I've met many people who feel no hesitation traveling independently in Europe, yet when they decide to go to China, feel they have no choice but to go with a tour company. My primary motivation for organizing this Meetup group was to give people the courage to do it on their own, and this certainly applies just as much to China as to anywhere else.
You may end up seeing fewer "sights", but you'll get a much better view into the culture, lifestyle, and food of the people who live there. Oh, the food! Your friends who went on a tour may have returned and told you how horrible the Chinese food in China is. Come to the meetup and I'll explain why this happens. But it doesn't have to happen to you. China has some of the world's best cuisines and a great part of any trip to China is the sampling of these.
I've spent over seven months of my life backpacking around China, plus another three and a half months living there in one place recently, so I've been getting a lot of questions from people interested in seeing China without resorting to the endless on-the-bus, off-the-bus, and the frequent forced shopping trips so your guide can earn a little cash. That's where the idea for a "China Travel Night" comes from.
If you've spent any amount of time doing independent travel in China, or you think you would like to in the future, come on out and let's all share our tips, ideas, experiences, questions, suggestions, etc.
Please buy at least one food or drink item in return for Broadway Coffee providing the space.
Those interested can head out afterward together to check out some local authentic Chinese food.