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- 74%Spiritual Seekers
- 70%Art & Design Lovers
- 51%Business Travelers
- 51%Outdoor Enthusiasts
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- ChinaJul 05, 2012
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- ChinaJul 04, 2012
A friend and I would like to do a good hike through redwoods tomorrow, somewhere in the vicinity of Santa Cruz. We were originally thinking Big Basin, but due to time concerns, I was wondering if anyone had recommendations that might be closer to either Highway 17 or the town of Santa Cruz?
- ChinaJul 04, 2012
I lived in China for a year, teaching English at a university, and got to see a side of it that most people don't. China is safe. As always, in any major city, watch out for pickpockets and scam artists - as was mentioned in another review, especially beware of young and attractive English speaking students coming to speak to you. In Beijing, if you don't know Chinese or don't have the address of where you are trying to go written out in Chinese (characters) and also an idea of the rate you should be paying (meters can be tampered with, and once it gets dark most taxis forgo the meter in favor of bargaining) I would avoid taxis and go for the metro system, or walk. The metro is fairly straightforward and in understandable Chinglish, and stops at or close to the major tourist attractions.
For those travelers that are gun-shy, be warned. You will be getting attention, and lots of it when traveling in China, especially if you head out to more rural areas, or places that don't have some sort of Western-recognized tourist attraction. If you aren't in China for long, it will likely be unnerving the entire time you're there, but for those that are staying longer than a week or two, you'll learn that it's honest curiosity on the part of the Chinese people - they want to get to know you, but it manifests in slightly different ways than expected. I've had people want to touch my hair or tell me that I had beautiful hands.
As for table manners, spitting, smoking, slurping and burping is all acceptable at the table, at most restaurants, and generally in public. Unless you are at a very (very!) high end restaurant, tipping is neither expected nor encouraged. And if you go out with any Chinese people, consider it appropriate to put up a fight to pay for the bill, but concede after they fight for it harder. Also, if you go out with Chinese, especially if you are a guy, they will try and get you drunk. Very, very, very drunk. Be warned. Bai jiu (which literally translates 'white spirit (liquor) ) is very strong - reminds me of old man vodka times ten-ish. As for calling for the waitress, in the north, generally, fuwuyuan is a proper term - in the south, that same term is slang for a hooker - I believe, though can't properly remember, as I lived in the north and only visited the south, that the proper term in the south is 'shi zhe'
If you know any Chinese, have fun bargaining at the markets and with the street hawkers, otherwise, stick to malls and not-so-hole-in-the-wall shops. And even then, unless you have an idea of what you should be paying and what you're willing to pay, don't do the markets.
In terms of budget, outside of Beijing and Shanghai, a nice meal at a nice restaurant...I would say maximum 20RMB a person. When I was traveling I knew enough Chinese to eat at non-Western chains (you will generally find Starbucks, KFC, occasionally McDonald's or Dairy Queen - didn't see Burger Kings very often) or more Westernized Chinese restaurants which tend to be premium price.
As for carrying cash - it is a must. Most places, again, outside of Beijing and Shanghai, and even then within the cities, do not accept credit cards of any form at all, and debit cards only if they are Chinese. So carry cash. 100RMB, as the biggest bill, though the equivalent of about 15USD, is not a common occurrence outside of major cities to carry around in large quantities. So try and break those bills as fast as you can - maybe at your hotel or hostel. It will make you a little bit less conspicuous.
Best of luck, and enjoy my second home.
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