Travel Tips to China

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After several trips to China, I decided to share these few tips that might be useful to know if you planning to visit China.

Capital City: Beijing

Currency: Renminbi (RMB, ¥)

Timezone: GMT +8

Language: Mandarin (official) & countless regional dialects

Visa: Required (A MUST!). Please check on the validity period and entry frequency (multiple or 2 times, etc.) before going to China.

Electricity: 220V/50Hz

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Weather:China is one of the countries that have climatic conditions that resemble those of regions in the northern hemisphere. The best season to visit china is in autumn or spring since the weather is very conducive.

NOTES:

  • Please make sure to keep your boarding pass with the luggage tag/sticker if you have checked-in luggage because the authority at the airport will check upon exit to make sure people are taking the correct luggage.
  • If you are planning to visit several places within China by train, you can purchase the train ticket online. Make sure to book it earlier and if possible do take first class.
  • If you are on a work trip and need to claim back your money, ask for ‘invoice’ instead of ‘receipt’ because most of them use the terms invoice instead of receipt (easier for them to understand). For some places (especially outside city center), the receptionist might not understand English so use this word ‘Fāpiào’ (means invoice in Mandarin)
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Greetings from Shanghai!

In Shangai again and this time it is soooo cold here! 5°C + rainy + windy! To those who are planning to visit Shanghai this time around, please bring ‘winter clothing’ unlike me! Didn’t expect Shanghai to be soooo colddd!! So now I’m freezing!

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Shanghai, Zhejiang – China

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Went to China again for work. Similar to my previous visit to China, most of the time I was only at the factories and hotels, and moving from one place to another. So here’s my journey to another part of China.

ABOUT CHINA

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Renminbi (RMB, ¥)

Visa: Required

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THE TRIP

Since it was a busy week in China and a lot of people traveling due to the Golden Week, I didn’t manage to get a direct ticket from Kuala Lumpur to Shanghai via Malaysia Airlines. So as another option, went there from Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong via Cathay Pacific Airways and then from Hong Kong to Shanghai via Dragonair. Since I move around when I was in China, took another route to go back to Kuala Lumpur. From Hangzhou to Hong Kong via Dragonair and Hong Kong to Kuala Lumpur via Cathay Pacific Airways. If you are a muslim, please request for Muslim food

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Millennium HongQiao Hotel Shanghai

First hotel I stayed in was Millennium HongQiao Hotel Shanghai.

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Xiangmei International Hotel

Next hotel, Xiangmei International Hotel in Wuxi. If you are a Muslim, there a several restaurants selling Halal food around the hotel. There’s one just across the road from the hotel.

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China Railway High-Speed (CRH) Train

Next destination is Zhejiang. Took a train from Wuxi to Shanghai Hong Qiao (1 hour) and then Shanghai Hong Qiao to Yiwu (2.5 hours).

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Haitian Hotel

Stayed in Haitian Hotel for 2 nights. My room even have a private sauna! What a surprise! Maybe that is why there’s the word ‘SPA’ on my room no

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ZTG Grand Hotel Airport Hangzhou Hotel

Last hotel I stayed in was ZTG Grand Hotel Airport Hangzhou Hotel. This hotel is located 3 minutes away from Hangzhou International Airport and there’s a free shuttle bus provided from hotel to airport. That is why I stayed here since I need to catch a morning flight back to Malaysia

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Guangdong & Xiamen, China

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ABOUT CHINA

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Renminbi (RMB, ¥)

Visa: Required

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THE TRIP

Went for a business trip to China. Travel from Kuala Lumpur to several city in Guangdong Province to Xiamen and back to Kuala Lumpur. Didn’t really have time to go for sightseeing since I was at the work place then hotel then work place then hotel for few days! However the hotels I’ve stayed in are very nice!! Here are some photos to share

Fly to Guangzhou from Kuala Lumpur by Air Asia. If you realized, I was an ‘alien’ while I was in China :p

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From Guangzhou airport, it takes 3 hours drive to reach the first hotel:

LEGEND INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

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Some scenery while on my way to work in Huizhou

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After work, travel by car for few hours and reach second hotel:

PULLMAN INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

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After work, travel around 2 hours by car and reach third hotel:

EURASIA INTERNATIONAL HOTEL

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Next destination is Xiamen. Since it is quite far to drive there, took a flight from Shenzhen international Airport to Xiamen International Airport by China Southern Airlines. At the airport, ate my favourite burger in China which is the KFC Shrimp Burger!

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It was 1 hour flight from Shenzhen to Xiamen (minus the delay). Took a taxi and reach fourth hotel:

GULANGWAN HOTEL

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While I was in Xiamen finally have the chance to go out and have did some sightseeing/shopping

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City of Casinos…Macau!

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ABOUT MACAU

Timezone : UTC+08:00

Currency: Macanese Pataca (MOP), can also use Hong Kong dollar

Visa: Not required for Malaysian

Plug adapter: 3 pin type (can also use 2 pin (round) type)

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HOW TO GO THERE

Went there as usual by Air Asia!

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ACCOMMODATION

Spent a few nights at Rio Casino Hotel

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PLACES OF INTEREST

Grand Prix Museum

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Golden Lotus Square

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Fisherman’s Wharf

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A-Ma Temple

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Ruin’s of St. Paul

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Largo do Senado – rows and rows of shops along the small street. From St. Paul’s Ruins, just walk down. From here to St. Paul Ruins, just walk up 😛 Walk even further you will reach Senado Square

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Senado Square – there’s a shop selling egg tart (which is something that you MUST eat) that uses butter made from vegetable oil!

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Macau Tower – You can have a good view of Macau here, as well as go for bungy jump!

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Casino – Macau is famous for its casino. So you can find it everywhereee..and most of the casino will have a performance. Example the water fountain performance

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The House of Dancing Water – If you are in Macau, don’t miss a chance to go watch the performance. It is reallyyyy good! Just make sure you have make reservation in advance

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FOOD

There are not much of halal food around so vegetarian or seafood is the only choice. However I do find some Halal wonton soup noodle at 7-Eleven.

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And I finally find a Halal restaurant after hours wondering around the Senado Square. It is not really situated at Senado Square but it is around that area. Can’t remember the exact location. The food is quite nice especially if you like spicy food!

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