China has a long-standing culture which can be quite different from the rest of the world. It can be quite shocking if you are travelling there for the first time. However, if you get to understand these things beforehand, a lot of the cultural differences can be easy to absorb. Here are a few things to get ready for before travelling to China, both for vacation and business.
Different Media Practices
Communication in China is starkly different from what it is in the rest of the world. Once you get into the country, your internet engagement changes. There is an internet firewall means that you won’t be able to access most of your stuff conventionally. Skyping from China, for instance, is a tall order. That said, the country has its platforms that serve communication and entertainment purposes in the same way as Google, YouTube, Skype and the rest. E.g. WeChat is the most popular messaging app.
Forget what you have seen in Chinese restaurants elsewhere in the world; Chinese food inside China is a much wider variety. Almost every ingredient you can think is somehow included in a particular dish. From meats to vegetables, there is a recipe to make pretty much everything edible.
This fact may not sit very comfortable with most people at the moment, especially with the story of the Coronavirus being contracted from bats. It is, however, worth noting that the food practices have edited for ages, with only a handful of disease transmission instances.
The Chinese language is not that difficult to learn. However, when you get to the country, you will notice that there diverse versions of the language. They have a tendency of intermittently simplifying and complicating the language. You will find new aspects of the language that you will never find in any Chinese language class.