"English Language" China Local Custom Tip by Ash59
China Local Customs: 241 reviews and 248 photos
Unless you are in a tourist area (i.e. on the Bund in Shanghai), most older Chinese do not speak english, although the children are learning fast. If you are polite and smile a lot and generally make out what you want with miming, they will help you out as much as possible. If you are on a guided tour, expect to be told everything about the length of a road and how long it took to build it, how many trees there are in an area and how old they are but do not try too hard to alter the conversation to the Chinese way of life or politics. Most guides are taught at a college and generally, if they come off the subjects that they know, will give you one syllable answers and then steer you back to the subject in hand.
One thing that we were told was that most traffic lights were situated outside the local communist office. Evidently, they change red every so often, not for convenience, but to stop the cars so that the people within them can pay homage to the goverment!
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