China, the world’s most largely populated country, also has a rich and vibrant culture. It is also home to one of the Seven Wonders of the World, namely, the Great Wall of China. Being so culturally diverse, the country is a tourist paradise. It can be termed as a perfect synchronization of the old and the new. As such, China should definitely be on your list of places to visit in the world. It is one of those places that you shouldn’t miss out on with your family. Many people too feel the same way and there are a multitude of tourist heading into China each year. If you too are planning to head over to China for your holiday, here are some useful tips to make your holiday a memorable one.
The Chinese give great respect to their language and as such you will be hard pressed to find a person who speaks or understands English. This will be the case in most places in China, except the metropolitan areas such as Beijing and Shanghai. As a foreigner this can be frustrating experience and you will find yourself simply giving up because you are unable to bridge the communication barrier. Well, the best solution in to attend a few Mandarin classes before you head over to China. Not only will this make it easier for you to navigate and deal with the Chinese better, but will also make your holiday an enjoyable one.
Chinese also respect their currency. As such, you will most probably find only Chinese currency changing hands wherever you go. So it is a good idea to take cash with you. Many local banks do not accept foreign cards and this can be an issue if you had planned to do all shopping on your credit or debit card. The best thing to do, as mentioned above, is to change a significant amount of your money into local currency and pay by cash. Banks in the metropolis usually have at least one English speaking staff to guide you through. But, here too, you will find those Mandarin classes in Singapore that you took to be quite useful.
China is also famous for its unique food. The food is usually flavourful and somewhat spicy. So be prepared to experience quite different taste from what you are usually used to back home. Most international hotels serve both Chinese and western cuisine while there are also some places that serve only traditional Chinese cuisine. The street food also is a popular type of food in China and is quite safe. If you are apprehensive about the quality of the street food, just follow locals and eat from where they eat.