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 … Continue reading 6 things i learned in the 5 days i spent in china
I wish I got the chance to try a lot more food but unfortunately, we were only in China for about five days. As with any country, China has its regional cuisines (I highly recommend watching, “Flavorful Origins” on Netflix to learn more about Chaoshan and Yunnan cuisines). Being that China is one of the … Continue reading 10 foods you should say, “ni hao” to in china
If you’re planning to visit China, you’ll need a Visa. There are different forms you can select from, depending on the reason for your visit and the length of your stay. Here are some things to keep in mind before you apply: Download and complete the correct form (typed, in caps) prior to your visit … Continue reading 7 things you should know if you’re applying for a china visa
On my second visit to Asia, I got to visit two countries: Japan and China. Ben’s Grandpa still lives in China – Shaoxing to be exact. So when his family decided to visit, I tagged along. Any trip to anywhere in Asia from NYC warrants at least two weeks, since it’s such a long flight. His family wanted to do a second country in addition to China and chose Japan, so that’s how we landed on these two nations.
Ben and I met his family in Tokyo for 3 days. We parted ways from there when the fam ventured to Osaka. We decided to stay in Tokyo for another 2 days, before we headed over to Kyoto for another 2 days, and ended up meeting everybody in Shaoxing. There, we spent 2 days before we hired a private shuttle bus (we did have 12 people in total after all, so it would have been cheaper than taking the train) to Shanghai and stayed there for two days.
Here are some of the highlights from the trip. It was difficult, but I narrowed it down to one per city.