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China is, quite surprisingly, one of of the last places most Pakistanis consider when we think of “Travel and tourism”. It seems like a logical choice: it’s the location of one of the Eight Wonders of the World (Great Wall). It has historic places, gorgeous mountains, beautiful beaches and lots of scenic beauty. And it has pandas. Who doesn’t want to go see *read: cuddle* real pandas?

I do! And so I’m trying to push the Boy into choosing China for the trip of 2017. I’ve already created itineraries! The only problem is that the ticket is pretty steep, and we don’t have enough savings right now. Hopefully we’ll be able to go soon! In the meanwhile, here are all the details on China?

When To Go

China’s diverse climate means that the best time depends on where you’re planning to go. Spring or autumn have the most relatively mild temperatures, making them the ideal time to plan your visit.

Where To Go

Beijing tops almost every travel itinerary since it is famous for the Great Wall and the Forbidden City. Xi’an is not to be missed as the site of the Terracotta Army standing watch over the Emperor’s Tomb. Shanghai’s port boasts skyscraper skies to contrast Hong Kong’s colonial heritage. Macau is also worth a visit for its casinos, churches and Portuguese cuisine.

Here’s how to get to China from Pakistan:

Visa Type: L Visa (tourist), Multiple Entry

Validity: Up to 10 years.

Processing: Visa processing takes 4 working days.

Visa Fees: Diplomatic and Official passport holders of the third countries as well as Pakistani ordinary passport holders are exempted from visa fees.

Here are the documents you shall prepare before submission of visa application:

Basic Documents

  • Passport Original passport with at least six months of remaining validity and blank visa pages, and a photocopy of the passport’s data page and the photo page if it is separate.
  • One completed Visa Application Form and 2 recently-taken color passport photos (bare-head, full face) against a light background, one affixed to the form.
  • Your confirmed air ticket and copies of your hotel reservations
  • Photocopy of previous Chinese passports or previous Chinese visas (applicable to those who were Chinese citizens and have obtained foreign citizenship)
  • For the first visit, the applicant should come in person for an interview and provide a local police character/clearance certificate (attested by Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan).
  • Proof of legal stay or residence status (applicable to those not applying for the visa in their country of citizenship). If you are not applying for the visa in the country of your citizenship, you must provide the original and photocopy of your valid visa of stay, residence, and employment or student status of the country where you are currently staying. (This is applicable if you’re a Pakistani applying from outside of Pakistan)

For tourism in China, Pakistani nationals are requested to join a tourist group (more than 5 people), which should be arranged through a qualified local travel agency (this needs to be verified).

Instruction Documents:

  1. Instruction to Visa Application Form (Form V.2011A)
  2. Instruction to Supplementary Visa Application Form (Form V.2011B)
  3. Physical Examination Record

Once you have all your documents ready:

You’ll have to submit your application independently to the Chinese embassy and since it takes at least 4 working days, it’s recommended that you make sure to submit all your documents a full week or preferably two before your departure date. Good luck!

Embassy Information:

Address: No.1, Zhou-Enlai Avenue, Diplomatic Enclave(Extension), Islamabad, Pakistan 
Working Time: Monday to Friday, 8:30 am to 12:00 am,and 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm(except holidays)
Visa section: 051-8496178
Protocol section: 051-8496141
Political and press section: 051-8496128
Section of science and technology: 051-8496123
Telephone on duty: 051-8496156
Cell phone on duty: 0312-5508888

Use the comment section to tell us about all your experiences in China, we love hearing about them!

Happy travelling!