10 useful facts for traveling to China
1. Always carry wipes and hand sanitizer with you.
For public toilets in China, surcharges for toilet paper and hand soap are the norm. Another tip: practice your squats as most latrines are built in a hole-in-the-floor style. And we recommend that you google the designation of men’s and women’s toilets so as not to get into an awkward situation.
2. Use China Post if you are shopping addicted while traveling.
Services in forwarding parcels will really cost you less than purchasing additional baggage at the airport. Let’s compare: $ 4.5 / kg at the post office or $ 6 / kg at the airport. The difference is especially noticeable with large luggage.
3. Write down the names of the bus stops or the taxi driver’s destination in Chinese.
To get out where you need to, show the entry to the conductor or driver. By the way, if the taxi is free, a red sign will be lit on top.
4. Don’t tip.
As with most Asian countries, they are not welcome in China. It is perceived as if the workers are not getting enough from the mercenary and the visitors feel sorry for them. Exceptions: public transport, where bills are often given without waiting for change, expensive restaurants and hotels, where they are used to it, and food delivery.
5. Use a VPN, but be careful.
An obligatory part of traveling to China, since a significant part of the Internet is blocked. But since February 2018, using a VPN has been considered a crime. You can use only those services that are registered with the appropriate authorities.
6. Don’t forget about WayGo – an application that allows you to translate a photographed hieroglyph even without an Internet connection.
The Airpocalypse application will also be useful to you, where the air quality index is measured and in which case it is recommended to wear a mask and avoid outdoor activities; and Didi Dache, the local version of the beloved Uber.
We suspect that you do not speak Chinese, but you can do it without words. Each store in the market has a small calculator specifically for trading. In general, this can be done using your phone.
8. Ask the seller for prices.
In small shops, especially near railway stations, left-hand price tags are pasted on the goods, which do not correspond to reality. Don’t be shy and demand justice.
9. Don’t stay away from side streets.
There are the very picturesque institutions where you will not meet tourists. For example, Mammy Waffles in Hong Kong, which is considered one of the best street food outlets in the city, as you can understand from the locals in turn.
10. Avoid the following topics in conversation with the Chinese:
their cleanliness, the Mao Cultural Revolution, the freedom of worship of a person, and Sino-Japanese relations. Instead, discuss the education and distant past of China, which the people are so proud of.