The Foodbeast crew made a trip to Suzhou, and quickly found out that it's not like any other travel destination. Our own Elie Ayrouth and Reach Guinto discuss the struggles of exchanging currency, internet censorship, and obvious language barrier, as our slightly ill-prepared staff had to learn how to make things work on the fly.
While shooting episodes of Foodbeast's "Taste the Details" series, the team experienced the intricacies of Suzhou cuisine, from jumping live shrimp, to the best pork belly they've ever tasted.
Elie and Reach explain how they found places to eat that locals didn't even know about, what the China payment system is like, how to get around, and how several miscommunications led to some embarrassing moments.
Listen in and learn from their experiences to better prepare yourself for any potential trips to the culturally shocking country.
5:35- The difficulty of getting visas
6:48- Why Americans don't travel to China
9:05- ATMs and U.S. credit cards don't work in China
10:15- Importance of WeChat, for everything in China
16:00- China doesn't cater to English-speaking tourists
22:10- The overall feel and atmosphere in China
26:27- Geoff teaches how to properly travel overseas
28:18- Why you should never wear green hats in China
32:20- Accidentally getting driven to a brothel
36:40- The crazy differences in fast food
38:56- Suzhou cuisine, jumping live shrimp
48:00- Suzhou has life-changing pork belly
52:06- Difficulty of finding restaurant info online
61:53- McDonald's kills it in China
67:34- Exploring without relying on technology
69:18- Tours and guides are a good starting point
73:15- Exploring the unknown makes traveling to China worth it
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