- China Health and Travel Vaccinations
- Beijing Travel Insurance
- Seven Step Beijing Trip Planning
- Internet Access
- Chinese Visas
- Chinese Embassies Abroad
- Foreign Embassies in Beijing
- Chinese Telephones and Phone Cards
- Chinese Language Guide and Phrase Book
- Getting around: Beijing Transport
- Chinese Toilets
- Chinese Finger Counting
- Chinese Money & Currency Exchange
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Chinese Finger Counting
Chinese Finger Counting – somewhat easier than Mandarin
You’d think that at least if you can’t speak Chinese, you could get by by counting on your fingers… not so!
The way Chinese people show number on their fingers is different from the way we do it in the West. Here’s a quick tutorial.
1-5 are roughly the same:
By the way, this sign is not considered rude in China.
Six is a little more difficult.
We have no idea how this came to mean seven… Let us know if you do.
Supposedly the reason this means eight is because if you turn it about 120 degrees clockwise it looks a little like the Chinese character for eight – 八
The finger-sign for ten looks just like the Chinese character for ten – 十
What to see and do around Beijing
Wonder at the Great Wall, be awed by the magnificent Forbidden City, drink in the scenery from a boat on the Summer Palace’s Kunming Lake.