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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.

China Fast Facts

Languages Spoken

The official language spoken in China is Mandarin, but you will also come across Cantonese, Wú and Hakka amongst others.

Currency

Name: Renminbi
Code: RMB
Symbol: ¥

Time Zone

Time zone: 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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What are China's visa requirements?

Holiday visa: 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.

Working holiday visa: China doesn't currently have any working holiday agreements with other countries but there are plenty of opportunities to volunteer in China. Do your bit for Panda Conservation, teach English, or aid the community by lending a much-appreciated hand to local projects.

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

What is China's climate?

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.

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