Although some of these tips are straightforward, they'll help you when visiting any city in China and a large part of Asia. 

Write down essential vocabulary

Not everyone will speak English so when asking for help on the street and using taxis, it's best to have words written down in Chinese or point out the destination on a map.

Don't forget to get the hotel's card when you arrive.

Be careful crossing the streets

Make sure to look out when using zebra crossings and traffic lights as they aren't always respected, so look carefully before crossing.

Drink only bottled water

It isn't recommended to drink tap water, local residents usually drink bottled or pre-treated water. If you're offered water in restaurants you shouldn't worry.


Although haggling is especially typical in the more touristy markets, such as the Silk Market and the Pearl Market, haggling is common throughout Beijing. If they initially offer you an imitation T-shirt for 350 yuan, we recommend not paying more than 30 or 40 yuan. Try to keep reducing your offer, as they may eventually give in. 

Always carry cash

Most shops don't accept cards, and those that do sometimes the card machine won't work, so carrying cash is a must.

It's also advisable to take at least two debit/credit cards in case you have problems with one of them. You can run out of money, it might get damaged, or it could even be taken by an ATM - you never know!

Take medicine

Don't forget to pack some medicine, for example, Fortasec, Almax, Ibuprofen and Aspirin may be useful, as well as plasters.

Are you students?

In the vast majority of tourist areas in China, students can get special rates of up to 50%. In order to take advantage of this, don't forget to take your ID card with you.

Dates to avoid

To avoid an excess of crowds and high rates, we recommend not visiting during both the Chinese New Year and the days between 1st and 7th October.