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Top 12 tips for traveling in China

source:bbs.chinadaily.com.cn release date:2015/01/15 hits:622

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!

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

2. Don't travel during holiday season.

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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.

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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.

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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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