Very few people in China speak or understand English
After arriving in Xingping, a small town in China’s Guangxi Province, I stopped at a couple of tourist shops and restaurants, asking people for directions to my hotel. Much to my dismay, I couldn’t find anybody who spoke or understood English – not even in the restaurants that had an English menu. This experience made me realize that the language barrier in China is more of a problem than in Thailand where a lot of people know a little bit of English, while in China, only a few people know some English!
Do not change your leftover Chinese currency (Yuan) at the airport; Change your monies at a bank before leaving the country
Arriving at the Guilin airport for my return trip to Thailand, I looked for a currency exchange booth to change back my leftover Yuan to US dollars. Much to my chagrin, I discovered that there wasn’t a currency exchange booth at this airport; however I was reassured by the person at the information booth that I wouldn’t have any problem changing my monies at the larger Guangzhou airport where I had a connecting flight
Arriving at the Guangzhou Airport, I finally found the currency exchange bureau. After telling the clerk, that I wanted to change about 250 Yuan (approximately $35USD) to US currency, she advised me that there was a 50 Yuan ($7USD) service fee. The service fee seemed very exorbitant; I wish I had known about it in advance. Shaking my head, I walked away from the booth, thinking I would find something of value at the airport to purchase. About 20 minutes later, I aborted this plan and returned to the exchange bureau to cash in all my Yuan for US Dollars, service fee be damned!
Female Taxi Drivers
There are many women in China who drive taxi. During my brief time there, I had at least 3 female drivers.