The Essen­tials

Timeless Travels Magazine - - CHINA -

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. In­ter­net: It is very dif­fi­cult to ac­cess the in­ter­net un­less you can con­nect us­ing a VPN. Google is banned so Gmail most prob­a­bly won’t work. Ya­hoo mail works oc­ca­sion­ally.

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