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China Tour from Australia


The beautiful natural scenery and glorious historical sites in China, gorgeous Chinese culture, and tasty Chinese food has made China one of the major destinations for Australian travelers. There are 723,100 Australian tourists chose China as their destination for sightseeing or leisure visiting in 2013. The most visited China cities are Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guilin, Xi'an, Kunming, Dalian, Qingdao, Shenzhen, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and Macau.

Here are some basic information that answers questions about Chinese Visa application, airlines and flights to China, recommended China food and restaurants, and other travel related questions to help you plan a better China tour.

Visa for Australia Travelers


For Australian travelers who are planning on visiting China a Visa is required. For more information about Visa Free destinations in China, please check the Visa Free Section below.

Visa Application Fees


Single-entry: AUD 40
Double-entry: AUD 54
Multiple-entry within six months: AUD 72
Multiple-entry within 12 months or more: AUD 108
You must also pay a service fee of 64.8 AUD (standard), 86.3 AUD (express) or 97.2 AUD (postal applications).

Chinese Visa Application Service Center


Canberra Office: 

Location: Suite 201, level 2, Canberra House, 40 Marcus Clarke Street, Canberra, ACT 2600
ACT, SA, NT Post: P.O. Box 1862, Canberra, ACT 2601
TEL: 02 6279 7800
FAX: 02 6247 2888
EMAIL: canberracenter@visaforchina.org


Sydney Office:

Level 5, 299 Elizabeth Street, Sydney, NSW 2000, Australia
NSW Post: P.O. Box: 20516 World Square, Sydney, NSW 2002
TEL: 02 9475 8800
FAX: 02 9261 2088
EMAIL:sydcenter@visaforchina.org
Melbourne Office
Ground Floor, 570 ST., Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 3004, Australia
VIC, TAS Post: P.O. Box 7227, ST Kilda Road, Melbourne, VIC 8004
TEL: 03 9937 2308
FAX: 03 9937 2338; 03 9937 2337
EMAIL: melcenter@visaforchina.org
Perth Office
Ground Floor, 256 Adelaide Terrace, Perth, WA 6000
WA Post: P.O. Box 3090, East Perth, WA 6892
TEL: 08 9220 3800
FAX: 08 9221 1888
EMAIL: perthcenter@visaforchina.org

Brisbane Office: 

Part Level 4, 140 Ann Street, Brisbane, QLD 4000, Australia
QLD Post: P.O. Box 12545, George Street, Brisbane, QLD 4003
TEL: 07 3031 6300
FAX: 07 3221 9388
EMAIL: bnecenter@visaforchina.org 

Visa Exemptions to China for United Kingdom Travelers

Destinations Duration Visa Type Terms  
Hong Kong 90 Days Visa Exemption Australian citizens are exempt from Hong Kong Visa if they are visiting for sightseeing and do not exceed 180 days stay.   
Macau 30 Days Visa Exemption Australian citizens are exempt from Macau Visa if they do not exceed 180 days stay.    
Pearl River Delta (Guangzhou, Shenzhen, Zhuhai, Foshan, Dongguan, Zhongshan, Jiangmen, Zhaoqing, and Huizhou) 6 Days 144-hour Convenient Visa 1. You are already in Hong Kong or Macau. 2. You joined a tourist group organized by a travel agency registered in Hong or Macau. 3. Your visit is restricted in the Pearl River Delta Region. > Read More
Hainan Province 15 Days Tourist Exemption Visa You joined a tourist group of five or more people organized by a travel agency with the approval of China National Tourism Administration to visit Hainan Province. > Read More
Beijing 72 Hours Transit Visa With confirmed onward tickets, transit via Beijing International Airport and stay in Beijing. > Read More
Shanghai 72 Hours Transit Visa With confirmed onward tickets, transit via Pudong Airport or Hongqiao Airport in Shanghai.  > Read More
Guangzhou 72 Hours Transit Visa With confirmed onward tickets, transit via Guangzhou Baiyun Airport and stay in Guangdong province. > Read More
Chengdu 72 Hours Transit Visa With confirmed onward tickets, transit via Chengdu Shuangliu Airport and stay in Chengdu. > Read More

Airlines Flights to China


For visitors from Australia going for a China tour, there are many choices about popular airlines and frequent flights to travel to China major cities like Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Chengdu. Here we just list some airlines and major flights schedules between Australia and China for your reference.

