5. The language: It’s not all that common to find someone who speaks English in China. Even trying to learn the language is extremely difficult given the different dialects. It is much easier to download an app that can record what a person is saying and play it back to you in your own language.
6. No Google or Facebook: These two online services are completely blocked in China so you won’t be able to access them. Unless you’re technologically proficient and know how to set up a VPN, you’re going to have to find other ways to share your adventure with friends/family.
7. Hospitality: Like most big cities, people ordinarily keep to themselves, however, if you travel to the outskirts of villages, don’t be surprised if someone stops their car to offer you water bottles, cookies, and maybe even invite you to dinner!
8. Police geese instead of police dogs: According to Chinese authorities, geese have excellent vision and can be very aggressive which makes them the perfect replacement for police dogs.
9. Planning for a child: This might not affect you personally but the more you know, right? Couples in China must apply and be approved for a Family Planning Certificate either three months before or after the mother falls pregnant.
10. Hire someone to help you avoid traffic: There is an actual service in China you can call that will send someone on a motorcycle to pick you up out of a traffic jam. You’ll zoom away on the back of the motorcycle and one of the people they’ve sent will sit in traffic for you. This is real life.
11. Approximately 35 million Chinese people live in caves: The caves are called yaodong in Chinese. They are usually dug into the side of a mountain and have rice paper or blankets hanging from semicircular entrances to take the place of doors.
12. Chinese Researchers wear panda suits to trick cubs: At the Hetaoping Research and Conservation Centre, workers dress in panda suits so that they don’t threaten Panda cubs in the wild.