- There are some useful apps you should download before your trip. Firstly, you’ll need a good translation app that lets you download languages offline as English isn’t a widely used language in China. I used the ‘WeChat’ app, which I found was very commonly used among the Chinese locals to communicate. To help you get around, I’d recommend ‘CityMap2Go’, as this lets you download maps offline.
- Food in China is extremely cheap and generally, portion sizes are large. You’ll learn what foods you like and don’t like along the way. Keep in mind that Western food in China is much more expensive so I’d recommend just sticking to the local stuff, it’s delicious!
- Accommodation in China is also inexpensive and hostels tend to be of a very high standard. Just make sure to check out reviews online and if it has a strong rating then you can’t really go wrong. I went for anything ranked above 7/10 on Booking.com.
- Getting around the country is pretty easy and great value for money, thanks to its train network. Use a website called C-Trip to book all of your trains. I’d recommend booking 2nd class on long/overnight journeys and seating class on your shorter trips.
Here are a couple of my favourite places I visited during my trip:
Hong Kong - this city is amazing and there is so much to do both in and outside of the city centre. Visit some of the local beaches and islands for a tropical adventure. You can surf in Big Wave Bay and afterwards, enjoy a well-deserved dinner at the cafe. I’d recommend staying at Hop Inn on Mody road.
Yangshuo County – I stayed in Wada Hostel, they’ll help you explore this amazing place. I went rock climbing with Black Rock Climbing company.
Zhangjiajie – also known as ‘Avatar Mountains’, where they filmed much of the Avatar film. An incredible landscape worth 3 days of exploring.
XI’AN – I stayed at See Tang Hostel, it has an amazing roof terrace. Also visit the Muslim Food Market for some tasty food!
Hohhot - I spent 4 hours playing table tennis with the locals in Manduhai Park, it’s great fun!