As you know, Mandarin is the main language of China. Now, you may be wondering if the Chinese understand English or not? Well, it depends! Using English is becoming more and more popular in large cities in China; however, you cannot be hopeful that you can manage your trip in English. That’s why it’s recommended to go on a tour or hire a professional tour guide.
The dressing is not a huge consideration in China. Chinese people are usually free to choose what to wear, and there are not strict government rules for dressing. However, Chinese common culture prefers modest clothing. For instance, men usually don’t wear shorts except for beaches, and nudity is forbidden.
You cannot expect toilet papers in Chinese toilets, so bring them with you to not be shocked! Also, there is a high probability of encountering squat toilets in China, especially in smaller towns or economic hostels. It could be a good practice!
🍽️ Chinese Food
Be aware of what you eat. Sanitation standards in China may not be as accurate as in western countries. If you are sensitive, Make sure to have your meal in clean restaurants or hotels. Also, eating street food and snacks is not recommended. In China, burping is seen as a sign of satisfaction with the meal and is considered a compliment to the chef, so don’t be surprised if it happens at the dinner table.
It’s recommended not to take anyone’s photograph without his/her permission. Besides, photography is not allowed in airports, some museums, and military installations. Make sure that you check all the signs around you before taking pictures.
You may face curious local people in small areas of the country starring at you! Besides, spitting and smoking are not considered rude or illegal in public places. You can also smoke in restaurants as well.
💧 Tap Water
Tap water in China is considered unsafe, and travelers should use boiled water or simply drink bottled water in convenient stores everywhere. However, tap water is safe for washing and teeth brushing.
In China, you can find many eastern and western medications at reasonable prices. Also, you can buy many prescription medications without any need to have a prescription.
Hospitals in China are usually crowded; however, hospitals in large cities accept foreign nationalities as there are many foreigners who work and live in large cities of China. Also, you can find English-speaking doctors in large and major hospitals.
🏭 Air Pollution
Big cities of China have many problems with pollution, and even locals wear masks on polluted days; therefore, check the atmospheric conditions before planning.
The Great Wall of China: Explore the lovely Great Wall of China, one of the New Seven Wonders of the World in 2007 and a UNESCO World Heritage.
Chengdu: See Cute Pandas in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, a popular tourism attraction, where visitors can learn about Chengdu Giant Pandas.
Guilin & Yangshuo: Take a Cruise in Li River, a fantastic waterway starting from Guilin and after over 80 km (52 miles) ending in Yangshuo.
Hangzhou: Enjoy West Lake Landscape, a stunning freshwater lake in Hangzhou, divided into five causeways.
Xi’an: Walk around the City Wall of Xi’an, which was built around the old town to surround it as Xi’an has been China’s capital in several dynasties.
Shaolin Temple: Learn Kung Fu at Shaolin Temple, located in Henan Province and known as the birthplace of Kong Fu with over 1,500 years of history.
Terracotta Army: Explore the Terracotta Army in Xi’an, a massive collection of outstanding life-size terracotta sculptures.
Beijing: Be amazed by the Forbidden City in Beijing, the imperial palace of the 24 emperors in the Ming and Qing Dynasties.
Shanghai: Enjoy the Bund in Shanghai, a waterfront boulevard bordering the Huangpu River, displaying a mixture of European architectures.
Tibet: See Lhasa Potala Palace, the most famous religious and administrative fortress of Tibet, located on the top of the red hill called Marpori Hill.
Traveling with a small group of passengers, divides mutual costs such as tour guide cost, transportation, entry fees, etc. between few passengers and makes your tour more affordable. The members of small group tour could be your own family or friends, or other savvy travelers that you will meet and share a journey.
Your time is priceless and we don’t want you to spend your travel time on planning for your vacation day by day. Booking a multi-day tour to a specific destinations makes it easier for you to focus on what you love, instead of going through hundreds of different daily itineraries and plan for each day individually. Simply choose your tour based on the desired duration.
For many destinations, having a local tour guide is a necessity. A professional tour guide helps you to get the most of your travel experience, plan your tours, answers to your questions, teach you the basics of the language, and manage the timings for you and other travelers. All the tour guide fees are included in your tour package.
We carefully handpick all the tours to make sure we offer the most convenient ones that covers everything you need. This includes affordable hotels, local transports, meals, and entry ticket. We make sure to include all the main costs into our itineraries so that you pay for the whole package once, and enjoy your all inclusive tour.