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Travel tips for China - what to prepare in advance and what to obey

China is an amazing authentic country, traveling to which can help tourists discover the world from the other side, as well as learn a lot of new things and join the culture of the East. Going on a trip, take into account that centuries-old traditions have affected the social life of people. There are a number of rules that should be observed while in China.
1. The national currency of China is Yuan that is widely used in the country. It is recommended to change other currencies for Yuans in the Bank of China. The exchange rate in state institutions is more favorable than in commercial ones. You can withdraw money from MasterCard, Visa, and other cards only at a bank branch.
2. In most Chinese restaurants, it is customary to eat with traditional chopsticks. European instruments are often not available, so it's better to take a fork, a knife or a spoon with you.
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3. Chinese cuisine is very different from European, so be sure to pack medicines for normalizing the Digestive System in your medkit.
4. In China, coffee is an unpopular drink sold only in Starbucks at high prices, so coffee lovers will have to take with them at least an instant option.
5. Despite the fact that China is open to tourists, people in public places do not speak English or any other European languages. It is advisable to have an electronic translator or a phrase book with you.
6. You should always carry a card with the name of the hotel written in Chinese. If there are misunderstandings with representatives of law and order, keep saying "Budun", which means "I do not understand". Copyright www.orangesmile.com
7. Independent traveling to Tibet is prohibited for tourists and only possible within a pre-booked tour.
8. Drinking alcohol, smoking and throwing garbage in public places may entail heavy fines.
9. Public transport in large cities runs from about 5. 00 AM to 11. 00 PM.
10. Contactless payment systems are rare in China, so subway tickets can be bought at ticket offices at the entrance, in buses - from a conductor, for trips outside the city - from a driver.
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11. All taxicabs are metered, however, it is better to use registered services. For short trips, it is still customary to hire pedicabs, where the cost depends on the passenger's weight and the distance.
12. For calls, it is recommended to buy a local SIM card or a special card for international calls at the reception desk.
13. Chinese are very open-minded people who never hide their emotions, so locals often stare at foreigners and welcome them.
14. When communicating, try to avoid talking about politics. The culture and history of China should not be subjected to criticism.
15. In transport, it is not customary to give place to ladies or open doors in front of them - all are equal in the country.
16. In China, it's not allowed to photograph government buildings or military facilities. This is also prohibited in most local museums and temples if other is not specified.
17. Tipping is not customary, although this European tradition becomes more and more popular.
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Colorful and unique places in China

Macau Historical Center

From the series “The most interesting UNESCO sites in China”
The historical district of Macau is also considered a landmark of world significance. It recalls the times of Portuguese rule. Historical monuments of various periods have been preserved in this area. You can see many unique architectural masterpieces here. They are an amazing combination of European and Eastern traditions. The Catholic Cathedral is among the main attractions of the historic district. It was built in the second half of the 16th century. It is almost completely in ruins today.

You can see several fortifications nearby. You will also see a lighthouse that is considered the oldest in China. It is very interesting to explore the charming colonial quarter on foot. You can see beautiful old buildings everywhere. You will also admire the mansions. They belonged to the … Read all

Yungang Shiku Caves

From the series “The most interesting UNESCO sites in China”
Yungang Grottoes is also an important monument of Buddhist culture. They attract pilgrims. There are a total of 252 caves in the complex. All of them were carved into the rocks by hand. There are Buddhist sculptures in all the caves and niches. The 45 caves in the complex are quite large. In total, there are more than 50,000 statues in this complex. Each of the grottoes has its own unique features. You can see very beautiful fragments of stone carvings, decorative niches, and elements of ancient paintings, in addition to Buddha sculptures of various sizes.

Tanyao caves are the most visited and interesting place of the complex. They combine the five largest grottoes. Huge Buddha sculptures more than 10 meters high are carved in each of them. The Eastern slope of the complex is considered … Read all

longmen Shiku Temple

From the series “The most interesting UNESCO sites in China”
The Longmen Cave Temple is no less interesting. It is located in Henan province. The construction of this temple began in the 5th century. According to available historical data, it lasted until 898. The length of the cave complex is about 1,000 meters. To date, researchers have not been able to determine the exact number of rooms in the temple, as well as works of art hidden in them. 2345 rock-cut grottoes, as well as 43 temples, have been explored at the present time.

Artistic inscriptions and drawings are the main values of 43 temples. There are about 100,000 of them in the temples studied. You can see huge statues of Buddhist deities when visiting these temples. You will also see very beautiful reliefs. Monks and other images symbolic of Buddhist culture are depicted on them. … Read all
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Advices for popular cities of China

Shanghai
1. It is better to go to Shanghai in the spring. The weather is very comfortable here at this time. In addition, there are not many tourists here at this time of year. The main influx of them begins in June. In addition, you can get to the cherry blossom blooming season in March. Yes, you can see trees completely covered with white and pink flowers not only in Japan. 2. It is not recommended to go here in the summer. A huge metropolis turns into almost a 24-hour sauna due to the numerous … Read more
Beijing
1. It is not common to leave a tip to service personnel in Beijing hotels. If you definitely want to please a maid, a pair of Yuan would be enough. 2. Bargaining is natural on the local markets. Do not hesitate to do this as sometimes it can bring the price down sufficiently. Of course, no bargaining is possible in stores. However, there is another advantage – you can easily exchange the defective product. 3. You should be pretty careful on transport crossings. Local drivers often do … Read more

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