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Top 12 tips for traveling in China

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Editor's note: China is a vast and culturally diverse country, which makes traveling in it for the first time incredibly daunting. Forum readers share some tips -- from their experiences -- to make newcomers' lives a little easier. Have you got your own China travel tips? You're welcome to add yours.

1. Travel light. Most hotels here provide toothbrushes/paste, soap, shampoo, etc. They even provide house shoes!


Interior of a guest room in a hotel in Dezhou, Shandong province on May 9, 2010.

2. Don't travel during holiday season.


Tourists visit the West Lake during the National Day holidays in Hangzhou, capital of east China's Zhejiang Province, Oct. 3, 2013. The scenic West Lake, a UNESCO World Heritage site, drew over 1 million visitors in a single day for the first time, according to statistics. [Photo/Xinhua]

3. Always carry tissues. You won't find toilet paper in public bathrooms.


Pedestrians walk past a camera-shaped toilet in Jiulongpo district, Chongqing, China, on February 7, 2014.

 4. Carry a translation device in case you need to ask questions.


Language skill does not seem that important until you step out of Beijing and Shanghai. Having a handy dictionary stored in your handset makes a world of difference when exploring many other Chinese cities.

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