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Weekend trip to Wuzhen International Camping by motor-home

Wuzhen inetrnational camping sign
Wuzhen international camping sign
First time rented RV in China and heading for Wuzhen and headed for big surprise on arrival

This is the first trip we head out with a motor home. Challenges not only in renting the RV but also in driving the RV on road in China for the first time. Now afterward thinking it was not bad at all and we did not have any issues. Traffic on the highways in China is quite safe during the daytime but I would personally avoid driving at night time. Especially avoid the heavy trucks. Why don’t the slower ones keep on the right side? That’s one of the biggest questions and making the takeovers dangerous.

Tiande RV rental, Shanghai
Negotiating the price at Tiande RV. This company you need to be careful with.
Checking the engine oil before driving out the rental RV Tiande Shanghai
Checking the engine oil before driving out the rental RV Tiande Shanghai

Unfortunately, this company is not trustworthy and we paid a “membership” fee of 5000CNY that was including 5 days rental. Only used it for 3 days and was thinking to use it later. Some changes since that time are that this particular Tiande does not exist anymore and we lost 2 days of rental.

Journey begins

As the start of the trip was late and the traffic on the highway is more or less dangerous in the rainy weather we decided to stop overnight at the service station.

First, stop at the gasoline station for some snacks. It is a standard local gas station on the highway. Huge place but quite empty because of the time. This is the insufficiency of highway service, The Western-style stations are normally packed with a vast amount of snacks, coffee, and so on.
BUT our next trip to Nanjing will take you to experience China¨s best highway service centers on the way.

Snacks and some Zongi
Snacks and some Zongi (also known as a rice dumpling)
Kids were immediately checking the bed arrangement in the RV
Kids are fast to find their place on top bunks in front. There is easily space for two children there and we could share the “queen” size in the rear

Arrival to the empty and dark camping area

We were very late when arrived at the campsite, the camp administrator leave the gate open for us to enter freely on the date 2020/08/18

  • No Green health code
  • No passport
  • No nucleic test
  • Nobody at camping 🙂

My wife is at the gate trying to open it. This is our first trip and the first campsite visited in China and did not get any good impression of it. No lights, no one inside or outside. I can see thru the gate also very muddy and afraid of getting stuck there. Think about that first time, gates locked, not a soul at camping, total darkness, and having no clue what is going on.

Wuzhen internatioanl camping | Gates of hell,
Locked, but we were told how to open it. No staff at all available to assist

The gate was locked and the campsite was in total darkness. Almost scary as it was pitch black. Looking thru the gates I could see some very muddy tracks and immediately worried about getting stuck.

Wuzhen-International-camping | Total darkness at campsite
Only our car headlights and my flashlight is showing some light. Total darkness

My wife is at the gate trying to open it. This is our first trip and the first campsite visited in China and did not get any good impression of it.

After some consideration, we drove in and found a concrete pad to park on. There were available electricity and water but our cable only had 10A which doe not fit the 16A on the electrical pole. This is also a reminder that many things in China are not following specific regulations. Noticed there was also another type of 16A socket. Also, for example, the towing hook in China I have seen so many different versions, different sizes of the ball, or it can be some sort of mooring hook.

Keeping the teeth clean even traveling by RV
Keep on bush brushing your teeth. The camping has a sink with a table for each slot.

Breakfast was easily done with the gas cooker, this RV did not have any internal electrical or gas cooking facilities. Anyway, it was nice weather, even with a shower here and there. We always take our camping table and chairs with us, as sometimes they are not included in the renting list. Breakfast was simple but tasty.

Wuzhen International Camping map
The map of the surroundings. Camping, RV park, and fixed caravans for rental. Some big hotels are at the top of the map. The outside area was very quiet, basically no shops or other places for purchasing necessities.

Few construction works are going on in the area., looks like adventure activities for the kids. We found very narrow railroad tracks in the area, later on, we knew it is a mini train track. The administrator offer us a free ride to compensate for the poor experience of the previous night beside a bucket of clean water and biscuits :), they are very friendly and nice, cope well with our curiosity. Close by is an area where you can rent a fixed camper van as a hotel room.


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The good and the bad according to our experience

Wuzhen inetrnational camping sign
Wuzhen International Camping
First time rented RV in China and heading for Wuzhen and headed for big surprise on arrival
Overall Points
Facilities
Location

Thumbs up

  • Available electricity and water for the motor-home, also toilets and shower area were clean with hot water
  • Overall cleanliness is good on the camping ground
  • Staff, when they came in the morning were friendly and helpful
  • Future improvement might raise the star level to three
  • Construction works outside the camping area still under construction, climbing area, mud racing with quad bikes.

thumbs down

  • During off-peak lack of services and safety of electrical equipment.
  • No convenient stores or restaurants close by.
  • Inside the camping area no recreation for children.
  • The grassland easily gets muddy and stuck the car.
  • No BBQ place.

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