How to Prepare for a Trip to China

By Ruth on September 5, 2015 in advice, travel

Whether you decide to visit China for a fun-filled vacation, or you visit the country for work, you still need to prepare yourself for that trip. China has a number of historic sites that are centuries older than those found in the United States, but you’ll also find street food, amazing restaurants, fun nightclubs and dozens of other attractions. The more time you take to prepare yourself, the more fun you will have. You can learn more about the history, culture and even language before you hop on the plane.

Learn About the Culture and History

Learning about the culture and history of China is a great way to avoid any embarrassing moments once you arrive. You can learn what to do around the people you work with, how to act in public and even how locals think about foreign travelers. Many people traveling to China will also want to pick up and read a book on Chinese history. Reading one of these history books will give you a brief description of the major events in the country’s history, and the books can introduce you to some of China’s top historic sites.

Find Out What to Do

There is nothing worse than traveling to a new destination and discovering that you have no idea where to go or what to do. That is when a travel book comes in handy. You’ll find plenty of e-books that you can download to your tablet and physical books you can take with you. Look for books that relate specifically to your interests or the city you want to visit. Travel books give you tips on exchanging money, the best restaurants in the area and even which attractions and sites you must visit on your trip.

Learn the Language

Chinese is an ancient language that can take years to master, but you can learn some simple words and phrases before you get off the plan. Look for computer programs that teach you simple questions that travelers might ask or programs designed for business travelers. You’ll also find guidebooks that contain phrases and words with phonetic spellings that help you quickly learn what to say in different situations. Using history books, checking out travel guides and picking up a few phrases and words can help you have a better experience when you travel to China for work or pleasure.

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