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China

China

Continent: Asia

Capital: Beijing

Population: 1.357billion                                                                                                       

Dialing Code: +86

Currency: Renminbi (yuan; ¥)

Time zone: China Standard Time (UTC+8)

Official language: Standard Chinese Mandarin

The people’s republic of china is a communist nation in East Asia. Holding the title as the world’s most populous state with over 1.381 billion people, its vast lands are made up of grassland, desert, mountain ranges and coastlines along the Pacific Ocean and south china seas. The state is governed by its vanguard party based in the capital of Beijing.China has over 160 cities with a population of over one million, including the seven megacities (cities with a population of over 10 million) of Chongqing, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, Tianjin, Shenzhen, and Wuhan.

It boasts of destinations such as Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and world known attractions such as the Great Wall of China(the world’s longest wall), terracotta army in Xi’an where ordinary people were forbidden entry, the Li River and giant Pandas.

Known by historians as the cradle of civilization, the ancient treasures and modern wonders of China span 5000 years of culture and history. By land area China is the world’s second largest state, this plays a large part in its natural beauty, fascinating heritage, mouth watering cuisine and state of the art cities that leave visitors in awe.

It’s warm and friendly population welcome you to share in a new level of hospitality not seen anywhere in the world. All this enables china to be the third most visited country in the world. It is estimated that china will become the largest tourist country in the world. Chinas growing economy is also generating a surge in travel endeavors and the country has become one of the world’s most watched and hottest inbound and outbound tourists markets

 

 

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Boasting of destinations such as Beijing, shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong and world known attractions such as the Great Wall of China(the world’s longest wall), terracotta army in Xi’an,  where ordinary people were forbidden entry, the Li River and giant pandas.

Other attractions include The Bund, Shanghai and victoria harbour which is easily one of the most recognizable architectural symbols of Shanghai. If you're very much in touch with nature, Hangzhou is renowned as China's "paradise on earth" owing to its beautifully crafted landscape. West Lake was created after the Chinese love for garden-style parks for recreation.

Experience the new year which falls between late January and late February each year, Chinese New Year sees a week-long national holiday and generous helpings of fireworks, traditional food and lion dances. Tibet’s Mount Kailash is the holiest mountain on Earth, sacred to one fifth of the planet’s population. It’s some undertaking to even reach it, given its beautifully remote location.You can climb the Tai Shan or cruise the Yangzi River and much more 

Business

China is the businessman’s dreamland. As of 2014, it is the world's second-largest economy. China is also the world's largest exporter and second-largest importer of goods. The Canton fair, also known as the China Import and Export fair is one of the largest trade fair which holds in the country n the spring and autumn seasons each year since the spring of 1957 in Guangzhou.As the largest trade fair in China, it has the  assortment of products, the largest attendance, and the largest number of business deals made at the fair. There are three phases of the canton festival which holds every year.

Climate

China’s extreme size means it has a great diversity of climates, but being located entirely in the northern hemisphere means its seasonal timings are broadly comparable to those in Europe and the US.The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold harsh winters. The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, temperate summers and cool winters. The southeast region has substantial rainfall, and can be humid, with semi-tropical summer. 

Central, southern and western China are also susceptible to flooding, and the country is also periodically subject to seismic activity. Early autumn around September and October, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons, and the many tourists visit in March or April.

Communications

Since 2011 China is the nation with the most installed telecommunication bandwidth in the world. China's dialing code is  +86.China Telecom and China Unicom, the world's two largest broadband providers, accounted for over 20% of global broadband subscribers. The national average broadband connection speed is 9.46 MB/s.

Customs

Chinese culture is heavily influenced by Confucianis and conservative philosophies. Today, the Chinese government has accepted numerous elements of traditional Chinese culture as being integral to Chinese society. With the rise of Chinese nationalism and the end of the Cultural Revolution, various forms of traditional Chinese art, literature, music, film, fashion and architecture have seen a vigorous revival.

China is officially atheist, but the stated religions and philosophies are Buddhism, Daoism and Confucianism. There are 100 million Buddhists and approximately 60 million Muslims, 5 million Protestants (including large numbers of Evangelicals) and 4 million Roman Catholics, largely independent of Vatican control.

Cultural differences may create misunderstandings between local people and visitors. The Chinese do not usually volunteer information and the visitor is advised to ask questions. Hotels, train dining cars and restaurants often ask for criticisms and suggestions, which are considered seriously. Do not be offended if you are followed by a crowd; this is merely an open interest in visitors who are rare in the remoter provinces. The Chinese are generally reserved in manner, courtesy rather than familiarity being preferred.

