I think it’s really important for all travelers to learn at least a few words of the language spoken in their vacation destination countries. There are lots of good ways to learn. I prefer using either DuoLingo or The Pimsleur Audio lessons.
You can also learn some words the original way, by simply studying them.
The link below is a great resource for learning some elementary Chinese before your next trip to Asia.
108 Basic Chinese Words: Essential Chinese Vocab for Beginners