CHINA TRAVEL TIPS 2019 || Guide to Help You Prepare (10 things NOT to do + MORE)

CHINA TRAVEL TIPS 2019 || Guide to Help You Prepare (10 things NOT to do + MORE)

Hi guys so a few months ago I made a pretty extensive China travel guide In which I received a ton of questions still and so that made me realize that there was always more questions to be answered so I’m making a China travel guide number 2 with an addition of Q&A so it’s like an updated version I’m just gonna add or reiterate some really important points that I said in my first video plus some Updated information that I found out from other people the first part I’m gonna be talking about 10 things not to do in China and Part number two. It’s gonna be Q&A your questions answered so First of all, I just want to say I got a lot of people in the comment section from the last video saying they’re nervous They’re excited, but they’re nervous about traveling to China. Don’t be nervous China is a wonderful country to travel to there’s so much to see there’s so much good food to eat with this video I hope I can equip you with some knowledge and information. Don’t worry don’t stress Everything is gonna be ok, and you’re gonna have a great time in China. Ok So let’s start with 10 things not to do number one. It’s gonna be don’t expect people to speak English But that’s ok Because what you can try to do is find young students or college students or high school students. Most likely they were required to take some kind of English class I believe a lot of people will be very excited to speak to foreigner and practice their English Do not be afraid to learn a couple of phrases the reason why is because I always Notice when I’m travelling to a new country if I can even speak just a couple of things in their language. It’s always appreciated for China specifically I know I have seen this happen a ton of times Chinese people love it when they see foreigners speak Chinese It’s very amusing for them So I think it all or maybe some major points when you’re traveling first thing is hello. Very simple, Nihao Nihao Number two is thank you xie xie And we’re just gonna tack on a number three because it’s kind of like that. Excuse me In China, it’s basically you’re saying please can I ask? You can use this to get someone’s attention. For example So if you’re out and about and you try to get out of attention, you can say qin wen That’s kind of like please. Can I ask you something number three is don’t be offended and just know that Personal space isn’t such a concept in China This is just because there’s such a dense population Especially if you’re travelling in big cities, I think people were just really used to being super close to each other all the time Especially when you’re waiting in line Especially on the train buses. So but just be aware of it. I warned my partner when we were travelling and at first he thought I was just joking But you got to see it firsthand how pushy sometimes people can be but like I said, please don’t be offended but just be aware so that way When it does happen to you or one if you’re waiting in line Someone kind of gets a little bit too close to you. You know that it’s Just something that happens in China But number four I have to say this one more time because I got a ton of questions Don’t go to China without a VPN app The one that I used personally for a few months and was called expressvpn. I’ll put it here I’m gonna link down below It’s an affiliate link that I used because I really trust their product and they do offer 24/7 customer support it worked really well for me. Sometimes I had to reconnect and disconnect but that’s expected So the link down below If you do use the my link sign up, I will get a very small Commission and at no extra cost to you So I would really appreciate it. If you could please use my link, and basically having a VPN Product you can install it the app on your phone as well as I think it’s an extension or some thing on your laptop I used both of them So whenever you get to China you just have to go to the app and Hit connect the same way on your laptop and you can bypass the firewall and it’ll reroute you I believe I’m not that tech Savvy, but I think it just basically changes your IP address. So it seems like you’re using the internet from Another country and that way you can use Facebook Instagram snapchat Whatsapp. Google all Google’s Products if you have any other questions in regards to VPN just let me know in the comments below so I do recommend You to just purchase it just to be safe before you leave That’s what I did number five is accomodation don’t expect Chinese hotels or Bed-and-breakfast to take foreigners. It’s so important that I have to do this one more time So I went into this trouble a lot because when you check into a hotel they always require You to have your passport that you may make a copy of it Even big cities like Beijing and Shanghai I ran into problems where so many accommodations that were within our budget I looked for did not take foreigners. So it’s just the restriction that they have I’m not sure exactly why if you do know he can let us know in the comments below But basically if you have a foreign passport and not a mainland Chinese ID A lot of places will not accept you So if you’re not traveling on a budget and you can stay at the more expensive international chains, that’s great for you But before your booking always always double-check and make sure that it doesn’t say Mainland citizens only so I’m number six. That’s the Chinese six Is don’t expect your foreign credit cards to work in China I believe the only time I ever was able to use my credit card and I really tried was One time in a McDonald’s and it was like really huge Shopping mall. So most of the time they’ll only accept Chinese bank cards or cash. So cash is the best currency, of course, but Keep your credit cards and your wallets because they’re not probably not gonna work in most places number seven Don’t be afraid to ask for help I know you think there’s a language barrier and it’s gonna be hard to get your ideas across But once you have your VPN once you get on your Google Translate You can type out the question you have And translate it into Chinese and ask someone if they can help you out if you cannot find a student who speaks English So I had to ask police officers. I had asked random people on the street I asked shop owners cuz I got lost quite often and everyone was very willing to help if they could and number eight I can’t believe I forgot to mention this in my last video Do not take the Chinese New Year lightly So Chinese New Year is gonna be on a different day every single year So just check the calendar