China is the world’s most populous country with a population of 1.4 billion. Officially The People’s Republic of China, is the third largest country in the world and occupies most of the Asian land mass. An ancient, mysterious and beautiful country, China holds special appealing to adventurous foreign visitors.
The Great Wall
The most iconic structure in China, the Great Wall is an engineering masterpiece, a direct link to China’s illustrious past, and a visual representation of China’s centuries of isolation from the world. Due to the popularity of this attraction, visitors may literally be competing with millions of others for the perfect photo. While is stretches over 13,000 miles along multiple provinces, Beijing is considered as the main gateway to the Great Wall. Therefore, before going, visitors are wise to carefully consider time of year and section of the wall to visit, to maximize the experience.
China’s capital, Beijing, mixes modern architecture with historic sites, which fascinates visitors exploring the city’s ancient past and exciting modern development. Beijing is the country’s political, economic, and cultural center. At the heart of Beijing, protected by a wide moat and a high scarlet wall, is the Palace Museum; also know as the Forbidden City. This palatial structure was built 1420, during the early Ming Dynasty. Ordinary people were not allowed to enter without permission, hence the name Forbidden City.
The largest city in China and its financial capital, bustling Shanghai offers the traveler a wealth of things to see and do. The Bund Shanghai’s, beautiful waterfront promenade, along the west bank of Huangpu River is one of the most popular attractions in Shanghai. The Jade Buddha Temple is a venerable Buddhist temple and remains an active Buddhist monastery. The Grand Hall, the temple’s most significant building, is where worshippers pray. The centerpieces of the temple are two Buddha, the Sitting Buddha and Reclining Buddha, carved with whole white jade.
Everyone love the giant Panda. The most well known celebrity of China, the adorable fluffy animal with black and white fur, is one of the most precious animals in the world and the iconic national treasure of China. The city of Chengdu is known as the panda capital of the world. On the outskirts of the city, the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda is one of China’s most popular, and most easily accessible, places to see pandas.
|Forbidden City admission (seasonal)||CNY 40 / CNY 60|
|Great Wall admission (seasonal)||CNY 40 / CNY 45|
|Bottle of water||CNY 2|
|Taxi from Pudong International to City Center Shanghai||CNY 150 - 200|
|Official Language||Standard Chinese (Mandarin Chinese)|
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About the Area
Language: The only official language in China is Standard Chinese, a standardized form of spoken Chinese based on the original Beijing dialect of Mandarin. However, there are eight primary variations of spoken within Mainland China, Mandarin (71.5%), Wu (8.5%), Jin (5.2%), Cantonese (Yue) (5%), Xiang (4.8%), Min (4.1%), Hakka (3.7%), and Gan (2.4%). The major linguistic debate surrounding these spoken Chinese variants is whether they are dialects or languages. Many argue that there is only one Chinese language with many dialects, while others make equally compelling arguments that some of the variants meet the criteria to be considered languages.
Currency: The official name for the currency in the People’s Republic of China is Renminbi, which literally means People’s Currency. However, Yuan (CNY) is the name of the unit in which Renminbi transactions are denominated, and also the term most widely used internationally.
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