Choosing Your China Tour Itinerary

If you are thinking of visiting China, then keep in mind that it is a vast country, with lots of things to see and do…

Great Wall of China Trey Ratcliffe
Great Wall of China by Travel Photographer Trey Ratcliffe

Image by Trey Ratcliff via Flickr
If you look on a map of the world, then you will see that China is a massive country, covering a very large area. With so much history and fascinating things to see and do, you will need to plan your trip to China wisely, especially if you only have a limited amount of time. Each person is different, and they enjoy different things, so find out what attracts you in China, and plan your trip from there.

Researching Your Trip

There are some iconic attractions in China that most people have heard of, such as the Great Wall, and the Forbidden City. There are also plenty of other things to see such as the Terracotta Warriors or the mountains in Huangshan.
Whether you are looking for ancient history, natural beauty, arts or culture, China does have it all. There are many affordable China tours 2015 by TCTC available, you just need to decide what you want to see and do.

  • The Forbidden City
  • Giant Pandas
  • The Great Wall of China
  • Hong Kong
  • Shanghai

Use the internet to your advantage and see what things attract you in China, and draw yourself up a list. There will most likely be a lot of things that you want to see, or do, but you may not have the time to do them. This is where you need to prepare!
Once you have a list of things and places you want to go to, put these onto a map of China and see if there is a logical route that you can take which will take in as much as you want to see, as possible. Do remember though that you most likely will not have the time to see everything, so you must be prepared to strike some things from your list.

Getting Around

You will also need to take into account the transport that you will be using to get around China, and plan accordingly. These are usually the transport methods available:

  • Airplane
  • Train
  • Buses
  • Taxis

If you are going to be travelling over a long distance, then you may wish to look at flying, although this will be the most expensive option, but by far the least time consuming. Buses and trains tend to be very crowded, but you can take an overnight train with a sleeping compartment, which is a good way to travel a long distance, and also an experience.
When you do your planning, you will also have to make sure that there is plenty of time to give in your plan. Allow for delays, or cancelled services, and also check out alternative travel options, just in case. This is where you do not want to overload your schedule too much, as you want to be able to enjoy the tour, and not feel like you are always battling the clock with limited time available.

Relax and Enjoy

Another good reason to make sure that your itinerary is not too hectic is that you need time to relax and enjoy yourself, as well as take in your surroundings. As well as all of the beautiful scenery and ancient history, there are some wonderful cities to visit.
Enjoy some great shopping, whether it is for designer clothing, the latest gadgets, or just some great bargains. You will have to make sure you bring a big suitcase so that you have room to take back all of your purchases!
There is also some great food and nightlife on offer throughout China, with plenty of foods to tantalise your taste buds. Some of the cuisines may be strange for a western palate, but you will also find plenty of western food on offer in the bigger cities, so should be able to find something you are comfortable in eating.
When travelling in less densely populated areas, you will find less of a choice of food so it may be an idea to pack some food and take it with you before travelling to such areas. There is no way that you can possibly see it all in one go, but then that is just an excuse to come back again and have another holiday!