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Plan Your Trip to China

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Planning a trip to China can be intimidating. There are a few things to do before you travel that are required, like ensuring your passport is current and getting a visa for China. Then you'll need to do some itinerary planning to make sure you see everything you want to and have time for. And of course, you will want to do a little reading on etiquette and how to get around China. A little pre-trip planning will help you have a fantastic trip during your travel to China.
  1. Chinese Culture and Travel
  2. Know Before You Go
  3. What to Pack
  4. Health & Medical Info
  5. After You Arrive - Practical Info
  6. Getting Around
  1. Destinations & Maps
  2. How to Pay for Stuff: Money & Bargaining
  3. China Weather
  4. Traveling with Kids
  5. Itineraries
  6. Tour Operators and Companies

Chinese Culture and Travel

Everybody experiences a little bit of culture shock when visiting a new place.

Know Before You Go

Information you should know before you head off on your trip to the Middle Kingdom.

What to Pack

Packing for a trip like China can be daunting. It's good to know what you need to take, what you can leave behind and what you can find once you're there - leaving you plenty of room for the treasure you'll want to bring home with you.

Health & Medical Info

One of the top concerns of travelers to China is what shots they need and how to avoid getting sick.

After You Arrive - Practical Info

Information on everyday concerns such as nuisances, getting around, drinking water safety, etc.

Getting Around

Here's some ammunition for getting around China on your own. Navigating airports, trains, buses and taxis can be a daunting task for even the most traveled, Add a language you don't know on top and you might just have a little trouble.

Destinations & Maps

Quick-look indexes to China's provinces, municipalities and administrative zones.

How to Pay for Stuff: Money & Bargaining

The old standby used to be traveler's checks but times have changed. While ATMs are everywhere, the credit card is not nearly as ubiquitously used as in the West. Find out the best way to manage your cash in China, as well as how to spend it...don't forget prices are negotiable!

China Weather

China is a big country so the weather in one place in October won't be the same in another place. You'll have different weather inland than on the coast. The north will be different from the south. Find out all about the different climates to help you plan when to go and what to take with you.

Traveling with Kids

A little information to prepare you for travel to China with your kids goes a long way. That said, China is one of the most kid-friendly places on the planet so bring your kids and enjoy.

Itineraries

Here are some sample itineraries to help you decide where to go and for how long.

Tour Operators and Companies

You may come over with a company or book in with a small private one for a day-trip. Here are a few I have experience with.

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