What To Do In China

 

 

While China has become more westernized, there are still some basic things you should and shouldn’t do while you’re there. These are just basics, but as long as you’re friendly and bring your best manners, you will get along fine and have a great time. Nevertheless, knowing what not to do in China can be helpful. 

 

Be On Time:

It can be seen as rude to be late. Always be on time or even a little early to meetings or dates.

 

Try To Show Up With A Gift  

If you’re meeting someone, it’s customary for both parties often exchange gifts.  For instance, if you’re meeting your fiancée’s family for the first time be aware that you’re expected to bring a gift.  Gifts are not usually opened until after you leave. If they do insist you open your gift, ask “Is it ok if I open it?”  

 

Special note: Don’t bring four gifts or clocks as gifts- the Chinese associate these with death and are considered unlucky.

 

What Name Should You Call Them?:

Unlike in the West, Chinese people don’t call each other by their first name. Let’s say a man is introduced to you as  “Lee Ming”.  You can safely address him as Mr. Lee not Mr. Ming, because the family name comes first.  As an example  Joe Smith is known as Smith Joe. This will be a little different if you’ve already got a close relationship with them, but let them say so first.

 

About Public Displays Of Affection:

Generally, public displays of affection (PDAs) are frowned upon.  Hand holding is becoming acceptable but play it by ear and ask if it’s ok.  Your girlfriend or fiancée will appreciate the gesture.

 

Never let someone else pay the Bill without saying, “No, please let me.”

Let’s say you go out to a meal in China. It’s time to pay for the meal and your dining companion says, “I’ve got the bill.”  It’s considered good manners to argue and fight for the right to pay the bill. Showing eagerness to pay the bill is just good manners. Be willing to go back and  forth a few times with the “No, let me” before it’s settled.

 

Don’t Take The First  “No Thank You”  Literally

People in China will almost always automatically refuse things like having a drink or going out for food automatically, even if they are really hungry or thirsty.   In China a  good guest is supposed to refuse at least once, so you as a good host should always offer at least two or three times.

Never Accept Food, Drinks , or Gifts Without Refusing a Couple Times.

Likewise, don’t immediately accept anything offered.  Chinese people will expect you as a guest to refuse at least once.

Should You Brag?:

Chinese people are humble and polite. Let’s say have dinner and give your host a compliment like “That was the best dinner ever!” Your host will say, “No, that was really bad.”  They’re not being rude, just humble and polite. So be humble too. Keeping the  boasting to a minimum will help keep things from getting awkward. Be modest about yourself: if someone pays you a compliment , be humble and say something like “No, not at all” or “I’m not good at it, but thank you for saying so.”

We hope this brief guide comes in handy, especially if you’re going to China to visit a Fiancee or girlfriend (or even meeting her family!).

Looking to date a Chinese girl? Find her on Cherry Blossoms <3

 

Etiquette links:

http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/guidebook/etiquette.htm

http://www.commisceo-global.com/country-guides/china-guide

10 Chinese Etiquette Tips

Chinese Travel Information

 

Scheduling Travel To Asia To See Your Love

Travel to Asia

 

Scheduling Travel To Asia to See Your Love can be a bit tricky. However, with oil prices at a 10 year low, airline ticket prices are slowly coming down. This is great news for you if you’re looking to save money on a flight to see your lady!

 

Of course, you’re going to want to plan ahead. A recent study concluded that the best time to book your international flight to Asia (and save the most money) is 160 days in advance.

 

Additionally, it’s best to purchase tickets well in advance if traveling internationally. If you’re planning on travelling to the United States, it’s recommended you buy 54 days in advance. If you’re looking at traveling to Europe, it’s best to purchase tickets 120 days in advance.

 

Cherry Blossoms members, if you’re looking at scheduling travel to Asia to see your love AND you want to get the cheapest tickets, right now is the right time to book your tickets.

 

 

Tips for Meeting Your Overseas Fiancée for the First Time in Person

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We here at Cherry Blossoms want you to have a safe fun trip when you go to meet your fiancée or girlfriend.  Going to meet your fiancée or girlfriend for the first time is an exciting time in your life!  We want to give you some advice to help keep the first few meetings safe, enjoyable and as tension-free as possible.

 

Before you leave:

 

Always let someone know you’re going to  be travelling. Before leaving on your trip give your family or friends a detailed itinerary of where you’re going and when you will be back. Be sure to provide them with contact information for both your hotel and your fiancée or girlfriend.

 

We also suggest enrolling in your country’s version of the  Smart Traveller program. (Links below.)

 

When you get there:

 

Keep in constant touch with your family and friends through emails and phone calls. This way they will know if something has gone wrong.

 

When first arriving always take a taxi from the airport to your hotel. You can meet your fiancee at the airport but, until you’re comfortable, don’t get into a private car or allow anyone else to transport your luggage in another vehicle.

 

Stay at a hotel; it’s like being on neutral ground. Don’t rush things, just take it slow and be safe. Once you’re comfortable with your fiancée and everything is going great then you can relax a little.  

 

Have fun, but trust your instincts. If something seems off, it probably is. Traveling overseas can be exciting, but it can also be confusing and a little scary. Remember  that there’s a difference in being uncomfortable, and actually being worried about your safety. Always trust your instincts and act responsibly.   

 

We’re not trying to make you not want to go. You *SHOULD* go, especially if you’re going on the adventure of a lifetime to meet the LOVE of a lifetime.  We just want you to be aware so you can handle the situation just in case something does go wrong.  

      

http://www.wikihow.com/Safely-Meet-a-Guy-Through-Internet-Dating

https://step.state.gov/step/

http://smartraveller.gov.au/Pages/default.aspx

Safety in the Air

Safety in the Air

Hey Everybody,

We have heard from a lot of our Cherry Blossoms members that they will be traveling abroad this year to meet their  girlfriends and fiancées .  I was reading article about thinking safety while in the air.  I, myself, have never been too concerned with where I sat or thinking with safety in mind when on a plane.  This new article from wanderlust.co.uk has made me think about it more, and I’d like to share it with you.  

 

It doesn’t take much to cover these basic items and it’ll give you some peace of mind knowing you’ve done what you can to make your trip safer.  A lot of it is just familiarizing yourself with the plane and knowing where the exit is from where you’re sitting. If (it’s unlikely, but things do happen) something does happen you’ll know what to do when it does .

 

One of the more important things they mention is keeping your shoes on especially during takeoff and landing.  I have seen a lot of people flying with their shoes off when landing and taking off and it would be impossible to get them on in  emergency.

 

The article also stresses to pay attention to the flight crew’s instructions in case of emergency. They’re there to help keep you safe.

 

     It’s also important if you’re taking a flight on a local airline  in another country to check its safety record.   Some of these airlines can have poor safety records and you may be better off choosing a more expensive flight with a better rating.   

 

Check out this aircraft travel checklist  at this link  staying safe in the air .

 

Aloha,

 

Billy

CherryBlossoms  Customer Service

Check out our other travel articles in the travel tab at  blog.blossoms.com

Source:  http://www.wanderlust.co.uk/magazine/articles/advice/air-safety-checklist-how-to-stay-safe

 

International Travel, Global Entry and You

International Travel, Global Entry, and You!

International Travel, Global Entry, and You!

We know a lot of our CherryBlossoms.com members do a lot of international traveling. If you’re one of them, TSA Global Entry may be for you.  A Global Entry membership grants the ability to skip the usual lines when re-entering the United States and can save many hours waiting. This membership is good for a period of 5 years.

Another perk of global entry is that you are automatically entered into the TSA Pre-check. Pre-check is the the expedited security option that gets you through more than a 150 United States airports faster. (Note from one of our staff members: It’s awesome!)

TSA Global Entry requires a $100.00 fee and there is a vetting process which includes an in-person interview, fingerprinting, and a background check. It can be well worth it if you make several overseas trips a year.  Additionally, TSA Pre-Check on its own costs $85.00, so getting both for $100.00 is a great deal.

 

To find a Global Entry enrollment center, please visit: http://www.cbp.gov/travel/trusted-traveler-programs/global-entry

To find out more about TSA Pre-Check, please visit https://www.tsa.gov/tsa-precheck

Sources:  http://travel.usnews.com/features/4-things-every-traveler-should-know-aboutglobalentry/