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Traveling to China

Discover the history, experience the culture

China

From ancient relics to modern wonders, China is a must see for any serious traveler.

Discover the Cities, Experience the Countryside

Discover the Cities, Experience the Countryside


From historic epicenter Beijing to bustling cosmopolitan Shanghai, there is plenty for any traveler to discover in China’s famous cities. Lovers of natural beauty will also be awed by the water towns, traditional gardens, and Buddhist temples of Suzhou and Hangzhou, and the majestic mountains of Huangshan.

Encounter the History

Encounter the History


One of the oldest countries in the world, China is teeming with rich culture and history waiting to be explored. Popular itineraries include the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and the Summer Palace’s imperial gardens during a trip to Beijing and the Terracotta Army, the Ancient City Wall, and the Big Wild Goose Pagoda in Xi’an.

Fall in Love with Pandas

Fall in Love with Pandas


No visit to China would be complete without a trip to view giant pandas in their home country. For travelers interested in spending a full day or two devoted to pandas, there are several reserves in and around Chengdu in the Sichuan province (known as “the hometown of giant pandas”) that offer hands-on experiences. Travelers with less time can visit the zoos in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Chongqing, and Hong Kong Ocean Park to see these beloved bears.

Money

The currency of China is the renminbi. The basic unit of the renminbi is the yuan. One yuan is made up of 10 jiao, and a jiao is subdivided into 10 fen

Here’s a roundup of what you can expect to spend in China, with prices in US dollars:

Inexpensive meal for one – $1.50Bottle of water – $0.250.5 litre beer – $1.50
Mid-range restaurant meal for one – $3Cup of tea – $0.75Local bus ticket – $0.25

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Traveling around China

By plane

One of the largest countries in the world, China, in many instances, is best traversed via plane (consider that a flight from Beijing to Shanghai is approximately 2 ½ hours). Popular Chinese airlines include Air China, China Southern Airlines, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Shanghai Airlines, Sichuan Airlines, and Xiamen Air and other smaller regional carriers

By train

China boasts one of the longest rail networks in the world, connecting small towns as well as metropolitan hubs. Well known for its high speed rail system, China offers service between large cities via the High-speed rail (HSR) at speeds of up to 200mph.

By bus

Several companies offer long-haul bus rides in China for travelers with more modest budgets. While often markedly slower than trains due to traffic and congestion, buses can often offer service to smaller towns and villages that don’t have rail stations.

Travelex in China

Travelex in China

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