I am planning to visit the silk road of China in September 2006 and I am looking for travel companions to go with (i don't want to go along since it is probably not very safe and fun). I am interested in going to Kashgar and maybe part of the Karakoram highway as well. Other than that, I hope to visit other places along the route such as Urumqi, Turpan, Dunhuang and Xian. I plan to go for about three weeks and hope to spend a bit time in Beijing before going home to Canada.
sounds cool, how much do you expect all that to cost?
i am also looking to do some travelling in sept/oct but cannot decide where or why.
I found this link http://www.muztagh.com/forum/about3917.html and someone talked about his/her travel experience in China. It does sound very affordable. Here is what you will find in that link.
"Honestly, if you want to see China and spend around 10 euros per day, then just head west. East Guizhou for example is rich in living culture, and unspoiled nature. In the various minorities' villages you'd be paying around 2 euros for a double and peanuts for food and you'd get into life rather than monuments. Don't expect to find more than a couple other backpackers and be carefull with the buses when it rains. Even further west, Xinjiang sports some incredibly unspoiled corners on a 10 euro or less daily cost. Trust me: I've travelled twice in China for four months each time, and the only safe conclusion is the more west you go, things can only get more beautifull, cheap, freindly and personal.
In total, if you keep out of the big cities and the tourist traps (Pingyao, Taishan, Suzhou, Huangshan, Guilin, etc) and if you are ready to sleep where the chinese sleep, eat what the chinese eat and ride what the chinese ride, then your thousand quid are absolutely sufficient."
Btw, I will arrive in Beijing on Sunday Sept 03 and leave China from Shanghai on Sept 30. Please drop me a line if you are going there around the same time and interested in hanging out with me and maybe some others. My trip to the silk road is still on and I will probably spend two weeks in Kashgar and the surrounding region. If you are interested, let me know and maybe we can hang out together.
We have a group of two and we are still interested in having more people to join us. Our trip will start on September 3 from Beijing, then by train/bus to Xian, Jianyuguan, Dunhuang, Turpan, Urumqi, cross Taklamakan Desert to Hotan, Yarkand, Kashgar, Karakoram Highway, then fly back to the east coast to Shanghai. We are back-packing and want to see as much as possible in this trip. Please email me for more info if you are interested in joining us for the trip or part of the trip.
Hey, I guess I can't join you as I'm travelling in Yunnan now, but I'll be back in Shanghai around 18/9 for my new school semester. I've done the Gansu part of the Silk Road earlier in Feb this year. Let me know if you'd like to meet up in Shanghai for a chat/tea/meal and we can talk about our experiences!
r u in china now? where?
i have sent message to u