1. Do I need a converter/adapter for electricity?
China generally uses 220 volt, 50hz AC electricity. Most Chinese electrical outlets use a two or three prong plug. The hotels usually offer converters, but we recommend you to bring a converter or to purchase one in China upon arrival just in case of accident.
2. How safe is Qingdao?
Qingdao is generally a very safe city. Violent crimes are rare and it is safe to walk alone on the streets any time of day and night. As with any large city, however, always be mindful of pickpockets and aware of your surroundings. Should you need emergency services, dial 110.
3. Should I tip?
Tips aren't usually encouraged or accepted in most places in China. Waiters may think that you're accidentally leaving your money behind and may follow you outside the restaurant to give your change back to you.
4. How do I get internet access in China?
Many hotels, as well as some shops, restaurants and other public spaces, in China offer free WiFi to their guests. However, because hotspots may sometimes be difficult to connect to, renting a Pocket WiFi is recommended. A Pocket WiFi is a personal hotspot you can take with you wherever you go. They can be rented in advance to take with you or delivered to your hotel, as well as rented at the airport upon arrival.
5. How do I make calls?
Check with your mobile phone company to inquire about roaming arrangements in China and the rates or to sign up for an international calling plan.
6. How can I pay for things?
There are three payment methods you can choose.
Cash : This is the most common and simple form of payment. You can pay in cash everywhere, but retailers may not carry large quantities of change; make sure to keep smaller bills and coins with you. RMB (Renminbi) is the currency of China. The basic unit of RMB is yuan, which is divided into 10 jiao, which is again divided into 10 fen. RMB paper notes include 1, 2, 5, 10, 50 and 100 yuan, and the smaller 1, 2 and 5 mao. There are also 1,2, 5 yuan, 1, 2, 5 mao and 1, 2, 5 fen coins. You can exchange most currencies for RMB (Renminbi) at Bureaux de change found in international airports upon departure or arrival. Be sure to retain your exchange voucher in order to re-exchange your money upon departure. ATMs are also widely available. The Bank Of China has ATMs that display an English menu. Visa, MasterCard and credit cards and ATM cards displaying the Cirrus and Maestro symbols are always accepted.
Credit Cards : In addition to using RMB, major credit cards (such as Visa and MasterCard) are accepted at most hotels, major shopping centers and large restaurants in China.
Alipay or WeChat Pay : Alipay and WeChat Pay are the most popular payment methods. Here in China, people almost never use cash and the 1 Kuai coins already seem like antique relics. If you are interested in Alipay and want to try to use it, here is the easy tutorial. Click here to get the Alipay APP. Click here to get the WeChat APP and the easy tutorial is here.