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Heading East: Advice For People Visiting China & Japan

China and Japan are unlike any other countries in the world. They are the home of modern technology, and there is lots to keep travelers occupied. However, there are some significant cultural differences in those nations. For that reason, it’s sensible to research them thoroughly before your trip. With that in mind, we’ve included some excellent tips on this page that should help you to make a start. At the end of the day, everyone should visit the east at some point during their lives. The people are friendly, and it’s always interesting to see how other cultures live and survive.

chinese roasted squid

Always ask before you eat!

There are lots of food markets and restaurants in China and Japan that serve fantastic cuisine. However, if you’re one of those people who doesn’t like to experiment, you’ll need to be careful. Just make sure you always ask the waiting staff or chef about the food before you put it in your mouth. It’s common in the east for people to consume many different insects and animals. The idea of eating some of them might turn your stomach. You don’t want to insult anyone by refusing your plate of food. Also, you don’t want to waste money that you could have spent on having fun. So, make sure you understand the nature of the meal before you place your order.

Don’t ask the locals about politics

Both China and Japan have complex political systems that get a lot of criticism all over the world. However, the people living in those nations are happy with their lives. Don’t make the mistake of thinking they are going to speak out against their leaders. There is a difference between understanding another culture and judging it. Play it safe as much as you can. Avoid political conversations unless you’re 100% confident the other person wants to talk. Also, try not to highlight any historical facts that might annoy the locals. At the end of the day, you are a visitor in their country, and so you must show respect.

downtown china

Make sure you hire a car

While there are excellent public transport systems in China and Japan, most of them don’t use English translations. That means getting around can become a real hassle if you rely on buses and trains. Of course, sometimes you will get transport included in your China vacation packages. Some providers manage organized tours that will help you to see the most interesting sights. If you do plan to travel alone, make sure you hire a car the moment you land. You can research the best companies online and make arrangements before you leave home.

We hope you have a fantastic time in the east when you choose to visit. The advice from this page should help you to navigate some of the issues you will encounter. However, there is always more to learn, and so you should continue reading. A trip of that nature could change your life for the better. It could assist you in seeing the world from a new perspective. So, make sure you work hard to plan the best experience possible.

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Executive Traveller 2003