|Registration with the Embassy|
|For your safety and protection, register with the embassy here.|
If you need a series of shots you will need to plan in advance. Tianjin, Shanghai and Shenzhen all are clean and modern cities but if you plan to venture into the countryside, you may need to get immunized.
|General Travel Information|
This is meant to be a guide for personal trips taken while in China. Please keep in mind that traveling in groups is safest and usually more fun. Use common sense when you are planning on visiting unfamiliar places and keep emergency contact information on hand at all times. Also, be aware of culturally sensitive topics and don’t antagonize the locals!
There are several train websites that will prove invaluable if you wish to travel on the weekend. The train services in China are extensive and, if you are riding on a bullet or overnight train, very reliable. They are usually the most simple and cheapest source of transportation.
Please note that large cities will have more than one train station. It is highly recommended that you pay close attention to which train station you are arriving at and departing from, especially if you are transferring trains.
All major cities have a subway network. It is usually a few yuan (less than a dollar) to make it across the city. Tickets can be bought electronically at the station (in English!) but you may need certain denominations of cash at smaller stations (like a 5 yuan bill). Money can usually be exchanged in stations. They also screen your bags before they let you into the ticketed area.
Local cities have rapid bus transportation; however, signage in English is hit or miss. It isn’t a problem if you keep track of the stops or use google maps (with a VPN) or some other nav. app. Traveling with a Chinese speaker for in city bus transportation is recommended though.
Using buses between cities is also very simple. Bus tickets can usually be bought the day of, and only knowing how to say the name of the city you want to go to is actually sufficient for ticket purchase. Easy to use, just make sure if there are multiple stops that you get off at the correct one.
It is recommended that you minimize your taxi use. Traffic is horrendous in China, and taxis can be expensive. Legal cabs turn into “black cabs” at night and try to rip off tourists with absurd price hikes. If you do need to use a taxi it's recommended that you:
Many past program students have visited these places on their own (students self-organize the weekend trips, after arriving in China). Click a city name below to find advice on these cities directly from CSP alumni; click on a picture to be linked to a travel guide website:
|Additional Chinese Travel Information|
You have the option of staying in China after the program has ended to travel some more. Necessary resources: