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People's Republic of China/中华人民共和国

Region: East Asia

Area: 9,596,961 sq. km

Capital: Beijing

Major cities: Shanghai, Beijing, Xi’an, Harbin, Guangzhou

Climate: varies greatly in all parts within three climatic zones: temperate continental (west and north) with hot summers and harsh winters, subtropical in central areas and tropical monsoons at the southern coastline and islands

Languages spoken: Standard Mandarin, Standard Cantonese (Hong Kong and Macau)

Religion: Buddhism, Taoism

Local time: GMT +08

Calling code: +86

Currency: yuan

Credit cards: VISA, MasterCard, American Express, Diners Club, Eurocard

Visa: anyone entering China for longer than 48 hours requires a visa. For more details please visit http://www.learn4good.com/travel/china_visa.htm#req

Transport: air transport, rail transport, motor transport, water transport

International airports (cities): Beijing, Guangzhou, Haikou, Kunming, Shanghai

Photos by Sasha India

The history of medical practice in China is about four thousand years – from the moment when the legendary emperor Shen-Nun completed his medical treatise. This happened in 3216 BC, but in fact medical science had appeared China long before.

Till last century, western therapeutic methods were not at all used in China. As of today, individual approach to each patient is taken in China, which implies a synthesis of western and Chinese methods of diagnostics and treatment.

For the last several years, multiple modern medical centres opened in China, in particular, in Beijing, Shanghai, Dalang, Quingdao, and in the Hainan island. Some of the private clinics even have the JCI accreditation.

China is one of the world leaders in the treatment of heart diseases, burns and bone fractures, acute diseases of abdominal cavity, acupunctural anesthesia, extremity replantation, stem cells treatment. At this, the designated prices for medical services are 80 % lower than in the USA, and 50-60 % lower than in the countries of Western Europe.

China has quite recently appeared on the map of medical tourism, but its popularity is growing rapidly among the patients from the CIS countries, Europe, the USA, as well as South-Asian region.

Recommended time for treatment: March, April, May, June, July, September, October.

Only several years ago China was not very popular among medical tourists. Today it receives more and more citizens of the USA, Western Europe, the CIS countries, and South Asian region coming for treatment and recovery. The recovery centres of Beijing, Shanghai, Qingdao, and the Hainan Island have become the best example of synthesis of folk Chinese medicine with traditional European treatment methods and service provision.

Many foreign citizens are attracted by the authentic culture, unique microclimate with dry air, and pristine nature. Another point of attraction is the ecology of the Hainan Island — the best sea resorts of the country are scattered along its coast.

The famous Sanya Sea Resort is widely known for its ecology. The range of indications for staying at this resort is quite wide: hypertension, pancreatic diabetes, heightened cholesterol level, ENT-illnesses, joint and spinal problems, and alcohol addiction. Foreign patients are often prescribed acupuncture, manual and medicinal therapy, meridian gymnastics, special diet, water drinking courses and water procedures applying water from thermal radon and potassium-sodium springs. Patients with skin diseases are offered to take sessions of fish therapy.

Radon springs of Xinglong on the Hainan Island help cure skin diseases and the problems of musculoskeletal apparatus, relieve stress and chronic fatigue.

On the Yellow sea coast, at the resort town of Qingdao they treat severe diseases applying traditional Eastern methods: acupuncture, acupressure, therapeutic baths, herbal clay therapy, combined massage and Chi-Kung (Qigong, Chi Quong) gymnastics, as well as applying medicines based on local healing herbs.

3*- from €70;

4*- from €160;

5*- from €220.

Peking duck (the meat is eaten with pancakes, spring onions, and soy sauce), sweet and sour pork (deep frying pork in sauce made of sugar, ketchup, white vinegar, and soy sauce), chicken chow mein (a dish of noodles, vegetables and meat or shellfish), Mongolian hotpot (you choose your own meat and vegetables and cook them yourself at the bubbling hot cauldron in the center of your table), Sichuan chicken (extremely hot chicken dish).

The Forbidden City (or Palace Museum in the centre of Beijing is a former imperial seat for Ming and Qing dynasty emperors from 1420 until 1912 listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site), the Great Wall (6,700km long wall, construction of which  began over 2,000 years ago to protect the country from enemies), the Terracotta Warriors (archeological site with 8099 terra-cotta warriors was discovered in 1975 by farmers together with the tomb of Qin Shi Huang Emperor), Karst Mountains in Yangshuo (these imposing and dramatic peaks capture the classical essence of China better than any other natural feature), the Potala Palace in Lhasa (the greatest 170m tall monumental structure throughout entire Tibet).

The Wolong Nature Reserve in Sichuan (the earliest and the largest panda reserve created to protect and reproduce these funny clumsy creatures), the Mogao Grottos in Dunhuang (the world’s storehouse of the Buddhist art built in 336 AD with numerous statues and colourful paintings), the Bund (an area in Shanghai frequently referred to as the Oriental Wall Street with breathtaking tall illuminated buildings), the Yangtze River and the Three Gorges Dam (the world's biggest hydroelectric power station best seen by tour boat).

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