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Weather & Climate in China

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Considering the size of the country, its climate is extremely diverse, ranging from tropical regions in the south to the sub-arctic in the north. Hainan Island is located at roughly the identical latitude as Jamaica, at the same time Harbin, which is one of the largest cities in the north, is located at about the same latitude as Montreal, and its climate matches Montreal. Northern China has four different seasons with very hot summers and bitterly cold winters. South China tends to be milder and wetter. The farther you travel north and west, it tends to have a drier climate. When you leave East China and step onto the majestic Tibetan highlands or into the extensive steppes and deserts of Gansu and Xinjiang, the differences in distance are vast and the land is very harsh.

In the days of the planned economy, the rules stipulated that buildings in areas north of the Yangtze River received heat in winter but not in the south – this meant unheated buildings in places like Shanghai and Nanjing, where temperatures routinely drop below freezing in winter. The rule has long been relaxed, but the effects are still visible. Typically, Chinese people use less heat and less building isolation and also wear more warmer clothing compared to Westerners in similar climatic conditions. In schools, apartments and office buildings, the corridors are not heated, even if the rooms are heated. Double glazing is quite rare. During classes, both students and teachers usually wear winter jackets, in addition long underwear is common. Air conditioning is becoming more common, but is also not used in corridors and is often used with open windows and doors.

How To Get in China

With planeThe main international ports of entry for mainland China are Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou.Other major cities also have an international airport, although the choice is mostly limited to East Asian and sometimes Southeast Asian destinations.Airline tickets are expensive or hard to get around Chinese New Year, Chinese "golden...

How To Travel Around China

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Visa & Passport Requirements for China

Most travellers need a visa (签证 qiānzhèng) to visit mainland China. In most cases, a visa should be applied for at the Chinese Embassy or Consulate prior to departure. Citizens of most Western countries do not require a visa to visit Hong Kong and Macau and can stay for...

Destinations in China

China has many large and famous cities. Below is a list of the nine most important for travellers in mainland China.Beijing (北京) - the capital, cultural centre and host of the 2008 Olympic GamesGuangzhou (广州) - one of the wealthiest and most liberal cities in the south, near Hong...

Accommodation & Hotels in China

The availability of accommodation for tourists is generally good and ranges from shared rooms to 5-star luxury hotels. In the past, only a few hotels were allowed to accept foreign guests and the police monitored them, but restrictions now vary from city to city. Even in cities with restrictions,...

Things To See in China

China's attractions are endless and you will never run out of things to see. Especially near the coastal regions, if you run out of things to see in one city, the next one is usually only a short train ride away.Whether you are a history buff, a nature lover...

Things To Do in China

MassageMassages are offered all over China, often both high quality and reasonably priced. Professional work costs ¥20-80 per hour.Almost every hairdresser offers a hair wash and head massage for ¥10. This often includes earwax cleaning and a massage of the neck and arms. For a haircut and/or shave, prices...

Food & Drinks in China

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Money & Shopping in China

Money in ChinaThe official currency of the People's Republic of China is the Chinese yuan, known in Mandarin as renminbi (人民币 "people's money"), international currency code CNY. All prices in China are quoted in yuan; the Chinese character is 元. For example, a price can be quoted as 20...

Festivals & Events in China

Holidays in ChinaDuring the holidays, especially Chinese New Year and National Day, hundreds of millions of migrant workers return home, and millions of other Chinese travel within the country (though many in the service sector stay behind and enjoy the extra pay). Travellers should seriously consider avoiding being on...

Traditions & Customs in China

A few basic guidelines and tips can help you avoid faux pas in China.Tipping: is not necessary and not recommended. Tipping is not required for taxi drivers and most restaurants. If you leave a few coins in most restaurants, you are likely to be hounded by the staff to...

Internet & Communications in China

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Language & Phrasebook in China

Local languages in ChinaThe official language of China is Standard Mandarin, which is largely based on the Beijing dialect known in Chinese as Putonghua (普通话, "common language"). Mandarin has been the main language of education on the mainland since the 1950s and the main language for government and media,...

Culture Of China

Since ancient times, Chinese culture has been strongly influenced by Confucianism and conservative philosophies. For much of the country's dynastic era, opportunities for social advancement were afforded by high performance in the prestigious imperial examinations that originated in the Han dynasty. The literary focus of the examinations affected the...

History Of China

Prehistory Of ChinaArchaeological evidence suggests that early hominids lived in China between 2.24 million and 250,000 years ago. The hominid fossils of Peking Man, a Homo erectus who used fire, were discovered in a cave at Zhoukoudi near Beijing; they have been dated to between 680,000 and 780,000 years...

Stay Safe & Healthy in China

Stay safe in ChinaCrime in ChinaChina is a vast country with wide regional variations in crime rates, but in general it poses no greater risk than most Western countries. Although you may hear locals complain about rising crime rates, violent crime remains rare. Many Western tourists are likely to...

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