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Great Walls, terracotta warriors and Forbidden Cities from an ancient past, contrast with a dynamic modern-day society to make China one of the world’s most compelling destinations.

  • Capital city: Beijing
  • Population: 1,375,000,000 (2015 est)
  • Size of country: 9,596,961 sq km
  • Currency: Chinese Yuan or Renminbi
  • Power supply: 220 volts
  • Sockets: Mainly flat three-pin variety
  • Language: Standard Chinese or Mandarin (Putonghua, based on the Beijing dialect)
  • Time difference: GMT plus 8 hours
  • Visas: British nationals require a visa which must be obtained in advance.
  • Religion: Officially Atheist; some Buddhism, Daoism, Islam and Christianity.
  • Popular dishes: In northern China, the hotpot (sometimes known as a steamboat) is a very popular dish. It is equivalent to a fondue broth and all manner of thinly sliced meats and vegetables are cooked in it at the table.
  • Popular drinks: Tea is the national drink - especially green teas or flower teas. Beer and brandy are the most common alcoholic drinks.
  • Did you know: Despite the oft-repeated myth, the Great Wall cannot be seen from outer space – only from an airplane.
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