Tuesday, 26 July 2016

How to Prepare for a Trip to China?

(Photo Credit - Eustaquio Santimano - Flickr)

Planning a trip to China can be an exhilarating adventure all on its own, but there are loads of different things to consider before you head of, and some things that need doing. Many people will need to get a visa in advance, along with preparing a few other bits and pieces.

·         Visas and Passports for Your Trip to China

Visitors to China require a valid passport, but you also need a visa. Visas are issued by your local Chinese embassy or consulate. You can go to the venue in person or ask a travel agent to manage the entire process for you.

·         Health Concerns

The last thing you want to worry about when planning a unique trip just for you is catching Avian Flu or SARS. There’s no need to cancel your trip to China, you can take precautions by getting certain vaccinations before leaving and taking a few medications with you just in case you have a bad food experience!

·         Money Matters

It used to be that the traveller’s check was the only way to go. Now, with the prevalence of credit and ATM cards, there are far more convenient ways to make your purchases. Making sure you familiarise yourself with the denominations of Chinese currency can ensure you are prepared for your trip. Make sure you have a little cash on you for arrival in case you need to tip someone.

·         Travelling with Children

We all know that the anticipation is worse than the reality of the trip, and travelling with small children can be incredibly stressful. However, you can alleviate some of the stress by bringing only what you need with you and buying the rest in China. Being prepared is the main part of the battle when you have children, so make things easy for yourself. Knowing which activities are available for your little ones when they become bored with monuments and temples can be very helpful.

·         Planning The Itinerary

Once you have all the nitty-gritty out of the way, it is time to concentrate on planning your itinerary. If it’s big cities and bright lights that you are into, you may want to begin your trip in Shanghai. If you’d prefer to explore history and culture, don’t miss out on a visit to the Great Wall. Whatever you settle on, you will exhaust your time for planning long before you exhaust the possibilities.

·         Time to Pack

The best advice you can get before a trip to China is to pack light. There are loads of shopping to do, and most travellers have no problem filling up their bags before they go home. So don’t take too much with you. There are a few essentials, though, that you should bring, such as an umbrella, a small first aid kit, and any essential medications.

Avoid Ruining Your Trip to China

With so much to do and see in the wonderful country, make sure you focus on the good things. However, with any new culture and country there can be minor irritations or annoyances. Don’t let these stop you from having a sensational trip!


Disclaimer : This post was written in collaboration with Media Buzz. 


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