When there are 3-day holidays, it is customary for people to “borrow weekends” to extend their time-off to a full week. Also, most offices and agencies extend the time-off through the entire week.
At major hotels in large cities, you should have some international TV channels such as CNN, BCC, Star TV, ESPN and National Geography which are available via satellite. China Central TV Station offers English programs on Channels 4 and 9. By 2008, there should be approximately 200 international channels in China through international TB signal transmission by eight submarine cables and five satellites.
Guide books and travel maps can be found in most gift stores in major hotels as well as foreign language bookstores in major cities.
You should have no problem finding taxis in China. In larger cities, you will find luxurious sedans but the cost is higher than the regular taxis. Taxi fares vary from city to city and the majority of taxi drivers don’t speak any English although they are encouraged to learn and speak simple English. If you don’t speak Chinese, it is best to get your destination with address written down in Chinese and show it to your taxi driver.
In the spring (March-May) and autumn (September-November), you will need a lined jacket or wool sweater over light clothes. In the summer (June-August), light cotton garments are recommended. In the winter (December – February), a light cotton coat will keep you warm enough in the southern area of China, but in the northern area of China you will need a wool or down coat to keep warm.
Late spring and late summer are often rainy especially in the southern area of China, so it would be wise to bring some rainwear with you. Also, we recommend that you bring a good pair of walking shoes whenever you visit China.
Temperature Chart for Major Cities
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