Best China Tours from France
ETC’s China private tours from France transform cultural experience, hidden gems discovery and fascinating people encounters into life-time adventures.
We understand that for French people, to live is to travel. So we bring you and your family China, a far-flung, mystic oriental kingdom in East Asia, which can always ignite French’s wanderlust. According to the statistics, two-fifths of European visitors to China are French each year. This vast country's several thousand years of civilization, distinctive regional cultures and breathtaking natural scenery inspire every type of travel adventure.
French visitors looking to explore ancient Chinese wonders are drawn to the Great Wall, Terracotta Army and Shaolin Temple. For those with a spirit of adventure, picture yourself hiking through the jungles, deserts, beautiful gorges and mountains. Some wishing to discover the real China would like to walk through the gorgeous palaces, ancient shrines and temples, stroll in the quiet ancient towns, bike thorough the beautiful countryside…
Easy Tour China can offer the widest choice of travel packages for French family with kids, couples and friends. Contact us right now to customize your own trip, and enjoy fully inclusive tours to China from France.
Best Time to Go
If you’re planning a trip to China from France, be noted that most Chinese cities has a subtropical monsoon climate and temperate continental climate. Spring (April–May) and autumn (September–October) are considered the best times to travel to China, when most of the popular destinations have a mild weather for nature contact. However, the weather conditions normally affect little the cultural and historical destinations, such as Beijing, Shanghai and Xi'an.
Where to go - recommended destinations for French travelers:
Real life experiences & off-the-beaten-track adventures on your China holiday from France:
If you're a backpacker or an independent traveler
At ETC, there’s always something for backpackers and budget travelers, who plan independent self-guided China tours from France and need to research on the every detail of the destinations, transportation, accommodation and dining. Our destination experts are glad to provide individual services for hotel, flight and train tickets reservation, vehicle rental, itinerary crafting and even smart phone installed with GPS map data for a hiking or biking trip. Therefore backpackers and budget travelers can save money, and meanwhile enjoy an easy, smooth and hassle-free holiday in China.
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China Visa Tips for French Citizens
Where to Apply for China Visa?
To make your trip to China from France an easy and pleasant one, you are kindly advised to consult the local Chinese Embassy or Consulates-General first for the Chinese visa. They will readily help you go through the necessary procedures. For ordinary French passport holders, please apply the tourist visa of China at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC) in Paris, Marseille, Strasbourg or Lyon. An online appointment is required.
The Chinese Embassy and CVASC in France:
◎ CVASC in Paris
Address: 25 Rue de Bassano, 75008 Paris.
Website: http://www.visaforchina.org/PAR_FR/ (French)
Office Hours: 09:00-16:00, Monday-Friday (except Chinese and French public holidays)
◎ CVASC in Marseille:
Address: 165 avenue du Prado 13008 Marseille, France
Tel: +33-4-86879879（Service time:9：30AM-11：30AM，13：30PM-16：30PM)
Website: https://bio.visaforchina.org/MRS2_FR/ (French)
◎ CVASC in Strasbourg:
Address: 19 Rue du Fossé des Treize 67000 Strasbourg
Business hours of submission is: 9:00-15:00
Business hours of collection is: 9:00-16:00
Website: http://bio.visaforchina.org/SXB2_FR/ (French)
◎ CVASC in Lyon:
Address: 27 Rue de la Villette, 69003 Lyon
The business hours of submission is: 9:00-15:00
The business hours of collection is: 9:00-16:00
(Monday-Friday, Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays)
Tel: 04 28 70 38 79 (Service time: 9:30AM-11:30AM, 13:30PM-16:30PM)
◎ Consulate-General of the PRC in Marseille
Address: 20, Boulevard Carmagnole - 13008 Marseille, France
Tel: +33-4-91320000, 91320260
Fax: +33-4-491320008, 91320004
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, 14:30-17:30, Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Consular Office (passport, authentication & notarization)
Address: 16 Boulevard Carmagnole 13008 Marseille France
+33-4-91320267, +33-6-71905835 (consular protection)
Office Hours: 09:15-12:00, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday (except holidays)
◎ Consulate-General of the PRC in Strasbourg
Address: 35, rue Bautain, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Tel: +33-3-88453232 (24-hour inquiry telephone)
Office Hours: 09:00-12:30, 15:00-18:00, Monday-Friday (except holidays)
Address: 4 rue Eugène Carrière, 67000 Strasbourg, France
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00, Monday, Wednesday, Friday (except holidays)
◎ Consulate-General of the PRC in Lyons
Address: 26, rue Louis Blanc, 69006 Lyon, France
Office Hours: 09:00-12:30, 14:30-18:00, Monday - Friday (except holidays)
Tel: +33-4-37248305 (visa, passport, authentication & notarization)
+33-4-37248307 (consular protection)
Office Hours: 09:30-12:00, Monday - Friday (except holidays)
◎ Consulate-General of the PRC in Saint-Denis
Address: 50, Rue Du General de Gaulle, Saint-Denis, ile de la Reunion, France
Office Hours: 09:00-12:30, 15:00-18:00, Monday - Friday (except holidays)
Office Hours: 09:30-12:00, Monday, Wednesday, Friday (except holidays)
Practical Travel Tips for French traveling in China
What about drinks?
