(Original post by Ishan_2000)
I'm going on a school trip to China in July for 2 weeks. Going to Beijing and Changzhou. It is mostly 'educational' with lots of cultural lessons, etc.
To anyone who has been before, or just has good knowledge of China, what essentials should I bring (apart from the standard toiletries, etc)? What foods should I definitely look to try out? What should I try and buy for hopefully cheaper than here in the UK, that will be worth buying?
Going to beijing in July? Its going to be hot. so make sure you prepare for the heat.
Always carry tissue with you if you ever want to use a public toilet, as they are holes in the ground (usually) and will probably not have tissue.
Food will be a bit cheaper, but not that much as your going to beijing.. outside of beijing things are certainly much much cheaper.
If you get to try street food.. then there is a lot that you can explore.. Think whole fried squids on sticks, amazing bowls of spicey toufu, friend spicey crabs etc.
Are you going to shanghai? or any other places around Changzhou? I have never been to Changzhou, but shanghai is wonderful - especially the Yu gardens.. and some of the other cities in that area are amazing, Nanjing is very nice, and Suzhou is probably my favourite city to visit in china, for its relaxing temple gardens.
Serriously though, just go in with an open mind and try as much of the food as possible. It will not be like the chinese food you get in england, and although it might be tempting to stick with things you think you will like/sound english - push yourself and you will have some amazing food experiances.
Do you speak any chinese? - its not at all essential, especially if you are going on a school trip. But if you want to impress people, and make your life a lot easier then learning the numbers is a great way to start, as it just makes shopping so much easier.
Anyway, I am sure you will have a great time! Ive lived in china for nearly a year now, and its a wonderful place. So enjoy your trip!