Visa and entry requirements China:
Passport required
To enter the People's Republic of China, a visa is required, which must be obtained before the trip from the responsible Chinese diplomatic mission or from one of the “Visa Application Service Center” is to be applied for.
Transit stays of 72 or 144 hours possible without a visa
Visa costs: 95-165 euros

Information from the Foreign Office about your trip to China:

The People's Republic of China is a country in East Asia with around 1.4 billion inhabitants. China is the most populous and third largest country in the world and borders Mongolia to the north, Russia and North Korea to the northeast, Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan and Nepal to the south, Pakistan to the southwest, Tajikistan to the west, Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan and, in the northwest, Kazakhstan.

The official language of the country is Chinese and the Chinese renminbi yuan is used as the national currency, with 1 euro corresponding to around 8 CNY.

The largest cities in China include the megacities Shanghai, Beijing, Chongqing, Tianjin, Shenyang, Guangzhou, Xi'an, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Hangzhou, Dongguan, Foshan, Nanjing, Suzhou, Qingdao, Harbin, Dalian, Shantou, Zhengzhou, Kunming, Hefei, Xiamen, Jinan and Taiyuan. In total, there are almost 150 cities in the People's Republic of China with more than a million inhabitants.

The capital of China is Beijing with around 23 million inhabitants in the metropolitan area. Beijing is the political and cultural center of China, while Shanghai is the economic center.

The territory of China has a north-south extent of around 5,500 kilometers, while the distance from west to east is approximately 5,200 kilometers.

The highest peak in Chinese territory is the 8,844 meter high Mount Everest in the Himalayas, on the border with Nepal and also the highest mountain in the world.

Among other things, China has the Yangtze, the third longest river in the world and a total of 18 different climate zones.

China has numerous mineral resources, such as oil, natural gas, coal and various ores.

The economic superpower China now has the largest economy in the world, with constantly increasing growth.

The most important sights in China include the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, Tiananmen Square, the Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, Sichuan Province with some of the most beautiful national parks in China, the high-rises of Pudong, the colonial buildings, the Shanghai Tower - the second tallest building in the world, the Bund riverfront, the Chinese Yu Garden and the Oriental Pearl Tower in Shanghai, the panda breeding center in Chengdu, the famous Terracotta Army, the long city wall and the Muslim quarter in the ancient imperial city Xi'an, the Shaolin Monastery - the birthplace of the martial art Kung Fu, and the Longmen Grottoes in Luoyang in the Chinese province of Henan, the Three Gorges Dam on the Yangtze River, the Stone Forest of Kunming, the three white pagodas in Dali, the mountains of Xianggong and the Zhangjiajie National Park with its dreamlike avatar landscape.

So far I have traveled to China twice, in January 2016 I was in Shanghai for three days and just eight months later in September, for the same period in the capital Beijing, as a starting point for my trip to North Korea.

China, the country of superlatives, you can only really like it. During my first stay in China in the metropolis of Shanghai, it was unfortunately really cold in January, with temperatures around freezing point. Despite the weather, I still had an eventful and interesting stay. On the first day I drove through the city center several times using a variety of bus lines to take in every important sight. The highlight of this trip took place on the glass terrace of the Oriental Pearl Tower, where I enjoyed the magnificent view of the metropolis of Shanghai.

My hotel was in the middle of Nanjing Street, one of the largest shopping streets in the world. The perfect place for my daily trips or for Shanghai's nightlife.

In September, however, it was pleasantly warm in Beijing and the day trip I had previously booked online took me very early in the morning to Badaling, the most famous section of the Great Wall of China. This building is simply gigantic and every travel lover should visit it once in their life. On that day, a long-standing wish came true for me. This visit to the Great Wall of China early in the morning, before the big rush of visitors, was very impressive and unforgettable.

After the return journey from Badalung, the excursion continued in the early afternoon at the Forbidden City, a tea house and many other important attractions in Beijing.

This 15-hour day trip was packed with impressive highlights and, in retrospect, the best decision to see everything important in Beijing in one day.

China is a fantastic holiday destination and worth a trip at any time, I will definitely come back.