Currency - Chinese Yuan (Renminbi)

Season - September - April

Climate - Warm to Moderate and Cool temperatures surround this country during this travelling period with July being the beginning of the Monsoon season and September being the end.

China is a nation determined to set itself apart from the rest of the world, amazingly diverse in its geographic, ethnic, culinary and social heritage. Huge cities are accompanied by sprawling suburbs built with cutting-edge modern architecture on a day-by-day basis, even as an ever-expanding web of high-speed rail ties the country together. Nevertheless, this apparent modernity is based on a civilization that has remained intact, continually recycling itself, for over four millennia. It is the tension and dynamic between change and continuity that make modern China so fascinating.

The first thing that strikes visitors to the country is the extraordinary density of its population. In much of China, villages, towns and cities seem to sprawl endlessly into one another along the grey arteries of busy expressways. Move to the far south or west of the country, however, and the population thins out as it begins to vary: indeed, large areas are inhabited not by the “Chinese”, but by scores of distinct ethnic minorities, ranging from animist hill tribes to urban Muslims. Here, the landscape begins to dominate: green paddy fields and misty hilltops in the southwest, the scorched, epic vistas of the old Silk Road in the northwest, and the magisterial mountains of Tibet.

The main tourist highlights include the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army of X'ian and the Yangzi gorges – are relatively few considering the vast size of the country, and much of China’s historic architecture has been deliberately destroyed in the rush to modernize. Added to this are the frustrations of traveling in a land where few people speak English, the writing system is alien and foreigners are sometimes viewed as exotic objects of intense curiosity – though overall you’ll find that the Chinese, despite a reputation for curtness, are generally hospitable and friendly.


Beijing

Beijing is the capital city of China and is one of the most ancient Chinese Imperial Cities in the country's rich history .  The name "Beijing" translates to "Northern Capital" and is also formally known as Peking. Beijing has a plethora of tourist attractions such as Great Wall (Changcheng), the Forbidden City (Gugong), The Temple of Heaven (Tiantan), the Summer Palace (Yiheyuan), Lama Temple (Yonghegong), Tiananmen Square, and the traditional courtyard homes along the alleyways or hutongs.

Shanghai

Shanghai is the cool, confident face of modern China, and its energy is infectious. Go to the Bund to watch ships on the river and marvel at the huge variety of architectural styles on display, or watch the crowds go by in People’s Square. Shoppers should make a beeline for the Fabric Market, where you can have a suit or dress tailor-made for you at bargain prices. At night, explore all manner of fashionable restaurants, bars and nightclubs or just stroll through the city enjoying the spectacular neon lights.

Xi'an

Xi'an is famed for being the home of the most widely recognised architectural wonder, the Terracotta Army. The 7,000 terracotta statues of Qin Bingmayong Bowuguan warriors and soldiers dates as far back as 210 BCE. They were discovered in 1974 and are still being excavated to this very day. Don't miss the Shaanxi History Museum or a chance to heat up at former imperial bathing spot, Huaqing Hot Springs.

Qufu

Qufu was once the capital of the , Lu Kingdom, in the Spring and Autumn Period (770 BC-476 BC) and is the hometown of the great Chinese philosopher and educator Confucius. Most people will visit Qufu as the home of noted scholar Confucius. One notable aspect of the architecture in this beautiful area, there are no high buildings in the city as the local people do not allow their buildings to exceed the height of the Dacheng Hall (81 feet), the main hall of the Temple of Confucius. It signifies a mark of respect for this great man's contribution to Chinese civilisation.

Zhengzhou

Situated in the central by north of Henan Province on the middle and lower reaches of the Yellow River, known as the Mother River of the Chinese nation, Zhengzhou is the capital of Henan Province, and a political, economic, cultural and communications center of Henan. Zhengzhou is a famous national historical and cultural city, an excellent tourism city of China, and the first well-planned city with a city wall in Chinese history.

Suzhou

Historically, Suzhou is synonymous with high culture and elegance. Generations of Chinese artists, scholars, writers and high society were drawn to its exquisite art forms and the delicate beauty of its gardens. Discover Suzhou’s famous canals, romantic water towns, thousand-year-old temples and world-class museums.

  • The Great Wall of China
  • Beijing
  • Tiananmen Square
  • Forbidden City
  • Summer Palace
  • Pearl Factory
  • Jade Factory
  • Kung Fu Show
  • Bullet Train Journeys
  • Xi'an
  • Terra-cotta Army
  • Big Wild Goose Pagoda
  • Shanghai
  • Jade Buddha Temple
  • Nanjing Road
  • Suzhou
  • Wangshi Garden
  • Grand Canal Cruise
  • Embroidery Research Institute

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Language

The official recognised  language is Mandarin Chinese. Among the enormous number of local dialects, large groups speak Cantonese, Fukienese and Minnanhua. Inner Mongolia, Tibet and Xinjiang. In the countryside, strong regional accents and local dialects (there can be many differences even within a single province) mean that even native Mandarin speakers can struggle to communicate at times.

Food & Drink

Chinese cuisine has a very long history and is represented by four major regional categories: Northern Chininese Cuisine i.e Peking duck, Mongolian hotpot and Shuijiao (dumplings). Southern Chinese Cuisine (Cantonese) famed for its exotic nature is the category most familiar to the rest of the world. Eastern cuisine tends to be rich and sweet and often pickled. Finally, Western Chinese cuisine such as Sichuan and Hunan food, is spicy, often sour and peppery taking influence from countries such as India.

Tipping

Tipping is not widely required, however; in some hotels small sums of US dollars or Chinese Yuan (Renminbi) is acceptable to staff as you deem necessary.

Social

Do not take pictures of people without asking permission, and in particular photography is forbidden at all international and domestic airports. Tourist attractions of historical and architectural interest are suitable but please obtain permission before photographing any current military installations, government buildings or buildings with sensitive security protocals. You should always speak respectfully about the Chinese government as public disrespect towards them is deemed an offense.

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