China destination information

All you need to know before visiting China

China summary

China is an immense country with around 1377M Chinese. Official language is Chinese. China uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C). Time zone is from UTC+06:00 to UTC+08:00. Currency used in China is Yuan Renminbi (CNY).

🎫 Border Rank #️⃣ 203
🗺️ Passport Rank #️⃣ 135

ATMs in China are Common. Internet speed in China is on average 4.1 Mbps. In China you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

🏙️ Shanghai
🗣️ Chinese
👨‍👩‍👦‍👦 1377M ☀️ ~6 °C 🌧 ~48 mm 👍 Developing 🚩 9640k km2 (3722k mi²)
🎫 Visa Exemption
🗺️ Passport Strength
🏥 Health regulation
🛃 Customs rules
🏛️ Embassies


Socket 🔌

China uses 220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type A, Type C and Type I.

Languages 🗣️

  • Chinese


Currency 💱

1 CNY = 0.13 USD

China uses the Chinese yuan (symbol: ¥), code CNY.Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 yuan and 50, 20 and 10 fens. Yuan is subdivided into 100 fens. Coins come in denominations of 1 yuan and 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1 fens.

ATM 🏧🏦


Automatic teller machines are common in China. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.

Tipping 💁🏽

Do not tip

Almost no one in China asks for tips. It is not expected nor obligatory to give a tip. Receipts might sometimes include a service charge.

Card 💳

Accepted only within large businesses

Credit cards are only accepted within China from large businesses & hotels. Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and UnionPay are the most widely accepted. Discover and American Express are less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. JCB and RuPay are unknown.Note that even if you have appropriate card type, international credit cards (issued outside China) have low acceptance within merchants.


Mobile Phone 📱

China uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900 and GSM 1800.

Roaming 🌐

If you don't want to buy SIM card in China upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.

Emergency Calls 🚨

Universal :


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Calling ☎️


To call China, dial +, then 86 (the country code for China), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.


For local calls within China, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 10 .

international: + 86 10 1234567
calling local: 010 1234567

Internet connection

Internet Speed 💯

Internet speed in China is on average 4.1 Mbps.

Wifi 📡

Majority of the websites (including Google, YouTube and Facebook) are blocked in China meaning you will need to use special software called VPN to access those blocked sites. Read more to get the most popular ones.

SIM Card #️⃣

You can buy a SIM card for about ¥54.06, which includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecoms: China Mobile (????), China Telecom (????) or China Unicom (????).


Rules 🚗

In China you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).

Limits 🚦

Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 30-60 km/h (18-37 mph) in all built-up areas and 60-80 km/h (37-49 mph) on undivided highways.


Temperature 🌡️

Rainfall ☔

Countries nearby China

More on China travel and visa information

All the informations you need to schedule your trip to China.


Visa Exemption

Check who can come to China without visa requirement.


Passport Strength

Check countries nationals of China can visit without visa.


Health regulation

Want to visit China ? Check health regulation !


Customs rules

Want to visit China ? Check customs regulation !


LGBT Destination info

Check if China is LGBT friendly for travel.


Chinese embassies

Check list of China embassies around the globe !