"Independent Travel" China Favorite Tip by MikeySoft
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Favorite thing: Many people don't believe me, but China is not too difficult to travel independently, without prearrange hotels, tours and airfares, especially if you just plan to go to the main tourist area. Like Shanghai (and surrounding cities), Beijing, Xi'an.
However, the new visa rules may make this difficult. But most believe these new rules will go back to the old after the Olympics. The new rules require exit airline tickets (or train) and hotel bookings.
Assuming the old visa rules apply when you go, a lot depends on how you like to travel. Internal airfares are usually cheaper the closer to departure. China Youth Hostels and some small hotels speak ok English, have private rooms, they can book a hostel for your next dentition, and may be able to help with train or air tickets. They may also be able to help with local day tours.
It does take some research. Also it may take a little longer to see things but I feel the rewards are worth it.
Oh, something will go wrong during the trip but it should not be that bad. :)
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