In China – the middle land – you can find almost everything from nature, to desert, magnificent cities, villages, infinite green steppes, but also relaxation by the sea or views of the glacier.
Many travelers only visit cities in the eastern part of China and come to the conclusion that there is a lot of Chinese people and everything is overwhelming. But China can conquer you, though. The more time you put in it, the more you get into it and you get to know it. China is diverse in terms of culture, religion, food, and holidays. So if you intend to visit China, it is best to plan this route according to where and when the holiday is in progress. During holidays, everything is full in China, air and train are sold out and hotel prices are higher. Keep in mind that China is a billion-dollar country, and when it decides to travel as little as one percent of the population, it is a huge flush for all transport. Some holidays are governed by the lunar calendar.
China is definitely a safe country where there is no danger in principle. If you plan to visit regions like Tibet or the Uighur Autonomous Region, make sure you know if the area is open. However, do not plan to travel to these parts during Chinese holidays, such as May 1 or October 1. China has closed down these regions for a few days. Not always, but it happens very often.
In Beijing when selling on the street, they sometimes issue Belarusian rubles.
Do not let yourself get fooled by Beijing’s “teenage art students”; more often than not you’ll get powder in your tea, put you to sleep and get robbed.
When traveling by train, keep your passport and money with you.
When to go
November – February
At this time there are fewer Chinese tourists on the road and the monuments. Prices around the Chinese New Year are, however, very high. The climate in the north of China is very cold, it drops to -20°C, but in the south it is warm, up to +30°C. During this period, it is not advisable to travel to Tibet and the western part of the country due to heavy frost.
February – April and September – October
Probably the best time to visit China. Spring like weather, and you still do not miss so many Chinese tourists. If you should choose from these months, we recommend September and October. It’s not so bad anymore, there’s not so much rain and the views of the Tibet Mountains are the best.
May – August
Temperatures are rising and very heavy weather. In May, the rain is mainly occured in southern China. From 1 May, but especially from 1 July to the end of August, it is necessary to take into account not only the harsh weather but also the high temperatures. Places are overwhelmed by Chinese tourists. Probably the least suitable time to visit China.
Each province provides different food. Each day is a different gourmet experience. Chinese cuisine is something completely different from what is considered “China” in our country. In the dragon country, food is also part of the knowledge, culture and tradition. Food is an experience in the best restaurants as well as on the street. Try and taste. You do not have to worry about the quality because the Chinese are paying great attention to the quality of the food. In addition, even after the X-th visit to China, you can stumble upon on food you have not tasted yet. The following rules apply in the dining area:
- The chopsticks do not get stuck in the food.
- When you get a fish, never turn it to the other side.
- When you get a fatty pork, it means you’ve got the best.
- Ends with a soup.
- When someone invites you for food, let him pay, but you are expected to pay for the second time.
- The meat is usually sliced with the bones.
- They don’t cut the noodles, because they will shorten your life by superstition.
- Chinese breakfasts mostly consist of water from rice and buns.
In China, the Chinese Yuan (CNY) applies, the current course you can see here: http://www.xe.com/currency/cny-chinese-yuan-renminbi. There is no euro or US dollar on the street. Currency exchanges are not yet common, and money is exchanged in banks, such as the Bank of China. Payment cards can be used in almost every big city and cash withdrawals.
In Hong Kong, the Hong Kong Dollar (HKD) and the Macao Macao Pataca (MOP) are in Macau. Both currencies can be exchanged in China for the Yuan.
China no longer belongs to cheap landscapes. Prices are at a level similar to ours. You’ll spend most on going to national parks and cultural and historical monuments.
Citizens of the Slovak Republic have a visa requirement when visiting China. The Embassy of the People’s Republic of China is based in Bratislava. Hong Kong and Macao do not need a visa. For more information, visit http://sk.china-embassy.org/slo/ss3/Viza/.