I don't think you will have to worry about safety in China in general. Some kind of ripping off will be there, just have to take it, it's still cheap, but not just as cheap as it can be. If you go to some true rural chinese are, you are talking about the difference between 2 dollars and 1 dollar, ya, you got ripped off big time in terms of percentage, but not that bad...
So if you really want to go solo for 2 month, China might be a good place, the question is do you want to stay all 2 month in China. You could do that (China is big enough for you to go around a whole year), but not sure if you should, I would do some hopping around if I were you.
Seriously I myself is pretty tierd mentally as well. I have been thinking about starting from China, going through mongolia, central Asia, Russia then Europe, but it's just dreaming, will take a lot planning, and probably quit my job to do that...
Originally Posted by MetroStyles
I am going by myself - solo trip. Not too interested in packaged tours but the local guide option sounds enticing. I am trying to avoid the American tourist tax wherever possible. Chinese cities sound nice and I'll surely roll through, but it is more the remote places that I'm interested in - as long as it is reasonably safe and I won't be paying an arm and a leg. I am prepared to have a language barrier and to be pretty lonely when in the more remote areas. I'm not looking for a vacation, rather an experience.