Cultural Immersion: 5 Ways to Experience China as a Tourist


Cultural Immersion: 5 Ways to Experience China as a Tourist

Travelling is such an incredibly enriching experience. Learning about other cultures, trying new things, and generally taking a big leap out of your comfort zone is a great way to expand your world view. But travelling to foreign countries can be altogether overwhelming for a multitude of reasons.

Luckily, there are many companies that provide tours to foreign countries that can make the travelling experience even more enriching and a whole lot easier.

One location that can be especially difficult for North American travellers to navigate is China, and there are many reasons why taking a tour to China is a great way to experience the beautiful country that is so rich in history without the hassle and struggle that can come with organizing it.

1. See the sights

China is full of absolutely awe-inspiring sights like the Great Wall, the Forbidden City, and many ancient and rural villages and towns which offer a rich cultural experience. Tours to China will make sure you see all the sights that are important to you. They will also take you to some of the main cities like Beijing or Shanghai.

Some China tours are designed for people with particular interests and priorities. It would be impossible to see all of the incredible sights China has to offer in one trip, so some trips focus more on rural, cultural experiences, while others focus on museums and sightseeing.

2. Communicate easily

The guides on your tour will be able to communicate in the local language as well as in English, so you don’t have to worry about getting stranded with no way to communicate. Of course, most of the time someone around will be able to speak at least a functional amount of English, but with a tour, you don’t even have to question it.

Of course, shopkeepers and locals will love it if you can manage a few words in Mandarin, but you won’t have to worry about trying to communicate important details – your guides can take care of that for you.

3. Learn more

Having a guided tour will allow you the opportunity to learn more about the sights and locations you visit. Your guide will be able to tell you all sorts of information and fun facts about the locations you visit.

This is an exceptionally valuable benefit of taking a tour because it makes the experience much more interactive and interesting than having to read those facts in a travel guide book or research it before or after the trip. It’s also way easier to remember things that are told in an interesting way by someone who is engaging and knowledgeable.

4. Make fewer transactions

Taking a tour is a one-stop shop. Often, the faire includes the flight, accommodations, and entrance fees to all of the museums or locations on the itinerary. It can also include some or all of your meals, as well as transportation while you’re in the country like the tour bus, for example.

Instead of having to pull out your wallet at every stop and being forced to carry around a significant amount of local currency, you will be able to pay for most of your trip in one shot with your local currency, and only convert what you think you’ll need for souvenirs and any meals and extras that aren’t covered.

5. Meet new people

Not only will you be going on an amazing adventure, but you will be with a group of people who you have never met before which will give you the opportunity to meet new people and make long-lasting friendships. The added value of the friendships you will create on a China tour will make the experience even more unforgettable.

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