GLOBAL DIRECTORY: CHINA

Plan a trip to China to see the skyline at early sunset of Shanghai Bund in Shanghai.
Shanghai Bund, Shanghai, China | Photo by Edward He on Unsplash

If you don’t know Chinese, you’ll only see characters when in China, but that’s okay! The Chinese people are extremely friendly and will definitely help you get around this huge and incredibly diverse country. From mega-cities like Beijing and Shanghai to the deserted steppes of Inner Mongolia and the mountains of Tibet, and from the ice sculptures in Harbin to the tropical tea fields of Kunming, China has it all. And if you thought it couldn’t get any more diverse, take a look at the food. Instead of just one monolithic ‘Chinese Cuisine’, there are eight Great Cuisines that make up the country’s culinary landscape. Whether you like it extremely spicy, fragrant and exotic, sweet-sour, or prefer halal cuisine, as a traveler in China you won’t be disappointed. 

Unfortunately, a two-week tourist visa won’t be enough to discover all of China. You can take as many cheap flights and superfast trains across the country as you can but you’ll still struggle to see and taste everything this amazing country has to offer.

Excerpt by The Spicy Travel Girl

Here’s everything you need to plan a trip to China! So what are you waiting for?

LANGUAGE:   Standard Chinese

Recognised regional languagesMongolianUyghurTibetanZhuangvarious others
Courtesy of Wikipedia

CURRENCY:  Renminbi yuan (CNY)

GUIDES, ITINERARIES, & ATTRACTIONS

JINSHANLING GREAT WALL OF CHINA: A COMPLETE GUIDE & PHOTO TOUR (Torn Tackies)

The Best Ancient Water Towns Near Shanghai, China (Roam and Thrive)

10 unmissable Hikes in China (My Travel Scrapbook)

Shaoshan – The Ultimate Guide to Visiting the Birthplace of Chairman Mao (My Travel Scrapbook)

50 Things to do in Shanghai Bucket List (My Travel Scrapbook)

An underrated Weekend Trip to Wuxi from Shanghai (My Travel Scrapbook)

3 WEEK CHINA ITINERARY: WHAT TO SEE IN CHINA IN 3 WEEKS (Serena’s Lens)

CHENGDU CHINA – VISIT THIS AMAZING HISTORICAL CITY IN SICHUAN PROVINCE (Asian Wanderlust)

COSTS

Ultimate 30 Day Backpacking China Budget (The Whole World Or Nothing)

ACCOMMODATIONS

WHERE TO STAY IN BEIJING – A GUIDE TO THE BEST HOTELS AND NEIGHBORHOODS (Going Awesome Places)

Historic Hotels in Shanghai, Where the City’s Old Lifestyle is Represented (My Magic Earth)

FOOD

THE CHUANCAIS MUSEUM: VISIT AND LEARN ABOUT TRADITIONAL SICHUAN CUISINE (The Awkward Traveller)

AUTHENTIC KUNG PAO CHICKEN RECIPE: LEARN TRADITIONAL SICHUAN CUISINE! (The Awkward Traveller)

INSPIRATION

PHOTO TOUR OF ZHANGJIAJIE NATIONAL FOREST PARK (Earth Trekkers)

14 Lesser Known Places to Visit in China That Will Make You Want To Go Today (Roam and Thrive)

SPECIAL TOPICS

The Ultimate Shanghai Transportation Guide: Comparing 5 Means Of Getting Around (The Spicy Travel Girl)

GETTING A CHINESE VISA AS AN AMERICAN CITIZEN, NOT NEAR AN EMBASSY (The Awkward Traveller)

15 Things NOT to Do When Visiting China (Here with Dia)

How To Guide on Using VPN in China (Here with Dia)

How to Avoid These Top 10 Common Scams in China (Here with Dia)

Blogs with other great posts on China:

My Travel Scrapbook

My Magic Earth

Global Directory pages for countries near China

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GLOBAL DIRECTORY: CHINA