Solo Traveller activities outside of Beijing
Replies: 10 - Last Post: May 6, 2012 3:57 AM Last Post By: chrisj
May 5, 2012 4:31 AM
Solo Traveller activities outside of BeijingHi all, first post!
Quick question really, I'm due to be in Beijing in the next month for 2 weeks and I've planned time to go see some sights in Beijing and to travel out to Xian with some friends already out there, but I'm looking for something to do outside of Beijing for a few days (anywhere from 3 to 5 days).
I'm hoping to meet some fellow travellers when I'm out there and from that, with any luck, will be tagging along with a few things, but I wondered if anyone had any other ideas of places to go?/Catch up with fellow travellers?
Already on my consider list is Chengde but a lot of the information I seem to be reading about it relates to families and older groups.
I'm 23 and English by the way.
Thanks in advance!
May 5, 2012 4:56 AM
May 5, 2012 5:57 AM
May 5, 2012 7:48 AM
May 5, 2012 4:46 PM
6I am just finishing my visit to China and I must say it was difficult to meet other foreign travellers on the east coast, mainly because there are so few of them. I would recommend flying to Lijiang and spending your time there and in Dali. You can rent a car or take the bus or train between these two places. Much easier to meet other travellers there and the people, markets, countryside are fascinating. Visiting this part of China along with Beijing will give you a more rounded view of the country because there are so many minority people in Yunnan and life if quite different from Beijing. (I also visited Shanghai and spent several days seeing the gardens in Suzhou but I would still make Yunnan a priority.)
May 5, 2012 9:21 PM
7An airfare from Beijing to Lijiang will cost around 1500 yuan or more. ONE WAY
The train fare from Beijing to Nanjing is around 417 yuan O/W.
I live in Jiangsu, & there are plenty of other foreign tourists in the province. But I have no interest in travelling around China solely to meet other foreigners. I can do that in my own country.
May 6, 2012 1:19 AM
May 6, 2012 1:25 AM
9Can't say I've made it there yet, but Cuandixia 爨底下 has always sounded like a good escape from Beijing, especially if you'd like to experience some rural life. Don't expect any foreigners around, and better to go during the week and avoid the weekend tourists.
May 6, 2012 3:57 AM
10fluffydragon is right. There are YHA hostels in Nanjing near Fuzi Temple, & also in Tongli. In Wuzhen I would stay within the West Wuzhen Park at the Wuzhen Wisteria Youth Hostel. Didn't know about it until I went, & it's not in the LP guidebook.
^ That would be where I'd stay if I ever went back. I stayed in a large chain hotel in the main city. It was fine, but there weren't too many restaurants in that part of town.
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