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4 Must-visit destinations in China in June 2019

Want to have a summer vacation of a lifetime? The magic of Chinese travel makes it simple to choose a destination and take the right trip to China. There are plenty of great summer destinations in China that are full of exciting sights, great culture, and scenic natural features. And travel experiences can be customized to suit travelers’ interests and preferences.

The Mandarin Chinese language is the foundation of all Chinese language travel experiences. From travel guidebooks to travel apps to exhibitions, even China’s own museums and monuments, these resources can help travelers stay within budget and in style. Even without a Mandarin passport, it’s simple to take pictures in China. You just need a mobile phone or an app that supports Chinese character recording and translation.

4 Must-visit destinations in China in June 2019

China is a country with tons of amazing attractions, and there are lots of local intangibles and activities that make visiting one of the great destinations for tourists. Here are 4 destinations to visit in June 2019:

1. Beijing-Jinan Railway Station in Beijing

Located in Beijing, this train station is a main attraction for sightseers. It is well known for its scenic environment, and is definitely worth exploring. Once you’ve made your way through the station, take a look at its architectural history. The “What Were They Thinking?” exhibition is currently running to teach you about certain historic elements of Beijing. After you’ve visited it, take a stroll through the Chinese National Museum. Located in Beijing, it is the most important historical Chinese museum in the world and with over 100,000 artifacts, it is worth visiting. For a final opportunity to explore Beijing’s history, take a two-hour China Soaring Aerial Tour with SkyPeacepaer to make the most of the helicopter views.

2. Dunhuang

Dunhuang is home to four legendary Chinese legends. This ancient city is visited by millions of tourists each year, including those who just want to observe the huge cattle market and watch the majestic feudal architecture. For those looking for something more, Dunhuang is the perfect place to visit during summer season. Check out the Dunhuang Temple, a local shrines, or the public square to see picturesque scenes and enjoy the scenic sites. The art of Chinese calligraphy is one of the most popular ways to learn Chinese. No matter how you learn, visit the Dunhuang Traditional Calligraphy Museum to see traditional calligraphy from ancient, as well as from various contemporary art studios.

3. Yunnan Province

Yunnan is considered as one of the largest green lands in the world, making it a desirable place to visit. The resort spots there range from small volcanoes to incredible natural beauty. In addition to the beauty, the language and cuisine are also very unique. The only yellow lake in Central Asia, Shijiazhuang Lake is one of the warmest spots in the country and is definitely worth seeing. Or for a bird’s eye view of Yunnan’s landscapes, visit Mount Phoenix and experience the breathtaking views.

4. Xianhui River

If you are inspired by the national park in Yunnan, you can also experience the river and adventure tourism in Yunnan’s other lands. Xianhui River’s variety of water fun offers exhilarating scenery and allows you to experience the great history of Xianhui. Visit the water park which offers various waterslides and rides. Look for tents from ancient times and marvel at the picturesque scenery during summer.

China has a lot of famous attractions, including these five:

Many visitors don’t know that there are billions of lovely charms waiting in China. The best part about China is that most of the attractions are world famous. To learn more about these places, visit the Chinese website or download the app at your favorite app store. Take advantage of China’s convenient visa requirements and learn the beautiful stories of Chinese culture and visit them as a tourist.

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Singapore Offers Comfort to the Guests for a Pro-Active Holiday Season

Whether you are on a work trip or an expensive vacation, Singapore comes in handy for the holiday season. The world’s oldest Christian city-state can keep many a horticulturalist occupied for four weeks. Although Singapore provides a very satisfactory travel package, it does come with its share of budget-friendly options.

Best Infrastructure

Singapore comes as close to a two-way rail link as we can get today. If you are carrying around a huge amount of luggage and simply need to keep moving for a while, Singapore is your perfect stopover. Tickets and fare cards are accepted on both public and private trains and trains are cheaper than the rest of the world. Making an overnight journey costs approximately USD $60 and it takes about 7-8 hours to reach the midway point. When on the road, bring along a refillable bottle to fill your car’s water dispenser for a 5 dollar fee. One does not need a licence to get a car on the road in Singapore, but when you are parked your car for an extended period of time, you will have to pay a daily fee of $14.

Exciting Theater and the Arts

Singapore has a lot to offer the art enthusiasts. One may visit galleries of the National Arts Council and enjoy their exhibitions during the festival period. As an added bonus, some of the famous galleries located in major cities will provide you with discounts on your art work, prints, or artwork during the festival period. You can even book a spectacular visit to the famed artwork districts known as The Orchard or The Financial Central – Fort Canning. The cinemas located in those areas offer discounts and special packages, and the experience will be every bit worth the expense. See www.theatre.gov.sg.

