Travel Shanghai China

Written by John Mckenna

Travel Shanghai China, An amazing city.

I live, work, play in Shanghai, China’s largest city, largest port; a city of 16 million people, (many millions more during holidays and festivals), a city wanting to berepparttar biggest, best and most important inrepparttar 141137 world.

If you had been able to Travel Shanghai 10 years ago, and returned today, you would see a very, very different city. Shanghai today is a modern, 21st Century city, with tall, new shiny buildings, amazing nightlights, a wonderland.

Findingrepparttar 141138 old sights and sounds ofrepparttar 141139 old city is becoming more difficult asrepparttar 141140 city’s rapid development produces almost instant change, almost everywhere.

Shanghai is a Chinese city of surprises: - a bizarre, and sometimes brutal, colonial history (British, French, American, Italian, Japanese) and dark days exploited as an Opium trade hub. Mix that with ancient Chinese culture and today we have a city urgently trying to leave its colourful past behind and which will soon be compared, in class and elegance, with any major city inrepparttar 141141 world.

When you Travel Shanghai China, you will quickly notice it isrepparttar 141142 power-house of China,repparttar 141143 money-making machine that drivesrepparttar 141144 Chinese economy continually forward.

Shanghai is usually a business destination. However if you are coming for a China vacation, or traveling through onrepparttar 141145 way to somewhere else, Travel Shanghai China has some must-see experiences and is a good way to introduce yourself torepparttar 141146 wonders and difficulties of Travel in China.

There is still a lot forrepparttar 141147 visitor to see and do in Shanghai. Bars, Clubs, Business,repparttar 141148 incredible skyline of beautiful tall buildings as far as you can see. The 21st century architecture. However,repparttar 141149 truth be told, when you Travel Shanghai China,repparttar 141150 city itself does not have a lot of cultural feel about it. Shanghai isrepparttar 141151 financial center of China.

I could talk all day about what great fun it is to live here; it’s a lively vibrant place that moves at an extraordinarily fast pace.

I will cover some ofrepparttar 141152 highlights but you need to see and feelrepparttar 141153 place personally to fully appreciate it.

Some Shanghai Highlights

• The beautiful colonial-style buildings alongrepparttar 141154 river; an area calledrepparttar 141155 “Bund” where these remarkable buildings from old European days are marvelously lit up at night, and have been beautifully restored;repparttar 141156 contrast betweenrepparttar 141157 Old andrepparttar 141158 New is quite a sight.

China Travel Tips

Written by John Mckenna

Survival China Travel Tips and Tricks

These China Travel Tips, Survival Techniques, will help you get around and make your trip to China easier, so you will be able to experiencerepparttar real China with a little less stress. China is an odd beast that needs to be respected;repparttar 141136 major cities, Beijing, Shanghai, and Xian, all have their own personalities.

Some complex situations that you think would be an organizational disaster turn out to be great and you wonder afterward what allrepparttar 141137 fuss and worry was about. Thenrepparttar 141138 simplest of tasks can turn out to be a major calamity.

This is when you have what we call here a “China day”.

These days come and go and are part ofrepparttar 141139 experience of everyday travel in China. One needs to have an open mind when travelling China. It is a place with thousands of years of history and culture that is trying overnight to adapt to Western ways of living.

You need to have a very open mind when you Travel in China. I have listed below a few China Travel Tips that will make life that wee bit more bearable on your Travel China experience.

China Travel Tips – Be Toilet Wise

• Never expect a clean toilet 100% ofrepparttar 141140 time.

• Be prepared; Carry some tissue.

• You may have to use a squat toilet, again if you know this before hand it is not a shock. If you don’t know how to use a squat toilet, tryrepparttar 141141 following experiment at home.

While holding onto something for support with both hands, lower your body down into a low squat position, so thatrepparttar 141142 cheeks of your bottom is almost touching your heels orrepparttar 141143 back of your calf. Now, let go with your hands. See if you stay in this position for at least 1 minute. If you fall backwards or you cannot get up, then a squat toilet could be a problem for you! Practice, you will be happy you did.

• If you see a clean toilet, Go… it may not come again for a while.

