I’m not packed.

What do people wear in China?

What if I can’t speak the language?

Do I definitely need to see the Great Wall?

Will I need to eat crickets on sticks?

Did I ever finish The Good Earth?

Have I got a map of Beijing?

What about all those phone numbers?

Well blogging isn’t helping.

Is it.


10 thoughts on “这 里 瓷 我 来 (China, here I come)

  1. bookwitch 8 years ago

    No. Clothes. Oh dear. Yes. No. No. No. Lost it. Yes it is. Absolutely.

  2. Cathy cassidy 8 years ago

    Yes, clothes… cool ones, sensible ones, warm ones still in March. It snowed last year when I was there!
    If you can say thank-you and hello, they will be glad… for the rest, they will use English anyway.
    Great wall… we LOVED it, but didn’t go to the nearest bit… our bit was Mutianyu. We loved it, not AS touristy, stunning with snow on the ground, and not as busy as it is in warmer weather. Cable car up, toboggan down. AWESOME.
    Crickets on sticks… nope.
    I vowed to read The Good Earth after China, must find a copy.
    Hotel/ festival welcome pack will give you map, taxi guide, all sorts of useful stuff.
    Phone numbers… well, it’s numbers, and so I admit this last bit defeated me. But someone smart will be able to explain.
    All you do now is enjoy it!

  3. kokorako 8 years ago

    I love seeing the last minute travel panic. Hope you enjoy the trip hugely and aren’t so scheduled that you can enjoy the unexpected, and those crickets on sticks. My biggest worry is what to take as presents, and then once in the place who on earth to give them too! Nicola

  4. Anande 8 years ago

    Ahhh, that is just so cool that you’re going to China! I am so jealous. I have never eaten crickets on sticks, but my dad says they’re a treat. Enjoy yourself!

  5. Lesley Martin 8 years ago

    Hello – ni hi The ni is high and the hi is low.
    Thank you – shay shay
    That is the only Chinese I can remember from my trip but they will be pleased you made the effort.
    Great Wall, yes you must go, it is awesome, also Forbidden City if you can.
    Have a wonderful time!

  6. Lesley Martin 8 years ago

    Should clarify it is pronounced knee high.

  7. MaryWitzl 8 years ago

    Dress warmly, pack comfortable shoes that are easy to slip on and off, and get a Mandarin-speaking person to help you with, “That costs too much — forget it!”

    For what it’s worth, fried crickets taste just like fried anything else, but crunchier.

  8. Maria 8 years ago

    Clothes – depends where exactly you are going, but yes, warm clothes.
    Language – no one will expect you to be fluent. Learn hello, goodbye, thank you, and please, and you’re being polite by making a minimal effort. Bonus point: Bing shuey – ice water (otherwise you get hot water) (obv not spelt like this).
    The Wall: yes! but not at Badaling, the nearest-to-Beijing and therefore most crowded section. Go to Mutianyu, or even further to Simatai. It’s worth it, to be mostly alone in the beautiful hilly landscape. Hotel can organise a private car for you – drop off one end, pick up at the other! – or there are buses.
    I didn’t eat crickets. The hotel will have maps of Beijing. I can’t help with the phone numbers.
    Tip: take a card from your hotel (there will be some kicking about at reception), with the hotel details on it. If you want to get a taxi back, or get lost, show the card to the taxi driver – they can dial the number and ask for directions to the hotel. In my limited experience many taxi drivers either couldn’t see well enough (!!! I know) or read well enough to read the address on the cards, but figured out the phone number. I wished I could have understood the conversation though. “I have a clueless foreign woman in my taxi, tell me where you are located please… No…. No, she has no idea which way it is”.

  9. Bazza 8 years ago

    When you ask ‘What if I can’t speak the language’ I have to respond thusly:
    This is just a stab in dark but if you could speak mandarin you would probably be aware of ot!
    Am I being too clever for my own boots? Thought so.
    Bazza’s Blog ‘To Discover Ice’

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