China is, in a word, vast. Geographically it is the second largest country on Earth by land mass. Culturally, it encompasses a population of more than 1.8 billion people belonging to dozens of distinct ethnic groups and speaking hundreds of languages and dialects. Historically it is one of the world’s most ancient civilizations, and has seen the rise and fall of empires, dynasties, and governments of every description.
Flights to China
The country’s busiest airport is Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), which is the busiest airport in Asia and sees more than 83 million travelers pass through each year. Next is Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN), which serves more than 52 million passengers annually.
Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) is mainland China’s busiest international hub: half of the almost 59 million passengers it serves each year are international. Many international passenger choose to fly into Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) and then catch a connection regional flight to their mainland destination.
China is home to hundreds of airports, with dozens of major hubs each serving millions of passengers every year. When you’re booking flights to China, remember that every major city will have an international airport, but options may be limited to neighboring countries.
Stuff to do in China
The sheer range and volume of experiences open to you in China can be overwhelming. The teeming, frenetic pace of the gigantic, futuristic major cities offer kaleidoscope views of a culture driven by technological excellence and economic growth.
Lovers of antiquity could spend lifetimes in the museums or wandering the streets of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Adventurers will relish the rural villages and virgin landscapes from desert to rainforests, mountains and caves, and everyone should take a chance to marvel at the Great Wall.
Advice to Tourists Visiting China
You’ll need a valid passport and a visa to visit China. For most Western nationalities, tourist visas are relatively simple and inexpensive, but should be obtained in advance of travel. The language barrier can seem impenetrable, but even a few phrases of Mandarin will be invaluable. Try to learn a little before you go, and carry a phrasebook or translation app.
The complex topography of the country makes generalizations about climate pointless, but September through October is a popular time to travel, with low humidity and comfortable temperatures.
Tipping in China is not generally accepted or advised, and attempts may result in worried waitstaff running after you to return “forgotten” money. The major exception is group tour guides and drivers catering to foreigners, who may rely almost entirely on tips.
The huge range and variety of accommodation in China can be bewildering, while high demand can make securing a room challenging. Try our free hotel price comparison tool for detailed descriptions and help finding the best price.
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