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Philippines Travel Guide 9 Days 2020

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Philippines Impressions

The Philippines, consisting of 7,107 islands, is rich in natural resources, has a long history, and has a unique culture. It is an exotic and multi-ethnic country. St. Augustine's Church is quaint and majestic, and the Maracanan Palace is fresh and beautiful. On one side of the Luohais Promenade is a modern high-rise building, on the other side is the vast sea, as well as Banaue alpine terraces, Baguio, which is like autumn, and the historic city Cebu, etc., bring people ample enjoyment. The island, like a paradise, is fresh and beautiful, and primitive and pollution-free. Every time you visit an island, you must have new discoveries and you will not be disappointed. Of course, the Philippines also has the longest Christmas season in the world, unparalleled gourmet feasts, and ethnic handicrafts. It is a rare holiday destination for those who love to travel.

Recommended route

Philippines Travel Guide 9 Days 2020 Boracay

9-Day Classic Panoramic Tour of the Philippines

D1: Santiago Castle in Manila-King City-Manila Cathedral-St. Augustine Church-National Museum-Rizal Park-Manila Bay

D2: Long Beach White Beach-Friday Beach-Our Lady of the Rocks-DTalipapa Seafood Market

D3: Long Beach Luho-Puka Beach

D4: Long Beach Brabo Beach-Crystal Island-DMall Shopping Center

D5: Cebu Magellan's Cross-Church of the Holy Infant-Columbus Road-Fort San Petro

D6: Alona Beach in Bohol Island-Balicasag Island

D7: Bakarong Church in Bohol Island-Robb River-Tarsier Sanctuary-Chocolate Hills

D8: Kayangan Lake, Palawan-Twin Lagoons-Coral Gardens-Cross Mountain

D9: Palawan El Nido

Boracay Holiday 3-Day Tour

D1: Long Beach White Beach-Friday Beach-Our Lady of the Rocks-DTalipapa Seafood Market

D2: Long Beach Luhu Mountain-Puka Beach

D3: Long Beach Brabo Beach-Crystal Island-DMall Shopping Center

Palawan island hopping 3-day tour

D1: Little Lagoon-Big Lagoon-Simizu Island-Secret Lagoon

D2: Helicopter Island-Secret Beach-Starfish Beach-Heart-shaped Island

D3: El Nido Reserve-Snake Island-Cathedral Cave-Pinagbuyutan Island

Visa guide

Types of

The Philippines opens ordinary tourist visas, transit visas (72 hours) and visa-free (7 days) to Chinese citizens holding private passports. A transit visa must have a confirmed air ticket to another country and a valid visa to that country. Visa exemption is limited to Chinese passport holders who hold a valid visa of Schengen, Australia, the United States, Canada or Japan, or Chinese citizens holding Hong Kong or Macau SAR passports.

Expiration date

Valid for 90 days from the date of issuance, ordinary tourist visas can stay for 7-30 days, transit visas for 3 days (72 hours), visa-free for 7 or 14 days.

Processing time and address

You can apply to the Philippine Embassy and Consulates in China. The Philippines has embassies and consulates in Beijing, Guangzhou, Guangdong, Shanghai, Xiamen, Chongqing, Hong Kong and Macau. Individual visas are usually processed within 3 working days. Until 9: 00-12: 00 on Friday, visa collection time is from 13:00 to 16:00 from Monday to week. It is recommended to apply one month before departure.

Visa fees

A normal tourist visa of 168 RMB; a transit visa of 134 RMB; visa-free does not require a visa fee.

Application materials

1. Passports that are valid for at least 6 months and have at least 1 blank page; if you have obtained a Philippine visa, you must provide the original Philippine Attached Visa Page; you will not receive passports with a Philippine refusal record within 6 months.

2. Two 2-inch (3.5cm * 4.5cm) color photos on white background, must be the same (write the name with a pencil on the back of the photo).

3. The original employment certificate or letter of introduction issued by the work unit must be written in English (retired persons please provide a retirement certificate).

