The Best Way to Enjoy Your Trip to China
So you’ve finally decided that trip to China is happening and you’re in the process of getting all your travel arrangements sorted out before confirming your ticket-booking. If you’re an international traveller coming into China from beyond the regional and neighbouring Asian countries, there is no doubt about the fact that you will experience something a little bit different from what you’re used to — perhaps even something totally different if you’re really up for it.
If you take the time to plan the trip taking into account a few pointers however, you will only have good memories about your trip to China, otherwise some small details could taint the trip if not properly taken care of.
If you add a theme to your Chinese travels then you won’t be at a loss for things to do and experiences to immerse yourself in. By themed travelling I’m referring to selecting one or two aspects of normal, everyday life to explore and experience as the theme of each of your outings, like perhaps aiming for an historic cultural experience over one leg of your trip, while perhaps switching things up to experience modern day culture on another leg. Asia really becomes your oyster in this way because you can also explore themes such as sampling the different types of foods on offer, taking part in the process of preparing and even gathering those foods, etc.
Pick a theme and run with it, but this doesn’t mean you have to explicitly stick with that theme — it’s really just a way of giving you some direction by way of igniting your trip so that you’re not stuck wondering just what to do or where to go.
Just as is the case with perhaps your own home country or any other place for that matter, it’s important to plan seasonally when visiting China, especially if you’re going to visit the densely populated urban areas. There are some dates to avoid if you don’t want the effects of the massive number of people to take anything away from your planned activities. I mean unless you really want to join in on all the festivities of holidays and celebrations such as the Chinese New Year, you best avoid such dates if for instance you rather want to enjoy a tranquil holiday retreat with very few people around.
Proper seasonal planning also means you can enjoy some of the beautiful sights offered by the sprouting that comes with spring, for instance, but it is indeed important to plan your travel times according to what you want to get up to in China.
Act Like You Belong
Nobody’s suggesting you should learn Mandarin (if you’re in the advanced stages of planning your trip to China then it’s perhaps too late in any case), but you’ll have a better time in China if you don’t act like a typical tourist. You’ll likely stand out, yes, but acting like you belong in this instance simply means you should demonstrate a desire to just participate in everyday life. Trust me, you’ll have a much better time, otherwise English (and common gestures) is understood quite widely so no serious communication problems anticipated.
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