Bring a business card!

If you are not fluent in Chinese, there are  a lot of advantages of making a business card that introduces you, and briefly explains what you are doing. Read on to learn more.

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At the top of this post, you can see the front of the business card I used in China. It has a picture of the famous Jiayuguan Fortress which is close to the starting point of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall of China.

The front says: "Walk the Great Wall - Robert Loken". It also displays links to my English and Chinese websites, and a QQ address.  QQ is the Chinese equivalent of instant messaging programs like Skype, and let me chat with people I had met along the Great Wall while I was in China.

The back side of my business card.

The back of the business card roughly translated to: "In April 2009, Robert Loken started walking the Great Wall of China from Jiayuguan. Determined to walk the entire Ming dynasty Great Wall, he is passionate about life in China, as well as the beautiful landscape along the Great Wall. He sold his house and quit his job in order to follow his 21 year old dream of walking the Great Wall. The Chinese peoples kindness are a great part of the experience of walking the Great Wall! EVERY DAY, I SEE A NEW HORIZON"

Making some business cards is a good, quick and cheap investment, if you want to get good contact with the Chinese you meet on your way. Particularly if you are hiking the Great Wall without a Chinese speaking guide. There are lots of shops that can make you a nice card overnight at a low cost. I paid about 40 RMB for 200 cards, and although prices may have gone up a little, it is still worth it.

My Chinese language knowledge was almost non existent when I set off from Jiayuguan. Luckily my kind brother walked together with me the first months. He has a very good understanding of the language both written and spoken. (More on language later)

The business card answered the most commonly asked question when walking the Great Wall. What on earth are you doing!?

The business card answered the most commonly asked question when walking the Great Wall. What on earth are you doing!?