• Background info
  • Festivals China
    China has 9 national holidays: January 1st (New Year), Chinese New Year in (this date varies each year and depends on the Chinese lunar calendar); March 8th (International Women’s Day); May 1st (Labour Day); May ...
  • Culture China
    Cultural differences between the Chinese and Europeans are so enormous that you could write a complete book about them. Underneath we have picked a few which might be of daily interest when associating with the ...
  • Food and drinks China
    Chinese basically eat everything alive. This is the result of centuries of famine and deprivation. Not only are all animals looked upon as a possible meal, every scrap is eaten, including snout, brains and intestines. ...
  • Landscape China
    The total surface area of China is 9,580,000 sq.km which makes it the second largest country in the world. China is roughly 300 times larger than the Netherlands and can best be compared - regarding ...
  • Population China
    China has over a billion inhabitants. About 20% live in the towns, the rest of them live in the country. In order to put a stop to enormous increases in population, the Chinese government introduced ...
  • Religion China
    The three greatest religions in China are Buddhism, Confucianism and Taoism. Although the history of the three religions is completely different, there are a good many similarities: the founders are not gods, but people of ...
  • Tipping China
    Giving tips was not customary for a long time in China, but it is gaining ground increasingly. Local guides at excursions to the Chinese Wall or the Terracotta Army at Xi’an also expect a contribution. ...
  • Weather and climate China
    Climate: China is an immense country with various climatic zones. In the north there is a continental climate, with temperatures of - 20° centigrade in winter up to 30° centigrade in the summer. Travelling south ...
  • Practical info
  • Arrival information China
    Most journeys to China begin in the Chinese capital Beijing where you will be immersed immediately in a totally different culture: The classical architecture of the Imperial Forbidden City, a Peking opera performance, the commotion ...
  • Electricity China
    Sockets supply 220 volt, 50-hertz alternating current. You will need an adapter if you want to use British electrical appliances in China. Power failures do not occur often, but it is a good idea to ...
  • Health China
    The following health information is a general text that applies to all our travellers in China. Those who pay some attention to hygiene and skincare don’t usually run into health problems. Food and drink: Tap water ...
  • Information for people at home China
    Make sure that those at home know which country you are in and how long you are planning to stay away. You may fix a date when you will contact them again. Provide those picking ...
  • Luggage and clothing China
    During the summer months most parts of China are stiflingly hot. When in Yangshuo for instance, it is wise to wear a shirt with long sleeves and a pair of trousers for protection against mosquitoes. ...
  • Money China
    The amount of spending money suggested is the minimum required to pay for your meals, drinks, optional excursions, entrance fees, airport taxes and tips. The amount you actually need of course depends on your own ...
  • Photographs China
    Not all types of camera batteries are on sale. Videotape is not on sale everywhere in China. Be sure to have batteries that will last the entire holiday. Chinese people generally do not object to ...
  • Safety China
    China is a reasonably safe country; there are hardly any acts of violence against foreigners. Pick pocketing does occur often, especially in the larger towns and cities. You have to beware of this in busy ...
  • Time differences China
    The time difference with summer time in the UK is plus 7 hours, during our winter time 8 hours. For the rest of Western Europe it's 6 hours in summer, during winter 7 hours. During ...

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