- Don't be surprised if someone hits a gong every time you try to speak. It's just their custom.
- Don't pack baby powder in a zip lock baggy to save room in your suitcase. (Yeah, she's done it before.)
- Don't drink water straight from a river like our genius, eldest sister did in Honduras. You don't want to be harboring a parasite upon your return home.
- Don't do anything that could render you spending time in a Chinese prison. Lifetime movies portray it as being really rough.
That was all of the knowledge I imparted to her, but I did request she bring me back a souvenir that captured the essence of China, e.g. a headband like Ralph Macchio wore in Karate Kid, a fortune cookie, or a T-shirt that says, "Me love you long time."