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China is a country located in the Asia. It was founded on October 1, 1949.
China Travel Guide
This local travel guide below will provide you with local travel information & tips to plan your trip to China and find the best things to see, do and experience in China even before you arrive here.
Table of Contents
Shopping Malls, Streets, Markets
- Beijing apm
- Beijing Department Store
- Golden Resources Mall, the world’s second largest mall
- Oriental Plaza Mall (Beifang Xintiandi)
- Yintai Center
- COCO Park
- SEG Electronics
- New Century Global Center
Local Food Guide
- Peking Roasted Duck
- Ma Po Tofu
- Chow Mein
- Sweet and Sour Pork
- Gong Bao Chicken
- Spring Rolls
Drinks & Desserts Guide
- Chivas mixed with green tea
- Sinkiang Black Beer
- Tsingtao beer
- Osmanthus wine
- Wahaha Nutri-Express
- Cooling tea
- Pearl milk tea
- Chrysanthemum tea
- Yunnan coffee
- Salt soda water
- Soybean milk
- Coconut milk
- Cocoa, rock salt and cheese
- Pumpkin tang yuan
- Ginger milk curd
- Grass jelly
- Almond jelly
- Dragon’s beard candy
- Sugar painting
- Sweetheart cake
- Fried ice cream
- Guangdong deep-fried sweet nian gao
- Ccoconut bar
- Egg custard tarts
History [Founded on October 1, 1949] • Capital [Beijing] • Government [Socialist single-party state] • Currency [Renminbi (yuan)(¥) (CNY)] • Language [Mandarin (Putonghua)] • Religion [Anglican, Roman Catholic, Presbyterian, Methodist, Pentecostal, Baptist, Christian] • Electricity [230V, 50Hz (NZ plug)] • Time Zone [UTC +8] • Country Code [+86] • Internet TLD [.cn] • Emergencies [Dial 110 for police, 119 for fire, 120 for medical]
Events, Festivals and Holiday
– New Year’s Day, January 1, Fri
– Lunar New Year, 7-13 February, Sun-Sat
– Women’s Day, March 8, Tue
– Ching Ming Festival, April 4 , Mon
– Labor Day, May 1, Sun
– Labor day Holiday, May 2, Mon
– Dragon Boat Festival, Jun 9-11, Thu-Sat
– Day after Autumn Festival, September 15-16, Thur – Fri
– National Day, October 1-7, Sat – Fri
– Chung Yeung Festival , October 9, Sun
Restaurant – Tipping not required. 10% – 15% of the bill for high end western restaurant.
Tour Guide – Tour guide and the driver, $1 – 10 US dollars a day per person.
Hotel – Tipping not required. Except for bellboys or waiters of high-level hotels and western restaurants, you may tip around $1 – $5 US dollars).
Taxi Driver – Tipping not required.
Spas – Tipping not required.
Money & Duty Free
China Notes denominations: 1 and 5 jiao, 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 yuan
China Coin denominations: 1 yuan, 5 jiao and 1 jiao.
1 yuan = 10 jiao(mao) or 100 fen. 1 jiao = 10 fen, 1 mao = 10 fen.
¥ -> “yuan” is also called as “kuai” and the “jiao” as “mao”.
MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in hotels, shops and restaurants. It is advisable to have more smaller US dollar notes for easy spending as locals prefer dollars.
ATMs are available in many places and accept cards from overseas banks such as MasterCard, Visa, Cirrus, Plus, Maestro.
Accepted. In US dollar recommended.
Mon to Fri: 0900-1600, 0900-1700
How to get in and out of China
A passport with at least 6 months validity.
A valid tourist visa. You can obtain the visa at China embassy or on arrival at its international airports. The visa is valid for 30 days.
You can enter China by its international airports:
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How to get around in China
- Domestic airlines
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Emergency number: 110 for police, 119 for fire, 120 for medical. All calls are free of charge.
Keep yourself insured
- Ensure you buy travel insurance before you come as admitting to local hospitals for tourists will be expensive.
Keep yourself safe
- Do not walk alone late at night.
- Avoid unlit areas.
- Do not leave your drink unattended.
- Do not carry a lot of valuables and cash.
- Avoid cash counting in public.
- Do not accept offer of rides from stranger.
Keep belongings safe
- Ensure your cars and accommodation are locked when leaving for other destinations.
- Do not leave your wallets, mobile phones, bags, backpacks, or cameras unattended in public places.
- Report lost or stolen possessions to local police stations. Get a report from them if you are claiming travel insurance.
Keeping safe with alcohol
- If you drink alcohol in designated ban area could lead to fine or being arrested.
- You can be fined for drinking alcohol on public transport, including taxis.
- If you drink, take cab back to your accommodation. Best if your friend can accompany.
Keeping your credit cards and identity safe
- Do not show your credit card number and PIN that will let people capture with a camera.
- Do not bring too many credit cards.
- Report lost or stolen credit cards immediately.