Visiting China for the first time
July 15, 2014 4:06 PM Subscribe
Ni hao! I will be visiting China for the first time this December. Please share your advice and anecdotes!
I will spend a week over Christmas visiting a family member studying in Ningbo, China. I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to experience China firsthand, however short. This will be my first time in Asia; I'm an American with extensive European travel experience. The family member speaks Mandarin (not yet Cantonese, sadly) and is quite familiar with Chinese culture so I know I'll have a good guide when I get there.
I would appreciate hearing any and all personal stories and advice, both general and specific -- places to go, things to do (or not do!), how to pack, cultural comparisons, blogs and books to read, gift ideas, phrases to memorize, things to keep in mind, and more. I love anticipating and preparing for travel, and with your help, I'll be off to a good start. Xie xie -- thanks!