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Top 5 Travel Tips for China – Great Wall of China Travel Tips

“Top 5 Travel Tips for China – Great Wall of China Travel Tips” written by Bren Koger.

Are you looking to visit China?

I had the opportunity to do so, and I jumped at the chance to visit the Great Wall of China.

To walk along The Great Wall has been on my top ten travel bucket list for years.

It’s part of my ongoing goal to see all of the seven man-made wonders of the world. I started with the coliseum in Rome, Italy.

 

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and have now been able to check The Great Wall off my list with our recent three-week adventure touring China with my family.

So now I would like to share with you my China travel tips for visiting the Great Wall of China.

Great Wall of China Travel Tips

The Great Wall was an incredible experience; not just because it’s in such a culturally rich country on the other side of the world, but it seems to be so iconic of China and it’s history.

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Over 5500 miles long and almost a thousand years in the making it did not disappoint in it’s majestic and harsh beauty.

“The Great Wall is the building project with the longest duration and greatest cost in human lives, blood, sweat and tears.”

There are many places to see the great wall along it’s 5500 miles and we chose to see he Great Wall at fully restored Badaling – the most popular and easily accessible section of the Great Wall. It was a short comfortable bus trip from Beijing through some beautiful, remote countryside.

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If you are planning a trip to The Great Wall here are my top five tips to make your experience more enjoyable.

1) Go the RIGHT Season

Go in the spring or fall when the weather is nice and there are less people. Summer can be too hot, and winter can be dangerously and brutally cold. We were there in January and it was one of the coldest times of the year. I would have liked to stay longer and do a little hiking, but the temperatures were so severe on the wall we could only last a couple of hours. You know it’s cold when your iPhone keeps cutting off unless you hold it close to your body.

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2) Day Tour

Do a day tour with your hotel with english speaking drivers and not the local bus tours. We were on a day long tour to multiple locations which included The Ming Tombs, but were asked to pay more or they wouldn’t transport us back to our hotel and didn’t realize we signed up for some hard sell tactics at some shopping centers .

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3) Come Get Physical

Be prepared for how high the steps are. It’s a hike. I am a workout fanatic and I was sore for two days after climbing 3 sections of the wall ( about an hour).
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4) Careful… It’s High Up

Be careful it’s very steep at the very top and when we were there we experienced some strong winds. Hang on to avoid trips slips or falls especially when taking pictures.

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5) Souvenirs

If you choose to buy souvenirs at the kiosks on the wall, haggle for the price. They will jack up the price for foreigners. We were able to pay less than half of the original price just by being aware of this.

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Seeing The Great Wall was an experience of a lifetime I will never forget. It’s well worth the trip and these five tips will help keep you comfortable and safe.

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“When we get to the mountain, there’ll be a way through” …. 车到山前必有路 [車到山前必有路]  Chē dào shān qián bì yǒu lù.

Stay tuned for a blog from the next tow locations on my bucket list Machu Picchu and Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro.

I hope these tips help and you enjoy your stay in this beautiful country as much as we did. Enjoy!

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Top 12 Travel Tips for China | My China Travel Tips

“Top 12 Travel Tips for China | My China Travel Tips” written by Bren Koger.

We were fortunate to be able to spend three amazing weeks in January/February of this year touring China from Beijing to Shanghai.

After my son and daughter-in-law celebrated their traditional Chinese wedding on January 28th on an island off the coast of Zhuhai they gave us a guided tour of several cities throughout China.

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If you’re planning a trip to China, I would like to share a few things with you that I learned along the way in the hopes that this will make your stay a little more comfortable and enjoyable.

My Travel Tips for China

1) Toiletries

We were told before we left to bring toilet paper, so we were prepared. You will want to bring LOTS of small rolls of toilet paper or small tissues that you can put in your pocket or purse. Enough for the entire trip. a lot of the hotels had toilet paper, but when you’re out and about not all stalls in restaurants and public areas have toilet paper. (They don’t flush toilet paper) In fact, most don’t and they are not western toilets. They are squat toilets and look like this…

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2) Sanitation

Bring hand sanitizer and hand wipes. The sinks in the bathrooms mostly only have cold water and do not usually have paper towels or hand driers. The hand sanitizer will definitely come in handy. Bath and Body sells the little ones for very cheap.

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3) Clothing

Bring enough clean clothes. Don’t expect to find cheap easy ways to launder your clothes. There are no Laundromats and the Chinese laundry service is expensive. We paid $75 to launder just a few items. It might be cheaper just to buy new underwear and t-shirts. We ended up washing things in our hotel sink and made due with what we had.