type in Google Chinese New Year 2019 for example is happening on February 5th So the Chinese New Year is not like the New Year’s eve or the New Year’s Day you’re used to maybe in your country It’s like a month long event. So crazy shopping beautiful red decorations, very festive Beautiful fireworks happening. However, it really really affects travel. Everybody is going home It’s gonna be really difficult to buy train tickets bus tickets maybe even a flight so you have to try and avoid Traveling during the entire week of the Chinese, New York So just make sure you plan your trip accordingly And if you do if you do happen to be in China during Chinese New Year month book way way way ahead of time and also petty crime rates is gonna be higher just as you would expect for instance during Christmas time, so Be more aware of Pickpocketers watch out for your belongings a bit better. It’s gonna be more crowded in some places and plan accordingly for the Chinese New Year also It’s gonna be beautiful and it’s gonna be so festive and happy so pros and cons and I don’t know. number 9 Don’t pack too many things I know you feel like you might be safer or More prepared if you pack everything that you need before you go to China But you know when you see those labels that says Made in China You can find everything when you get there And also it’s gonna be a lot cheaper than the prices that you used to at home So if you need a selfie stick if you need I don’t know new shoes walking shoes clothes There’s pharmacies that you can go to for, you know, regular pain relief or cold medicine or something like that so I really recommend you not to over packed and you’re gonna want to save some space in your suitcase for Souvenirs or any other kind of shopping once you’re there Okay, so number 10 It’s something that I also mentioned in the past in the first video, but it kind of ties in with number 9 Don’t take the first price you get so bargain I’m gonna teach you another phrase really quick here. If you want to say too expensive. It’s tai gui le tai gui le – that means like too much You can have your phone ready and you can type in the price and your calculator and show it to the merchant That’s the parent the price that you think is fair they might even have a calculator on hand to negotiate with you about the price but as I mentioned before That’s not the merchants trying to trick Foreigners or tourists they will give you a higher price than they would give the locals but even with the locals everyone bargains But I’m not talking about like big department stores or chain stores with official my fact I’m talking about smaller boutiques So they do inflate the price quite a bit Make sure you don’t just accept the first price you get okay? so that’s my 10 things not to do one in China and if you want more information about apps accommodation transportation different culture shock etiquette things to be aware of please visit my first video Somewhere I’m gonna link it above we’re just gonna jump very quickly now into the Q&A section of this video Okay. One question that I got a lot is is China safe? Yes, it’s safe I feel much safer when I’m traveling in China and walking at night on the street than I do in Los Angeles Why because there’s always people out and there’s always businesses open. So you’re never alone. You’re never Walking down the street in the dark in dim light. So yes, definitely extras caution when you’re walking around at night and Just don’t take weird alleys or back roads, but really I do feel safe in China because there’s more people around because the businesses are open a lot later and I’ve never gotten into any trouble but please actually this car should always be aware of your surroundings and Use your intuition if something doesn’t feel right get out of there What’s the deal with WeChat pay? Okay. So this question came up a lot WeChat is an app that basically Everybody uses in China because now it’s taken over Bank cards and any payment options so you basically have this app and you can scan a code to pay for everything So if you have a foreign card it, no, it’s not gonna work as of today 2018 September it does not WeChat app does not take foreign cards. However If you’re traveling long-term in China It is gonna be a good idea to just hop on over to a local bank Get yourself a Chinese bank card, and you can set up WeChat And use it just like a local would and you don’t need to worry about cash You don’t need to worry about your credit cards This app takes care of a lot of stuff But that is my very important tip for WeChat pay if you want to I’ve heard someone literally say getting a Chinese bank Account is easier than paying for a train ticket or buying for a train ticket So if you are travelling long term, I recommend you to just go in and get yourself a Chinese bank card, okay? This is it for the China travel guide number two with Q&A I hope I helped make you feel better about your upcoming trip to China or if your planning thinking about traveling to China It’s really not scary And even though it’s gonna be really different and there’s gonna be a huge culture shock for a lot of the stuff It’s gonna be an amazing experience If you would like to help support me and my channel, I do work right now 30 plus more hours a week And I basically just trying to find as much time as I can to work hard on my videos and my blog but if you’d like to support me first give this video a thumbs up and subscribe and Share it with anyone. You think might find helpful that really helps me out And I’m also gonna link my Patreon up here up here If you could support me, that would be super wonderful. I really really appreciate it I also have exclusive rewards for if you sign up to be a patron so go check that out I just want to give a quick shout out to my current two very supportive Patrons Mitch and she touched thank you both so much for your support. I hope you liked your postcards Um, and another way you can support me is by using my affiliate link – So like I said again I get a very small commission when you use my link at no extra cost to you at all whatsoever So those links are gonna be below as well again guys I really take pride in answering every single question and that I get in my video So don’t be shy don’t be afraid to reach out and say hello Even if you don’t have a question and you just want to say hi, I’ll definitely get to those as well So until next time a lot of exciting things coming up if you have a question for me I’ll link the video here or in the description for you to leave a comment and ask me anything you want So I hope you feel more prepared for you’re trying to travel and I’ll see you guys next time. Bye

