China is a country located in East Asia. China is officially known as the Republic of China. It is the largest of all countries in Asia. It has the largest population in the world. The country has the largest economy by GDP.

China is among the ancient civilizations of the world. The country was isolated from the rest of the world for centuries. This led to a blossoming and refinement of Chinese culture. In the mid-19th century, the country embarked on a dramatic economic, political, social, and technological revolution. China emerged as one of the most influential countries in the world.

China is home to exotic animals.

The country has the world’s largest manufacturing and export sectors.

The currency of the country is the Chinese Yuan.

Travel Tips for First-Time Visitors

What to Wear and What to Pack

You should pack lightweight cotton clothes. It is advisable to carry your own tissue paper. A pollution mask and a power adapter are essential.

When to Visit

China experiences diverse climates in each region. The best months to visit are between April to May and September to October.

Food

Chinese cuisine is famous worldwide. There are eight popular cuisines in the country. They include Cantonese, Jiangsu, Fujian, Anhui, Hunan, Shandong, Sichuan, and Zhejiang cuisines.

Every region has its own specialties and flavors. Popular dishes include chow mein, dumplings, spring rolls, and the Peking roasted duck.

Food is cheap. A meal from a street vendor will cost you between 7 CNY and14 CNY.

Accommodation

An 8-10 bed hostel will cost 30 CNY in smaller cities. Prices in Hongkong and Beijing start from 85 CNY. A private room will cost around 85 CNY. Hostels provide free Wi-Fi, clean drinking water, lockers, and extra blankets during the winter.

Airbnb is common and prices are between 175CNY and 750 CNY.

The Peking International Youth Hostel is popular among travelers.

Transport

The train most enjoyable mode of transport in China. It is wise to book train tickets online in advance.

Beijing’s bus network is outstanding. Announcements are in Mandarin Chinese and English. Timetables at bus stops are only in Mandarin.

Things to do in China

Visit the Great Wall

It is one of the most famous and most recognizable tourist attractions in the world. It is a wonder that has fascinated visitors and locals for centuries. The wall has three sections. The Badaling Great Wall is only 70km from Beijing.

The wall is impressive and very beautiful. Mutianyu Great Wall has fewer crowds.

Visit during the Chinese New Year

The Chinese New Year starts from late January to late February every year. It is a week-long national holiday. You can expect fireworks, traditional food and lion dances.

Cruise the Yangzi River

It is China’s longest waterway. A river cruise is the best way to experience Yangzi’s famous Three Gorges.

Explore Tian’anmen Square

Tian’anmen Square is massive. There are a lot of places to explore including the Tiananmen Tower, the People’s Heroes Monument, the Great Hall of the People, the National Museum, and Mao Zedong’s mausoleum. You can take pictures around the square but it is forbidden inside the mausoleum.

Explore Tibet

It is also referred to as the “Roof of the World.” There are snowy mountains, exotic customs, and Buddhism.

See Pandas In Chengdu

Pandas are endangered and therefore they are a rare sight in the wild. The Panda Research Base in Chengdu offers you a chance to watch the pandas eat, relax, and sleep.

Cruise the Li River

The Li River is naturally beautiful. Laozi Hill, Xiaolong, and the karst mountains near Guilin provide superb photo opportunities.

Visit the Forbidden City

It is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Beijing. It was the imperial palace from the Ming Dynasty to the Qing Dynasty (1420-1912 CE). It covers 175 acres and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Over 16 million visitors tour it each year. The Palace Museum exhibits artifacts from both dynasties. It is a great place to learn about the history of China.

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