The communist era began in 1949 under Mao Zedong (Mao Tse-tung). Since the late 1970s, when it shifted to a market economy, China has been growing as a world
power and is currently second
only to the United States in economic productivity. The world was focused on China with the occupation of Tibet in 1950 and with the Tiananmen Square
deadly protests of 1989. Criticism of the extent of Communist Party control continues in the 21st century.
China has invested heavily in transportation infrastructure since the 1900s. The high speed rail lines are the longest
in the world and inter-connect with modern subway systems in major cities.
is a great choice for tourists for price, history and modern infrastructure.
A tourist visa is required to visit China for most nations. Check your specific country at VisaHQ.
For a list of exempt countries, visit Project Visa.
Hong Kong is an execption based on its
British heritage. Visit our Hong Kong web
page for further information.
The currency of China is the Chinese Yuan Renminbi:
Don't drink tap water in China. Bottled water is readily available
and, with the popularity of tea, there is frequently an option to boil
water in hotel rooms too.
China celebrates National Day on October 1st and many Chinese take a full week vacation
to visit locations in their country. Foreign tour operators and
travelers can experience great difficulty with interruption in itineraries
in the first week of October each year. Another busy period is the
Spring Festival, aslo known as the Chinese New Year. The
Chinese new year is set by the cycle of the moon and can occur any time
between January 21st and February 20th. Festivities start a week
before the new year and end with the Lantern Festival on the 15th of the
first month of the Chinese year. During Spring Festival many Chinese
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