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Rite .. advice needed travelling China alone?!?

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1. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Hey peps

I want to head to China dont know to go with a tour or to travel independently?? Any ideas on intineries, accommodation and places to see

Thanks

2. Posted by leong1 (Full Member 89 posts) 7y

Im doing the same thing in two months and i just intend to turn up at the airport with the first night booked in a room then work it all out from there... Im sure it will all fall into place !

3. Posted by 7055 (Budding Member 28 posts) 7y

Unless you venture into the more remote parts (i.e western/Tibetan China) you shouldn't have a problem arranging travel or accommodation. Don't expect many people (taxi drivers, train station workers etc) to speak any English whatsoever. However, in hostels the attendants speak decent english so ask them to write down directions etc on paper, this way you can give them to train conductor/taxi driver/etc and avoid hours of communication breakdowns. Beyond that China is fairly safe, I found the Chinese helpful and if not a little over curious (prepare to get starred/laughed at a lot!). I found Xi'an awesome, as was Dali and Tiger Leaping Gorge (must see). I also really liked south west China near Laos/Burma. Lots of jungle trekking. As for Shanghai, just a bit city really but interesting in its sheer size and density. My overall favourite part was going from Chengdu to Shang-ri-la via Tibetan China. But language barrier and dangerous/unreliable transport make this a bit of a challenge. Also lately I heard that the army roadblocks were actually turning tourists away but I can't confirm this. The army/police were fairly amicable when I was there.

4. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Quoting leong1

Im doing the same thing in two months and i just intend to turn up at the airport with the first night booked in a room then work it all out from there... Im sure it will all fall into place !

Hi Leong thanks for advice. i wish i was as daring as you! Im planning to go in October was thinking of doing an intrepid tour though i have been reading alot about China recently and im told its easy to move about and how hostels are very helpful with writing directions down. Im thinking safety more so as im travelling alone. It would be gr8 if you could let me know how you get on.

Good luck and safe journey:)

5. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 127 posts) 7y

Quoting 7055

Unless you venture into the more remote parts (i.e western/Tibetan China) you shouldn't have a problem arranging travel or accommodation. Don't expect many people (taxi drivers, train station workers etc) to speak any English whatsoever. However, in hostels the attendants speak decent english so ask them to write down directions etc on paper, this way you can give them to train conductor/taxi driver/etc and avoid hours of communication breakdowns. Beyond that China is fairly safe, I found the Chinese helpful and if not a little over curious (prepare to get starred/laughed at a lot!). I found Xi'an awesome, as was Dali and Tiger Leaping Gorge (must see). I also really liked south west China near Laos/Burma. Lots of jungle trekking. As for Shanghai, just a bit city really but interesting in its sheer size and density. My overall favourite part was going from Chengdu to Shang-ri-la via Tibetan China. But language barrier and dangerous/unreliable transport make this a bit of a challenge. Also lately I heard that the army roadblocks were actually turning tourists away but I can't confirm this. The army/police were fairly amicable when I was there.

Hi 7055 thanks for your advice would you suggest an intinery and how long to stay in China? Any accommodation?

Thanks:)

6. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru 1113 posts) 7y

once you get to your 1st hostel, everything is a breeze.

7. Posted by kakitravel (Budding Member 10 posts) 7y

I never been to China before but from a friend's experience, the hardest thing in China is the communication. People there barely speaks in English. Maybe you can prepare some alternatives like using signs or something like that.

8. Posted by aroamer (Inactive 3 posts) 7y

i suggest you go to guilin, lijiang & dali and Tibet. Big cities like Shanghai , Beijing has a lot of people around and you won't have fun. Just go to minority-centered groups and enjoy unspoiled culture and scenery. But as these places are in the western or southern part, you need to have a good arrangements before you go; more important, a Tibet permit and guide is needed according to govenment's policy. try some china-based agent for these like [snip] or [snip]

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