I’ve traveled around Asia quite a lot in the recent years, but China somehow differs from the rest of the countries I’ve been to. Now in no way I’ve spent enough time there or been to each and every city this huge country has to offer. Nevertheless I still think I got a pretty good impression of it. So here are a few things that might help you navigate through China with greater ease.
Eventhough I’m a huge advocate for trying local foods while traveling, be careful when trying the street food. The best way to avoid stomach bugs is by making sure that either the food is prepared right in front of you and is still hot. If you see a queue, it’s likely to be a safer bet as well. Sometimes ordering food even in restaurants is a gamble in China, since it is very common for all kinds of animal anatomy to make it onto your plate. The two places I recommed you visit are Wangfujing Night Street Food Market and Quanjude Roast Duck in Beijing.
- Bring hand soap or hand sanitizer
- Always drink botteled water
- Like most other Asian countries, China is also a bring-your-own-toilet-paper kind of a place
- Get to the airport early, delays in China are not uncommon
- Download translator apps on your phone
- Cash is prefered, unless you manage to pay with your WeChat app (yes, you can do that too)
- China recognises only its own currency, so they won’t accept any other, that includes US and Hong Kong dollars too