China Travel Tips 2019 | THINGS TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO

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hey guys welcome back to Pat Max adventures I am Patrick in today's video I'm gonna be sharing with you my travel tips for China I have never lived in China however I have traveled China many times and I do usually travel long periods of time this last trip was three almost three months so these are my perspectives and my tips from a travelers point of view and if you want to travel China for a long period of time or if you want to live in China first let's start with VPNs we are all well aware of the Great Firewall in China if you want to have access to platforms like Instagram Facebook Twitter Google you're going to need a VPN all of these websites along with others are blocked in China there are many VPNs out there that you can get there are some VPNs that are free there are some that you purchase there are 2 VPNs that I love to use the first one is called expressvpn the second one is called astral VPN both of these VPNs I had to purchase I will leave links to the websites in the description down below I have loved these VPNs one thing to remember though is VPNs sometimes get blocked in China on this last trip unfortunately the expressvpn was blocked and I could not use it for the rest of my time in China so thank goodness I had these Trail VPN I like the Austral VPN more it's a lot faster and it's never been blocked to my knowledge expressvpn has been blocked a few times but this last time it was blocked for a very long period of time I don't even know if it's unblocked now my advice is to make sure that you have at least two if not three VPNs when you go to China especially if you're traveling China for a longer period of time like I do just in case so then you're not in the country without a VPN my capital 1 website is blocked in China so if there's an emergency I cannot access my account so it's very important as a westerner to have a VPN so you have that outlet to contact outside of China when it comes to money and other things visas for China I'm not gonna go too in depth with visas for China there not to be a whole video in itself but I'll share with you guys my visa and what visa I use as an American you have several options you can get a 30-day visa you can get double-entry that's where you're in China maybe for a month and then you go to Mongolia and then you re-enter China or you can get a 10-year visa the most common visa is the 30-day visa I believe it's 140 to 150 dollars I don't know I haven't gotten a visa for China for quite a while back in 2017 I got my 10-year visa for China every time I visit China I have two months right before I hit that two-month mark if I want to continue to travel China what I will do is I'll do a visa run going to Hong Kong for a day or two or going up to Mongolia and then re-entering mainland China and those two months will reset if you're interested in planning the travel of China often I highly would suggest a 10-year visa food in China is really really good but one thing I want to share with you guys that some people may not be aware of is that in China from my experiences over the years traveling China and I've been everywhere from Beijing to Shanghai to Shenzhen Hainan Island Guangzhou Xi'an gwinin yung Phua a lot of these places throughout the country use a lot of oil in their food that's one thing to get used to in China is that their food tends to be a bit more oily than a lot of other places if you have a bit of a sensitive stomach like I do this may take a little getting used to or adjusting to when you first go to China so just be aware that the food in general is really good but it tends to be a bit more oily or maybe a bit more oily than you're used to this is one of my favourite things to talk about in regards to China is transportation I and love with China's trains China is the place to be in the world right now it is a number one country in the world when it comes to high-speed trains they have the most high-speed rails they have the most trains everything is brand-new the trains are fast efficient clean the toilets are clean you can buy food on there they're not hard to buy it's just a great way to travel throughout the country if you have time while you're traveling China I highly suggest taking trains I personally will take trains anytime I can if I don't have to fly I will take a train I've taken trains all around China and a lot of people thought I was crazy but I just I loved it you can say a 30-minute high-speed train from Shenzhen to Guangzhou amazing I think it cost from what I remember like 20 25 US dollars not very expensive at all I took a train from Beijing to xi'an xi'an – chengdu i took it straight from Chengdu all the way to Shanghai 14 hour train a lot of people would think I'm crazy to do that I had the time I love trains I love traveling through China on trains and it was just so relaxing to the sit back listen to music go on my computer and look at the countryside of China as I'm traveling through the country it's a great way to travel if you have the time is China safe yes China is safe it is very safe I've been to a lot of countries in Central Asia Russia Kazakhstan Uzbekistan and Asia Korea China Japan Malaysia Thailand Vietnam Myanmar Brunei and so many places and I have to say that China is one of the safest if not the safest country I've been to so far there are cameras everywhere in China and this is one thing I talked about and my first impressions of China how I did it like the cameras everywhere in China and a lot of people were like why don't you like the cameras are you trying to hide something if you're trying to hide something then that's the only reason you would be afraid of the cameras no take a video of me I don't care you can take a video of me sex in public I don't care I am NOT shy oh my god I can't believe I said that but I'm being honest I really don't care if I'm videotaped the thing that bothered me is that they had the facial recognition and they can immediately pull up my profile find out what I've searched on the web where I'm from my hometown my health everything that's what I don't like and I know that my country in America and we did they do similar things but in China it's in your face there are cameras everywhere everywhere you go however on the flip side that is what makes China so safe right now there's so much surveillance everywhere that nobody is gonna be robbing you no one's gonna try to do anything because as soon as they do that facial recognition their profile is pulled up right away and they're arrested so there's not any incentive to go against the law and to be robbed so that's one great thing about the cameras on one side I don't really like cameras because I don't like the fact that they can plot so much information from me just from the camera but then on the other side it keeps me safe and I'm in one of the safest countries in the world because of it money in China everything is getting paid through reach alley pay other mobile pain app device options everything is mobile right now in China so if