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Country Information - China

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Visa Information  
  Nationals of certain countries can visit China for up to three months without a visa but will need to be granted a work permit or visa to take up employment. No visa is required for passport holders from Singapore, Brunei and Japan to visit China for up to fifteen (15) days. Nationals of countries not mentioned above will need a visa to visit China. To apply for visas please contact your nearest Chinese Embassy or Consulate or download application forms from The Ministry Of Foreign Affairs Of The Peoples Republic Of China Web Site. http://www.fmprc.gov.cn/eng/. China currently does not have any working holiday agreements with other countries.
Languages  
  Mandarin and Cantonese are the official languages of China
Currency  
  The Bank of China issues RMB bills in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50 and 100 Yuan. Counterfeit notes are a problem in China therefore very few Chinese will accept a CNY50 or CNY100 note without checking first. Coins come in denominations of 1 Yuan, 1 and 5 Mao and 5 Fen - paper versions of the coins remain in circulation.
Climate  
  The climate for China is understandably varied and ranges from bitterly cold to unbearably hot. An average winter day in the North may reach -8°C (17°F) but in the summer months around July can sit in the low thirties (high eighties). The central Yangzi River valley area also experiences extreme seasonal temperatures. In the far south, the hot and humid summer lasts from April to September and, as in north China, coincides with the wettest weather. Typhoons can hit the southeast coast between July and September. The Northwest experiences dry, hot summers with China's nominated hottest place - Turpan - receiving maximums of around 47°C (117°F). Winters here are as formidably cold as in the rest of northern China.
General Costs  
 
Item
Price
Small Bottle of Water
Y2.00
Litre of Petrol
Y3.00
Souvenir T-Shirt
Y25.00
City Bus Ticket
Y1.00
Internet Cafe Per Hour
Y2.00
Street Snack - Large Lamb Kebab
Y2.00
Pack of 20 Cigarettes
Y3.00
Sending Postcard Overseas
Y4.00
Draught Pint of Local Beer
Y10.00
American Hamburger
Y12.00

Food Court Meal

Y16.00

International Herald Tribune

Y23.00

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