Bargaining down 10 times, carefully comparing the pictures and prices on the restaurant menu or always bringing paper towels are things that visitors need to remember.
Usually, the owner of the store will say 10 times the price you have to pay, especially for foreigners. Therefore, you need to bargain. If you are not confident, you can ask someone else to buy it for you. When making a purchase, make sure you are happy with the product you choose. Check the item carefully at checkout to avoid having to sample goods with seals from the factory.
The tourist attractions here are always crowded. You should avoid coming in the middle of the morning and afternoon when thousands of tourists from tourist cars come down. The scene of groups holding phones running around to find beautiful angles will make many people uncomfortable.
Traveling China on holidays is really a nightmare. Visitors should avoid these occasions. Holidays each year are subject to change. For example, to celebrate International Labor Day, the holiday may last from May 1 to May 3 or April 29 to May 1. If you don’t pay attention, you may be stuck because you cannot buy train tickets.
Chinese are often happy to see visitors trying to speak their Mandarin, even a few words. If not possible, the best way to introduce yourself is a friendly and warm smile. On the streets there are many beggars. The locals often don’t mind them so visitors can ignore and pass by.
Most Chinese are shy and will not talk to you unless you speak first. If someone unexpectedly approaches and speaks English with you, they are likely to sell or do worse. Many tourists have reported being scammed in Shanghai. Be friendly but cautious. Do not follow strangers.
At Chinese restaurants serving many foreign guests, the food is often modified recipes to suit the “Western tastes”. If you want to enjoy the local taste, you should choose a restaurant run by generations of the family. The menu is also available in English with funny translations. Visitors should see both Chinese and English menus, compare prices and photos. If you are not satisfied, you should leave before drinking any glass of water.
Guests do not need to tip in restaurants, or taxis … Always bringing dry or wet paper in the bag, because you will hardly find public toilets with toilet paper. Note that you should use an alcohol-based wet cloth to clean the areas that you will touch.