Canadians traveling on regular passports require a visa to enter China. (Traveler is advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements.)
China has a great diversity of climates. The northeast experiences hot and dry summers and bitterly cold winters. The north and central region has almost continual rainfall, hot summers and cold winters. The southeast region has substantial rainfall, with semi-tropical summers and cool winters. Central, southern and western China are also susceptible to flooding, China is also periodically subject to seismic activity.
Heavyweight clothing with boots for the harsh northern winters. Lightweight clothing for summer. South – medium-weight clothing for winter and lightweight for summer.
The official currency is the Renminbi (RMB). The basic unit of currency is the Yuan (CNY).
China’s language is officially Mandarin, as spoken in Beijing. The Chinese call it Putonghua. Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghaiese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Tainwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects, and minority languages.
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All water used for drinking, brushing teeth or freezing should first be boiled or otherwise sterilized. Be especially careful when eating at small street-side stalls or restaurants where standards of hygiene may not be high.
Throughout China 220 volt is used, although 4 & 5-star hotels are wired for use of 110-volt electrical appliances.
Places of historic and scenic interest may be photographed, but permission should be sought before photographing military installations, government buildings or other possibly sensitive subjects.