China (People's Republic of China) is situated in eastern Asia, bounded by the Pacific
in the east. It is the third largest country in the world (next to Canada and Russia),
with an area of 9.6 million square kilometers, or one-fifteenth of the world's land
China has one of the oldest cultures and civilizations, and has contributed to the
invention of paper, printing, powder and compass. Chinese had to suffer 80 years
of internal turbulence, continuous civil war, foreign interference and Japanese
invasion until a communist state, People's Republic of China, was established on
October 1, 1949.
China is fast emerging as a desirable destination for individuals seeking medical
care in a wide range of medical specialties, including cardiology, neurology, orthopedics
and others. A number of private and government hospitals in major cities have established
international departments. Many leading hospitals provide treatments integrating
Traditional Chinese Medicine with Western medical technology and techniques.
China is home to leading stem cell research and treatment hospitals that offer Westerners
stem cell treatments that are still considered experimental or have yet to be approved
in their home country.
Standard Mandarin is the official national spoken language in China. There are many
ethnic groups in this country that speak several variants of Chinese and other dialects.
Chinese people are finding English an important language for international relations,
therefore it is a required subject for persons attending university.
China is characterized by a continental climate. The latitudes span nearly 50 degrees;
its southern part is in the tropical and subtropical zones, and its northern part
near the frigid zones. The northern part of Heilongjiang province has long winters
but no summers; while Hainan Island has long summers but no winters. The Huaihe
River valley is marked by distinctive seasonal changes, but it is spring all year
round in the south of the Yunnan-Guizhou Plateau. China's high tundra zone is situated
in Qinghai-Tibet, where the temperature is low in all four seasons.
Visa / Entrance Requirements
Tourists visiting China require a Visa. You must have your valid Passport and your
Visa should be applied for one month before the applicant departs from USA in order
to avoid any delay or loss during the delivery. Rush service for applications by
mail is not offered in China.
Airlines Servicing this Destination
The most pertinent airports to medical tourists visiting china are:
- Beijing Airport - Capital International Airport (PEK)
- Shanghai Airport - Hong Qiao International Airport (SHA)
- Shanghai Airport - Pudong International Airport (PVG)
- Hong Kong Airport - Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)
The following airlines have flights to China:
- China Southern
- Air France
- Thai Airways
- Singapore Airlines
- British Airways
- Turkish Airlines
- Qatar Airways
- Austrian Airlines
- Japan Airlines
- Continental Airlines
- Air Canada
- American Airlines
- Korean Air
- Austrian Airlines
Reservations can be conveniently made around the clock at all Chinese hotels open
to foreigners by telephone from your home or through your travel agent. They all
offer international standards of service.
The three star and above rooms are air-conditioned, have a TV, a refrigerator and
private bathroom. Other hotels also include ballrooms, swimming pools, bowling courts,
laundries, beauty parlors, massage rooms, saunas, steam baths, gymnasiums and medical
services. Some of the hotels even have a Shopping mall, business center, bank and
post office. Price ranges go from $40 for a simple and functional hotel room to
$150, $250 and up for more upscale hotels.
1 US Dollar = 6.83700 Chinese Yuan Renminbi
1 Chinese Yuan Renminbi (CNY) = 0.14626 US Dollar (USD)
The international access code for Chins is 86.Beijing: 10
Emergency Telephone Numbers
U.S. Embassy in Chennai (Madras): 44-2857-4000
U.S. Embassy in Kolkata (Calcutta): 33-3984 2400
U.S. Embassy in New Delhi: 11-2419-8000
U.S. Embassy in Mumbai (Bombay): 22-2363-3611
U.S. Embassy in Hyderabad: 40-4033-8300
Towering mountains and dramatic landscapes make up China's wealth - background scenery
to the fall of dynasties, the rise of emperors and the turning of the revolutionary
wheel. Unless you have a couple of years to tour, it's best to follow a loose itinerary
while visiting. Some suggestions would be; Beijing to Tibet via Xi'an's terra cotta
warriors, following the Silk Road route, sailing down the Yangzi River, or exploring
the Dr Seuss landscape of Guangxi Province.
China's imperial jewel in the crown is of course Beijing. It has been the capital
of China for around 500 years and is home to sights such as the Forbidden City,
the off-limits palace of Ming and Qing emperors, their eunuch servants, princesses
and harems. The Summer Palace in Beijing was established in the late Qing period,
but is also a major attraction. Beijing is the starting point for China's most famous
imperial legacy – the Great Wall. The wall can easily be viewed from many places,
but most visitors approach it from Beijing.
China's most famous collection of European architecture is lined up facing the sea
on the Bund in Shanghai. Xiamen (Fujian Province) has one of China's most charming
collections of colonial architecture, on Gulangyu Island. The fact that there are
no motorized vehicles on the small island makes this one of the only places in the
country where it is possible to take peaceful walks and appreciate the buildings
China isn't a country - it's its own world. From shop-till-you-drop metropolises
to the epic grasslands of Inner Mongolia - with deserts, sacred peaks, astounding
caves, and imperial ruins - it's a land of cultural and geographic schisms.
There are at least 31 English language newspapers from local papers like the Kashmir
Times to single genre papers such as The Economic Times, The Financial Express,
and The Business Standard.
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