Before you jet off to China, it's important to know your stuff. What to pack, what to expect - you don't want to turn up in the airport and realise you've got a suitcase full of irrelevant clothes and no visa! China can be a difficult country to navigate so having a good knowledge of the place you're going to be exploring before you arrive means you'll have a bit less culture shock to deal with. Never fear - Travel Nation is here to help! Here are our a few things you need to know before travelling to China.
Several websites are difficult to access in China, including Google mail, Twitter and Facebook. If any of these sites are your main way of keeping in touch with friends and family at home, make sure you warn them that they may not hear from you for a while to avoid any worry or confusion.
To enter China you need a visa in your passport before you arrive, you can't buy one on arrival. We recommend using the services of a company like The VisaMachine for quick and easy visa processing that will take the hassle out of getting your Chinese visa (especially if it is part of a multi-country itinerary).
Chinese trains are the most efficient way of travelling long distances but they book up very very early, especially at peak times like summer and Chinese New Year. If you want to do a train journey, make sure you book ahead or you might be stuck somewhere for a lot longer than you planned!
Pack light clothes with lots of layers. In China you can go from shivering on the Great Wall to baking hot in muggy Yangshuo so layers mean you can easily stay comfortable during your visit.
China's certainly a fascinating destination! If you're interested in visiting, we can show you how to include China in your round the world ticket, and we can also help create a 'soft landing' when you arrive. If you're looking for a tailor-made China holiday, we can arrange flights, transfers, accommodation and local tours - just call us on +44 1273320580 or request a quote by email.