Before you go

Are vaccinations required before travelling to China?

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

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.

Do I need a visa to enter China?

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.

What currency do i need in China?

The official currency of China is the Chinese Yuan.

While visiting China

What wild animals 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 in China?

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.

How much do you tip in China?

The currency in China is the Chinese Yuan. 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.

Where can I find a local travel expert for China?

Local China travel experts are available.

Useful Numbers

Emergency China Numbers?

  • Police: 110
  • Ambulance: 120
  • Fire: 119
  • Embassy: +86 (0) 21 3279 2000

    Time Difference

    What is the time difference in China?

    The time difference is 8 hours

    Travel Apps

    What is the best travel app for China?

    China Guidebook

    Best China guidebook?

    Stay informed before during and after your trip to China with this China Guidebook .