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China - tourist guide for holidays

China is a country which is worth your visit. It is full of natural wonders and historical monuments so you can surely spend here a nice time. China is a country you can visit on your own - or you can choose one of organized trips with a travel agency as well.

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China - the best places to see

China China is a very big country - and it is very diverse as well. Consequently there is a lot of interesting places. We have chosen a few of them.
  • Beijing (Tiananmen square + city center + Behai park with pagoda + Forbidden City + Summer Palace)
  • Great Wall at Badaling
  • Xi'an with Army of Terracotta Warriors (Bingmayong) + city center + sacred mountain of Huashan + emperor gardens
  • Shanghai (city center + river channels + gardens)
  • Datong + Yungang Grottoes (caves) + hanging monastery
  • scenic town of Guilin (Longji rice terraces + lakes + Li jiang river + countryside)
  • Kunming (Museum + Botanical Gardens + Dianchi Lake + ethnic minorities) + Stone forest
  • Lhasa - Sera monastery + Jokhang temple + Gandän monastery

China - useful information

Religion:
~ Chinese folk: 32 %
~ Buddhist: 11 %
~ Muslim: 2 %
~ Jewish: 1 %
~ no religion: 54 %
Religion - China
China: flagCapital: Beijing
Area: 9,596,960 km2
Number of inhabitants: 1,336,718,000
Currency: Yuan, CNY, Y
Language: Mandarin, Cantonese
Time zone: GMT+8 (GMT = London)
International telephone dial code: +86
Mobile phones system: GSM 900, DCS 1800
System of measurement: metric
Common languages: none
Serious travel risk: none
Voltage in electric network: 220 V
Electric plug:
Electric plug - China

China - Travellers Forum

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  Lhasa by the train
From 2006 it is possible to go to Lhasa by train - and it is great journey. Not only you will get to Lhasa but you can see beautiful sceneries during the journey. From Lhasa railway station depart/arrive five days daily and it takes around 2 whole days to Beijing (but you don't need to go the whole
  Velká čínská zeď
Pokud už se ocitnete v Pekingu, na Velkou zeď si rozhodně udělejte čas - stojí to za to a její asi nejnavštěvovanější místo je jen cca 80 kilometrů od města. Zeď je tu asi 8 metrů vysoká a přes pět metrů široká, nechybějí strážní věže. Do Badalingu se dostanete autobusem z Pekingu, vstupné přijde v
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China - the map and typical itinerary

China - map
Itinerary 1: Beijing (Tiananmen square + city center + Behai park with pagoda + Forbidden City + Summer Palace) - days: 4, + day trip - Great Wall at Badaling + Datong + Yungang Grottoes (caves) + hanging monastery - days: 2
Itinerary 2: Beijing (Tiananmen square + city center + Behai park with pagoda + Forbidden City + Summer Palace) + day trip - Great Wall at Badaling - days: 4, Xi'an with Army of Terracotta Warriors (Bingmayong) + city center + sacred mountain of Huashan + emperor gardens - days: 2, Kunming (Museum + Botanical Gardens + Dianchi Lake + ethnic minorities) + Stone forest - days: 2, scenic town of Guilin (Longji rice terraces + lakes + Li jiang river + countryside) - days: 3, Shanghai (city center + river channels + gardens) - days: 2
Itinerary 3: Beijing (Tiananmen square + city center + Behai park with pagoda + Forbidden City + Summer Palace) + day trip - Great Wall at Badaling - days: 4, Xi'an with Army of Terracotta Warriors (Bingmayong) + city center + sacred mountain of Huashan + emperor gardens - days: 2, Lhasa - Sera monastery + Jokhang temple + Gandän monastery - days: 4
Itinerary 4: any combination of the previous itineraries

Prices of rooms and meals

Prices symbolChina offers medium level of prices. It is hardly a destination for very cheap holidays, but for reasonable prices you can get reasonable quality. If you want cheap holidays, we recommend you to go to some countries in south-eastern Asia.
  • Cheap accommodation: $23
  • Medium accommodation: $40
  • Expensive accommodation: $140
  • Cheap meal: $2
  • Medium meal: $5
  • Expensive meal: $17
The prices are per 1 person (and 1 meal or 1 night) and are in US Dollars.
It is often possible to buy cheap meal on streets or in fast-food restaurants. Medium priced meal is usually available in standard restaurants, expensive meal in expensive restaurants. We do not include extreme prices of accommodation and food (for example luxurious apartments in high quality hotels). (Prices are usually very different in different places and in different seasons. In the main season may be in touristic destinations the cheapest rooms unavailable.)

China on the Internet

Are you looking for more information? On the Internet there are a lot of information. Here are some advices: China may have different names in different languages. For example Čína, China, La Chine, China. Use these names in search engines. It is good idea to precisely specify what are you looking for. If you need information about a place, use the name in a search engine. You may use other names of the place as well. If you need - for example - an information about history of the place, add the word history to the search engine.

What Others say

The People's Republic of China (simplified Chinese: 中华人民共和国; traditional Chinese: 中華人民共和國; pinyin: Zhōnghuá Rénmín Gònghéguó listen), commonly known as China, is the largest country in East Asia and the third or fourth largest country in the world. With a population of over 1.3 billion, it is the most populous country in the world. The Communist Party of China (CPC) has led the PRC under a single-party system since the state's establishment in 1949. The PRC is involved in a long-running dispute over the political status of Taiwan. The CPC's rival during the Chinese Civil War, the Kuomintang (KMT), fled to Taiwan and surrounding islands after its civil war defeat in 1949, claiming legitimacy over China, Mongolia, and Tuva while it was the ruling power of the Republic of China (ROC). The term "Mainland China" is often used to denote the areas under PRC rule, but sometimes excludes its two Special Administrative Regions: Hong Kong and Macau. Because of its vast population, rapidly growing economy, and large research and development investments, China is considered an "emerging superpower". It has the world's fourth largest economy (second largest in terms of purchasing power parity.) China is also a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation. Since 1978, China's market-based economic reforms have brought the poverty rate down from 53% in 1981 to 8% by 2001. However, China is now faced with a number of other economic problems, including an aging population, an increasing rural-urban income gap, and rapid environmental degradation. China plays a major role in international trade. The country is the world's largest consumer of steel and concrete, using, respectively, a third and over a half of the world's supply of each. Counting all products, China is the third largest importer and the second largest exporter in the world.
Wikipedia

For centuries China stood as a leading civilization, outpacing the rest of the world in the arts and sciences, but in the 19th and early 20th centuries, the country was beset by civil unrest, major famines, military defeats, and foreign occupation. After World War II, the Communists under MAO Zedong established an autocratic socialist system that, while ensuring China's sovereignty, imposed strict controls over everyday life and cost the lives of tens of millions of people. After 1978, his successor DENG Xiaoping and other leaders focused on market-oriented economic development and by 2000 output had quadrupled. For much of the population, living standards have improved dramatically and the room for personal choice has expanded, yet political controls remain tight.
CIA The World Factbook
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