Travel Article by Frank Lee
Traveling to a foreign place is a difficult task in itself and this difficulty increases exponentially if you’re going to a place which is a home to over a billion people. There are a lot of factors involved in a trip to a foreign land such as problems in understanding the new language. The difficulty in communication can be an impediment in a number of things. This communication problem exasperates in a land which has hundreds of different dialects and accents for the same language.
Not everything needs to be difficult,though; there are ways which can help you make your journey a little easier so that you can focus more on the fun part instead of finding solutions for the problems you’re facing in a foreign land on a daily basis. The important thing to remember is that the Chinese are helpful people so it doesn’t take much effort to have a great time in China.
China is a massive country which contains some of the world’s highest mountains as well as some of the largest deserts in the world. No one can expect to travel the country on a whim; it takes lots of planning to decide which places you want to visit in the time you have at your disposal. A good idea is to focus on a single province in one trip and exploring it properly rather than jumping ship from one place to another.
Technology has made our lives very simple. The major issue which people face when traveling abroad is the difficulty in communication, this problem has been reduced by smartphone applications like Pleco which allow you to type or speak in one language and get the results in another language. They also have optical character recognition which allows you to point your smartphone’s camera to any written text and translate it instantly.
No two cultures are alike and neither are the habits of the people who’ve grown up in them. People from the western hemisphere are accustomed to using toilet paper for cleaning whereas water is popular in theeastern hemisphere. Toilets, especially public toilets, in China rarely have toilet paper so it is always a good idea to keep some supplies with you.
Traveling to China has to be a compromise between better weather and better prices. You should plan the trip according to your budget and demands. The best weather to visit China is either between March and May or September and November but this is the expensive option; choose the other months for cheaper hotel rates at the cost of some less-than-stellar weather.
China has seen a great degree of development in the last few decades which has created a gap in the rural and urban landscape. While the urban centers are tourist friendly, the rural areas only cater to the needs of locals mostly. This can be an issue if you’re not fond of congee and pickles at the start of the day so it’s a good idea to keep a few boxes of your favorite cereal when you’re traveling out of the city.
One of the major concerns for anyone traveling abroad is the issue of safety but for those who’re traveling to China, this shouldn’t be an issue. China is one of the safest places in the world for travelers even for women traveling alone.
You may want to get used to loud voices before you travel to China. Chinese love to discuss in aloud voice. If you think that the two Chinese gentlemen are arguing over something and they’ll soon break into a brawl, try using a translation app on your smartphone, you’ll find that these gentlemen are probably just discussing the weather.
Even though you have the option of eating noodles with a fork at the more respectable establishments but that takes the fun out of what is otherwise an authentic Chinese tradition. Your white or light-colored shirts will get stained very easily if you’re new to the chopsticks, it is better to keep dark colored shirts in order to enjoy to amazing noodles while still looking somewhat presentable.
This is especially important if you’re going to bring electrical appliances with you such as electric shavers, hair dryers, and other related items. China uses 220V AC; you may want to bring an adapter plug with you for these appliances.
China has flooded the world with very cheap products; it stands to reason that you would be able to buy things in China at a lesser price since there are no customs or profits of importers involved now. You can bargain for nearly everything in China and you will be amazed by the money you can save especially if it is your first time.To get some of the best bargain deals on almost everything, you should try Groupon.
This is something you need to do before you embark on a trip to China. You should contact your bank and tell them that you’re going to be using your credit card in China otherwise it’ll be a big inconvenience if your card gets canceled in the middle of the trip. Call your bank if you want your trip to China tobe easy.
One of the most important things to remember in China is that most of the tap water in big cities is not drinkable. Bottled water, however, is available at very cheap prices from both restaurants and stores.
Even though China is expanding its high-speed railway’s network, there are still many places you would want to go to in plane in a country as huge as China. However, Chinese airlines seldom leave the airport on time and you will often have to wait at the airport.
One important thing to remember is that China is still a closed country with a strict government which has blocked access to many social media outlets like YouTube, Facebook, and Twitter etc. If you wish to share your latest selfies with your friends and family, back home, then you’ll need to get access to a good VPN.
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