Bharti AXA TRAVEL INSURANCE Travel Guide to China Indian Embassy in China Embassy of India, Beijing, No.5, Liang Ma Qiao Bei Jie, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600 China Tel: +86-10-8531 2500/2501/2502/2503 Visa Process for Indians Original passport along with 6 months validity from the day of arrival in China Covering letter mentioning the details of the travel and all the details of the traveller Bank statements for 6 months updated with a minimum balance of INR 1,60,000/- as the closing balance Confirmed hotel booking required on the hotel’s letter head mentioning the details of the passengers. Online portal bookings are not accepted for this visa application Confirmed air tickets Day to Day Itinerary Visa Processing Time: 5 working days About China China or the People’s Republic of China is a country located in Eastern Asia, which houses world’s largest and approximately one-fifth of the population. The country is one of the world’s four great ancient civilisations with its classic cuisine, deep-rooted culture, fine silk, kung fu, pagodas, paintings, porcelains, tea, and Ming vases. China has never failed to charm the people from all over the world with its key attractions such as the Forbidden City, the Great Wall of China, and the Terracotta Warriors. Also known as the land of philosopher Confucius, pandas and Mao Zedung, China is a stunning place buzzing with astonishing energy that adds to its appeal. Top Places to Visit in China Beijing: Beijing is China's capital city for more than 700 years now. The city has a rich history, both modern and imperial. There exist a lot of well-preserved relics in Beijing, apart from various famous landmarks. It’s incredibly easy to get to Beijing by air, and it's the first stop for a majority of people travelling to China for the first time. Hong Kong: With an ideal amalgamation of both Western and Eastern cultural influences, Hong Kong is popularly known for being a major tourist hot-spot in South-eastern Asia. Xi'an: Xi'an was the first capital of a united China in 221 BC, and for the majority of the next millennium. Xi’an is considered the second most famous of China's ancient capitals. This is the reason why Xi'an is blessed with a fantastic number of historical sites and precious relics. Xi'an was originally the starting point of the Silk Road trade route, which travelled through Asia to Europe, playing a crucial role in East-West cultural and economic exchange in the imperial times. Shanghai: Being the biggest city in China, Shanghai oozes an atmosphere of vitality, which can rival Paris and New York. Being one of the leading economic and business cities around the world, Shanghai's modernity is evidenced by its striving skyline. Unlike in Beijing, there are not many popular attractions. However, the exquisiteness of touring Shanghai lies not in a richness of relics, but in experiencing the city's cutting-edge and historic grandeur. Guilin: Guilin, with its marvellous limestone scenery, is famous as one of the most stunning places around the globe. Guilin is located an hour away from Hong Kong by air. The Hong Kong tour can be easily joined with a Guilin tour if somebody is looking for visa-free travel. Suzhou: The city of Suzhou is famous for the water towns surrounding it and also its traditional Chinese gardens. The gardens musically mix man-made landscapes with horticulture, calligraphy, architecture, and painting. China's water towns hold the typical image of traditional Chinese Yangtze Delta life. How to Reach China China is well connected to all the major cities around the globe consisting of many international airports. One of the most popular airports in China is the Hong Kong airport which offers plenty of connections to other international airports. Other major airports in China are situated at Shanghai, Beijing, Hangzhou, Xiamen, and Guangzhou. One can easily reach China through different direct and non-stop flights. A few of the major airlines in China include China Eastern, China Southern, Hainan Airlines, and Air China. Bus and taxi services are available outside the airport to travel across different locations throughout the country. Best Time to Visit The perfect time to plan a trip to China is during the spring season which is between April and May, and as well as the autumn season, which is between September and October. During these seasons, most of the popular spots have their most tourist-friendly weather. Apart from that, the summer season which falls between June and August is an ideal time to travel, except for the fact that it’s immensely crowded and hot. Things to Pack Packing the essentials products like clothes and footwears usually depends on what the weather conditions are like in China. Here is a list of some of the travel essentials one must never forget to pack: Sunscreen Earplugs Pollution Mask Rain Jacket or Umbrella First Aid Kit Important documents such as travel insurance