Time difference: GMT + 7
Language: The official language is Putonghua, based on the dialect spoken in Beijing, and known more commonly as Mandarin Chinese. Outside of the main cities and hotels, English is not widely spoken.
Electrical current/ plugs: Plug sockets are of the flat two or three pronged variety. The current is 220V AC, 50Hz,
Religion: The major religions are Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and Christianity
Water: The tap water is not drinkable in China. Bottled water is advised, but check that the seal is intact.
Politics: China is a socialist republic run by a single party, the Communist Party of China.