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A Complete Travel Guide to China for Senior Citizens

Dream of traveling to China now that you’re retired, with budget and time? Make sure you check out this complete guide for seniors travel to China first. Get to know where to visit & when to go, transportations, packing list, accommodation information, and the attractions discount for senior citizens. If you plan your trip accordingly, you’re going make your travel experience in China more enjoyable and comfortable.

Recommended Places to Visit in China for Seniors

When choosing the destinations to visit in China, the elderly travelers are suggested to mainly consider three factors: safety, environment (climate & altitude), senior-friendly attractions & activities.See below our suggestions.

Beijing

The ancient and modern Chinese capital, Beijing is pretty much one of the best destination for senior citizens, with a few of world’s most outstanding UNESCO World Heritages. Be ready to be embraced by history and culture, and take fully advantage of the city’s convenient transportation, public facilities and easily accessible sights.

Senior-friendly activities in Beijing: take cable way to the Great Wall, learn Tai Chi at the Temple of Heaven, stroll through Forbidden City for countless art treasures and being dressed up like a king and queen, cruise Summer Palace, rickshaw ride through hutongs.

dress up as king and queen in China

Shanghai

The most modernized city in mainland China, Shanghai is a big draw for senior travelers because of its dramatic contrast between the historic China and futuristic China.

Senior-friendly activities in Shanghai: witness the colonial buildings on the Bund and skyscrapers in the Lujiazui Financial District to know China’s modern history, enjoy a Huangpu River night cruise for relaxation and Shanghai’s stunning night scene, visit the old town for original dwellings, old lanes and traditions, extend the trip to Suzhou brimmed with traditional gardens

Xian

One of the oldest existent capitals in the world, Xian was where the Silk Road get started and today retains many historical sites, temples and museums.

Senior-friendly activities in Xian: meet Terracotta Army and learn history, get in China’s longest city wall, admire Big Wild Goose Pagoda, visit local family to make dumpling

Guilin

For senior travelers seeking the most beautiful place in China with laidback atmosphere and idyllic countryside, never miss Guilin.

Senior-friendly activities in Guilin: sit in a Li River cruise to savor the karst landscape, live a happy, relaxing life in Yangshuo to learn cook Chinese foods, visit the wet market, learn Chinese calligraphy and painting, and witness the local villagers working on the farmland with water buffalo, visit the old town of Dayu to discover some traditional workshops

Yangtze Cruise

Cruise is always a must for the elderly travelers / couple. A Yangtze cruise combines sightseeing and ultimate comfort. You can learn Tai Chi on the deck, bask in soft sunlight and breeze, enjoy coffee/tea time, and also join the extrusions to the enticing cultural sites.

Chengdu

A modern city yet brimmed with traditions, Chengdu is also world-famous as the hometown of giant panda. The elderly travelers are encouraged to sip tea at local tea house, experience yourself the Chinese retiring life at People’s Park, visit the Leshan Giant Budhha, and mostly importantly, join the panda keeper program if you’re under 70 year old.

Be a panda keeper in Chengdu

Tourist Attractions Discount for Seniors

DestinationAttractionsDiscount Price for Seniors
BeijingSummer Palace / Temple of HeavenFree entry for visitors over 65
HarbinSaint Sophia CathedralFree entry for visitors over 70
ShanghaiYu Garden / Jade Buddha TempleHalf-pricefor visitor over 60
ShanghaiThe Oriental Pearl Tower40% discount for visitors over 70
ShanghaiJinmao TowerAbout 15% discount for visitors over 70
ShanghaiShanghaiWorld Financial CenterAbout 35% discount for visitors over 60
ShanghaiHuoshan HallFree entry for visitors over 70
HuangshanYellow Mountain / Hongcun Village / Xidi Village / Chengkan VillageHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
HuangshanNanping Village / Lucun Village / Pingshan Village / Tangmo Village / Xiong Cun VillageHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
HuangshanXiuli Film and Television Shooting Village / Mu Keng Bamboo ForestHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
Huangshan\Tangyue Memorial Archways of Bao’s Garden / Huishang Mansion / Huizhou Old City\Half-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
HuangshanQiyunshan Mountain Scenic Area / Xin'an River Landscape Scenic Resort (boat cruise included)Half-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
SuzhouAll classic gardens including Humble Administrator Garden, Lingering Garden, Master of the Nets Garden, etc.Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
ShaoxingShen Garden / Orchid Pavilion / Anchang Old TownFree entry for visitors over 70
ChongqingHuguang Guild HallFree entry for visitors over 65
GuangzhouChen Clan Ancestral Hall / Temple of the Six Banyan Trees / Sun Yatsen Memorial HallHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
GuangzhouYuexiu Park / Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King / Xiguan Folk Customs MuseumFreeentry for visitors over 70
GuangzhouGuangzhou TowerHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 75 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 75
ShenzhenSplendid China Folk Village / Crane Lake Hakka HouseHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
ZhuhaiChimelong Ocean Kingdom30% discount on workday for visitors over 65
25% discount on weekend and public holiday for visitors over 65
XiamenShu Zhuang Garden / Sunlight Rock / Hulishan Canon PlatformHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
NanjingCounty in FujianTianluokeng Tulou cluster / Yuchang Earth Building / Taxia Village / Yunshuiyao Old Town / Hekeng Tulou Buildings Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Yongding County in FujianHongkeng Tulou Folk Cultural Village / Chuxi Tulou cluster / Gaobei Tulou / Nanxi Tulou clusterHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
FuzhouDrum Mountain (Inc. Yongquan Temple)Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
WuyishanWuyishan MountainHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
GuizhouZhaoxing / Basha / Langde AreasHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Sanjiang in GuangxiChengyang AreaHalf-price for visitors between 60 – 65 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
TaishanMt. TaishanFree entry for visitors over 60
QufuConfucius Temple / Confucius Family Mansion /Cemetery of ConfuciusFree entry for visitors over 60
YantaiPenglai pavilion scenic area / Mou's Manor (Qixia)Free entry for visitors over 60
YantaiTashan Scenic AreaFree entry for visitors over 70

Best and Worst Time to Travel to China

The elderly travelers need also consider the local weather when planning to travel to China, lest you’re getting sick. April to May and September to October, with mild weather, neither hot, nor cold, is the best time for traveling.

You are not suggested to travel in China’s national public holidays, such as the Golden Week (Oct.1 - 7) and Spring Festival (usually between late January and early February), when it is all attractions, airports and railway stations are packed with tourists/passengers.

Yangshuo countryside life for seniors

Useful Tips: Accommodation, Transportation, Dinning, Pacing List

Accommodation – Pick the central-located hotel, nearing shopping street and restaurants. International-brand is usually a better choice for senior travelers. But you still need to consult the hotel staff if you should have special requirements. Your tour adviser at Easy Tour China is always glad to assist you picking and booking your accommodation, whether you desire a king-sized bed or an accessible room.

Transportation – Flight and bullet train are the best choices to travel between cities in China, especially the bullet train, which ensures comfort, high speed, safety and punctuality. For sightseeing in a destination, you may take subway or public bus. But for the elderly, the taxi or a private vehicle with more flexibility is surely the best way.

Dinning – If you want to try local foods, we have a list of local restaurants with healthy and delicious dishes in each city that will satisfy your stomach. Or you can dine at your hotel for either Chinese foods or Western foods. For your safety, you’d better not eat street foods.

Senior travelers dine in Guilin China

What to Pack

Apart from the necessary identity document, visa and personal effects, the senior travelers are suggested to also pack the following items;

- Buy travel insurance in case of any injury or disease, so bring with your insurance policy and phone number.

- Pack your medical records and medication you need, in case that you can’t find it in China.

- Bring with some cash, but not too much. You can withdraw money at the bank or your hotel if needed.

- Don’t carry or wear too expensive jewelries or watch.

- Pack comfortable shoes and clothes.

Suggested China Tours for Seniors

We suggest that you take a private China tour with exclusive guide and driver who then can accommodate your personal needs and requirements. Here below area the China trips we craft specially for the elderly travelers:

  • 11-day Premier China Tour for Senior Tourists
  • 10-day China Highlight Tour for Senior Tourists
  • 8-day China Golden Triangle Tour for Seniors Tourists
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