Getting there: Most of the people will arrive in China via Beijing Capital International Airport (PEK), Shanghai Pudong International Airport (PVG) or Hong Kong International Airport (HKG).
Capital city: Beijing.
Population: 1.357 billion.
Religion: China is a multi-religious country. Buddhism has the biggest following, although Taoism, Confucianism, Islam and Christianity all have significant numbers of followers.
Language: Standard Mandarin.
Currency: Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY).
Climate: China is enormous, so climates can be very diverse from region to region. The north and central regions hot and dry summers and biting cold winters. The south experiences wet, humid summers, and milder winters.
Transport: China has excellent and affordable public transport. The road, bus and rail networks are extensive and far-reaching. Within cities there are subways, metros, light rail, taxis, buses and motor pedicabs.
Best time to travel: Generally speaking the best time to visit China is spring or autumn, when the weather is at its most temperate.
What to wear: Pack conservative clothing and lightweight layers.