100 thoughts on “CHINA TRAVEL TIPS 2019 || Guide to Help You Prepare (10 things NOT to do + MORE)

  1. After my first China Travel Guide, I realized there's always more questions to be answered. With this video, I hope to further help you prepare and ease anyone's worry about traveling to China for their first time.

    Two sections of this video:
    1. 10 Things NOT to do when traveling in China
    2. Q&A | Your questions answered.

    >> If reading is more your thing:

    And as usual, please don't hesitate to ask me any questions in the comments below or just say hi?

  2. [email protected] JIN i am 15 and i will be going to china with my school, we will be visiting a village where no foreigners have been i believe im just wondering if theres anything i should or shouldnt do and i am learning some chinese phrases, is it okay to use them as much as possible. I would like any advice thanks ?

  3. Hi DIA
    How r u? M Hardik from India. In august 2019 we will visit shanghai for 8 days with my 7 years daughter. So..
    1. Do we find pure vegetarian food in shanghai?
    2. How can we talk or video call to our parents in India during these days?

  4. regarding your point in VPN, last month i just travelled to Shanghai. apparently express vpn doesnt work on a newly release March 2019 redmi 7 android mobile phone. Ended up i spent 3 hours researching and after trial and error i finally found another VPN app which is exclusively for android devices call PureVPN. Im not saying Express VPN suck and i do use Express VPN on my ipad instead for my son to access to youtube kids app. somehow Express VPN works brilliantly on IOS devices but not on perhaps all android devices. just sharing my experience

  5. can you please advise how can I use my phone I brought with me from USA? Can I just get a sim card from China and swap with my existing one ? I have relatives from China and they can get one for me.

  6. Hi, nice to meet you. My wife is Chinese and i'm from Australia. Been 6 times now, mainly to Beijing and her home town in Sonyan City. It's really interesting place can can be difficult not speaking the language or knowing so many things there. But still had really nice times. So much easier to travel with someone who is Chinese but also i guess you would learn faster doing by yourself. 
    We are also lucky as we do Sahaja yoga meditation which is also spreading so much now in China so great for having a big family in almost any country in world. (if you ever get a chance i really recommend you give it a try, it, its always free)
    You say your a pisces, you remind me of a Chinese girl who lives here who is also pisces, Kara. My wife and i are both water signs so can relate..
    See you haven't been to Oz. Think you would love it here. The South west, and Margaret River where we live is beautiful… All the best. 🙂

  7. China is terrible!!
    Lots of scams (you're totally crazy if you use your credit cards there),
    terrible Human Rights violations, (Boycott China!!)
    wide scale pollution,
    "fake eggs (that cause you brain damage)" , "fake rice (that cause you intestine and kidneys problems)",
    "poisonous fake beer/alcohol (causes blindness, paralysis, death)", pesticides "infused" teas (damage to nerveous system, cancer) !! and some think it's just MSG the only food-dietary problem there !!! Little they know!!
    Oh not to mention people pissing and shitting on the streets, (not just spitting),
    paranoid middle-age people thinking you're a spy,
    A terrible country to visit!!
    Maybe in 20 yrs or so things will get better there and would worth visiting then,
    but definitely not now!

    BOYCOTT CHINA and Chinese products in your countries

  8. Some places do not accept foreigners because owners of hotels/airbnbs etc have to go to the police to register foreigners staying at their place. It's quite some work according to some people. That's why they sometimes don't allow foreigners 😀

  9. Hello, I have a question, I see that Chinese New Year is on 25th January 2020, does this mean whole January is Chinese New year or only after this date?
    Xie xie ?

