Rossbaku From United Kingdom, joined Jun 2005, 673 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1328 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.
AeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20636 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 1312 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:
SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6323 posts, RR: 9
Reply 3, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 19 hours ago) and read 1275 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!
NZ747 From New Zealand, joined Dec 2004, 967 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (8 years 11 months 4 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1186 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.
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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Matt D From United States of America, joined Nov 1999, 9502 posts, RR: 46
Reply 10, posted (8 years 11 months 3 weeks 5 days 22 hours ago) and read 1095 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.