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.
That's sound a good idea!Since most of foreigners cann't speak Chinese ,there must be a language barrier between native Chinese and them !To find a Chinese friend who is good at English is the best way to solve this problem ! I am a senior from Guangxi University Of Technology ,which is Located in Liuzhou ,a city very near to Guilin !And i 'd like to make more friends from all over the world!It will do a lot of help with my English ! If anyone wanna have a trip around Guilin or Guangxi ,just contact me ,feel free to ask me anything you wanna know about your trip!my email is [e-mail address removed]!
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I tried that.. problem I found is that often the students themselves aren't honest and get kickbacks on what they get you to pay. I thought it was dispicable, but culturally I know it's pretty normal.
It really gives you a bad taste to get cheated by someone who you trust and are paying.
if you can find a reliable student guide they are probably worth their weight in RMB..
I'm planning to go to Beijing, Xian, some stops in between, and possibly Tibet. Although part of me is excited about going(in March '07) I'm feeling kinda lost because of the language barrier and culture differences. I've learned a few words and phrases, picked up a tip or two from my lonely planet guide, but still feel unprepared.
I have many questions, but I'll start with the guide idea: How would I get started? Are there message boards around town advertising this? And what is a reasonable price to pay per day or per haggling job? And do most hostels/inns have staff that speak enough english to, say, take a reservation on the phone?