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)

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    DIA JIN

    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:
    https://herewithdia.com/china-travel-tips/
    https://herewithdia.com/essential-things-to-know-before-visiting-china/

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

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    Dmitry S

    Thanks for the video, Dia! Just in time for me while I'm planning out my next trip. And for everyone else out there, yes, ExpressVPN is probably one of the best VPN solutions (take it from an engineer 😉 ).

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    Blackflame 2020

    Hey! Awesome video! One question though. I don't see the app for WeChat pay. All I see is the app for WeChat on Google play. Maybe it's because China doesn't necessarily use it, but how do you get the app? I went on the site to download it manually and I can't download the vendor form they sent me

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    Vance Barta

    I learned more from you in a half hour than the scammers that say this and that. It is good that I canceled my flights twice to china. Thank you, Vance

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    Gauis Blach

    Hello, I have lived and worked in China the past ten years. Some hotels are licensed to accept foreigners in China. They are required to report the identity and documentation of any foreigners to the local police every night. Prices for the same accomodarions are always much higher for foreign guests. Just part of the two tiered pricing system. You can find private hotels that might illegally accept foreign guest without reporting requirements, but then you are intentionally dealing with people you know are breaking the laws.

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    Gauis Blach

    And the wechat/Alipay technology is an incredible method of government surveillance and crowd control over the most basic human functions. Do you really want the government to know your precise location and time of day when you decided to purchase a bottle of water? Do you really want Chairman Mao to know what color underwear you just bought? Always use cash, folks. It is much more likely that information will be used against you than to your benefit.

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    Graham Lockett

    Staying Shanghai in August, I will be taking Debit and Credit card plus cash-SIM card for my phone should I get one at the airport even if my provider says my current card will work- I'm from New Zealand ?

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    Josh Martin

    Nǐ hǎo, Dia. Just found your channel. Funny thing- my translator says: Qin Wen means kiss ( a verb). LOL. Anyway- any suggestion what time of the year to visit China? I know the New Year would be crazy but weather wise- how about September/ the fall months? Thanks,

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    Eddie Orama

    If I visit China, but I want to visit China with you. You seem to know China very well, thank you Eddie 🇺🇸

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    Joel Lim

    Thank you for this and the last video, Dia! I'm currently considering moving to China as I've secured a job there and I must say that your video has been helpful in getting me mentally prepared. Just wanna ask though, did you have any experiences with the local hospitals or clinics there? (Not that I hope you'll fall ill or anything) I'd heard that they might refuse to treat you even though you have overseas medical coverage…

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    Nina Linskiy

    Hello 🙂 thank you so much for your videos! I’m preparing to go to China to teach English in a smaller city. I want to know if I should get an international driver license. If I do, will I be able to use it in China to drive a car? Thank you in advance!!

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    Zoë Brotman-Denahy

    Hi Dia Jin your video is very informative. My son is going to attend a college semester in Kunming for fall 2019. This was helpful. Thank you.

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    Davis Harris

    You are right about the accommodations..I was very surprised that there were restrictions at certain hotels in Shanghai and Nanjing..If you're a foreigner you can't stay at some of these places..Only locals or mainland Chinese can stay there..

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    Davis Harris

    Most western hotels and western supermarkets will take credit cards…Only thing to remember is the high exchange rate-fee that will be added to your purchase..

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    Ricky recuerdo

    🤗😇🤗Dia jin…she is so beautiful!!!🌟💚🌟🌟💚🌟💙🌟
    🌟💚💚💚💚🌟💚🌟
    🌟💚🌟🌟💚🌟💚🌟

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    LIAM_18

    [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 😊

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    hardik patel

    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?

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    strife _10

    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

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    C Holmes

    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.

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    Troy Robinson

    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. 🙂

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    Jay Jayjay

    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

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    chameyo

    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 😀

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    Turtle

    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 🙏

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    BCC Travellers

    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

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    Amaris Wang

    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.

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    RED_Wire

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

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    King Future

    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.

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    Alf

    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.

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    alex angulo

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

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    George Dreher

    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.

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    Winnifred Wesley

    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

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    Audrey Lohkamp

    Nice video! I absolutly enjoy it. Keep on like this and have a look at mine if you feel like it. =)

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    J C

    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.

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    Tommy D

    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! 🙂

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    D Wood

    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,

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    egg boy

    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"?

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    xue liu

    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).

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    Barry Bird

    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

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    Terry

    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

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    DOUGLAS THORNLEY

    The Terry comment about ALL foreigners is BS. I stay with my Chinese wife at her home in Shenzhen. No TRP.

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    Reginald Mera

    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.

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    Li En Tan

    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?

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    Adam Hernandez

    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

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    Alex C

    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.

    Alex

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    Pujan Sapkota

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

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    Rose_x

    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

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    Yiqing Liu

    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:)

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    Natasha Fossas

    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.

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    DWORLD 2019

    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.

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    mayan girl

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

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    Jay Sun

    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.

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    MAFF BUCKLEY

    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 👍

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    tea sipper da 3rd

    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.

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    Michelle Wang

    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?

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