China is usually a pretty cheap country to travel through. Not the cheapest. But definitely affordable.
However, if you’re thinking of coming to China, beware the public holiday. Not only did I almost have to run out to one of the loan companies near me in order to afford my two day trip on Chinese New Year ( How I found a local loan company lol: http://www.financeflamingo.com/payday-loans-near-me/.) But I also had to spend the weekend getting up more close and personal with complete strangers than I have with some of the people I’ve dated in the past.
Here’s the thing about Chinese New Year. Everyone in China gets it off work. Obviously. But there are over a billion people in China. And they all have the exact same 10 days a year off. 5 of which fall on Chinese New Year. No more, just those 10. All billion people.
So because it’s one of only two opportunities Chinese people have to go anywhere other than home or to work. They go to the same tourist spots that I, as a visitor to the country wanted to go to. All of them.
That means that suddenly there were no good hotel rooms, no good train or flight tickets, and everything that was left cost the same as my entire life savings.
So that’s how I came to spend all of my money on the worst weekend ever.
As someone who doesn’t like crowds, or being the centre of attention. The most famous mountain in China, on a public holiday, was probably the worst place I could have gone.
Not only did I spend the entire weekend posing for photos with strangers whilst looking like a real life scarecrow.
But I also spent the entire second day ‘queueing’ in the rain. I use the term loosely because having the entire population of China try to push you off of a very steep precipice while all of you painfully slowly force your way to the foot of a mountain isn’t what I would call ‘proper queueing etiquette’.
But then, maybe I just have unrealistic queueing standards. Like not having my life put in actual danger.