7 Days in China
PLACE TO VISIT
|Day 1||7pm||Traveling from Japan to Beiing||Landed in Peking(Beijing) Airport|
|Day 1 Beijing||
3.Great Wall of China
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–6PM
|Tiananmen Address: Dongcheng, China
Forbidden City Address: 4 Jingshan Front St, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China, 100006
|Day 2 in Beijing||1.Temple of Heaven
2.Wangfujing is one of the most famous shopping streets of Beijing
3.The Beijing Zoo
Mon to Fri 8:30AM–6PM
|Temple of Heaven Address: 1 Tiantan E Rd, Dongcheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
Wangfujing Address:Subway line 1:located in Dongcheng District
|Day 3 in Shanghai||1.Jin Mao Tower
2.Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
Mon to Fri 10AM–6PM
|southern China known for its dramatic landscape of limestone karst hills.||Day 4 in Shanghai||
1.Oriental Art Center
2.Happy Valley Shanghai
Mon to Fri 10AM–7PM
|300 Huai Hai Zhong Lu, HuaiHai Lu DongDuan, Xuhui, Shanghai Shi, China, 200000||Day 5 in Chengdu||1.Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
2.Jinsha Site Museum
3.Kuan Alley and Zhai Alley
Mon to Fri 7:30AM–6:00PM
|Address: Xiongmao Ave West Section, Jinniu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China, 610016||Day 6 in Chengdu||1.People's Park (Chengdu)
3.Dujiangyan irrigation system
4.Du Fu Thatched Cottage
Mon to Fri 9:30AM–6:30PM
|Address: 28 Caotang Rd, QingYang GongShangQuan, Qingyang Qu, Chengdu Shi, Sichuan Sheng, China||Day 7 departure||Back to Japan||Hours:
|Departure from Chengdu Airpot|
Tiananmen Square is a city square in the centre of Beijing, China, named after the Tiananmen located to its north, separating it from the Forbidden City.
The Temple of Heaven
is an imperial complex of religious buildings situated in the southeastern part of central Beijing.
Forbidden CityThe Forbidden City is a palace complex in central Beijing, China. The former Chinese imperial palace from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty—the years 1420 to 1912,
it now houses the Palace Museum.
Forbidden City, also known as the Palace Museum, and Gu Gong in Chinese, lies at the city center of Beijing, and once served as the imperial palace for 24 emperors during the Ming and Qing Dynasties (1368 - 1911). It was first built throughout 14 years during the reign of Emperor Chengzu in the Ming Dynasty.
The Great Wall of China
The Great Wall of China is a series of fortifications made of stone, brick, tamped earth, wood, and other materials, generally built along an east-to-west line across the historical northern borders of China to protect
the Chinese states and empires against the raids and invasions of the various nomadic groups of the Eurasian.
It was the state Chu who first built the wall. It was during the Qin Dynasty that the kingdom of Qin united the different parts into one empire.
To defend off the invasions from northern invaders, Emperor Qin Shi Huang had all the walls joined up. Thus, the Great Wall came into being.
How long did it take to build the Great Wall of China? The Great Wall was built over many years.
It is believed the original Great Wall was built over a period of approximately 20 years.
The Great Wall which is mainly in evidence today was actually built during the Ming dynasty, over a period of around 200 years. How long would it take you to walk the Great Wall of China?
around 18 months Winding its staggering way along over 5,000 miles, the Great Wall of China needs little in the way of introduction. It's long, seriously long – it would take around 18 months to walk its length.
WangfujingWangfujing is one of the most famous shopping streets of Beijing, China, located in Dongcheng District.
The Beijing Zoo
The Beijing Zoo is a zoological park in Beijing, the capital of the People's Republic of China, in Xicheng District.
Founded in 1906 during the late Qing dynasty, it is one of the oldest zoos in China.
Jin Mao Tower
The Jin Mao Tower, also known as the Jinmao Building or Jinmao Tower, is an 88-story landmark skyscraper in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, China.
It is 420.5 metres tall and is one of the tallest buildings in the world.
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium
The Shanghai Ocean Aquarium is a public aquarium located in Shanghai, China. Designed by Advanced Aquarium Technologies.
The aquarium includes a 168-meter tunnel that takes visitors through a coastal lines.
K11-Shanghai's skyscraper and shopping mall
K11 is a 61-floor skyscraper and shopping mall, completed in 2002, located near Huaihai Park in the former Luwan District of Shanghai.
It is 278 meters high and was built by Bregman and Hamann Architects.
