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The Chinese call their own country Zhongguo (official name: Zhonghua Renmin Gongheguo). In the rest of the world it is known as the “People's Republic of China” or “China” for short. The word China does not exist in Chinese itself. The name China is likely derived from the ancient Chinese word Qin, the name of the Chinese principality from which the Qin dynasty (221-207 BC) arose. The term Qin reached Europe along the Silk Road via several stations and languages. In German it can be translated quite well as “Middle Kingdom”.
The area of China is 9,597,985 square kilometers. It is about the same size as the USA. The extension of China from north to south is 4500 kilometers; the east-west extension 4200 kilometers. The coastline of all of China's maritime borders is 14,500 kilometers. The national territory is divided into 22 provinces, five autonomous regions, four cities directly under the government and two special administrative zones.
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About 1.4 billion - making China the most populous country on earth
The population density of China is 135 people per square kilometer. This number on its own is not particularly high, but it is also highly misleading. Western China, for example, has a small population in a large area. Most of the population lives in the coastal regions, especially in the east of the country. The big metropolises are located there.
The Han Chinese make up almost 92 percent of the population. Nevertheless, the 55 ethnic minorities (“nationalities”) together make up well over 100 million people.
Interview with Kangfei Di, then director of the tourism office of the PR China in Germany, about tourism in the Middle Kingdom. Visitors from Germany are welcome both as group and individual travelers and backpackers. Kangfei Di recommends that anyone who travels through the country alone should be able to speak a few bits of Chinese (video on Youtube).
Like no other country, China borders on 14 neighboring countries: Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, India, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia and North Korea. China borders the Yellow Sea, East China Sea and South China Sea to the east and south-east. In the south, southwest, west and northwest, high mountain ranges (Himalaya, Tianshan, Pamir) form the border. The north of China is characterized by steppes and deserts.
The most important rivers are the Yangtze River (also Changjiang = long river) and the Yellow River (Huáng Hé), as well as the Lancang River (Mekong), Pearl River, Brahmaputra and Amur.
China's geographic peculiarity is its numerous mountain ranges. Mountains, high plateaus and hilly landscapes make up two thirds of the total land area.
The surface of China's land looks like a staircase that descends step by step from west to east. The highest level is the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, which is on average more than 4000 meters above sea level and is known as the "roof of the world". A special highlight in China is the main summit “Chomolungma” of Mount Everest. At 8,848.14 meters, it is the highest peak in the world.
China is one of the oldest civilizations and high cultures of mankind. Written records are over 3,500 years old. The Empire of China, 221 BC Founded by Emperor Qín Shǐhuáng, lasted more than 2000 years. Twelve dynasties ruled during this period. On January 1, 1912, Sun Yatsen proclaimed the Republic of China. In 1917, when the German Reich declared submarine warfare, China was drawn into the First World War, in which it declared war on the Central Powers Germany and Austria-Hungary. However, China did not send troops to Europe.
In July 1937, Japan started the war of aggression against China with an attack on northern China, whereupon the Chinese government published a declaration on the war of resistance. This was the beginning of the world's anti-fascist war. The war ended in 1945. After the Soviet Union, China recorded the second highest number of casualties of all participating nations in World War II. The People's Republic of China was proclaimed on October 1, 1949. The new government quickly took control of the decades-long war-torn country.
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Renminbi (international abbreviation: CNY or RMB, the symbol is ¥.). The units of currency are Yuan, Jiao, and Fen. One yuan is equivalent to 10 jiao or 100 fen. Exchange rate: 1 EUR = 9.26 CNY (as of March 1, 2010) It is recommended that you take money with you in the form of travelers checks. Travelers checks in Euros or US dollars are both accepted. You can withdraw money from ATMs with credit or debit cards. In good international hotels you can also pay by credit card.
Form of government
China has a one-party system. The socialist market economy and state system is anchored in the constitution of the People's Republic of China. The highest state organ is the National People's Congress, the Parliament of the People's Republic of China. He elects the President, the State Council (the government of the People's Republic of China), the Supreme People's Court, the Central Military Commission and the Supreme Prosecutor's Office. The election of the National People's Congress takes place under the direction of the Standing Committee. This means that the population directly elects the people's congresses at the lowest level, which then elect the members of the next higher level up to the national people's congress. The National People's Congress is elected for five years.
