A Presentation byVisa Guide Mudassar LonePlease check for the recent updates as the changes in therules may occur with the passage of time
China is one of the biggest countries in the world. Its population of more than one billion accounts for 23 per cent of the worlds population. China is the worlds oldest continuous civilization. World Travel Organization predicts that by year 2020, China will become the number one travel destination in the world. Under the influence and charm of Chinese traditional art, an increasing number of visitors come to China daily, appreciating the invaluable treasures of Chinese traditional art. Chinese traditional art brings you a taste of unique China Culture. Whats more, it also provides you with the opportunity to know the artists, the lifestyle and people of China.
Modern tourism in China sprang up in the early 1950s. In 1954, the China International Travel Service was established, with 14 branches in Guangzhou, Shanghai, Beijing and other major cities. Currently, China has become an important tourism destination in Asia, and the fifth largest tourism country in the world. Domestic tourism is also growing vigorously. Now, China is fast on its way to becoming a country with developed tourism, and constantly improving tourism facilities and services. At present, there are two major tour routes in China: One is the “S”-shaped traditional tour route, containing famous political and cultural cities such as Beijing, Xi’an, Shanghai, Suzhou and Hangzhou; The other one is the crescent-shaped tour route containing coastal open regions, such as the Liaodong and Shandong peninsulas and the Yangtze and Pearl river deltas.
Chinese music, dance and opera, and the culture and customs of ethnic minorities are treasure stores of tourism resources. Coming to China, tourists appreciate folk art, including uniquely charming Peking Opera performances and comic dialogues, and also learn about ethnic customs such as the Dai Water Sprinkling Festival, Yi Torch Festival, Bai March Street, Zhuang Singing Festival and Mongolian Nadam Fair.
Chinese cuisine is an absolutely necessary part of touring in China. The Beijing Roast Duck of the Quanjude Restaurant, Mongolian boiled mutton, Guangdong’s roasted piglet, Hangzhou’s West Lake vinegar fish, Sichuan’s spicy food and a variety of local-flavor snacks are only some of China’s culinary delights.
Forbidden City The Forbidden City, so-called because it was off- limits to most of the world for 500 years. t is the best preserved cluster of ancient buildings in China. During the Ming and Qing dynasty, 24 emperors made their home in the Forbidden City and forbade commoners from entering. The Emperors Palace has been transformed into a museum that holds many treasures of the Imperial Family. Nowadays, the Forbidden City, or the Palace Museum is open to tourists from home and abroad. Splendid painted decoration on these royal architectural wonders, the grand and deluxe halls, with their surprisingly magnificent treasures will certainly satisfy modern civilians.
Potala Palace Situated on the Red Hill of central Lhasa, Potala Palace is the highest ancient palace in the world, reaching 3,767.19m (12,359.55ft) at the topmost point. Potala Palace has other annexes including the School of Buddhist Logic, the seminary, the printing House, gardens, courtyards and even the jail.
The Terra Cotta Warriors The Terra Cotta Warriors and Horses are the most significant archeological excavations of the 20th century. Work is ongoing at this site, which is around 1.5 kilometers east of Emperor Qin Shi Huangs Mausoleum in Lintong, Xian, Shaanxi Province. It is a sight not to be missed by any visitor to China.
The Great Wall of China The Great Wall of China, one of the greatest wonders of the world, was listed as a World Heritage by UNESCO in 1987. Just like a gigantic dragon, the Great Wall winds up and down across deserts, grasslands, mountains and plateaus, stretching approximately (5,500 miles) from east to west of China. With a history of more than 2000 years, some of the sections are now in ruins or have disappeared. However, it is still one of the most appealing attractions all around the world owing to its architectural grandeur and historical significance.
Silk Road The Silk Road is a historically important international trade route between China and the Mediterranean. Because silk comprised a large proportion of trade along this road. Scenery along the Road: The scenery and sights along the Silk Road are spectacular and intriguing. There are well-known Mogao Caves (Mogao Grottoes) in Dunhuang, the bustling Sunday Bazaar in Kashgar and exotic customs in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region and more. There are all kinds of tour plans for traveling the world-famous Silk Road.
Tiananmen Square Located at the center of Beijing City is Tiananmen Square, where you can visit Tiananmen Tower, Monument to the Peoples Heroes, Great Hall of the People, Mao Zedong Memorial Hall and see the national flag raising ceremony. Thousands of people come to the Square every day. It is the must place to visit in Beijing City.
National Museum of China Another important place for the tourist to visit is the China National Museum at the east side of the Square. It just came into existence in 2003 and is a combination of Chinese History Museum and Chinese Revolutionary Museum. This National Museum faces the Great Hall of the People. Inside the Chinese Revolutionary Museum are a lot of material objects, pictures, books and models to present the development of modern China.
Summer Palace (Yiheyuan) Situated in the Haidian District northwest of Beijing City, the Summer Palace is 15 kilometers (9.3 miles) from central Beijing. Being the largest and most well-preserved royal park in China, it greatly influences Chinese horticulture and landscape with its famous natural views and cultural interests, which also has long since been recognized as The Museum of Royal Gardens. The Summer Palace radiates fully the natural beauty and the grandeur of royal gardens.
Li river The Li River cruise from Guilin to Yangshuo is the centerpiece of any trip to northeastern Guangxi Province. Gorgeous Karst peaks give you surprises at each bend of the limpid river under the blue sky. Water buffalo patrol the fields, peasants reap rice paddies, school kids and fisherman float by on bamboo rafts. With its breathtaking scenery and taste of a life far removed from the concrete metropolis, the scenery along the Li River become one of Chinas top tourist destinations.
Yangtze River Yangtze River cruises is a must for those who look for romantic travel. Yangtze River is coming through the mountains and the cities from the west to the east, finally blending into the East China Sea near Shanghai with a total length of more than 6300 km, ranking the third largest rivr in the world, only after the Nile and Amazon.
Lhasa Tibet Lhasa Tibet well known as “the Roof of the World ", has turned into an exciting land both for normal tourists, climbers and adventurers coming from all over the world. Travelers are looking for the unique things of snow mountains, mysterious religions, exotic customs etc. Lhasa is the political and cultural center of Tibet.
Avenue of the Stars One of the finest city skylines in the world has to be that of Hong Kong Island, and the promenade here is one of the best ways to get an uninterrupted view. It’s a lovely place to stroll around during the day, but it really comes into its own in the evening, during the nightly Symphony of the Stars, a spectacular sound-and-light show involving 20 buildings on the Hong Kong Island skyline.
Peak Tower The anvil-shaped Peak Tower, with its attractions, shops and restaurants, is a good place to bring the kids and makes a good grandstand for many of the best views of the city and harbor.
Basic Requirements: Original passport with a validity of more than 6 months and at least 2 blank visa pages, and photocopies of the first 2 pages (personal information) of your passport and recent Chinese visas if any; If it is your first time to visit China, you should provide your local police character/clearance certificate. Generally applicants should come to the embassy/consulate in person with required documents, and may answer questions from the visa officer.
Visa for family/relative visit or tourism (L visa) Your bank statement and round-trip tickets; Invitation letter from your direct relative to visit; Marriage certificate or relationship documents (original and photocopy attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Islamabad); Inviters photocopy of identity documents such as passport, identity card or residence booklet, etc. Processing time period: 4 working days