1. Post #1
    Tobylol's Avatar
    July 2009
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    I study mandarin in school (though I'm terrible at it), and for some reason beyond me, we've been offered to travel to China for about two weeks. I don't know how many chinese people are on facepunch, but perhaps someone could give some tips on neat things to do/don't do or buy while there? Of course we have a curricular schedule, but we'll have some free time as well, and I don't feel like going all the way to China only to sit at some shitty hotel room when not doing schoolwork. I'm 18, if that bears any relevance.

    Firstly we'll be going to Nanjing, and then to Shanghai.
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    Swebonny's Avatar
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    Don't talk shit about Mao.
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    I'm so Jewish you can suck my nuts.
    Dennab
    April 2009
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    Whatever you do don't ever, ever use the public bathrooms, they will make you want to blow your brains out
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  5. Post #5

    January 2012
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    There are chinese people in China.
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    I love Scandinavians and Ducks
    Thechuz1337's Avatar
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    Have a good time!
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    September 2010
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    Don't talk shit about Mao.
    What's wrong with Mao ?
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  8. Post #8
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    March 2009
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    Where are you from? How proficient are you at mandarin? Can you carry a simple conversation?

    also download Tor and keep it on a thumbdrive
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  9. Post #9
    Tobylol's Avatar
    July 2009
    232 Posts
    Where are you from? How proficient are you at mandarin? Can you carry a simple conversation?

    also download Tor and keep it on a thumbdrive
    I'm from Sweden, but my dad is american, so my English is very good, if that somehow matters. My chinese conversational skills are very limited, though I probably know enough to get around. Greeting, asking for directions, shopping, taxi, and being polite. Stuff like that. Not much more though, and I haven't had an actual conversation in chinese outside of the classroom so I imagine it'll be much more difficult in a practical situation, than in a learning envoironment.
    Thanks for all the tips so far!

    Also, this might sound dumb but what is Tor?

    Edited:

    I can't access this, but thanks anyhow! Are there any risks of using that in China?
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    Also, this might sound dumb but what is Tor?
    Not a dumb question at all!

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  11. Post #11
    Dennab
    June 2010
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    I'm Chinese and I've visited China just last summer. It's quite a nice place. Food is amazing. Are you only going to Nanjing and Shanghai?

  12. Post #12
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    December 2009
    652 Posts
    While using tor you might need to use a relayed connection in China. It's because of they block tor

  13. Post #13
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    April 2007
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    If you were younger than 16, you'd probably have been groped by the people on the market streets (most densely populated and smelly, but with fucking interesting shit) because you're white.

    Don't get too excited about sightseeing within close proximity of larger cities. The mountain at Xian, for example, was almost completely enveloped in smog when I was there. Could barely see small parts of the city right at it's foot. But if you get out into the countryside, it's wonderful.

  14. Post #14
    Go to the malls

    They're amazing

    Edited:

    Bring money and buy lots of cheap stuff
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    Sorry about the downtime, now buy shit.
    CrispexOps's Avatar
    February 2010
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    Be careful when taking pictures, if you take any. A lot of the country is not permitted to be photographed for military reasons and whatnot, and they will confiscate your camera and you won't get it back.

    The country is generally polite and nice, the people are fairly friendly.

    Source: Personal experience.
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    Well I never had much problems when I was in China. But then again, I didnt go there for sightseeing, I went there to visit my family. Anyway, while you're there, take advantage of the low prices on everything. On the other hand, as tempting as it can be, DONT buy electronic gadgets and stuff, they're bound to have problems after a while. The cities are nice, very crowded and all that, but its fun to go there. Food's great, even in the small shacks. I guess thats all. Its really different from the western world, so it'll be a great experience

  17. Post #17
    Imanoob's Avatar
    April 2010
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    Wasn't there a comic in LMAO Pics about a guy who was browsing the internet in China and got arrested by the porice?
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    Be careful when taking pictures, if you take any. A lot of the country is not permitted to be photographed for military reasons and whatnot, and they will confiscate your camera and you won't get it back.

    The country is generally polite and nice, the people are fairly friendly.

    Source: Personal experience.

    I've probably taken 2000+ picture from around China and that has never happened. Only once a old guy got mad, but I deleted the picture.

    Edited:

    I even visited a military base and took pictures outside the entrance. I wasn't allowed to take pictures inside it, but they didn't grab my cam or anything.
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    August 2008
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    You'll enjoy ShangHai, it's one of the better cities in China.

  20. Post #20

    September 2010
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    You are going to see chineese people if you go to china
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  21. Post #21
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    October 2010
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    When you cross the street, look both fucking ways. When you feel that it's safe to cross, run like fuck.

    You will thank me.
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    July 2006
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    l mao
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    July 2011
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    Don't drink bottled water sold by people on the streets.

    I've heard that you should watch the tap water, too, but I don't know about that.
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    May 2011
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    I always wanted to go to China. Show us pictures when you get back
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    Convert yourself to communism
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    February 2010
    651 Posts
    Watch your pockets, Chinese people form clusterfucks like hell.

    I lived in China for 2 years, in a place called Dalian, seriously crowded. Internet there is heavily censored so you wont be able to access social media sites such as facebook and stuff like that. And as Garychencool said above, the people who drive there are insane.