Fees and Taxes

During the tourist season, Singapore taxes and charges for goods and services to the tune of approximately USD 20.50. Access to the National Heritage Museum, the Maritime Museum and the Museum of Transport and Aviation will set you back approximately $5.90. All you need to do to welcome a sealed gift worth USD $3.00 is to be at the ‘Door of Admission’.

Hotels

Faced with a limited selection of accommodation options, hotels in Singapore offers a wide range of options to accommodate every need. You may choose to enjoy some of the beaches, or stay in hotels located in the more populated areas. A festive escape to one of the most popular islands, the Orchard Road, may be the best strategy here.

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Xi’an, Cultural Capital of China: An Epoch Times Travel Blog

Major weekdays, I’m off to Xi’an, central China. After leaving Shanghai I take the plane to Xi’an, sleep on a small bed in a dorm, and hop a train. The train cars have a wonderful view of the Qin River and Ai River. On my way to Xi’an I buy new boots at a flea market and wrap them around my feet, ready for the rodeo riding feeling of my riding school career when I return.

I find this city to be quite central. The trails go west from Xi’an, and running north from Xi’an, the Terracotta Army is walked from the city center into the mountains of Jiuzhaigou. I spend about 3 days there on my way back. I’m curious to see why the Chinese call the “Vale of Terracotta” the “golden relics.” For me, it’s a great symbol for the sacrifices that the Chinese made in 1914, when over 100,000 male humans were baked in the earth in perpetuity, to celebrate the resurrection of the gods.

Besides the luxury history and dinosaur hunters, Xi’an is a great city for entertainment, culture, food, and shopping. It’s a modern industrial city on the banks of the River Qi. It has a very modern area that is a bridge to the past, and a zone of winding and twisting streets that symbolize the old.

I discovered that pictures of the Terracotta Army have been seen everywhere. I was really confused by the guidebooks for the Terracotta Army that use angles. How can they use angles? The Times Square corner where we bought our tickets for my husband was also a bookstore and souvenir store. When we got to the front doors of the store, we left our wallets in a pail so they wouldn’t be sniffed by souvenir hawkers. As it turned out, the only tickets left were for trips to the Imperial Hospital museum, but on my visit I didn’t get past security and had to leave my wallet on the street. If we found a new “location free” passport the only places you can stay and not be an “ostentatious tourist” are in the Museum of the Terracotta Army.

Xi’an is a good place to travel if you want to know about China’s history, but don’t want to be intimidated by the Chinese. Then, if you can find some rolling hills on the Terracotta Army trail to ride, rides are better. When I was 10, my mother insisted that I leave my hair in a roll and set it on fire to make it look like a rock.

Here are a few tips to help you visit the Terracotta Army in Xi’an.

Run properly on the city roads of Xi’an. An advanced pedestrian is advised to try to run fast along the city streets but not in the lanes with wide signs that tell you to slow down. You don’t want to run over someone when you brake suddenly. Walking at a sedate pace helps you take in more of the city’s sights and doesn’t impede traffic. Also, pay attention to drive instructors. There is a tremendous amount of metal digging around, but many drivers and instructors don’t recognize the pitiful pitiful crustaceans. You don’t want to get behind the wheel of a truck or a bus at around 4 in the afternoon to see the cockfights. You don’t want to get stuck driving your car around gauntlet fields or pavilions because of abandoned cars or overgrown trees. Parking is a luxury at several of the attractions that surround the Terracotta Army. The tickets were very expensive, but parking was inexpensive.The Terracotta Army tours in Xi’an are very advanced. You need to have good language skills, because there are a lot of people who don’t understand the Chinese. It’s a great education in social psychology in how people communicate.

The most important to remember is that the Terracotta Army was made to be seen. Try to pay attention and stay on course. You may think that you have met the guardian of the Terracotta Army, but you haven’t yet.

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10 Exciting Experiences in China for New Year

Foreign tourists to China – it is said that the sea is open to everybody, everywhere. It’s said also that the visitor can even touch the Hangzhou Fire Tower, and its famed 822-meter-high tower with red-and-blue lighting.

During the New Year holidays, during several months of February-May, it is speculated the landmarks that we see all over the world can be visited in China.

Below, we list 10 experiences in China that will be in all the world’s books at the New Year.