A: Local tea is commonly served with meals and there is a variety of soft drinks, local and imported beers and wines available for purchase. You should not drink the tap water, bottled water is inexpensive and readily available. If you like a 'cuppa', you may like to bring along a small supply of tea bags, coffee and milk powder. Most rooms have electric jugs or thermos flasks of boiling water to make hot.
What are the toilet facilities like on China tour?
A: All of our hotels on your China tour have western style bathrooms and toilets. Obviously in the remote areas and villages that French travelers love to have an adventure, the guesthouse may be a little more basic, but clean and simple is common. Whilst sightseeing, toilet facilities at restaurants and local tourist sites can vary and we would recommend that you carry tissues, wet wipes or disinfectant gel with you, “just in case”.
What should I pack?
A: Casual clothing is appropriate at all times although clothes that are too revealing are still frowned upon in all over China. Try to pack lightly as your trip may involve an amount of personal baggage handling as porters are often not available except in larger hotels. For security reasons it is essential that your baggage can be locked whilst during air transportation between cities. At times, you may not be able to check into your hotel room immediately or be able to access your main bags. To ensure your comfort, a change of clothes in your hand luggage to coincide with local weather conditions is always handy. All personal toiletries should be taken with you and small packets of tissues or wet wipes are recommended. A small medical kit containing medication to alleviate common ailments is suggested. Prepare the hiking boots if a French traveler will take a hiking or trekking adventure in China’s mountainous areas.
China has a more complicated climate than that of France. Generally, China's climate has the characteristics of monsoon climate - high temperature and heavy rain in summer, cold and little rain in winter.
Spring (Mar – May) with temperature of 50 - 71.6F: Western suits, jackets, sports coats, woolen jackets, long sleeve shirts and travel shoes
Summer (Jun – Aug) with temperature Above 71.6 F: T-shirts, short sleeve shirts, skirts, sandals, caps, rain wear
Autumn (Sep – Nov) with temperature of 50- 71.6 F: Western suits, jackets, sports coats, light woolen sweaters, rain wear and travel shoes
Winter (Dec – Feb) with temperature Below 50 F: Overcoat, thick woolen sweaters, lined coats; In northern China, cap, gloves and cotton-padded shoes are required
What credit cards can I use?
A: At present the Bank of China accepts Master, American Express, Dynasty, Visa, JCB, and Diners Club cards. French travelers may use these cards to draw cash over the exchange counters in China's banks, make purchases or pay bills at large department stores, restaurants and hotels in more than 100 major cities in China. A surcharge of 2% is always charged for card transactions.
Where can French citizens get consular assistance in China?
◎ Embassy of the Republic of France in Beijing
Address: No.3, Dong San Jie, San Li Tun, Chaoyang District, Beijing
Postal Code: 100600
Tel: (+86)10 8532 8080
Fax: (+86)10 8652 8009
Office Hours: 08:30-11:45, Mon.-Fri. (Office of French Affaires)
◎ Consulate General of the Republic of France in Chengdu
Address: 30th Floor, Tianfu Time Square, No.2, Zong Fu Lu, Chengdu
Postal Code: 610016
◎ Consulate General of the Republic of France in Guangzhou
Address: Room 810, Main Tower, Guangdong International Hotel, 339 Huangshi Dong Road
Postal Code: 510098
Tel: (+86)20 2829 2000
Fax: (+86)20 2829 2001
Office Hours: 09:00-12:00 and 14:30-17:00 (Mon. - Fri.)
◎ Consulate General of the Republic of France in Shanghai
Address: French Consulate General in Shanghai, China United Plaza 12/F Nanjing Xi Lu 1468 200040 Shanghai China
Tel: (+86) (21) 62 89 74 14
Fax: (+86) (21) 62 79 22 49
Consul: Mr. Jean-Marin Schuh - Consul General
◎ Consulate General of the Republic of France in Shenyang
Address: No.34 Shisanwei Road, South of Heping District, Shenyang
Postal Code: 110003
Tel: (+86)24 2319 0000
Fax: (+86)24 2319 0001
Consular Districts: Heilongjiang Province, Jilin Province, Liaoning Province
◎ Consulate General of the Republic of France in Wuhan
Address: New World Trade Tower - Room 1702, 568 Jianshe dadao, Hankou, 430022
Office Hours: 09:00-18:00, Monday-Friday
09:00-12:00 and 13:30-16:00, Monday-Friday (for visa)
Direct Flights from France to China
China Eastern airlines opened the Shanghai to Paris direct flight in 1998. Passengers, meanwhile, can take Air France and Air China at Roissy-Charles de Gaulle of Paris flying directly to Shanghai. In recent years, more and more direct flights to China from France have been launched. French tourists may start their China holiday in Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Xian, or fly directly to Kunming or Chengdu for a wild West China adventure.
Departure cities in France: Paris
Arrival cities in China: Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Jinnan, Chongqing, Kunming, Chengdu, Fuzhou, Shenzhen, Hong Kong
Based on feedback from our French guests and our own travel experiences, we've found the following websites are very helpful for investigating and ticketing airfare to and from each of our trips. Cheap flights from France to China may also be found out.