Excited about your first trip to China but at the same time worried about the language barrier? Well, for a foreigner on his first trip here, the language barrier can appear as impenetrable and huge as the Great Wall of China.
With that said, you shouldn’t lose much sleep over it, especially if you make use of the tips listed here, which, besides helping you overcome the language barrier, gives you some practical tips for your first trip to the Land of the Dragon.
Overcoming language barrier
Most educated Chinese speak English, so you wouldn’t have much trouble in the cities. However, you can’t always count on finding an English-speaking Chinese to bail you out in remote places. Therefore, the best way to overcome the language barrier is to learn some basic Chinese phrases before you take the plane.
Many believe joining full-time Mandarin classes Singapore is the only way to learn Chinese. However, that’s not the case. It all depends on your purpose behind learning Chinese. Well, if you are living in Singapore, yes, perhaps classrooms are the best place to learn Chinese in Singapore.
However, as a tourist who’s just vacating in China, you don’t really need classroom learning. Knowledge of a few phrases is more than enough to get around or to seek out someone’s help in case you are in some trouble.
You can even record a few phrases in Chinese along with their English versions. Whenever you need to ask to ask a locale for something, just play the relevant Chinese phrase.
Most Recommended Tourist Destinations
A vast and naturally diverse country, China has the world’s highest mountains, biggest desserts, and largest grasslands. A few days’ time is not enough to fully explore this amazing giant of a country.
If you want to see and feel the essence of China on your first trip, you must include these places in your itinerary:
- Beijing – Apart from being a world-class city, Beijing boast of some extremely attractive historical and tourist sites, perhaps none more well-known and visited than the Great Wall of China. Other attractions include the grand imperial palace, the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, and the Summer Palace.
- Shanghai – Labeled as the most modern city in China, Shanghai has many world-class historical sites (Yuyuan Garden, Jing’an Temple, and Jade Buddha Temple), modern architecture (Oriental Pearl TV Tower, Shanghai World Financial Center, and Jinamo Tower), and mesmerizing water towns (Zhujiajiao Water Town).
- Guilin – If you love national parks, you have got to come to Guilin, home to the beautiful Li River Scenic Area.
- Xi’an – Mount Hua is perhaps the biggest attraction of Xi’an, regarded as the place of birth of Chinese culture. Other attractions include the Ancient City Wall and Terracotta Army.
Tasting Chinese Food
There’s a huge food culture in China. The style of cooking varies greatly from one region to another. First timers are advised not to miss pork buns in Shanghai, the roast duck in Beijing, Chinese hamburgers and dumplings in Xi’an, and rice noodles in Guilin.
In China, like most countries of the world, the street food offers an unrestricted peek into the full range of culinary delights the country has to offer. So don’t miss the chance to enjoy the street food of different parts of China.