town in China

Lijiang is a maze of streets, rickety old wooden buildings, bridges, and flowing canals. It makes it one of the most visited cities in the north of Yunnan. Lijiang is similar to Suzhou because of the many canals. Both cities are also called the Venice of Asia. Since 1997, this beautiful village has been on

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Terracotta Army in Xian in China

Terracotta Army – Watching Over China’s First Emperor

The Terracotta Army is an archaeological find of 9,099 stone soldiers that served as a “gift” for the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. The army is located near the city of Xi’an. The Terracotta Army is an interesting spectacle, but the story behind it is just as bizarre.   The Terracotta

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View from Mount Hua, Hua Shan

Mount Hua – One of the Five Holy Mountains in China

For the active traveler who enjoys an adventure, a visit to Mount Hua (Hua Shan) is a great option. This is a mountain in China, near the city of Xi’an where you can also find the Terracotta army. Although it is certainly not the highest mountain (the top is 2,155 meters, about 7000 feet), it

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Yulong river in Yangshuo

Yangshuo – A Cozy Backpacker’s Village Close to the Li River

Yangshuo is not a traditional Chinese mountain village, for that you will have to go more into the countryside. Yangshuo is, however, an internationally known backpacker’s village with an unprecedented cozy atmosphere. It is the perfect base for a stay in this beautiful region.   For many people this region is a highlight of their

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Palm trees and green nature on the island of Hainan

Hainan – An Island With The Most Beautiful Beaches in China

Hainan is the best-known island of China with the most beautiful beaches. It is also the largest tropical island. Where you don’t immediately think of tropical islands in China, Hainan has all the characteristics with its wonderful climate, coconut palm trees, golden sandy beaches, and clear blue water. It is not a typical get-away-from-it-all island,

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Shanghai city aerial view at night

Shanghai – Our Tips on the Largest & Best-Known City in China

Shanghai is the largest city in China, but it is not the capital. That honor goes to Beijing. There are more than 23 million people living in Shanghai (2013), making it one of the largest cities in the world in terms of population! Shanghai “only” has an area of ​​6,340 km² (2448 square miles). You

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Beijing – Our Tips on the Capital & Oldest City in China

Beijing has been the capital of China since the Mongolian Yuan Dynasty, making it one of the oldest cities in China. The city has almost 20 million inhabitants and is, therefore, in terms of inhabitants, only behind Shanghai as China’s largest city. The city of Beijing is one of contrasts; modern shopping centers alternate with

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Tiananmen Square in Beijing

Tiananmen Square – A Significant Place in Chinese History

Tiananmen Square is named after the Tiananmen (The Gate of Heavenly Peace). It is located in Beijing and, together with the Forbidden City, Great Wall and Temple of Heaven, is one of the best-known attractions in or around Beijing. The Tiananmen Tower, Mao’s Mausoleum, the Monument of the People’s Heroes and the Great Hall of

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Summer Imperial Palace on the Outskirts of Beijing

Summer Palace – A Collection of Art in the Heart of Beijing

This former playground of the emperors is located about 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) outside of Beijing and is a beautiful, typical Chinese park. The Summer Palace is also called Yiheyuan or Qingyi Garden. You can easily spend a day here walking around temples, gardens, pavilions, lakes, bridges, towers, and paths. It has been open to

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Our Top Tips for China

Traveling through China is very different from traveling in Southeast Asia. The country is much larger, so you have to plan your trips better. But the people and their habits are also very different. It takes some getting used to when you hear Chinese chatter or spit beside you. That makes traveling challenging (in our opinion). We have a number of tips for you.

 

  • Usually, reservations are not required except during the Golden Week. The entire country will then be free from work. These weeks fall in February (around the Chinese New Year), the first week of May, and first week of October.
  • The street food is very good in China. Push your boundaries and try some of the strange but delicious dishes.
  • Fun fact; China is one of the largest wine exporters in the world. A great wine is, therefore, easy to find in China.
  • They often speak better English in (youth) hostels than in fancy hotels. And locals who speak English are happy to help you on your way.
  • There are plenty of ATMs in China and they all accept Western bank cards as well as credit cards in larger cities.