  27. Post #27
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    July 2008
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    apparently everything is edible, I would love to go to one of those street food markets

  28. Post #28
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    Wasn't there a comic in LMAO Pics about a guy who was browsing the internet in China and got arrested by the porice?
    I SEE WHAT U DI D THER!
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    October 2011
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    Going to an amazingly interesting country and Facepunch worries about their internet connections. Dude just meet some locals and party it up and ask around for the cool places to see. It's only two weeks, you don't need the internet.
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    into things like this - if you know what
    Dennab
    December 2011
    4,031 Posts
    lucky son of a bitch

  31. Post #31
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    Don't ask where the meat comes from in your food.
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    Dennab
    June 2010
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    Be careful when taking pictures, if you take any. A lot of the country is not permitted to be photographed for military reasons and whatnot, and they will confiscate your camera and you won't get it back.
    This is completely false.
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    September 2010
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    google "tiananmen square massacre" in a crowded internet cafe while shouting anti-communist slurs and simultaneously holding a burning portrait of mao zedong

    what could go wrong
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    It doesn't matter what the lights at the intersections flash--to the drivers they are all green.
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    August 2008
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    All I can say is my brother went to China last year, for the most part he didn't enjoy it.
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    May 2006
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    Can you get me the phone number of asian chicks, preferably english and/or french speaking that are looking to marry foreign people for lodsemones.
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  37. Post #37
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    February 2010
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    I went to China once.

    I never went to Nanjing, but in Shanghai you'll need to have your shit wired tight against pickpockets. Don't look like you have valuables, and never put any valuables in your back pocket.

    Bartering is awesome and fun, if you know how. I came home with about 6-7 fake rolex and brightling watches, and some other stuff. Street vendors will ask a ridiculous price for something, and you demand a really low price. They will laugh at you first, but then you just say "fine" and walk away. If they think you're serious about leaving, then they'll beg you not to leave and lower the price. This does have a downside though. Do NOT show interest in what they're selling unless you really want it. If you show interest then walk away they will keep bothering you not to leave.


    Other Stuff:
    It's hot as fuck there, dress/pack accordingly if you can
    Be wary of food bought from street vendors
    Sometimes Massage Parlor=Brothel
    Some people in rural areas do not take kindly to having their picture taken
    Chinese Chinese food=/=Chinese American food, at all
    Memorize the phrase "Bu Yao!" if you don't know it, it will be of use to you.
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    yerrow

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  39. Post #39
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    January 2010
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    I went to China once.

    I never went to Nanjing, but in Shanghai you'll need to have your shit wired tight against pickpockets. Don't look like you have valuables, and never put any valuables in your back pocket.

    Bartering is awesome and fun, if you know how. I came home with about 6-7 fake rolex and brightling watches, and some other stuff. Street vendors will ask a ridiculous price for something, and you demand a really low price. They will laugh at you first, but then you just say "fine" and walk away. If they think you're serious about leaving, then they'll beg you not to leave and lower the price. This does have a downside though. Do NOT show interest in what they're selling unless you really want it. If you show interest then walk away they will keep bothering you not to leave.


    Other Stuff:
    It's hot as fuck there, dress/pack accordingly if you can
    Be wary of food bought from street vendors
    Sometimes Massage Parlor=Brothel
    Some people in rural areas do not take kindly to having their picture taken
    Chinese Chinese food=/=Chinese American food, at all
    Memorize the phrase "Bu Yao!" if you don't know it, it will be of use to you.
    Agreed. Learn how to bargain, and really work the vendors if you want something from them. You can probably get at least half off their original asking price in almost all cases.

    Also, get a money pouch that you can keep on your person and use it. I wasn't pick-pocketed even once during my stay in China, but that does not mean it can't happen.

    Also, boil all of your water. ALL OF IT. do not under any circumstance drink tap water, or the water in bottles sold by street vendors.

    And on a lighter note, enjoy yourself, and really try to experience the culture. China is really a world away from the west, and the food/places/people are really, really interesting.
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  40. Post #40
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    February 2009
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    When you cross the street, look both fucking ways. When you feel that it's safe to cross, run like fuck.

    You will thank me.
    When I went to China (both Shanghai and Beijing) I was like "holy shit we're gonna crash" whenever I was in a car and whenever I saw a pedestrian cross the road I thought "get off the road you're going to get run over"

    But everyone was just cool with it. China not even once.


    Public Toilets are awful. I would suggest only taking a leak.
    Try not to act like a tourist. Especially if you're not Asian.

    Oh and a big tip for markets. If you look like a tourist (and if you're not Asian) they will probably jack up the price of their stuff just to get more money off you. If you act like a local or if you know decent/fluent Mandarin and you're Charismatic they will be more comfortable and will give you a lower price. I remember when I went to China with a friend, we saw some kid that was Malaysian but he couldn't speak Mandarin. The shopkeeper offered him 80 RMB or something for some brass knuckles. Then me and my friend went up to the shopkeeper and right off the bat he offered us 60 RMB just because we knew fluent Mandarin and we were Asian.

    Edited:

    China was certainly an amazing and bewildering experience for me. It was fascinating to see a completely different culture and society. There was a lot of things that made me go "wow" and an equal amount that made me go "ew no". (Mostly because China is so unhygienic compared to the west)

    Overall I enjoyed the trip mostly but there were times when I wished for nothing but to back in Australia.
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