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China Travel Guide

Check out our China travel guide which is jam-packed full of all the tourism info you could hope for before you travel to China, including fast facts; best time to go; sample prices; events and attractions.  You can even check out what other travellers had to say about China. Read on...

China’s tourist paths are well worn and for good reason.  Over 5,000 years of history has produced some of the world’s greatest treasures; The Great Wall of China, Xian’s Terracotta Army, the Forbidden Palace, Tiananmen Square and some 33 UNESCO World Heritage sites.  Take a trip down the Yangtze River, join in some early morning tai chi or celebrate with the locals during Chinese New Year when you can enjoy parades, lantern shows and lion dances.

China Information: Fast Facts

Population Just over 1.3 billion people
Languages Spoken The official language is Mandarin (Putonghua) but there are also regional languages including Cantonese, Shanghaiese, Fuzhou, Hokkien-Taiwanese, Xiang, Gan and Hakka.
The official currency in China is the Renminbi and the basic unit is the more widely recognised Yuan (also known as the kuai).
Name: Yuan Renminbi
Code: RMB or CHY
Symbol: ¥
Electricity The electrical current in China is 220V and the cycle is 50Hz.  You will need a converter if you have appliances that don’t accept this voltage.
Time zones GMT +8
Country dialling code +86
Weights & measures Metric

History & society

Chinese history and society

Discover more about the history and culture of China before you take your trip. Read on and discover how China got to where it is today. View more

Chinese currency

China's currency

Check out our few sample prices and current Chinese currency exchange rates to help you budget for your trip. View more

Health & safety

China health and safety

Be safe not sorry!  Get the down low on China's health services.  Learn about travel insurance, vaccinations and more with our handy China travel guide.
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China travel

Travel to & around China

Find advice, and our top flight deals, on getting to China. Read our STA Travel guide on getting to and around China. Visit us today to find out more about China. View more

Local speak

Speak like the Chinese

Wanna fit in with the locals when in China? Get a few of these phrases until your belt and you’ll soon be talking like the Chinese do.
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China climate

China's climate

Whether you are visiting China in the summer or the winter, discover what weather to expect when you get there with STA Travel. Read on for more information. View more

China visa

China's visa requirements

If you are looking for a tourist or work visa for your trip to China, or a volunteer working opportunity, check out our help and advice! View more

Hints & tips

China travel hints and tips

Have the time of your life when you visit China but make sure you respect the local culture. Check out our handy Do's and Don'ts before you embark on Chinese adventure. View more

China attractions

Attractions in China

STA Travel have compiled a list of top China tourist attractions. Don't miss these places to see and visit when you go sightseeing around China. View more

Traveller reviews

China traveller reviews

Get advice straight from the horses’ mouth. What better way to research your trip to China, than from other travellers who have been there! View more

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.