Travel tours are a wonderful way to see the world in a fun, interesting way. Tour guides will make sure you get the most out of your travels by showing you the most well-known sights in a given country (and some of the lesser known ones if you’re lucky). A China tour is one of the most popular because of the vivid, rich history of China and the glorious landscapes and architecture you can see at almost every turn. If you are planning a China tour, make sure to read this article to brush up on four important things to remember when touring China.
1. RESPECT FOR THE CULTURE IS KEY
While some tourists on a China tour (or a tour of any kind) might be tempted to laugh at or joke about local customs that seem strange, it is vital to respect the cultures and customs of others. It is simple courtesy to extend that same respect you would expect from those visiting your own country. Instead of withdrawing from cultural practices that you do not understand, ask your tour guide about them. Embrace the cultural differences and learn as much as you can while you enjoy your stay in China. And if someone offers to help you learn different customs and explore cultural events, it is a great idea to take them up on that offer!
2. THERE ARE MANY FAMOUS, AMAZING ATTRACTIONS IN CHINA
The Great Wall of China is a truly breathtaking sight and one that everyone should have the privilege of seeing. Make it one of your must-visit sights as you tour China, but also be aware that there are many other beautiful, famous attractions in China that have to be seen to be believed. The Forbidden City, the Terracotta Army, the magnificent Shanghai skyline, and many, many other sites are all worth a visit (or two). Ask your tour guide about visiting each place on your bucket list so that you are sure to get the experience of a lifetime.
3. THE FOOD MIGHT NOT BE WHAT YOU’RE USED TO
Any country you visit will have their own unique cuisine and China is no different. Your tour guide will probably point the way to restaurants that serve Chinese food, Western style (the Chinese food in North America is different from Chinese food in China) but if you’re feeling adventurous, you can strike out on your own and sample some local foods. It will probably taste different from what you’re used to (and/or may lead to temporary indigestion) but rest assured that Chinese food is delicious and you should grow used to it after, at most, a few days in the country.
4. BARGAINING IS A GOOD IDEA
The vendors in China’s famous markets expect some (or a lot) of haggling and back-and-forth offers. The art of the bargain might take you a bit of time to master but it’s plenty of fun…and you’ll walk away with a great deal because of it. What could be better than that?