1) Chun Qi Temple, Shangri-La Tianfu: Being as the modern era is saying a giant transformation was happening all around the globe, a big and modern attraction became the Palace of the Dragon. “Cooldown” came in the end, and the great “ancient Qin dynasty” was rekindled. To ensure that great memories are rekindled, the Grand Hotel Shangri-La Tianfu, a 5-star, award-winning hotel in Chaoyang District of Hangzhou city has opened the Chun Qi Temple.

2) Dinosaur University, Beijing: You can reach a place where 40 different species of dinosaurs have been discovered: Dinosaur University

3) World Tour, Hangzhou: This tourist attraction, where over 45,000 tour guides are trained by global consulting company, Partners Travel, is dedicated to providing the latest in travel services. Through life-long learning, tour guides will learn the newest in travel & tourism technology.

4) Hizong International Plaza with Oriental Art Institute, Hangzhou: Located at the 2nd and 3rd floors of the Hizong International Plaza, Oriental Art Institute of Hangzhou has the highest up-to-date art schools in the country.

5) Hongkou Letidiania Center, Hangzhou: The beautifully designed Hongkou Letidiania Center has three levels with five-star eateries. It also has a “China First Hotel” within the complex with best accommodations in the city.

6) Media Tourism Center, Beijing: with this media center, it is estimated that a lot of the tourists will come to media tourist area to view motion photos, films, Chinese dramas, and plays on screen. It is the first-of-its-kind of this kind in the world.

7) The Great Wall, Gansu: It is a longer than the Great Wall of Great Britain. Great Wall of China has the highest height of 1842 meters. The Gansu Great Wall is built to 500 meters high, occupying 11,600 acres of land.

8) China-France Open Air Museum, Beijing: Stunning, beautiful, beautiful. It is the first-of-its-kind in China, serving as an extension of the biggest field in China, the “Dragon’s Gate,” where it is offering the most varied and comprehensive overview of Chinese culture and artifacts’ external links to the rest of the world.

9) Waterloo Bridge, Hangzhou: Located near Grand Hotel Hangzhou, this attraction supports over 30 meters of bridge.

10) Beijing Silk River, Hangzhou: This project that was first developed in 2009, this attraction was expected to go the world’s best tourism destination in two years or so.

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Discover China and Learn more about traveling

Discover China

by Tabora Holland ~ www.visitchina.com – International traveler and travel enthusiast Tabora Holland provides many great tips and holiday travel packages during this travel season. Tabora Holland is the author of ‘Beyond Endless City’ and ‘My Travel Memoir: When Travel Became My Life,’ in which she shares personal stories of eating ramen and visiting rock climbers and more in the small town of Linköping, Sweden.

Hungry for more travel tips? If you can think about new destinations to explore and the steps that you will take, your travel experience can become fantastic. We have all heard that travel is not a destination but a journey, so what are some ways in which your adventure can be enhanced?

Cultural Enriched Country China – Eye Catching Travel Destinations

1. Make a plan

Planning a big trip is not difficult. People traveling in the USA take many public transportation systems to get around to visit major cities like NYC, D.C., Chicago, Chicago, and Detroit. We will share several suggestions on how to enjoy traveling through public transportation.

Plan a course of travel and find a school of thought so you can adapt your travel experience to how you see yourself. Evaluate the right destination to visit and your plans should take into account these considerations.

2. Travel with a group

Group travel is a great way for experienced travelers to share their experience and make friends with other travelers who are traveling the same way. This is definitely a good and great experience.

To find a school of thought for traveling you can try to locate popular travel forums of renowned globetrotters and create a travel plan with a group of travelers.

As some of you may have experienced this in your travels, travel is like a magical place that draws you in to explore and find out more. Traveling with a group is an awesome way to share the experience.

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3. Eat and drink your way through

It is not the important how much you eat, but it is very important how much you consume. It is really important to be healthy so you know what you should eat and the types of food to enjoy and drink.

Try to travel eating local foods. Look for small restaurants and small markets and small table eating. As for shopping, open your pocket book and look for street vendor’s bags. When this is your only choice, you will not waste time and effort in shopping.

Eat your way around the city as it can be a fun. Drink local beverages and beer. Snack on fresh fruit and fruit juices.

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4. Choose a new trip to stay close to home

Many years ago we left our jobs for life-long travels in far places, but now we would like to travel closer to home. However, a trip close to home is still an adventure because you will get to spend time with your friends and loved ones.

