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    Going to China; tips?

    I'm going to China in three weeks with my friend. I guess his family invited me for some reason, and now we're going to go visit his family there and stay for three weeks. We're going to Beijing, Wuhan, and then Shiyan (not Xi'an). I already have a visa, the tickets, and everything is pretty much ready. I'm just wanting to know if anyone has been there before and has done something cool, or just share your experience. I know already not to drink tap water/ice and it's going to be hot and stuff, so you don't have to say any of that.

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    I met 7 dudes from Shiyan when I was in Bavaria a few months ago. They told me that it is a really beautiful city and that if I ever go to China to make it there. They also told me a bunch of other stuff, but I was at Hofbräuhaus, so uh..I can't remember it all. All I know is it sounded like a legit place.
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    Cool, thanks.

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    Darn, no Hong Kong?

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    I only spent a couple days in Beijing as part of a tour so naturally did the touristy stuff - The Forbidden City, Mao's Tomb, The Summer Palace, The Great Wall and a couple archeaological sites.

    Don't miss The Forbidden City, The Great Wall (a bit of a ride from Beijing) and The Summer Palace.

    I went in Oct/Nov 1996 and it was freezing.

    The air pollution is horrendous - even worse so in the winter as most of the buildings particularly the dwellings do not have central heating and the residents use charcoal for heating and cooking. Gone is the era of masses of bicycles and there are now cars everywhere without the smog emission controls found in the US.

    If you have respiratory problems like asthma as I do you may suffer. It's easier now for me to imagine what the air in Dickens' London was like in the coal era.

    We passed through Wuhan to begin a Yangtze River cruise but didn't spend any time there really.

    You can usually get a Western style breakfast (eggs, bacon and that stuff) at the big international hotels if you get the craving. I always opted for Chinese style breakfasts, but you'll be with your friends family so there won't always be a choice. There should be a MacDonalds and a KFC as well as Starbucks in Beijing if you need that muck.
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    My cousin did teaching in China. One tip that sticks out from her experience is the 'dress code.' She went throughout the country, off the path of 'touristy' stuff. If you're going to be doing the same thing, pack clothes that don't stand out. I remember her saying she tried to wear all blue outfits, no lettering, and hid her hair under a hat (she was blond). It might be a bad idea if you don't want to stand out.

    On the flip side to that, when I was in 3rd grade my teacher's husband came into class to do a 'show and tell' for us. He went to all sorts of countries like China, Russia, India, etc... One of the things he would do is bring American nick-nacks, gum, soda, treats, etc and would trade them with people there. He got all types of things that were really amazing! (I was in 3rd grade so maybe I was easily impressed) But keep in mind there are going to be products here that many have never seen before over there. Even American Coke tastes different than Coke in India.

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    Yeah Coke does taste different in different places. German Coke is a little less sweet..actually tates better. When I lived in Germany I got addicted to this stuff called MezzoMix. Its like half Coke and half orange Fanta. Soooo good...but not in the US :'(
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    Thanks for your responses. I have no idea actually what we're doing, like whether or not it is all planned out or whatever. But in Beijing, we will be doing tourist stuff, like visiting the Great Wall. I don't know if we will see the Forbidden City, but I haven't really asked yet. I am a little worried about the heat and air pollution; is the heat and humidity really that bad?

    I personally love Chinese food, so I don't think there's much of a problem there, although there are obviously more strange things in China to eat than there are in a Chinese food restaurant in America. When I was in Chinatown, there were many interesting things that I had not seen before.

    Nate, I find the not standing out thing interesting. My friend who just went to China is German, and she said that lots of Chinese women wanted to take pictures with her. I'm guessing because she's not Chinese? If that's the case, then maybe I will want to make myself not stand out. But who knows, I don't really know what to expect in China, I'll just have to see what happens when I get there.

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