you want to buy a train ticket you want to go to the convenience store you want to go to a restaurant everyone is paying with their phone yes you can still use cash a lot of people said we'll just have a friend transfer the money to you well it's a bit difficult with banking and I don't have a work visa I don't have any special visa in China so I cannot open a Chinese bank account however I did talk to a friend of mine who has been teaching English in China for a few years he told me that there's always loopholes in China and if you really want to use all the pay or we chai you could go to a bank and try to open a bank account on a traveler visa most banks are probably gonna deny you but maybe you could open one then you could start using Olli pain WeChat pay which is still an option China is definitely moving towards a cashless society and there were a few times when I used should people are like whoa I haven't seen cash in weeks but as a travel are using cash you're still gonna be just fine using cash Chinese people oh wow Chinese people are really friendly very interesting and some of my favorite people in Asia one thing I will mention about Chinese people that are very similar to Korean people for those of you who have been following me for a while you do remember I lived in Korea for three years teaching English I found some similarities between Koreans and Chinese when it comes to being direct Chinese are very direct they're not gonna go around the bush they're gonna tell you how it is and if you're very sensitive this is gonna be a bit difficult at first and this is one thing that Koreans will do as well in America in the West we're very sensitive we're very careful and not to offend anyone in China it's not done in a malicious way they just flat-out will tell you what they think and how they feel that's just one thing to remember in China that Chinese people are very direct and not to get too offended or sensitive people are just gonna tell you what is on their mind and how it is so really try not to be too offended or too sensitive because things are not done in a malicious way it's just the way people are and how things are done their personal space is something you're not gonna have a lot of in China you have to remember China is the most populated country in the world right now over a billion people as you're traveling throughout the country and train stations restaurants subways there are a lot of people and if you get caught up in that Western mentality oh excuse me oh I'm sorry in China it's it's there's no point in doing it because there's so many people and everyone is pushing not in a violent way of pushing but everyone has put you pushing and nudging and if you're apologizing and saying excuse me every time you bump arms with someone you're gonna it's just not it's just not worth it so when you're in China don't worry about pushing don't worry if someone nudges you don't worry if you notice someone don't worry about saying I'm sorry or excuse me it's just kind of the way things are there it's just something to get used to especially if you're used to apologizing and saying excuse me every time you touch someone because it's gonna happen a lot in China another thing is spinning in China you're gonna hear that a lot I mentioned this in my first impressions video of China the majority of people that spit are the older men however I have seen young guys do it and I have seen women do it I remember this so clearly in Xi'an in 2017 I was standing on the corner and I hear the hot I look over and it is this beautiful Chinese woman beautiful she this was she was beautiful and in there she was spinning like that on the ground and it just totally destroyed the beauty of her and it's I don't mean that in a bad way it's part of the culture people just spit and that's something to get used to especially if you don't like that sound you're gonna hear it a lot and yes the majority of people that do spit are older men but you'll see other people's spit as well the language in China if you can learn to speak some Mandarin before going to China or while you're in China it's gonna be super helpful when I lived in Korea I learned to read Korean and I'm able to speak some Korean I can be dropped anywhere in Korea and I can survive just fine and I can have small conversations unfortunately I haven't learned really any Mandarin because I haven't really lived in China and I've just traveled China but it's something I really want to start learning this Mandarin so if you can learn Mandarin it's gonna help you're gonna be able to communicate with people a lot better I used Google Translate especially when it comes to menus you'll come across menus that have no English if you use Google Translate there may be other apps as well but I like using Google Translate there's an option where you can translate the writing or the characters into English and it's not a hundred percent accurate and you'll see how I've used it and I've shown you guys in some of my videos but it'll give you a good idea of what food you're looking at or what that sign might say toilets in China a lot of people always talk about toilets in China China uses squatting toilets those are the majority of the type of toilets you're gonna find in China and something that you'll have to get used to a lot of other countries use squatting toilets as well another thing to remember is tissue and toilet paper not a lot of restrooms will provide toilet paper or tissue so make sure that you always have toilet paper and tissue on hand you're gonna need to have toilet paper with you at all times trust me lastly I just want to finish with how fast China is growing right now and I mean that across the board every industry from social media to programming to 5g to renewable energy all of these industries are growing and they're growing really fast the country of China right now is growing really fast III see this is I see this as China and Asia's century things are happening in China right now and if you're interested in any of these industries I definitely suggest looking at China from a business perspective Chinese people right now are really focused they're making money they're riding that wave you can ride that wave too and it's a really fun an interesting country to travel right now because things are just happening so quickly things that are happening right now here in 2019 and even some things I'm sharing with you in this video and a year from now could be completely different because things are changing so quickly and so many different things are changing it's a really cool time to visit China right now and going forward I think we're gonna see a lot of interesting things coming out of China in the future I would love to hear from you guys send you tips that you may have if you've travelled China or if you live in China it's such a fun interesting place and there's so many more tips that I could touch on but these are the ones that I feel would be the most impactful for people traveling to China for the first time thanks again for watching guys and remember to live every moment to the max I'll see you guys next time


