There are some things which you always wanted to experience for at least once in a lifetime and there are some things you don’t even dare to forget. China offers you both. Being a fascinating country, it will surely force you to pack your bags right now! China offers you everything from enjoyment to thrill along with an escape from daily monotonous routine. However if you are a first time visitor, there are some tips that you must follow to make your trip an unforgettable and a pleasant journey:
Apply for the Chinese Visa
There are a wide range of visas categorized according to the purpose of the visit to china such as Tourist visa, commercial visa, employment and transit visa and they all are categorized as D, L, F, Q1, and Q2 and so on.
But to return on the same, you must have a valid entry and you will not get extra-entries on single and double visa, so you have to get a new one. Also it may take up to two months for the processing of your visa, so set all your documents in advance and apply it beforehand.
Know your Limits
Even after getting Visa for china, you still don’t have access to many places there as it is forbidden by the law. You may have to get a special permit if you want to visit any of these areas. Make a route map for the places you can visit and enjoy to the fullest.
Book your Accommodation
The China visa application requires your accommodation proof for which you have to make your arrangements beforehand. If you are going to stay in a hotel, mention hotel confirmation and if you are staying with relatives or friends, include their addresses.
Practice the Language
Language can be the biggest barrier for your visit to China. Start learning and practicing Chinese words and phrases to break the ice with the locals. Very less people over there speak English; hence for your ease to communicate with the vendors, taxi drivers, hotel and restaurant staff, it would be good to learn Chinese online to some extent.
Choose the Best Season
China is good to see in the off-season i.e. post October to march as in summers it I very smoggy and the humidity is totally unbearable. Most of the Chinese and the foreign tourists travel china in their vacation days which are very hot. Plan your visit in the cooler temperature months and fewer crowds.
Visit the Best Places
For your first trip to China, tourists’ destinations like Shanghai, Xi’an, Beijing and Guilin are most recommended. Different attractions from different regions will make your trip mind-blowing. Choose ahead of time and plan number of days you want to spend at each place. These include all the tastes such as cultural attractions, adventure like climbing spots, lakes stunning landscape, and fabulous mountain ranges. These places of China constitute the best place for nature lovers.
Prepare for the Censorship
In China you will not have the access to many of your favorite social media websites such as Facebook, twitter and you cannot even access your emails most of the times. So consider these kinds of issues prior to your trip and get a VPN on your phone and laptop before leaving. Be assured of that the service provider may not be blocked in China.
Be Prepared for Culture Shock
China has totally different culture and etiquette. It would be good to have prior knowledge about the cultural practices and the lifestyles of the region where are you going. Watch YouTube videos or read about them to enhance your knowledge. Moreover, at most of the places in China, there are squat toilets. Keep toilet paper, tissues, wet wipes and hand sanitizes with you to prevent any discomfort later on.
Being a traveler, it’s your responsibility to take care of you and your belongings. Though crime against foreigners are rare in China though you must be extra careful of pick-picketers in big cities. Besides this, you can be over-charged by the street vendors.
To Wrap Up
Stay aware of your surroundings. Don’t harm others and enjoy your trip to the fullest.