October 1 (founding of the People's Republic of China)
Traditional Chinese Holidays
The Chinese New Year Celebrations (also known as the Spring Festival) is the most important traditional festival in China and is celebrated by an estimated 1.6 billion people worldwide. It begins annually on the first day of the traditional Chinese lunar calendar, on an alternating date between the January 21st and February 21st, and ends after 15 days with the Lantern Festival. In 2021, the turn of the year falls on the night of February 11th to 12th. The Spring Festival ends with the Lantern Festival on February 26, 2021. Traditionally, one of 12 zodiac signs is assigned in China each year. With the new year begins the “year of the ox” (depending on the translation also “year of the buffalo”).
Unfortunately, many of the traditional Berlin events of the Chinese cultural center Berlin canceled this year, announced the institution. Instead, the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin is welcoming the Year of the Ox together with the Berliners in a series of online events with a wide range of content. Through a variety of online formats including short films, concerts, photo and themed exhibitions, you will gain insights into traditional Chinese holiday culture, classical Chinese theater arts, intangible cultural heritage, culinary delights, taiji, and much more.
Starting with the eve of the Chinese New Year celebrations (on February 11, 2021) through to the Lantern Festival (on February 26, 2021), the Chinese Cultural Center presents various online activities on various social media platforms of the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin as part of our series of events “Happy Chinese New Year 2021 ”.
Online events of the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin (http://www.c-k-b.eu/) for the Chinese New Year Festival 2021
• "The whole world united in springtime" - Virtual exhibition for the Chinese New Year
• "Auspicious Spring Festival - All the best from the heart" - Photo exhibition of Chinese traditions for the Spring Festival
• “New Year's Celebration” - cartoon silhouette film
• "Elegant things for the Chinese New Year - calligraphy, painting and the scent of tea"
• The New Year of the Ox
• "Celebrate the new year with opera animations"
• "With animation into the new year" - exhibition of outstanding Chinese cartoon short films for the Spring Festival
• Interaction "Listen to the language of porcelain and keep an eye on the world"
• Acrobatics on the ice
• Original folk dance drama "The Source of the River"
• Healthy New Year - online Taiji classes
• “In love with Szechuan cuisine” - at the Chinese New Year and the beginning of the year of the ox together at the table
• "Colorful New Year Festival" - Interactive animation experience exhibition
• Millennial Porcelain Music - Qinghua Porcelain Concert in Jingdezhen City, Jiangxi Province
• A look through the window at the Olympic Winter Games in Beijing in 2022
• Jiangnan Yuanhe Four Seasons Banquet
• “Spring Overture” - folk music concert
• Online Lantern Festival - Virtual Lantern Festival enjoyment on the Qinhuai River
In cooperation with the Chinese Cultural Center Berlin, the Gardens of the World in Berlin-Marzahn are also festively decorated for the New Year celebrations.
15.1. of the Chinese lunar calendar. The main activities of the Lantern Festival include eating a soup with sweet rice flour balls, visiting the lantern and dancing the dragon and lion.
To the 5.4. People worship their ancestors and visit their graves.
Dragon Boat Festival
On May 5th is commemorated of the patriotic poet Quyuan. Traditional events include rice dumplings, the dragon boat race, and drinking realgar wine.
On 7.7. of the Chinese lunar calendar. The “Chinese Valentine's Day” goes back to the Chinese legend of the “weaver girl and the cowherd”.
Full moon in the eighth month of the Chinese lunar calendar. The moon festival is a day for a family reunion. It is custom on this day to watch the moon and the tides and to eat moon cake.
The "double ninth day"
On 9.9. of the Chinese lunar calendar. The "double nine" is one of the four traditional holidays for ancestor worship. It is a special custom to enjoy the view from high places.
China is officially an atheist state. There are no official statistics on religion. Common religions are Buddhism, Daoism, Islam, Christianity and Lamaism (in Tibet and Inner Mongolia). In addition, the influence of ancient Chinese folk beliefs is great. Confucianism in particular, social ethics rather than religion, influences the moral behavior of the Chinese.
