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Any Blackhatters Been To China??

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  1. ContentCreation

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    I am trying my best to make as much money as I can to make it to China for 1 month in September, as it's always been my dream to travel to a few places around it. Has anybody here had any experience travelling/backpacking in China?

    How much is enough to live off? I am hoping I can grind my way to $500 a month, so that will leave me $2000, after flights. Is that enough?

    I want to fly to Beijing, then train ti Xi'an, then a couple other places .. any suggestions?

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  2. blackmamba456

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    I have not been personally, but I have a friend that went to Thailand (which is pretty close to China). He was able to buy a good meal with a drink for 40 pence (about $0.63), this was just a month ago.

    I have read travel logs where people have been able to get a room for $2.38 in China.

    I'd recommend a book called 'The worlds cheapest destinations', that will give you some idea of living costs. Basically it's very cheap by the sounds of it.
     
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    I thought I had went to china one time when I was 19, but then the stuff wore off and I realized I had never even left my living room. Still a fun experience though :D
     
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    I would look at Intrepid.com's "Basix" tours. Cost efficient, you get a guide the whole way, a group to share the experience with, and its all-around a great way to do it.

    Being to China 4 times myself, I would STRONGLY advise not to do it on your own, but to go with a guided experience. The language barrier will make your trip frustrating, otherwise.
     
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    Yes, you can live for $500 a month, however I suggest that you save up some more. $1000 will obviously be more 'fun'
    Once you are here you will be drawn by all the (expensive) things China has to offer and I think it would be a shame if you had to miss out on that.

    If I were you, I would basically start in Beijing and work my way down the east coast, all the way to Hong Kong. Visit Hong Kong and Macau and then continue to Kunming, in the Yunnan province.
     
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    I would advise OP to avoid group tours :) i agree that it can be frustrating at times, but the reward is also so much bigger if going by yourself, or with a friend.
     
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    I just think traveling from city to city in China w/out speaking Mandarin is just too hard for a person going there for the first time. It will be very stressful and will take away from the enjoyment of traveling and seeing the sites.
     
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    I've been to China in 2005, I went to Dubai first then from there I went to Hong Kong and from there I went to China by Cheuffered Vehicle. We only decided to go China because Hong Kong was really expensive and I must say when we arrived in China I couldn't believe how cheap things were there. Mcdonalds meal for £1!! 7* Hotel which was roughly £25 per night!! I only went there for a holiday but I must say there is a lot of potential there, I got my self quite a few items really cheap.

    When they see foreigners the prices increase because they know your not locally from there, they will harass you!! Go in a group and not by yourself.

    There's always room for haggling for discount.
    If you go there build connections so you can continue to do business when you return to Home.

    I went to Shenzhen in China btw lol.

    Edit: Also take a chinese dictionary as there are NO English signs at all, that also includes road signs.
    Taxis are also awful lol
     
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    I see your point, but I still think it will take away some of the overall experience. It will of course also depend on how well travelled OP is.

    Either way, OP is in for a blast of a lifetime. The things you see here is waaay beyond 'wtf'
     
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  10. ContentCreation

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    Thanks for all the help and suggestion, guys! :)

    I actually love the whole subculture of backpacking, and travelling the world alone. Yes, it will be a massive struggle to get past the language barrier in most cases (I actually speak a bit of Mandarin - I can converse slightly with my chinese friends), but getting over the hardships is what adds to the experience!

    I would rather be thrown in at the deep end, and fight all the battles on my own, instead of having everything given to me on a plate .. That's the way I am, and I believe that travelling to such a different place on my own will add the the whole 'self fulfillment' thing!

    So you would say that $2000 is enough to travel around a little? I just need to find that $2k now aha
     
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    English signs are all over the place now, at least in the bigger cities. China is developing at a very fast rate.
     
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    Just make sure to have some backup funds, just in case of unexpecterd happenings :)
     
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    Haha! I will try my best :)