From China: practice, seeing, organization, accommodation, transport ...

Voyage en Chine

China is a vast territory. Given the size of the country's cultural and economic variations are large. Big cities like Beijing and Shanghai are modern and relatively wealthy, while rural areas or living the majority of Chinese are much less developed.

China has long turned its back on the socialist model to become one of the main actors of globalization. The country is now the second largest economy, although its per capita GDP remains far behind the US and Japan.
The Chinese Dragon has become the workshop of the world, or there is manufactured at lower cost thanks to abundant workforce, serious, cheap and not really protected socially.
One of the side effects this economic growth is increasing inequality between the poor regions of the interior and the rich coastal regions that receive foreign investment.
In terms of human rights, China still has a way to go; Net and newspapers are always under control, the death penalty is still widely practiced, Tibet still suffers severe repression.

What to see in China

The North China is the cradle of Chinese civilization, is also the most densely populated region of China. This is where is Beijing, the Great Wall of China and the Ming Tombs.
Around Beijing you can go by train to Chengde, Tianjin and Shandong, hiking Mount Tai is a must and a visit to Qufu.
Then you can go to Xi'an, the ancient capital of China, it includes many historical sites such as the Great Pagoda, the Shaanxi History Museum, but the main attraction is the army Emperor Qin terracotta outside the city. A turn in the Yangtze River valley is also highly recommended, discover the main attractions; Chengdu and breeding center for pandas, and Leshan giant Buddha statue.
Finally, it would be a shame to miss a boat down the Yangtze, the final destination is usually the Three Gorges Dam in Yichang, from which you can bounce on visits Nanjing, Suzhou, Hangzhou finish your trip in Shanghai.
registered sites in the Unesco World Heritage:

  • Old Town of Lijiang.
  • Old city of Pingyao.
  • Summer Palace.
  • Imperial Garden in Beijing.
  • Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
  • Dazu Rock Carvings.
  • Mount Qingcheng.
  • China Danxia.
  • Historic Monuments of Dengfeng.
  • West Lake Hangzhou
  • the site of Xanadu.
  • Mogao Cave.
  • Great Wall of China.
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor.
  • Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
  • Yungang Grottoes.
  • Protected Areas Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan.
  • Historic Center of Macau.
  • Giant Panda Sanctuaries in Sichuan.
  • Diaolou and Villages Kaiping.
  • Mount Wutai.
  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang.
  • Huangshan Mountains.
  • Region of Jiuzhaigou Valley.
  • Temples in Chengde.
  • Mount Emei and Leshan Giant Buddha.
  • Eight classical gardens of Suzhou.

    Visa and formalities to return to China

    With the exception of Hong Kong, a tourist visa is required to go to China, you do not need an invitation by cons you need to provide hotel reservations, airline tickets roundtrip, an international insurance certificate.
    the visa application is made to the embassies or consulates of China in France or abroad. It is possible to obtain a tourist visa for China in Hong Kong.
    It is against longer possible to obtain a tourist visa at land border crossings.
    The tourist visa is valid for a maximum period of 90 days and is not renewable. The visa must be used within 3 months from the date of issue.
    visa fee is € 70 per person for entry into China, € 85 for two entries.
    A double-entry tourist visa must be used within six months from the date of issue.
    In principle you must register your place of residence with the local police of where you stay, within 24 hours (city) to 72 (campaign). (We can dispense with formalities in its Shanghai)
    good to know. From 1 January 2013, Europeans and Canadians can visit Beijing and Shanghai for 72 hours without a visa, especially during a transit.

    Cost of living in China

    The cost of living in China for a Westerner is quite affordable, except in Hong Kong or Macau. If you use public transport and stay in cheap hotels or hostels, count & yen; 100 & yen; 200 per day. . (1020 euros)
    Conversely, for an upmarket stay in starred hotels with gourmet meals, count & yen; 2000 100200 euros per day.
    The big cities like Shanghai, Beijing, are usually much more expensive.
    The boomtown of Shenzhen and Zhuhai are also known to be expensive by Chinese standards.

    Accommodation in China

    By far the most comfortable cheap option. In general, they cater to foreigners and employees speak English. In most cities there is at least one available inn.
    rooms in private homes.
    These are called Zhoùsoù, which simply results in accommodation. A zhusu is not a hotel but just a room to rent in a house, in a restaurant, sometimes close to bus stations. The Zhusu are spartan and cheap, the bathrooms are shared.
    Officially, zhusu can not be rent to a stranger, unofficially lessors renting rooms to anyone.
    The range of hotels average are usually larger hotels, clean, comfortable and not too expensive, with rooms from 150 yuan to 300 yuan.
    Often, hotels also have more expensive and luxurious rooms.
    The major hotel chains are: JJ Inn Rujia Home Inn, Motel 168 .

    Go China

    The large "entry" of China are: Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen and Guangzhou, Hong Kong Airport is also very important
    Direct flights are numerous from Paris, rates. remain quite high.
    to reach Beijing Paris, count 600 euros if you book 6 months in advance on a lowcost airline China Southern as (direct).
    a flight with Air France will cost you in 1000 euros but will live
    A ParisHong Kong returns on average 700 euros
    the main companies serving China are:.. China Eastern Airlines, China Southern Airlines, China Xiamen Airlines, Air China, Austrian Airlines, Cathay Pacific, Scandinavian Airlines

    Travel by China

    By Air:
    China is a huge country, you should definitely consider taking the plane for long distances
    China has many domestic flights linking. all major cities and tourist destinations. The main airlines operating domestic flights are Air China, China Southern and China Eastern Airlines and Hainan Airlines, Shenzhen Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and Shanghai Airlines.
    Be warned that flight delays are common and cancellations are common.
    By train:
    The train is the main means of transport for short and medium distances in China. The network is vast, there are slow trains and express trains, China is currently building a high-speed train network, similar to the TGV. These trains are already in service on the main routes of the country.
    Counting 500 yuan per day for a rental car with compulsory driver, indeed foreign licenses are not valid in China. To drive alone, we must pass the Chinese allowed ...

    Identity Card, China
    • Area: 9 596 961 km & sup2;
    • Population: 1.3 billion
    • Capital: Beijing (Peking) .
    • Main Language: Mandarin
    • Currency: The yuan .