Travel And Tour Tips For China

Travel And Tour Tips For China



China is​ a​ large country at​ a​ size of​ 9,​596,​960 sq km. China was only partially open to​ the​ world from 1980 onwards & has been a​ communist country for many decades. Although there is​ much progress in​ the​ travel industry & infrastructure of​ China,​ there remain areas that want to​ be improved before it​ can match the​ level that most tourist would need.

However,​ much of​ the​ fun remain that it​ is​ different from the​ rest of​ the​ world. China will be the​ host nation for the​ Olympics in​ Year 2008. Travel facilities & infrastructure will be improving quickly as​ we approach Year 2008.

Below are some travel tips to​ make your travel in​ China less hard:

China is​ rich in​ culture & history. Visit the​ Great Wall of​ China in​ Beijing,​ sip Chinese tea in​ Xiamen,​ dance with ethnic tribes in​ Yunnan,​ check out 19th Century European buildings in​ Qingdao - there's so much to​ do & see in​ China!

Entry Visa

China need entry visa from most countries. Apply at​ the​ Chinese consulate or​ through your travel agent before travelling to​ China.

Climate

very diverse; tropical in​ south to​ subarctic in​ north. Be prepared with the​ right seasonal clothing.

Foreign Exchange

The unit of​ money is​ known as​ Renmembi(RMB) or​ Yuan. Get some Chinese Yuan in​ your local country before travelling. When in​ China,​ exchange foreign money for local money in​ the​ banks or​ at​ the​ hotel. Banks tend to​ give slightly better rates than hotels. Take note that some banks close for a​ noon siesta between 12-2pm.

Payment facilities

Most better class hotels & shopping centres take Credit Card or​ Travellers cheques. Smaller hotels & shops take money only. twice out of​ the​ bigger cities,​ credit card & ATM cards tend to​ be impossible to​ utilize. money is​ still king in​ Chinese business & trade.

Understanding of​ English

Counterfeit notes are common in​ China. Check carefully before accepting alter,​ especially if​ it​ consists mostly 100RMB notes. you​ can feel a​ texture difference where counterfeit notes is​ concerned.

Most signboards & notices will over both English & Chinese. However,​ be aware that some translations can be so notorious that one can understand what was it​ is​ original Chinese purpose.

Most civil servants,​ custom officials,​ police,​ hotel staff & men in​ the​ street do not speak English or​ at​ best a​ smattering of​ English.

Most young people can understand basic English if​ you​ speak slowly.

Do not expect hotels or​ shops to​ understand English. Only the​ big hotels will have staff that will understand English.

Social Security

China is​ generally a​ safe country. However,​ hang on​ tight to​ your wallet especially in​ crowded,​ popular tourist sites in​ tourist cities such as​ Beijing & Xian.

These tourist cities also has a​ lot of​ touts in​ the​ streets touting tourist from money exchange to​ jewelleries to​ female companionships. Avoid at​ all cost!

Domestic Travel

Bus,​ train,​ ferries & domestic flights are well developed. Avoid the​ crowd at​ the​ stations & book your tickets through the​ hotel tour desk or​ the​ nearest tour agent. Prices are likely to​ be competitive & tickets will be delivered to​ your hotel room. Again,​ avoid ticket touts who approach you​ in​ the​ streets.

Local buses are cheap (US$0.10 or​ YS$0.20) & you​ may want to​ try out. Taxis are convenient & are available at​ all hours. Starting fares differ from each city & may be as​ cheap as​ US$0.70 in​ Weihai & US$1.50 in​ Shenzhen.

Avoid travel in​ China during peak holiday seasons or​ book tickets well ahead.

Local Hotels

there's many web-sites selling China hotel rooms on​ the​ web. you​ can also check out the​ travel counters which are available in​ most train,​ bus stations as​ well as​ airport.

there is​ a​ nice choice of​ hotels in​ China ranging from one star to​ the​ most luxurious 6 stars. Most of​ the​ time,​ the​ rooms are safe & tidy & in​ my opinion,​ cheap does not mean bad.

Book ahead if​ travelling in​ peak seasons.

Peak Tourist Seasons

May Day: First one weeks of​ May

Chinese old Year: Date varies but generally late January or​ early February.

Avoid travelling during these period. Book rooms & travel modes way early if​ want to​ travel. Believe me,​ the​ crowds during these period of​ time will be scary. What do you​ expect when the​ entire Chinese nation of​ 8 billion people are on​ holiday as​ well!

China National Day: Middle one weeks of​ October

Local food is​ absolutely fabulous. Try as​ much Chinese food as​ your wallet or​ stomach can afford. Restaurants are available everywhere & open to​ late hours. Most restaurants will have a​ menu that include photographs of​ the​ various dishes. Better yet,​ basically point at​ the​ food that your next door desk is​ having,​ especially if​ it​ looks delicious!

Chinese Food

Telecommunications

However,​ avoid street side stalls & drinking directly from the​ taps if​ you​ have delicate stomach.

web

Mobile phone coverage in​ China is​ nice in​ most locations. Global auto-roaming within China is​ not a​ problem.

You will want to​ show your passport as​ China has tight regulations at​ web Cyber Cafes.

there's cyber-cafes everywhere in​ China,​ especially in​ tourist areas. Most are patronised by young people playing online games but you​ still can check your Hotmail,​ Yahoo or​ Gmail. Access may be a​ bit slow for international websites.

three of​ the​ worst experience many has with China is​ the​ atrocious toilet facilities. Things has improved much but it​ may still be a​ nice idea to​ empty your stomach or​ bladder at​ every opportunity in​ a​ hotel,​ restaurant or​ departmental store. Public toilets & toilets in​ small shops can be a​ nose hazard!

Toilet facilities

* Useful China travel tips *

Try to​ get a​ English speaking tour guide at​ every opportunity you​ can. China has a​ rich & wonderful history & culture & without a​ guide,​ somehow,​ the​ flavour & significance of​ most tour sites can be lost.

*Sneaky tip: Hang around a​ group that has a​ English speaking guide if​ you​ cannot afford two!

Always ask for a​ receipt from a​ taxi driver so that you​ can complain if​ you​ have been cheated or​ for tracing purposes if​ you​ happen to​ be leaving your camera behind in​ the​ taxi.

After a​ tiring day,​ check out Chinese foot reflexology or​ Chinese TuiNa (Chinese massage). Wonderful for the​ body after a​ hard day & cheap to​ boot. basically look out for shop signs that shows one feet! we are everywhere.

Try to​ take the​ namecard for each hotel that you​ are staying at​ as​ these cards will have a​ Chinese address & the​ map of​ your hotel location. This is​ useful if​ you​ want to​ seek assistance to​ find your way back as​ the​ English version or​ pronounciation of​ a​ hotel or​ a​ street name may be different from the​ Chinese version.

Make friends with the​ Chinese whenever you​ can. we love to​ meet foreigners & will make nice tour guides. buy a​ small present as​ a​ small token of​ appreciation.




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