Travel Tips/旅行心得

(下面有中文版)

I will be highlighting transportation, lodging, food, and other things in different posts. For now, here are some tricks that could help save you some money along the way that you might not know about!

-Bring your student ID. Even if it’s really old and faded (and technically expired), if you look young enough to be a student, you could still get half price! I have used this on many occasions.
-Bring laundry detergent and wash your clothes in the sink.
-Bring your own thermos. There’s free, hot water just about everywhere in China. No free cold or regular drinking water though. That you’ll have to buy.
-Bargain like the devil! It’s a bargaining culture, so don’t worry about challenging the offered price, especially in street markets!
-Take napkins and toilet paper from McDonalds and KFC. There’s no toilet paper in Chinese bathrooms, so in addition to supplying your own, get it where you can!
-Bring own instant noodles for long train rides. Food on the train, though warm, is pricey. Bring enough snacks to share, and you might make some new friends, too.
-Look into public bike systems in big cities (like Hangzhou). With a 200 refundable deposit, you get a bike! Pay attention to how long you’ve checked it out for, though, since after the first hour, they stop being free.
-Bring 2 books with for FREE hostel book trades.
-Be kind. This one is obvious, but it’s worth mentioning. Sometimes simple gestures of kindness bring you a long way, especially when you suddenly make friends with a hostel owner or taxi driver who shaves off a couple RMB because they like you. Though, obviously saving money should not be your motivation to be nice. Just to say that everyone appreciates a kind gesture, and if you want someone to treat you well, you should treat them well first.

我会在其它文章中强调中国的交通、住宿、美食等方面。但是现在就想稍微提一下怎么省点钱,旅游得更开心。

一、带上你的学生证。无论它多少破旧、褪色(过期嘻嘻),如果你看起来像大学生,你就可以有半票!我自己也用了好几次……
二、带上洗衣粉,在盆子里洗衣服。
三、带上保温杯子。到处都有免费的开水。冷水基本上没有,只好买点矿泉水。
四、讲价,讲价,讲价!中国的习惯就是讲价,所以你不要不好意思地不愿意付未折现,尤其是在市井。
五、把麦当劳和肯德基的餐厅纸拿走了。中国的洗手间基本上没有手纸,你当然自己要买点,但是也不用浪费免费的……
六、在火车上自己带上方便面和小吃。虽然车上的菜很热,也有点贵。如果你带上小吃,你也会交几个新的朋友们。
七、在大城市注意到交通公共自行车,因为有些城市(包括杭州)有方便而免费的自行车。你主要是现付可退换的200块钱,然后可以用的。但是你要注意:超过一个小时就不免费的,所以每一个小时要在公共自行车展换自行车就好了。
八、为了换青年旅社的书,你自己带上两本书。
九、要表示好。这个是不用说的,但是我还是想提。有的时候最基本,最简单的热情会对你的经验有很大的帮助。(尤其是如果你跟青年旅社前台人或者出租车司机交朋友……有几次他们说我不用付点零钱。)但是你也不要为了省钱而表示好,我只是说如果你想要别人对你好,你要先对他们好。也可以带上你家乡的小礼物。