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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

Tens of famous tourist attractions in China give the preferential policies for senior citizens. One thing to note is that you have to show your passport to the staff at the scenic spot, so you will need to carry your passport all the time.

Destination
Attractions
Discount Price for Seniors
Beijing
Summer Palace / Temple of Heaven
Free entry for visitors over 65
Harbin
Saint Sophia Cathedral
Free entry for visitors over 70
Shanghai
Yu Garden / Jade Buddha Temple
Half-pricefor visitor over 60
Shanghai
The Oriental Pearl Tower
40% discount for visitors over 70
Shanghai
Jinmao Tower
About 15% discount for visitors over 70
Shanghai
ShanghaiWorld Financial Center
About 35% discount for visitors over 60
Shanghai
Huoshan Hall
Free entry for visitors over 70
Huangshan
Yellow Mountain / Hongcun Village / Xidi Village / Chengkan Village
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
Huangshan
Nanping Village / Lucun Village / Pingshan Village / Tangmo Village / Xiong Cun Village
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
Huangshan
Xiuli Film and Television Shooting Village / Mu Keng Bamboo Forest
Half-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
Huangshan
Qiyunshan 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
Suzhou
All 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
Shaoxing
Shen Garden / Orchid Pavilion / Anchang Old Town
Free entry for visitors over 70
Chongqing
Huguang Guild Hall
Free entry for visitors over 65
Guangzhou
Chen Clan Ancestral Hall / Temple of the Six Banyan Trees / Sun Yatsen Memorial Hall
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 64 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
Guangzhou
Yuexiu Park / Museum of the Western Han Dynasty Mausoleum of the Nanyue King / Xiguan Folk Customs Museum
Freeentry for visitors over 70
Guangzhou
Guangzhou Tower
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 75 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 75
Shenzhen
Splendid China Folk Village / Crane Lake Hakka House
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Zhuhai
Chimelong Ocean Kingdom
30% discount on workday for visitors over 65
25% discount on weekend and public holiday for visitors over 65
Xiamen
Shu Zhuang Garden / Sunlight Rock / Hulishan Canon Platform
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
NanjingCounty in Fujian
Tianluokeng 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 Fujian
Hongkeng Tulou Folk Cultural Village / Chuxi Tulou cluster / Gaobei Tulou / Nanxi Tulou cluster
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Fuzhou
Drum Mountain (Inc. Yongquan Temple)
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Wuyishan
Wuyishan Mountain
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Guizhou
Zhaoxing / Basha / Langde Areas
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 70 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 70
Sanjiang in Guangxi
Chengyang Area
Half-price for visitors between 60 – 65 years of age
Free entry for visitors over 65
Taishan
Mt. Taishan
Free entry for visitors over 60
Qufu
Confucius Temple / Confucius Family Mansion /Cemetery of Confucius
Free entry for visitors over 60
Yantai
Penglai pavilion scenic area / Mou's Manor (Qixia)
Free entry for visitors over 60
Yantai
Tashan Scenic Area
Free 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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