What you should know before going to China

What you should know before going to China

China is a very popular country, for tourists and business people. It is very different from the European countries or the United States, so there are some things you should know before visiting this country. The first and most important thing is time. China is 8 hours ahead of GMT (Greenwich Meantime), and there is only one time zone in the country. The voltage is 220 volts. There are 4 types of plugs. 3 pronged angle pins (same as in Australia), 2 round narrow pins (Europe), 2 pronged flat pins (as in the US) and 3 pronged round pins.

The currency is Chinese Yuan. Other currencies that are used are: Euro, US Dollars and Pound Sterling. There are lot exchange offices so you can exchange your money without a problem. The more important fact is that you should vaccinate for Polio, Typhoid and Tetanus. Before traveling to China, you should visit your doctor and consulate with him. If you don’t protect yourself, you may have problems with waterborne and food diseases.

Tap water shouldn’t be used for drinking, so always buy a bottled mineral water. On the other side, you have very widely choice of food. There are 4 main cuisines. They are: Shandong, Cantonese (Guandong), Huaiyang and Szechuan (Sichuan). Beside them, there are several more! Food is very different than in the rest of the world, but it is delicious. You may need some time to get used to it. Shopping is very popular. You can buy anything you want, but pay attention to buy only original products. For example, you can buy fake iPhone, iPad and etc.

 

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