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China Country Quickfacts

  • Dancer performs traditional Tang Dynasty dance
  • West Lake in Hangzhou
  • Chinese drums
  • Beautiful night view of Shanghai
  • Lingyin Temple
  • Rolling hills and The Great Wall of China
Area:  9,596,961 km²


City Code: Beijing 10, Shanghai 21, Xian 29, Guilin 77, Guangzhou 20
Country Code: 86
Country Population: 1,357,380,000 (Approximately 19% of the world's population)
Credit Cards: All major credit cards are accepted at most hotels and state-run shops in the major cities.
Currency: 1 Yuan = 10 Jiao = 100 Fen.
Departure Tax: Departure Tax is no longer charged at the airport.
Drives on the: Right, except for Hong Kong & Macau

220V AC, 50Hz

Ethnic Groups:  Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%
Flag: China Flag
Location:  Eastern Asia, bordering the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea, and South China Sea, between North Korea and Vietnam
Official Language(s): Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect), Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, minority languages.
Religion: Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Muslim 1%-2%, Christian 3%-4% 
note: officially atheist (2002 est.)
Time Zone: 13 hrs ahead of Toronto/New York and 16 hours ahead of Vancouver/Los Angeles.
  • Local guides (full day): USD 10 per person, per day
  • Local guides (half day): USD 5 per person, per day
  • Drivers (full day): USD 5 per person, per day
  • Drivers (half day): USD 3 per person, per day
  • Porters (luggage handlers): USD 1 per piece of luggage handled
  • National guide (someone who escorts you from city to city): USD 10 to 12 per person, per day
  • Yangtze River Cruise Staff (distributed amongst all staff): USD 6 per person, per day



China and Tibet Travel Information

At Goway we believe that a well-informed traveller is a safer traveller. With this in mind, we have compiled an easy-to-navigate travel information section dedicated to China.

Learn about the history and culture of China, the must-try food and drink, and what to pack in your suitcase. Read about China's nature and wildlife, weather and geography, along with 'Country Quickfacts' compiled by our travel experts. Our globetrotting tips, as well as our visa and health information, will help ensure you're properly prepared for a safe and enjoyable trip. The only way you could possibly learn more is by embarking on your journey and discovering China for yourself. Start exploring… book one of our China tours today!


Extend Your Trip

After your China tour considers taking the time to visit other destinations. Goway offers exciting India tours and Thailand vacation packages plus a comprehensive selection of vacation packages in many other Asian countries.



Book your China tour with Goway!

ASIA by Goway is an exclusive division that specializes in planning and organizing China tours, vacations and experiences. Choose from a simple city stopover, see the country highlights on one of our classic itineraries, enjoy a small group tour, a holiday of a lifetime, a stay of distinction and much more. We want to be your first choice when next you go globetrotting to China.

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