50 Comments

rpa00 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Another great video. I am coming to China in September. I'll defiantly have to get a VPN set up before I go. Keep up the great videos.

Alvin Kuang · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Super great and informative video, I really like your attitude and perspective because it's so honest yet still respectful! Hope you enjoyed your trip!

david yan · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

很准确

JEFFREY ANG · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Your eye lashes are long and beautiful/ cute.

john hoang · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

1.vpn(Many VPNs have free trials. If you don't stay in China for a long time, free trials are enough.)
2.google translate is very useful and it‘s not blocked in China)

黄卫东 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

welcome to china

张先生 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

欢迎你回来 中国人的老朋友🍻

feng liu · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I have not used any cash for almost two years

XD GodlikeU · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Your suggested VPN is quite expensive, for example astrillvpn causes 15.9 dollars per month. My suggestion is the VPN called whitebear, I only paid 15 CNY per month (2.1$/month), and the speed is not bad which allows me to play 4k youtube videos. Also, whitebear has never been blocked out.

Yixing Cheng · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

man, you can upload your video to bilibili, that's another Chinese thing you can try.

The city of the sky. 3 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Only when you break the law, no one cares about what you have done in China. You have to know how many people in China. Don't worry. / The videos recored by these cameras exist about for 3 days, then it will be reflashed.

Alpha Bah · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Wow an other important message

Christine Kim · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Thank you for sharing those great tips. In South Korea, the homeless population is growing, unfortunately. Did you see any homeless while in China?

426firefly · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

the camera thing what you said is wrong, normally the system only identify you as a male, hight, cloth colors something like that, wouldnot go further into your personal info, only something need official involve like robbery then the system go further information

DavidisDawei · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Bring your passport and someone who speaks fluent Chinese and you can open up a bank account in China.
This also allows you to easily transfer money from your US bank account into your Chinese bank account using an ATM and also set up your cell phone to pay for goods or send people money using WeChat

DavidisDawei · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

If you are in China, taking the train is almost always better than flying.

rtgtx · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

About pushing, it's tolerated in places such as crowded subway trains but that does not mean one can push or touch anyone else anywhere. Even on a subway train, if one is able to keep some distance from others, Chinese people do keep distance; if one accidentally bumps into others, Chinese people do apologize and will be considered being rude if they don't.

peter King · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

good job ,very positive attitude. Chinese love the people with fair criticism about China ,we still have a long way to go !

rtgtx · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I was able to use Capital One app in China every time. You may want to try a few more times. Sometimes it's just bad connection. They do not block bank apps. You might want to turn off VPN when using bank apps because bank apps might lock themselves out on VPN connections due to security concern.

todd8475 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

China is so much safer than the uk .I loved my trip . And the people are so warm and friendly.

