Visiting China for a month... Advice?

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by maxterpiece, Oct 26, 2005.

  1. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    I'm gonna be travelling in china starting on 10/31! I'm really excited. I'm starting my trip in Beijing, making my way west to Lanzhou and visiting my friend who's working in the Peace Corps teaching English there, then making my way down to Shanghai and leaving from there on 11/30.

    I'm going to be travelling alone except for whatever daytrips I make out of Lanzhou with my friend. And I plan on visiting some smaller places inbetween these three stops. I've got a guidebook and I've been practicing some basic Chinese. I'm going to try see the most I can for the least $.

    Has anyone here been to China?
    Does anyone have any advise on places to see or things to be aware of?
    Will I be able to access from behind the great firewall of China?
  2. SamIchi macrumors 68030


    Aug 1, 2004
    Hmmm, my parents just came back from China. They were there for a month. I don't know what kind of advice I could give you. I'd visit Hong Kong if I were you, but that's just me.
  3. mcadam macrumors 6502a


    Apr 3, 2004
    I was there a few years ago on a two week study tour. And it was a very big experience... China appeared to be a very, very strange place. People seemed almost alien - and this is meant in no pejorative way at all. It's just supposed to mean that we and they are very different. And I'm sure they feel the same way about us. This is both creates a lot of troubles when moving about there, but is also way it is so interesting an experience.

    Be prepared that taxi drivers in beijing do not understand one word of English and cannot read a map. In fact very few people we met was able to speak any english, which can make it a bit stressfull in the long run. Except in Shang Hai (amazing city - be sure to enter the labyrinthic "Chinese quarter").

    We also went to Xian, where the terracotta army comes from. I can recomment that too. It's also the only place in China where the old city wall is still intact. The muslim quarter of town is also something special, the food fx is very different (and also nice).

    I think that's all I can tell you. Probably not much of it you didn't know already. I hop you'll h ave a really nice trip.


    ps - yes, it's possible to acces MR from there. There's a chinese member on these boards.
  4. maxterpiece thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    Thanks for the advice. So do you think I should shave my beard and cut my hair? I'm pretty scruffy and fluffy and I don't wanna draw more attention to myself than is necessary. A blue-eyed, blond white kid with an afro and a bushy beard... they'll have every right to think I'm an alien.
  5. fayans macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    MacRumors: Forums
    Visit China with an open mind before you get a culture shock easily. Having said that, Forbidden City and the Great Wall of China are the must-visit places as they have thousand years of culture & history.
  6. scem0 macrumors 604


    Jul 16, 2002
    back in NYC!
    I definitely agree about going to Xian, it'll be a breath of fresh air from Beijing (I mean that quite literally, Beijing is ultra-polluted). I also agree about the Muslim quarter, better shops. You can pay to enter a Muslim temple, which is totally worth it. Absolutely stunning architecture, and wall ornament.

    Eat up! Chinese food in China is amazing! Dumplings are a safe bet, as are spinach and asparagus. Be wary of meat, it all has bones!

    Learn to count in Chinese and be comfortable with doing so. It'll come in handy when you're buying things. It's very simple, too.

    twenty one
    thirty one

    in chinese is:
    one ten one
    two ten one
    three ten one

    yi (e)
    yi shi yi (e shir e)
    ar shi yi (ur shir e)

    So, it's a bit more logical than english.

    Don't be afraid to communicate with people! They will try to help. Don't be freaked out if people want to take pictures with you, especially if you are over 6 feet tall, black, or interesting looking in any way.

    Have a great time, China is an amazing place. :)

  7. giveup macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2004
    there are a lot very nice people around in my country and you are welcome. Just one thing to remember, they are less animal being.
  8. Dont Hurt Me macrumors 603

    Dont Hurt Me

    Dec 21, 2002
    Yahooville S.C.
    My advice is brush up on some of the laws ,customs and watch that freedom of speech, commies dont like that crap.;)
  9. barneygumble macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2005
    Yes, Stay away from the chickens:p, and enjoy the Dim Sum bars eat everything even though it may sound gross. Absorb the culture!
  10. giveup macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2004
    lol, that reminds me something.
  11. Bern macrumors 68000


    Nov 10, 2004
    I might be mistaken but maybe because it is China and they speak Chinese?
  12. giveup macrumors member


    Dec 15, 2004
    Young people like high school and uni students should speak some English. Do not expect old people speak any English. Having dual language map maybe helpful for locals to point you out the way you will go.
  13. tiny_101 macrumors member

    Oct 15, 2005
    All in all China's a pretty good country to visit if you have not yet already. However, I think Shanghai, HK and Beijing are the most worth seeing. The only thing is be careful of what you buy and what prices you buy them for sometimes, lol. The last time I went to Hong Kong, I was completely over-charged for some stuff, haha. (I am Chinese, btw...)

    Anyways, yeah, like some other people have already said, brush up on the laws and whatnot =) Have an awesome trip !

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