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China travel hints & tips

Family names
There are over 700 family names and China and about 20 are in use by the majority of Chinese.  The order of Chinese names is last name first, then given name.  For example the family name of Chinese basketball player Yao Ming, is Yao.

Weather tips
Eastern and southern coastal provinces can experience severe weather conditions during the typhoon season from May to November.  Make sure you check before traveling.

Body temperature checks
Authorities may give you a body temperature check that identifies any traveling with a fever.  Make sure you’ve had all the vaccinations required.

Taxi tips
Make sure you always use a taxi with a meter.  If you happen to jump into one without a meter, jump straight back out!  Keep this in mind especially at the airport.

Rickshaws and three-wheeled motorbikes are a cheap and fun way to see the city but make sure you negotiate the fare before you set off.  It should be about half the cost of a taxi.

Eating habits
The Chinese tend to be pretty noisy when they eat and you’ll hear a lot of what is taboo in the West - slurping.  It’s also very common to see people raising the bowl to their lips and pushing food in with chopsticks.  Not only is it the easiest way to eat it but it also shows appreciation, so you can leave your old table manners behind and have a bit of fun with your food in China.

The Chinese consider ‘face’ to be very important, ie someone’s image or reputation.  They often won’t say what they mean in case they insult you and you lose face.  Keeping your manners in check in China will serve you well and keep an eye on body language to help you understand what’s really going on.

*The Small Print
We’ve tried to make this destination guide as accurate as possible but please double check the essentials like visas, health and safety, airport information etc with the relevant authorities before you travel.  STA Travel takes no responsibility for loss, injury or inconvenience caused as a result of this guide.  All prices listed are in the currency of the destination, unless otherwise stated.

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