4. English flight ticket and hotel reservation certificate.

5. Completed application form can be downloaded from the official website.

Special Note

The Philippine visa is a separate piece of paper and is not affixed to the passport. Please keep it well and do not fold the visa card. If you have plans to travel to the Philippines multiple times, you must not stick your visa paper on your passport after returning to your country. Otherwise, your passport will not be recognized by the Philippines when you apply for a visa again. You can only re-issue your passport before submitting your visa application. It is also not allowed to directly tear off the page of passport with the visa paper, as this would damage the Chinese passport, which is against the "Passport Law of the People's Republic of China".

Must-see attractions

Manila Santiago Castle


Features: Santiago Castle is one of the oldest fortifications in the city of King Manila. It is a Spanish fortress against foreign enemies. The most distinctive feature is the woodcarving on the gate about the story of Santiago. Many remaining monuments can be seen. The castle is also known as the "Holy Land of Freedom" in honor of Filipinos who were detained and killed during the Spanish and Japanese occupation.

Tour time: 1-2 hours

Transportation: Get off at United Nations station on the light rail, walk 20-25 minutes to Intramuros in the city; you can also take a jeepney along Bonifacio Drive.

Tickets: 75 pesos for adults and 50 pesos for children and students.

Opening hours: 07: 00-20: 00

Manila City


Features: King of Spain is the original site of Manila, and it is also the oldest city in the capital of the Philippines. King City is known as the "City in the City". It is surrounded by trenches and medieval city walls. There are 7 gates in the city, and the Governor's residence and 12 churches all exude Spanish elegance. The ancient carriage rides tourists through the streets, crossings, ports, and city walls, and strolls around as if visiting Manila's 400-year-old city.

Tour time: 2-3 hours

Transportation: Take the light rail LRT and get off at United Nations Station. After getting off, walk for 20-25 minutes to Intramuros.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: all day

Special note: a carriage ride at the entrance of Manila Cathedral takes about 30 minutes, including the time to stop taking photos. A carriage can take three people.

Manila Cathedral


Features: Manila Cathedral is the main building of the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. It has been continuously damaged after typhoons, earthquakes and wars. Now it has been rebuilt for the sixth time. Weather-beaten Romanesque architecture, elegant domes, delicate paintings The glass windows make the cathedral the most popular attraction in King City.

Tour time: 30 minutes

Transportation: Pasig River, near the entrance to the Manila Bay River, on the south side of the city. Take the LRT to Intramuros. Get off at United Nations station and walk for about 25 minutes. Jeepneys at Drive are also accessible.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 06: 30-17: 30

Important note: Mass time Monday to Friday 07:30, 12:10, Saturday 07:30, Sunday 07:00, 08:30, 10:00, 11:30, 18:00, Mass time is not Catholic No entry allowed.

St. Augustine's Church, Manila


Features: St. Augustine's Church is the oldest stone-built church in the Philippines, and has been included in the World Cultural Heritage List as a representative of Baroque churches, and is considered a symbol of Philippine history. The church's reliefs are detailed and realistic, and there are precious religious paintings in the basement. Several Filipino politicians are buried in the basement, while the choir top floor overlooks the church.

Tour time: 1 hour

Transportation: Take the light rail to United Nations Station and walk for 20-25 minutes.

Tickets: 65 pesos

Opening hours: 07: 00-18: 00

Manila Rizal Park


Features: Rizal Park is a neat large green area in the urban area. The theme is to commemorate the founder of the Philippines, Rizal, and its significance is equivalent to Beijing's Tiananmen Square. In the center of the park is a bronze statue of the hero of the Philippine independence movement, Jose Rizal. The artificial pond on the east houses the model of the Philippine archipelago, which is the first to be made in the Philippines. To the north, there is an international garden dedicated to the cultivation of Chinese, Japanese and Italian flowers. In addition, the park's audiovisual performances twice a day, and the soldiers' performances at all hours are also important.

Tour time: 1-2 hours

Transportation: Take the LRT and get off at United Nations Avenue or Kalaw Avenue.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: all day

Special Note: The park's Open Air Auditorium holds free concerts around 18pm every day.

