Greg Fisher

Greg Fisher

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    Does China cater to budget backpackers?

    The main problem with backpacking is not so much the cost, but getting around. If you can't speak the language, it's difficult to get around. So, most people are stuck with going on the tours, which can get pretty expensive. If you're really ready for an adventure, you can go it alone and there are always cheap options outside of the major cities. But, they can be hard to find, and if you can't speak well, even if you find them you may get the "laowai" price without some good bargaining. I've been living there off and on for 8 years and just wrote a blog article about bargaining that may be helpful: http://www.berkeleysg.com/blog/. It's pretty general, but a lot of my experience has come from China. Food can always be cheap. Even in Shenzhen you can find places to eat for $2 with some searching, and outside the major cities you should be able to find a bowl of noodles for less than a buck. Hotels are a little harder, but $10 is doable in the smaller cities. The hostels are called guest houses in China if you're looking on the internet, but there aren't many compared to other Asian countries. about 9 years ago

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    Any tips for Harbin, China?

    A little late for you I guess, but wanted to put this in the Harbin section. My first trip to China we flew over Harbin and I had a view from above of the "bing deng", the ice lanterns. Wow, it was something else. We just had a layover so I wasn't able to get out and experience them, but that seems like it must be the thing to catch in Harbin. I think that was around the spring festival in early February. The city looked like an icy disneyland with colorful lights giving everything an amazing cartoonish glow. about 9 years ago

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    How can I get to the Lijiang River?

    Yes, you need to fly or train into Guilin. From there you can go by minibus to Yangshuo as a cheaper option (there are loads of them around the train station) or take a taxi. I've been three times from Shenzhen. Yangshuo is amazing. Guilin is a dirty city, don't spend any time there. Also sketchy around the train station. I saw a kid pickpocket a lady walking in front of me near there. I called out to make her aware. He looked at me with an expression of, "Who do you think you are Laowai", and even the lady seemed pissed. If you're up for adventure you can rent a bike and cycle to moon rock, by the river, and some other destinations around there just outside the city. It's quite nice. Just be careful at night, there are no streetlights and the car can get too close for comfort! about 9 years ago

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    Is it safe to travel solo in China for a female? Sticking to the major spots, not really going off track.

    Yeah, China is pretty safe in general. The biggest threats are scams and pickpockets (which can be ubiquitous in the major tourist places/train stations...). Messing with foreigners is highly frowned upon by the national government and they don't mess around when it comes to punishing those that disregard what they frown upon. about 9 years ago

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    What's there to do in Guangzhou? Thinking about training it there for the airport, but wondering if there is any must-dos...

    I'm with jm...not too much. There are some good clubs I think but I forget the names now. about 10 years ago

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    With 1.5 days in Beijing, what are the things I 'must see'?

    hmm, things you must and 'off the beaten track' might not be quite the same in Beijing. Most of the things you "must see" there are pretty big ones: The forbidden city, the great wall, the summer palace... There's an art district called Art 798 that might interest you. http://www.798space.com/index_en.asp. about 10 years ago