My China Travel Tips after 47 Days of Traveling China // This is China

My China Travel Tips after 47 Days of Traveling China // This is China

After an entire summer of traveling China, I want to give you my travel tips, suggestions, and warnings about traveling the country. This is what you need to know about travelling in China. How much things cost. How to get around. How you can travel off the beaten path. I find China a difficult country to travel. The language barrier has a greater impact than most other destinations. In this video, I discuss hotels, food, and transportation – including what to expect and how you can make your trip go smoothly.

Have you traveled China? Did you like it? Did you find it more difficult than other countries?

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NeoGeoMurikov says:

Pretty much agree with everything you just said. After about 30 days the country left me pretty exhausted as well. It's definitely not a country to start with if you wanna travel independently in Asia.

The language barrier is definitely one of the bigger issue while traveling in China, and having some kind of offline translator on your phone may help you out pretty much. I also recommended anyone to learn numbers or basic phrases in Mandarin, since it may help you with everyday necessities and especially negotiations with locals.

What I didn't like was how over-expensive some of the entrance fees to sightseeing locations in China were. I haven't seen such prices even in supposedly expensive Japan. No way I'm going to pay 30 bucks an more to see a replica of some pagodas surrounded by masses of Chinese tourists and artificial kitsch. It seems that even the locals get massively ripped-off, especially near really popular sightseeing locations. Sadly, many formerly good places in China turn into turd by domestic development and mass tourism. Take Lijiang for example, which maybe 25 years ago was an authentic old town inhabited by Naxi minority people – now it's just a Neon-illuminated kitsch party theme park taken over by greedy investors.

Transportation was sometimes a hit or miss experience. While in general China has a good transport infrastructure, it may be worth to put some extra research into this before you go to China. Everyone should especially read beforehand how the train system in China works, especially how to purchase train tickets in time. Don't be like us and think you could easily go to Guangzhou's main station in the evening to spontanously buy some tickets for the next day. 🙂

Taxis in China are cool though, widely available and not too expensive. Just make sure to show to the driver the Chinese characters of the place you want to go to. And make sure beforehand if it's really the correct station or place you want to go to. Often bigger Chinese cities have several main train stations with similar looking names, and foreign travelers often make the mistake to drive several kilometers to the wrong one.

The most rewarding experience in China is definitely stepping off the beating path. These were the most memorable moments from our China trip. Some things we experienced were for example witnessing a traditional Chinese funeral or being invited by locals for a feast (spicy snail soup, yum). There are also many good places to hike and trek in China, like Yubeng in Northern Yunnan which has almost a Tibetan / Himalayan vibe to it.

I found Chinese people in general were quite cool too, especially the younger generation which is really interested in all things coming from the west. Funny and memorable encounters with locals in Mainland China are guaranteed, especially if foreigners like us pop up in a small, random provincial town. I only found that many employees and officials, ticket sellers or bus drivers are pretty much unfriendly ***holes. Just be prepared that many of them (not all certainly) just want to rip you off big time.

lap ja says:

hey you look like Justin Bieber in his 40s

Gary Wang says:

Love that confusing. Nowadays 0.5rmb is the minimum currency people use in the daily life. He said the price is 1.5rmb for 2 baozi, that's why he recommend you buy 6 instead of 5, he cannot charge you for 1 baozi

Linus Wärn says:

What do you do for a living if I may ask?

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