December 10, 2014 at 10:13 am
That’s the side of China I’m afraid people don’t see often enough. People often think of the negatives and miss such a beautiful culture. I’m presently living in Sichuan and am sometimes overwhelmed by people’s generosity – I hope to make it to Yunnan over the Chinese New Year
December 11, 2014 at 5:54 pm
All we hear in the states is anti-China Official Narrative like communism, human rights violation, pollution, blah, blah, blah
December 10, 2014 at 12:18 pm
Great read. Such a brave thing to do, hitchhiking in a foreign country. I’m currently living in Wuhan, and I would love to get to see the more rural side of China as well and experience more Chinese hospitality.
December 10, 2014 at 1:20 pm
This is just one more reason to get to China soon. I wonder if a month would be enough though… Great inspiration!
December 11, 2014 at 4:21 am
Depends on what would be “enough” for you. I was there for 2 months and only made it through 2 provinces, but it was wonderful to spend time in both and I tend to move slowly. It’s a huge country but you can see amazing things even in just one or a couple of provinces over a month. Go for it!
March 16, 2015 at 6:12 am
Hi Kristen, I was just wondering what provinces you went through? The pictures are amazing!
May 19, 2015 at 4:15 am
Yunnan and Sichuan
December 10, 2014 at 4:09 pm
China has always seemed like a fascinating country to me with amazing culture but I never thought that it could be so easy for a solo female traveler to hitchhike across the country (or maybe you just make it sound easy). Sounds like you a had a great time, I hope that I can visit China one day.
December 11, 2014 at 4:23 am
It really was that easy! It seems more accepted in China that in other countries. Worth a try if you’re feeling adventurous.
December 10, 2014 at 5:12 pm
Wow, what an amazing experience! I wish I had the guts to do something like this. Traveling has encouraged me to do so many things I never thought I was capable of doing but hitchhiking scares me, solo or otherwise. It’s stupid as I know logically the chances are so high that you’ll get picked up by a genuine, kind person… Guess I’ve seen too many horror films. Reading this makes me want to conquer my fear one day though!
December 10, 2014 at 11:13 pm
What an amazing experience…I would honestly never consider hitchhiking, even though I’ve seen other travelers do it. The idea just seems to go against everything I’ve ever been taught…which is probably more of a reason why I should do it. I think, though, that as a younger female, I should probably wait until I am more confident traveling in general.
Though this does make me want to go visit China…
December 11, 2014 at 3:59 am
You’re making me wish I tried hitch-hiking in China, it sounds like a perfect way to experience Chines culture!
It’s great that you can speak Mandarin, it must have been great to not have to worry about not being able to communicate with the Chinese people.
December 11, 2014 at 4:00 am
This is such a great read and very inspirational. China is still such a mystery to us in the West and we can learn so much from their generous and friendly culture. I would never have thought China was an easy country to travel round, but after reading this article I hope to be able to visit there soon.
December 11, 2014 at 4:34 am
That’s great, Linda! I’m glad it inspired you
December 11, 2014 at 6:04 pm
Great stories..! Yes, Chinese people are very hospitable. Especially if you’re a foreigner speaking the language (at least a little bit). They often feel honoured to show you their country and are genuinely interested in your impressions of China.
Although I didn’t hitchhike in China at all, I also kept experiencing their kindness. When stuck at a cave site, far from Yangshuo where I was staying, a kind couple took me back to the city on their tiny motorbike. Needless to say that specifically in Yangshuo and surroundings not more than 2 persons are allowed to ride on a motorbike.. So they even risked being fined!