China Travel Guide

Often infuriating, and always intriguing, China is one of those places that has me on my toes all the time as a traveller.  And well things like air-quality and crowds tend to make the headlines, there is certainly another side to China that only those who have gone out and done some exploring have experienced.  This country, for example, has more incredible landscapes than perhaps anywhere else on the world aside from the United States.  Moreover, although the people get flack for being pushy, aggressive, and spitting everywhere all the time, they can also be incredibly helpful and kind.  Don’t be surprised, too, if you spend much of your time in the country posing for pictures with locals who are maybe more excited to see foreigners than they are their own stunning country.

In China, you’ll need to be prepared to have your buttons pushed.  You’ll also need to learn how to adapt as much as you can.  The most important thing you can do in China as a traveller, however, is to push yourself off the beaten path.  Chinese local tourism is peaking and the crowds in many places are real.  However, if you hike a couple hundred meters away from the cable cars that have been installed, you’ll likely find that you have the place all to yourself.

Time Needed in China: 1-3 Months
Backpacker’s Budget: 40USD per person
Mid-Range Budget: 50USD per person

Highlights: The Avatar Mountains, Shangri-La, Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces

Destination Guides

Map of China

  • Changsha
  • Chengdu (coming soon)
  • Dali
  • Dragon’s Backbone Rice Terraces (coming soon)
  • Guilin (coming soon)
  • Kunming (coming soon)
  • Shangri-La
  • Yangshuo (coming soon)
  • Zhangjiajie, Wulingyuan, and the Avatar Mountains (coming soon)
  • Zhangye (coming soon)

China Travel Information


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