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China travel guide

From the awe-inspiring skyscrapers of Hong Kong to the ancient Great Wall, the mighty Yangtze river to the incredible Terracotta Warriors, China is a fascinating country where centuries old traditions blend with new age flair, where rugged natural scenery and cutting-edge cities both have their place.
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The official language spoken in China is Mandarin, but you will also come across Cantonese, Wú and Hakka amongst others.
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Name: Renminbi
Code: RMB
Symbol: ¥
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China Standard Time (UTC+08:00)

Top cities in China

It's no secret that China is one of the world's most visited countries. Famous for its rich culture and history, China has a number of ancient national cities that are waiting to be explored. Check out our top recommended destinations below.
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China Travel Essentials

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China Hotels & Hostels

Search hundreds of hotels, hostels, apartments and more across China. Get the best prices and instant confirmation. 
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China Day Trips & Activities

Enhance your trip to China when you pre-book your activities and day trips. You'll save time having to stand in line, plus you will pay in dollars and avoid foreign transaction credit card fees. 
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China Adventure Tours

From booming modern cities to ancient worlds, be immersed in the wonders of China with our adventure tours. Walk the Great Wall, discover Beijing’s Forbidden City, view the amazing terra-cotta army of Xi'an and much more. 

When is the best time of year to travel to China?

The climate in China is varied, and depending on the type of trip you want to take, you'll need to understand what the seasons are like and at what time of year is the best to visit.

Do I need a visa for China?

US nationals need a visa to visit mainland China and this must be obtained prior to arrival from your local embassy. Once in China you need to register where you’re staying within the first 24 hours. If you’re staying at a hotel this is done on your behalf when you check in, alternatively you can do this at the local police station. You must also have a passport with at least 6 months validity remaining.

*Visa and entry requirements are subject to change at any time. Please always check the current status with your applicable embassy prior to travel.

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