Tips for a Foreigner living in China
Although he seems to be in the news almost every day of the week , China – incredibly vast and fascinating diversity – remains a travel destination with an undeniable mystique. As exciting as it may seem, it also makes traveling in China for the first time an incredibly difficult prospect . To venture into the unknown help , here is our guide for first- timers to the most populous of the planet earth.
1 . Breaking the language barrier
The number one obstacle to overcome when traveling around China is the language barrier . Even today, with Chinese children learn English in primary school, it is a barrier that can be almost completely impervious to time. It is always advisable to try to learn some words and phrases before visiting distant lands, but in China, it is almost essential . Try to enroll in Mandarin before you go ( Mandarin Chinese is the default language in almost all parts of China ) , or try to teach you some basics – the BBC website has a decent spot to learning Chinese . Then, when you go to China, make sure you bring with you one or more of the following: Use Google Translate It is free and includes a translator to speak – your – vocal expression of impressive accuracy . Planet under Chinese translation Solitaire is similar, but has the advantage of being totally disconnected with a dictionary tailored to the needs of travelers. Regardless of all this, one thing you should always do when traveling around China carry with you business cards in Chinese language of your hotel or places you want to visit so that you can show passers-by, taxi drivers, bus drivers and so on.
2 . Focus your itinerary
China is huge. Really, it is incredibly important. It contains the highest mountains of the world, some of the largest deserts in the world , remote jungles , endless grasslands, and, of course , many major cities worldwide. You would need months and months of travel to even begin to do it justice. Thus, rather than skimming the surface of the whole country on your first trip , choose a region or even a single province , and explore properly. See the new regions at a glance in the last section of Lonely Planet China guide to help you decide . Still unsure ? Here are my top three : Sichuan : A province three regions. Stay in the center or south of bamboo forests horny and cute villages of the Ming Dynasty . Go north of the beautiful lakes located in a landscape of alpine -esque mountain. Venture west of remote Tibetan plateau grasslands. Guangxi: rice terraces perfect image and other karst peaks dominate the world landscape lush , almost jungle -like which is perfect for hiking trips , biking and river. Beijing: Do not just fly here, stays here . Packages Beijing more world class venues that many entire countries are able to offer : Great Wall , Tiananmen Square , the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace , ancient Hutong alleys , majestic imperial parks … and the list goes on and on .
3 . Check the weather
At any time of the year there are places in China have great time to travel, but almost nowhere is perfect weather all year round. So to make sure your first trip to China does not become a windswept rash, energy sapping scorching sun or just a damp squib , get on top of where is hot and where is not in the month you intend to travel. Spring in general and autumn are the most comfortable seasons, but not in all provinces and in many parts of China Spring and autumn are more than a few weeks. To start , check the weather reduced staffing China.
4 . Use public transport !
Ditch taxis and airplanes and hop on buses, bikes and trains that China how people see it. Of course, it is easier flying from city to city , then take a taxi around each of them once you are there. But where’s the fun in that? Public transport systems in China are already extensive , and more and better every year and many towns and cities are well set up for cycling – cycling abound in Beijing , for example. And do not worry about getting lost. The Chinese are generally very friendly, helpful and honest, especially for foreigners who do not speak Chinese, so there will always be a local on hand to get you back on track if you lose your way .
5. Eat, eat and then eat some more
China has many wonderful features , but probably its standout attraction is its food. As this delightful introduction illustrates , cuisine varies greatly from region to region – even breakfast can be an assault on the senses – so try as much as you can. And do not listen to those who tell you to avoid street food. This is often the best part of the dining experience of a city. A final food tip of my aunt, who recently visited China for the first time if you are not accustomed to using chopsticks, drop the white and darker wrap tops t -shirt. Spots noodles – slurping is an unavoidable nuisance for most China first-timers , and asking for a knife and fork in a restaurant here … Well , it’s just cheating
Article by tracy Sun