China is an amazing authentic country, traveling to which can help tourists discover the world from the other side, as well as learn a lot of new things and join the culture of the East. Going on a trip, take into account that centuries-old traditions have affected the social life of people. There are a number of rules that should be observed while in China.
1. The national currency of China is Yuan that is widely used in the country. It is recommended to change other currencies for Yuans in the Bank of China. The exchange rate in state institutions is more favorable than in commercial ones. You can withdraw money from MasterCard, Visa, and other cards only at a bank branch.
2. In most Chinese restaurants, it is customary to eat with traditional chopsticks. European instruments are often not available, so it's better to take a fork, a knife or a spoon with you.
4. In China, coffee is an unpopular drink sold only in Starbucks at high prices, so coffee lovers will have to take with them at least an instant option.
5. Despite the fact that China is open to tourists, people in public places do not speak English or any other European languages. It is advisable to have an electronic translator or a phrase book with you.
7. Independent traveling to Tibet is prohibited for tourists and only possible within a pre-booked tour.
8. Drinking alcohol, smoking and throwing garbage in public places may entail heavy fines.
9. Public transport in large cities runs from about 5. 00 AM to 11. 00 PM.
10. Contactless payment systems are rare in China, so subway tickets can be bought at ticket offices at the entrance, in buses - from a conductor, for trips outside the city - from a driver.
12. For calls, it is recommended to buy a local SIM card or a special card for international calls at the reception desk.
13. Chinese are very open-minded people who never hide their emotions, so locals often stare at foreigners and welcome them.
14. When communicating, try to avoid talking about politics. The culture and history of China should not be subjected to criticism.
15. In transport, it is not customary to give place to ladies or open doors in front of them - all are equal in the country.
16. In China, it's not allowed to photograph government buildings or military facilities. This is also prohibited in most local museums and temples if other is not specified.