I think so, in general:
Don t take a taxi: It s not a good idea to take a taxi, because you are very likely to be ripped off.
Do n’t drink tap water: China is not France (or rather, China is not Europe), so tap water is not directly drinkable. Boil the water before drinking or buy mineral water directly.
Don t take medicine. The Chinese attitude to drugs is not a joke. There have been many death cases against drug trafficking and drug use. So drugs put you in danger of the death penalty. This is not France, no one can save you .
Don t forget to wear a mask. Surely, China with haze is another world. Contamination can make life expectancy very short.
Don t refuse if your colleague or friend invites you to drink. Chinese people drink the most alcohol in the world every month, and they can stay energized the next day. Colleagues often drink at night like this, and the next day they can stay neatly dressed and go to work with energy, although they may not sleep at 4 o clock the day before, just to go energetic at 5:30 the next morning To work. They work very hard.
Don t forget that it is also taboo. When you arrive in China, you are still thinking about drug use, and you may be finished. This is not a joke.
They don t like Japanese. In China, talking about Japan is taboo unless you stigmatize Japan. If you want to talk about Japan in front of the Chinese, either say bad things about the Japanese or just don t say it.
Don t say that food has no taste: When eating, don t say that this thing or that thing lacks taste. In China, no taste is also a taste, just like savory sweetness. Of course, the piece of honey bread, like chocolate, is not tasteless for a while.
Hmm … China is big. Beijing and the suburbs are even bigger! Despite so many people today, the population density is not so high. Another impression is that the pollution is very serious. Whenever the pollution index reaches a peak (such a pollution indicator, if it is placed in France, the entire city may have to be moved), you can only see a place 10 meters away. Suffering from severe bronchitis, I was given antibiotics for three weeks.
I can feel that the Chinese are obeying the rules and not obeying the rules. Let me explain why: the Chinese are very compliant. For example, no one on the subway escapes the ticket across the security fence. However, if the rules are not official, the Chinese will not follow them at all. Wait in line to jump in line, watch movies without headphones, someone on the train may have a box dripping rain above your head. And it is interesting that no one will justify themselves. So if someone does this to you, be sure to point it out, the person may smile awkwardly and then leave.
It seems like I seemed to talk about Beijing just now, but other places, you may feel different. Beijing has been crowded out of place, and it s not particularly interesting. But Guilin and Xi an are very good cities, a bit old and old China feel. Shenzhen is also good, but when you arrive in Shenzhen, don t expect anything different. Shenzhen is very westernized.
I often go to China, and each time I spend a lot of time (because of my professional needs, I will spend several months each time I go to China). Let me summarize my feelings below:
China is big (everyone says so). In urban areas, people always underestimate the walking distance; it often takes hours to get away from the buildings in the city center. The basic building facilities are equipped according to the proportion of population density (the railway station looks very much like our airport), and we always feel that we are too small and have a breathless feeling.
There are so many people in the coastal areas (and there is almost no one in the western area) it is almost impossible to find a tourist attraction with less than 50 people per square meter. In this case, it is a bit difficult to visit attractions that show the unique charm of Chinese culture Disappointed. I ve been to the Forbidden City, Suzhou Gardens, and the Great Wall, but surrounded by piles of tourists, I never really feel that atmosphere. I often get out of breath .
Chinese are very law-abiding, so China is safe. It s not very dangerous for you to take a walk in the street at night, it s very pleasant and we feel safe.
Unlike us, the Chinese do not like to lose their temper: they do not quarrel or get angry (this may be different from the previous point of view), and sometimes we feel very stupid when we lose our temper.
Smartphones are everywhere, anytime, anywhere, much more common than in the West. No one reads on the subway, and everyone is staring at their smartphones. The same is true in other social settings (bars, restaurants). This is a bit worrying .
We can easily feel the intertwining of modernity and obsolescence: public toilets are indescribable, next to modern high-tech skyscrapers, and poor farmers in the countryside sell QR codes on Alipay.
The first impression is: It s really too big! The train stations are very large. Hefei, a small city with a population of 7 million, has a second railway station larger than the Paris railway station. Very safe and comfortable. Taking a train in China is like flying in France. Finally, there is a surprise: many tourist attractions are not on the map guide.