  10. My next solo trip to Xian when Chinese New Year Eve. Please any suggestion when travel during Chinese new year? 谢谢你 very helful channel #bcctravellers

  11. what would you recommend to wear in Shanghai/Suzhou from 7-12 November ? Especially for someone who lives in a very hot and humid climate all the time.

  12. If you booked it online like,, airbnb they will tell you if they’re accepting foreigners or not. But most of the hotels that you can find online accept foreigners.

  13. Hi, thanks for the video I like it. Actually, I'm travelling to China maybe next September 2019 for studying at Nanchang University. What can recommend or advice.

  14. Be fucking careful with the food. See Al-Jazeerah's video on food safety in China. Eat at the wrong place you may be getting kidney transplants. Also watch out for the tea house scams that'll leave you destitute over a cup of tea or coffee. Police are totally corrupt and don't fight the natives coz the cops will always side with them.
    It's dodgy as all hell unless you know what you're doing.

  15. So Download VPN on my phone in the states then just buy a SIM card in China and just open the app and connect?

  16. This video always freezes after a short while. No other videos are doing that. I exit YouTube and reopen, the video picks up where left off and then freezes again after a short while. Makes me suspect something is going on with upload of this particular video.

  17. I am traveling to kunming to study. Coming all the way from nigeria. Actually my first time.. I am happy but the same time scared I do love your video. Will be on a low budget not wanting to spend TO MUCH. AND am trying hard to speak and understand some little Chinese downloaded it from play store and it's really helping. I just hope and pray I get a good experience in kunming China. Coming in nextmonth

  18. For more than a year (or two) now, it's been extremely difficult (next to impossible) for foreigners (visitors) to open bank account in China. Unless you are working (with work visa) and or have residency – none of the major banks will allow you to open an account. That said, your local Interac card will work fine in most ATMs.

  19. I always love your videos. I wish I had the vpn before I went last time. All my normal computer activity was shut down. It wasn't like that before. Anyway, you are right on with your points. I do love it there. The girls at my Starbucks got used to me coming in and were always so sweet and helpful. – I find it funny that Chinese girls all color their hair over there. They are blessed with beautiful raven black full hair, yet they color it brown, blonde and purple. I love your long wonderful hair. Keep it au natural! 🙂

  20. Thank you for the helpful videos!! Do you know if AMEX is widely acceptable? I’m traveling for business and need to use credit card as much as possible. TIA,

  21. this is probably a dumb question but you dont bargain in like big stores right? Ist only street vendors and small Souvenir Shops? Or if not whats the "maximum store size for bargaining"?

  22. For the unacception in Hotel, as a Chinese I think the biggest barrier is Language. In China, really very few people can speak english, even some young are too shy todo that (I was one of them).

  23. As a foreign visitor, you can no longer pay with Wechat or Alipay because you can no long open a bank account without a working visa and pay government income tax

  24. Foreigner not accepted because ALL foreigners must have a TRP from the police department and the hotel doesn't want to bother with all the paperwork .. the one's that do take foreigners will copy your password so they can do the paperwork for the TRP Tempery Residents Permit

  25. Thank you for this. One quick question though, is it okay if I travel alone in Shanghai? It would mean a lot if you answer my question. Thanks again.

  26. I'm going to Shanghai and Hangzhou soon, this Friday, for a study trip! I'm so nervous, idk what to pack. How is the weather like in September? If I need WiFi, where can I best buy it? Any other tips for me?

  27. Anyone knows a good map app in English? When google maps fails most importantly ( which for me was often in fact in chengdu my google maps was blocked even with all vpn

  28. I travelled in China twice and i found it to be super safe (safer than London) in general.

    That said though i did have three iffy moments.
    Moment one: i was in a bar in Kunming in Yunnan province and a large Chinese young guy (im 40 odd and he was early 20's) didnt like me and offered/threatened to fight me and insisted on taking off his shirt to prove his intent and show me his iron like physique. i was with a student guy at the time who translated for me but he was zero help to me in getting out of the situation. End result; the angry guy was all talk thankfully.

    Moment two: i chatted to a Mongolian biker and his Chinese friends smoking outside a cafe in Bruce Lee's family village in Guangdong Province and after being friendly at first he later took pleasure in insulting me loudly across a busy room for the amusement of anyone who understood him. End result; he was a ——– but i dont blame "China" for that run in.

