Backpacking- Insider Tips and Tricks: China Travel Guide 2019

PREAMBLEoutside the city

 

The idea of backpacking either as a group or indeed singular is at best worrying, not knowing all the facts about your destination, regardless of researching for weeks or months, many of us would be put off just considering a language barrier, cuisine, transportation, or surely health related issues.

How to what if and how much will it cost especially a destination that is not well regarded for its humane values, or caring factor in society. So how to proceed you may ask?

 

Why Backpacking?         backpack strolling

 

To Backpack and be adventurous must come from the strength of character, ability to go the extra mile, be adaptive or at least have an open or liberal outlook to life and cultures, most importantly, take that step that will transcend what you already So or experienced in life, that established feeling of safety and security.

 

We all have doubts that need support with facts and substance of one kind or another, but here is the benefits in this plan to action, that suddenly comes complete independence, decision-making, cultural influence and integration, new friends on the way, experiences of places and unique situations on a daily basis.

Convenience and Costs

Costs traveling and related expenditure is obvious but backpacking allows some flexibility, other than flights, all else is as you choose and find from day to day, like, accommodation in hostel, shared living spaces and guest houses, in cases working and lodgings are possible even in china.

 

china life

living in china

 

The other factors include eating light or with ridiculous variety especially if in suburb locations. Cities are also over subscribed with small eateries that have delicious dishes at modest prices. Convenience is never going to be an issue. Buses and metros are pennies ”yuan or RMB” in this case, for trips covering fair distances.

 

Food Daily Routine:Noodles and vegetables

Breakfast: some Dumplings,

soup and some fruit salad

Dumplins

Lunch: rice, pork or chicken stewed,

vegetables, pumpkin or sweet carrot cake, or similar!

  stewed lamb

Dinner: noodles stir-fried with various small vegetables,

beef, lamb chili, crispy duck or fish,

Qingdao bottled beer This was enough to keep me more than satisfied

meet tiger

Chinese and beer watch out!

Visiting the local markets and places or interests always proved surprising and during the evening in Chinese urban areas the dancing begins, you will find groups in small gardens or open spaces exercising in a variety of ways,

Yoga, Taiji, traditional dances, Latin combinations, Gong-Fu, modern and pop styles all sharing the available spaces.

Anyone can join in and several times foreigners are playfully engaged in these activities. Note though that all this clamor of music is not for the fainthearted, they like to pump up the volume in a kind of competitiveness.

 

Conclusion:

The oriental culture and attitudes to foreigners are one of curiosity, interest, but they are helpful and unassuming, I recall a few times being aided on a Bus or metro because I didn’t have the correct change or card to travel and someone stepped in paying and smiling without communication, quite a humbling feeling indeed.

Traveling to china or Asia is a must understand the essence of this world also to find what you really are able achieve, most importantly understanding yourself in these environments and communities. I have no regrets with my stay or experiences over the years.

There really is absolutely too much to see, but go make it happen and feel the differences from the western world and our stayed approach to everything we do and confirm to.

 

HAVE YOUR SAY ON THIS POST

  • Did this post offer useful info for you?
  • Any Questions or leave you wanting?
  • What attracts you?
  • Is China now a more interesting possible destination?

 

All comments will be responded to below.

Christopher

 

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12 Comments

  • RoDarrick says:

    Thank you so much for this post CJ. This is intriguing to read and I must commend your adventurous spirit to have tried this out before writing out your knowledge to share. I am a very adventurous person and I have the will and courage to explore new places. I believe the world is larger than to be confined within a specific area in it. 

    if you can, I would love to be guided more on the Chinese culture and maybe, I’ll make it my next vacation home. Your description of the Chinese people and their warm reception to people is the reason.

