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China

China China

Population: 1.377.422.166 people
Region: Eastern Asia (Search on Google maps)
Capital: Beijing
Country Code: CN

Money in China

Currencie(s): Chinese yuan

  • 1 Chinese yuan = 0.12 €
  • 1 Chinese yuan = 0.14 $
  • 1 Chinese yuan = 0.11 £

Should I exchange money before I travel? Although this depends on many factors, including which currencies you want to convert and which country you are travelling from, generally speaking exchanging your money AFTER you travel will provide you with a more favourable exchange rate.

The rule is simple: the more common the currency is, the cheaper it will be. So, for example, if you are travelling from the UK to China and want to buy some Chinese yuan here, you will pay less for it in China, as this is the currency that you will find everywhere. At the same time your GBP will become rare and valuable, which means that you will get more money for them.

Looking for advice about exchanging Chinese yuan? Discover our tips in our article about currency exchange.

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.

Language in China

Language(s): Chinese

Food & Drinks in China

Experiencing the local culture is a huge part of travelling and trying traditional food is largely connected with that cultural experience. Visitors to the UK always want to eat fish and chips, Vietnamese pho is the big pull for travellers in Vietnam, and here in Belgium it’s all about fries. Supporting the local community is a really important aspect of travel. So please make sure you taste at least 1 of the 5 National dishes: Peking Duck, Noodles, Fried Rice, Dumplings & Maos Braised Pork

Drinking age: There is no age minimum age set. The WHO lists no drinking age; other sources say a 2006 ban instituted a drinking age of 18 but say it is not enforced.

Religion in China

The religous adherents are Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%

From beautiful cathedrals in Italy to majestic temples in India, the world is filled with holy places that are important to the religions of the world. Maybe you are not religious yourself, or maybe you are visiting places where people celebrate different religions. Learning to look without gawking, see without ogling can be the difference between being accepted as a visitor, and being resented as an intruder. That's why we've written an article about the impact of religion on your travel plans.

This article also mentions how tattoo's, some style of clothing and other religous simbols can be extremely taboo.

Sex & Relationships in China

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.

Other practical tips for China

Timezone: UTC+08:00
TIP: Think about the time difference before planning your trip. Imagine you’re finally in China – but all you want to do is sleep! Travelling into a different time zone can be a real burden. The only way to truly adjust in 24 hours or less is to prepare before you go, so check out our tips that outline how to quickly adjust to a new time zone.

Driving: Right-hand traffic.

Remember: this country uses the metric system. Depending where you're from - distances, speed, and liquid quantities might be differend from the system you're used to. Find out how you should convert this unit system.

Power adapters and converters: 220 V (50 Hz), Plug A / C / I
When travelling to China, electronic devices might be necessary to document the incredible sights or to stay in contact with friends and family members back home. Most electronics like Phones, laptop computers and hair tools do not come cheap, so it's incredibly important to make sure your device is compatible with this type of outlets - 220 V (50 Hz), Plug A / C / I. You can read our guide about travel adapters and converters to determine which types you need for your next trip!

Weather: Currently thunderstorm with light rain, with a temperature between 25 and 25°C (77 and 77°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.

Fly to China

Planning a trip to China? We have a list of 250 airports you can fly to. You can find the closest one to your destination by clicking on a city below!

List of cities in China