- Credit cards (and cash) are not widely accepted. Not even McDonald’s in the Shanghai train station accepted credit cards. The main form of payment is via AliPay or WeChat app where it’s either linked to a credit card, or you pre-load money onto it and it works like a debit card.
- Weather at the end of March is temperate. All you really need is a light jacket with hood. When it rains, it does get chillier.
- Tipping in restaurants is not customary.
- Public transportation is very efficient. Maybe I’m just used to the unreliable public transportation at NYC, so I’m always amazed at how much better it is in other countries. Trains come when they say they will. Trains from city to city are really fast. Not quite as fast as Japan’s Shinkansen, but it’s almost comparable.
- Lots of websites are banned. This includes Facebook and Instagram. I have T-Mobile so i had free (slow) data abroad, but it worked. Most people buy a VPN before they go.
- Reminder – you need a Visa to travel to China!
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