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Flora and fauna
China is one of the countries with the most plant resources. There are over 32,000 species of higher plants alone. Almost all plant species in the northern hemisphere can be found in China. There are over 2000 edible plant species and more than 3000 that can be used medicinally.
China is also one of the countries with the most animal species. Its vertebrates alone number 6266 species, around 10 percent of the world's total species population. The rare animal species that only live in China include the giant panda, the snub-nosed monkey, the South China tiger and the China alligator.
UNESCO recently added two new Chinese sites to its global geopark list - Guangwushan Nuoshuihe Geopark in Sichuan Province and Huanggang Dabieshan Geopark in Hubei Province. According to UNESCO, the parks impressively represent the “diversity of the geology of the planet”. This means that there are currently 37 recognized global geoparks in China.
List of geoparks in the People's Republic of China at Wikipedia.
There are currently 140 UNESCO Global Geoparks in 38 countries and regions.
The climate of China is very diverse with 18 different climate zones: In the west, north and northeast there is a pronounced continental climate with very cold winters and hot summers. In the south, on the other hand, the climate is subtropical to tropical. The best travel times for most regions are April to mid-June and September to mid-November.
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Henan - Songshan Mountain
With its majestic and steep appearance, Songshan Mountain has always been known as “Zhonggyue” (Central Mountain). The Shaolin Temple, the origin of the Chan (Zen) school of Chinese Buddhism and the Shaolin martial arts technique, is the main attraction on Songshan Mountain.
Shaolin Kung Fu attracts many visitors from home and abroad.
Hubei and Chongqing - the Three Gorges
The Three Gorges begin in the west at Baidicheng in Fengjie County, Chongqing and reach the Nanjing Pass in the east at Yichang, Hubei. The gorges extend over a length of 193 kilometers and have very special landscapes and offer incomparable sights. The small Three Gorges, the Three Gorges Dam and the Three Gorges Villages in Chongqing are particularly noteworthy. The Three Gorges Dam is the world's largest reservoir of water.
Hunan - Zhangjiajie
Because of its magical landforms and pristine ecosystems, Zhangjiajie is known as the “labyrinth of nature”. The three main attractions are Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Suoxi Valley and Mountain of the Son of Heaven.
In August 2016, the longest glass-floor bridge in the world at 430 meters and also the highest glass-floor bridge at a distance of up to 300 meters from the ground was opened in the park. The suspension bridge carries 800 people at the same time and is designed to allow 8000 tourists to cross each day, its 99 glass panels are six meters wide. Almost at the same time, a glass path was opened that winds its way around a steep rock in the Tianmen Mountains.
China's capital Beijing surprises with dynamism. Between state-of-the-art buildings and sky-scraping skyscrapers are magnificent temples and splendid remains from the imperial era. Beijing was the scene of the history of the Chinese Empire for over 1000 years and thus the spiritual and political heart of the country beats there to this day. Beijing is home to six UNESCO World Heritage Sites as well as numerous historical and cultural relics. Among other things, the Imperial Palace or Gugong, better known as the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven and the New Kauser Palace.
Just a little north of Beijing you will find China's most important attraction: the Great Wall. (You can even stay overnight on the Great Wall of China.) The structure, which was recently chosen as one of the new seven wonders of the world, stretches from Shanhaiguan on the Yellow Sea to Jiayuguan in the Gobi desert.
Tianjin is the largest port in northern China. The city combines Chinese leeward style with western colonial architecture. Notable landmarks include Old Tianjin Street (Jinmenguli), Italian Street, Tianjin Eye, and Five Avenues.
Shanxi - Pingyao
Pingyao Ancient City is a county seat built in accordance with traditional Han Chinese design and planning. Pingyao has a cityscape that was typical of the period between the 17th and 19th centuries. It is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Heilongjiang - Harbin
Harbin is one of the origins of global ice art. The ice and snow festival takes place every year and is the biggest tourist attraction with numerous works of art and extensive entertainment events.
Laoning - Dalian
Located on the shores of the Yellow and Bohai Seas, Dalian has long been known as the "City of Romance". It is also a popular tourist destination and is set in beautiful countryside. Surrounded by mountains and sea, there is a mild climate in the vacation paradise.
