The plan for China is now complete, and I am really looking forward to it. From reading countless books, websites and forums, I realise that China is a lot different to other countries from what is socially acceptable to the infrastructure which connects its population of over a billion. Although I’ve tried to plan to the best of my ability I already realise that I won’t always be able to get train tickets for certain days, meaning I will have to end up staying in some places longer than intended. As I will be travelling at the peak of the holidays for students in China, getting around will be made even more difficult, however, hopefully with my limited vocabulary of Mandarin and some perseverance all will turn out well.
If you take a look at the ‘Route’ page, it will give an you an idea of where I’ll be going. It’s a very rough idea, and so I may miss out some places or add some, who knows. The best feeling of travelling is being able to go where you want, when you want and do what you want.
When I booked my flights I hadn’t completely done my homework. I saw a really cheap flight and went for it, hence my trip takes a ‘slight’ detour which is Beijing > Shanghai > Xián. What I should have done was Shanghai > Beijing > Xian. This creates a rather annoying problem which is that I now have to either take a 19 hour train ride from Shanghai to Xian or fly which is more expensive.
After having to sadly leave mainland China due to a 30 day visa restriction, I will head to Hong Kong where I plan to stay for approx. 2-3 days, depending on how much money I have since life is not cheap there. Then I’ll catch a flight to Thailand where I’ll be for around 20 days backpacking and lying on the beach soaking up the sun.