China is situated in eastern Asia, bound by the Pacific in the east. The third largest country in the world, next to Canada and Russia, it has an area of 9.6 million square kilometres. The country is one of the world’s oldest civilizations and consists of a number of states and cultures, dating back six million years. It is a land of contrasts, from its diverse geographical locations to the amazing mixture of languages heard throughout as you travel.

A visit to China will allow you to experience first-hand, a land which is currently undergoing a major transformation. Visit the historical sights of China’s imperial monuments from Beijing to Xi’an, sample the varied culinary delights of the highly spiced Hunan food or the Islamic dishes of the northwest, or visit the cities of Macau, Shanghai or Qingdao for a taste of modern Chinese culture.

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  • Beijing

  • Beijing is the capital of the People’s Republic of China and has a population of approximately 13 million. Beijing Municipality is roughly the s
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  • Shanghai

  • Shanghai is the largest port in China, located on a delta where the Yangtze River meets the East China Sea. Described in the past as "Whore of the Ori
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LanguageCantonese & Mandarin

ClimateThe climate varies between extremes of hot and cold. In the far south of the country, summer lasts from April to September and also coincides with the wettest weather. The south-east coast is also prone to typhoons in July and September. The north-west experiences dry and hot summers with extremely cold winters. An average winter day is -8 degrees Celsius, with summer temperatures averaging in the low thirties

CurrencyYuan Renminbi (Y)

VisaVisas are required and are available from Chinese Embassies and Consulates in most countries

HealthAdvised immunization against malaria, tetanus, typhoid, hepatitis A & B, rabies, tuberculosis, Japanese B encephalitis, meningococcal meningitis, and diptheria

PassportsShould be valid for more than six months after proposed date of departure from China

Time ZoneGMT +8 hours