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China is a great country to travel and explore and we made many great memories on the trip. There are a few things to keep in mind if you are travelling to China for the first time, though.
This was my first trip to this great and diverse country and we got to experience some new cultures, way of life and cuisines. China has a rich past and a highly developed language that has been used since ancient history.
Chinese population converses in Mandarin and Cantonese along with many other dialects and English is not a popular language which is cause for many adventures for the English speaking traveler when traveling in China. Since I did not find a comprehensive list of tips before traveling to China, I decided to jot down some recommendations from my experiences in traversing this great and unique country.
Forbidden kingdom, China
If like me you can’t make local friends on such short notices it is a good idea to travel with a tour guide or go with a tour company. Most tour companies in China can provide you an English speaking tour guide and a driver with a car. Traveling with a tour guide is great especially if you want to explore places that are outside the city limits.
Wu Garden, Shanghai
Chinese markets are a great place to shop. There are all types of markets in China from high end malls to flea markets and fake merchandise markets. Most of the merchandise you can get are good quality too. Bargaining in local markets happens over the calculator where the shop keeper would enter their price and you are expected to key in the amount you are willing to pay. There are apps available that can be downloaded which give the correct price that you can pay at a fake market.
Enjoy your trip!
Image source: Forbidden city, China by Shutterstock.
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