I found metro cards very useful when exploring in Chinese cities. Best methods of travel are the subway system and metro buses, but you will need to be familiar with the subway routes (etc) before you embark on one. And with both transportation, you need to be slightly more aggressive than you would in a Western setting, like pushing your way through the subway door to (hopefully) earn a seat! And for everyone interested, toilets in China are ranked too: personal experience, if anything, has led me to believe the worst ones are at shopping centers. Avoid them at all costs! I enjoyed the ones at KFC and McDs though, and luckily for Western travelers, these fast food restaurants show up everywhere. Air conditioning, by the way, is available in most Chinese shopping malls.
Oh, and while we’re at the topic of Beijing and Shanghai, these two most well-known cities of China are so often compared to each other despite that they have their own distinct traits. In the summer months, Beijing is like a flame-blowing dragon (interpret it however you like) and Shanghai is like a taking a dip in a hot bowl of oily soup. But hey – there’s one more excuse for ice-cream! Oh the fruity goodness of Da Hong Guo 大红果冰棍.
Things you didn’t know you need when you are out and about in a Chinese city….
The bare min:
- toilet paper – very few public restrooms are stocked with toilet paper (this author had a poor experience with Yi He Yuan’s lack of this accommodation). stay on the safe side because you never know.
- wet wipes, or cleansing wipes are good when your makeup is starting to glide off your face in the heat and are good for refreshing after a sticky-icky ride in a crowded metro bus or subway (but at least there is usually air conditioning in the subway ^^)
- hand sanitizers because the word has it that you can’t find them in the stores! and you might want to use them before a meal
- water is crucial when it’s hot outside and if you will be walking for a while
- parasol also known as the sun-umbrella- this is an effective that Chinese women do to protect from the sun and stay cool
- Beijing is plagued with seasonal dust storms so bring close-toed shoes that don’t mind getting dirty.
You might also want to carry:
- your own set of utensils if you are going to be dining in restaurants and from outdoor food vendors
- blotting paper if your face gets oily easily
- wallet – remember to have exchanged for Chinese RMB and bring your metro card too
- sunglasses so you are not getting premature wrinkles from squinting at signs and the glare from cars
Would you carry these items? Other essentials?
Note that this is not to be taken seriously, so don’t come to me red-faced or scream “you lie!” if you can’t seem to discover any array of charming locales in the likes of babyfaced Lu Han or smoldering-gaze-Chen Xiao outside your Chinese hotel room. Truth to be told, it is impossible to statistically measure subjective things such as the degree of attractiveness. Oh, and to clarify, this is not the most handsome Chinese actors, but the more well-known and representative ones.
According to nonstatistical methods, there are three things to note off the bat:
- most of them grew up along the coastal cities of China, with exception to Chen Xiao, Luo Jin, Deng Chao, and Zhang Junning. (so here’s a tip: live close to bodies of water and locations where the climate is warm, which is good for the skin)
- Cities like Shenyang and Shanghai hmm — so we can assume it is possible that we can expect to encounter men in the likes of Lin Geng Xin and Yan Kuan?
- Note that attractive people have attractive company. The northern, the central, and the southern groups. You pick.
Purely speculation: as you may have seen from dramas, our Shanghainese men seem to have exquisite features which make them look exceptionally fitting and charismatic for ancient drama heroes. What up – Hu Ge and Yan Kuan. Whereas the northern Dalian men have less prominent facial features but instead, make it up by generally having tall and well-built physiques. It has been said that Dalian boasts some of the most handsome men in China. Go figure.
For the curious, all the men featured are [from top to bottom]: Jia Nailiang, Lu Hong, Wang Yang, Ren Quan, Han Geng, Fu Xingbo, Zhu Zi Xiao, Zhang Rui, Lin Gengxin, Wang Lei, Tao of Exo-M, Han Chengyu, Huang Xiaoming, Yang Yang, Bao Jian Feng, Feng Shao Feng, Hu Ge, Jones Xu, Chen Xiao, Luo Jin, Deng Chao, Zhang Junning; Couldn’t fit them all but here are the ones who should have been on the map: Gao Junxiang, Luhan Exo-M,
What are some traits of an ideal man? Which cities would you like to visit in China? (my personal favorite is Beijing, SO much culture there and shopping centres, but you have to know where to go… don’t go on packaged tour trips)
When traveling, less is more. If you can’t tell already, not only do I love discussing TV dramas, I love my packing. Hey, I even included a checklist for you last minute packers! Take a look at my fashion guide for long flights to get tips on what to wear for the airport, and what you should remember to bring on carry-on. This winter, I’m going to China. From the States, depending on where you live, expect to be on the plane for about 10 to 15 hours if you are making a trip to Asia. Keep updated with all the fun stuff I will be sharing via my Weibo (@Bumbleberri). Remember that this is for winter, so continue to check for updates from the weather channel of your destination. Here is my must-haves in my packing list, plus international travel tips. Read More…
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