10 Tips for Traveling China

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林文斌 · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

China is fast growing country, the things you heard today even go invalid tomorrow. About food in restaurant, just finish all or pack the rest back. it's encouraged, most of Chinese have realized wasting food is a shame.

Aada Lee · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

About the remaining food, I wanna say it varies. From where I come from, people eats all the food, particularly when at someone's home. People should be aware that the etiquette varies across China.

kai wen · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

subtitle plz

Thiago Montenegro · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Thanks for the info! What is the name of the company you said for the Great Wall? Thanks

faithtonejason · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Hey that hand gesture of 6 is pretty cool!!

Han Zhang · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

I don't know why this video is in my recommendation, but there's something need to be corrected. Nearly all food selling, including restaurants, grocery stores, fruit stores, and most fresh food markets do not accept bargaining. But, there are some restaurants and street food have a price which is definitely too high and they can force the customers to pay using many different excuses. Call the police in this situation and everything will be fine

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Lorenzo Omay · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Nice tips on traveling to China. . . Could you also give us some common scams to avoid in China?

ahri · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Chinese people putting on a face to appear rich is something I don't understand… Who cares how you look? The bank account tells the real story.

ca wine · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Tip 101, learn Chinese, at least the basics just as you expect travelers to the US speak basic english

Kylo Ren · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

You could download a Baidu Map, no need to download offline data.

Aakash · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Thank you so much for all these tips!! travelling to china for the first time ever this month!!

Shariffah Canino · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

I am going to Beijing in May 2019. Your videos have been so helpful

little big big · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

wtf. this video does not even explains the VPN part

Saarland 2 China · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Special Tipp for travelling in Harbin/Dongbei: TAKE ENOUGH CLOTHES !!! In my "Harbin Ice and Snow World 2019" Video you can see how much you REALLY need, I've been living here for many years hahaha 🙂

JENNYI KOO · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Nice video….Await for next video.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Napkins are sometimes rare like you said. Grab some packets of tissues from the convenience stores. Comes in handy for toilets that lack paper. Beware the squat toilets. Western toilets are few and far between.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

You can say Măidān 买单 to call for the bill. To get the attention of the waiter use: 请问 qîngwèn (excuse me), 美女 měinnű (be careful of pronunciation) for woman, 帅哥 shuàigē for man.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Street food beware! I've heard the stories of the gutter oil reclaimed from the sewers. Also be aware of the alcohol so you don't end up with poisonous alcohol! Pack anti-diarrhea tablets. Always drink bottled water. The local water supply is dangerous and you'll end up with dysentery unless you at least boil it. Better off to drink branded bottled water.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

VPN is sketchy because they often crack down on them. So they can be touch and go.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Metros in the major cities have pinyin which is easier to read. Taxis won't always stop. The Uber of China I think requires a Chinese ID now. Same for Wechat pay.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

If you're traveling into the third tier cities, there are many hotels that won't accept foreigners. Check ins take a long time because they must register with the local PSB when you stay there.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

I like the idea of the phone service! Great tip ^_^

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Still pack a pocket English-Mandarin dictionary! Trust me, it will save you a lot of hassle. When I first came to China, there were no apps for this purpose. I used a dictionary and went up to people pointing at the characters or I wrote them out the best I could.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Offline translation is fine. But one tip with cell data and SIM cards. There are 2 types. Ones that can only be used within the province you buy them from (generally cheaper) and ones that are used throughout China. Chinese telco networks and their phones use a unique fast data connection that is not the same standard as other Western nations but mose modern phones should be fine.

I believe there are 2 major carriers that service most of China: China Unicom and China Telecom. I forget which has better coverage through most of China. But if you go travelling throughout the provinces, into mountains etc. The signals may be very low or non existent.

During my trip a few years ago, I wasn't overly fussed by the lack of signal. I was more interested in the journey and getting away from the big cities.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Baidu maps is not too hard to use especially if you understand the pinyin.

Matt NA · July 30, 2019 at 12:40 pm

Google's translation is improving a lot with more user edits and contributions. I wouldn't trust Microsoft. I use an excellent app called Hanping. It's free and has offline functions but for a couple of dollars you get the ad free version. It includes an app for Cantonese as well.

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