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Country Facts

Everyone's talking about China. And if you're not, you're probably wearing or using something that was made there. With one of the oldest civilizations, a violent, imperial, and often reclusive past, and a now booming economy that promises to take over the world, China is charging headlong into modernity. A terrain as diverse as the cuisine, an ancient, all-pervasive culture, and some of the most modern cities on earth, China is an absolute must-see. To get under its skin, read 'The Good Earth' by Pearl S Buck, watch Zhang Yimou's 'Raise The Red Lantern' and listen to the Chinese National Orchestra.

  • Capital: Beijing
  • Official Languages: Mandarin
  • Government: People's Republic of China
  • Currency: Yuan/Renminbi
  • Time Zone: +8:00 GMT (2½ hrs ahead of India)
  • Telephone Calling Code: 0086

When To Go

Best time to visit: March to May and September to November. Winters in north, south and central China can fall below -20 at night, while summers in north and central China rise to above 38°C and can go above 47°C in the northwest. Tibet meanwhile, has one of the harshest climates in winter as well as in summer.

What To Do

Steamed rice and noodles form the staple food of China though the cuisine varies according to the region. The cuisine differs according to the region. Cantonese cuisine is healthier with more steamed, boiled or stir-fried food, Beijing cuisine is famous for being rich and more elaborate, Hunan cuisine is thick and pungent, while the cuisine of Sichuan is spicier than the rest. Chinese tea is a part of every meal, throughout the day.

What to eat and drink
  • Dim sum
  • Buddha's Delight: A vegetarian dish cooked in soy sauce
  • Beijing duck: Thin, crisp slices of duck skin wrapped in a fresh flour tortilla served with plum sauce, cucumber, and green onions
  • Shanghai noodles
  • Sichuan soup
  • Longevity buns: Steamed buns filled with bean paste, often served on birthdays
  • Guangdong dumplings
  • Hot pot: A simmering stew, to which you add your choice of meat, poultry, seafood or vegetarian ingredients and cook them in a central container
  • Gongbao or Kung Pao chicken: Fried and served with peanuts and chili pepper
  • Stinky tofu
  • Soy milk
  • Chinese tea


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