    • admin says:

      Hey  RoDarrick

      thanks for the feedback, it is a great sounding block 

      about experiences yes i have taken the leap of faith with a little push from a UK job i had enough o too lol

      sure you can ask for any info regarding that area as i have lived there over 9 years, had a business there exporting to UK too, so more about that in later posts of course, do keep me updated on any thing you care to say

      also i will check out your posts

      cj

  • George says:

    Hello,

    Thanks for the insight on backpacking. I guess I never really looked at it in that view point. You also have some really great recipes and now that you made me hungry, I am going to have to go fix something to eat. Look forward into seeing more!

    Also wanted to let you know that in your 2nd paragraph there is a typo or two. Nothing major and something that can be fixed with a easy spell-check.

    Thank You, 

    George

    • admin says:

      hello George 

      sorry about the eating thing, wasn’t intentional 

      good point about spell checker i used 2 times yet till missed something, 

      will correct and re-post

      appreciate that man 

      chris

  • Stacie says:

    I have never traveled outside the US in my 46 years. I love to learn about other culters, but dare I say that I am terrified of traveling. 

    I hear so many horror stories of people getting kidnapped and robbed, I am not sure I really want to travel. 

    And the language barrier would be a huge obstacle for me, I could come up with a 1000 reasons that I should stay home. But a Million that I should go lol. 

    This would not be the way I chose to travel around China, I am not this advanterous. But it would have sounded interesting in my younger years. 

    Thanks for the great read here, love the topic!

    Stacie  

    • admin says:

      hello Stacie

      its a pleasure to hear that this article actually reaches the people out there and that it inspires to do things that we would otherwise only consider and not act upon, 

      yes i would absolutely recommend maybe not to just use the usual package deals, once you are there perhaps like Shenzhen , shanghai or Beijing, there are enough foreigners to guide you around and Chinese speaking individuals 

      Dont be put off by the language it is the first stumbling block for internationals, as these are already negatives and in the majority not really the problem

      so gather up your things and make it happen

      chris

  • Topazdude says:

    Nice experience and review. I really appreciate you for sharing this wonderful experience of yours with us, I can sense is really fun having the great backpack travel to China. This is also one of my are of interest to travel to since, but it distance to my side is significant and may take time, but I could actually fix it in, during my spring break. I hope those amazing meals will still be available at my visit. Hope I can get a comprehensive travel guide? Thanks for sharing this.

    • admin says:

      Hello  and welcome 

      Topazdude

      its a pleasure to hear that this article actually reaches the people out there and that it inspires to do things that we would otherwise only consider and not act upon, 

      yes i would absolutely recommend maybe not to just use the usual package deals, once you are there perhaps like Shenzhen , shanghai or Beijing, there are enough foreigners to guide you around and Chinese speaking individuals 

      so gather up your things and make it happen

      chris

    • admin says:

      hello There
      apologies for the delayed reply, yes it is a overview for new and green travelers to china, i have also just wrote another more significant in-depth post maybe that will offer you more to use and take notes,
      i lived there 9 years + business and English teaching too so i am conversant in mandarin

      i feel you will like it most people do as it is a different aspect to what we know in the western world

      regards
      chris

  • Mariana says:

    Hello,

    Thank you for you article and sharing your experience backpacking in China. After reading this, I feel like I should do some more research about it and consider even try it out myself. I have always been curious about travelling to other places, but wasn’t completely sure to take a step and do it. I hope more people are eager now to backpack and visit China. 

    Best,

    Mariana

    • admin says:

      hello Mariana, 

      its a pleasure to hear that this article actually reaches the people out there and that it inspires to do things that we would otherwise only consider and not act upon, 

      yes i would absolutely recommend maybe not to just use the usual package deals, once you are there perhaps like Shenzhen , shanghai or Beijing, there are enough foreigners to guide you around and Chinese speaking individuals 

      so gather up your things and make it happen

      chris

    • admin says:

      hello Mariana
      appreciate your kind words and response, i am glad you gained some experience from this to take steps in following your passion and interest, i recommend this and suggest you make a trip to hong kong island llama where is a 50ft statue on the top of the temple.
      go for it

      CJ

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