If you are busy planning a trip to China for your next holiday and this is your first time to the oriental land, then here are 5 handy tips that will make your trip more enjoyable.
1. Handle the Language Barrier
The first and foremost challenge that you will need to address when in China is the language. Everyone here speaks Chinese and very little of any other language let alone English. There are simple solutions to this universal problem. Our first tip would be to buy a basic book of Mandarin to carry along. This book should essentially have the basic Chinese phrases translated into English. The next thing to do is to try and memorize a few of these phrases and words. Finally, download translator apps that are available for free on Google and other reliable sources.
2. Plan Your Itinerary
China is a large country to explore and its best to begin with the most visited places. Start from looking at the 10 best places to visit in China and see if you can do it. Another way to approach your travel plan to China is by choosing a province and settling down to visit some of the famous parts of it. Here are the three most liked provinces of China:
It has some of the best heritage sites to visit in the world including the Great Wall. So this should be your first choice.
This province is home to the world famous rice terraces and is perfect for those who travel for adventure.
It is a province with forests, ancient villages, lakes, peaks, mountains and plateaus.
3. When to Visit
As we have already mentioned China is a large country with varied geography. Hence, the weather condition in Beijing may not match with that in Hunan. So the best thing to do is to check out the weather conditions at each place and plan your trip accordingly. For most parts, spring and autumn are the best time to visit China. But it is not true for all parts of the country. In some places, these seasons hardly exist, so you could land yourself in the middle of a hot summer or a biting winter. So play safe and get the weather updates before you plan your trip.
4. Travel Local
Most parts of China are connected by an efficient public transport system. Using public transport to get you to places is the best way to experience the country for various reasons. You save a lot when you use this system and you get to experience the local culture first hand. And be assured, you will not get lost. Chinese are great at hospitality. Locals are always ready to help out a tourist.
5. Enjoy Local Cuisine
Chinese cuisine is one of the most adored in the world. Hence, when in China, do not miss out on their delicious food. But be warned that in many of the restaurants you would have to use only chopsticks, as they have no forks. Many of the local eateries will not even understand when you ask for one. The best thing to do is to carry your own set of forks and spoons if you have to.