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Capital city: Beijing.
Currency: Chinese yuan (in 1, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 1000 yuan notes). You might also hear it referred to as ‘renminbi’.
Cuisine: China has a rich culture of food and a world of different flavours. Staple seasonings are fresh ginger, garlic, sesame oil, soy sauce and oyster sauce.
Tipping etiquette: Tips aren’t generally expected.
Saying hello: “Nǐ hǎo” in Mandarin. Or, in regions that speak Cantonese, say “néih hóu”.
WHEN TO GO
China’s size and diversity means there’s something to see all year round. Spring and autumn are ideal for exploring the countryside. Winter is quieter – perfect for avoiding the crowds at major attractions. Chinese New Year can be very busy, but is the most lively and colourful time to visit.
When dining out, follow the locals’ example. Instead of ordering your own dish, choose a selection to share.
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