The Giant Panda
Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, or simply Chengdu Panda Base, is a non-profit research and breeding facility for giant pandas and other rare animals.
It is located in Chengdu, Sichuan, China. Chengdu Panda Base was founded in 1987.
Living cost of China
Is living in China expensive?
Apartments in centrally located residential highrises are relatively expensive in major cities throughout China. ... An equivalent apartment in an outlying area costs a little more than $350 on average, which is a very reasonable price for someone living alone on a $1,000 monthly budget.
Chinese Yuan Conversation rate
The Chinese Yuan is the Chinese currency.
Its official international currency code is Yuan(CNY).
*1 USD equals to 6.8573.00 Chinese Yuan
*100 USD equals to 685.725 Chinese Yuan
*1000 USD equals to 6857.3498 Chinese Yuan
How much is a bottle of water in China?
Drinks — 2–10 yuan (0.30–1.50 USD) The cost for drinks in China is at least half the price in the West. The cheapest mineral water is about 2 yuan for a 500 ml bottle, while a similar bottle of cola is around4yuan. A can/bottle of beer is usually below 10 yuan.
How much is a apartment in China?
The cost of living in China is dramatically lower than that in the US, Australia, and Western Europe. A nice two bedroom, one bath apartment with wooden floors and marble counters in the kitchen will run around 4,500 RMB a month (about $587.50 USD).
Do they Tip ?
Do you tip in China?
In Mainland China, tipping or gratuities are not common practice in most sectors of life, although it has become the norm to tip the tour guide and driver, hotel bellboy in recognition of their good service. It is not customary to leave tips at local restaurants. Of course you don't have to.
Essential Apps for Traveling in China
Most Popular western mobile Apps are still being blocked in China due to Government Law system. These include popular websites and Apps such as Google, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Twitter and certain news sites.
Here are some essential Apps that will make your travels in China better.
1.PsiphonFree Access for All Internet Users.
Psiphon is a special type of software that helps make sure that the Internet truly is the free place that it is intended to be.
The programme breaks through government blocks and restrictions on sites to make sure everyone can have access to the content they want
is a visual translator than scans foreign text (Chinese, Japanese or Korean) and automatically translates them into English even without an internet connection. It works best and is mostly used to translate restaurant menus and signages. The free trial version allows 10 free translations per day but there are purchase options: S$2.58 for one week of free unlimited translations and S$8.58 for unlimited translations for life.
TripAdvisor is probably the most popular travel app in the world. With millions of reviews from fellow travellers including photos, opinions and even curated itineraries, it’s a good source of information regarding your travel destination. However, for the lesser known Chinese cities, TripAdvisor may have its limitations as they are lack tourist reviews.
For that reason, why we also recommend the next app, Dianping.
4.Dianping (大众点评 Dàzhòng diǎnpíng)
Dianping (大众点评 Dàzhòng diǎnpíng)is China’s leading platform in providing independent consumer reviews and merchant information. The platform is built on hundreds of thousands of recommendations by locals ensuring authenticity and quality. Dianping has tons of cool functions such as making online restaurant reservations, take-out service, coupon promotions but visitors to China will find the reviews section the most useful. One can find the best rated restaurants, attractions or entertainment by proximity, cuisine/type. In addition, in each restaurant listing has recommendations on which dishes to order, the price and how to get there.
The only catch is, it’s only available in Chinese.
5.Baidu Maps (百度地图 Bǎidù dìtú)
Baidu Maps (百度地图 Bǎidù dìtú)is a web mapping service application offered by Baidu and can be used on both web-based and mobile platforms. It provides voice-guided GPS navigation for walking, public transportation or driving together with live traffic conditions. It is incredibly detailed with a comprehensive list of restaurants, cafes, cinemas, shopping malls and many other services.
However, like Dianping, it’s only offered in Chinese.
Plecois one of the most popular Chinese dictionary Apps available. This useful app has handwriting recognition (a paid add-on), which would help those who don’t know how some Chinese words are pronounced.
It’s not only useful for those visiting China but also for those who are interested in picking up the language.
7.WeChat (微信 Wēixìn)
WeChat (微信 Wēixìn)WeChat is a text and voice messaging communication service similar to WhatsApp and Telegram. It is primarily used on mobile but also available on web-based platforms such as OS and Windows at http://web.wechat.com. Though WhatsApp and Telegram aren’t banned in China, WeChat is the dominant communication service used there. We made many new friends during our trip and they requested to add us on WeChat so we could stay in touch!