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4) Money

Bring enough Chinese and Hong Kong currency. Bring double what you think you are going to need. Many places do not take American credit cards. Some restaurants and shops will take Visa but it’s easier if you have this one with a Union Pay symbol from a Chinese bank

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5) Guided Tours

Be careful of the tours. They can be scams that will require more money for your return fare once they get you to your destination. They are also tourist traps that take you to a presentations to encourage you to buy their products. We were taken on a tour that led us through several winding rooms with people aggressively selling us their snacks and products several times.

6) Winter Vacation

If you go in the winter months, make sure your hotel has heat. Heated rooms are not a given. They may provide a radiator for your room if you ask.

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7) Beds

You may get a hard bed. Chinese beds are not all soft mattresses. About 1/3 of the hotel beds we stayed in were board-hard mattresses. You may want to consider bringing an air mattress.

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8) Water

Be prepared to drink a lot of bottled water. Most restaurants don’t serve water with the meal unless it’s hot or in a tea. Try the different kinds of hot teas. They are amazing!

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9) Pollution

You may have to wear a mask when you are outside for pollution in some of the bigger cities like Beijing. It was very noticeable in the air at first. An acrid scent and noticeable smog but for us dissipated with the cold temperatures. It was not noticeable in the other cities like Hong Kong or Shanghai. I would bring a mask just to be prepared.

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10) Sticker Price

Be prepared to haggle. You do not need to pay full price for things like taxi rides or souvenirs at most of the shops. The malls have department stores where you will pay full price.

11) Vegetarian Food

If you are a vegetarian be prepared to be selective with your food choices. They eat a lot of pork and meat dishes where no part of the animal is spared. They have AMAZING pastries, tofu, buns, dumplings and vegetables..you will not go hungry.

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12) The Language

Learn a few Chinese phrases. Many people do not speak english. Knowing a few phrases to get around will be helpful.

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Final Words on My Travel Tips for China

China is breathtakingly beautiful mix of the preserved ancient culture and the modern fast growing cities. I feel so blessed to have gotten to know my new Chinese family.

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The food was a wonderful smorgasbord of different tastes and textures.

There are photo opportunities everywhere you look.

The people were kind and helpful.

We can’t wait to plan our next trip back.

I hope these tips help and you enjoy your stay in this beautiful country as much as we did.

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My China Travel Tips On How To Get Around In China

“My China Travel Tips On How To Get Around In China” written by Mike Marko.

Are you planning a trip to China, and looking for a few China travel tips?

Well, today I’m going to talk about how to get around in China and share a cool tip if you’re carrying a lot of luggage.

My China Travel Tips on Transportation

On our recent 3 week tour of China, we flew from Hong Kong to Shanghai with a lot of luggage. At least three large pieces of luggage for each of the four of us on the trip.

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Instead of trying to find a van or two taxies to take us to the airport we found a really cool app called GoGoVan that is similar to Uber.

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It’s for people who need to move large items such as furniture and supplies or, as in our case, a large amount of luggage.

About GoGoVan

GoGoVan has been around since 2013 and is the first ap for transporting goods in Asia. It’s similar to Uber in that you get to pick from thousands of drivers and vehicles and they charge your credit card on file when you reach your destination. There is no need to use cash.

Since its successful July 2013 launch in Hong Kong, GoGoVan has expanded to Singapore, South Korea, China, and Taiwan.

The drivers are English speaking which is not always the case with taxi’s and Uber in China.

Using Uber

Speaking of Uber. We were able to use this service a couple of times too. It was cheaper than a taxi and more convenient. If you’re not familiar with Uber, It’s also an ap that you download and then you get to choose your ride from thousands of drivers and set your location. You’ll see your driver’s picture and vehicle details, and can track their arrival on the map.

When you arrive at your destination, they automatically charge your credit card on file. And there’s no need to tip. This was so much easier and cheaper than a taxi especially if you’re trying to conserve on cash. (not a lot of places take American credit cards).

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Other China Transportation Options

There are multiple choices to get form point A to point B in China. The metro in the cities, buses and high speed train are all great options. They are clean and many have maps and signs in english.

If you need the convenience of a taxi and have a lot of luggage to transport I would download The GoGoVan and Uber ap. Chances are it will be your cheapest most convenient option.

Final Thoughts on Getting Around China Travel Tips

China is a breathtakingly beautiful mix of the preserved ancient culture and the modern fast growing cities.  Getting around this beautiful country and enjoying your stay isn’t too hard as long as you follow a few basic China travel tips.

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I hope you Enjoy your stay in this beautiful country as much as we did.

P.S. If you are looking to start a travel blog please check out our article, How to Create a Travel Blog Successfully and Profitably.

P.S.S. – If you like this post, feel free comment down below and/or share on Facebook.

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If you are interested in learning how to make money online, click the following links to learn more about the TotalShortcut.com system, YouFirstMillionOnline system, and get the information to form your own opinion from this Empower Network Review, and Jeunesse Global review.

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