Jilin - Changbai Mountain
Changbei Mountain is one of the ten most famous mountains in China. The well-known “Himmelsteich” is located near its summit. It is not only China's largest crater lake in terms of area but also the highest in the world. The pond feeds a cascade, which has the greatest height difference of all crater lakes in the world.
Coastal regions in eastern China
Shanghai is the largest city in China and a modern metropolis. In 2010 the world exhibition Expo 2010 was successfully held here. Nanjinglu Street is a shoppers' paradise, Lujiazui in Pudong District is home to the Oriental Pearl Tower and the World Financial Center.
Shandong - Qingdao
Qingdao is a beautiful coastal city and is sometimes referred to as the “Switzerland of the East”. Their elegant beauty is accentuated by the typical red tiles, green trees, clear sea water and the azure blue sky.The Laoshan Mountain in Qingdao is a sacred site of Daoism. The annual Qingdao Beer Festival is well known.
Fujian - Xiamen
Xiamen can be described as a wonderful “garden by the sea” against an imposing backdrop. Cultural influences from Fujian and Taiwan, the delicate seafood and international architecture give the city a unique flair. Gulangyu Island and Huandao Strait will probably leave the deepest impression of the sights.
Shaanxi - Xi’an
Xi’an is historically known as Chang’an and is considered one of the four major capitals in the world. Xi’an is also the city that has served as the capital for the longest time in Chinese history. Therefore, one encounters historical evidence of China everywhere. For this reason, Xi’an is also known as a museum of Chinese history.
Gansu - Dunhuang
Dunhuang was once considered the center of the Silk Road. Here are the Mogao Grottoes, the world's largest, most comprehensive treasure trove of ancient Buddhist art. But the Wubao ghost town, the half moon spring and the magical sand field on Mount Mingsha are also worth a visit.
Ningxia - Shapotou
In Shapotou you can find everything: sandy deserts, green oases, steep mountains, and the yellow river. The whole charm of northwest China is concentrated here. But not only its rough charm is represented here, you can also discover the gentle beauty of the south here. Shapotou is called the capital of the desert. Attractions include sand skiing, the zipline over the Yellow River, and the water wheels.
Guangdong - Guangzhou
Guangzhou has a long history and is also called Yangcheng (City of Goats) or Huacheng (City of Flowers). On both banks of the Pearl River, the eye can see unique Cantonese-style buildings, a lively pedestrian zone, Cantonese restaurants and the high Guangzhou Tower. A fascinating urban landscape.
Guangxi - Guilin
The Guilin landscape has long been known as "the most enchanting landscape under the sky". Because of this, everyone has been a popular travel destination. Guilin is also known for its particular ethical diversity. The Zhuang, Yao and Miao peoples contribute to the cultural ambience.
Hainan - Sanya
Sanya is located on the southernmost tip of the island of Hainan, making it the southernmost tropical tourist destination. Sanya has the most beautiful views of the Hainan coast and has become an international travel destination. Occasionally it is also called the oriental Hawaii.
Chongqing is a famous historical and cultural metropolis in China. It is the financial and trade center of southwest China and a city of fine cuisine. Chongqing is also known for good stews and its nocturnal cityscape. The main attractions are the stone sculptures ofAdditional, the Wutong Karst Forms and the Three Gorges.
Sichuan - Jiuzhaigou
It is said: no river can impress you again after visiting Jiuzhaigon. The region is often referred to as the fairy tale world and land of immortals in the mortal world. Three valleys are open to the public - the Rize Valley, the Zechawa Valley and the Shuzheng Valley.
Yunnan - Lijiang
Lijiang is the only historical old town in China that is not surrounded by a wall. Most of the roads run along mountains and rivers. The alleys paved with smooth, green stone slabs still convey an impression of the ambience of earlier times. The main attractions include Sifang Street, Mufu's Residence, and the Wangu Building.
Landscapes of the regions south of the Yangtze River
Zhejiang - West Lake in Hangzhou
Hangzhou is one of the famous ancient cities of China. There is a saying that Suzhou and Hangzhou are two paradises under heaven. The well-known Italian commercial traveler and explorer Marco Polo, who toured the Middle Kingdom during the Yuan Dynasty, praised Hangzhou as "the most beautiful and splendid city in the whole world".
