- Spitting in China
Chinese people do not use handkerchiefs and tissues to clear their noses, and instead spit. I know that can be gross for some people, but be prepared for this.
- Personal space
As you already know China is a crowded place. So, don’t get surprised if you are pushed in queuing.
- Taking photos in China
People in this country love to take pictures, and do not get surprised if a local tries to click a photo of you or even comes up to ask for a picture with you.
- Mailing things home from China
It is very affordable to post things back home using China Post’s surface (sea) mail. It can take two months but is a very affordable way to get your belongings home.
- Beware of Chinese knock-offs
Shopping streets like Nanjing Road in Shanghai are a great place to find a bargain, but remember that knockoffs of major brands can be seized at the airport upon your return home.
- Don’t be shy in restaurants
Chinese waiters and waitresses aren’t as energetic, so don’t be afraid to call them, if you want service.
NOTE: Don’t be surprised if your starter, main, and dessert all arrive at once while your friend still waits for their first dish.
- Get a local SIM card in China
China’s major network includes China Telecom and China Unicom. You can purchase SIM cards at the airport or at most corner stores, and credit is quite affordable.
Chinese SIM cards are usually locked to the province in which they are purchased, so you will have to pay roaming charges when texting, calling, or using data outside of this country.
- Get a VPN for China
When you visit China remember that their ‘Great Firewall’ blocks sites like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Instagram, and most of the Google selection. If you want to access these in China, you’ll need to purchase a VPN.
While shopping for VPNs, check that they cover China – as many free options do not.
Get your vPN with NordVPN here. It’s what we use and is fantastic for China.
- Download Weixin (or WeChat)
China’s main messaging app is Weixin (WeChat in English) and everybody you meet will have it.
I hope my experience of traveling to China helps you have a memorable time.
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