Tips and Guide that you have to know in China


China is an amazing country, with the highest population in the world, has the most beautiful sceneries in the world and is one of the fastest developing countries in the world. With winning the bid for Beijing Olympic 2008, China has become more recognized in the world. And in 2010, Shanghai (China) held one of the biggest expo in the world. With many world events that China hosted and will be hosting, visitors and tourists from all over the world are increasing rapidly every year.

Below are important tips when holiday, vacation or visiting China for business or for leisure:

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–         Choose the right hotel deals. As good hotel is a plus to get your good resting before continue on China discovery journey. Bringing phone card and calling card  to call back to your country

–         Chinese people known for the shyness and humble and does not show their feeling and emotion in public. So as a foreigner in China, it is good to respect the etiquette and learn not to speak and act bluntly

–         When you have gift for Chinese, below is the gift that is a taboo for Chinese:

Clocks, Straw sandals,crane, Handkerchief, Anything white, blue or black

–         Learn to eat by using chopstick; spoon and fork is rarely use in Chinese restaurant in China. Most of the food is share in China, it is a culture. When using chopsticks, do not stick the chopstick standing upright in rice bowl, as it will look like incense burned at chinese funeral.

–         When drinking alcohol with Chinese, always toast first before having a first sip ; it is Chinese etiquette

–         Eating in Chinese meal usually including more than 7 course foods. Chinese believe that it is better to serve more food than serving less, leaving the guest hungry.

–         When you are out eating with Chinese in China, always offer to pay the bill even though the Chinese already offer to pay the bills. Chinese consider it to be a good manner show attempt to fight to pay for the bill.

–         When you are invited to have dinner or lunch, or given present, it is better firstly to refuse politely the offer a few times. For chinese host, it is polite to offer something a few times and it is polite for the guest to refuse a few times too.

–         If you love zoo and fight for animal right, it is better not to visit the zoo in China as China still lack of animal right.

–         Many of the things in the world is “ made in china”, but you will be surprised on the higher price of the authentic high end goods(except in Hong Kong), especially electronics, than anywhere else in the world. If you were to buy the fake goods, you have to expect the good to be not so long lasting.

–         Leave space in your luggage for shopping in China. There are a lot of thing you might want to buy in China; eg. Souvenirs, clothing, handicrafts etc. For the 1st timer shopper in China, it is better to shop in department store or shopping centre, as the quality of goods is guarantee for the money that you pay. You might find the same goods in the street with very cheap price, but if you are not very good at looking for the quality of the product, you might be disappointed for the goods that you buy on street.

–         Do not feel obliged to buy something on a shop, even if the shop keeper is very nice with you.

–         Prepare medicine to take during your journey to China, especially when you plan to eat much delicious, unique street food in China.

–         If you are travelling in China alone, it is better to know the Chinese writing for the destination that you would like to go in the case that you get lost and need directions. Many Chinese , especially the old Chinese people, does not know how to speak and read English. Even some of the taxi driver cannot understand and read English.

There are many cities in China. And different cities have different etiquette and custom. The above is the high level knowledge that you should be aware of when visiting China. Enjoy your holiday and visit in one of the most impressing country in the world



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