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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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Fantastic City Tours and Excursions in China

Colorful and unique places in China

Shanghai

From the series “Permanently Sinking Cities and Regions”
Shanghai is also under the threat of natural water disasters. The sea level increases year by year and the city go deeper under the water. Shanghai is weakly equipped from the storm waters. Several years ago specialists from the Natural Hazards Edition wrote an article about Shanghai’s crucial climate changes. Every year the city has tropical showers. The level of underwater is getting higher, that gives fewer chances for saving the city.

Local administration spent about 163 million dollars and other things for controlling the water level. Undoubtedly, that is not enough for saving the city. Shanghai was placed in a list of the most threatened cities thanks to its population. If once the city is under a threat of full flood and destroy, the city government will have to spend a lot of … Read all

Xian

From the series “The Last City-Fortresses Survived to This Day”
Xian, the Chinese city, will like people who have always dreamt to visit it. This city has a rich history in 3 000 years. For a long time it was the capital of China. Also, the largest and numerous. Today Xian is the well-known world tourist centre. Every year it is visited by several million of travellers. The main historical sightseeing in the city is the wall. It was saved since the Medieval time.

Tourists who would like to visit this historic monument can ride the great wall by bicycle. Its upper area is like a smooth road. Another main historical monument is the Mausoleum of the First Qin Emperor. The «Terracotta Army», a sculptural complex, is located next to it. The old Muslim district was saved in Xian. There you will find the Great Mosque.

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Pingyao

From the series “The Last City-Fortresses Survived to This Day”
Pingyao, the ancient Chinese city, is also under UNESCO protection. A great number of historical monuments have been placed there. The first city was settled there in the 9th century. Pingyao became flourish during the reign of the Ming dynasty in the 14th century. The main property of the ancient town is the unique architectural city image. Pingyao is the only city in the country that has saved completely the whole complex of the Medieval strengthening structures. There are about 100 under the State’s Protection landmarks. There also included museums and samples of architecture.

The city is surrounded by the 6 thousand meters long inaccessible wall. Its high is about 10 meters and width ranges from 3 to 5 meters. The wall was built hundred years ago without any special equipment. … Read all
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Travel Industry is Expected to Grow in China in 2021

Not only hotels in Beijing or Shanghai will benefit from this but also many destinations around the world as the Chinese like to travel. In 2021, there has been a spike in international departures of more than 200% in China. The total number of departures reached 30 million. Of course, this is far away from the pre-covid levels – the country is expected to reach them by 2023. The forecast looks very promising: 88 million international departures (+108%) in 2022 and another +44% in 2023. The forecast is positive despite the restrictions during the Chinese New Year period caused by the outbreak of the disease in the Hebei and Heilongjiang provinces. Read this

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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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