Tips for American Tourists in China
Following up on an earlier post: 15 Guidelines for Chinese Tourists Abroad, I now present AdventureLogue’s own Guidelines for American Tourists Traveling in China:
- Unless you’ve had a lesson, don’t even try to speak Mandarin to a Native Speaker, they won’t understand you, you’ll sound like a drunk teletubbie to them. Just point to the words in the phrasebook.
- Don’t ask for directions to ‘Chinatown.’
- Your taxi driver is not related to Jackie Chan, or Jet Li.
- The “Ming Dynasty” has nothing to do with basketball.
- Don’t ask for a refund for all the crappy stuff you bought at Wal-Mart that broke in a week.
- Don’t Google “Tibetan resistance,” better yet don’t google at all.
- Don’t offer to host a panel on “Media Censorship in the 21st Century.”
- Smoke. A lot. And frequently.
- The term “Sleeper Bus” is not an indication that you may be able to sleep while riding on one.
- The roller coaster on the Great Wall at Badaling is not historically accurate.
- Don’t expect to see many signs in English outside Shanghai and Beijing. Except for the words ‘Wal-Mart.’
- Don’t ask if they use MSG.