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If you are a Westerner traveling to China for the first time, there may be a few Chinese customs or ways of life that you may find peculiar. Of course, this is true with any unfamiliar culture so your best option is to learn as much as you can before traveling to your new destination. Elizabeth Rabe and Kristen McAvoy, two American interns for china.org.cn, wrote their top 10 tips for westerners traveling to China after living in Beijing for 8 weeks. We hope this list helps you prepare for your China adventure and minimizes any unpleasant surprises.


   Words to know


Tip 10: Words to know

a. Mai dan – Check

b. Cai dan – Menu

c. Xiexie – Thank you

d. Ni hao – Hello

e. Bing – Ice

f. Shui – Water

g. Bu yao – Don't want it.

h. Learning the numbers 1 through 10 will make your daily life much easier.

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   Watch out for umbrellas

Tip 9: Watch out for umbrellas

In contrast to the West's definition of beauty, the Chinese value fair skin. Hence, regardless of rain or sunshine, a typical Chinese female is equipped with an umbrella. With a population of approximately 17 million, however, these ornate accessories quickly become hazards to distracted eyes.

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   If you need a taste of the West, go to Sanlitun

Tip 8: If you need a taste of the West, go to Sanlitun

Sanlitun is an area in the Chaoyang District located north east of the Forbidden City between the 2nd and 3rd rings. Although very expensive by Beijing standards, Sanlitun offers a variation of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that foreigners frequent. Here you can find anything from a McDonald's to Turkish cuisine.

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   Beware of massages

Tip 7: Beware of massages

A traditional Chinese massage varies greatly from a traditional western massage, so do your research before you opt for the first place you see. Chinese massages emphasize healing, and the techniques used are often peculiar to a Western observer. There are a number of methods used, but many involve tools such as wooden hammers, suction cups and needles. If you are searching for a traditional Western massage, a Western hotel is probably your best option.

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   Be open but cautious when it comes to food

Tip 6: Be open but cautious when it comes to food

Unlike many Western countries, not all restaurants in China receive a sanitation score for cleanliness and food preparation. As a result, you must choose where you dine carefully. Street food is probably not a good idea, and it is also wise to bring some antibiotics, probiotics, and other stomach relief medicines. Even properly prepared food may not sit well with a Westerner's stomach. Be patient to adjust and willing to try authentic Chinese cuisine. There are some amazing dishes; be sure to try Peking duck and hot pot, before you leave.

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   Pollution protection

Tip 5: Pollution protection

The pollution in Beijing is not only unsightly, but may affect your body in adverse ways. Be sure to bring plenty of lotion and eye drops (especially for those who wear contacts) as the pollution tends to irritate and dry out your skin and eyes. The U.S. embassy regularly posts a pollution report on its website. On days that are categorized as 'hazardous', it may be best to stay inside.

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   Taxi tips

Tip 4: Taxi tips

If you do not speak Mandarin you must print the address of your destination in Chinese characters. Do not assume that they will understand your broken Mandarin directions. The majority of cab drivers speak no English and Beijing is a big city so describing your destination can often be a challenge. Some cab drivers attempt to bargain, especially late at night. If they do not turn on the meter get another cab. Be aware that 2 to 3 yuan will be added to the final meter amount for gas expenses. Taxis are the most expensive way to get around in Beijing, so the subway is a great alternative for travelers on a tighter budget. The bus system, although inexpensive, is extremely complicated for non-mandarin speakers.

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