CHINA TRAVEL GUIDE

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INTRODUCTION

China has for a very long time played a pivotal role in the development of civilisation. With its secrets finally beginning to open up to tourism, China itself is fast becoming an attractive destination. Small Ming dynasty villages scattered around the countryside juxtapose against the towering skyscrapers of busy Shanghai make the diverseness of China apparent. From the Great Wall of China to the Terracotta Warriors of Xian, China is filled with important symbolism. Kung fu. Ming vases. Silk. Tea. Classic cuisine. Confucius. Chairman Mao. Paper. Pagodas. Pandas. Paintings. Porcelain. China represents all that – and much, much more.

COVID-19 TRAVEL STATUS

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China has restricted entry and transit to all travelers except Chinese nationals, Hong Kong, Macau, or Taiwan passport holders, and travelers with diplomatic, service, courtesy, or C visas, or visas issued after March 28, 2020.Foreign nationals coming to the mainland of China for necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities, or out of emergency humanitarian needs may apply for visas at Chinese embassies or consulates.Travelers arriving at Beijing (PEK), Guangzhou (CAN), Shanghai Hongqiao (SHA), Shanghai Pudong (PVG), Shenzhen (SZX) or Xiamen (XMN) are subject to medical screening and quarantine for 14 days. Airline crew with a layover at the above airports must undergo NAT inside the passenger terminal, then self-isolate at their hotel temporarily before acquiring the NAT results.All travelers arriving in China must present a QR code generated from a completed "Health Declaration Form" upon arrival. The form can be obtained before departure at http://health.customsapp.com/. Alongside the form, travelers must present a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 3 days before travel.Chinese nationals arriving from Australia, Austria, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Czechia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iran, Ireland, Israel, Italy, South Korea, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Norway, the Philippines, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Thailand, Turkey, the United Kingdom or the United States must declare their health status for 14 days in the Wechat program "FANG YI JIAN KANG MA GUO JI BAN". A green QR code generated from the program must be presented before departure. Chinese nationals arriving from the following countries will need a COVID-19 nucleic acid test result to generate this code: Bangladesh, Chad, Egypt, Iran, Kenya, Luxembourg, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Thailand or Turkey. All travelers who are arriving from or have transited through the following countries must have a COVID-19 nucleic acid test result issued at most 5 days before departure: Bangladesh, Cameroon, Chad, Egypt, Guinea, Iran, Kenya, Luxembourg, Malta, North Macedonia, Pakistan, Russia, Sao Tome and Principe, Saudi Arabia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Turkey, Uganda or Zimbabwe. The same applies to travelers who have been in the Maldives or United Kingdom (from August 21), Senegal (from August 24) or Belarus (from August 28).

 

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Capital: Beijing

Currency: yuan (¥, CNY)

Area: 9,596,960 km²

Population: 1,393 billion (2018)

Language: Mandarin (Putonghua); recognized regionally: Wu (Shanghaiese), Cantonese (Yue), Mindong (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages

Religion: Buddhist c. 80%, Daoist (Taoist), Confucian, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%, Atheist c. 10%. Most Chinese are religious pluralists, observing a mixture of Buddhist, Confucian, and Taoist beliefs and philosophies, but not necessarily practising. The state is officially atheist.

Electricity: 220V, 50Hz (US Type A, European Type C and Australian Type I plugs)

 

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PUBLIC HOLIDAYS

  • 1 January, New Year’s Day
  • 1 May, May Day
  • 1–3 October, National Day

Also, Spring Festival (Chinese New Year), Tomb Sweeping Day (Qing Ming), Dragon Boat Festival, and Mid-Autumn Moon Festival.

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WEATHER SYNOPSIS

China’s climate varies dramatically according to a number of variables, including altitude, latitude, and distance from the coast. Southern China experiences a tropical climate, with high temperatures and heavy rainfall particularly during the summer (May-September) while the mountainous regions of Southwestern China experience more moderate temperatures. Tibet and Inner Mongolia experience much harsher climates, with very cold winters and particularly strong winds to be expected in high altitude regions. Central and eastern China experiences fewer climate extremes but summers are known to be notably humid.

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TOURIST SEASONS

Most destinations have different times of the year when they’re more or less popular with tourists. 

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SPORT & ACTIVITIES

SNOW:

The snow sports season in China can stretch all the way from November and last until April, depending where in the country you are.

HIKE & CYCLE:

The best time for outdoor activities in China is from April to October when the weather is moderate. The most pleasant months are May and October.

BEACH:

China has some lovely beaches but be warned, they can get very crowded! The weather can be good from May to September, with June, July and August being the hottest months. Some of the most popular beaches are Yalong Bay, Wuzhizhou Island, Beidaihe Scenic Area, Tianya Haijiao and Putuoshan Island.

WIND:

China has some great conditions for both kitesurfing and windsurfing from April to November. The best times are April & May and August to October. Some of the best kitesurfing spots are Pingtan, Xiamen, Hainan Island, Haikou, Bo’ao, Houhai, Binhai, Qidong, Dapeng and Nanshan Bay.

SURFING:

Hainan Island is the surfing capital of China. There are two main surfing seasons: the August to October typhoon season and the November to March monsoon season. The most consistent waves can be found in January and February.

 

LGBTQ

Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in the People's Republic of China face legal and social challenges not experienced by non-LGBT residents. Same-sex sexual activity has been legal in China since 1997. Following the legalisation of same-sex marriage in Taiwan, Chinese LGBT activists estimated that China is at least a decade away from legalising same-sex marriages, with the current priorities on introducing anti-discrimination laws, letting LGBT groups raise awareness without fear. Public opinion towards LGBT people is becoming more tolerant, but only amongst a small percentage of the population. There is also still much resistance from the authorities and various LGBT events have been banned in recent years.

 

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