Know these things before traveling to China!

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China has become one of the most attractive travel destinations in the world. You'll find impressive modern achievements within an ancient and incredibly rich culture whose recorded history dates back 5,000 years. Below are few things which will make your trip hassle-free.

1. Cash is preferred

There are many places, restaurants, and hotel chains now accept Visa and Mastercard, the most widely accepted card scheme is UnionPay as far as China is concerned. But cash is needed too! There are many places where cash will be required.

2. China recognizes only one currency – its own.

The official currency of China is the yuan, otherwise known as RMB. The currency notes are available in many. Notes are available for 1RMB, 10RMB, 20RMB, 50RMB, and 100RMB. Chinese businesses do not accept other currency, including the US dollar and the Hong Kong dollar.

3. Tell your bank you’re visiting China

Make sure your bank knows you’re going to be using your card in China. You don’t want your card being canceled mid-trip.

4. Exchange currency at ATMs in China

While many Chinese banks do not accept foreign cards, larger chains such as HSBC can be used to withdraw local currency from foreign bank accounts. This usually offers a far better exchange rate than services such as Travelex.

5. Don’t give tip in China

In China, how so ever it is, the great service, food anything, don’t tip them.

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6. Street food in China

Chinese street food is delicious and it is everywhere! check to see where the locals are dining so you are safe. If you see a queue, it’s likely to be a safer bet.

7. Bring a translator

People do prefer Chinese, many places you may not find anyone speaking English.

If you need to do your banking face to face, you may need to bring a local to help translate. Very few bank employees will have sufficient English to help you, although in larger cities such as Beijing or Shanghai they should have an English speaker on staff.

8. Negotiation will help

Outside of chain stores and boutiques, it’s totally possible to practice your negotiation skills. Never accept the marked price or first price offered. They do negotiate a lot. It is pretty cheap there.

9. Visas for China

China does not offer visas on arrival, so you’ll need to arrange your visa well in advance of your travels. When applying for a tourist visa, you’ll need to provide either a letter of invitation from a Chinese friend or relative or provide a detailed itinerary of your intended trip. This includes return flights and confirmed reservations for your hotel bookings.

Visas can be applied for in person at the Chinese consulate or can be ordered via post.

10. Travel insurance for China

While China is a very safe country with relatively low crime, it pays to be prepared. Book travel insurance with World Nomads they cover travelers from all over the world and be sure to ensure more valuable items such as cameras, laptops etc.

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11. Reach the airport early

It is advisable to get to the airport three hours early for international flights to China and two hours early for domestic. Chinese airports can often be chaotic and overcrowded, so it is always better to be safe.

12. Drinking water in China

For the most part, tap water in China is not drinkable. And anyways in any country Bottled water is preferred and can be purchased very cheaply at most restaurants and stores.

13. Finding a doctor in China

Chinese hospitals can be crowded and daunting, but most major cities also have specialized hospitals catering to foreigners living and working in the country.
Even in the crowded public hospitals, many doctors will speak English.