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Backpackin` China alone, no problem???

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1. Posted by 2imagine (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Im going to travel in China the next coming year, but my friend who was going with me, cant afford it anymore, but I`m planning to go anyway.

I`ve been travelling alone in australia, so my question is, anyone here who knows if its unsafe in anyway or extremely difficult to travel in china alone?

I guess it wount be just as easy to meet other backpackers there, as it was in australia?!?!

I`m very gratefull for replies
Thanks in advance.

2. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I don't think it is unsafe for the travellers in China.But actually I should say that some places are not good enough cause there are some pulic security's problems.So if you just wanna go alone to some big cities,such as Shanghai,Beijing,Shenzheng,Hong Kong etc.There is no problem.Others,you should consider more.
Anything you wanna know,you can ask me.

3. Posted by 2imagine (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thank you so much for your answere.

I will probably stay in the big cities in start, but I would love to go to places like tibet later in my trip.

are you from china?

Do u have any tips on places to go?

4. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I think when you travel in the big cities,it should be ok for you.Because in those cities,most of people have accepted the high level education,so it is easily to help you to touch for the life there,even you can have no language problem with them.
When you are at Tibet,it is different.First,language problem.Second,that place is too big and less people.If you are there alone,you won't be able to get help hand easily.Thus,my suggestion is,if you really wanna go to Tibet,you'd better to find one big local travel agency to book one tour leader to show you the way.
For me,I think the trip should be safe and interesting.
You can make a reference about it.
And enjoy your trip!

5. Posted by cdntrvl (Full Member 50 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

I did the solo backpacking thing in China this past summer. I did find in some of the places the language barrier was a little difficult. In the larger cities be very cautious with people coming up to you and speaking English, especially Beijing, for the most part it is the beginning of some kind of scam. I found them very friendly at first but then they were trying to drag me off someplace to buy their paintings or into a tea house scam. If they are content to just stay in one spot and talk for awhile then it is probably just a real desire to practice English. If they begin to follow you where ever you are going be careful.

Some highlights - walking the Great Wall from Jinshanling to Simatai (try and avoid the hawkers which is not easy); there is a 600 year old pharmacy in Beijing (the name eludes me but it is south of Tianamen and north of the temple of heaven) which is worth wandering around for the traditional medicine ingredients (and yes those strange long dried out things are in fact deer penises)the panda centre in Chengdu is a must and make sure you go in the morning when the panada are busy playing and being cute. Avoid horse trekking in the Songpan area, not worth the price although Songpan is a nice little town to spend a day in. Yangshou is nice area to relax for a few days. Shenzhen is not worth exploring unless you are a die hard shopper.

6. Posted by liciece (Full Member 45 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Really be cautious for those ppl voluntary following you.But most of them are kindly.
Just be cautious,it's OK...

7. Posted by joebgoh (Budding Member 13 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

yup, be aware there are those who do their business on tourist.

Last winter i did my solo to Yunnan and arrived at the airport in Kunming(southwest province of Chi). After got out the gate, this lady very friendly, trying to greet me and I just ignored. I was cautious on strangers showed too much courtesy while I just only arrived.

Then it all started, I answered that I was on my own, alone, and I still had no idea how to get out to the city, where staying,... she offered alot of help, and asked if i would like to book a hotel with her, which i thought was really expensive(hundereds of RMB) and I went off to the road just at the gate of the airport and looked at the sign to figure out how to get to city.
I am a chinese in Malaysia and language or chinese words is fine for me. so I just waited on the booth. start smoking a cigar. and she pestered until few mins later, I just ignored. I admit it's abit unfriendly situation. but no choice, never think they will be so persistent and doing their business so so much important for the city ppl in china now?

even in thailand beware of those nice free ride tuk-tuk, they take you to shop that sell expensive stuff which you'll never really need.

8. Posted by Mikey B (Respected Member 181 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Quoting 2imagine

I guess it wount be just as easy to meet other backpackers there, as it was in australia?!?!


You certainly won't find as many backpackers in China as in Australia. Which is a good thing I guess.

In my experience travelling in China is extremely safe. However outside of the big cities you should be prepared for the usual language problems. Picking out the right bus at a station when nobody speaks a word of English and all the signs are in Chinese script is interesting to say the least!

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10. Posted by kucira (Full Member 61 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

for accomodation, i would recommend staying in youth hostel as there you can meet alot of backpackers, they will share experience with you... which i thk is very helpful & most of the workers there do speak some english, they can offer some help/tips to you...

i just got back fr china, so i think it is pretty safe travelling to china alone.

stay out of crowded plc, yeah agree too that ignore ppl that is buggin' u when you are out of train/bus station. good luck :)