what is the most fun and cost efficient way of travelling from beijing to hong kong which will take 3-4 weeks to do
is it better to make your own way down or do one of the packages on offer
if the packages are better can anyone reccomend me a good one with
- good prices
- Covers the best things to do etc
thank you very much in advance Nicky x x
It is far more cost efficient to do it yourself, also by travelling yourself you get to experience China your own way, do things a little more off the beaten track if you want to, and meet other nice intrepid independent travellers, as well as ineracting with actual Chinese people .
I would only go for the tour option if you're on a really tight timescale and missing a day because the train you want happens to be booked up would really stuff you up, or if you really can't stand the inconvenience of not being able to communicate very easily (though I think this is not as bad as is sometimes made out).
All the way through China you'll have the choice of:
- Buses (most cost effective, most uncomfortable, probably best only for day journeys)
- Trains (quite cost effective, reasonably comfortable, OK for longer distance trips)
- Planes (a bit more expensive, generally good if you want/need to get anywhere in a hurry).
Compared to the west, public transport is mostly super-cheap.
[ Edit: Edited on Mar 22, 2007, at 11:44 AM by magykal1 ]
roughly how much would it cost to get from beijing to hong kong on our own then mate?? living in hostels and eating relatively cheaply
China is very cheap, here are a few links that will help you.
Trains around China
And a hostel site, just click China and select a city for an idea of prices, you can stay in a dorm in Beijing for around £2.50 a night.
I'm thinking, once you're there, it would cost £300-400 upwards for a 3-4 week trip, depending on how many extras you allowed yourself and where you spent most of your time. It's much cheaper in rural areas of China and away from the East Coast.
In some places you can get a dorm bed at an OK hostel for £1.50-£2 per night, though it's likely to be nearer £10 in Beijing/Shanghai/Hong Kong. If you like dumpings and noodles, you can always get a filling meal for about £1 (or less) anywhere. If you really want to keep your costs down, travelling by bus is dead cheap.