policy Top Delicacies of China With a long history, unique features, numerous styles and exquisite cooking, Chinese cuisine is one important constituent part of Chinese culture. Chinese dishes are famous for colour, aroma, taste, meaning and appearance. Here are some of the must-try dishes in China: Beijing Roast Duck, Beijing There are two mandatory things to do in Beijing: eat Beijing Roast Duck and visit the Great Wall. In China, while the duck is roasting, compressed air is injected into the duck between its skin and flesh to make the skin shiny and glossy. Rice Noodles, Guilin Guilin rice noodles are a pliable but strong, mellow and fragrant type of noodles which are best served with fried peanuts or soybeans, chopped scallions or thin slices of different kinds of meat. Soup Buns, Shanghai Soup Buns are a kind of buns which have a soup wrapped within. Soup Bun in Shanghai tends to have Chrysanthemum-like shape, thinner dough skins, and a lot of stuffing with a wide range of choices. Shopping List Essentials Wangfujing Street: This street is one of the most popular as well as the largest pedestrian streets in China. Also, this place is home to various massive department stores, Chinese painting store, souvenir stores, and food stalls. Chunxi Road: Chengdu's shopping centres gather at Chunxi Road, making it the busiest and the biggest shopping area in town. This fun area consists of various brand stores, shopping malls, supermarkets, boutiques, department stores, cafes and restaurants make this one of the best places to visit in China. It is also an ideal place for trying out the delicious local delicacies. Shangxiajiu Pedestrian Street: This street is 1200 meters long road concentrating more than 300 various shops, consisting of various old as well as new famous brands. The street consists of the ancient and unique architecture which fully reflects the culture of South China. There are also many restaurants and tea houses to savour the delicious local food. Central Avenue: Central Avenue is a pedestrian-only cobblestone street lined with restaurants, store, and malls with an old architecture dating from the Russian era. Indian Restaurants in China Vedas Indian Restaurant Location: 3/F, Shenzhou Business Mansion, No.83 Changshu Road, Shanghai 200041, China Contact: +86 21 6445 8100 Ganges Indian Restaurant Location: The PLACE Mall, Chaoyang District Guanghua Road 9, ShiMao TianJie, B 107, Beijing, China Contact: +86 10 5206 1010 Redfort Cultural Restaurant Location: Hongbao Indian Section, Silk Road Street, No.118 Datang West Market, Laodong South Road | India Building, Silk Road, Datang West Market, Lianhu District, Xi'an 710068, China Contact: +86 29 8411 3559 Healthcare Centres When going on a trip to Bahrain, it is immensely crucial to be aware of some of the healthcare centres to avoid any mishappenings due to an emergency. Below is the list of some healthcare centres can contact in need: International Medical Center Location: 50 Liangmaqiao Rd, Chaoyang Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100001 Contact: +86 10 6465 1561 Shanghai East International Medical Center Location: 150 Jimo Rd, Pudong Xinqu, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000 Contact: +86 21 5879 9999 Chengdu Public Health Linchuang Medical Center Location: Jingming Rd, Jinjiang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610023 Contact: 28-66941208 It’s advisable to buy a travel insurance policy before going on a trip to China. A travel insurance policy will help you find out the best hospitals in the area to get the appropriate treatment on time. Currency The official currency of China is Renminbi. Basics of Local Communication The official language spoken in China is Standard Mandarin. However, English is also spoken widely among people. The tourists here do not face much trouble in navigating across the country. Here are some of the most commonly used words and phrases that will help you communicate better with the locals. English Mandarin Hello Nǐhǎo How are You? Ni Hao Ma Thank You Xie Xie. Taxi De Shi Excuse Me Jie Guo Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) Planning on an international trip? Take a look at our FAQ section that resolves commonly-asked queries on travel insurance. How do I benefit with Travel Insurance? Overseas travel insurance protects you when you are travelling in a foreign land. The insurance covers the expenses incurred during events like flight cancellation, illness, injury, misplaced baggage, loss of passport, etc. There would be financial reimbursement offered to cover the financial risk. Are Children and Senior citizens covered? Children from the age group of 3 months are covered.Senior citizens are also covered, with maximum entry age restricted to 85 years.For buying a policy covering people above 60 years of age kindly contact our representative at 080- 49010200. 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