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 7.79 CNY and 1 USD is worth 7.2 CNY.
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 328.37 Mbps and mobile is 208.16 Mbs.The global average is 179.65 Mbps and 125.35 Mbps respectively.
ATM Density China has more ATMs than most other countries.81.44 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 39.49.
SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in China, a passport or ID is required as identification.
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.
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).
In the year 2024, China will celebrate 7 national public holidays. The next one Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day) will take place on April 5.
|January 1, 2024
|New Year’s Day元旦
|February 10, 2024Moving holiday
|Chinese New Year (Spring Festival)春节
|April 5, 2024
|Qingming Festival (Tomb-Sweeping Day)清明节
|May 1, 2024
|June 10, 2024Moving holiday
|Dragon Boat Festival端午节
|September 17, 2024Moving holiday
|October 1, 2024
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.
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.
What is the weather like in Beijing?
Weather data for Beijing (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com
Railways There are passenger trains , and some of them are high-speed trains.
Subway Systems The subway system is available in 47 cities.
Taxi Apps Unfortunately neither Uber nor Bolt are available in China.
Emergency phones in China
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.
- 1,5L of alcoholic drinks (with alcohol content of 12% or above)
- 400 cigarettes or 100 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco