rossbaku
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Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:06 am

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.

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AeroWesty
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:18 am

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

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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 8:22 am

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.
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 10:25 am

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
 
rossbaku
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:25 pm

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.

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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:55 pm

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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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 9:57 pm

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.
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Sun Sep 25, 2005 11:35 pm

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.

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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Tue Sep 27, 2005 12:42 am

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,

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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Tue Sep 27, 2005 1:50 am

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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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:41 am

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.
 
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Tue Sep 27, 2005 7:52 am

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.
 
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Tue Sep 27, 2005 8:05 am

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.
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RE: Anyone "Done" China?

Tue Sep 27, 2005 5:37 pm

I've done China so many times I lost count.
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