A tour through China

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1. Posted by jedmonds (Budding Member 32 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there

We are looking to go to China next year (April) for one month and are looking for a organised tour or any advice on getting around china, if it is easy to do without a tour??

Wwe want to start in either Beijing or Hong Kong and travel either down or up China, visiting Shanghai, Chengdhu, xian and all the other famous and interesting places.

We need some advice on how much we should expect to spend and any tour guides that are suitable. We are students so are definately looking for a budget tour, not looking for luxury!

Thank you very much in advance.

2. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi Jen

I am actually looking to travel to China this summer and I have been looking in to it a little. The guided tours, as expected, are quite expensive, so I would recommend you travel with alone with friends.

Obviously I cant give you information as to how easy that would be as I have not gone there myself yet, I will be in a better position by October, if yo ucan hold on!

What I ahve just done is emailed a few people from the TRAVEL HELPER section to ask for advice. They are suppsoed to be quite helpful...

Best of Luck. I am really looking forward to my trip, cant wait!

3. Posted by Mancunion (Full Member 128 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Oh and BTW, yo ucan get quite a bit of info from this website too on the various places that you can visit


Hope it helps.

4. Posted by waterlily (Budding Member 25 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

It shouldn't be a problem to travel without a tour guide in the cities such as Shanghai & Beijing as there are signboards in English & more locals speak English. However, it could be a problem if you're traveling in some smaller cities.

I followed a guided tour to Beijing a few years ago, it gave me peace of mind coz I didn't have to worry about being cheated by the taxi driver, hahaha.... Though, not every taxi driver is bad ;) Intercity trains are always packed with people, especially during festivities.

Yea, try to do some research before your trip, am sure there are plenty of useful info you can get from the internet.

Have a pleasant trip.

5. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi, I'm heading that way next week so can give you a better idea in a couple months if that's good for you? I decided to skip the tours as they are all very expensive and if you don't veer off the beaten track too much it seems fairly do-able or at least I'll find out soon if that's true ;). There's a fab train network in China which helps hugely and once you've done proper research and have a phrase book to point to the Chinese characters of what you want I'm hoping it'll be ok :)

6. Posted by Ashima (Budding Member 7 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

I traveled independently through China in October. Found no problems. Language barrier yes but that was the fun of it. If you have a map and become good at charades. :) Only had reserved flight over and first night acc. on own from there. Went Beijing, Jinshanling, Xian, Guilin, Dali, Yangshou, Lijiang. Awesome trip. Best one yet b/c of navigating and negotiating plane, bus, cabbie, accomodations... If you need more info please feel free to email me.

7. Posted by sunicol (Full Member 93 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hi there,
Thanks for that, makes me feel more confident as I'm doing a fairly similiar trip to you by the sounds of it. Any hostel recommendations at all? Was thinking Leo's in Beijing, staying with a uni prof & family in Xi'an but no clue after that ....
Cheers, Suz

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