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Basic guide for travelers to China
By: Harry   |    December 11, 2012   |   0 Comments (0) (0)

China is a great country full of history, treasures of early civilization and tradition.Travelers have a wide range of activities such as hiking in the mountains, sampling dishes or taking a boat ride. To put it simply; there is always something for everyone. The following are some of the major attractions in the country commonly known as the Middle Kingdom:

The Great Wall

This is structure made of earth and stones built and rebuilt between the 6th and 16th century in an effort to protect the Chinese Empire from invasion by the nomadic tribes from the northern steppe. It is estimated to be approximately 8852 kilometers, the wall comprises of passes, watchtowers, walls, fortresses and castles.

The Yangtze Cruise

It is the longest river in China and the 3rd longest globally, cruising along the river is usually a perfect adventure for tourists who enjoy the unfolding scenery from the deck of a boat. There are several historic sites along the river closely linked with legends and myths that form part of China's rich history. Travelers have an opportunity to see the huge Three Gorges Dam which is the largest hydroelectric power station in the world.

Forbidden City

This is a World Heritage site since 1987 which impacts a feeling of grandeur, pomp and wealth passed down the ages. It was closed to the world for about 500 years but is now open to the public making it a popular historical site in the world.

Tourists travelling to China should consider the following issues:

Bargaining

Bargaining is considered important to the Chinese just like seduction is to the French. Bargaining helps to create a relationship with the seller and should not be viewed as price war. It is important for the buyer to establish a friendly rapport first and avoid arguing, pointing or shouting. Being friendly and smiling is considered as more desirable and helps to cement the relationship.

Crime

Street crime is not common in China unlike in most western countries but there are always the possibilities of encountering muggers and pickpockets who are likely to work in crowded places. Travelers are advised to keep their pocketbooks, camera and wallets close to their bodies. Female Caucasian traveler should take extra precautions due to the stereotype created by Hollywood that depicts western women as loose. If you are being harassed simply shout ??Bu?? which is pronounced as ?? Boo ??. This term means ??No?? and will attract help apart from scaring off the unwanted suitors.

Greetings

You are likely to be a recipient of enthusiastic calls of ??hello ?? from the locals who are usually eager to practice their English on a real foreigner. The best approach is to respond with a friendly ??ni hao ?? which means hello. This is likely to get you many compliments and win you friends instantly. Although shaking hands is now common among urban Chinese men avoid the American power handshake. This is because most locals are still not sure about the pressure, timing and length of the handshake. Traditional Chinese greeting appropriate for men and women involves a slight bow or a sharp nod. Observing these simple rules will help you to get along and enjoy your stay in China

A seasoned traveller, Rob has seen pretty much all there is to see in the world - and he?fs now passing that knowledge on to his young family. So visit us here for some great tips going to some less obvious destinations
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