Everyone needs advices before travel in China – some key phrases to know, or understand Chinese customs – it is very important during a first stay in this wonderfull country. Check this video to have an overview of China
The information below will help you become familiar with China for your first trip goes as smoothly as the following.
What is the best time to travel in China?
Autumn is the best time to travel according to tailormade Chinese, a education company based in Beijing and Shanghai. The temperatures are mild, the sun now almost non-existent and rain.
However from the first week of October; it is the golden week so be carefull.
This week is the official week of Chinese holidays, the tourist places are crowded and prices 2-3 times higher than usual.
Spend time in Beijing is a must . I can tell you that I had no idea that the world could be found in the depths of the Great Wall of China.
You can attend many festivals throughout China. Step 2, – The KungFu festival Shaolin monks; the activities do not miss!
The tourist cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, Guilin, Hong Kong, Chengdu, … are all pleasant this time of year.
Exploring China in spring (late April – early May)
The second best period is to go in China at the end of spring or the flower buds and lifts temperatures.
As in October, it is best not to leave during national holidays (1st to May 7) and this for the same reasons as mentioned above.
In late spring, the temperatures are very pleasant with an average of 20 ° across the country.
If northern China is still far from this one rainy season settles softly in the South. I particularly recommend to go to Guilin and all other mountainous regions of China as the wind drives away the clouds and the landscapes are breathtaking.
Starting in September
The month of September is probably the third most pleasant time to go to China.
You have all the benefits of October with the addition of a little higher temperatures which can be nice if you like heat. However, be aware that rainfall still abound all depend on the region you want to visit.
Moon Cake festival
In September the festival takes place from mid-autumn, also known as Moon Festival. It takes place on the 15th day of the 8th month according to the lunar calendar, and that day the moon is rounder and more beautiful than the rest of the year. The full moon in China is often an opportunity to gather with family, so you’ll get to see the most beautiful Chinese customs and traditions. It was also at this time that we eat moon cake it s delicious, not to be missed if you are in China at this time of year.
Going to China in summer (May-August)
Before everything else you need to know that in summer it is very hot and the weather is very humid. It is not an ideal time.
If you wish to visit China in the summer, I advise you to go to Tibet, North West China, Inner Mongolia or in mountainous regions that are more livable a perspective temperatures.
Languages – can Chinese speak english ?
It is entirely possible to travel in China without ever hear English, let alone but it will not be easy every day. . professionals of tourism advice use English Guides in many places.
In big cities like Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong, the Chinese understand and speak little bit English, but only among the young population. In small towns and in the countryside, the overwhelming majority of Chinese know nothing of the language.
It is highly recommended to learn some Chinese basics before departure.
Be Casual during your stay in China, except in the great restaurants of Shanghai, Beijing and Hong Kong where you will need to dress more elegantly. Generally, pants, shirts, T-shirts, dresses and skirts comfortable suit. Allow shorts and short sleeves in summer, but also pants and long sleeves to protect you from mosquitoes at night. A hat proves sometimes essential. A thin rain jacket and sturdy shoes are good allies for walking and hiking in all weathers. The winter in the north and especially in elevation: overlay layers and bring warm clothes.
-Mobile phone charger
-Clothing suitable for the climate
-Hat and sunglasses
-Swiss Army knife
-Check the validity date of your passport
-Book your accommodation and your transportation
-Book a trip to China
Follow the procedure for a Chinese visa, and additional permits
- Learn about airline baggage restrictions
- Notify your bank of your departure
- Subscribe if need travel insurance
- Check the compatibility of your mobile phone abroad
The Chinese show fairly lenient in matters of etiquette, but he must still remain vigilant in certain situations:
Greetings Shake hands, but never made the wind. Nihao to greet and say Zaijian to leave.
To ask for help ask for directions, start your sentence with Wen Qing … (I ask you …) to apologize saying Duìbuqi (Sorry).
Religion Wear proper attire in Buddhist temples (especially in Tibet) and Taoist, churches and mosques.
At table Help fill the plate or the bowl of your table neighbor; raise a glass with your host and other guests; at the beginning of the meal, expect to wear a toast before drinking; if you smoke, give cigarettes to your neighbors; Always offer to pay for the tour in a bar, but did not interpose you to check out if anyone else wants to.
Limit your movement gestures of hands and not use too much body language.
Take with you
-Bank cards Cards (Visa and MasterCard especially) often accepted in tourist cities. In bars and restaurants, ask before ordering.
Distributors of DAB bank ICBC and Bank of China operate 24/24.
You can Change money In hotels, the main branches of Bank of China, and some department stores in international airports. Provide species in small towns.
Needless tip for the restaurant and taxi drivers.
More information on the means of payment and money in China
Can I travel all over China ?
It is possible to visit on its own the vast majority of Chinese sites. Organized circuits (easy to book through your hotel or a travel agency) are sometimes in broken English and may be expensive.
Avoid these circuits to places that can easily visit yourself, as some sections of the Great Wall channels or towns around Shanghai. Some travel agencies have guides who speak only Chinese.
Beware of formulas that include stops in shops or other commercial diversions. Hire the services of a taxi driver can be less expensive while offering more flexibility. Prefer trips organized for difficult access sites, tours of several days in remote areas or to cover several dispersed sites. Guides and recommended agencies are cited in the regional chapters of this guide.