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We are always adding to this collection, however, some of the most popular articles cover the fundamentals every China travel agency should share with its customers. Find tips on how to travel safely in China, the best ways to pay on your holiday, the best cities to visit on a China tour, what to pack for your tour, and what to include on your China tour bucket list. Once all the logistics are sorted, you can turn your attention to the ‘fun stuff’: cuisine, culture, and experiences. Looking for the finest Chinese tea? We can help. Want to explore the intricacies of ancient Chinese architecture? You’ll find the answers here. And when there’s China travel agency news, we’ll share that here too.

Dream now. Explore later.

May 6, 2020
Our customers can enjoy flexibility and peace of mind from waived deposits for new China tour bookings made before 30 September 2020 While international travel is on hold just about …

More secrets of ancient Chinese architecture styles: 

June 22, 2020
Ancient Chinese architecture can be a bit of a mystery, especially for Western travelers on a China tour.  Wrapped up in cosmology, mythology, and mystical symbolism, you can be forgiven …

How to choose Chinese tea like a local: 8 things to look …

March 15, 2020
A little bit like buying a fancy bottle of wine, knowing how to choose Chinese tea like a local can be, well, a little confusing. In fact, because the art and science of tea has a modern …

Ready to celebrate Chinese New Year? This is how we do it!

January 22, 2020
If you’re traveling in China early in the year, you’ll probably notice a buzz that seems to creep up out of nowhere. Typically composed and reserved as a people, you may even find a …

Alipay Tour Pass: How foreigners can pay on a China tour without a Chinese bank account

November 25, 2019
The big news for foreign travelers to China is that they can now use Alipay without a Chinese bank account. Until very recently – early November 2019 in fact – visitors to China have had …

Is China safe to visit for westerners? How to ensure it’s…

July 17, 2019
Is China a safe place to visit? (Tips for Westerners to know it is safe to travel to China) Is China a safe place to visit? We’ve been asked this question by many of our western customers …

10 Popular Chinese Dishes to Excite Western Tastebuds

March 26, 2015
How do you come up with a list of just 10 popular Chinese dishes in a country with the diverse tastes and cultures of China? With over 30 different provinces, municipalities, and autonomous …

10 Things You Need to Know About Air Travel in China

December 14, 2018
Air travel in China is one of many ways to get around, and a great choice if you want to see a lot of the country within a time limit. Experience amazing bird’s eye views of China’s …

Questions about China Visa 

Can I travel without a visa in China?

Visa-free travel is possible in China – under certain conditions and for certain passport holders.

A number of international Chinese airports – including Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Harbin, Shenyang, Dalian, Xian, Guilin, Kunming, Wuhan, Xiamen, Tianjin, Qingdao and Changsha – offer an application service for 72 hour visa-free layover. Shanghai, Jiangsu, Zhejiang and Guangdong also offer a 144-hour visa-free transit policy. Passport holders from certain countries are permitted to stay in China for 72 or 144 hours without a prior visa.

To take advantage of the 72-Hour and 144-Hour Visa Free Transit policy, passengers are required to show the following documents:

  • Valid passport
  • Visa for the third destination (region ex China)
  • Completed arrival / departure card
  • Ticket with confirmed seat to the third destinate (region ex China).

After completing the application, passengers are required to stay in the transit city during the following 72 or 144 hours, except in Guangzhou and Hangzhou, where it’s possible to leave the city and visit other places within the province.

Who needs a visa to travel to China?

Non-resident foreign travellers to China will require a visa if completing a tour. Visas are obtained in your country of origin. There are many categories of visa and it is essential that you choose the most appropriate visa category according to the main purpose for your travel to China,  such as a tourist visa or a visa for business.

Is anyone exempt from having a Chinese visa while travelling with CUI?

Some travellers may be exempt from requiring a visa. Those who hold a passport from Singapore, Brunei and Japan, are visiting China (mainland) for tourism, business, family reunion, or transit purpose, and whose stay within China does not exceed 15 days are also exempt. If you do not meet the conditions of the China visa exemption policy, you will need to apply for a China visa.

How long will it take to get my China tourist visa?

The tourist visa application process takes approximately three to five working days to process, providing all required documents are submitted and all information provided is genuine and accurate. If a visa is required urgently, an express service is available at an additional cost.

Still, have questions? Send them to us and we’ll be able to guide you in the right direction.

What can I do if I need a China visa urgently?

If the need for a visa is unexpected and urgent, an express service is available at your local China Visa application centre for an additional charge.

When to apply for a China tourist visa

It is recommended to submit your China tourist visa application about one month prior to your planned entry date into China. The application process generally takes three to five working days, however in the event of any unexpected delays, allowing more time for the application would be beneficial.

How to apply for a China tourist visa

Applicants can apply for a China tourist visa at a Chinese Embassy or a Chinese Consulate-General, or the China Visa Application Service Centre (only for an ordinary visa application). Documents can be submitted by post or in person, however, it is wise to check with relevant China visa issuing authorities for accurate information.

What do I need to provide when applying for a China tourist visa?

When applying for a Chinese tourist visa, applicants must provide the following necessary documentation:

  • Original passport with validity of at least 6 months and at least two blank visa pages. A copy of the passport’s data page and the photo page (if it is separate).
  • A completed Visa Application Form with genuine and accurate information about the applicant.
  • One color Passport-size photo (48mm x 33mm, taken within 6 months, full face, front view against a light background).
  • Supporting documents, as required.
  • Specific to a China Tourist Visa application is the provision of itinerary documents, including air ticket and hotel reservation, etc. or an invitation letter issued by a relevant entity or individual in China.

A special note for travellers

China USA International helps to prepare visa applications for travelers. It is the responsibility of each individual to obtain a China visa that allows them to travel legally while on tour. Questions regarding visas can be answered by your local Chinese embassy, a Chinese Consulate-General, or your local China Visa Application Service Centre.

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