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China is a fascinating country full of natural wonders, rich culture, and breathtaking architecture. Located on the southeastern edge of Asia, this country is ideal for tourists wishing to experience a unique part of the Eastern world.
Yes, some vaccines are recommended or required for China. The CDC and WHO recommend the following vaccines for China: typhoid, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, rabies, Japanese encephalitis, polio, and influenza.
As of September 2016, health authorities have confirmed a case of avian influenza A (H7N9) in China. Travelers are advised to avoid any contact with poultry and to not consume any undercooked poultry while travelling.
Tuberculosis is an increasing problem in China. While risks to tourists are low, there is a chance of contamination. If you think you have been exposed, seek out TB testing as soon as you return home.
As one of the largest countries in the world, China has a wide range of climates. This means various mosquito-borne diseases can thrive in different parts of the country. Be sure to bring repellents and netting. Consult with a travel health specialist to learn if antimalarials or a Japanese encephalitis vaccine are right for you. Dengue and chikungunya are also present in the country.
See our vaccinations page to learn more about these infections and vaccines. Ready to protect yourself? Book your travel health appointment today by calling or schedule online now.
Travelers are required to have a visa and passport to enter China. A separate visa may be needed if you plan on traveling to Hong Kong.
For travelers entering the Tibet Autonomous Region (TAR), you must receive a special permit through a Chinese travel agent. Travelers could face fines, custody and deportation if they enter the region illegally.
There are a variety of visa options in China. Passport Health’s travel document services department can help you identify which one is right for your trip.
For more information, see our China visa page. Or contact a Passport Health Passport and Visa specialist by calling 1-844-366-8472 or by filling out our online form.
The climate in China varies from region to region. In the northern region, winters can be very cold and summers are hot with very little rain.
In the southern region, rain is more common. Summers are expected to feel more tropical and rains are common. Winters are generally a bit cooler with less rain. The average high in the summer is in the mid-80’s and the high-70’s in winter.
Earthquakes are common in all areas of China. Be aware of earthquake safety precautions before traveling.
China is a very safe country for travelers. In general, petty street crime is the only safety concern that travelers may come across. To avoid being a victim of these crimes, practice routine safety precautions.
China has a zero-tolerance policy on drugs. Any visitors that are caught using or in possession of drugs could face severe consequences, including the death penalty. Do not bring illicit substances to China or buy them while visiting the country.
If trekking to isolated or lesser populated places, be sure to travel in a group. This will reduce the risk of safety threats brought on by criminals. As an extra precaution, always leave the itinerary, mobile number, and the estimated time of return with a third party.
Due to the high population of people in China, traveling may be more difficult than expected. Traffic is unregulated and chaotic, causing high rates of automobile accidents.
Take one of the many methods of public transportation to get around. These include subways, trains, and buses, which have positive safety records.
When traveling long distances through China, a safe and low-cost option is the train service. Schedules and availability can change, be sure to plan your trip ahead of time.
One of China’s most notable features is the Great Wall. A historic series of defensive walls, it was built along the country’s northern border to defend against invaders. It is the only man-made structure visible from space.
With over 10 million visitors each year, the Great Wall has become one of the world’s most visited sites. It runs along the hills of the land, revealing the vast countryside along the way. Full-day tours are offered from Beijing and other larger cities.
As a majestic destination, China has much to offer travelers. But, it is best to be ready before you go. Consider packing these items for your upcoming trip:
Please register online through the U.S. Department of State before traveling to China. This gives the Embassy the knowledge to be able to contact travelers in the event of an emergency.
U.S. Embassy Beijing
No. 55 An Jia Lou Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100600
Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(86)(10) 8531-4000
Fax: +(86)(10) 8531-3300
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