China

Over 5,000 years of fascinating history endows China with a profound culture, which penetrates in every aspect of the life of the local people. The diversity of ethnic groups with interesting folk customs and traditions infuses different vigor to the development of this nation. China might be thought of as a kingly dragon hanging on a huge imperial necklace, the Great Wall, the spectacular landmark which winds 5500 miles across the country from east to west. The mighty Yangtze and Yellow Rivers nourishing the vast land outline the exquisite royal patterns. The Forbidden City, Terracotta Warriors and many other famous sites are the shining decorative pearls. Explore the popular attractions and discover the essence of the heritage left by nature and history to this ancient oriental realm.

Basic Information

Official Name: People’s Republic of China
Capital City: Beijing
Time Zones: GMT+8

Currency

The Renminbi is the currency of China.

Boundaries

China is bordered to the north by Russia and Mongolia; to the east by Korea (Dem Rep), the Yellow Sea and the South China Sea; to the southby Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, India, Bhutan and Nepal; and to the west by India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan.

Languages

The official language of China is Mandarin and Standard Chinese.

Climate

Early autumn around September and October, when temperatures are pleasant and rainfall is low, is generally seen as an optimum time to visit. Spring is also popular, for similar reasons, and the many tourists visit in March or April.

Major Religions

In China Buddhism has the widest influence. The other major religions are Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity.

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