Airlines to China: direct and indirect flights between Beijing and major cities in Australia

Flight schedules between Australia and China

China Airport Airline Flight
Beijing Capital International Airport China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 8.40a.m.  Beijing (PEK) 12.05p.m. 

17 Hours 25 Minutes (2 Stops)

Beijing Capital International Airport China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 7.30a.m.  Beijing (PEK) 12.05a.m. 

18 Hours 35 Minutes (2 Stops)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 8.40a.m.― Shanghai (PVG)7.20p.m. 

12 Hours 40 Minutes (1 Stop)

Shanghai Pudong International Airport Qantas Airways & China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 7.30a.m. ― Shanghai (PVG) 7.20a.m. 

13 Hours 50 Minutes (1 Stop)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Qantas Airways & China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 6.40a.m. ― Guangzhou (CAN) 6.10p.m. 

13 Hours 30 Minutes (1 Stop)

Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport Virgin Australia & China Southern

Canberra (CBR) 7.05p.m. ― Guangzhou (CAN)  5.55a.m. 

12 Hours 50 Minutes ( nonstop)

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 8.40a.m.― Chengdu (CTU) 12.15p.m. 

29 Hours 35 Minutes (2 Stops)

Chengdu Shuangliu International Airport China Eastern Air

Canberra (CBR) 8.40a.m.  Chengdu (CTU) 2.10p.m. 

31 Hours 30 Minutes (2 Stops)

Food in China


Dining in Beijing


Dining in Beijing you will be spoilt for choice with unlimited options. Whether you want to try out the local delicacies or dine at the finest restaurants you will not be disappointed with what Beijing has to offer.

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Dining in Chengdu

Most of Chengdu's local food specialties started out as snacks or Xiaochi (small eats). They originated in little stands or stalls located on sides of the road. Being located in Sichuan Province, Chengdu's local specialties are famous for their delicious spiciness. Sichuan Province is one of the four famous local cuisines in China.

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Dining in Guangzhou

Guangzhou is universally known for its excellent food. Cantonese cuisine is one of the Famous Eight in China with different flavors and styles, by using diverse and delicate materials, exotic spices and various cooking skills. Cantonese cuisine, as epitome of Chinese food culture, is a mixture of tradition and modern, east and west. 

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Dining in Shanghai

Shanghai enjoys a good reputation in Chinese gourmet circles, and numerous restaurants have sprung up here specializing in almost all of China’s regional cuisines, like Beijing cuisine, Sichuan cuisine, Cantonese cuisine, Suzhou Cuisine as well as Shanghai local dishes.

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Australia Embassy and Consulates in China


Consulate General of the Commonwealth of Australia in Guangzhou

Consul-General Name: Mr. Sean Kelly
Address: 12/F, Development Centre, No. 3 Linjiang Road, Zhujiang New City
Postal Code: 510623
Tel: (+86)20 3814 0111
Fax: (+86)20 3814 0112
E-mail: guangzhou.consular@dfat.gov.au
Website: www.guangzhou.china.embassy.gov.au
Office Hours: 08:30 - 17:00 (Mon.- Fri.)
Consular Regions: Fujian Province, Guangdong Province, Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Hainan Province, Hunan Province

Consulate General of the Commonwealth of Australia in Shanghai

Consul-General Name: Mr. Tom Connor
Address: Level 22, CITIC Square, No.1168 Nanjing West Road, Shanghai
Postal Code: 200041
General Enquiries:
Tel: (+86)21 5292 5500;
Fax: (+86)21 5292 5511
E-mail: consular.shanghai@dfat.gov.au
Website: http://www.shanghai.china.embassy.gov.au/
Consular Regions: Shanghai Municipality, Jiangsu Province, Zhejiang Province, Anhui Province, Jiangxi Province and Hubei Province

Time Difference


Australia is two hours ahead Beijing time.
Beijing Time Now (GMT+8)
Australia Time Now (GMT +10)

Currency


The offical currency of China is the Chinese Yuan (CNY), otherwise known as Renminbi (RMB). For the latest exchange rate from AUD to CNY, use our currency converter below:
Exchange Rate: 4.54
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