China

China

Country profile

Immense, diverse and dazzling: China’s attractions are numerous. The world’s oldest continuous civilisation has history in swathes alongside rapid modern development (China is now the world’s second-largest economy), breathtaking landscapes and regional cuisines to tempt every palate. Visitors are spoilt for choice, but every whim is catered for.

China

KEY INFORMATION
Capital: Beijing
Visa requirements: Required. Applicants must apply in person at a Visa Application Centre
Time zone: GMT + 8
Language: Mandarin Chinese, Uyghur, Standard Mandarin
Currency: Renminbi
Population: 1.386 billion
Electricity: 220V and 60Hz

Tipping policy: Tipping is not a big part of Chinese culture and may be considered rude. However, some high-end restaurants now add a ten to 15 per cent service charge to the bill

AIRPORTS AND FLYING TIME FROM THE UK 

Direct flights available to destinations including: Beijing, Changsha, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Wuhan, Qingdao, Xi An

TOP FIVE ATTRACTIONS
Great Wall of China
Tiananmen Square
Terracotta Warriors in Xi’an
The Forbidden City and the Imperial Palace, Beijing
The Yangtze River and the Three Gorges

MAJOR EVENTS
Harbin Ice Festival
Chinese New Year
Dragon Boat Festival, June 25
Mid-Autumn Festival,October 1
Tibet Shoton Festival


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