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CHINA & HONG KONG

Destination Highlights • The Great Wall of China is the longest wall on the planet and one of the ‘New Seven Wonders of the World’. • The Terracotta Army in Xi’an is one of the greatest archaeological sites in the world. Hundreds of life-size models represent the army that triumphed in the Warring States Period (475-221 BC). • Temple Street Night Market in Hong Kong is steeped in local atmosphere and bustles with traders, opera singers and fortune tellers.

Hong Kong

Forbidden City, Beijing

General Information • Population: China 1.3b / Hong Kong 7.3m • Time difference: GMT +8 hours • Flying time: Approximately 11 - 12 hours to Shanghai and Hong Kong • British passport holders need a visa to enter mainland China, but not Hong Kong. For mainland China, you must get a visa prior to arrival. Contact the nearest Chinese embassy or consulate in good time before your trip. Visit: www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice

Random Facts • China uses 45 billion chopsticks per year. • Table tennis is China’s national sport. • All pandas in the world are on loan from China. • Hong Kong has the most skyscrapers in the world. • The name Hong Kong translates to ‘fragrant harbour’.

The Essentials • Crossing the road is one of the most dangerous things you can do in China; little attention is shown to marked crossings, so remember to be careful. • Banks in major cities are usually open seven days a week, but foreign exchange is only available Monday to Friday. • Chinese people are often pleased to have their picture taken, though temples prohibit photography inside buildings. Avoid taking pictures of anything to do with the military, or in areas along borders. Best time to travel Due to its vast size, China has a wide range of weather conditions. Generally speaking, the country enjoys its most moderate weather during early autumn - although it’s best to avoid the first week of October’s national holiday, as transport, hotels and popular attractions will be incredibly crowded. The best time to visit Hong Kong is from October to early December, when the weather is sunny, cool and pleasant.

Events & Festivals January & February: China Chinese New Year

The Chinese believe that if you have a good start to the year, then they rest of the year will be lucky. Families exchange gifts in red envelopes containing money as a sign of good will.

May/June: Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival

Dating back to the third century, it is best known for its energetic and colourful boat races, where teams race the long, narrow, dragon boats to the beat of the drum.

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