Shopping Tips When Travel in China

Shopping is an essential when you travel to China. But what should pay attention to for escaping buying unnecessary things. Here will give you some tips.

China’s rich artistic heritage is reflected in its stunning range of characteristic works of art – from stylized landscape paintings and calligraphy to delicate ceramic bowls and exquisitely carved bamboo. With the recent burgeoning of travel, Chinese cities are alive with shops and markets selling trinkets and souvenirs. Some of the most unique souvenirs are those produced by China’s minorities, particularly their accomplished embroidery. The major cities have seen the emergence of department stores, which provide certificates of authenticity for items such as jewelry and semi-precious stones.

Shops in China are usually open from 8:30am until fairly late in the evening – around 8pm – while winter timings are generally 9am to 7pm. The opening and closing times of shops, however, may vary from place to place. For instance, in some areas they open as early as 8am, and stay open until well after 8pm. Some of the large shopping centers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Hong Kong don’t close before 9pm. Local food shops and markets selling fresh produce remain open for business from early in the morning until late at night. Visitors should note that some shops remain closed on public holidays, the most important being the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival), National Day (October 1), and New Year’s Day (January 1).

Chinese Currency is the yuan, also known as renminbi, or people’s money (shortened to RMB). One yuan is divided into 10 jiao or mao, each of which is divided even farther into 10 fen. Credit cards are only accepted in the larger travel hotels and in state-run shops. You are unlikely to be able to pay by debit card anywhere. A few ATMs in the larger cities accept foreign credit and debit cards – look around head branches of the major international banks and the Bank of China. It is recommended to carry traveler’s checks, as well as a supply of currency such as US dollars, Euros or pounds sterling as they are the easiest to convert. The Bank of China has exchange desks for foreign currency and traveler’s checks, and these are also found at airports, in larger hotels, and in certain stores. Keep your exchange receipts as you will need them to convert your spare renminbi into another currency before leaving the country.

Bargaining is a common practice in China, especially in street markets, night bazaars, and souvenir stands. It is even worth trying in the smarter, more expensive hotels, modern shops, department stores.

If you join a China tour package, you will be led to designated shops whose things are alway expensive.
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Beijing Local Food

Beijing FoodTasting local food is an essential for tourists for their China tour. Beijing, as a hot tourist destination, is also a city of famous cuisines. You can eat different cuisines from all China besides the local food. But here I will introduce you the local Beijing food here. Beijing Duck, of course, the first must-eat food for many tourists.

Beijing Duck
Peking Duck is a famous duck dish from Beijing that has been prepared since the imperial era, and is now considered one of China's national foods.

The dish is prized for the thin, crisp skin, with authentic versions of the dish serving mostly the skin and little meat, sliced in front of the diners by the cook. Ducks bred specially for the dish are slaughtered after 65 days and seasoned before being roasted in a closed or hung oven. The meat is eaten with pancakes, scallion, and hoisin sauce or sweet bean sauce. The two most notable restaurants in Beijing which serve this delicacy are Quanjude and Bianyifang, two centuries-old establishments which have become household names

If you travel independently and not join in China travel deals, you can taste some snacks in the food streets.

Lv Da Gun

Lv Da Gun, also known as bean flour cake, is one of the oldest snacks in Beijing. When making it, firstly, make little dough with soybean flour and roll the dough up with sweetened bean paste inside. Then trundle it in soybean dust at last. That is the reason why it gets a strange name 'rolling the donkey' in Chinese. The cake is yellow with dense soybean flavor and is featured by fragrant, sweet and glutinous.

Noodles With Soybean Paste

Noodles With Soybean Paste, also called Zha Jiang Mian, is very popular when it comes to traditional Beijing cuisine. As an added bonus, it is not expensive at all. Zha Jiang Mian is consists of three main materials. They are wide hand-tossed noodles, vegetable pieces as well as pork.In terms of nutrition, pork is rich in protein and essential fatty acids, both of which can improve iron status in iron deficiency anemia. At the same time, noodles possess characteristics of improving digestion and absorption.Local Beijing people, especially elder ones like to eat hot noodles in the cold days and to eat cold noodles in hot weather.

Tang Huo Shao

Tang Huo Shao is one of the favorable local snacks in Beijing. Its origin is traced back as far as 300 years ago. The most famous Tang Huo Shao are those from Da Shun Zhai Restaurant in Tongzhou in eastern Beijing, which are the most favorable foods for Muslims in their pilgrim to Mecca.

