EXPERIENCE IN TRAVELING TO CHINA FOR FIRST-TIME COMMISSIONERS
EXPERIENCE IN TRAVELING TO CHINA FOR FIRST-TIME COMMISSIONERS
China has always been a popular tourist destination for those who are intrigued by its rich culture, delicious cuisine, and breathtaking landscapes. For that reason, China has become an attractive tourist destination for tourists from all over the world to come and experience. But before going to China, do you know what you need to do to have the best trip experience? So we - Truong Sa Tourist will provide you with some important experiences and notes for you to have a complete trip in China.
1. Prepare documents before going
When traveling to another country, identification is always of utmost importance. To go to China, you need to get a Visa, you can't just need an ID card like when going domestically. There are areas about 150km from the Vietnam-China border where you will be able to use a travel document. For other places, you need to apply for a Chinese visa.
There are many types of Chinese visas, but if you want to travel, choose type L, which is a Chinese tourist visa. This category allows you to stay in China for 3 months, not exceeding 15 days per stay. If you want to learn more about Visas, go to the Chinese embassy in Vietnam for more details.
In Vietnam, there are 3 Consulate locations to apply for a visa to China: Hanoi, Da Nang, and Ho Chi Minh. These three locations are visa issuance centers authorized by the Embassy, not direct access to the Embassy as before.
In particular, before applying for a visa, you need to have a passport. When you come to China, buying sightseeing tickets, booking hotel rooms, or staying in accommodation also requires a passport. Therefore, if you intend to travel to China, quickly apply for a passport at least one and a half months in advance and then apply for a visa if you do not want to delay your trip.
So do I need to prepare any other documents? The answer here is yes because, in addition to passport and insurance, you need other documents such as itinerary information, hotel reservation confirmation, round-trip air tickets, train tickets, and invitation letters if any. the person invited to China or has relatives, proof of employment, proof of household registration, or an account statement. When applying for a self-sufficient Visa, they may ask you to bring these documents for the Visa interview.
2. SIM card
When you come to any country, you cannot lack internet for communication and entertainment. Buying a Chinese tourist sim card is also an important thing that you need to keep in mind before going so that when you go there, you can shop and pay conveniently because most Chinese people pay via Alipay. , Baidu,…. Currently, finding and buying a Chinese 4G SIM card in Vietnam is quite easy.
If you want to buy a SIM card in China, the airport or street stores are places that sell SIM cards to tourists and locals. However, registering a SIM card in China is quite difficult, and not all Chinese people are fluent in English.
That's why today, tourists often order Chinese SIM cards right in Vietnam. You can easily find information about buying a SIM card as well as suitable network types on the internet. The seller will also advise you enthusiastically without any language barriers. The price of a Chinese SIM card delivered in Vietnam is about 350 thousand VND.
3. Exchange Chinese currency
Changing money is something you cannot forget when traveling to China. This is something you must do because this will make it easier to be in a foreign country without encountering any problems.
Chinese currency is called the Yuan. So how much Vietnamese currency is 1 thousand yuan? Depending on the time, there are different exchange rates
So where should I exchange Chinese money? To have the most complete trip, we recommend that you exchange money in Vietnam. Banks are places where you can exchange money from many countries, but the procedures are a bit cumbersome and you have to wait a long time. Therefore, reputable gold shops will be the fastest to save you time.
4. Plan a trip to China
Planning an itinerary is an important step before traveling whether to China or anywhere else. It is not possible to just “go” because not everyone knows Chinese and not everyone in China can speak and understand English. Therefore, your communication and asking for directions there may be difficult. If you don't book a room or ticket in advance, you could be out on the streets.
Booking accommodation and booking train and bus tickets is the most important thing. Places close together can be visited in one day so you don't need to worry too much. However, you need to book accommodation and locations far away from each other. If you need to travel by train, car, or plane, you need to book tickets in advance.
5. Make a reservation in advance
You should book a room before going to avoid a "burned out" or unsatisfactory room situation. Choose a room that can be canceled for free or deducted upon arrival to ensure you don't lose money when unexpected problems arise that make it impossible to go as planned. And book a hotel room close to the train station and bus station for convenience.
6. Should find a tour to China or go on your own?
If you are not confident in your ability to communicate in Chinese and want a guide to better understand the beautiful scenery, you can refer to day tours or freelance guides on the internet.
However, if you don't want to search and book a room yourself and want to save time, you can join a China tour from Vietnam. Joining the tour, you will enjoy preferential prices for rooms, meals, sightseeing tickets, and travel insurance. If you travel with a group of 5-10 people, you can request a separate tour and schedule for more freedom. If you need to find a cheap China tour, come to our Truong Sa Tourist, we will not disappoint you.
7. Means of transportation in China
In our opinion, you should use public transportation because they are quite cheap and will be suitable for taxi drivers because sometimes there will be traffic jams and this will affect your trip.
+ Bus: The bus system in China has been developed to help you easily find your way to the necessary locations. In particular, traveling within a city using the bus is quite convenient, helping you save money compared to taking a taxi.
+ Train: This is a cheap means of transport suitable for the needs of most people. Tourists who want to travel to different provinces can use the train.
+ Subway: You can find the subway in big cities such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Shenzhen or Hong Kong.
8. Which season is best to travel to China?
First, people often determine the time to arrive in China to suit their schedule. It can be said that China is a country where you can experience travel all year round with countless destinations suitable for each season.
What is the best season to travel to China independently? The answer is around September - November, at this time the weather in China is cool, fresh, and extremely pleasant. You will also be able to admire autumn spreading across the streets of Beijing or the yellow leaves at the Great Wall. What a poetic, romantic scene!
Traveling to China in the fall is also the time when China celebrates National Day and Mid-Autumn Festival. Therefore, during this time, the number of tourists coming to China is quite crowded, causing hotel rooms to often run out quickly. You should contact and book early if you want to travel to China during this peak season!
9. Places to visit in China
a. Great Wall
b. Forbidden Thanh in Beijing
c. Emperor Qin's mausoleum
d. Jiuzhaigou scenic area
e. Hoang Cuu Tran Ward
f. Hong Kong Disneyland
g. Lijiang Old Town
Hopefully, this guide to traveling in China will make your trip more enjoyable and memorable. Truong Sa Tourist wishes you the best of luck on your journey! If you're looking for a worry-free tour of China, contact Truong Sa Tourist for expert advice.