Before you take a trip to China, there is some essential information you must have. This information is that which will help and guide you throughout your stay in China. When you visit China, you will likely want to visit the popular tourist centres like Beijing, Chengdu, Guilin, Shanghai, just to mention a few. This information will aid your visit.
One of the most important things to know when travelling to China is that they do not offer Visas to arrivals. So before you travel, you will need to arrange your visa well in advance. It is a known fact that when applying for a tourist visa, some of the requirements needed include you providing a detailed itinerary of your intended trip and this includes return flights and confirmed reservations for your hotel bookings. It is necessary for you to know that China’s gateway airports are huge but easy to navigate.
The taxis in China are very cheap as a typical 40 minutes trip from an airport to a hotel costs less than $10, with no tip expected because the Chinese do not give tips so they do not expect it. When you use a taxi, however, it is imperative that you have the destination printed out or visible on a screen in Chinese to avoid any hassle and misinformation. It is advisable to have a language translator app on your mobile phone or to hire the services of a translator.
Local subways are easy to use as there are system maps, ticket machines, station names and recorded announcements are all presented in both Chinese and English language. The only problem is that metros are crowded at most times and busy at rush hours. Train fares are cheap and affordable; this makes it easier for you to navigate around China without breaking a sweat over the cost of transportation.
Also the hotel prices are low in comparison with other countries. Even the rates for four star and five-star hotels are lower than you might expect and this makes it easier for you to get a comfortable accommodation.
Although payments by cash are usually acceptable and are the only medium of exchange or transaction in some areas of the country, some other business organizations accept Visa and Master cards for payment. For payments made by cash, it is therefore pertinent to note that China only recognizes its own currency and nothing else. So it is advisable to exchange currency at the ATMs in China.
Larger cities in China have been said to have serious problems with air pollution, particularly in Beijing. Many locals swear by masks on days with hazardous air pollution and it is usually advisable to avoid those areas or wear face masks just like the locals, but it is safer to avoid exertion on days with particularly bad pollution.
And for communication, it is advisable to get a local SIM card in China and the major carriers include China Telecom and China Unicom.