Practical Information

English at your service

 Higher-end Hotels have English-speaking staff. Western food establishments, large shopping centers and a few small vendors will be able to execute transaction in English. Most bars and high-end Chinese restaurants near hotels have English-language menus and staff with basic English knowledge. Taxi drivers are beginning to learn English, though most know very little beyond “hello” and “goodbye”. Try to exercise patience when encountering someone who doesn’t speak English and hope they’ll do the same if you don’t speak Chinese. Since the 70s, the students start learning English in middle school. When you need to find someone who can speak English, Young Chinese in their early 20s will have a better chance understanding you.