Manila Bay


Features: Manila Bay is a natural bay on the west side of Manila, the capital of the Philippines. It is famous for the sunset and is the most popular and charming place in Manila at sunset. In the evening, the afterglow of the sunset reflects the swaying coconut trees on the seashore, the emerald green waters are gradually dyed into shiny golden yellow under the setting sun, and a few bright red clouds float in the distant sky. At this time, strolling along the shores of Manila Bay, looking far into the breeze of the sea breeze, makes people feel refreshed. People also sit on the Super Ferris Wheel at a nearby playground overlooking the stunning scenery of Manila Bay.

Tour time: 1-2 hours

Transportation: 10 minutes walk from Licha Park along Binhai Avenue, very close.

Special Note: The 10-kilometer Roxas Boulevard, which faces the Manila Bay, is the best place to watch the sunset.

Boracay White Beach


Features: White Beach is known as "the finest beach in the world" and is a well-known beach in Boracay, a Philippine resort. There are all kinds of leisure and entertainment facilities on the beach. At night, it turns into a huge bar. The lights and music will make the whole beach make up a lot of charm and charm.

Tour time: half a day or one day

Transportation: Take a crab boat to Caticlan Jetty to Boracay Jetty, then walk or take a tricycle to White Beach. The beach is mainly walkable, and tricycles can be used to reach various areas.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: all day

Special Note:

1. From north to south, White Beach is divided into Pier 1, 2, and 3 areas (that is, S1, S2, and S3) according to the development order. This is the area with the most tourists, and hotels and restaurants are mostly concentrated in this area.

2. Jonah `s Fruit Shake & Snack Bar at S1 is the most famous juice shop on the island. You must try this mango juice. S2's DTalipapa seafood market can choose fresh seafood, and then let the store process or bring it back to the hotel for processing, but it should be noted that the price often fluctuates, and the asking price may be large, and it is necessary to bargain. S2's DMall Shopping Center is the most lively business district in Boracay, where you can buy local specialty products such as essential oils, soaps, and shell jewelry.

3. If you find a tricycle parked on the side of the road, it will be considered as a chartered car. The driver usually asks for 50-100 pesos, which needs to be explained in advance.

Luho Mountain, Boracay


Features: Mount Luho is the commanding height of Boracay. At the top of the mountain, you can overlook a 360-degree seascape without dead ends, and you can also play ziplines and off-road motorcycles. However, it is still difficult to climb Mount Luho. The easiest way is to climb up the steep road at the northern end of the beach of Brabo Beach. Climbers can choose to walk or mountain bikes. Extra care must be taken during the climb.

Tour time: 1 hour

Transportation: It is recommended to reach Brabo Beach on foot or tricycle, and then hike or mountain bike to the top of the mountain.

Tickets: 60 pesos for each observation deck

Opening hours: All day, the observation deck is only open during the day.

Important note: If you want to watch the sunrise, you must arrive at the mountain before 5am. If you want to come back immediately after watching the sunrise, you can add some money to the driver and let him wait for you, otherwise you will come back without a car.

Boracay Puka Beach


Features: Puka Beach is the quietest beach on Boracay, known for its shiny puka shells. Although not very convenient to Puka Beach, it also creates a beautiful, quiet and private environment. When you come over the hill and come here, you can stretch your body and mind and walk along the sea breeze, as if the entire coastline belongs to you. If you are here in the evening, while looking for the shells quietly and watching the sunset, don't have fun.

Tour time: 2-3 hours

Transportation: You can go by boat, trekking, off-road bicycle, motorcycle, tricycle, and take a tricycle from D` Mall to about 150 pesos.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: all day

Special Note:

1. It is recommended to return before 18:00, otherwise it is not easy to call a tricycle.

2. Shells found on Boracay are usually not brought back to China. They will be confiscated and fined if they are found by customs.