Mike Lonas · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I have one question, I heard that if you are caught using a VPN, you can be arrested or have your phone service cancelled, is this true?

rorschach · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Maybe you try to learn a little
chinese and talk to local people,i think it cloud be interesting

Eline's Happy Place · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Thank you so much for this video! One thing I want to touch on is the point you made about Chinese being very direct. I always thought that's quite the opposite, as I always hear how modest, shy etc. Chinese people are, whereas westerners are a lot less like that. As someone who's never visited China I can't say if that's true or not, but I actually thought that was the image everyone always kind of had of Chinese people?

John Feng · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Positive and informative! Thanks a lot!
Look forward to more of your videos!

J G · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Thank you Patrick, the advice is very helpful. Keep up the wonderful work!

张权印 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

不喜欢油腻的话你可以点清蒸的菜 或者凉菜 或者汤 炒菜的话就点青菜呗 不过就算油的话很多也是油而不腻的 而且很多食材油少了也不好吃 比如茄子

Fahad Idrees · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Thank you for sharing such an information about China.

TCcrab YoGuY · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

agree with you, but the camera, i wanna say most of the chinese people want more and more cameras, in my opinion there has nothing different between 1 camera and 100 cameras if it has facial recognition functionality, more cameras just make us more safety.

Jiabin Zhang · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

One tip! You can use Shadowsocks service instead of regular vpn in China, they generally are way much stable and faster, and even cheaper! Just my socks is a good option, I switched to it immediately after I tested its speed

Daniel D · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Just got back from China a couple months ago. Can be intimidating if you are new to traveling. I had my girlfriend who is Chinese with me and she really made everything go smoothly. I would recommend a tour group. If you don’t speak mandarin, you might have a tough time sometimes.

li xiang · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I think I am a fake Chinese , I really hate spitting

林文斌 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I completely agree with you, very helpful and correct tips. Good luck with your journey!

lesley cocoa · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Support you as always! You are open-minded to see the world that is around you and have objective thinking. You’re the role model to show people how to travel and experience other places and cultures. Hope you stay safe and happy!

Tuo Jiang · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

1: A reliable VPN
2: Do not have any bearing on our local politics
3:Translate software

Yf B · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

very true. thank you for sharing

XXX Young · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

You can buy food in the toilet?

Ty Starr · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

love your vids, greetings from Australia! Pat can u please help how i get to Yiwu Market from Shanghai by train. how long does it take and cost? Thank u

少祖魔道 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I don't agree with you about the camera. You think too much. Actually the cameras only record what happened. And when it is necessary, we can use it to track criminals. You can imagine there is a huge population in China. No one will have so much Free time to monitor a single person who obey the law. And it is more ridiculous that it can get you foreigners' personal information through the facial recognition. You should think how because we don't have the access to the servers which stores your Information in the united states.

Yux.T N. · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

use windscribe VPN is free as its free for 15GB

Yux.T N. · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

use windscribe VPN is free as its free for 15GB…

陈彦 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

not a part of culture , its bad behavior. we dont like it too.

FALCON FRANK · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

thanks a lot and welcome to china again,pls ignore those haters,who are everywhere.

Argie 62 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I definitely can’t emphasize enough how rewarding it is to speak at least some Chinese when coming to China. You gain a more authentic understanding of the people and the everyday reality of the country. A huge portion of understanding is lost without the language as the translations from Chinese to English almost always lose a certain sense of meaning and feeling along the way.

Gus Glue · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Living every moment to the MAX! Thumbs Up

Jianan Chen · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Very objective

jqueryrocks · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Just FYI, CapitalOne (https://www.capitalone.com/ ) is not blocked in China. Btw, some banks do block Chinese IP addresses tho, like Marcus and Bank of America, you can visit their website but won't be able to login.

Doctor Zhong · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

Second class ticket from Shenzhen to GuangZhou is about 15$

Shane Daddy · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I like your positive attitude. Keep going! Greetings from Germany.

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Derpy The Cake 15 · July 30, 2019 at 7:21 pm

I am going to China again in December

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