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For thousands of years China remained a mystical land and travellers still find it difficult to penetrate the inner depths of this fascinating and enigmatic country. There is a great deal to discover in this, the world’s most populated country, with more than 1.3 billion citizens, and the third largest in the world territorially.

Occupying an area of 9,600,000 sq km, it spans 62 degrees of longitude and 49 degrees of latitude. A wide variety of terrain and climate shape its numerous natural attractions. Abundant in a variety of resources, plants, animals and minerals, the land has nurtured countless generations of Chinese people.

China is proud of her many people, long history, resplendent culture and distinctive customs. Among her greatest gifts to the world are the ‘four great inventions’ (paper, gunpowder, printing and the compass). Chinese arts and crafts, including painting, calligraphy, operas, embroidery and silk are distinctive and unique.

Martial arts, which have only recently begun to enjoy popularity in other parts of the world have been part of Chinese culture for centuries, and Chinese literature is testifies to the country’s rich heritage. And, of course, there is Chinese cuisine, which has been exported to every corner of the globe.

What makes China attractive as a destination for Western tourists is its fascinating culture and valuable antiquities. Ruins and relics from Neolithic settlements and the dynastic reigns of the mighty emperors are there to behold, along with adventures along the legendary ancient trade routes, such as the Silk Road.

Explore the vast Forbidden Palace in Beijing along with Tiananmen Square, walk the incredible Great Wall, and marvel at X’ian’s Terracotta Army, these are just some of the incredible attractions to be seen in this ancient Eastern Empire.

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China Information

  • Capital City: Beijing
  • Time Difference: GMT +8
  • Language: The official language is Mandarin Chinese, but there are hundreds of local dialects.
  • Fly with: British Airways, China Airways, Emirates, Cathay Pacific
  • Flight time: 10 Hours
  • Best time to go: Spring (April and May) and autumn (September and October)
  • Currency: Renminbi Yuan (CNY)
  • Visa required: Yes – prior to departure