The largest populated, most developed, one of the biggest economies, one of the largest commercial centers, the largest exporter, the largest communist country are all the synonyms to China and its development. China is one such country that is considered more of an economist nation rather than a tourist destination. People often travel to China for business purposes than for tourism despite having one of the seven wonders of the world “The Great Wall of China”.
Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, and Wuhan all the famous cities in China have one thing in common their commercialization, their attitude, their dedication towards the work which makes them unique and equally famous throughout the world. One of the countries recognized more for business purposes rather than tourism. But here we are going to explore the other side of China – A tourist destination. Visiting China is incomplete without China Visa for Indians.
Till 1974 China was closed for all the people throughout the world. In the late 1970’s it started promoting tourism to increase and give a boost to the economy by allowing foreign exchange in China. China has adopted “Beautiful China” as its theme to promote tourism throughout the world. Here is a list of 6 exotic and unexplored locations in China. The Great Wall of China, The Summer Palace, The Forbidden City, The Yangtze River, The Bund, and Zhangjiajie National Forest Park
The Great Wall of China – The long wall as it is referred to in China built 2000 years back which is impossible to be remade back stretches 6000 km from Shanhaiguan to Jiayuguan east to west respectively. It passes through Hebei, Beijing and Tientsin Province whereas, Inner Mongolia, Gansu, and Ningxia have the best-preserved sections of this great wall. The most visited section is near Badaling pass which is easily accessible through public transports.
The Summer Palace – A World Heritage Site is a beautiful parkland with lakes, palace, and gardens in Beijing. The Summer Palace is centered around Kunming lake covering three-quarters of the total area. Highlights of this magnificent palace are Hall of Well Being and Longevity, Hall of Happiness and Longevity, Kunming Lake, the Long Corridor, Farming and Weaving Picture Scenic Area, and the Central Axis Area.
The Forbidden City – Situated at the heart of Beijing is The Forbidden City popularly known as Imperial Palace covers 7,20,000 square meters and protected by 10 metered high walls is one of the topmost tourist destinations in China. The palace museum has a large collection of art from the Ming & Qing dynasty, whereas, White marble River Bridge, Imperial Throne, and Hall of Supreme Harmony are some of the highlights of this unique palace.
The Yangtze River – The longest river in China and the third-largest in the world makes it one of the favorable destination to be visited. It flows from Tibet in the west to Shanghai in the east covering 8 provinces. Qutang, Wu, and Xiling are the three beautiful gorges to be visited along with luxurious riverboat cruise, and high mountain peaks like the famous Grand Canyon.
The Bund – This beautiful waterfront runs along the Huangpu River is an amazing site for its charm & beauty. The best architectural work also can be seen here in the form of the Majestic Peace Hotel, Bell Tower, and the old customs office. The best view of this bund can be seen from the Oriental Pearl Tower. Also, the famous Yu Garden is a sight to behold which is known as “Garden of Happiness”
Zhangjiajie National Forest Park – China’s first National Park and a UNESCO world heritage site is a global geopark. The most notable feature here is pillar-shaped mountains which inspired and a part of the famous movie Avatar. Quartz Sandstone pillars are officially renamed as “ Avatar Hallelujah Mountain”. This Forest Park also has the world’s tallest outdoor lift at 1,070 ft. which transfers visitors to the top in less than 2 minutes. Park has one of the unique kinds of the bridge known as “Zhangjiajie Grand Canyon Glass Bridge” which is the longest and highest pedestrian bridge.
Planning to visit these unique places in China as a tourist is incomplete without the China visa for Indians. To get the visa done is not a very tough job with the help of the travel agent and proper documentation. Tourist Visa requires a set of documents which is as follows:
- Original Passport
- Visa Form
- Detailed Cover Letter
- 2 Photographs with a white background, matt finish, 80% face and a dimension of 33mm x 45mm
- Day wise itinerary
- Travel Itinerary
- Hotel Accommodation covering all the days in China
- Last 6 months attested Bank Statement with a minimum balance of 1,60,000/- per person.
- Leave Letter/NOC from the company
- If Self-Employed Registration Certificate.
You need to collect these sets of documents to process China tourist visa. These documents can be submitted by the travel agent at the VFS center and the processing time for the same is Normal Category – 4 working days & Express Category – 2 working days. The validity of China visa will be of 90 days single entry wherein, stay period will be of 30 days.
China Visa doesn’t require any personal visit to the embassy or the center for either submission or biometrics. China Visa can be processed by the travel agent for you after you submit the required documents to them. VFS center for China is situated only in Mumbai, Kolkata and New Delhi which accepts and processes the application on behalf of the people with the help of local travel agents.