Jiangsu - Suzhou Gardens
Suzhou looks back on 2,500 years of history and is known as “Paradise in the mortal world” because of its idyllic landscape and elegant gardens, among other things. Here you will find the Canglang Pavilion, Shizi Forest, Zhuozheng Garden and Liuyuan Garden, collectively referred to as the "Four Famous Gardens" of Suzhou.
Anhui - Yellow Mountain (Huang Shan)
The Yellow Mountain is a World Heritage Site, a World Natural Heritage Site and a Geopark. The so-called “five peculiarities” there are the sunrise, the peculiar pines, the unique stones, the sea of clouds and the warm springs.
Jiangxi - Lushan Mountain
Mount Lushan is known for its summer resorts and cultural attractions. It owes its reputation to its “particularity, loveliness, steepness and magnificence”. The Wulao peak, the Sandie spring and the Lulin lake can be seen from the vantage point at the Guling villa area as the focal point.
The highlands of Tibet
Tibet - Lhasa
The snow-capped holy city of Lhasa looks back on 1,300 years of history and is full of historically interesting places. The clear sunshine over the beautiful plateau, which makes the colorful Tibetan buildings shine, exerts a great fascination. The grandeur of the old architecture is embodied in the Potala Palace, the Jokhang Temple, the Drepung Temple and the Sera Temple.
Tibet - Mount Everest
Mount Everest is the most important Himalayan peak and lies on the border between China and Nepal. At 8,848 meters, it is the highest mountain on earth. The towering peak resembles a huge pyramid and is covered with snow all year round. It is a mecca for mountaineers and researchers from all over the world.
Qinghai - Qinghai Lake
Qinghai Lake is the largest inland lake in China and also the largest salt water lake. There are five islands in the lake, the most famous of which is the Bird Island. From July to August every year, the bike race around the lake is a top event in Asia.
Another highlight and a must for any trip to China is a visit to the
Not far from Xi’an, the warrior figures guard the grave of Qin Shi Huang. For culture lovers, the journey continues to the Longmen Grottoes, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and a spectacular gallery of Buddhist sculptures and reliefs. Over time, 1,350 grottos, 750 niches and 40 pagodas have been carved out of the steep limestone cliffs on the edge of the Yellow River, which contain 110,000 statues.
If you want to experience pure nature, you shouldn't miss a detour to the Tiger Leaping Gorge, located about 70 kilometers north of Lijiang. Here the upper Yangzi makes its way through the gorge. This is so narrow in places that, according to legend, a tiger once escaped its pursuers by simply jumping to the other side. The gorge lies at 2500 meters and is considered to be the deepest in the world.
The trip to China is rounded off by what are probably the most extraordinary cities in East Asia: Hong Kong and Shanghai. They are treasure troves of traditional Chinese culture and the most important business locations in the Pacific region. Remnants from the colonial era are paired with great modern cityscapes of skyscrapers.
China has 52 UNESCO World Heritage Sites (listed on Wikipedia)
to eat and drink
Chinese cuisine is known worldwide for its diversity. Meals are often served with steamed rice. One of the specialties is dim sum, steamed snacks in small bamboo baskets that are pushed through the restaurant on tea trolleys, from which guests can help themselves. The Peking duck is known worldwide. In general, Chinese cuisine distinguishes four types: Guangdong, Shandong, Sichuan and Huai-Yang.
Guangdong dishes are characterized by exquisite ingredients and fine taste. They are primarily known for their rich ingredients. In addition to fish and shrimp, meat, snakes and birds are also eaten here.
Shandong dishes have a wide variety of ingredients, most of which are braised, fried or deep-fried. The soups are particularly well known.
Sea products such as sea cucumbers, prawns, abalons, clams and crabs are savory ingredients in the meal. The Sichuan dishes are particularly characterized by their spiciness.
The national drink of the Chinese has been tea for over two millennia.
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Air China, China Eastern Airlines, Hainan Airlines and Lufthansa (advertising) offer daily direct flights from Munich and Frankfurt to Beijing or Shanghai. From there, travelers can fly to over 100 cities within China. If you have the time, you can also reach China by land by rail. Many of the Chinese railways have 1st class compartments. The most popular entry option from Europe is the Trans-Siberia Express, which runs from Moscow to Beijing.
