What should you consider as a tourist in China?

My experience is mainly based on Shanghai withsome experience from other regions in China (urban regions).It has to be said about Shanghai that it behaves like Switzerland in Europe. In comparison, a very high standard of living. I myself am originally from China, so at first glance I am not treated like a foreigner. Many foreigners are treated better (but also more expensively) than locals.

  • Be prepared that you can see everything possible.
  • Cash vs. credit card: It is always recommended to have cash with you.

With credit cards you should be able to pay easily in reputable shops as well as shopping centers.

  • Language: Although many Chinese, especially in urban regions, learn English at school, the use is not widespread among the population.
  • Educated people can, but usually not. So, as Davide Mirabella writes, have a business card of your accommodation with you or marked the place on the map.On your first visit, a tour guide or acquaintance living in China can certainly be helpful.

  • Crowd: China basically simply has a lot, many more people than in most other regions of the world.
  • Every body tries to finance his or her life and that of his family in some way, which is why workers are very cheap. I myself am amazed at the numerous employees in shops, although some of them are not visited very much.

  • Fraudsters/thieves: Many of these are more concerned with foreigners.
  • If someone with a cardboard box with photos of expensive watches and bags talking to you, never follow that person.Generally paying close attention to his valuables in large crowds, but this applies to every major city.

  • Courtesy/Sitting: Unlike Japan, in my opinion, people in China are not so polite to strangers.
  • But you are very respectful of family members or friends. If someone talks to you flattered, you usually either want to sell something or it’s part of the service.

  • Foreigners Quarter: If you are in an expensive area, here referred to Shanghai, e.g. Xintiandi, where there are also many foreign restaurants, the prices are correspondingly high.
  • A coffee can easily be 30″ (approx. 4-5 CHF/鈧?. Take a look in the side streets, where many Chinese are tinkering.

  • Acting: You can trade in markets and smaller shops.
  • Lower the price. Don’t be lenient and often when you run away, they call for a cheaper price.

  • Blocked websites: Facebook, Youtube, Whatsapp and Google (!) are blocked in China.
  • If you still want to have access to it, use a VPN. Yahoo would be an alternative search engine. Quora works.

  • Public toilets: At tourist attractions there are often these.
  • Sometimes it’s a toilet where you have to get down on your knees. In Shanghai, there are often clean toilets in new, expensive shopping malls.

  • Public transport: Is cheap and you get to most places.
  • Maybe there’s nothing in English (especially on buses), so research before doing what you need to get off. Travels outside the rush hours!

  • Tap water: If not known, tap water is not possible to drink it!

  • Greetings from Shanghai (photo from 09.09.2017)

    EDIT (January 14, 2018): Whatsapp has also been blocked since the end of September 2017.

    (07.08.2018) Quora is now, to my knowledge, blocked.

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