Date registered: December 3, 2013
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I would say phone the
international hostel (YHA or HI) in the areas you want to travel to.
They will give you the best up-to-date information.
I know Tibet is offlimits to foreigners throughout March but I'm not sure about Garze and Aba. Is likely..
Had similar near that famous tourist street.
Man followed us for a few metres and when I turned around he stopped and tried to look innocent. Not so professional if you ask me.
I think BiPengGou allows camping. But I'm not sure.
The regulations are a grey area outside scenic areas. The police don't allow it but the locals don't care. I camped near Lixiang and the locals help me setup. Just get off the road and go somewhere. Easier for me though as I usually take motorbike.
Will be very expensive to go on a private tour. But can be done.
Second best choice is exploring Tibetan areas of Sichuan. Most of these are as close to Tibet as you can get. 90% Tibetans in some areas. Fantastic scenery, architecture and culture. Can easily spend a few weeks roaming around. I recently went to Western Sichuan by motorbike. No visa/passport problems and didn't spend much money. If you need more info, I can give.
If its your first time in Chengdu. I recommend downtown.
More foreigners/people to meet. More western restaurants. More to do.
Better transport links. I live in the west and like it more because its less busy and cheaper. But takes my friends a while to come visit . So I end up e-bike driving 30 mins most of the time.
Found this on facebook and wondered if anyone has tried it? Offers a selection of foreign satellite channels streamed over wifi.
Would anyone recommend any sites that allow streaming high quality movies/tv shows? Similar to Netflix or Lovefilm as in other countries. (They are banned in China).
Chinese video sites offer terrible un-watchable quality.
I don't mind paying.
I was offered "nearby" Chengdu before. One was in Zigong. About 6-8 hours away. Even being outside the 3rd ring road of chengdu doesn't consitute living in Chengdu. It will be less western, not so modern and will be hard to find good nightlife and other amenities. If you want to do this go ahead but don't expect to spend your evenings travelling into Chengdu eating western food and going home. Not going to happen.
Oh and internships are usually a massive scam. You can find a lot better jobs easily yourself. You shouldn't sign up for a "program" ESPECIALLY if you're paying for it.
Mostly ready for this journey starting in Mid/late June:
Chengdu —> Tagong —> Danba —> Kanding — > Litang —> Shangri-la —> Kunming —> Chengdu
(And lots of places along the way).
I'm hoping to:
1. Meet someone who can join for the ride (one seat currently going spare on my bike, or someone with their own bike)
2. Information on this trip, anyone done similar? What are the road situations like? Words of advice or other wisdom.
Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
Did some motorbiking in northern Vietnam and enjoyed it a lot.
Anyone have experience with driving around sichuan by motorbike? If so, take some time to answer a few questions:
- What is the best motorbike for the job? Dual-sport or road bike?
- 125CC or 250cc?
- What tyres would be most suitable?
- What tools would be needed for the trip?
- What is the road condition like?
- Have trouble with the police regarding registered bike/license etc?
Thanks for any help.
What is this got to do with travelling sichuan?