Some 80.2% of respondents prefer to make their own travel plans instead of going on group trip planned by travel agents, according to a China Youth Daily survey.
The survey of 2,001 Chinese found that 86.7% of them love to travel.
63.3% of them prefer independent trips because they can set their own schedule, while 62.3% believe it could get more fun to travel on their own.
"Without travel agents, tourists have more freedom. I can drive and enjoy the scenery along the road, or if the road is suitable for riding a bike, I will choose that," said Qin Mingxuan who works at a financial firm in Beijing.
The respondents' favorite mode of transportation is driving, with 74.4%.
"I want to be free from being forced into shopping malls by travel agents, where you can do nothing but shop," Qin said.
The survey also lists dos and don'ts for independent travelers. A total of 61.6% like a detailed travel plan, 61.2% said travel with companions is safer, and 57.6% suggested booking accommodations in advance.