China, officially known as the People's Republic of China, is the world's most populous country and the third-largest in terms of land area. With a rich history dating back thousands of years, China has made significant contributions to art, philosophy, science, and technology. In recent decades, it has undergone remarkable economic development, becoming the world's second-largest economy. China's vast and diverse geography encompasses a wide range of landscapes, from the towering peaks of the Himalayas in the southwest to the expansive Gobi Desert in the north. The country is also crisscrossed by major rivers, including the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers, which have played a pivotal role in shaping China's history and supporting its agricultural development. China is a popular tourist destination known for its rich cultural heritage, iconic landmarks such as the Great Wall and the Forbidden City, as well as its stunning natural landscapes, drawing millions of visitors each year.
Capital City: Beijing
Population: 1.54 billion (2024 est.)
Currency: Chinese yuan renminbi. China is mostly cashless with WeChat Pay and Alipay as their dominant mobile payment forms. Travelers can link their foreign credit cards including Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.
Time Zone: China has one official time zone, China Standard Time (CST), UTC+8; China observes China Standard Time all year. There are no Daylight Saving Time clock changes.
Emergency Number: 119
Outlet: Type A, type C and type I. The standard voltage is 220 V at a frequency of 50 Hz.