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It’s arguable that China has the same linguistic and cultural diversity as the entirety of Europe, except far fewer tourists. While — until the last few decades — China’s closed borders made travel in the country a daunting experience, China is full of great places you’ve probably never thought to explore.

可以说,同整个欧洲一样,中国的语言和文化丰富多样,只是游客要少得多。尽管——直到过去几十年——中国封闭的边境让到中国旅行成为一种令人生畏的经历,但中国满是你可能从未想过的值得探索的伟大地方。

I had never heard of Kunming, a “small” city of around seven million in the southwestern province of Yunnan, before researching places to live. It ended up being one of my favorite places I’ve ever lived in, with weather a perpetual spring, mountain temples, and lunch for under a dollar.

在研究(来中国旅行的)居住地之前,我是从未听说过昆明,一个位于西南部的云南省大约700万人口的“小”城市。最终,它成了我曾经住过的最喜欢的地方之一,那里的天气永远都是春天,还有山间寺庙,而且午餐价钱还不到一美元。

My advice: don’t settle just on Beijing or Shanghai as places to visit. Doing a little research online can turn up dozens of places that will offer the Chinese experience for less money and fewer tourists.

我的建议是:不要只把北京或上海作为游览的目的地了。在网上做一点调查攻略,可以找到几十个地方,以更少的钱来体验中国之旅,而且(这些地方)游客更少。

Everything you say is right and wrong all at once

你所说的一切都是对的,转眼又都错了



stunning cityscape photo from the streets of china

中国街道上令人惊叹的城市景观照片

I imagine that my American friends from Washington state would probably scoff at the generalization that they’re the same as everyone in Texas (and vice versa). Seattle isn’t the same as Houston. There are enormous variations in culture, food, and even language across the United States.

我想我华盛顿州的美国朋友可能会嘲笑这样对他们的概括:他们和德克萨斯州的每个人都一样(反之亦然)。西雅图和休斯顿是不一样的。美国各地的文化、食物甚至语言都有着巨大的差异。



I can’t sell China as being a perfect experience, free of worries. English is sparse. You need to watch out for pickpockets and scams in the bigger cities. Pollution can be bad. The Internet can be frustrating. But if you want an adventure and a chance to change your mind about the world’s biggest, oldest, and possibly soon-to-be the most powerful nation on Earth, I highly recommend going yourself.

我也不能把去中国旅行说成是一种完美的体验,没有任何烦恼。这里能讲英语的人很少。在大城市里,你还要当心扒手和骗子。环境污染可能会很严重。网络也可能会令人沮丧。但是如果你想要冒险,想有机会改变你对这个世界上最大、最古老、而且可能很快会成为世界上最强大的国家的看法,我强烈建议你自己亲自去一趟。