Boracay Friday Beach


Features: Friday Beach is a well-known beautiful white sand beach area in Boracay, where the sand is soft and locals call it "powder sand". When the fine sand is hidden in the transparent and clear sea water, the milky powder is formed, and swimming and playing on the shore are like walking on the milky lake. People can leisurely lie under the beach of coconut groves, enjoy the sea and sky, the blue sea and the blue sky, or stroll on the beautiful and quiet white sand beach and watch the sunset setting.

Tour time: 1-2 hours

Transportation: It can be reached by motorcycle or tricycle, or it can be reached on foot.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: all day

Cebu Magellan Cross

Cebu Philippines

Features: The cross of Magellan is the symbol of Cebu City, a cross erected on the beach after Portuguese missionary Magellan arrived in Cebu, symbolizing the colonization of these islands by the Spanish king. The ceiling frescoes of the small chapel are of great ornamental value. The people of Cebu very much believe in and respect the Magellan's Cross. Every Sunday morning, there are countless good men and women who bring candles to pray for peace and good luck.

Tour time: 30 minutes

Transportation: Central of Cebu City Hall Plaza, walking distance.

Admission: Free

Opening hours: 09: 00-19: 00

Cebu Holy Child Church

Cebu Philippines

Features: The Church of the Holy Infant is the oldest Roman Catholic church in the Philippines. The world-famous "Idol of the Holy Child" is here. According to legend, this young Jesus was given by Magellan to the Queen of Cebu in 1521. After several wars, bombarding the statue of the infant child was undamaged, so the locals called it a miracle, and many locals lined up to pray here every day.

Tour time: 1 hour

Transportation: next to Magellan's Cross, walking distance.

Admission: Free for the church; 30 pesos for adults, 10 pesos for students and children, 15 pesos for seniors.

Opening hours: The church is open all day; the museum is open from Monday to Tuesday, Thursday to Sunday 08: 00-11: 45, 13: 30-16: 45, and it is closed on Wednesdays.

Cebu Fort San Petro

Cebu Philippines

Features: Fort San Pietro and Santiago Castle in Manila, also known as the oldest castles in the Philippines, were the first Spanish invaders to arrive in the Philippines, and they were built to defend Muslims from the southern Philippines. During the Second World War, the castle was used to defend against Japanese troops. Later Latin American troops were stationed here as a camp, and many famous military officers were stationed here. There is a museum inside the castle, which displays some ancient treasures recovered from the ancient Spanish sailing ships and the sunken "San Diego".

Tour time: 2 hours

Transportation: It takes about 70 pesos to reach by taxi; or 5 minutes walk from the pier.

Tickets: 30 pesos for adults and 20 pesos for students.

Opening hours: Tuesday to Sunday 08: 00-12: 00, 13: 00-17: 00; closed on Mondays.

Bohol Tarsier Sanctuary


Features: Tarsier is a national treasure of the Philippines and an endangered protected animal. They are very small, the size of a palm, but have large round eyes, and they are named after wearing pair of glasses. The Tarsier Visitor Center is the famous tarsier captivity site in Bohol Island. There are several tarsier monkeys on each tree here. Visitors can observe closely the various cute postures of tarsiers and how their small heads can rotate 180 °. They can also take pictures with tarsier monkeys.

Tour time: 2 hours

Transportation: Take the Jeepney to Corella-Sikatuna at Tagbilaran Bus Station, get off at Tarsier Visitors Center, or take a taxi.

Tickets: 50 pesos

Opening hours: 09: 00-16: 00

Special Note:

1. Please be sure to follow the rules when visiting, do not make noise, do not use flash, do not touch tarsier.

2. It is recommended not to go on rainy days. Rainy tarsiers cannot hide.

Chocolate Hills in Bohol Island


Features: Chocolate Mountain is an iconic natural wonder not to be missed on Bohol Island. The shot of Harry flying on a broom over the top of the mountain in "Harry Potter" was shot here. The Chocolate Mountain is composed of 1,268 hills with almost uniform shapes and heights ranging from 40 to 120 meters. Every 2-5 May dry season, the lawn on the mountain will dry up to brown, and it looks like chocolates in the distance. very beautiful.

