China

Capital Beijing

Population 1,377,422,166

Area 9,640,011 km2

Key facts

China is a country located in Eastern Asia. There are 16 countries (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Hong Kong, India, Kazakhstan, North Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Laos, Macao, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Viet Nam) that China shares its borders with. The official language of China is Chinese. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Chinese.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, China was ranked 57th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in China is Chinese yuan (CNY). The yuan (¥) is subdivided into 100 fēn (分).

With today’s currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 7.29 CNY and 1 USD is worth 6.79 CNY.

Chinese
Banknotes

¥1¥5¥10¥20¥50¥100分1分2分5角1角2角5¥2

Chinese
Coins

分1分2分5角1角5¥1

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in China is 280.01 Mbps and mobile is 188.96 Mbs.The global average is 150.61 Mbps and 97.08 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density China has more ATMs than most other countries.87.88 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in China, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 3 socket types used in China. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines. Type C is a popular socket type throughout Europe (except the United Kingdom), Russia, and certain Asian countries. Type I is not very common around the world, so it might be a good idea to check if your electronics need an adapter.

Type A 220 V, 50 Hz  Type C 220 V, 50 Hz  Type I 220 V, 50 Hz  

The sockets’ shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2023, China will celebrate 7 national public holidays. The next one Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day) will take place on April 5.

Date Holiday name
January 1, 2023 New Year’s Day元旦
January 22, 2023Moving holiday Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)春节
April 5, 2023 Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day)清明节
May 1, 2023 Labour Day劳动节
June 22, 2023Moving holiday Dragon Boat Festival端午节
September 29, 2023Moving holiday Mid-Autumn Festival中秋节
October 1, 2023 National Day国庆节

Tourism

What hotel chains are present in China?

There are Mariott hotels in 41 cities.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in China.

The IHG hotel chain operates in China.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in China.

There are Radisson hotels in 12 cities.

The Accor hotel chain operates in China.

What fast food chains are present in China?

The McDonald’s chain operates in China.

The KFC chain operates in China.

The Burger King chain operates in China.

The Subway chain operates in China.

The Domino’s Pizza chain operates in China.

The Starbucks chain operates in China.

Weather

What is the weather like in Beijing?

Today the sun in Beijing, rises at 7:13 AM and sets at 5:43 PM. The climate of Beijing may be categorized as a Humid continental, according to Koppen’s classification system.

TodayFeb 9OvercastLow: -1.6°C (29.12°F)High: 2.2°C (35.96°F)
FridayFeb 10OvercastLow: -3.9°C (24.98°F)High: 6.8°C (44.24°F)
SaturdayFeb 11OvercastLow: -1°C (30.2°F)High: 9.2°C (48.56°F)
SundayFeb 12OvercastLow: 1.5°C (34.7°F)High: 5°C (41°F)
MondayFeb 13Partly cloudlyLow: -3.7°C (25.34°F)High: 6.4°C (43.52°F)
TuesdayFeb 14OvercastLow: -3.2°C (26.24°F)High: 7.5°C (45.5°F)

Weather data for Beijing (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.

Subway Systems The subway system is available in 45 cities.

Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in China.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in China.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.9, China is placed 66th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In China traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  No data available.

Road Traffic Casualties 17.40 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in China

110 Police
120 Ambulance
120 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban There is no national smoke-free law, but some areas may have their own rules.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

The products are only for your own use or consumption, or as a present for members of your household. They may not be imported for commercial purposes under any circumstances.

Alcohol allowance

  • 1,5L of alcoholic drinks (with alcohol content of 12% or above)

Tobacco allowance

  • 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco

Sources

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