    Moment three (the only slightly serious moment) I had to stay in Beijing 24 hours waiting for my plane home (i lived in Spain at the time) and i accepted a shuttle bus to a hotel from a tout outside the airport at 2am. Big mistake. Hotel was a scam where a room cost hundreds of thousands of Yuan yes, #00,000 for one night. The staff were kungfu looking dudes and the hotel was in a derelict industrial park outside of the city. End result; i was lucky as i managed to walk out of the place when they were distracted with another tourist and after walking through the industrial estate for a while i saw a motorway and flagged a taxi down from the motorway. Taxi driver was surprised!!

    The above were memorable but they represent about 0.1 percent of my experience in mainland china. The rest has been superb. Great people, great food, great accommodation, great transport (Chinese are scary drivers though), great countryside, great entertainment, great prices. End conclusion I LOVE CHINA. but dont talk to Mongolian bikers.


  29. My transition is in china for 15 hours. I heard somewhere vpn should not be connected in Airport. Is it true? please respond

  30. My mum is Chinese and my dad is English. When they were dating, there would be sales people coming up to them and say in Chinese ‘ we can scam this foreigner and you can help me.’ They would think my mum is a translator and my mum would say that their dating and the sales people gets so embarrassed. Lol

  31. Honestly, I'm always intimidated by the bargaining process because I kinda feel that I'm stealing money from those sellers if I dont pay the full price they ask. But for someone who is gonna travel around China, dont forget to bargain with the sellers especially in some small self-owned shops. Welcome to China, hope ya'll have a great time traveling around my home country:)

  32. My family and I are traveling to China for the Chinese New year in 2020. You mentioned that credit cards would not work? Does that mean we should only take cash? Or do credit cards only work in main restaurants, hotels and stores? We will be going to Beijing and Shanghai. I believe Suzhou as well. Any additional recommendations. We are traveling with an 8 year old.

  33. I would love to visit China to Hang Zhou. I hear it is the city where a lot of the manufacturers reside that do international trade with places like the U.S.

    I have a couple of clothing ideas that I’d love to see mass produced one day. At this point, however, I’m only in the market for a manufacturer willing to make a prototype.

  34. I LOVE CHINA!..the food..the people…very clean…Lots of trees ….and yes..Bargain, bargain, bargain!!!….best 3 weeks…thanks for the video 🙂

  35. great video! I believe the reason that a lot Chinese hotels/motels won't accept foreigner travelers is because a lot of them don't have up-to-par facilities or amenities compared to western chain hotels. They won't be able to handle small complaints (room is too hot/cold, toilet seat is cracked, windows doesn't close, towel is not bleached white etc) and at the same time, don't want foreigners have a bad experience and say negative things about China.

  36. Oh my gosh!! I was thinking of doing the Great Wall marathon next year but now I’m not so sure.. it seems like so much work! Even paying for things etc – I’m not tech savvy either even lesser so than you, what the.. is a vpn ? you did explain it well though so now I sort of understand- (thank you) I’m not such an outgoing person so even a few days to see some sites do the marathon.. for me, now is even more scary than I originally thought. You are such a professional at this making videos lark! I’d like to see you haggle in the market haha! Thank you so much for making these videos. I have learned a great deal ?

  37. I'm a special case since I'm half white and I failed about 2 things what not to do but since I have mixed genes I really didn't bother them this folks there.

  38. I think I’ll be going back to China for the first time in 10 years next summer. However my parents (who are Chinese) don’t think I’m safe cause of the thefts in China. I heard that the theft will literally cut your bag open to the point where they can steal your money and stuff so my parent always say to keep money in your shoes or something. I will be 16 and traveling with my 14 years old bro. Is this true? Is China really that dangerous for theft?

  39. useful for us ,,,, Chinese people rarely speak in English ,,,, Chinese girl look at beautiful….I follow you in Instagram…

  40. Foreigners aren't allowed at usually smaller hotels because 1) foreigners are supposed to register with the local police upon arrival and 2) larger hotels will use your passport copy to register for you – the smaller ones are not equipped to do this.

  41. I came to this video because your cute face. Do I need a VPN in China? I remember the days before Internet. So, Ha. Thanks for the cute face.

  42. Quite a lot of useful tips ! As i'll be going for 6 month there next year, those are priceless. Have heard that WeChat is supposedly accepting international credit card now but the process seems kinda buggy for now. As you said, 'probably the best will be to directly open a bank account there. Huge thanks for those videos' !

  43. I really enjoyed your video. I am just starting out with my channel. I am really blown away by how great your channel is. Liked and subbed!

  44. I tried to make a video about 10 things you should know before going to China based on my experience living in Beijing! Could you please check it out and tell me what you think? ^^

  45. Great video. I just booked a trip to Beijing unaware it’s during Chinese New Year. I got a great price and no other time is as inexpensive. Will I be okay traveling solo as I am an African American female

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