|Our travels in China. Red lines are buses and trains. Blue lines are airplanes.|
Yes, it was challenging not to know the language. But it was a good challenge. And it was easily remedied by staying calm, taking a deep breath, taking a little extra time to accomplish things, and not being too particular about what we ate. For example, if a local tells us that we should be at the train station at 11am, we get there at 10:15 to have plenty of time to find our platform, train car, and seats (reading Chinese train tickets is a bit of a trick!). And being willing to go into a restaurant, look around at what people are eating, point to someone's dish and convey with body language, motions, eyes, and lots of smiling, that you would like to order that too. Learning "hello" ("ni-hao") and "thank you" ("xie xie") doesn't hurt either! And don't be afraid...dog, chicken feet and other things which you may find unappetizing, are delicacies in China, so you won't accidentally eat them if you order on a budget! You're much more likely to have more sauteed cabbage and rice than you know what to do with.
|Picture with a Bunny Princess|
We really enjoyed the combination of big bustling cities and easily accessed trips to nature (Tiger Leaping Gorge, Emeishan and Huashan), and by visiting different parts of the country we really got a sense of the cultural and food differences in different provinces.
Final Costs for China: Total spent: $4,879 for 47 days (average of $104 per day)
Housing: $28 per night (in double rooms with private bath in local hostels; cheaper in Yunnan Province, more expensive in Beijing and the coast)
Transit: $26 per day (mostly planes, long distance buses and trains...local buses in cities are very inexpensive. For 2Y (about $0.30 US) you can get anywhere in the huge city of Beijing!)
Food: $37 per day (lots of small local restaurants and street dumplings and noodles...and a blow out brunch at the Ritz in Shanghai!)
Other: $12 per day (mostly entry fees for mountains and museums)
|Have Wife Will Travel gives China|
Two Thumbs up!