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China is a wonder for those interested in the intersection of rich history and technology. China is a paradox between deep tradition and socioeconomic change, with old roads making way for modern luxury vehicles and rich cultural heritage still holding steadfast with the rise of modern technology. Spend time in China to witness the urbanization and social transformation on display and find ways to learn about the culture while there. With experts and first-hand knowledge of China, we can help you seize the opportunities available when you travel!

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Are the taxis safe, and do they require a tip?

The taxi system in China is safe. Taxis are available in all major Chinese cities and can also be hired at hotels, train stations, and airports. They are relatively inexpensive, and the drivers are generally courteous. Brownell advises that you have your guide or hotel concierge write out your destination (in Chinese and English) and any other instructions for your driver. We also recommend that you carry a hotel name card (in Chinese and English) with you at all times when using a taxi. Gratuities are not necessary for Chinese taxi drivers.

Do I need a passport or visa to enter China?

All travelers entering China will actually need both a valid passport and a visa to enter the country. Your Brownell travel can help you obtain the correct visa.

China is such a large country, does the climate vary from place to place?

country you are visiting. Northern China typically experiences hot summers and cold winters, and the East Coast experiences a more humid climate. The Southeast is also humid but a bit more subtropical. The Southwest has mild temperatures and does not have significant seasonal variations. The Northwest is the largest climatic zone within China and has extreme continental weather. Dressing in layers is always a good idea. Also, the country typically entails a great deal of walking, so be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes.