December 11, 2014 at 6:49 pm
I would imagine it would be hard hitching in China unless you know a bit of Mandarin. I hitched through Canada and had no problems. Met some interesting and genuinely kind people that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. I would definitely do it again in other countries, but not sure if I would do it by myself
December 12, 2014 at 4:33 am
It would be really hard. I’d say it’s essential to speak at least some. That said a friend of mine did the same years ago, though he may have been with a Chinese speaker. If you stay in dorms it’s not hard to meet locals who might be into giving it a try with you.
December 11, 2014 at 10:48 pm
I spent my teenage years in China. While I found a lot of things (govt, the way some people are treated, polution) deplorable, I also saw a side most expat kids overlooked. I ran away from home for a bit. The working class Chinese were so wonderful to me. I worked with them, lived with them, ate with them. They really treated me like family.
I eventually turned myself in and got sent back to the US. Those city blocks have been demolished and their residents displaced.
December 12, 2014 at 12:37 am
If I were your mother, instead of Jeremy’s mother, I would want you to tell me about your solo hitchhiking after the fact.
I’m glad you only met nice people. Out of curiosity, were you picked up by any women traveling alone?
December 12, 2014 at 4:34 am
Nope. In fact the out of 13 rides only one had a girl in the car. I did wonder about that but none of them ever acted inappropriately.
December 13, 2014 at 12:44 pm
Chinese people are very hospitable! I never hitchhiked while there, but Chinese people always did their best to be welcoming and hospitable!