Best China Tourist Sim Card And How To Buy A China Sim Card

Last updated on March 31st, 2021 at 04:47 pm

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In this guide you will learn about the best China tourist sim card. Whenever you travel from one country to another, one thing you shouldn’t forget to have is a local sim card. We will tell you how to buy your sim card in China.

As one might expect, It’s hard to travel without Internet because you’ll need your GPS to track your location and destination. Besides, reading guides from blogs prepare you beforehand. Also, your own SIM is important for communicating with locals.

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CHINA TOURIST SIM CARD

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First thing we have to say about internet and data connection in China is amazing especially if we compare with the Philippines where we were coming from. We didn’t visit remote places only cities in China.

Obviously the best thing you can do to connect online is getting a prepaid sim card in China. It will be efficient and it will allow you to connect anytime. We recommend you to get your China tourist sim card in the airport to stay active earlier. You can get in the kiosks or phone shops in the city if you prefer to find cheaper.

Wifi and Internet can be challenging in China. The connection is good but the problem that you can’t access to many websites like and social media channels like Facebook and Instagram.

For this the solution is getting the VPN. Sometimes is hard to connect your laptop to the VPN and you have to be patient. If you go for a week you will find VPN with free trials. We used ExpressVPN, NordVPN and Betternet. When connecting the VPN to your device will make it slower than usual.

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GETTING CHINA PREPAID SIM CARD IN THE AIRPORT

For us when traveling the best way is buying our China tourist sim card in the airport. Since you get to a new country and as sooner you are connected you will start checking maps and checking information.

You can buy your China prepaid sim card in Chinese International Airport, there are a few shops. Another option is booking online your China tourist sim card with Klook and pick up in the airport. For both of them you have to show your passport.

Obviously will be more expensive but you can order Uber and get to your hotel or Airbnb in China really easy. If you prefer waiting you will save a few dollars buying in a phone shop comparing prices and packages in China.

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WHERE TO GET CHINA TOURIST SIM CARD

Apart from the airport you can buy your China sim card in the official shops and kiosks too. You will find many of them in the city. Just bring your passport and a second and they will explain their packages to get your prepaid China sim card.

They usually speak English in the airport and they will help you to activate your China prepaid sim card and advice you the best plan that you need for your trip. It can be challenging in the city but with translation apps you will manage to get it.

BEST CHINA PREPAID SIM CARD

There are 3 main phone companies when looking for the best China prepaid sim card: China Mobile, China Unicom and China Telecom. All of them have similar prices and packages and the coverage is great with all of them.

China Mobile

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China Mobile is the largest compnay in China. If you want to buy the sim card as atourist you will find the best packages for $13 USD you will get 20 GB plus local calls and SMS. You can always top up if you need around $2 USD for 3 GB.

China Unicom

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China Unicom is the most popular phone operator in North China. You will get for $10 USD with 10 GB plus free calls and SMS. You can always top up around $1 USD for 1 GB.

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China Telecom

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China Telecom is the largest company in South China. You will get for $15 USD with 20 GB plus free calls and SMS.

CHINA POCKET WIFI

If you prefer China Pocket Wifi a Hotspot can be the best option. You will avoid changing sim card and just landing in China you will start getting data connection. Read here our full review of Tep Wireless Hotspot with all the details, prices, coverage and how it works.

The price is €7.95 to get wifi when traveling and it includes truly unlimited internet, which is never cut off, regardless how much you use with unlimited wifi and can connect up to 5 devices. If you use more than 1GB in a day, your connection speed will get slowed to 256kbs.

The connection speed will return to normal the next day. Click here, to buy your Tep Wireless Hotspot now. If you add the promo code GAMINTRAVELER you will get 10% discount!

If you prefer click here to get a discount China Pocket Wifi with Klook!

CHINA SIM CARD CONCLUSION

My China Sim Card Conclusion is getting one of these sim cards based in the area that you are visiting. China Mobile could be the best if you are traveling around North and South. But just take a look to prices and packages there.

Make sure you try before leaving the phone shop and it works perfectly. In my opinion this thing could be the most important than saving a couple of dollars when buying.

If you prefer to organize and booking online your China sim card with Klook.

FOOD BUDGET TRAVEL IN CHINA

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For daily food travel budget in China can be affordable if you go to local places where you can get meals in 12 RMB which is less than $2 USD. If you go to restaurants prices are starting 40-50 RMB which is $7-10 USD.

What we found more expensive in China was the entrance fee to tourist attractions. Sometimes prices are around $70-80 USD for a waterpark. So if you are on a budget make sure you choose the activities to do in China.

If you use the public bus to move around China prices are so affordable. You can get one ride bus for 2 RMB. For short distances there are taxis can be between 15-30 RMB for 2-3 kilometers distance.

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You can also try AirBnB in China with prices starting from $20 USD. Click here to get $30 USD off your first booking with AirBnB!

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CURRENCY AND ATMS IN CHINA

The Renminbi abbreviated RMB or Chinese Yuan is the currency in China. For $1 USD you will have 7 RMB.

To exchange cash the best way is heading to the banks. It can be really hard to find exchange offices and even in hotels for cash. So the most reliable option in our experience is going to the bank.

If you want to use the ATM’s you will find many around the city and the airport too.

Click here to know the exact exchange rate!

ACCOMMODATION IN CHINA

If you’re looking for a cheap place to crash, there are dorm rooms in China that only go for $25 or less. Another inexpensive lodging option is AirBnB, where you can get rooms for $40-50Click here to get a $30 USD discount on your first booking when you sign up on AirBnB! Those who want to treat themselves can always book luxury hotel rooms starting at around $200 USD per night.

Click here to get a $30 USD discount on your first booking when you sign up on AirBnB!

Planning to book accommodation for your next trip to China? Click here to book with Booking and Agoda!

Click here to get a discount booking activities in China with Klook!

Having insurance while you are traveling outside your home country is very important. Make sure that you have one too, to keep you safe in your trips around the world.

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Happy Travels!

Ruben Arribas is a Spanish traveler who has traveled more than 70+ countries around the world. Now based in the Philippines!