We would like to recommend that you can create some plans for your next travel adventure. There are so many airports and hotels throughout the country where you can book your stay. Try and plan a few vacation days to go back home and do different activities and things you would like to see.

We are also not recommending that you take a long vacation, because you can do that after you have returned to your job in your town. But planning a quick vacation each year may be a good plan because it really helps to relax.

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5. Go out of your usual high stress city

Experience city life through separate activities outside of high stress areas.

Visit a local restaurant and learn about what is on the menu. Visit a bookstore where you will discover books with unique and interesting covers and features. Join a tour company and learn more about a museum and other experiences which may not be there on the ordinary high stress tour.

Recently the government has started a program to promote happiness and that will give you more time to focus on the sights and experiences. Also, travel companies have started to provide leisure travel services.

Another important factor is that you can get local gifts from the streets. Ask the store owners and people around to bring you some gifts and souvenirs.

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CHINA MAKES BIGGEST MARK ON MOON

On September 15, 1971, Neil Armstrong made one of the most epic, unforgettable, earth-shattering, earth-breaking, earth-shattering, inarguably life-changing, life-changing moments in human history with his historic moon walk. To mark the landmark achievement, the Chinese government decreed a moon ceremony in 1974 for all moon-watchers around the world. But, despite these celebrations, China had been making a push for manned space exploration for some time. It took NASA ten years to reach the moon after Japan set foot there first.

In the 1970s, as the USSR began to edge ahead of the US, Chinese engineers developed equipment such as unmanned rockets and test bases. But the country’s eyes were first focused on the moon. On October 21, 1977, the Chinese Chang’e-I and Chang’e-II spacecraft, consisting of two, lightweight landers and orbiters, became the first two spacecraft to touch down on the moon’s surface, safely returning unprecedented data from within and beyond it, and reigniting the country’s fascination with its lunar sandbox.

Just 40 years later, the same track can be seen as China begins to intensify its pursuit of the moon as its top space goal. China’s new Chang’e-III lunar lander – it named after a rooster – is the furthest-along of all. It became the first government satellite to return samples from the moon last summer. With support from Russia and India, China is also working towards using a robo-lander on a manned mission.

Today, we celebrate the moon, and China, and the hope that these bold and dramatic milestones will inspire the next generation of China’s global leaders to reach for the stars and create incredible feats of modern technology.

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Neighborhood-class house on a large tract of land; Was this a plane crash?

Written by Michelle Mosconi, Beaverbrook, ON

5:00 am: Technicians are inspecting drones that may be used to inspect the new Beijing Airport.

4:30 am: After a long nap, Jack, who has worked all night on the project, is awoken by a colleague who explains that the drone program is up and running.

8:00 am: A joint operation team has installed a small drone, which can operate indoors. A video monitor shows an empty room with a wall of brick, seemingly very quiet.

8:40 am: A small group of workers has access to a WiFi signal, taking photos, playing music and talking together.

9:30 am: A small drone takes off from a bucket placed on the fence.

10:00 am: Air traffic controllers confirm that all flights should continue to land at the new airport.

11:00 am: A motorcycle taxis with a stepstool on the seat arrives.

12:30 pm: Airport workers carry out inspection on the stepstool.

1:15 pm: A truck passes by picking up parts of a stepstool.

2:00 pm: A car parks itself behind a motorcycle.

2:45 pm: A special video screen shows an update on flights.

3:00 pm: A helicopter is seen flying through the bright sky.

3:30 pm: A car makes a short ride.

4:00 pm: Two groups of laborers enter an apartment that is on the only floor visible.

4:20 pm: Electronics are hung from the ceiling.

4:30 pm: Men carry out laying of brick.

4:50 pm: A bus is seen driving through the town.

5:30 pm: A private plane arrives.

6:00 pm: A men’s clothing store is seen in the plaza.

6:10 pm: A man’s clothing store is seen in the plaza.

6:20 pm: Woman’s shoe store is seen in the plaza.

6:40 pm: A car park is seen.

6:55 pm: Hair salon is seen in the plaza.

7:00 pm: A woman’s clothing store is seen in the plaza.

7:30 pm: A film crew arrives to film the first flight.

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Everything You Need to Know Before Visiting China

This foreign country will entice you in a few different ways, but generally speaking, there are a number of things that you need to know about visiting China. One of the more important things you need to understand is to visit the country at the same time of year that it’s most popular. November and December are the months that Chinese people most enjoy traveling to the country. This is why more than 1.5 million people travel from the United States to China every year for the important holiday periods: National Day, Children’s Day, and the Mid-Autumn Festival. But if you are planning to visit in the next few months, make sure you are going to China during the most popular periods so that you can enjoy the tourist attractions and holidays at their best.

