You can greatly enhance your shopping experience in China if you choose to learn Chinese words and phrases that occur often in a retail environment. Here you'll learn Mandarin Chinese phrases for asking a shop assistant can you try something on. You'll also learn Mandarin words relating to the currency called RMB or Yuan, and of course you'll learn how to haggle for a bargain.
China is a shopper's paradise with an abundance of stalls, markets and shopping centers. Staff at upmarket shops and in the popular tourist areas will have adequate English to sell you anything you need! However if you want to grab a real bargain at local markets and stalls, you'll need to know a little Chinese and know how to haggle!
Don't worry if you cannot haggle fluently in Chinese straight away. Almost every vendor will have a large calculator ready to hand to help ease the transaction along. Try practicing your bargaining skills on cheaper items first. Once you have some basic experience, you can safely move on to the higher value items.
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