Tour time: 1-2 hours

Transportation: There are buses from Tagbilaran Bus Station to Carmen every day from 06:00 to 21:00, leaving about an hour. After arriving at the station, you can take a Tricycle to Chocolate Hills.

Tickets: 50 pesos

Opening hours: 08: 00-23: 00

Special Note:

1. There is a large broom for rent on the top of the mountain. Tourists can take photos with Pose on the broom.

2. You can buy tarsier jewelry and Filipino-style wood products in the small shop at the door, the price is very fair.

3. At the foot of the mountain, you can find a motorcycle to go up the mountain, or you can walk up on your own. About 20-30 minutes you can reach the summit observation platform.

Kayangan, palawan


Features: Kaiyanggan Lake is hailed by the locals as the cleanest lake in the Philippines. The crystal-like lake surface, which is as broad as a mirror, is embedded in the cliffs. The visibility of Kaiyanggen Lake is more than 40 meters, and it will sink into the school of fish as soon as the water is caught. Those who like to dive will not miss it. To see the mirror lake lineup, you need to climb halfway up the mountain. The view of Palawan's classic promotional photos is this angle.

Tour time: 1-3 hours

Transportation: Take the Banca boat from the Cologne pier, it takes about 30 minutes.

Tickets: 250 pesos

Opening hours: all day

Palawan Coral Garden


Features: Coral Garden is the best underwater world protected by Cologne. Its underwater coral reefs are complete, large in area, rich in color, and strange in layout. It is one of the best in the world. It is worth diving to find out.

Tour time: 2-3 hours

Transportation: It is recommended to sign up for an island hopping tour in Cologne, and there will be a boat transfer from a travel agency.

Admission: Free

Palawan El Nido


Features: El Nido has a variety of ecosystems such as white sand beaches, mangroves, coral belts, limestone reefs, and pollution-free scenery. It has been named the best resort beach in Asia by National Geographic Magazine for three consecutive years. El Nido is an area composed of harbors and islands. The peaceful and comfortable atmosphere is very suitable for leisure holidays. Diving, hiking, climbing and other activities are very popular. Strolling on the beach of coconut forest, listening to the waves, watching the sea view, or tasting the seafood barbecue on the road, it is very romantic at sunset.

Tour time: 3-5 days

Transportation: Fly from Manila to Puerto Princesa or Cologne, then take a car or boat to El Nido.

Special Note:

1. El Nido's main way of playing is to go to the sea and jump to the island. Most travel agencies will provide four routes, each line can play five or six islands, each with its own characteristics. According to different routes, the reference price is about 700-900 pesos / person, including boat fees and lunch. Snorkeling equipment needs to be rented separately.

2. Locals are accustomed to taking cold baths. The number of hotels that provide hot water is very limited. If you need hot water, it is best to book in advance. In addition, El Nido generally only supplies power from 14:00 to 06:00 the next day, and the rest of the time will be out of power, but some hotels have their own generators. It is recommended that you make a clear inquiry when booking.

Practical Travel Information

Best season

The Philippines has a tropical maritime monsoon climate, which is divided into three seasons: cool season, dry season and rainy season. The cool season is from December to February, the temperature is slightly lower, it is more comfortable, and there is less rainfall, so it is the best season for travel. The rainy season is from July to December, and the typhoon season is from May to November. It is not suitable for tourism. If you are traveling at this time, pay attention to whether the aircraft and ferry are suspended.

jet lag

The Philippines and China both belong to the East Eight District, there is no time difference, and the time is the same as Beijing time.

Special Note

1. The law and order situation in the Philippines is poor. Some terrorists or separatists often make bombings in the southern region. The capital Manila also has explosions from time to time. In case of emergency, keep calm and get in touch with the embassy as soon as possible. Avoid going out alone at night.

2. The Philippines has the habit of tipping, usually 20-50 pesos. Coins cannot be given. Basically, the airport and hotel help people with luggage, restaurant waiters who do not include service charges, etc., just give 20 pesos.

