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5 Tips to Remember On Your First Tour to China

2017-03-31 10:22:09

If you are taking your very first trip to China soon then be ready to be amazed!

China has greatly transformed in the last 20 years. The East Asian nation has morphed into an economic powerhouse and one of the most powerful countries in the world. When China sneezes, the entire planet catches a cold. That is how important China is in today’s world.

Aside from economics, China has a rich history, an incredible environment and cities for adventurous tourists to visit. Art, music, architecture and cuisine are just some of the things you can look forward to on your visit to Beijing, Shanghai or Tianjin.

Like other nations around the world, China has its own set of customs, behaviours and forms of etiquette that you should respect. You have to think of it as being a guest in somebody else’s home: you always be respectful of their wishes otherwise you’ll have a terrible experience.

Here are five tips to remember on your first tour to China:

The Five Basics to Consider

When you are planning your trip to China, you have to consider five elementary factors to make your visit an enjoyable one. Here are the five basics to think about during the planning phase:

  • Visit China in the autumn as the weather will offer cool and dry weather with clear skies.
  • Avoid visiting during major holidays (February and October).
  • You can pay with Chinese yuan renminbi and access this money at ATMs.
  • Most high-end hotels will accept your MasterCard and Visa credit cards.
  • The top cities to visit are Beijing, Shanghai, Huangshan, Guillin, Chengdu and Xi'an.

With these ideas in mind, you can properly create the best vacation package possible.

Be Ready for China’s Etiquette

Some types of etiquette are imposed by force, while other forms of etiquette are just local customs that would be wise to adopt.

Although you shouldn’t do it in the first place, you are not permitted to spit. You have to be ready for your personal space to be invaded at all times. Like any other country, some locals are ultra nice and other locals are just uncouth. The oldest person you come across gets the most respect. If you’re sitting down and you meet someone new then stand up and remain standing until the other party sits down or you are requested to sit down.

These are just some of the forms of etiquette that you need to remember.

Carry Your Own Supply of Toilet Paper

China is one of the most prosperous nations in the world today. With that being said, you shouldn’t expect to find toilet paper in all public restrooms during your stay. In that case, you should always carry your own roll of toilet paper whenever possible. This would be an excellent precaution to take.

Adjust Your Watch to the Time Zone

This is indeed one of the most difficult parts of traveling: getting adjusted to the time zone.

In China, the nation only has one time zone: BEIJING TIME. It does not follow daylight savings time from April to September. When it is noon local time, it would be 11 p.m. in Toronto.

When you’re on your plane to China, be sure you get plenty of rest before you arrive!

Yes, It’s Safe - Don’t Worry!

For whatever reason, guidebooks will suggest that some parts of China are unsafe. However, this is incorrect as China is one of the safest travel destinations for Westerners today. Indeed, it is always best to apply caution whenever necessary and to use some common sense, but it isn’t as if you will need to carry a firearm with you wherever you go.

Simply put: China is safe so don’t you worry!

Final Thoughts

China is one of the most beautiful places to visit. It is full of life, a rich history, captivating scenery and incredible food. As you take your tour throughout China, you need to relish in the atmosphere and avoid being on your smartphone all the time. Chinese tours are thrilling, fun and educational, which means you should constantly have your eyes and ears open!

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