In Beijing, tourists can eat snacks and cuisine with their heart content, not like in Xinjiang. If you have Silk Road tour, a part of tour falls in Xinjiang where all the dishes contain the mutton. Many tourists don't like mutton meat like me.

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What Is Zhangzhou Puppet-Head Carving

Shopping is another important thing for tourists when they have China tours Souvenirs not only give their family and friends as gifts but also remind you of your China traveling experience. The following will introduce you a traditional local souvenir Zhangzhou Puppet-Head Carving

Puppet-head carving in Zhangzhou is a special craft that is found in Zhangzhou, Xiamen,Quanzhou and the surrounding area in Fujian Province, and can be traced back more than 1,000 years.

Sculpting Zhanzou puppets incorporates the head, limbs, costumes and headgear, but carving the puppet heads is the most representative of this craft. The puppet heads are vivid and lively, with exaggerated facial expressions and specific genres. The amazing carving techniques breathe life into the puppets on stage. The craft of carving puppet heads is usually passed down from generation to generation.

Xu Zhuchu is a widely known master in puppet-head design and carving. He has combined the traditional skills with his own renovations and gradually formed his own distinctive style. The well-known puppet brand, the "Zhuchu Puppet of Zhangzhou" is marked by his style.

Xu has created more than 600 opera puppets in his half-century of puppet making. His works have been exhibited in the China Art Museum and many other museums in more than 100 countries. He has also designed and carved puppets for more than 30 puppet movies and television programs. What's more, his works have been given as gifts to top-ranking officials and honored foreign guests and are collected by art galleries, museums, and personal collectors all over the world. High praise has been given to his puppets and they are called "a treasure of Eastern art."

If you take a package of China scenic tour, you will not be led to designated shops to buy these carvings.
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The useful expression when travel China alone

The following will help you a lot when you have a China tour alone.
When buy
Do you have...? 有没有…?
I want to buy… 我想买…。
I need…. 我要…。
Do you have roll films? 有胶卷吗?
Where can I get…? …在哪有卖?
Please show me it. 请给我看一下
I'm just looking. 我随便看看
When choose
I want a smaller/larger one. 我要小/大一点的
I don't like the design. 这样式我不太喜欢
I don't like this color. 这颜色我不太喜欢
Do you have this in another color? 还有别的颜色吗?
Do you have another one like this? 跟这个一样的还有吗?
May I try this on? 可以试穿吗?
When bargain
How much money is it? 多少钱?
How much for one? 一个多少钱
How much altogether? 一共多少钱?
It's a little expensive. 这个有点贵
Do you have something less expensive? 有更便宜的吗?
Can I get a discount? 便宜一点吧
Can you lower the price? 再便宜点吧
Would you accept fifty yuan? …元行吗?Would you let me pay fifty yuan for it? 算..元行吗?
When pay
OK, I'll take it. 好,我买了
I'll take both. 两个都要
Let me think about it. 让我再考虑一下
Do you accept credit cards? 刷信用卡可以吗?
Please give me the receipt. 请给我开张收据
You gave me the wrong change. 钱找错了
Café 咖啡厅, Teahouse 茶馆, Theater 电影院,剧院, Bar 酒吧, Club 俱乐部,夜总会, Tea 茶, Coffee 咖啡, Iced coffee 冰咖啡, Hot coffee 热咖啡, Mineral water 矿泉水, Fruit juice 果汁, Orange juice 橙汁, Coca-cola 可口可乐, Beer 啤酒, Wine 葡萄酒, Cocktail 鸡尾酒, Whiskey 威士忌, Vodka 伏特加
Is there a café/ teahouse/ bar near here? 附近有咖啡厅/茶馆/酒吧吗?
Where is a café/ teahouse/ bar? 这儿哪里有咖啡厅/茶馆/酒吧?
What kind of beverages do you have? 请问有什么喝的?
A bottle of beer, please. 我要一瓶啤酒。
I’d like a coffee, please.给我来杯咖啡。
Could you please give me an ashtray? 请给我拿个烟灰缸。
I want to drink coca-cola/ orange juice/ … 我想喝。。。
I want to exchange money. 我想换钱
Where can I exchange money? 在哪换钱?
What’s the rate of exchange for US dollars to Renminbi today? 今天美元和人民币汇率是多少?
I’ve finished the exchange form. 我已经填好兑换单了
Could you break a large bill, please? 请帮我换成零钱
May I have some 10-yuan bills? 换成十块的
Can you break a hundred-Yuan bill? 请把这一百元破开
Please print and take along with you when you don't choose to join a private China tour.
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Food Tour in China

