Visiting China: Some Tips


For someone living in Europe or North America, visiting China is not exactly the easiest thing to figure out. The country is one of the difficult places to travel because of the bureaucracy. First, you need to figure out what type of visa you need then you need to submit the papers and pay the fee. Once you get to China, you must register with the police within 24 hours of arrival (hotels will typically do this for you, though) and don’t forget to carry the papers with you all the time (passport, etc). You also need to get an exit visa before departure. If that sounds annoying, then consider a tour because it will minimize the stress for you.

Whether you choose to travel independently or you want to travel in an organized way (tour), make sure to check out the highlights of Beijing . One of the most visited parts of the Great Wall of China is located near Beijing. Just look for information at the hotel and you’ll be able to book a tour to visit the wall. Another must-see place is the Forbidden City. It is the largest, best-preserved wooden-structure ancient architectural complex in the world. Other stunning places to visit include: the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and the Ming Tombs.

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But China is much more than just Beijing. Book one of the domestic flights in China and head to Xi’an, where you’ll find the Terracotta Army. It was discovered in 1974 and comprises four pits. Pit one is home to the main army, estimated at 8,000 figures.

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