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Essential information

At a glance

‘Hello’ in:
‘nǐhǎo’
(nee-how)
Mandarin
Plug combo ai
Electricity
220V/50hz
More on electricity
Mar-May
Sep-Nov
Best time to go
Spring
Autumn

Money and costs

Currency
Yuan Renminbi (¥)
Exchange Rates
Rates provided by Open Exchange Rates. Last updated February 21, 2019 12:39PM UTC
Daily Costs
Budget (up to)
¥200
  • Dorm bed: ¥40–60
  • Food markets, street food: ¥40
  • Bike hire or other transport: ¥20
  • Free museums
Midrange
¥200–1000
  • Double room in a midrange hotel: ¥200–600
  • Lunch and dinner in local restaurants: ¥80–100
  • Drinks in a bar: ¥60
  • Taxis: ¥60
Top end (more than)
¥1000
  • Double room in a top-end hotel: ¥600 and up
  • Lunch and dinner in excellent local or hotel restaurants: ¥300
  • Shopping at top-end shops: ¥300
  • Two tickets to Chinese opera: ¥300

Visas

Needed for all visits to China except Hong Kong, Macau and 72-hour-and-under trips to Shànghǎi, Běijīng, Chángshā, Chéngdū, Chóngqìng, Dàlián, Guǎngzhōu, Guìlín, Harbin, Kūnmíng, Qīngdǎo, Shěnyáng, Tiānjīn, Wǔhàn, Xiàmén and Xī’ān.

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When to go and weather

°C°F
mmin
CHN
Emei Shan
Go May–Oct
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Xi'an
Go Sep–OctDec
Mar – May
2086747
Jun – Aug
30208668
Sep – Nov
20106750
Dec – Feb
7-14326
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Shanghai
Go Mar–MaySep–Oct
Mar – May
19116652
Jun – Aug
31248876
Sep – Nov
23167361
Dec – Feb
1045139
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Macau
Go Mar–AprOct–Dec
Mar – May
24217569
0.57
0.02
Jun – Aug
30268678
0.87
0.03
Sep – Nov
27238074
0.37
0.02
Dec – Feb
18146457
0.03
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Beijing
Go Apr–MayOct–Nov
Mar – May
1876543
0.1
0.01
Jun – Aug
30208669
0.63
0.02
Sep – Nov
1986646
0.2
0.01
Dec – Feb
1-83518
0.0
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season
Hong Kong
Go Oct–May
Mar – May
27227970
0.6
0.02
Jun – Aug
32278980
0.3
0.01
Sep – Nov
29238374
0.07
0.0
Dec – Feb
20156859
0.1
0.0
J
F
M
A
M
J
J
A
S
O
N
D
Low Season
Shoulder Season
High Season

Getting to China

Flights to China

The best price found from United States to China is on April 4th, 2019, travelling with jetBlue. See more options, compare prices and book: search flights.

BOS
Boston Logan International
from $264.00
SHA
Shanghai Hongqiao

Getting around China

Despite being a land of vast distances, it’s quite straightforward to navigate your way terrestrially around China by rail and bus if you have time. Transport in China needs considerable pre-planning due to the distances involved and periodic shortages of tickets.

Air Affordable and excellent for long distances, but delays are common.

Train Very reasonably priced – apart from high-speed rail, which is more expensive – and very efficient.

Bus Cheaper and slower than trains but crucial for remote destinations.

Car China is too large and there are too many restrictions to make this a viable option.

Health and safety

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Advice for travellers

Travelling with children

More comfortable in the large cities of Hong Kong, Běijīng and Shànghǎi, children are likely to feel out of place in smaller towns and in rural areas. With the exception of Hǎinán, China is not famous for its beaches.Ask a...

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Working and volunteering

Large numbers of Westerners work in China with international development charities such as VSO. Joy in Action (http://jiaworkcamp.org/) Establishes work camps in places in need in south China. World Teach (www.worldteach.org) Volunteer teachers (mostly for English, but also computer skills...

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