Like a huge range of inspiring landscapes lied within the vast territory, China also is the home of diversity of peoples. The Han People is the dominant force, but there also are more than 50 ethnic groups with different customs, traditions, languages and ways of life living on this large area. Despite these differences existing, one thing that binds all Chinese people together is the passion on food.

Now let's begin our food China tours

Chinese food enjoys a reputation in the world. One of the best known is Beijing Roast Duck which can be eaten in other countries, but the authentic Beijing roast duck can be found in Beijing. The Beijing roasted duck can be dated back to 1,500 years. Why Beijing roast duck got so famous is the breed of the duck, i.e. Beijing duck. According to the legend, the superb taste of the roast dick comes from the rare-breed Beijing duck. The most famous Beijing roast duck restaurant that offers the most tasting roast is Quanjude restaurant.

Snack stalls and markets abound are perfect to taste delicious food. You can spend little money to get you stomach full with delectable snacks. The night markets and snack stalls can be found in most China cities.

Do you like spicy food? If you like, you should head to Sichuan Province and Chongqing City, home to the spiciest dishes on the planet. Chillies are used as the fixings along with the unique Sichuan pepper. The signature dish in Sichuan is hotpot. Although hotpot can be eaten in other places of China, Sichuan is the hometown of hotpot.

Hongshao Rou (braised pork belly) is a popular dish among Chinese. Hunan Province, the birthplace of Mao Zedong, is the home to this dish. But this dish is too fatty for some western. Taste because it is really delicious.

Speaking of Guangxi, people always think of the enchanting landscapes in Guilin. But Guangxi is also famous for its dog-meat hotpot. If you think eating dog meat violate your morals, you can try beer fish, a mouth-watering specialty of village of Yangshuo.

Wow, the food trip is very marvelous. Besides tasting the delicious food, we can also have some scenic China tours.

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Holy City - Lhasa

Lhasa, the capital of Tibet, is the highest city in the world because it locates on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau. It contains many culturally significant Buddha sites, such as Potala Palace, Jokhang and Norbulingka. For tourists, Lhasa is hot tourist destination which is contained in many China travel packages.

Potala Palace

Potala Palace locates on the top of Red Hill, northwest of Lhasa City. It was built by King Songzan Gampo for greeting his bride Wencheng Princess of Tang Dynasty. It became winter palace of Dalai Lama since it had been reconstructed in the 17th century. Today it has been converted into a museum by government. Many treasured things are collected here so that it can be praised as the artistic hall. The palace is composed of two parts, Red Palace and White Palace. The Red Palace is situated at the center of Potala. The outer wall of Red Palace is painted to red, hence the name. Red Palace is devoted to religious study and Buddhist prayer. The outer wall of the White Palace is painted to white, hence the name. The White Palace is the living quarters of Dalai Lama.


Jokhang locates on the Barkhor Square in Lhasa. It is a monastery of Tibetan Buddhism. It was built during the reign of King Songzan Gampo in order to greet his wife, Nepalese princess. Jokhang is the most featured building of Tubo Dynasty. The Jokhang is a four-story construction with roof covered with gilded bronze tiles. The architectural style based on the Indian vihara design and later extended blending the style of Tang Dynasty and Nepal. The Jokhang owns very large and important collection of about eight metal sculptures, in addition to thousands of painting scroll known as Tangka.


Norbulingka is regarded as the Summer Palace in Lhasa. It served as the summer residence of successive Dalai Lama. When summer came, Dalai Lama transferred here to handle with religious affairs. Now it has been converted into public garden. Norbulingka is located at the west side of Lhasa. Norbulingka is separated into three sections, including the eastern, central and western parts. The park is also where annual Shodon, meaning Yogurt Festival is held. During Shodon from August 23 to 29, people can watch the free Tibetan Opera in Norbulingka.

Because Lhasa is located on the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau, so that you should prepare sufficiently and pay more attention to altitude stress if you travel to Tibet.

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