by: Pu Mekpipat
“P.S. Touring alone is quite easy. China is so beautiful then. Have a fun”
The above inbox message is to encourage me after I have asked suggestion from one young lady traveler through Facebook. She “went alone” to visit Yading.. the land in a deep valley of China.
Even some 3 years ago I did visit Yunnan alone, traveling along Dali, Lijiang, and Zhongdian as a backpacker, this trip is totally different. I actually feel like singing back to this young lady-traveler that: “Hey, it’s not what we have talked about..”
For this trip which I can only speak wǒ ài nǐ in Chinese my plan is to visit the famous park of Jiuzhaigou in the fall season at the end of October. I already booked the flying ticket to the city of Chongqing in Sichuan before hearing that Jiuzhaigou was temporarily closed due to the earthquake at the beginning of August 2017. I then instantly changed my plan amidst the less remaining time while happened to see the picture of a young lady back-packed tourist in the unknown land for me named “Yading”. It’s beautiful scenery (..not the young lady tourist’s beauty) abruptly altered my touring plan almost at that very second.
I traveled by myself in the land where English is almost unknown. So far, my experiences can be concluded as followings:
- You must apply for a visa at the Chinese Visa Application Service Center, 5th floor of Thanaphum building, New Petchburi road, Bangkok. The form can be downloaded for prior-filling. The fee for application is 1,500 baht.
- Yading is a small village in Tao Ching town, by approximately 900 k.m. from the capital of Chengdu in the Southwest.
- I flied to Chongqing, then traveled by the high-speed train to Chengdu, before once again flying to Tao Ching and traveling by bus for two more trips to Yating.
- You can take a bus from Chengduto, Yading but it’s for a 2-full day with one overnight staying at Kangning town.
- Another route includes flying to the city of Kunming, Yunnan Province then takes a but for 2 days through Dali, Lijiang and one night staying at Zhongdian. After that, you have to go across Sichuan at Tao Ching for eventually reaching Yading.
- You shouldn’t ever believe it’s so easy to visit China alone-except you could communicate in Chinese. However, thinking of that beautiful scenario it’s worthwhile to fulfill your passion.
- It’s a must to have “traveling insurance” since there might be certain unexpected incidents. Believe me, such a small additional budget is worthwhile to ensure your safety.
So far, I don’t mean to threaten you prior to your trip. But in such a big country of so many tourism attractions traveling alone requires sudden problem solving since many things are different from what we have read about or planned for. Let’s overlook small facing problems and enjoy our trip. I’m still smiling with my thought about those facing problems.
I traveled for 8 days and 7 nights with a total expenditure of 18,000 baht more or less (not including air tickets from and back to Thailand). If you have a friend with you, maybe you’d spend less.