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Tourism in China: what you need to know

Find here all the information you need to plan your stay in China. We have selected the best of in China to guide you on your journey, retained hotels with good prices and amenities, and collected information to get there. Many maps are provided to help you find your way.

Where to stay in China

The accommodation offer consists mainly of higher category hotels and they are in all . in China is the kind of place where you should not book your hotel without benchmarking (neither let someone else booking for you). Why ? Because in China you will find very different hotels, including few you should not book with.  : moreover, some 4-star hotels that we do not prefer to quote here charge prices really too high in the high season compared to their level of quality.

The 5-star hotels in China

In China hotels are renowned for their good infrastructure and the comfort of their rooms, but variations in quality exist from one hotel to another. Here are some ways to help you book the best.

In China and in the immediate vicinity there are more than a hundred 5-star hotels. Not always easy to book at the best ones. Fortunately we are here to guide you in your choice.

4-star hotels in China

China is definitely a good choice for a comfortable stay in a 4-star establishment. Hotels in this category are well known and you should not be disappointed. If you're in a hurry, just read the following tips for choosing the best hotel China.

You make good choice if you book at Hangzhou Queen''s Park Hotel (one of the best option in Hangzhou), at Dreamer Inn (a breathtaking establishment ) or at SSAW Boutique Hotel Shanghai Bund.

Questions and Answers

What is the best hotel in China? The best place to stay in China is at Eastern House Boutique Hotel in Xi'an.

What is the best 4 stars hotel in China? The best 4 stars hotel in China is the Hangzhou Queen''s Park Hotel in Hangzhou.

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How to get to China

Going to China by plane

Beijing Capital International Airport : the airport has 8526 flights per week. It is served by 55 airlines that offer 245 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Los Angeles : flights operated by Air China, Delta Air Lines and American Airlines
  • Moscow : flights operated by Aeroflot, Air China and Hainan Airlines
  • Paris : flights operated by Air France and Air China
  • San Francisco : flights operated by Air China and United Airlines
  • Greater Toronto Area : flights operated by Hainan Airlines and Air Canada
  • Qatar Ladies Open : flights operated by Qatar Airways
  • Istanbul : flights operated by China Southern Airlines and Turkish Airlines
  • Frankfurt : flights operated by Air China and Lufthansa
  • Helsinki : flights operated by Finnair
  • Chicago Metropolitan Area : flights operated by Hainan Airlines and United Airlines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Beijing Capital International Airport : Warsaw

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Beijing Capital International Airport :

  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Pacific
  • Incheon : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, Air China, Korean Air and China Southern Airlines
  • Taoyuan City : flights operated by Air China, Eva Air, China Airlines and Hainan Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Air China, Japan Airlines and All Nippon Airways
  • Denpasar : flights operated by Garuda Indonesia and China Eastern Airlines
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Pakistan International Airlines, Japan Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Air China and All Nippon Airways
  • Singapore : flights operated by Singapore Airlines and Air China
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Thai Airways International, Air China, China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines
  • Colombo : flights operated by
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Beijing Capital International Airport : Macau.

Domestic flights from Beijing Capital International Airport :

There are 133 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by Air China, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and China Eastern Airlines.

  • Chengdu : flights operated by Air China, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines and China Eastern Airlines
  • Shenzhen : flights operated by Air China, China Southern Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Hainan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines
  • Guangzhou : flights operated by China Southern Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines and China Eastern Airlines
  • Chongqing : flights operated by Air China, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Chongqing Airlines and China Eastern Airlines
  • Kunming : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Air China, China Southern Airlines and Hainan Airlines
  • Xi'An : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Air China, Hainan Airlines and China Southern Airlines
  • Hangzhou : flights operated by Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and China Southern Airlines
  • Harbin : flights operated by Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Grand China Air
  • Ürümqi : flights operated by China Southern Airlines and Air China
  • Other domestic destinations accessible by direct flight from Beijing Capital International Airport : .

Low cost airlines to Beijing Capital International Airport :

  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Air China and Airasia X
  • Manila : flights operated by Philippine Airlines, Air China and Cebu Pacific

Charter and seasonal flights exists from :

  • Siem Reap : flights operated by Zas Airline Of Egypt

Hong Kong International Airport : the airport has 6440 flights per week. It is served by 78 airlines that offer 160 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Sydney : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Qantas and Virgin Australia
  • Melbourne : flights operated by Cathay Pacific and Qantas
  • London : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic
  • San Francisco : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, United Airlines and Singapore Airlines
  • Dubai : flights operated by Emirates and Cathay Pacific
  • Tel Aviv : flights operated by Sun D'Or International Airlines and Cathay Pacific
  • Perth : flights operated by Cathay Pacific
  • Los Angeles : flights operated by Cathay Pacific and American Airlines
  • New York Metropolitan Area : flights operated by Cathay Pacific
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Hong Kong International Airport : Helsinki

