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FusilierDan Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2013 8:42 a.m. PST

We're off to china on a tour next week. Most of our time is scheduled but we have a few days in Shanghai that are free. any suggestions as to restaurants or places to visit?

Any general advice on traveling in china? We'll be going to Beijing, the Great Wall and the Terracotta Warriors site.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2013 9:09 a.m. PST

While you're there, look for Ghengis Khans' Tomb.

Careful of the air pollution in Beijing.

SECURITY MINISTER CRITTER Inactive Member13 Jan 2013 10:51 a.m. PST

can you pick up my suit at the tailor's in Honk Kong? (true story)

Mapleleaf Inactive Member13 Jan 2013 11:19 a.m. PST

. The Tomb is in Mongolia so a long way from the sites mentioned.

Yes the pollution in Beijing can be bad but worth the trip

There is so much to see and a lot will depend on personal tastes. Read as many guides as you can there are some good ones on line. The tour will provide your basic needs and as they are used to Western tastes you will be OK for hotels etc,

Just remember that China is a huge country, population and area, they do things differently there. Be willing to accept large numbers of people everywhere Facilities will be basic in many areas.Ater living there for 6 years I can give you the following advice.

1. Stay away from Chinese toilets use hotels restaurants etc,

2. Follow up to # 1 watch what you eat and drink. In tourist areas you should be fine but watch out for street foods . They are not dirty as such but the cooking methods can effect your tummy. Some of the food can be very spicy
In Beijing have Beijing Duck, in Shanghai try the sea food particularly the fresh water Shrimp and in Xian the noodles and roast lamb.

3. Tourists are walking ATMs and a lot of people will be out to make money. When shopping in markets bargain and treat it as a game don't get too uptight about it or you will spoil the fun. You will never get a local price so offer about 20% on the opening prices and hope to settle for a third. Ask your guide if bargaining is OK in many up market shops there are only fixed prices. Your guides will also take you to places where they get a cut so watch the prices but sometimes you can get a deal. Treat all antiques as fakes and pay accordingly. You can buy pirated goods , CDs, DVDs, clothing, etc very easily but a lot of governments could take them away from you if they see them at Customs when you come home and most Chinese electronics DVDs etc will not work in the west

4 Keep your mind open China is changing daily and you are going to see some wonderful things. The availability of luxury western goods, modern buildings contrasted against old Chinese buildings, poverty and a sense of energy and change. Chinese cities make Western ones feel like small towns. Bring a good camera and expect to take three times as many pictures as you think you will

Your tour should show you the basic highlights. so see as many as you can If the weather is warmer street life should pick up go out and roam around yourself when you have the opportunity. Chinese people are generally very friendly and will like you back id f you show you are willing to accept them as is.

Above all go with an open mind and be prepared to have fun

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP13 Jan 2013 12:00 p.m. PST

And don't forget your towel wink

Whatisitgood4atwork Inactive Member13 Jan 2013 7:54 p.m. PST

Even saying 'hello', 'goodbye' and 'thank you' in Chinese will garner goodwill and smiles. They will really appreciate you have made the effort.

Ni hao (knee how) is hello, and zai jian is goodbye. (zai rhymes with eye and 'jian' is said more or less gee-N). Thank you is xie xie (more or less Sheer-sheer).

Make sure you eat Peking Duck in Beijing. Beijing is great. Enjoy your trip.

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