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1. Posted by Helsb (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

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Hoping to travel China in June - it is huge! and we have three months, would love to cover as much as possible whilst I am there and am open to any suggestions on a possible route. It's going to be pretty much low budget and am interested in any advice on getting around and where to go, see, stay etc.... Thank you!!

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3. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

hi Helsb, i took this route during my recent visit to China & I did it in 1 1/2 months, all I spent is around USD1,000 (all in).

fr Xiamen -> Hangzhou -> Shanghai -> Nanjing -> Beijing -> Xian -> Chengdu -> Guizhou -> Guangzhou

since u hv 3 months, u can also go to Guilin, Kunming, Yunnan, Tibet, Xinjiang, Urumqi, Mongolia.

To stay, you can try looking for IYH, the rates are really good.
For transportation, to travel inter-province, I took rail most of the time & quite often at nite. Public transport will be bus, it is only 1-2yuan.

The food there is really cheap & nice.

4. Posted by Helsb (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Hey Kucira,

That's a similar route that I've been looking at - Tibet is top of my list after travelling up the east coast.

Where I will struggle is with my limited pennies! my budget will be similar to yours relatively.

Any must see's from your stops there? How did you find your trip, any advise on travelling around or major no no's?? It is possible that china will be my first destination on a trip ending in oz & nz where we plan to work for a year, we would like to stop at as many place as possible on the route there

Thanks Belleli - I took a look at the Sanya website you recommend, it certainly looks ideal but Ive not been planning to go quite so far south, searching around I found some cheap accommodation there but I dont think its gonna be on route though - thanks for the help, appreciated.

5. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 10y

Hi Helsb,

Tibet will be my must go on my next visit too

My trip is fantastic & really open up my eyes to this huge country.
The fun & also the hectic part to me is buying train ticket, ha! They speak "loud" n sometimes I dont understand what r they talking abt eventhough I know Chinese. So my advice is, get a good book, hv the local to help you write in Chinese to those places that you want to go & show it to the ticket counter.

I thk one of my fren spent around Y1500-Y2000 to fly fr Chengdu to Lhasa (Tibet). This also include the Visa fee. For foreigners, flying there is the easiest & safest as they r quite strict about this.

Places to visit:
Hangzhou - West Lake, spent some $ to get urself a good Longjin Tea & Silk.

Shanghai - French Concession, The Bund; u can also take a day trip to some watertown.

Nanjing - Sun Yat Sun Mausoleum, The Massacre Muzium, The Presendent Palace

Beijing - Tiananmen Sq, Forbidden Palace, Hutong area, Great Wall (must! must! must!)

Xian - Terracotta, Bell & Drum Tower, The Muslims Quarters, The Big Mosque.

Chengdu - Du Jiang Yan, Jiu Jai Gou, Songpan

Kunming - the stone forest, Dali

Most of the sites require entrance fee. Bring your student ID around to get discount. And also apply for IYH card for better rates staying in IYH. Get the cheapest room if possible. Most of the hostel is clean & comfortable. Let me know if u need the address.

For food, I normally take light breakfast, say "baozi" which will cost abt Y2 for 4 or either brunch at Y10 for rice & some dishes, noodles etc. Big cities like Beijing, Shanghai & Hangzhou, the food $ is higher but when u r more to the west part, the living cost will be much lower.

6. Posted by hupiero (Budding Member 10 posts) 10y

Quoting Helsb

Hoping to travel China in June - it is huge! and we have three months, would love to cover as much as possible whilst I am there and am open to any suggestions on a possible route. It's going to be pretty much low budget and am interested in any advice on getting around and where to go, see, stay etc.... Thank you!!

I'm glad t tell u, all Chinese is friendly and u can ask someone else for help, especially College students.
Here recommend u the Xiamen this months, a nice beach city in China.

7. Posted by belleli (Budding Member 26 posts) 10y

You are welcome, Helsb.

Have a good trip!

8. Posted by Helsb (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Quoting kucira

Hi Helsb,

Tibet will be my must go on my next visit too

My trip is fantastic & really open up my eyes to this huge country.
The fun & also the hectic part to me is buying train ticket, ha! They speak "loud" n sometimes I dont understand what r they talking abt eventhough I know Chinese. So my advice is, get a good book, hv the local to help you write in Chinese to those places that you want to go & show it to the ticket counter.

