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Q: Camping in China?

Has anyone actually been to a campsite here in China?  What was it like? Can you leave your tent up while you go off hiking or whatever, without it being stolen? 

4 years 21 weeks ago in  Transport & Travel - China

 
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One of the teachers I work with is going camping here in China.I will ask him and get back to you.

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If you go. I'd like a report on the campsite toilet facilities. 

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I use to know Chinese people doing camping. From what I was told:
* They carry all their gear and food with themselves, in groups of 10 or more people

* They do that in the nature, no camping site or dedicated areas

* The goal is not walking around that much, it's to reach a nice site, settle down the tents, make a fire, barbecue stuff, play guitar and enjoying a nice relaxing time in group.

That's based on a sample of one person, so I wouldn't generalize on that. It's very very hard to meet anybody who did something remotely like camping in China, it seems.

I did some camping myself, but I never found anything like proper camping facilities so it was a bit rough around the edges. It was in Sichuan/Yunnan, where it's mountain, fairly dry, cold, and not much trees or wood around. I carried minimal cooking gear (a wok and a pot), a plastic cover and a sleeping cover, and set camp wherever I found it suitable. I put my plastic cover on the floor, then my sleeping cover, and roll myself inside that like a caterpillar. For the water, I carry 2 to 3 1.5 plastic soda bottle and fill-up wherever I can. Worst case, I boil water using whatever combustible I found, like yak shit. I had a bag just dedicated to yak shit collection actually.

Obviously, if you do some camping in a hot & humid areas like South Yunnan, the approach would be very different : no way you sleep on the floor, no way you find anything dry to make a fire. There, I limited myself on doing day time walks, and slept in hotels, too much of hassle and too dangerous to sleep in there alone, the jungle is hard-core down there.

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I went camping with a group of families.  It was at a wild park with a wood near a lake.  Not very scenic. We pitched tent wherever convenient.  Farmers took their cows to eat in the woods so we had to dodge patties.  Also there was a walking trail nearby so tourists/hikers come by in masses and peek inside and stare at the foreigner while snapping photos.  Not a great experience.

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I went camping at Chongming Island back in 2006 and then again in 2009/10. The first time I was there, the island was rather empty. Literally nobody was there. They had a nice little campground, a small barbeque with meat on sticks for sale, cold beer, a toilet, and it very peaceful. One of the best times I had in China.

 

The second time I went there to the same park, they had transformed the place into a huge tourist attraction. The place was riddled with people riding bicycles and a lot of city folk trying out "camping". I was pretty bummed by the transition the park took and never went back.

 

I think for the best experience in China is to go out to the mountains preferably avoiding summer months, fall would be ideal around September or early October. It really depends on where you go though. 

 

You're not going to find a KOA or any other camping facilities that would be found in the West. To get out, you either rough it or stay in a Han Ting hotel and hike during the day.

 

Good luck!

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https://www.yahoo.com/lifestyle/romotow-trailer-makes-camping-cool-170042242.html

 

About time technology took on camping, good times ahead if I can put in a wifi/phone jammer as an option.

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