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1. Posted by China1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

I have travelled, lived and taught at a University in China.

More than happy to help anyone

China is very cheap and an amazing place

BUT foreigners are always getting ripped-off and tours are too restrictive.

I would suggest travelling with a Chinese University Student (majoring in English), pay them a small fee directly each day.

2. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

I am going to be traveling from Bejing to Shanghai during a RTW trip, any recommendations for things to see on the road between the two? Any good cities to detour to? Do you recommend veering towards the interior as opposed to staying along the coast?


3. Posted by T_I_N_A20 (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

Will I get rip off ? I'm going to China next year somewhere in July.I'm Chinese by the way but, don't speak a word of Mandarin, maybe a few common phrase like where's the bathroom, how are you and I don't understand. I only know Cantonese and Hokkien though. I don't like getting rip off by my own people... It's embarassing. ._______."

4. Posted by China1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

I don't know, you might be OK but if you can't speak Mandarin it will probably be a little tricky

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5. Posted by T_I_N_A20 (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

I'm going there to learn Mandarin though... I do understand a little bit because Hokkien is a little similiar to the language, but I think I'll be okay because I'll be attending a University in Pekin. Although, I would like to visit many places as possible during my stay there, I'll be there for a month or two, and I want to visit other places beside Pekin... Is there any trains or buses I can take to go to another province? I'll probably have the weekend to go, since I'm going to have school Monday to Friday, I think.

[ Edit: Edited at Jul 30, 2006 1:22 PM by T_I_N_A20 ]

6. Posted by China1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

Yes I'm sure that there will be loads of people willing to help you. Have a great time.


7. Posted by nicdavid (Respected Member 49 posts) 10y


You may be able to advise me! I've just posted a thread in the Asia forum regarding Chinese visas. Is it possible for an individual to apply on your behalf for a visa?
My boyfriend - (who I'm off travelling with) is down in London and it would be a lot easier and cheaper for him to take all the paperwork for the both of us and sort out the Chinese visa. Thing is I'll be up in Nottingham so can't be there in person - is he able to apply for me providing I've filled in and completed all the paperwork beforehand?

Our travel agent has told us its £70 each for a chinese visa yet at the embasssy it's only £30!!!! So you can see why I'm eager to find out if my fella can do both of ours!!


8. Posted by China1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

I'm pretty sure that you don't need to go there in person.
The travel agent probably just wants to gey more money from you.

9. Posted by lost again (Budding Member 66 posts) 10y

Here is a question - can I get a visa to China at the Chinese Embassy in Australia if I am an American citizen?

10. Posted by China1 (Budding Member 17 posts) 10y

I would guess so but I am not sure