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What language is mainly spoken in China?
The official dialect of China is Mandarin, also call "Putonghua". More than 70% of the Chinese population speaks Mandarin, but there are also several other major dialects in use in China: Yue (Cantonese), Xiang (Hunanese), Min dialect, Gan dialect, Wu dialect, and Kejia or Hakka dialect.
Chinese (simplified Chinese: 汉语; traditional Chinese: 漢語; pinyin: Hànyǔ or also 中文; Zhōngwén) is a group of language varieties that form the Sinitic branch of the Sino-Tibetan languages, spoken by the ethnic Han Chinese majority and many minority ethnic groups in Greater China. About 1.2 billion people (or approximately 16% of the world's population) speak a variety of Chinese as their first language.
The spoken varieties of Chinese are usually considered by native speakers to be variants of a single language. Due to their lack of mutual intelligibility, however, they are classified as separate languages in a family by some linguists, who note that the varieties are as divergent as the Romance languages. Investigation of the historical relationships among the varieties of Chinese is just starting. Currently, most classifications posit 7 to 13 main regional groups based on phonetic developments from Middle Chinese, of which the most spoken by far is Mandarin (with about 800 million speakers, or 66%), followed by Min (75 million, e.g. Southern Min), Wu (74 million, e.g. Shanghainese), and Yue (68 million, e.g. Cantonese). These branches are unintelligible to each other, and many of their subgroups are unintelligible with the other varieties within the same branch (e.g. Southern Min). There are, however, transitional areas where varieties from different branches share enough features for some limited intelligibility, including New Xiang with Southwest Mandarin, Xuanzhou Wu with Lower Yangtze Mandarin, Jin with Central Plains Mandarin, and certain divergent dialects of Hakka with Gan (though these are unintelligible with mainstream Hakka). All varieties of Chinese are tonal to at least some degree and are largely analytic.
The earliest Chinese written records are Shang dynasty-era oracle bone inscriptions, which can be dated to 1250 BCE. The phonetic categories of Old Chinese can be reconstructed from the rhymes of ancient poetry. During the Northern and Southern dynasties period, Middle Chinese went through several sound changes and split into several varieties following prolonged geographic and political separation. Qieyun, a rime dictionary, recorded a compromise between the pronunciations of different regions. The royal courts of the Ming and early Qing dynasties operated using a koiné language (Guanhua) based on the Nanjing dialect of Lower Yangtze Mandarin.
Standard Chinese, based on the Beijing dialect of Mandarin, was adopted in the 1930s and is now an official language of both the People's Republic of China and the Republic of China on Taiwan, one of the four official languages of Singapore, and one of the six official languages of the United Nations. The written form, using the logograms known as Chinese characters, is shared by literate speakers of unintelligible dialects. Since the 1950s, simplified Chinese characters have been promoted for use by the government of the People's Republic of China, while traditional characters remain in use in Taiwan and elsewhere.
The entire Chinese character corpus since antiquity comprises well over 20,000 characters, of which only roughly 10,000 are now commonly in use. However Chinese characters should not be confused with Chinese words. Because most Chinese words are made up of two or more characters, there are many more Chinese words than characters. A more accurate equivalent for a Chinese character is the morpheme, as characters represent the smallest grammatical units with individual meanings in the Chinese language.
Estimates of the total number of Chinese words and lexicalized phrases vary greatly. The Hanyu Da Zidian, a compendium of Chinese characters, includes 54,678 head entries for characters, including bone oracle versions. The Zhonghua Zihai (1994) contains 85,568 head entries for character definitions and is the largest reference work based purely on character and its literary variants. The CC-CEDICT project (2010) contains 97,404 contemporary entries including idioms, technology terms, and names of political figures, businesses, and products. The 2009 version of the Webster's Digital Chinese Dictionary (WDCD), based on CC-CEDICT, contains over 84,000 entries.
The most comprehensive pure linguistic Chinese-language dictionary, the 12-volume Hanyu Da Cidian, records more than 23,000 head Chinese characters and gives over 370,000 definitions. The 1999 revised Cihai, a multi-volume encyclopedic dictionary reference work, gives 122,836 vocabulary entry definitions under 19,485 Chinese characters, including proper names, phrases, and common zoological, geographical, sociological, scientific, and technical terms.
The 7th (2016) edition of Xiandai Hanyu Cidian, an authoritative one-volume dictionary on modern standard Chinese language as used in mainland China, has 13,000 head characters and defines 70,000 words.