This is a hypothetical scenario, I am not planning on doing this but I'm curious about it since I haven't been able to find information about it on any website.
In order to travel to the TIA you need to be accompanied by a tour guide throughout your visit (unless you are a Chinese or Hong Kong citizen). Suppose I book a tour guide for 5 days, but on the 4th day I leave him and start travelling on my own for 2 months (or however long I want).
- Is there anything stopping me from doing this (I know some tourist attractions wouldn't let me in without the guide but I'm interested in travelling in rural areas (outside major cities)).
- Since this is probably not allowed, what are the penalties for doing it? Specifically, would I risk going to jail or being fined a large amount of money or would they just kick me out and ban me from entering TIA/the whole of China again?
- Would I be asked where my guide is when boarding a train or bus? (Although this would not prevent me from travelling by motorbike, bicycle or running if I have good endurance, right?)
Note that I wouldn't be staying in hotels which would ask require me t have a guide when checking in, but instead would sleep on a sleeping bag in the middle of nowhere.