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China is a Communist country located in Eastern part of Asia. It is best known for being the most populous country in the world. Due to the size of the nation, travel to China has plenty to offer with its varied landscape that includes deserts, mountain ranges, grasslands, rivers and lakes. In fact, it has one of the longest coastlines in the world measuring at 14,500 kilometers. As of 2013, the total population in China is estimated at 1.357 billion!
The capital city of China is Beijing. The city is also quite popular and is frequented by those who travel to China for its modern architecture and wide array of historic sites. The Tiananmen Square is one of the most popular historical sites in Beijing.
Another popular Chinese city is Shanghai. This is a financial center not just in China, but also the world. When you visit Shanghai, you will be in awe by the skyscrapers and the rich amount of modern architectural buildings.
Official Language: Mandarin is the official language of China.
Wi-Fi Availability: Wi-Fi access in China is growing these days. In fact, you can easily find free Wi-Fi access in hotels and cafes in China.
Airport/s: The Beijing International Airport and Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport are two of the main airports for those who travel to China.
Visa Required: There are some countries (51 in total) with visa exemption to China but those who travel to China without visa are only allowed up to 72 hours of stay. Meanwhile, there are some rare instances wherein visa upon arrival is issued.
International Driver’s License Accepted? You cannot use an international drivers’ permit to drive in mainland China. When you travel to China, you must obtain a Chinese driving license before you can legally drive.
Driving: In China, you must drive on the right hand side of the road.
Crime: The crime rate in China is quite serious. The types of crimes also come in various forms including drug trafficking, money laundering, human trafficking, corruption and fraud, to name a few. However, crimes against tourists are low except for some isolated cases of petty crimes.
Electrical Adapters: The standard voltage in China is 220 volts at 50 Hertz.
Trivia: DID YOU KNOW that the average cost of living for more than 100 million people in China is less than $1 per day?
Must-Visit in China
Got any plans to travel to China soon? Take note of these must-see attractions to visit during your trip:
Great Wall of China: You haven’t been to China if you didn’t visit the Great Wall. This is the iconic symbol of China and is one of the most notable man-made attractions in the world. It is recognized as the longest wall in the world (5,000 kilometers) and is one of the most prominent defensive structures ever created in mankind’s history. The winding path, the steep mountain, and the beautiful scenery all combine to make the trek up the Great Wall of China one that is worth remembering.
The Terracotta Army: Aside from the Great Wall of China, another iconic attraction worth exploring on your travel to China is Xi’an’s The Terracotta Army. This collection of terracotta structures is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world and had been buried for over 2,000 years. It was recognized as a Cultural Heritage Site in 1987.
The Forbidden City: This palace complex is one of the best examples of ancient Chinese architecture. The palace itself has over 8,000 rooms and golden roofs. It served as the residential palace for the Ming and Qing Dynasties until the early 1900s. It is a cultural heritage site in China and recognized as one of the five most important palaces in the world.
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