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Want to do China independently? This post from a UK newspaper, The Telegraph, offers an entertaining personal story, along with useful tips for those who want to travel in China on their own. Although the article is a few years old, the advice seems sound. Of course, you will want to check on the current visa requirements, whether you live in the UK or North America. I was impressed with how much valuable information was included in such a short piece.
A recent article in The Guardian discusses "How to book and travel by high-speed train around China," and combined with the information above can help you smoothly navigate through your Asian adventure, even if you don't speak the language. Those UK publications really deliver for those of us who want to avoid cramped tour buses. (Full disclosure: I've not yet been to China, though it's on my list. If you have, I'd like to hear from you. I will publish useful comments, even if they're critical.)