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Shanghai, China in July and August, 2007

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1. Posted by Eric19382 (Budding Member 24 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I'll be at a language school studying Mandarin Chinese for four weeks. Any advice for my first trip to Asia? I particularly seek advice regarding social customs and habits, as well as any other advice anyone is willing to give. Thanks!

2. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Well, learning Chinese, like u are doing, is a very good step. In Shanghai very few people speak English, and outside Shanghai hardly any at all. The Chinese are friendly and helpful, as long as they can understand what u want. Otherwise, they just wave u away.

Visit the Peace hotel, in Shanghai and sit in the lobby, with a drink, and listen to the jazz band, which plays, in the bar, just of the lobby, every evening after around 9PM. I dont usually like jazz, but they are fantastic. They were persecuted, for a while, in China, and went underground, but are playing in public again. Or at least I hope they are still playing. The members were getting old, when I was in China, 8 years ago.


3. Posted by Rong (Inactive 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

In China, there are some useful words,
When you are in restaurant, if you want to call a waiter, you can say "Xiao Jie" for female, "Huo Ji" for male. If do that, you will see very seasoned people in China.
And if you just in cookshop, you can only say "Lao ban" when you want order dishes or pay your check.

Also, "Nihao" for Hello,
"Xie Xie" or "Xie Xie Ni" for Thanks or Thank you,
"Ni hao ma" for How are you?
CNY1.23 for "1 yuan,2 jiao,3 fen"

And most time, you can use body language, that's very useful.

4. Posted by gochina (Budding Member 13 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Shanghai is an international city with many foreigners. So generally living in Shanghai has few difference with Other big cities like New York, Losgas, etc. When you contact chinese people, to be friendly with the country and the nation is critical. Most of Chinese are proud of their culture of several thousand years, So if you show intresting in China's classic culture and history, you will be easy to make friend with Chinese. further more, many chinese want to improve their English speaking, you can easily to find a chinese partner to learn from each other. There are many beautiful towns near Shanghai, which keep the life style of typical Southchina of hundrend years, are valuable to see.