Is it your first trip to China? Are you worried regarding your safety? Stop worrying because we have come up with some helpful tips that will keep you safe. Follow these simple rules to make you trip easy, safe, hassle free and memorable as a first timer.
Double check your passport, visa, map, Itinerary Copy and Address Book and other requirements to avoid last minute surprises. Always have travel insurance. It will cover your baggage protection, travel accident protection, trip protection, and 24-hour emergency assistance. Buses, trains, ferries are available for local sight scene.
Get some Chinese Yuan before you travel. Most of the Hotels and shopping centers accept cards and traveler’s checks but small shops and hotel accept only cash.
Pick your hotel with care. Inform your family, relatives or friends about the hotel name, address, telephone number, check-in time; if you are in a group. Check your room security. Ask the concierge about access to the Internet and possibility to play online casino. If you going out alone, Try to be back in time to avoid unpleasant circumstances. Do not accept food, drink or cigarettes from strangers if you are staying at a safe hotel, you can leave your credit cards and passport in a room or hotel safe, only carry the cash you will need for that day. For men, do not keep your wallet in your back pocket. You might get pick pocketed. It is recommended to know local numbers of Police & Patrol, medical and fire for emergency. If you choose to visit local places by taxi, always get a receipt from a taxi driver and prevent yourself from deceiving. Beware of illegal cabs. Prefer to take cabs those have fare meters. It is advisable to use public transport for your safety.
Foreign tourists are expected to bargain in China especially for first timers. Vendors are smart enough to make out that you are a tourist and will try to overcharge you. Never agree to the first price they tell to you. Whatever they tell you, try offering them half of that or offer one third of the total price. Do not stress on buying branded items in China because there are many fake products available in the market.
Bring clothes and shoes which are suitable based on weather conditions. Do not forget to bring your first aid box, medicines you might need, such as pain-killers, cold and flu medicines, or anti-diarrhea medicine. It may be difficult to buy the items from the place you are unfamiliar with.
If you are an English speaker, Traveling isn’t as difficult as you might assume. Chinese people, particularly younger generation do speak English in larger cities except a few remote villages. Tourist guides and shopkeepers are eagerly trying to learn English for their own convenience. However, if you know a little bit of Chinese languages like Mandarin and Cantonese, it will be an added advantage for you. There are number of ethnic and minority groups in China. Therefore, you must know about Chinese culture, traditions and taboos about local people in order to avoid trouble while staying China.
While in China, one must try variety of traditional Chinese cuisine but you should choose where you eat carefully. Take a close look at a restaurants or street vendor before eating the food. Check and compare prices on menu. Restaurant owners sometimes inflate prices for tourists. Remember that authentic Chinese food can be eaten at smaller place with fewer expenses. Use bottled mineral drinking water.
People of China warm and hospitable, and they take care of the tourists. However, it is recommended to be careful as a first time traveler so that you can bring best memories with you.
A recent article in the Vancouver Sun focused on the growing concern of babies’ and children’s exposure to synthetic chemicals. The same chemicals that a few decades ago were thought of as ingenious product additives (for example as preservatives, plastics, emulsifiers and sunscreens) are now showing to be linked to endocrine disruption, cancer, obesity, and allergies (to name a few). Endocrine disruption, caused by chemicals that interfere with the hormone system in animals (including humans), have been linked to cancerous tumors, birth defects, and other developmental disorders such as learning disabilities, severe attention deficit disorder, cognitive and brain development problems, deformations of the body (including limbs); sexual development problems, feminizing of males or masculine effects on females, etc. (see Wikipedia for a good summary).
So, given the above information it would seem common sense to make baby-related items to be as non-toxic as possible. We naturally think of kids as being more fragile and sensitive to their environments ; in fact, pound for pound babies actually consume more food, liquids and air than adults. In addition, babies are often exposed to household chemicals more frequently – they inhale household dust while on the floor and can ingest more chemicals from chewing on plastic products.
However, it seems that many common baby and children’s products are laced with known toxins. In fact tests regularly show that babies have higher relative chemical loads in their bodies than adults.
A few examples:
Baby shampoos with formaldehyde-releasing chemicals,
Antibacterial soap with hormone-disrupting triclosan,
Car seats and pajamas containing cancer linked flame retardants,
Hard plastic baby cups containing endocrine disrupting bisphenol A (BPA).
What lessons can we learn from this article? It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by such information because it feels like these chemicals are all around us and our children. However, don’t be afraid be proactive! There are alternative products out there. For example, try to look for products free of things like parabens , phthalates, sulphates, BPA and petroleum based ingredients. Just a little awareness in your consumerism can go a long way!
Sciences believes strongly in protecting you and your family’s health – and in turn the health of our overall environment. This is why we use all natural, whole foods ingredients without added preservatives, artificial colours or flavours and we ensure that our product is manufactured in a certified GMP facility. We also make sure our packaging is made of the best food safe materials possible (for example, we use PET 1 plastic for our bottles), and that our packaging and shipping materials are fully recyclable and printed with earth-friendly inks.