Osiris wrote:I cracked up at the Chinese food one. Yes it is a teaching spot with a paid for apartment and I'll be making more than I make now teaching in the US. I'll respond more tomorrow when I'm at a computer and not on a phone.
gnaruki wrote:Chinese often treat their sidewalks and streets like sewers for bodily fluids.
I don't know how much assistance you are getting with settling in but this should help you: http://www.travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1089.html
UPON ARRIVAL: Once you are in China, the PRC expects you to comply with the requirements of your visa. For example, if you are on a tourist visa, you are not allowed to work; if you are on a work visa, you typically cannot become a full-time student. It is difficult to change or renew your visa within China. Visitors cannot change tourist (L) and exchange (F) visas to other visa types. Entry and exit requirements are strictly enforced. Police, school administrators, airline and train officials, and hotel staff may check your visa to make sure you have not overstayed. You will typically not be allowed to check into a hotel or travel by plane or on some trains if your visa has expired, and you may be taken into custody. If you intentionally or inadvertently violate the terms of your Chinese visa, including staying after your visa has expired, you may be charged a RMB 500 fine per day up to a maximum of RMB 5,000, experience departure delays, and face possible detention.
Whether you are traveling to or living in China, you must register with the police within 24 hours of your arrival in the country. Even foreigners with residence permits are required to register after each re-entry. If you are staying in a hotel, the staff will automaticallyregister you. However, if you are staying in a private home with family or friends, you should take your passport to the local police station to register. Failure to do so could result in fines and detention. Chinese law requires that you carry a valid U.S. passport and Chinese visa or residence permit at all times. If you are visiting China, you should carry your passport with you, out of reach of pickpockets. If you live in China and have a residence permit, you should carry that document and leave your passport in a secure location, except when traveling.
Some parts of China are off limits or accessible only if you travel with an organized tour. You should always use common sense and avoid unlawful entry to sensitive areas, including military zones or bases and places where there is current civil unrest. If problems arise, the U.S. Embassy has limited ability to provide assistance. The Chinese government will not usually authorize the travel of U.S. government personnel to Tibet or areas where there is civil unrest, even to provide consular assistance to U.S. citizens.
Avoiding talking politics and government (yours and theirs). You can get away with it as a tourist but potentially your work visa can get pulled. I don't know shit about Taian (besides looking it up on a map). The climate is probably similar to the Northern Midwest.
You will probably be viewed as exotic there so expect a lot of questions and people buddying up to you. You'll probably get stopped on occasion so people can get a picture with an American that isn't white or asian.
There might not be many signs in english or the roman alphabet for that matter and that ones that will be in english will probably read like poetry by an autistic kid.
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