Looking for a completely different experience? China is a diverse place with large variations in culture, language, customs and economy. Major cities such as Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai are modern and comparatively wealthy. However, about 50% of Chinese still live in rural areas. Given the country's size the climate is extremely diverse, from tropical regions in the south to subarctic in the north.  In general, Chinese use less heating, less building insulation, and wear more warm clothing than Westerners in comparable climates, so bear this in mind when packing your suitcase! You will need a visa to travel to mainland China, however regulations vary for Hong Kong. 

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