Visa is required to visit China as a tourist. You can request it at Embassy of China in Belgium.
Credit cards are only accepted within China from large businesses & hotels. Visa, MasterCard, Maestro and UnionPay are the most widely accepted. Discover and American Express are less common. Diners Club is pretty rare. JCB and RuPay are unknown.
Note that even if you have appropriate card type, international credit cards (issued outside China) have low acceptance within merchants.
Internet speed in China is on average 4.1 Mbps which is 71% slower than in Belgium (14.2 Mbps).
WiFi coverage in China is low. It is not as easy to find one.
Majority of the websites (including Google, YouTube and Facebook) are blocked in China meaning you will need to use special software called VPN to access those blocked sites. Read more to get the most popular ones.
China uses similar GSM mobile networks (GSM 1800 and GSM 900) as Belgium so you should be able to normally use your mobile phone.
If you don't want to buy SIM card in China upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call China from Belgium, dial + or 00 (exit code for Belgium), then 86 (the country code for China), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
For local calls within China, start with the area code (with the initial 0). In the case above area code is 412 .
China has a low crime rate (lower than Belgium). It is a generally a safe place to live and travel. Exercise normal security precautions.
It's recommended to follow essential security precautions like wearing a money belt, securing your bag and staying vigilant in crowds.
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
In China you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on expressways, 100-120 km/h (62-74 mph) on motorways, 30-60 km/h (18-37 mph) in all built-up areas and 60-80 km/h (37-49 mph) on undivided highways.
Right turn on red lights is allowed unless a sign explicitly forbids it.
It is illegal to drive with blood alcohol content higher than 0.02%.
You cannot drive with an International Driving Permit (IDP) in China. You need a local China license to drive.
In order to rent a car:
Minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Blood-alcohol limit is 0.02% (0.2g per litre of blood) while driving.
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
Prostitution is illegal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are illegal.