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Certain customs and traditions that are already embedded in to the ways things are done in a particular country cannot be changed. It can only be adopted by those that visit. And as a foreigner visiting a country especially one where tradition and culture are given much importance, is always best that you know of them beforehand. So here are some things you should be knowing about China.
More cash is in use
While technology and easy payment methods are becoming more and more popular around the world. In China, it is always best that you have physical cash in hand rather than plastic cards as most business set up on the street corners accept cash than card. However, if you are using card, it is best to use Visa or MasterCard from UnionPay. Knowing to easily learn Chinese language would also be a great help to get about in the streets of the country.
Use only Yuan
Certain countries across the globe widely accept different currencies to transact and purchase goods and services. However in China, it is only the Chinese Yuan that is used and accepted. There are different notes varying from 1RMB, 10RMB,20RMB,50RMB and 100RMB which are used in transacting (Yuan is also known as RMB).
Inform the bank
This is basically something you should never forget to do especially if you don’t want to end up begging on the streets of China. Before you visit the country make sure that you inform your bank that you are doing so, this way your transactions and withdrawals wouldn’t be cancelled out.
Look for help
When you are visiting a county for the first time you would obviously have a rather limited knowledge on the native language of the said country. So do find a friendly and trustworthy local or a Mandarin tutor HK to help you with translations and understanding of the language.
Skip on tipping
While in America not tipping the waiter is looked down upon in every way, in China tipping in the first place is condemned. So don’t tip you aren’t necessarily expected to do so as well.
Bargain your way through
It is perfectly alright to bargain for things and have them reduced much more from their original price. So not accepting them for their marked price isn’t necessarily frowned upon. But don’t try this practice in boutiques and well established chain stores!
Make sure that you also have the Chinese Yuan with you as a mode of transacting and making payments for things. And in case you are unable to have them exchanged certain banks allows their foreign cards to be used at ATMs to draw local currency, so do test that out as well. Consider the above and enjoy a wonderful trip in this country!