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Please help me plan my dream trip!!!
Posted July 7th, 2013 - 4:29 am by from Brisbane, Australia (Permalink)
Hello everyone!!

My boyfriend and I decided to just drop everything off and go on a 3 months would travel around the world. It has been a dream of mine for quite some time to do this and I want to do it as well as I can.
We went to several travel agencies and if we do the whole trip with a tour agency it will be roughly 30 thousand bucks for the both of us which is absurd!!
Because I have never been to China and don't know anyone who has been, I was hoping for someone to explain to me how hard it is to travel around China... If its really necessary to do it with a tour, if its not overly complicated to find my way around places...
So far our China Itinerary is Beijing ( we want to spend 2 or 3 days there and do the Great Wall, of course)- Train to the roof of the world- And then from there go to Tibet - Lhasa- Samye- Gyantse- Shigaste- Sakya- Everest National Park and then make our way to Nepal, which is a totally different post haha...

I would really really appreciatte any help you guys could give me, name of reliable hotels or even couches to stay along the way... When I was travelling in South East Asia I just booked trips with local travel agencies once I arrived in each country or each city, do you think that is a smart thing to do?

Thank you so much guys and happy travels!!

Posted July 7th, 2013 - 1:09 pm by from Winterthur, Switzerland (Permalink)
Hey Carolina

Great itinerary, but do you know how to deal with the travel permit to Tibet..? There are quite strict requirements for going there, and you certainly won't get it within two days in Beijing. It usually takes around two weeks. Also, don't mention Tibet on your visa application...

Otherwise, travelling around China is perhaps not the easiest due to the language barrier and the fact that only few people speak English, but it's certainly possible and generally public transportation is great. But again, for Tibet, the problems you're dealing with are of a different nature as you anyway can't move around freely. You basically need a tour operator organizing everything for you!

Cheers
David