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Sightseeing

Sightseeing in China

There are two ways of seeing the sights China has to offer – escorted tour or going it alone.

Escorted tours are fine if you like being shown around somewhere and shuttled between the country’s tourist highlight. But fine though tours operated by companies like Wendy Wu are, they’re pretty darned expensive.

If you’re on a budget, like to do your own thing or want to do something crazy like find a Chinese wife, then going it alone is much more fun.

Don’t worry about missing out on anything the escorted tours offer their paying customers.

Instead of going on a two hour bus journey and queuing up with 6000 noisy Chinese tourists, I was able to find the Great Wall of China in my local neighborhood in Guangzhou:

The Great Wall of China

The Great Wall of China

And as for trips down the scenic Yangtze River and the Three Gorges, well after a torrential thunderstorm my local road turned into something resembling the great Yantze river:

The Mighty Yangtze River

The Mighty Yangtze River

And that’s the thing about tourists. They always seem to go to the same old places.

So instead of going on a guided tour of China, why not just pick a Chinese city at random, and just wander around. For a start, nobody ever seems to go to Guangzhou on holiday. But there is more going on there than at 1000 Great Walls.

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