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Travellers from all over the world visit China to soak up its unparalleled cultural attractions, although many are surprised to discover how modern it has become. Of course, the ancient with all its traditions and splendour is still there in abundance, but nowadays it sits alongside the new creating startling, and often surreal, contrasts right across the country. China is far from being a holiday destination - it is a traveller’s paradise and one of life’s truly great adventures.
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Our vastly experienced travel advisors are passionate about China. With first-hand knowledge of when and where to go they can create the perfect holiday experience for you, at the best possible price.
Flight duration: Beijing is approximately 10 hours and Shanghai approximately 12 hours (non-stop flights) from the UK.
Recommended airlines flying non-stop to Beijing: British Airways
Local time: GMT +8 hours.
Currency: Renminbi, although you can only purchase limited local currency outside China. Whilst credit cards are widely accepted in the cities, especially in hotels, they may be less so in off the beaten track locations. Cash is a requirement if you are bargaining in markets!
Language: Mandarin Chinese is the official language. In the south Cantonese is more widely spoken along with a number of local dialects.
Passports & visas: A full British passport, which is machine readable and valid for six months beyond your return date is required. Please click here to find out if a visa is required for British passport holders.
Health: Vaccinations may be required and are strongly recommended. Your GP will be able to provide you with specific advice on the destinations in your itinerary.
Best time to travel: The climate is wide ranging as you may expect from such a vast country. Normally the most comfortable seasons of the year are spring and autumn. Summer (June to end of August) can be extremely hot and winter can be incredibly cold, especially in the north.