Tang’s Top 5 Practical Travel Tips for China

After an unforgettable trip to China with my family, I’ve had time to reflect and summarize my experience through this blog. For anyone looking to travel to China, I share my top 5 practical travel tips below:

  1. Chinese Patriotism

Although this may not impact you significantly, be aware of the patriotism in China. From advertisements to TV screens in restaurants, you’ll be seeing and hearing a lot of Chinese news. When we were in restaurants for dim sum, the news that I saw was consistently focused on China and clips repeatedly showed President Xi Jinping.

Chinese government broadcast during dim sum in Taishan. Photo: Tang Choy.
“Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong’s Reunification with the Motherland.” Ad from The Chinese General Chamber of Commerce, Hong Kong, found on the side of a public bus in HK. Photo: Tang Choy.
  1. VPN and WeChat

If you want to continue using popular apps like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, consider downloading a virtual private network (VPN) before entering China. My sisters and I used ExpressVPN and set the location to “Hong Kong.” Many wi-fi channels in China are linked to WeChat. You’ll want to create a WeChat account, if you don’t already have one.

Many wi-fi connections in China, require a WeChat ID. iPhone screenshot: Tang Choy.
  1. Tissues and Hand Sanitizer

Not all restaurants provide napkins, and you won’t always find toilet paper in stalls. Pack tissue and hand sanitizer with you to be prepared. P.S. – squatter toilets are very common in China.

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  1. Sunscreen and Bug Spray

The sun is strong and the mosquitoes are rampant. Before you head out in China, lather on some SPF and make sure you’ve spritzed yourself with bug spray to protect yourself from mosquito bites.

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  1. Watch Out for Spitting

It’s common to hear and see throat clearing and spitting on the streets of China. Watch where you step, and you should be in the clear!

Streets in Macau
Watch your step! Spitting can be common in areas of China. Photo: Tang Choy.

This concludes my blog series for “Choys in China” – thanks for reading and safe travels!

What was your main takeaway from my blog? Any suggestions or travel tips that you would like to share?

The Choys in China. Photo: Tang Choy.