China alone- how hard is it to meet people

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1. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello everyone.

I'm thinking of going to China soon. However, although I'm quite a seasoned traveller, and have travelled alone all of last year, I am unsure if I want to go somewhere where it will be difficult to meet people. Also, how safe is it for a girl on her own?

How hard is it to travel in China? By that I mean, is it stressful? Although I loved India, I found it was hard work and sometimes stressful. Although I really want to go to China someday, because I have just had a very stressful few months I am thinking that maybe I'd rather do something more relaxed for this trip.

Any advice would be really welcome. Cheers

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

Hello Clarabell

I'm currently living in Sichuan province and have been for a little over 10 months. I have only been to places around this province and also to Xian in Shaanxi province for a week. I think it can be very easy to meet people in China although communication can be quite slow and frustrating. I am also living on my own and I find China to be very safe for a female traveller. I have also been to Bangkok and Koh Samui in Thailand and I can say that I feel much safer here in China.

As far as stressful, I'm afraid that China can be a very stressful place to travel in. The language barriers as well as a heck of a lot of red tape and inefficiency makes for a lot of headaches. However, these are just my opinions and I don't want to put you off coming here and enjoying some magnificent history and culture. However, if you are looking for a relaxing, more smooth vacation I would suggest finding somewhere to go where things are more organized and less chaotic...

Either way I hope you enjoy your next trip (to China or otherwise).

Take care


3. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It is no doubt very safe in China for women travellers even in the night.

If you are in big cities like shanghia or in Beijing, you may not feel that difficulty in seeking assistance.
As you go interiors of China, you will have troubles in seeking assistance as they cannot speak english. But it is in these secluded places like the interiors of China that you start loving nature.

If you have found India a bit stressful(where most of then can understand english and easy assistance would be available )then surely China will be more stressful.
However, give a try as China has lot of things to offer.You would surely like it.

Have a nice trip.

4. Posted by jza80 (Full Member 54 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

It's really easy to meet people in China. It all depends on which city you go to and where you hang out. Locals in China are really hospitable and friendly to foreigners.

Don't expect too much relaxation in China. If you're going in the summer, prepare for a nice sweat! It's really hot, but then again, it depends on which city you're going to.

5. Posted by heidi16 (Budding Member 25 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

well, can't say much about china as i have only been to beijing. but it is safe to travel alone.

one thing good about them is that, they mind their own business, sometimes i wondered if they notice your existance. ;)

although they have this 'no bother attitude', but they are willing to help. if you find them unhelpful, it is just because of the language barrier.

dont think so much, it's safe and have fun in China..


6. Posted by nicnst (Budding Member 11 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Hello Clarabell,

My boyf and I travelled to China last December. We had a great time and found all the challenges to be part of what made it great. I didn't realise at the time, though, how stressful it was, until we left, but I guess the lack of language and because their 'systems' are different means you always have to be on the ball.

The time of year we were there was not peak season (obviously) so we didn't find it easy to meet other travellers and stayed in a lot of hotels which are less sociable. The Chinese people we spoke to tended to have an ulterior motive (by this I only mean trying to sell us something) if they spoke English and approached us! We found the people were lovely if we approached them and were able to point to a place on a map, ie at bus stops we were helped onto the correct bus.

I'm not sure that I agree that China is completely safe. In Guilin I had a boy try to steal my bag and towns could be quite seedy at night. I guess the usual precautions are needed as in any big city.

I think if you've done a lot of travelling you'd find China to be really stimulating and worth while, but not relaxing!

Hope this helps.

7. Posted by belleli (Budding Member 26 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

: ) Please take it easy. It's safe to travel alone in our China. Most Chinese people are very friendly. Of course, I don't deny there are some people who would be not so friendly.

Just relax and enjoy yourself. ;);););)

8. Posted by Clarabell (Travel Guru 1696 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Thanks everyone.

I definatly want to go to China, and I will one day, I'd love to go by train Moscow-Beijing! but I have decided now is not really a good time for me, and I would rather go somewhere easier. Also I don't really have time to arrange a trip to China. But I will still be keeping an eye out and looking at China info in the forums.

9. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 12y Star this if you like it!

Yup, no problem at all being alone, or meeting people (foreign or local) unless you go really far off the beaten track (when it can be harder to meet foreigners, as there aren't any).