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Hong Kong International Airport :

  • Taoyuan City : flights operated by China Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Eva Air and Cathay Dragon
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Thai Airways International, Hk Express, Bangkok Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Emirates and Thai Smile
  • Singapore : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways
  • Shanghai : flights operated by Cathay Dragon, China Eastern Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Wimbi Dira Airways and Shanghai Airlines
  • Incheon : flights operated by Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, Hong Kong Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air and Eastar Jet
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Hk Express and All Nippon Airways
  • Beijing : flights operated by Cathay Dragon, Air China, Hong Kong Airlines and Cathay Pacific
  • Manila : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Zest Airways and Ethiopian Airlines
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, Hong Kong Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Hong Kong International Airport : Naha.

Low cost airlines to Hong Kong International Airport :

  • Incheon : flights operated by Korean Air, Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, Hong Kong Airlines, Asiana Airlines, Jeju Air and Eastar Jet
  • Kuala Lumpur : flights operated by Airasia, Malaysia Airlines, Cathay Dragon and Tor Air
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Hk Express and All Nippon Airways
  • Tokyo : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hk Express, Hong Kong Airlines, All Nippon Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Da Nang : flights operated by Cathay Dragon, Jetstar Pacific Airlines and Hk Express
  • Singapore : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Singapore Airlines, Tiger Airways and Jetstar Asia Airways
  • Manila : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Philippine Airlines, Cebu Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Zest Airways and Ethiopian Airlines
  • Fukuoka : flights operated by Hk Express and Cathay Dragon
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Cathay Pacific, Hong Kong Airlines, Thai Airways International, Hk Express, Bangkok Airways, Ethiopian Airlines, Royal Jordanian, Emirates and Thai Smile
  • Takamatsu : flights operated by Hk Express
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Hong Kong International Airport : Phuket.

Charter and seasonal flights exists from :

  • Kathmandu : flights operated by Cathay Dragon and Rayyan Air

Shanghai Pudong International Airport : the airport has 6027 flights per week. It is served by 62 airlines that offer 209 destinations.

Well-served international destinations include:

  • Sydney : flights operated by Qantas and China Eastern Airlines
  • London : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines and Air China
  • Los Angeles : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines and Delta Air Lines
  • Moscow : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines and Aeroflot
  • Paris : flights operated by Air France, China Eastern Airlines and Air China
  • Amsterdam : flights operated by Klm and China Eastern Airlines
  • Dubai : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines and Emirates
  • Metro Vancouver : flights operated by Air Canada and China Eastern Airlines
  • London : flights operated by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and China Eastern Airlines
  • Other cities with medium and long haul direct flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport : Frankfurt

Regional destinations with the most frequencies of flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport :

  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Dragon, China Eastern Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Wimbi Dira Airways and Shanghai Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways, Air China, Juneyao Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and China Southern Airlines
  • Incheon : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Shanghai Airlines
  • Taoyuan City : flights operated by China Airlines, Eva Air, Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways, China Southern Airlines and Juneyao Airlines
  • Singapore : flights operated by Singapore Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Juneyao Airlines
  • Tokyo : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Japan Airlines, Air China, All Nippon Airways and Juneyao Airlines
  • Nagoya : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways, All Nippon Airways, China Southern Airlines, Japan Airlines and Air China
  • Bangkok : flights operated by Shanghai Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Thai Airways International, Juneyao Airlines, Air China and Wimbi Dira Airways
  • Jeju Island : flights operated by Wimbi Dira Airways, China Eastern Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Tokyo : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Juneyao Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Japan Airlines
  • Other regional destinations accessible by direct flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport : Macau.

Domestic flights from Shanghai Pudong International Airport :

There are 106 airports accessible by direct flights, operated by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Air China.

  • Dalian : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Air China
  • Chengdu : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines and Air China
  • Kunming : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Air China
  • Harbin : flights operated by Shanghai Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Air China
  • Chongqing : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Hainan Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Air China and Juneyao Airlines
  • Xi'An : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Air China and Hainan Airlines
  • Shenzhen : flights operated by Shenzhen Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Air China
  • Beijing : flights operated by Air China and China Eastern Airlines
  • Other domestic destinations accessible by direct flight from Shanghai Pudong International Airport : .