3. If you go to the island, please note that there are people in each small airport who are rushing to carry luggage. Tips are required. A box is about 20 pesos. If you don't want them to help, you must be optimistic about your own box and tell them that you don't need this service, otherwise you won't get your box back if you don't give money.

4. The Philippines is hot all year round. Pay attention to sun protection and mosquito bites.

5. For tourists on the island, prepare waterproof bags and waterproof cases. You can bring your own diving goggles and wetsuits for diving. Hats and sunglasses are also essential.



The main airports in the Philippines are Nino Aquino International Airport in the capital Manila, Mactan International Airport in Cebu City and Davao Airport. China Southern Airlines has daily flights from Beijing and Xiamen to Manila and the next day from Guangzhou to Manila. Philippine Airlines has the next day flights from Beijing and Shanghai to Manila and daily flights from Xiamen to Manila. To the island, you almost have to transfer in Manila. There are many domestic flights. It is recommended to buy a joint ticket before departure.

Internal traffic


1. Airplane: The best option is to fly between cities in China. Both Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific Airlines are well-known for their high quality and low prices. On routes to various parts of the country, not only there are many flights, but often they also offer many discounts.

2. Train: Starting from Manila, the Philippine National Railway is divided into two lines: North and South. The northern line extends to San Fernando and can be changed to Baguio on the way. The southern line extends to Legazpi, and Maron Volcano can be seen midway.

3. Cars: Buses, taxis, and tricycles are available in all major cities in the Philippines. There are also long-distance buses running between cities.

4. Ferry: There are many islands in the Philippines. There is a network of ferry routes in all directions, which is fast, frequent and cheap. There are cruises between the main islands such as the capital Manila and Cebu.

5. Jeepney: The common jeepny cars in the Philippines will indicate the route on the front of the car, and beckon and stop. Jeepneys are the main urban transport in most cities and also travel between regional centers.

Filipino cuisine




When I came to the Philippines, I had to eat seafood barbecue, which is cheaper than domestic seafood. The highest order rates are prawns and prawns. Filipino cuisine is greatly influenced by Spanish cuisine. Tamarind seafood soup, Filipino stew, coconut juice cooked cassava, and coconut juice cooked rice are the most representative cuisines. Fruits in the Philippines are quite abundant. There are many types of bananas alone, and each has a clever way of eating. In addition, there are mangoes and rambutans. The Philippine Babao ice is one of the most famous desserts.

In addition to authentic Southeast Asian island cuisine, the Philippines also gathers cuisines from around the world. Various styles of restaurants, bars, and cafes in France, Italy, Mexico, India, and Japan allow tourists from all countries to find familiar hometown tastes.

In addition to lunch and dinner, Filipinos attach great importance to afternoon tea, and all kinds of drinks, sandwiches, and cakes are Filipino afternoon tea food. But authentic Philippine-style afternoon tea is more abundant, usually there are several hot snacks, pig blood cooked pork intestines is one of the most cooking characteristics.

Special Note

When you go to the seafood market to buy seafood, you must do a good job in advance to understand the basic prices of various varieties. Basically, you have to cut half or more when you bargain. You must stick to your own stand and switch to another booth if you don't sell. Businessmen must look at him when packing seafood to avoid dropping packages.

Philippines Shopping



The Philippines is rich in products. The most popular souvenirs are woodcarvings, such as puppets, jewelry boxes, and chessboards. Shell arts and crafts are also quite Filipino, such as shell necklaces, pins, lampshades, wall decorations, tea coasters, containers and so on. Various handbags, carpets, balls, etc. made of Manila hemp are popular with tourists. The textiles have Ponte cloth and are very tropical.

In addition to handicrafts and daily necessities, dried fruit is the most popular specialty. Dried papaya, dried mango, and pineapple are available in many choices and can be purchased at supermarkets and duty-free shops in various places.

Special Note

Sea shells, sand, etc. cannot be taken out of the country. If they are investigated, they will be fined or even detained. Pay attention to relevant regulations in the Philippines.

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