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Where is China?

  1. Approximate Population of China: 1,411,778,724

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Shanghai is the capital of China

Shanghai has an approximate population of around 24,870,895 people and you can typically expect to pay around £2.80p for an equivalent pint of lager or beer.

The third-biggest city of China, Shanghai is a major commercial and industrial center in China. The largest port in the world, Shanghai is known for its rich fishing history, its steel mills, and the vast opportunities that the country offers to those who are willing to work hard and develop their skills. For those people with an eye toward a better life and a better future, there is a good chance that they can find a good job in the fast-growing and lucrative field of corporate finance in Shanghai, as well as a way to enjoy the benefits of living in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, with breathtaking scenery all around.

The old shanghai, that is the name of the old town that is located on the eastern bank of the Huangpu River, is one of the best preserved neighborhoods in the country. The neighborhoods have been relatively untouched by outside influences, which has allowed them to maintain a fairly calm and safe feel. The neighborhood is made up of hilly areas, and along with these are small boutiques, old-fashioned restaurants, and fruit stalls. While there are many modern buildings and businesses, Shanghai still retains a Chinese culture feel. This is in large part due to the presence of more than 20 million people who speak Chinese language as their primary language, which make the neighborhood practically synonymous with China.

Shanghai has some of the finest and most luxurious high rises in the world, and is considered by many, to be one of the most romantic cities in the world. Shanghai is also one of the most technologically advanced cities in the world, due to the legacy of the former superpower, Russia. This is reflected in one of the main scenic spots in China, the Huangpu River which is about thirty kilometers away from Shanghai. Here one can see beautiful islands that were once under the Japan occupation during World War II. Some of the old temples are also a great sight to see along with the impressive palaces that can be seen across the Huangpu.

What vaccinations do I need before travelling to China

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to China are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel to China

For up to date information around safety and security in China read the Foreign & Commonwealth Office latest information for China.

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Best time to visit China?

Spring and autumn are the best times to visit China. Any timefrom March to May and from September to early November are the best moments to plan a great trip.

Festivals in China

Chinese New Year is the most important festival of the year. Celebrated on the fifth day of the fifth lunar month, it dates back more than 2,000 years. Its story centers on the great patriotic poet Qu Yuan. The festival is celebrated with activities like Dragon Boat Races, eating Zong Zi, and drinking realgar wine. It is also customary to carry a spice bag. You can also visit some local festivals in order to experience what Chinese people do on these special occasions.

Qinming festival is another important festival that is celebrated to pay homage to ancestors. This day is observed to pray to the sky and pray that the dead are happy in the afterlife. This day typically falls in April. During this festival, people clean graves and wear willow shoots and perfume pouches. Other events during this festival include dragon boat races, mugwort leaves hanging on the door, and traditional Chinese food.

The Zongzi festival is celebrated around the third week of March. Its name commemorates Qu Yuan, a patriotic poet during the Warring States period who committed suicide by swimming in the Miluo River. The river dragon eventually consumed his rice and returned to earth. After the ritual, people would wrap rice in leaves and send it to the ancestor's grave. The Zongzi festival is celebrated across China and attracts people from all over the world.

The most important festival is the Zongzi festival. This festival falls on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month and is held on the second week of the Chinese calendar. It is believed that Qu Yuan's spirit returned to Earth after his rice was eaten by a dragon in the river. Thus, rice dumplings are eaten on this day to commemorate Qu Yuan's memory. It is the most popular festival in the world!

Among the many Chinese festivals, Zongzi is the most important one. It is a major event celebrated on the 15th day after Spring Festival. It is considered to be an integral part of the New Year celebration. It is a time for family reunion and celebration. For example, there are some famous festivals in China that can be observed during the festival period. The Zongzi is a traditional festival, held every year.

The most important festival in China is the Spring Festival, which marks the start of the Chinese lunar new year. This is the time of year to celebrate a new beginning. On this day, people eat dumplings of the crescent moon. There are traditional performances, including the Lion Dance and the Dragon Dance. The Lantern Festival is celebrated on the fifteenth day of the first lunar month. Traditionally, this is a time for family reunions.

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The People's Republic of China is located in East Asia and is the world's most populous country, spanning five time zones. It has 14 countries and territories within its borders. Many of the most famous historic sites are located in this country, making it an excellent place to visit on your trip to Asia. If you're looking for a unique vacation, you might want to consider a trip to China. This country's history spans thousands of years, and you'll want to make sure that you visit these places to get a real feel for the culture and lifestyle of this fascinating nation.

One of the most important historical sites in China is the Terracotta Army, which is listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. This underground museum features over seven thousand life-size clay sculptures that were built by Emperor Qin during the third century BC. These relics were originally buried in the earth, but have been rediscovered and now serve as a popular tourist attraction. You can even learn more about the history of China's past by visiting the museum.

Another historic site in China that is part of the UNESCO World Heritage List is the Terracotta Army. These ancient, life-size clay statues were buried underground for over two thousand years before they were discovered by a farmer digging a well. If you are interested in Chinese history, you'll want to visit the Terracotta Warriors Museum. It will help you learn about the history of the first Qin Dynasty and its first emperor, Qin Shihuang. You'll find out why they differ in posture, hairstyle, and appearance, and why they were buried so long ago.

Do I need a Visa?

British nationals normally need a visa to enter mainland China, including Hainan Island, but not Hong Kong or Macao. With effect from 1 November 2018, all visa applicants aged between 14 and 70 inclusive will need to make their visa application in person at a Visa Application Centre.

See which forms you may need for entry into China.

What currency do i need for China?

The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in China you can grab amazing Chinese Yuan Renminbi deals via (GBP to CNY).

What wildlife live in China?

Some of the animals that are native to China include the Asian elephant, sable, dugong, Pallas cat, North China leopard, binturong, clouded leopard, Tibetan macaque, golden snub-nosed monkey, and the giant panda.

What is the traditional food of China?

Mandarin food? China is a large and diverse country, and its many regions have different favorite dishes. Some of these dishes include noodles, fried rice, minchee, dumplings, Mao's braised pork, and char siu. However, China's globally recognized national dish is the Peking duck.

What Languages are spoken in China?

The official dialect of China is Mandarin, also call "Putonghua". More than 70% of the Chinese population speaks Mandarin, but there are also several other major dialects in use in China: Yue (Cantonese), Xiang (Hunanese), Min dialect, Gan dialect, Wu dialect, and Kejia or Hakka dialect. You can learn some basic Mandarin before you travel to China and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip in China?

The currency in China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi (In Mainland China, tipping or gratuities are not common practice in most sectors of life, but it has become okay to tip tour guides, drivers, and hotel bellboys in recognition of their good service.).

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