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Anyone "Done" China?  
User currently offlineRossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1349 times:

Has anyone backpacked their way around China, taking in all the sights and sounds of this wonderful country?

I plan to do this after I have left school: get some money, buy a cheap flight to Beijing and stay in a hotel for 3-4 nights and take in the sights, then set off around China, using nothing but public transport.

I'd love to hear your stories/opinions.

RossBaku  Silly

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20728 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1333 times:

I've never done it, but there was something just like that on a show called Global Trekker on public television a few months back, and it was fascinating. This link has all the info on where they went, what they saw, and some details on how they did it:

http://www.pilotguides.com/destination_guide/asia/china/index.php

I'm green with envy if you're going!



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User currently offlineAGM114L From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (9 years 3 weeks 6 days ago) and read 1329 times:

I would advise going in a tour group or with someone who is familiar with China. Unless you're fluent in Manderin, then you should be alright.

User currently offlineSW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6341 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1296 times:

Kind of. I went up and down the coast (and close inland cities) back in '98 as a 14 year old with my friend who was then living in Hong Kong. We did Hong Kong, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Szenzhen, Tianjin, Beijing, and Qingdao in 2 weeks. Fun as heck! We took the trains between cities, sitting in a hard seat (aka 4th class!), which was super cheap, but didn't stay in hostels or such, so that's why I say "kind of". I am likely moving to China, either next year or a few years down the road, so hopefully then I will do it! Enjoy, truly an amazing country, which I love everything about - culture, language, politics, history, and OF COURSE food!  Wink

User currently offlineRossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1242 times:

Quoting AGM114L (Reply 2):
I would advise going in a tour group or with someone who is familiar with China. Unless you're fluent in Manderin, then you should be alright.

I'd planned on taking a few Mandarin lessons before leaving and also carrying a trusty phrase book!

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
a show called Global Trekker

This is the show that got me wanting to go to China so much! Megan McCormick really showed some fascinating places in her guide.

RossBaku  Silly


User currently offlineBAViscount From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2004, 2338 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

Quoting Rossbaku (Reply 4):
Megan McCormick really showed some fascinating places in her guide.

I'd do it if she came with me! I alway remember that programme for the shot of her sitting as the only passenger on an internal flight (well...alone but for the film crew, producers etc. etc.!).

Sounds like a fascinating trip to make though - I hope to make my first trip over there some time next year. Good luck!



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User currently offlineDeskPilot From Australia, joined Apr 2004, 767 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1229 times:

We're on holiday in Beijing, after spending a week in Hong Kong. English is fine in HK,but after one day in Beijing I think you really need to speak Manderin to get around.


By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?
User currently offlineNZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (9 years 3 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1207 times:

I left China 2 weeks ago after an amazing time that I will not soon forget. I spent most of my time in Beijing and Dalian. It is great and I'm sure you will enjoy it. Make sure you get a Lonely Planet Mandarin phrasebook available from book stores worldwide, it was my bible. Learn a few words from it to get you buy, but it has a english to mandarin and mandarin to english dictionary, so all you need to do it point to what it is you are trying to say to who ever you are trying to speak to. I did everything there is to do in Beijing (Great wall, Ming tombs, Forbidden City..ect) in about 6 days which was more than enough time. Allow about 2-3 days for shopping. We got a private guide to take us everywhere including shopping and that.

Beijing has some awesome markets, where you can buy everything and anything for less than 10% of the usual prices. You can get some really cheap stuff. For example, US$200 shoes for US$16. Be quick for this kind of stuff as by the time the olympics come, it will be no more.

I was really amazed at how clean China was. They are really doing a great job in cleaning up for the 2008 olympics.

Cheers,
NZ747


User currently offlineRossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1156 times:

Quoting BAViscount (Reply 5):
I'd do it if she came with me!

Me too!!!

Cheers NZ747 for some really useful information. I was planning on getting myself the Lonely Planet China Pack in the next few weeks as well!

Cheers,

RossBaku  Silly


User currently offlineErikwilliam From Brazil, joined Mar 2004, 2152 posts, RR: 11
Reply 9, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 1147 times:

Quoting Rossbaku (Thread starter):
Anyone "Done" China?

I did, but not witha backpack.
Went to HKG for biz and then Beijing, Shangai bla bla bla.
HKG is amazing, very modern, very futuristic, etc....
Continental China is amazingly different from all the places I´ve been.Lot´s of history and old stuff mixed with brand new buildings, cars, concepts.
A huge mix of modenity/capitalism and some poverty dressed up as cultural baggage.Altough they preserve lots and lots of old habits there´s poverty and Mercedez all over.
Worthy of going, don´t know about backpacking there.



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User currently offlineMatt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 47
Reply 10, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1116 times:

I've been to both the LA and New York City Chinatowns. Both are great for shopping but little else. You haven't quite lived until you've seen decapitated (sometimes not) ducks, geese, and other assorted poultry products slowly rotating on a spit through a full sized window.

As close to China as I care or plan to ever get.


User currently offlineSlider From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6855 posts, RR: 34
Reply 11, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1113 times:

Quoting Rossbaku (Reply 4):
I'd planned on taking a few Mandarin lessons before leaving and also carrying a trusty phrase book!

Definitely- and get proficient at it before going, because Mandarin is a real bear to learn.

Quoting DeskPilot (Reply 6):
English is fine in HK,but after one day in Beijing I think you really need to speak Manderin to get around.

Depends- most taxi drivers in PEK don't know a lick of English, but most of the hotels, restaurants, shopping outlets all do and do very well.

It's really a mixed bag.

Beijing was a great trip and I really enjoyed it. I'd like to visit Xian, and later Shanghai eventually. I met a few folks who did a big organized tour that also included the dam, Hong Kong, etc.


User currently offlineStratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 5
Reply 12, posted (9 years 3 weeks 4 days ago) and read 1105 times:

If you go backpacking do not miss the latest copy of the "Lonely Planet" or "Let's Go". The Lonely Planet is not sold within China.

Alternatively go check http://www.intrepidtravel.com they do backpacking tours thru all of asia, when you have checked what kind of trip (difficulty) is for you go to:
http://www.intrepidtravel.com/tripfo...D=8b059e1002ede5e60fe5e05d827b498c

sounds like big fun for me, although I don't know anybody who has experience with this company.



The Metro might be the Sub(optimal)way
User currently offlineWobbles From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 149 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (9 years 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 1082 times:

I've done China so many times I lost count.
Signed,
Triple H


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