Will you soon be off on a holiday or travelling to China? Then read on, because there are many, many hazards to travelling in China, and knowing these things can help your trip become a success rather than an unmitigated disaster. China can be one of the hardest countries for Westerners to travel in. It’s vast with a huge population, the spoken and written language are incomprehensible to most (and change frequently as you move provinces), the food is utterly baffling, and the cultural differences are enormous. I don’t claim to be an expert on the subject (I lived for a year in China and travelled substantially in the country) but I can provide the basics for surviving China.
Holidays are busy times with social calendars filled to the edges. While some people can effortlessly engage in the endless amounts of small talk required of party-goers, others would rather walk the hot desert barefoot than have one more conversation with a stranger about the weather. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, these tips will help you enjoy chatting at the next office party or neighborhood potluck.
Many of us attend holiday office parties and travel to family gatherings at festive times of the year. It’s not always a pleasant experience! Social pressures and office politics, meeting new people, being introduced to strangers you have little or nothing in common with, having your fill of family arguments, tolerating “your crazy uncle” who’s been drinking too much, and a myriad of other things can elevate blood pressure levels, tie stomachs in knots, and sometimes make you wish you’d stayed at home! UGH! So then, here are 5 tips to assist in surviving the season with a smile on your face, and a song in your heart: