I am a German guy studying in France and most probably spending my study 'year abroad' in China from autumn 2013 on.
But before, I will have holidays from the beginning of June until the end of August - and I would like to use this free time to get to China by landway... some dream I used to bear in my mind since a couple of years...
having a weakness for Eastern Europe, I would start hitch-hiking in the south of Germany around the beginning of June to get to Austria, Slovakia, Ukraine, Russia (Moscow!) and from there along the Transsiberian Railroad to Ulaanbaatar and Beijing.
I am not sure how good chances in Siberia are to get a ride - so if necessary, one could also take the train to advance (advice? train
In China, I especially aim to discover its 'Midwest' - i.e. Xi'an, Chengdu, Chongqing (perhaps some stop for a hike in the mountains?) to turn to Shanghai then, or if there will be still some time left to turn Laos & Thailand and back by plane... not certain yet - depends on you...!
it's actually the first time that I will be hitch-hiking. Couchsurfers told and convinced me about it and as thistrip is too long to cycle it within three months (which I would have prefered...), I plan to hitch-hike it! Do you have any advice concerning hitch-hiking customs in the countries I mentioned? How to improve chances? Possible dangers? Equipment (maps)?
wherever possible: couchsurfing!!
it would be great to have some company during such a long voyage. I am generally easy-going, humorous, travel experienced
(cycled from France to Estonia last summer), speak some Chinese (so at least there, we won't get totally lost...), never give up, and have I like for History, visiting museums, Nature (--> hiking) ...
Actually, I consider myself to be able to get along with anybody who has not yet been disturbed by the description above - speaking some of the languages on the way (Russian?) would be an asset, but is no must.
Let me know and perhaps we could meet up before during the next half year