• There are many public toilets aroundrepparttar 141144 cities, usuallyrepparttar 141145 ones you pay for are OK, (RMB .5),repparttar 141146 others best to stay away from if you can. You will soon notice them as you walk aroundrepparttar 141147 cities.

• Be warned that public areas like bus and train stations are usually what I class as “tough toilets”, however if gotta go you gotta go. • Outside ofrepparttar 141148 major cities,repparttar 141149 toilet systems are old or have very narrow plumbing /pipes and get blocked easily. In these cases a small basket is usually besiderepparttar 141150 toilet, this is for your used toilet paper.

One ofrepparttar 141151 best China Travel toilet Tips I can give you, is use hotel lobby toilets; these are everywhere and are always clean. Still they may not always have toilet paper. It depends onrepparttar 141152 class of hotel that you are using.

I do not wish to scare you. However, of allrepparttar 141153 China Travel Tips in allrepparttar 141154 other web sites I have read, this is a topic not often mentioned, but it is very important to us all.

So outside ofrepparttar 141155 major cities conditions can be tough. But most ofrepparttar 141156 time everything will be fine, especially if you book a tour; everything will have been checked out before hand. However evenrepparttar 141157 best laid plans can go wrong, so be prepared,repparttar 141158 toilets inrepparttar 141159 smaller cities, towns and villages can be scary.

China Travel Tips – The Food

• The food is great andrepparttar 141160 variety is overwhelming. Most ofrepparttar 141161 time you get to choose what you eat, or you can recognize what you’re eating, however sometimes you do not get a choice. Carry a chocolate bar or something; this will keep you going until some food that you can recognize turns up. Drink bottled or boiled water, asrepparttar 141162 tap water is NOT safe to drink, this is forrepparttar 141163 whole of China. Even boiled water, while sterilised can contain a lot of minerals and iron deposits that you probably do not want in your system. The safest bet is to drink bottle water. Tap water in most big cities is OK for brushing teeth.

• Eating habits - Most Chinese people have a great habit of being very noisy when they eat and lunch and dinner times can be a wonderfully noisy celebration, food tends to go in all directions, its just part of being in China.

• People also smoke atrepparttar 141164 table while everyone is eating, so some restaurants get very loud and smoky.

• If you get stuck what to order as most ofrepparttar 141165 menu’s are in Chinese just look atrepparttar 141166 table next to you and point torepparttar 141167 dish you fancy and ask how much it is, this system works really well and know seems to mind.

• I have a basic menu that will help you order safe food, (no Cats or Dog) this will enable you to visit a larger selection of restaurants, not justrepparttar 141168 tourist ones with high prices. You can carry it with you and use it inrepparttar 141169 local restaurants where most will be able to serve what is on it. This way you will know what you are eating.

These local places are very cheap andrepparttar 141170 food it great. Contact me if you would like me to send it to you.

China Travel Tips – Taxis

• China Travel Tips- Taxis - Taxis are an experience that can have you gripingrepparttar 141171 seat and gasping for breath; however you soon get used to it, afterrepparttar 141172 first few rides, you’re an old hand.

• The taxis in Shanghai are, overall, quite good. Try to getrepparttar 141173 Blue, Blue’ish Turquoise, Gold and White taxis, these arerepparttar 141174 best… these arerepparttar 141175 four major taxi companies and are generally recognised by their single colour paintwork. The others are OK, just older and a rougher ride (the others also may have faulty metres). No drivers will speak English.

• Carry your hotel or accommodation business card with you, written in Chinese, this helps if you get lost walking around town.

• In allrepparttar 141176 taxis aroundrepparttar 141177 country you will seerepparttar 141178 drivers name and taxi registration number in plain sight. If you have any problem, or if you think you have been over charged etc, just take this number down, make a big fuss about it, andrepparttar 141179 driver then should wake up and fix whatever problem you have. Even better is to takerepparttar 141180 receipt. This has allrepparttar 141181 trip details on it and you can ringrepparttar 141182 taxi company if you want to take things further or if you’ve left something inrepparttar 141183 taxi. • The government takes rip-off drivers in all cities, Beijing and Xian especially, very seriously and if you complain they will lose their license. This is their livelihood. So far I have had not one driver in 3 years that has not backed down and we have then agreed a price forrepparttar 141184 trip or solved our problem.

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