Travelling in China can be a daunting experience for some people. Here’s how to travel in China like you actually know what you’re doing.
With an estimated 30 million international guests visiting China this year, China has proven time and time again that it’s an incredibly popular travel destination for tourists and business people alike.
Travelling around China, with its rich culture and unique customs can be a little difficult for a large portion of China travellers. Whether you’re in one of those popular tailor-made china tours or you’re travelling solo where you don’t know what you don’t know, it can be a little aggravating, pushing culture shock to set in.
In order to travel like a local, get the best deals on China travel, eliminate travel stress, and actually have a really great time in China, we humbly suggest the following tips.
1. Travel with a China travel company
Find yourself affordably in the right place at the right time. Find out what sights you’d like to see, which festivals you’d like to enjoy, and what aspects of Chinese culture you would like to explore in advance.
Most China travel companies will offer a free consultation to give you a feel for what you might be interested in experiencing. The China Travel Company is a great contender for a hassle-free China tour, visit us at thechinatravelcompany.co.uk.
Whether you would like to explore China solo or with a tour group, The China Travel Co. can help.
2. Pack light
Do not pack for eventualities, or bring that one thing “just in case”. One thing winds up becoming a dirty dozen you are obligated to carry around for the entire duration of your trip.
You can pick up a lot of what you need such as toiletries, personal hygiene products, and even clothing along the way.
3. Come prepared
Nothing aids the ease of your travel than coming prepared with the appropriate paperwork. Make sure you’ve got all your visas and at least 9 months left on your passport before departure.
You’ll also need ID from home and paperwork for any prescription drugs you might be carrying.
For the most part, China is a hot, humid place. We suggest packing t-shirts, underwear, and socks that are made out of merino wool.
Merino wicks away the sweat from your body while keeping you dry, and naturally kills odours. Yes, kills odours, naturally. No chemicals. It’s like magic.
Darker colours are also a grand idea, depending on your experience level with chopsticks. Darker colours will cover up any unsightly food spills.
5. Learn a little, or a lot of the language
Familiarise yourself some Mandarin for basic tasks such as how to get to a bathroom, how to address any allergies you may have, if there’s a plug where you can recharge your cellphone, and how to get to your hotel.
Chinese nationals work hard to meet foreign travellers in the middle, and the younger generations are currently receiving English lessons in most urban centres. If you’re ever stuck in a situation and feel a little helpless, don’t fear tapping a youngin’ on the shoulder and asking them for directions. They will probably really dig the opportunity to speak to a native English Speaker and test out their English skills.
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