Low cost airlines to Shanghai Pudong International Airport :

  • Jeju Island : flights operated by Wimbi Dira Airways, China Eastern Airlines and Sierra National Airlines
  • Phuket : flights operated by Wimbi Dira Airways, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines and Air Sylhet
  • Chiang Mai : flights operated by Wimbi Dira Airways, China Eastern Airlines and Juneyao Airlines
  • Keihanshin : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways, Air China, Juneyao Airlines, All Nippon Airways, Japan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines and China Southern Airlines
  • Hong Kong : flights operated by Cathay Dragon, China Eastern Airlines, Hong Kong Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Wimbi Dira Airways and Shanghai Airlines
  • Takamatsu : flights operated by Wimbi Dira Airways
  • Harbin : flights operated by Shanghai Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Air China
  • Dalian : flights operated by China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Juneyao Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Air China
  • Incheon : flights operated by Asiana Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Korean Air, China Southern Airlines, Wimbi Dira Airways and Shanghai Airlines
  • Kota Kinabalu : flights operated by Wimbi Dira Airways and Shanghai Airlines
  • Other cities with direct low cost flights to Shanghai Pudong International Airport : Manila.

Charter and seasonal flights exists from :

  • Sihanoukville : flights operated by Zas Airline Of Egypt

What to do in China

If you plan to stay long in China, you will see more tourist places like for example Mukden Palace, Oriental Pearl Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, Potala Palace, Huangshan, Beidaihe and Temple Of Heaven.

Museums in China

In China on rainy days, go to the museum. We especially recommend National Museum Of China, Hubei Provincial Museum and Shanghai Museum.

Hong Kong Museum Of Art, Hong Kong Space Museum, Capital Museum, Museum Of Macau, Daming Palace, Suzhou Museum and Inner Mongolia Museum are other museums in China; they may eventually interest you. If you want to visit other museums, less known but no less interesting, here are some suggestions: Macau Museum Of Art, Shanghai Science And Technology Museum, Power Station Of Art, Du Fu Thatched Cottage, The Palace Museum, Hunan Museum, Hong Kong Maritime Museum, Liaoning Provincial Museum, Shenzhen Museum and Long Museum.

Theme parks in China

In China the main theme parks to visit are Hong Kong Disneyland, Shanghai Disneyland Park and Macau Fisherman'S Wharf.

But in China is not limited to these three theme parks: Noah'S Ark (Hong Kong), Window Of The World and Universal Studios Beijing are also worthy of interest.

Archeological sites in China

During your stay in China, do not forget to visit some archeological sites: Great Wall Of China, Forbidden City and National Museum Of China.

Other archeological sites are worth visiting, such as Maijishan Grottoes, Bingling Temple, Chengjiang County, Xanadu, Rock Paintings Of Hua Mountain, Dazu Rock Carvings and Kizil Caves. But to be perfectly complete on the offer of archeological in China we must also mention Shangjing Longquanfu, Jiaohe Ruins, Astana Cemetery, Banpo, Daming Palace, Beiting, Subashi Temple, Khara-Khoto, Jinsha and Miran Fort.

Places of workship in China

If you want to visit one or more places of workship in China, we recommend you in priority Temple Of Heaven, Ruins Of St. Paul'S and St. Dominic'S Church.

Also be interested in Sacred Heart Cathedral, Igreja Da Sé, A-Ma Temple, Niujie Mosque, Temple Of Marquis Wu, Chengdu, Tongxin Great Mosque and St. Joseph'S Seminary And Church. Finally, to be complete about places of workship in China, let's mention Church Of Our Lady Of Mount Carmel, Temple Of Earth, St Lawrence'S Church, Church Of St Joseph, Macau Mosque And Cemetery, St. Francis Xavier Church, Great Mosque Of Xi'An, Id Kah Mosque, Baidicheng and Menri Monastery.

Natural parks in China

In China visit in priority Beidaihe, Huangshan and Jiuzhaigou Valley.

In China there are other interesting natural parks: Wulingyuan, Wolong National Nature Reserve, Tai Lake, Huanglong, Changtang National Protected Area, Zhalong Nature Reserve and Stone Forest. If you want to visit other natural parks, less known but no less interesting, here are some suggestions: Yading, Turpan Water System, Mai Po Marshes, Dongzhai Port Nature Reserve, Changqing National Nature Reserve, Kinmen National Park, Xianju National Park, Shunan Zhuhai National Park, Qomolangma National Park and Geleshan National Forest Park.

Shoppings centers and malls in China

In China on rainy days, go shopping. We especially recommend Cityplaza, Tai Po Mega Mall and Isquare.

Other malls are worth shopping, such as Times Square, Dragon Centre, Harbour City, Disneytown, Luk Yeung Galleria, Festival Walk and New Town Plaza. Finally, to be complete about shopping centers in China, let's mention Grand Century Place, Apm, Megabox, Kowloonbay International Trade & Exhibition Centre, Kowloon City Plaza, The Peak Galleria, K11, Metro Harbour View, Elements, Hong Kong and City One Plaza.

Maps of China

Regional map of China ©OpenStreetMap contributors

Detailed location map of China ©OpenStreetMap contributors

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