Use this tool to add tone marks to pinyin or to convert tone number (e.g. hao3) to tone marks.

Although you can use the red buttons to add tone marks, we highly recommend you use the number method (e.g. hao3) for speed and placement of the accent above the correct vowel. [Hint: Type "v" for "ü"]
Note: You do not need to use this tool to enter pinyin in this dictionary.

TWCC29 – 22 Things You Should Prepare Before You Come to China, Episode 29

Welcome back to Two White Chicks in China with Hollie and Nora!

This week we have a question from Jessica from Sweden, who asked us “What things do you wish you’d prepared before coming to China?”

In This Episode We Talk About…

  • Comments from everyone! Thanks so much!
  • Review from Calvin, Thanks mate!
  • Fake Cops in China
  • Our question from Jessica!
  • Decide What Your Goal Is
  • Tell your bank you’ll be out of the country so you don’t have problems trying to use your card abroad (at the beginning before you get a Chinese bank account)
  • Figure out what you DON’T want
  • Bring original certificates (degree, diplomas etc) they’ll be necessary when you apply for a visa.
  • Choose a City and decide which area
  • Unlock your phone
  • Find Someone Who’s Done it Before
  • Buy a VPN (do some research)
  • Learn Some Basic Chinese and Download a Chinese dictionary
  • Bring a good pair of shoes (Chinese streets are not easy on the feet or your Louboutin’s.
  • Men: Bring shoes if your feet are average or larger
  • Ladies – tampons, razors, wax (especially if you’re not in a big city)
  • Bring essential medicine
  • Ladies – buy over-the-shoulder-boulder-holders (bras) if you have a larger bosom and don’t want to wear something from the 1950s.
  • Get shots
  • Condoms/ birth control (lots of ‘fake’ condom stories)
  • Buy small gifts – candies, snacks, postcards
  • Don’t bring your vintage Chanel handbag
  • Unpack half of your clothes
  • Get digital copies of your books
  • Organize all of your online account passwords
  • Feel excited about your new adventure!
  • Our Chinese words of the week are ‘plane’ – 飞机 (fēi jī)
  • and ‘mobile phone’ – 手机 (shǒu jī)

  • If you have a question for us, please send us a voicemail or leave us a message below!
  • People and Companies We Mentioned in the Show

    Episode Length 01:16:18

    Thanks so much for tuning in. Join us again next Thursday for our next topic and another question from one of our listeners!
    If you want to ask us a question you can Send us a Voicemail!

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    Thanks for listening guys!
    – Hollie & Nora

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