Entry / Visa
German citizens need one for China valid passport and a visa. All visa filings must be made through the consular provider Chinese Visa Application Service Center (CVASC). Only the acceptance of visa applications for the diplomatic and service visas and the visas for Hong Kong and Macao will continue to take place directly at the consulates.
For the visa you need a recent passport photo and a passport with at least six months validity. Applicants whose passports were issued after January 1, 2014 are sometimes required to present their previous, expired passport together with their current passport when applying for a visa.
The visa fee for single and multiple entry is 60 euros. In addition, there is the service fee of the China Visa Application Service Center of 65.45 euros. If you choose the postal service, a service fee of 101.14 euros will be charged. The visa then costs a total of 161.15 euros. You will get the visa in four working days. German citizens can enter Hong Kong and Macau without a visa.
The following Cities and regions offer a 72-hour visa-free stay if the guests can show an onward international flight: Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Changsha, Dalian, Guangzhou, Guilin, Hangzhou, Harbin, Kunming, Nanjing, Qingdao, Shanghai, Shenyang, Tianjin, Wuhan, Xian and Xiamen.
In Shanghai and the neighboring provinces of Jiangsu and Zhejiang it is also possible to enter 144 hours (6 days) without a visa. As with the 72-hour rule, the prerequisite is an onward flight ticket to a third country and a valid passport.
Cruise passengers can enter Shanghai for up to 15 days without a visawhen they leave port again on the same ship.
Hainan, a province in southern China, which consists of different islands with the island of the same name, also offers visa-free travel for individual travelers for a stay of up to 30 daysannounced the Hainan Tourism Development Commission. Travelers must initiate immigration formalities through an accredited travel agency in Hainan at least 48 hours prior to arrival.
Afterwards, group and individual travelers from 59 countries, including Russia, Great Britain, France, Germany and the USA, if their tours have been booked through travel agencies, can enter Hainan without a visa and stay there for up to 30 days.
All foreigners are obliged to register with the Public Security Bureau (Entry-Exit-Administration) responsible for their place of residence within 24 hours of each entry, including those entering the country without a visa. In the case of accommodation in a hotel, the hotel usually takes over the registration.
The Foreign Office announced that there had been a few cases of rejection at the border. In response to inquiries from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Chinese authorities did not comment on the reasons for rejection. Travelers reported that Turkish, Iraqi or Pakistani visas or entry stamps in the passport were the reason for the rejection.
You can find more information about visa matters on the China Tourism website.
China does not require any compulsory vaccinations. Basic protection against tetanus, diphtheria and polio is nevertheless recommended. When traveling to certain regions of China, you should find out more beforehand. The east coast does not pose any particular threat.
Unnecessary tourist trips to China are currently discouraged due to ongoing entry restrictions, the German Foreign Office announced.
It is generally recommended to register on the crisis prevention list.
The Federal Foreign Office also offers a COVID-19 leaflet and continuously updated information on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.
Follow the instructions of the local security and health authorities.
Before you travel, get the current northern hemisphere vaccine against influenza. An influenza vaccination can help avoid unnecessary suspected cases.
If you intend to travel to other countries after a stay in China, please note the current entry regulations of the respective destination countries.
The spread of the respiratory disease COVID-19 is leading to increased entry controls, health checks with temperature measurements and entry bans in many places.
China Tourism Bureau FAQ videos
Visit the PRC Tourism Bureau website for videos that answer frequently asked questions about traveling to China. The project is a cooperation between the tourist office and major German tour operators. The videos are produced in a somewhat “home-made” manner, but contain useful tips.
The questions "How do I apply for my visa", "What is the best time to travel?", "What are the must-sees?", "Is it possible to find my way around without speaking Chinese?" And "How safe is it in China to travel? ”are answered by China experts in the 3-minute videos.
The first five videos were produced together with the tour operators Bavaria Fernreisen, China Tours Hamburg, DER Touristik, Gebeco and Ikarus. There are plans to publish more videos in the future.
(Source: Tourist Office of the PR China / own research)
Cover picture / China's number one tourist attraction: the Great Wall of China, also known as the Great Wall. In terms of mass and volume, the Great Wall of China is considered to be the largest structure in the world. / Photo: FVA China
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