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How to travel around China during the pandemic period

Edited by Asia Odyssey Travel on 2020-10-20

Almost one year has passed since the outbreak of Covid-19 in China. At the beginning, people thought the pandemic may end in between half a year and one year, however, there is no hint that the pandemic will come to an end so far. Many travelers postponed their travel plan due to the disease. Now, they found they may have to cancel it, or replace their original destinations with somewhere safer. China is a good option!

It is safe to travel around China

Although China was the place where the Covid-19 outbreak started, there are only a few local Covid-19 patients in China at present. Most other patients are travelers who just arrived in China from other countries. In fact, after series of measures carried out by the government, the pandemic has been under control since March 2020.

Now, more and more domestic flights and trains are back to business. All the restaurants, tourist attractions, shopping malls and other places where tourists may visit, have also been open as usual for half a year. According to the government report, over 637 million Chinese people traveled during the National Day holiday (October 1st to 7th, 2020), which was still less than the last year’s 782 million, but things are getting much better.

Forbidden City During the 2020 National Day Holiday

Forbidden City During the 2020 National Day Holiday

Where to visit during the pandemic period?

During the pandemic times, tourists’ interests are not the only factor to decide where to go. You have to find the balance between your interests and the Covid-19 situation. The destinations as below are recommended based these two factors.

Beijing – Forbidden City and Great Wall

Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and was the capital of the last two feudal dynasties in the history of China. Many royal relics were built in last 500 years in Beijing. The Forbidden City, the home and office for 24 emperors, and the Great Wall, the last line of defense for the capital, are the most popular royal relics in Beijing. Currently, there only three Covid-19 patients in Beijing. They were all immigrants who were tested positive at the Beijing airports.

Mutianyu Great Wall

Mutianyu Great Wall is 70 kilometers away from Beijing City

Qinghai – Qinghai Lake

Qinghai Lake is the largest inland lake in China. The breath-taking lake sceneries and countless birds are tourists’ favorite factors of the Lake. If you are interested in religions, the Ta’er Monastery is worth a visit. It is a sacred monastery for the Tibetan Buddhism. The frescos and religious textiles are the highlights in the monastery. There is ZERO Covid-19 positive case in Qinghai at present.

Qinghai Lake

Postcard-worthy Qinghai Lake

Yunnan – Terraced Fields and Paradise for Hiking

There are 25 ethnic minorities living in Yunnan. Most their villages are built on the terraced fields with stunning sceneries. Tourists can learn about the most authentic cultures of these ethnic minorities and get totally relaxed on these terraced fields. If you like hiking, the Tiger Leaping Gorge and snow-capped mountains are ideal destinations. Currently, there are seven positive cases of Covid-19 in Yunnan. They are all immigrants who were tested positive at the airports where they entered China.

Terraced Fields in Yunnan

Terraced Fields in Yunnan

Xian – Home of the Terracotta Army

Most tourists go to Xian, one of the most historical cities of China, for the Terracotta Army. In order to maintain his power after death, the Qin Shihuang, the first emperor in the history ancient Chinese feudal dynasties, built the underground army. So far, over 50,000 pieces of ancient relics has been unearthed from the Terracotta Army site. In addition, the ancient city wall and Shaanxi History Museum are also must-visit places in Xian. Currently, there are 28 Covid-19 patients in Shaanxi Province, where the Xian city is located in. They are all immigrants who were tested positive at the airports where they entered China.

Terracotta Army

Spectacular Terracotta Army

Sichuan – Hometown of Pandas and Paradise for Trekkers

Most tourists can’t wait to see the lovely pandas when they arrive in Sichuan. However, if they arrive in afternoon or later, it is suggested to see pandas next morning, because pandas only play in morning, and after noon, they are all sleeping. If you really like the pandas very much, it is possible to apply to be panda volunteer for one day or two. If you like trekking, the colorful Siguning Mountain and Doacheng Yading are paradise for you, you may meet less than 10 people while trekking in those vast areas. Currently, there are 43 Covid-19 patients in Sichuan Province. They are all immigrants who were tested positive at the airports where they entered China.

Lovely panda

Welcome to our hometown

Covid-19 cases in Recommended Destinations

The table is lasted updated on November 30, 2020

  • Places
  • Today's New Cases
  • Total Current Cases
  • All-Time Cases
  • Beijing
  • 0
  • 3
  • 950
  • Qinghai
  • 0
  • 0
  • 18
  • Yunnan
  • 0
  • 7
  • 219
  • Shaanxi
  • 0
  • 28
  • 498
  • Sichuan
  • 3
  • 43
  • 806

What to prepare before traveling?

Face casks

You need to wear a face mask when taking a bus, train, or flight in China. Some shopping malls, tourist attractions, and hotels also require their customers to wear masks. It is a government policy.

Health code

If you want to travel around China, you need to download WeChat or Alipay on your smart phone. And then apply for the health code on one of these two applications.You need to show your health code at airports, train and bus stations, and cruise terminals, and some public areas, such as shopping mall or restaurants in China.

The process is: WeChat: WeChat Pay, and then click Public Services; Alipay: City Service.

Please note that although there are English versions for these two applications, the options are not fully translated at present, so it is suggest to ask someone who can read Chinese to help you apply the Health Code.

Health Code

Health Code sample

Being ready for the nucleic acid test and 14 days’ quarantine

If you travel to China from other countries, a nucleic test at the airport and a 14 days’ quarantine are compulsory. The fee would be at your own expense. Normally, you will be transferred to a designated hotel in your entry city for the quarantine. The costs vary in different cities.

If you are a foreigner who has been in China for 14 days or longer. The nucleic test and quarantine are needn’t. That is to say, if you work or study in China, you can travel as normal domestic tourists.

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