Yesterday, in my post about Shanghai being a no return travel destination for me, I omitted some important information to take into account when travelling to China, for business or leisure. This is from my own experience so don’t take it at a general guidance.
- have copies of documents to take with you when going out, but keep the originals at your hotel. Don’t minimize the importance of travel insurance.
- exchanging money at airport is a big NO, or even at the hotel. Go to a bank, it is more safe and more convenient.
- the language, spoken and written, is a living hell for westerners. To manage in the city, take with you business cards of the hotel, restaurants or places where you wanna go. If no business card available then a photo is a must.
- maybe knowing some words for directions and toilet could make a difference in the quality of your travel but don’t try to hard. Have pics. It is better.
- rural industrial China is a NO for tourists. Remember it is China and not Thailand, and locals are not very friendly or tourist oriented. Sometimes I feel they are reluctant, even aggressive.
- don’t patronize them. They are very proud , independent and have no sense of inferiority. So be careful and know some history. Reading the book of Henry Kissinger on China is a plus.
- absolutely don’t make them loose face when negotiating!
- in business, as to my experience they can’t say NO but this is an issue as I never knew if they understood or no what I asked.
- the new religion in China is MONEY and not Confucianism…..unfortunately and it can be sensed a lot.
It is still a country to visit, as an experience once in a lifetime.