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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: ¥
100 RMB is approx $19.50

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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Shanghai

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Beijing

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Tibet

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Hong Kong

China Fast Facts

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).

China Highlights

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Great Wall of China

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Travel Visas

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Adventure tours

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Do Australians need a visa for China?

Yes, Visas are required for all travellers to China whether you're visiting for tourism or business purposes. If travelling to China from Australia, your passport must be valid for at least six months after the duration of your intended stay and you must also be able to provide evidence of a return or onward ticket. 

How do I get a visa for China?

Our Travel Experts at STA Travel can help you obtain a Chinese visa. Simply fill in our online visa application form here and our Travel Experts will be tell you which visa you will need for your trip. You can even visit us in store or book a store appointment to start the application process. 

What is China's weather?

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.

When is the best time to visit China?

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).

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