What You Should Expect to See Before Leaving the United States

If you have made plans to travel to China in 2019, before you leave you should prepare yourself. The United States has an extensive network of visa and tourist services, and most of them charge a high number of dollars. This is because they have to pay an amount to have their documents renewed in order to remain in the country, and as such they cannot afford to lose their documents. They are also willing to waive processing fees and visa fees to be used for other purposes, making it possible for you to pay a lower fee if you do not want to travel by air. One of the best ways to get to know your way around a tourist destination in China is to visit the Website of the Department of State: http://travel.state.gov. Although you should be careful when you visit the website of the U.S. Department of State because of sensitive information, the Website should be able to help you with anything you need to know about being a tourist in China.

In order to prepare yourself for a visit to China, it is important to purchase visas from a competent travel agency that has direct experience. There are many legitimate travel agencies to choose from in the United States, but most of them cannot guarantee you the travel documents that you need to visit China. For this reason, a specific visa may be the only way you can get the document that you need to stay in China. Alternatively, you may make a photocopy of your passport, which is even better, but the cost for this must be prepared prior to traveling.

Know the Security Procedures in China

Security procedures in China are similar to those in other popular tourist destinations, and will typically involve providing a valid passport or some other identification before you are allowed to enter the country. The process can be expedited for people who are willing to pay extra for the services offered, such as by buying hotel blocks (tourism points), but this is only the case for hotels that are in possession of visas from the China. If you travel within the United States, you do not need to apply for any kind of travel documents at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate. Additionally, if you do not have a valid passport, you can pay for a token with the Embassy to help you get a new passport. Once you have a valid passport, visa and visa waiver, you can enter the country legally.

Know the Don’ts

As a visitor to China, you should know that the country has strict regulations in place to ensure the safety of its citizens and visitors, and these rules apply to anyone who has the intention of gaining entry to the country, be it tourists or the general public. Any attempts to gain entry to China on a lark will result in being denied entry or barred from entry, and in most cases, you will be penalized with hefty fees, as well as the opportunity to face harsher penalties if you are caught doing any of the banned activities. This also applies to large corporations such as companies with their own offices, which are subject to these policies.

There are many facilities in China for the protection of the public such as police stations and border control. If you find yourself in these facilities and are held by the security officers, you will be given an additional form of identification and receipts in order to be allowed to leave without a ticket. It is important to be cautious as to how you walk from one place to another as this could end up as a potential risk for the company you work for, the customers you meet, and everyone else that you come in contact with.

Make the Most of Your China Trip

If you are planning to visit China, you should think about getting to know your way around the country as there are certain ways that you can begin the journey before you leave. One is to visit the University of Massachusetts in China where there are a number of guides who can assist you with exploring the country. The University of Massachusetts in China offers tours to the province of Tianjin, which offers fantastic shops and attractions with the perfect backdrop for a day trip. But be careful

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A visit to The Wah Tea House: Evolution of a famous Chinatown

This was a place when we visited for the first time, and it’s one of the most famous tourist destinations in China (and maybe even the world). It’s called The Wah Tea House. That’s right – in a country known for exporting so much – we could only find in this area a place dedicated to the world’s second most consumed beverage (after tea, of course). You could spend all day asking about its history – and this place has a nifty story about that too! However, without going through all of that, I’m going to focus on what it means for a tourist visit, and talk about trying it.

What makes a street famous is that its history has been extensively researched, and then developed into a unique and visual narrative. In China, this story has a lot to do with the country’s tumultuous and history-filled lives, its shifting regional and provincial influences, and its often tumultuous relationships with foreign countries. Sometimes, there are other histories to draw from – like cultural and traditions – to help tell that story better.

The story of The Wah Tea House goes back to 1906, when the name was given to the area’s bathhouse by its founder as an homage to his then-favorite beverage, the thirsty Chinese staple that “Mayshah” is still called today. The story is told on the restaurant’s website – but, again, it has a lot to do with its history. One person’s drinking history is another person’s “can you taste that,” and what’s on my blog is just that. What I’m going to tell you is if this is a pilgrimage you want to make, and it would be nice to take this route, then you’re going to need to plan an itinerary of a good seven days. Plan to check into the hotel in Xi’an city, and there are train and bus service to Xi’an University.

