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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 8:59 am    Post subject: Traveling to China Reply with quote

As of this time next week I will be landing in Beijing for a 15 day trip around the country. I think Moviegeek has been there (?), but wondering if anyone else has- and if anyone has any advice for me?
I am going with someone who is Chinese and was born in Beijing so I won't have to worry about translation. I'm prepared for the encountering the squatty potties, Laughing Shocked , but wondering if there's anything else I need to know???
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:36 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PM shoewizard. He's spent years there.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was there for two weeks, but Shoewizard will be able to provide much more detail (esp. if you're going to be in the Hong Kong area). If you're going around the country, I'm guessing that you're part of a tour (the usual way that U.S. visitors are able to tour the country) going some of the usual tourist routes--Beijing, X'ian, Shanghai, Guilen, etc. Where exactly will you visit?

Do take toilet paper with you--the hotels will have western toilets, but while you're out and about... do NOT count on that, NOR will you find toilet paper at all of them ... (I'm not going to go into detail about my first day emergency stop at the Forbidden City Wink

Stick to bottled water and sodas-- NO tap water ever. Do take prescription meds for traveler's diarrhea with you for the times that you may encounter a problem (along with generic non prescription drugs for the same purpose)

The tour people will take good care of you, and you're likely to only visit the "best" side of China as well as only eat in safe havens.

You'll see a number of people in Beijing wearing masks. This is not due to bird flu scares--it's due to the pollution. If you have respiratory challenges, you may want to guard against the same.

In general, the Chinese cuisine in Beijing and northern China is pretty mild... while the spicier versions are in southern China.
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PostPosted: Fri May 28, 2010 2:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

moviegeekjn wrote:
Was there for two weeks, but Shoewizard will be able to provide much more detail (esp. if you're going to be in the Hong Kong area). If you're going around the country, I'm guessing that you're part of a tour (the usual way that U.S. visitors are able to tour the country) going some of the usual tourist routes--Beijing, X'ian, Shanghai, Guilen, etc. Where exactly will you visit?

Do take toilet paper with you--the hotels will have western toilets, but while you're out and about... do NOT count on that, NOR will you find toilet paper at all of them ... (I'm not going to go into detail about my first day emergency stop at the Forbidden City Wink

Stick to bottled water and sodas-- NO tap water ever. Do take prescription meds for traveler's diarrhea with you for the times that you may encounter a problem (along with generic non prescription drugs for the same purpose)


The tour people will take good care of you, and you're likely to only visit the "best" side of China as well as only eat in safe havens.

You'll see a number of people in Beijing wearing masks. This is not due to bird flu scares--it's due to the pollution. If you have respiratory challenges, you may want to guard against the same.

In general, the Chinese cuisine in Beijing and northern China is pretty mild... while the spicier versions are in southern China.


Actually I'm not going with a tour group (shudder...) but am going with someone who is Chinese and lives in Phoenix but was born and raised in Beijing. So, the tour guide protection will not be there, but neither will the "herd mentality" thank God. I don't do well in tour buses or those group situations.

I have encountered "squatty potties" in South America, so I am well equipped for that. We are staying in 5 star hotels in the bigger cities but will in rural areas and staying with relatives of Ke Jin's in XiAn.
I will bring a mask- I have had asthma this year the worst since I was in grade school... thanks for that info.
I will PM Shoe-
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