Plan your trip to China
Regional Population: 1,306,313,812
Local Currency: CNY
China, more formally known as the People's Republic of China, is a country in Eastern Asia. It is about the same size as the United States and has the world's largest population. With coasts on the East China Sea, Korea Bay, Yellow Sea and South China Sea, it borders Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam to the South. Other bordering countries are Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to the West; Russia and Mongolia to the North; and North Korea to the East.
Some of the most famous tourist attractions in China are Tibet (which shares Mount Everest with Nepal), the Great Wall of China, the Silk Road and the tropical paradise of Hainan Island. China is also home to dozens of UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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TravelMuse writers offer tips to help travelers stay balanced when facing potential cultural challenges on a first visit to China.
If you think that travel in China isn’t family-friendly, think again. Just remember that you need a little bit of cultural understanding.
Walk along the world’s longest wall on a day trip from Beijing.
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If you plan to take a Yangtze River cruise, plan ahead and make sure the accommodations match your expectations.
Beijing sights offer cultural insights from old to new, from historical sites to futuristic Olympics venues.
Discover the best of China’s capital while staying off the tourist-trodden path.
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Finding a hotel room during the 2008 Olympics is easier than you might think, but act fast.
There are plenty of additional historic and cultural attractions worth your while, but if visiting Beijing for the first time, here are 10 must-see sights to get you on your way.
With its lakeside parks, karst limestone mountains and caves, this area of China takes on a fairy-tale air.
The United Nations has designated 2008 as the Year of the Potato. Teach your kids some potato history during your family vacation this year.
One teen hikes the Great Wall on her family vacation and takes a memorable zip-line flight off its edge.
Old meets new, East meets West in this ancient city that has been transforming itself for the XXIX Olympiad, just a week away.