Country: China

Population: 1,321,851,888

Capital: Beijing

Time Zone: UTC+8

Currency Name: Yuan (CNY)

Government Type: Communist State

Languages: Standard Chinese or Mandarin, Yue (Cantonese), Wu (Shanghainese), Minbei (Fuzhou), Minnan (Hokkien-Taiwanese), Xiang, Gan, Hakka dialects,

Ethnic Breakdown: Han Chinese 91.9%, Zhuang, Uygur, Hui, Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Manchu, Mongol, Buyi, Korean, and other nationalities 8.1%

Religion: Daoist (Taoist), Buddhist, Christian 3%-4%, Muslim 1%-2%

Major Cities: Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai

Phone Country Code: 86

Health Concerns: Rabies, Schistosomiasis (Bilharzia), Dengue Fever, Malaria, Cholera

Official Tourism Website: www.cnto.org

High Travel Season: June - September

Voltage: 220 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: a, i, g

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), January 2 (New Year's Day Holiday), Chinese New Year, April 4-5 (Qing Ming Jie), May 1-3 (Labor Day), July 1 (CPC Founding Day), August 1 (Army Day), October 1-3 (National Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Red is considered a lucky color in China. At one time wedding dresses were red. New Year's banners, clothing, and lucky money envelopes are still red.