The full title of the country is 'The People's Republic of China', and this should be used in all formal communications. 'China' can be used informally, but there should never be any implication that another China exists. Although handshaking may be sufficient, a visitor will frequently be greeted by applause as a sign of welcome. The customary response is to applaud back. Anger, if felt, is expected to be concealed and arguments in public may attract hostile attention.

In China, the family name is always mentioned first. It is customary to arrive a little early if invited out socially. When dining, guests should wait until their seat is allocated and not begin eating until indicated to do so. If using chopsticks, do not position them upright in your rice bowl as the gesture symbolises death. Toasting at a meal is very common, as is the custom of taking a treat when visiting someone's home, such as fruit, confectionery or a souvenir from a home country. If it is the home of friends or relatives, money may be left for the children.

If visiting a school or a factory, a gift from the visitor's home country, particularly something which would be unavailable in China (a text book if visiting a school, for example), would be much appreciated. Stamps are also very popular as gifts, as stamp-collecting is a popular hobby in China. A good gift for an official guide is a Western reference book on China.

Duty Free

Tourists must fill out a baggage declaration form (in two copies) and hand it in to customs, retaining the carbon to show upon exit. Personal belongings will be admitted duty free, including food, two bottles of liquor and two cartons of cigarettes. Wristwatches, radios, tape recorders, cameras, movie cameras, and similar items may be brought in for personal use but cannot be sold or transferred to others and must be brought out of China.Gifts for relatives or friends in China, or articles carried on behalf of other, must also be declared.Visitors can bring in an unlimited amount of foreign currency and Chinese yuan (RMB) traveler’s checks, and the unspent portion can be taken out.

 

Electricity

There are two official standards for plugs and sockets in the People's Republic of China. The first is the grounded, three-blade CPCS-CCC which is practically interchangeable with the type of socket found in Australia. 

Voltage: 220-240 Volts

Getting Around

The fast development of China's transportation infrastructure provides wide-ranging travel for domestic and overseas tourists.Be aware that if visiting during Chinese New Year a large number of businesses will be closed and public transport, in particular rail routes, can be enormously busy.

Be aware that it's not possible to drive in China without a Chinese driving licence. Obtaining this can be a complicated process and in most cases it's preferable and relatively inexpensive to hire a car with a driver. China's airlines operate about 1, 000 domestic routes, serving over 150 cities. Routes are served by the three major state-owned groups of Air China,  China Southern Airlines,  and China Eastern Airlines.

Health

China's health facilities are  top notch with an emphasis on public health and preventive medicine setting the stage for a very healthy population but despite significant improvements in health and the construction of advanced medical facilities, China has several emerging public health problems, such as respiratory illnesses caused by widespread air pollution, hundreds of millions of cigarette smokers and an increase in obesity among urban youths.

 

Language

Some form of Chinese is virtually universal in China, with Mandarin as the standard form and many other varieties also in use; some, like Cantonese and Shanghainese, have tens of millions of speakers. Although many Chinese do not speak English, due to the educational system, many Chinese near and in urban areas can read and write it, even though they may have difficulty with spoken English.

Money

The official currency of the Peoples Republic of China is the Renminbi.

Passport Visa

Most foreigners traveling to mainland China, whether for business or pleasure, require a visa.
Tourists holding ordinary passports of Singapore, Brunei and Japan are allowed to enter China for up to 15 days without visas for tourism or family/friend visits. Foreign nationals must carry their passports at all times as police carry out random spot checks; these are more frequent around times of heightened security such as sporting events.Those wishing to visit Tibet are strongly advised to join a travel group. Individual travellers need a Tibet Travel Permit issued by the Tibet Tourism Bureau. Applicants also need to show their Chinese visa.Business travellers are required to provide an official invitation from the company or institution in China when applying for a visa.

CHINA VISA REQUIREMENT

  1.      6 months international passport

  2.      2 passport photographs, colored on white background.

  3.      6 months bank statement with 4 million as balance in the account.(Personal account)

  4.      Certificate of incorporation as the business owner, if you are presenting your company’s bank statement also 4million as balance in the account

Please note the below information:

*For renewal visa between 2012 upward, do not need to present bank statement.

* For renewal visa between 2011 below, the above requirements are needed.

*For first timer who have been to UK, US, CANADA, AUSTRALIA etc. The above requirements are also needed.

 

Time

Time zone: China Standard Time (UTC+8)

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