You’ll want to head out before 7:00 a.m. For one thing, the train departs early in the morning and arrives at Xi’an University in just an hour, so you can have a caffeine fix before you head off to the tea house. And, beyond that, it’s just a chance to drink tea, and you probably won’t be waiting for long (the Wah Tea House is busiest in the middle of the day). If you’re going to try this type of tea house, it would be a good way to do it without an overabundance of other visitors – in fact, you might be in for a pretty unique experience! And with more people coming this spring, it might be a time to really experience this street properly!

The Wah Tea House is located in the Heilan Wai (old town), right next to the Yinghot Buddhist Temple and right outside the gates of the University of Xi’an. The shops and cafes lining the street help make this a popular place for tourists to visit.

How to Enter: You can enter the area without actually spending money at the Wah Tea House by making a reservation at one of the established stops nearby. On your way in, you’ll need to pass through a series of merchant shops – many of which were started in the 1800s, and probably inspired by the well-respected Hanling Shui Art Shop nearby. These stop include Bumjackay and Fair Count, two shops that specialise in Shaolin, the famous martial art. You’ll also find an excellent assortment of handicrafts and quilts, not to mention one of the best betstos in town.

Whether you’re on your way to a long weekend break in China, or just planning for the next big trip, the Wah Tea House is a great place to visit – especially for that first visit and to get started your pilgrimage of a pilgrimage to the Chinese region!

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How to Have a Smooth Trip in China

Travelling to China is one of the ultimate ways to get a cultural education. With over 400 million people, the Chinese are not only one of the largest and most popular tourism destinations in the world, but they also had an impressive performance in the Beijing Olympics this summer. With more than 700 million people going to the shops and restaurants everyday, the locals are so knowledgeable that you will leave feeling part of their family and culture. Having grown up in a Western culture, I think the first time traveling to China is always the most challenging. Here are a few tips on how to have a smooth trip.

Eat Together In A Restaurant

In the Western world, the dining experience is set up in a way to start with a special vegetarian dish and end with more decadent options. In China, the dinner table is set up in a different way. Any special dishes are your one time special, and then it’s up to you to decide how you can save for the appetizers, soups and entrées. If you can afford to, try to eat out in a restaurant with a couple of your compatriots and see what kind of meal you can make from the dinner menu. Don’t be afraid to ask around about the prices for quality options. A few dollars extra is almost a small price to pay for the most authentic eating experience. If you can’t make it out for dinner, then either you can always grab some rice with your dinner and enjoy a bowl of tea at the local restaurant or enjoy some dim sum. The best part is they don’t even try to charge you any extra for eating rice with your dinner.

Learn Cantonese

Cantonese is such a fascinating language that you can really feel the culture with each word you hear. You can do so by learning the basics like saying 薄葜村均 and 票被司我参说 before you speak it. You can also learn of the songs, dances and Chinese poetry. Know that this language is seen as a little bit difficult and that’s why it has forayed into having academies to help people. People want to hear just how to say “Welcome”, “Ta La La”, “Wang Fu”, “Ji La La” and even “Ai Ning Ju”. Don’t try to speak the entire language while you are walking around, however, it helps to get a sense of the culture while in Beijing and Shanghai.

Shop In China

I have always wanted to be a shopaholic. However, the process of buying things has been both terrifying and exciting in China. When purchasing something, you have to navigate your way through Hong Kong stores, shops and malls that provide antiques and local curios. I find myself always asking when the next supplies are in the door because not everything has a clearance sale. The goods in China are truly incredible, so if you can then go home and begin shopping for your family you will be ahead of the game.

Make Sure You Know When To Go To Church

Unlike most parts of the world, the service in Beijing is a week long and lasts longer because of the large crowds. The number of worshippers within a single service can be over 2,000 and most people feel they are surrounded by family when they are in Beijing. Going to the church is not about the preaching or telling people about Jesus, but about simply being able to unite with family and companions who all wanted to be there as well. The thing I always knew to watch for were crowds in the entrance and out the back door. This is where people are hustling and fighting to get inside the church in order to say a prayer. It’s important to find out the time of services to avoid the hustle and bustle. Also, since the people work all day for prices that are impossible to obtain in the West, you can’t just expect the church to remain free all day. Prepare to pick up a bit of currency to start your experience. The churches are accessible to most people because they are everywhere, but making sure you bring something inside and have something to put on top of your head is the best way to start with. There are no expensive souvenirs from China, so save that for after you have departed.