I thk one of my fren spent around Y1500-Y2000 to fly fr Chengdu to Lhasa (Tibet). This also include the Visa fee. For foreigners, flying there is the easiest & safest as they r quite strict about this.

Places to visit:
Hangzhou - West Lake, spent some $ to get urself a good Longjin Tea & Silk.

Shanghai - French Concession, The Bund; u can also take a day trip to some watertown.

Nanjing - Sun Yat Sun Mausoleum, The Massacre Muzium, The Presendent Palace

Beijing - Tiananmen Sq, Forbidden Palace, Hutong area, Great Wall (must! must! must!)

Xian - Terracotta, Bell & Drum Tower, The Muslims Quarters, The Big Mosque.

Chengdu - Du Jiang Yan, Jiu Jai Gou, Songpan

Kunming - the stone forest, Dali

Most of the sites require entrance fee. Bring your student ID around to get discount. And also apply for IYH card for better rates staying in IYH. Get the cheapest room if possible. Most of the hostel is clean & comfortable. Let me know if u need the address.

For food, I normally take light breakfast, say "baozi" which will cost abt Y2 for 4 or either brunch at Y10 for rice & some dishes, noodles etc. Big cities like Beijing, Shanghai & Hangzhou, the food $ is higher but when u r more to the west part, the living cost will be much lower.

Sounds like you have had a great trip - I am so exited now! I have been itching to go for ages now and its great to speak to someone who has been so we can make the best of our time there too...yay!

I have a Mandarin phrase book and been studying it religiously - think it may turn out to be my best friend in some areas!

Thanks for the list of places to visit and for the advise on flights to Tibet, I haven't really looked into yet but its nice to have a quide to the kind of prices I can look for and the best way to get there. I think travelling by train is probably what I will do so I have all the fun you had trying buy a ticket to come!

The address to apply for the IYH card would be great, I have been looking at hostel rates already and they do seem cheap, still will need to stretch our money as far as we can though!

Thank you for your help, I dont feel quite so lost in having something to help me plan around now!!

9. Posted by Lugor79 (Full Member 70 posts) 10y

Helsb,

Buy a tape to listen to Mandarin. Tonality and inflections are hard to pick up with a book. I am a native Mandarin speaker and am trying to pick up Thai and some of their inflections are difficult... I have found listening to tapes helps me understand how the language is spoken.

Also China is such a large country that you will find a variety of accents and dialects (even more varied then American Southern Twang to Scottish English to German). In fact I sometimes have problems understanding my relatives; usually takes me a few days to get accustomed everytime I go back... What you will find most annoying are the accents/dialects are so close to Peking Mandarin (Pu Tong Hua) that they don't bother speaking Pu Tong Hua. In this case you'll understand most of it but then every odd word/pronounciation will be different enough to confuse you. If the dialect is so different like in GuangDong, Shanghai, Fuzhou, SiChuan (to list a few) they will generally speak Pu Tong Hua to you.

So a tape will help you find the 'general' sounds and then you adapt it to each dialect/accent.

Sounds like you are gonna have a blast! I may be in China in late July next year....

jz

10. Posted by Helsb (Budding Member 9 posts) 10y

Thanks Lugar79!

I think I may have to stick to attempting to ask questions rather than understand the replies! Will have to see how it goes, great idea getting a tape. Coming from Norfolk (UK) I understand the difficulty in awkward dialects, I sometimes struggle to understand my Dad! hehe!

It would be good to gets to grips with the basics 'hello...my name is'...'where am I?!' etc!!!!!, I was in Thailand in 2004 and I managed to get the basics, you find speaking English there is all you need when you are just travelling around which is a bit of shame, but handy sometimes!

Where will you be heading for in July, to see family etc? I have been recommended the Torch festival in mid June in the Butuo County near Xichang city, I think this is S West and not really part of the route that I have planned (although this seems to be extending daily!) I think I may have to just extend my whole trip!

Thank you for your help!