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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.

 

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CHINA QUICK FACTS

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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CHINA 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.

FESTIVALS IN CHINA

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CHINA 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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CHINA 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 SPORT IN CHINA

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

HIKING & CYCLING IN CHINA

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 OPTIONS IN CHINA

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.

SURFING IN CHINA

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.

KITESURF IN CHINA

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.

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HEALTH RISKS IN CHINA

Be aware of possible health risks in 

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Yellow fever - The yellow fever virus is found in tropical and subtropical areas of Africa and South America. The virus is spread to people by the bite of an infected mosquito. There is no medicine to treat or cure an infection. To prevent getting sick from yellow fever, use insect repellent, wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants, and get vaccinated.

Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.

Malaria - Malaria is a serious and sometimes fatal disease caused by a parasite that commonly infects a certain type of mosquito which feeds on humans. People who get malaria are typically very sick with high fevers, shaking chills, and flu-like illness. Although malaria can be a deadly disease, illness and death from malaria can usually be prevented.

Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.

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LGBTQ IN CHINA

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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