The official language spoken in China is Mandarin, but you will also come across Cantonese, Wú and Hakka amongst others.
100 RMB is approx $19.50
Time zone: China Standard Time (UTC+08:00)
The typical cost of a domestic beer in China is ¥5.00 (approx 98c) whereas the average cost of imported beer is ¥19 (approx $3.70).
A typical lunch in China can be anything from rice and noodles to even dumplings for breakfast. The cost of a meal in a local restaurant in China ranges between ¥15.00 (approx $2.90) and ¥35.00 (approx $6.80) but you can also find Western breakfast food like coffee which usually starts at ¥7.00 (approx $1.35).
Taxi fares can range between ¥8.00 (approx $1.57) - ¥50.00 (approx $9.80) depending on where you travel. Top tip: Most taxi drivers will not speak English, so make sure you have your destination of choice written down on paper beforehand!
Given the language difficulties and strict systems in the country, it can be difficult for independent travellers to get around China easily. However there are public buses and trains available in all key cities.
The great thing about some hostels in China is that staff are friendly and speak English. Accommodation can range from ¥25-50 (between approx $4.90-$9.80) per night.
The cost of a night at a budget hotel in China will range from ¥60-90 (approx $11-$17) with the cost of a double room in a midrange hotel costing between ¥200-600 (approx $39-$117).
The best time to visit China climate-wise is in spring, from March to April or autumn from September to October. Keen to experience Chinese New Year? Then you’ll need to be prepared in advance; hotels and flights are booked out around this time (usually the end of January of the beginning of February).
The climate in China varies from region to region since the country is massive! In the northeast the summers are hot and dry and the winters are freezing cold. The north and central regions have frequent bouts of rain coupled with hot summers and cold winters. In the southeast there is plenty of rainfall, semi-tropical summers and cool winters. Flooding can occur in the central, southern and western regions and the country in general can experience earthquakes.