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China trip: Points to be kept in mind

Posted on October 26, 2010 | Travel DestinationsNo Comment



China is the most populated nation on the planet and third largest country too. This vast land of geographical and cultural diversity has recently stepped into the domain for tourism and so the obsession of taking its tour is even more than before among the enthusiast visitors. Are you among them? Do you have a dream to explore the almighty Great Wall, the mysterious Forbidden City, the legendary Beijing Wall, and the unbelievable Martial Arts? I know all these sights are the main interesting attractions for you, but wouldn’t it be good to keep some points in mind so that your trip to this vast territory goes peacefully and enjoyably without any problems?

Great wall of China

Climate

Because of the different and extensive landscapes, know that the climate is also extremely changing in each of its states – right from tropical in the south to the sub arctic in the north. Therefore, see which provinces you want to travel and carry your wear accordingly.

Speaking language

At least ensure that you know English because the Chinese people of today can speak that language. Thanks to the effort of the government that has taken much pains to train the citizens in English including a plethora car drivers, volunteers, and hotel staffs. However, kindly note that despite the fact that many citizens speak good English; there are yet several custom officials, servants, police, street men, and hotel staffs who do not know English that well. Therefore, assume that only big hotels know to speak in English, while the others still speak in Chinese. However, they do sometimes speak simple English, but say so slowly.

Signboards

Several of the signboards here are adorned with both the Chinese as well as English text. However, some conversion might be so sleazy such that its actual meaning in Chinese will not be clear.

Exchange

As you might be knowing that Yuan or Renmembi (RMB) is the national currency, it is necessary to have this unit in your pocket prior to making a trip to anywhere in the country. Although the exchange is possible in the country in the stay hotel or in the banks, I recommend banks. Why? This is because they give it at superior rates.

Payment mediums

Several of the high hotels and shopping malls will accept credit cards and Travellers cheques. However, if you are visiting a small city or town, don’t even expect that your credit card or ATM card will be accepted. An alarming news: Fake notes are very common here. Therefore, always verify the notes while taking a change; this holds true particularly for the 100RMB notes. If they are not genuine, there will be difference in the texture. So, beware!

Domestic transport

You will find all possible modes of transport to move from one place to another such as taxis, buses, train, ferries, and internal flights. But, among all, taxis are more preferred as they are available at any time. For the trains, you need to book ticket and for that if you do not like the station crowd, ask your hotel tour desk to do so at a reasonable cost.

Just avoid listening to the ticket hypes who will stick to you on the streets.

China train

Safety and security

China ensures that their tourists feel safe and secured no matter where they go. Further, there is no need to be afraid of any kind of war or terror currently. However, just take care of your wallet, especially if you are walking in crowded places and top tourist spots such as Shanghai, Beijing, and Xian.

Peak times

The peak tourist seasons are: the Chinese New Year in late January, May Day for the May’s first two weeks, and China National Day in the central two weeks of October. However, I will recommended to explore China smartly by not going during the peak holiday seasons. Why? This is because the crowds might scare you.

Hotels

This list appears to be endless. You will certainly find all types of hotels – 1 to 6 stars, budget ones, and cheap ones. Irrespective of where you go, you will never complain about the rooms that are safe and clean.

China Hotels

Real Chinese Food

If you are a big friend of real Chinese food, no other place is best except China. This is because outside the nation, the taste is easily changed that you and me never recognize. The nation provides you with a plethora of restaurants to indulge in its authentic taste and smell. In case you are not aware of the famous dishes, just be smart enough to check the menu that also shows the images of dishes along.

Internet

A cyber-café can be found anywhere in the country, but it is of no use to you if you do not show your passport for accessing the Internet. Keep in mind that international Web sites might run a bit slow.

Toilets

I am mentioning this because the public toilets stink very badly. So, it is recommend to go for the toilet in a restaurant, hotel, or departmental store. You will not get a clean toilet all the times, carry some tissues, and be prepared to occupy a squat toilet. A tip: Use the hotel lobby toilet!

Entry Visa

This is mandatory!

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