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Travel information about China

China is a large country in Eastern Asia as large as the United States having a total area of 9,596,960km² and the world’s largest population of 1,357,380,000. China has lots of beautiful places from wide landscapes of grasslands, mountains, desert, lakes, and rivers, as well as China has built a comprehensive transportation system of airports, trains, highways, subways, ports, and waterways that is world class in many places. One of the most famous landmarks is the Great Wall of China. This country won’t fail you if you’re looking for spectacular views.

Capital city of China: Beijing

Closest neighbors to China: On the northern border, China borders (west to east) Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Russia. To the west, China shares boundaries with (north to south) Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The southern border of China is shared with (west to east) India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar (Burma), Laos, and Vietnam. On the western border, China’s neighbor is North Korea.

Best times to visit China: You can visit China depending on your preferences. Every time is best time to go. However, September and October is another excellent time to visit China. Places like Xinjiang, which are normally blazing hot in the summer and still a bit too cold in spring, are in perfect season.

How to get to China: Airplanes are the constant and most expedient means of transportation for international travel between most of the countries in the world and China. Air travel can save treasurable time and energy for enjoying the attractions in your destination. The hubs of China’s air travel are Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

Visa requirements for China: Americans and Canadians are required to obtain a visa before entering Mainland China.

Currency of China: The currency of China is Renminbi.

Official Language of China: The official languages are Mandarin Chinese and Standard Mandarin.

UNESCO World Heritage sites in China

There are 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in China and 60 on their tentative list.

Cultural (36)

  • Ancient Building Complex in the Wudang Mountains (1994)
  • Ancient City of Ping Yao (1997)
  • Ancient Villages in Southern Anhui – Xidi and Hongcun (2000)
  • Capital Cities and Tombs of the Ancient Koguryo Kingdom (2004)
  • Classical Gardens of Suzhou (1997,2000)
  • Cultural Landscape of Honghe Hani Rice Terraces (2013)
  • Dazu Rock Carvings (1999)
  • Fujian Tulou (2008)
  • Historic Centre of Macao (2005)
  • Historic Ensemble of the Potala Palace, Lhasa (1994,2000, 2001)
  • Historic Monuments of Dengfeng in “The Centre of Heaven and Earth” (2010)
  • Imperial Palaces of the Ming and Qing Dynasties in Beijing and Shenyang (1987,2004)
  • Imperial Tombs of the Ming and Qing Dynasties (2000,2003, 2004)
  • Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (2007)
  • Kulangsu, a Historic International Settlement (2017)
  • Longmen Grottoes (2000)
  • Lushan National Park (1996)
  • Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor (1987)
  • Mogao Caves (1987)
  • Mount Qingcheng and the Dujiangyan Irrigation System (2000)
  • Mount Wutai (2009)
  • Mountain Resort and its Outlying Temples, Chengde (1994)
  • Old Town of Lijiang (1997)
  • Peking Man Site at Zhoukoudian (1987)
  • Silk Roads: the Routes Network of Chang’an-Tianshan Corridor (2014)
  • Site of Xanadu (2012)
  • Summer Palace, an Imperial Garden in Beijing (1998)
  • Temple and Cemetery of Confucius and the Kong Family Mansion in Qufu (1994)
  • Temple of Heaven: an Imperial Sacrificial Altar in Beijing (1998)
  • The Grand Canal (2014)
  • The Great Wall (1987)
  • Tusi Sites (2015)
  • West Lake Cultural Landscape of Hangzhou (2011)
  • Yin Xu (2006)
  • Yungang Grottoes (2001)
  • Zuojiang Huashan Rock Art Cultural Landscape (2016)

Natural (12)

  • Chengjiang Fossil Site (2012)
  • China Danxia (2010)
  • Huanglong Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
  • Hubei Shennongjia (2016)
  • Jiuzhaigou Valley Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
  • Mount Sanqingshan National Park (2008)
  • Qinghai Hoh Xil (2017)
  • Sichuan Giant Panda Sanctuaries – Wolong, Mt Siguniang and Jiajin Mountains (2006)
  • South China Karst (2007,2014)
  • Three Parallel Rivers of Yunnan Protected Areas (2003)
  • Wulingyuan Scenic and Historic Interest Area (1992)
  • Xinjiang Tianshan (2013)

Mixed (4)

  • Mount Emei Scenic Area, including Leshan Giant Buddha Scenic Area (1996)
  • Mount Huangshan (1990)
  • Mount Taishan (1987)
  • Mount Wuyi (1999)


Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.