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14 China Summer vacation Travel Tips for You


Summer vacation is a great time to see a new place or return to an old spot where you have plenty of memories. Here are some summer vacation planning tips to make your next trip the best one yet.


Destinations for summer vacation

This year Gansu, Yunnan, and Snaya are the top three destinations among our esteem clients. Besides, Chengdu, Xian, Beijing, Zhangjiajie, Guizhou, and Inner Mongolia are also very popular therefore you could consider adding them to your travel list.



Attraction Ticket might be sold out shortly

Travel inside China is very popular among Chinese people and expats living in China this year, therefore attraction tickets might be sold out shortly. To make sure you will have a smooth trip, it would be nice to have a plan B.



Remember to bring the passport with you when travel by train

Now the e-ticket is booked under your full name and passport number, therefore please remember to bring the passport to enter the station. As for the ones who are purchasing for the first time train ticket, they are requested to collect the ticket at train station personally.



Online check-in for airlines

Our customer service team will try their best to do the online check-in for you. But please understand during this unpredictable period, some airlines are not allowed to do online check-in. If so, we advised you to be at the airport at least 2 hours before your departure time and bring the passport and E-ticket with you.



Be aware of your flight information

Recently is the rainy season in South China. Therefore the flight schedule might change according to the weather, please check it before you arrive at the airport.


There are two international airports in Chengdu. The old one is Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport (CTU) and the new one is Chengdu Tianfu International Airport (TFU), please check carefully at which airport you will arrive.



Get a COVID-19 Test if necessary

If you travel to Xinjiang you are requested to provide a negative COVID-19 Test no matter where your departure city is. As for travelers that come from middle-risk or high-risk areas they are not allowed to enter Xinjiang. Click here to check the list.



Facility conditions in some destinations are not as good as in large cities

If you plan to visit Guizhou, Gansu, Inner Mongolia, and Xinjiang the facility for travel might not be as nice as in large cities. Also, accommodation in some small cities might have no star-rated hotels or western restaurants.



Some attractions might be crowded

This year many travelers will visit various destinations inside China, therefore some attractions might have a long queue. During this situation, you may play mobile games or chat with your family or friends.



Attend a small group tour or a private tour

During this unpredictable period, we highly recommend hiring a private driver or attending a small group tour. If an emergency occurs, there is always someone to help you. Besides, you will have a more convenient and enjoyable journey.



Wear a mask

Although it feels like the COVID-19 outbreak is almost dissolved in China, please remember to wear your mask during your travels. Especially in crowded places such as on the plane, around famous sights, or on a train.



Pay Attention to Heat Stroke Prevention

Summer in China is quite hot, no matter where you are going to visit, please check the following information.

1. Water is better than the nonalcoholic beverages that do not contain large amounts of sugar.
2. Wear clothing that is labeled as sun-protective and a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face and neck.
3. Dress children in cool, loose clothing, and shade their faces with hats or an umbrella.
4. Keep hydrated. Increase fluid intake, regardless of activity level, even if you don’t feel thirsty. During periods of heavy activity in the heat, drink 2-4 glasses of water each hour.
5. Be aware of your activity level, and pace yourself. If you feel tired please feel free to let our guide know you need some rest before you continue your trip.



Travel essentials to bring on your trip

Here are some items you may consider to put inside of your luggage.


Your main luggage: summer clothing, light jacket, belt, underwear, socks, umbrella, nightwear, sunglasses, hat, shoes designed for long walking, chargers for both laptop and phone, adapters, travel pillow, water bottle, and sunscreen.
A toiletry bag: contact lenses, sewing kit, and razors, wet wipes and tissues, toilet paper, nail clippers, toothbrush, floss, and mouthwash. and toothbrush. If you prefer to use your own shampoo and shower gel remember to bring them.
Medication is essential: prescriptions, if you are taking medication on a constant basis. Medicine for cold, allergy medicines, and vitamins.
Important documents: passport, personal ID, credit cards, cash money, student ID, health insurance card, and tickets.
Beach essentials: reef-safe sunscreen, towel, swimsuits, pair of slippers or flip-flops, rashguard, beach bag, pool float for kids, sarong, outdoor blanket, sun umbrella.



Places you can visit near or inside Shanghai

If you are not considered visiting places far away from Shanghai, below are some articles for your reference.



Remember to apply the green code

Each of the provinces has its own green code, some provinces allow the traveler to apply after their arrival, other provinces require an application before the traveler’s departure. Below, we have collected the QR codes for you.



Disclaimer: The above-mentioned information about the COVID-19 may change frequently. Expats Holidays is not responsible for the accuracy of the travel policy given by the government.


The Expats Holidays staff wishes you an unforgettable summer vacation! Take care and be safe during your trip. If you have any travel problems or need any travel advice, we are here to support you.

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