China is the world’s third biggest country by territory and has the largest population. It is one of the longest-running civilizations on earth with its unique and attractive culture. It has developed at record speed to become the second largest economy in the world. Furthermore, China holds innumerable attractions for tourists to explore. Whether you are looking for ancient history, urban wonders, picturesque landscapes, or cultural experiences; more and more world travelers are turning their toes towards China. However, before packing your things, here are some things you should keep in mind while traveling in China, especially traveling alone.
Some questions that are posed when traveling abroad, Chinese travel is:
1. What to prepare before going to China?
Remember that your passport and visa are the most important things, followed by your insurance, travel plans, ATM cards you can use, enough cash and bring in some extra drugs you may need in the worst case. Remember to apply for a visa 6 weeks before booking your flight.
2. What if you can not speak Chinese?
The main language in China is Mandarin Chinese. Different regions have different local dialects. In China, most people can only speak little basic English, so the language barrier is often the biggest problem. That’s why you should try to learn a little Chinese before your trip. In addition, you should also download some types of translation applications. List the sights or food that you are interested in and prepare sentences related to them in Chinese in your notebook or on your phone.
3. How to book a hotel or hostel?
Good sleep is really important for a journey. Some websites are willing to help you book hotels in China easily.
Dorm is the wise choice to travel alone. Staff in the dormitory can speak common English. If you need help with travel, you can ask them. Room charges in high-end hotels are about 50-100 USD/ night. Although it seems more expensive, of course, good accommodation will make your trip comfortable and relaxing.
4. How to move in/among super – crowded cities in China?
The most common means of transport among cities in China are aircraft and trains. You can buy tickets through the official website.
Note: English is not available on railway official website. But you can buy train tickets at the station.
Tour guides are good choices if you want to visit various places or suburban area. But you will be passive and uncomfortable with your trip. In addition, taxis and buses are also a safe option. Taxi drivers will take you to the place. But make sure they understand the location you need by bringing hotel name cards, dormitories or names of places in Chinese characters.
5.Can foreign money be used in China?
In China, you can only use Yuan (CNY or RMB). You can exchange USD at a branch of a Chinese bank or use an ATM card, but make sure that they have the VISA logo.
6. Is traveling alone safe?
The gap between the rich and the poor in China is large, so thieves are everywhere. Pay attention to your property, especially your phone, camera, purse. Make sure you have a copy of your passport, Chinese visa and entry stamp, etc. Print out important papers for at least one more copy using in an emergency.
7. The best time to visit China?
There is no definite time for a trip to China. Because of some locations in China, you can visit year round. However, avoid going on their national holidays: National Day (October 1 to 7), Labor Day (March 1), Spring Festival (January or February), Labor Day (May 1). On these are days, a lot of Chinese people go out, so you will have trouble booking hotels, train tickets, and sightseeing tickets during this time.
8. Where to have fun in China?
If you do not have an idea of where to have fun in China, search the web first or buy travel booklets in China for clear and accurate information on the destination. If your travel plans are just for a week and your time is limited to explore all the attractions you have admired. You should take a look at self-sufficing Chinese travel experiences that are available online. Rearrange your schedule in a scientific way. Alternatively, consult some expert advice or travel agent.
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