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We've written a very extensive guide filled with insightfull comments and handy tips and tricks about all the aspects to travelling in China. We've summarized the most critical things below, but you can discover more information in our detailed guide to China.
Currencie(s): Chinese yuan
Tipping: traditionally there is no tipping. However, hotels that routinely serve foreign tourists allow tipping. An example would be tour guides and associated drivers.
Corruption: China has a corruption score of 61/100.
If your itinerary runs through China, watch out for muggers and beware of corrupt police officers. According to Transparency International, China scores average on the list of corrupt nations around the world.
China is concidered to be a relatively dangerous country, with a Global Peace Index of 2.22 out of 4.
This report is the only one of its kind that measures how dangerous or safe a nation is based on 23 different indicators, including political terror, deaths from internal conflict, murder rate, and ease of access to small arms and light weapons.
Drinking age: There is no age minimum age for drinking set in Shanghai.
The WHO lists no drinking age; other sources say a 2006 ban instituted a drinking age of 18 but say it is not enforced.
Age of Consent: 14 years.
At the age of 14, an individual is considered mature enough in China to consent to sex. Sexual relations with someone under the Age of Consent are considered statutory rape.
Same-sex marriage (also known as gay marriage) is not legalized in China.
China scores a 0/10 on the 'Gay Travel Index'.
Please note: Certain cities, tourist areas and resorts can sometimes be LGBTQ+ friendly even when the laws in China are very anti-LGBTQ+. In all cases, do your research, check official government data for up-to-date news and if you feel apprehensive consider travelling to a more LGBTQ+ friendly country.
Driving: Right-hand traffic.
Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug A / C / I
Weather: Currently broken clouds, with a temperature between 18.9 and 21.1°C (66 and 70°F)
Pollution (PM2.5 fine dust particles): 52.66 µg/m3
PM2.5 Fine dust particulates can be carried deep into the lungs where they can cause inflammation and a worsening of the condition of people with heart and lung diseases. The smaller the particles the deeper they travel into the lungs, with more potential for harm. Note that the World Health Organisation's guideline value is 20 µg/m3. So be carefull when travelling to China. Make sure you are prepared by reading our article about effective strategies for a healthier trip.