Hey /trv/! I'm going to China in June. I've been to Canada, the UK, and France, but China is a whole different beast. I've got a few questions. Are the pickpockets really as bad as people make them out to be here? How bad is the air quality really? How much money should I bring for a 9 day trip?
>Are the pickpockets really as bad as people make them out to be here?
Just be careful of your stuff and you should be fine. Also: http://kotaku.com/chinese-man-pickpockets-an-iphone-by-using-chopstick-472615317
>How bad is the air quality really?
Beijing has really shitty air but other places should be ok. Generally, the more north you go, the shittier the air.
>How much money should I bring for a 9 day trip?
No idea - I suck at math lol
It's probably not the best reply your going to get, but my parents went to china, and they always say how they were some of the most friendly people they have ever met.
I don't know which cities they went to, its a big country,but every time my parents pulled out their ipad, the Chinese faces lit up with excitement and wonder. not even kidding.
Where did you go in Canada?
I went to South East China for a few weeks, ended up carrying all my money in a ziplock from day 2. I mean there were all these people selling tickets on buses carrying thousands and thousands of yuans in their hands... So I was like, if these people can count the notes standing on the street next to the bus station every day, then I won't have to bother with hiding my cash either.
Ended up carrying a couple of thousand yuans in a transparent zip lock. It was also much easier cause I didn't recognize the notes too well.
If pickpockets didn't find me prancing around with thousands of RMB, you'll be safe, too.
If you've been to France... Downtown Paris feels more dangerous than any of China I've been to.
You can do China basically anywhere from 100RMB (0 according to locals) to 10000000RMB and beyond per day, depends on where you want to go, what you want to do... I could live on baozi for days, and then it's like 5 yuan per day for food if I'm a village.
Here's a snippet concerning how long $1k will last in assorted countries from "First Time Around the World" 4 ed.
Really though. Sit down and price out how much it's going to cost using the internet. You should have some idea about where you're going to be for those 9 days and what expenses you'll incurre. Shouldn't be that difficult to then search for specific travel advice to where you're going to be along with relative pricing.
I live in the central part, and I think the people are very friendly. I never go to the big cities of Hong Kong, Shanghai, Beijing, Chongching, etc., so maybe they're more rude in the big cities.
For 9 days, I wouldn't even worry about the air. If one day is particularly bad (PM2.5 over 300), then buy a cheap ass mask literally anywhere.
When I travel, I set myself a limit of 150 RMB (assuming you're from USA, that's about $28), so obviously it's a very cheap country. The 150 doesn't include travel or lodging costs, though. And 150 is a low budget, you could find yourself spending 500 RMB per day quite easily.
It's relative. Mainlanders are just ignorant, whereas Honkers are although can be somewhat more worldly (plenty of HK working class plebs are not), are kind of arrogant and pretentious IME.
Some of the mainlanders I've met are among the most genuinely earnest, friendly and curious I've met. Yes, probably because of my exoticness to them. And sure, some spat and smoked non-stop and curtly told their wives to get back in the kitchen and make dinner while they plied me with beer and shot the shit.
Thought I posted this question on a /trv/ china thread, but I guess not...
"How long do people celebrate Chinese New Year for?"
Feedback on this topic would be great.