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Travel to China
Things to know before you travel to China:
- Cash is king. While most of large restaurants and hotels except credit cards, many businesses require payment in cash.
- Currency exchange is a must. China only recognizes its own currency, the yuan.
- Don’t tip in China. While most Americans would think it rude not to leave a tip, the Chinese don’t tip and aren’t expecting you to either.
- The tap water is not drinkable. Bottled water should be readily available for purchase.
- Bring toilet paper with you. While out and about many bathroom facilities in China will not provide toilet paper, so it’s best to be prepared.
- Utilize public transportation. China’s G-trains are affordable and fast.
- Real Chinese food isn’t what you will find in restaurants across the U.S. Don’t go looking for sweet and sour chicken and egg rolls, typical Chinese dishes are more simplistic.
- Expect to have less personal space. Chinese cities are often crowded and it isn’t uncommon to be shoved or jostled around.
- Explore beyond the big city. China has a lot to offer, including some natural beauties, like the Karakul Lake.