Shanghai Travel Tips coming soon
Hong Kong Travel Tips coming soon
Beijing Travel Tips coming soon.
Power Adapters: Although China’s electrical system is different from the USA some devices are compatible, however I wound up buying two adapters for plugs – one for Hong Kong and one for mainland. The 240 voltage was not a problem with my eeePC or electric shaver or our cell phone or camera chargers, but prongs were an issue in some locations. Wal Mart has a 9.95 universal adapter so if you want to make sure you can access power that might be a good option. If you have problems the hotel may be able to provide you with an adapter or if you are worried buy one in USA before the trip.
Jet lag: Most people do pretty well adjusting to the new time after *going* to China. The time difference is about *minus 8 hours* depending on the Chinese city. This is consistent with the general rule that going west is easier than going east, though some people (about 15% of you) may find the opposite problem with Jet lag and better handle travelling east and back to USA.
Language: In Hong Kong English is spoken in many venues since this was an English colony for over 100 years, returning to Chinese rule in 1997. In Shanghai my friend who spoke Mandarin had no trouble at all even though he had thought he’d have trouble because historically Shanghai’s dialect was different.
Hong Kong’s Cantonese dialect is very different from the Mandarin you find in Beijing and many other parts of the country.
Franklin has a pocket sized universal translator for about $60 that provides audible outputs and keyboard input. There are many sites on the internet to learn Chinese such as “ChinesePod”, but the language can be daunting for some because inflections are more important than in other languages.