Asia - North-East Asia
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I am considering a bike trip to Japan but am gluten intolerant, meaning I can't eat wheat. Will I be able to find enough things to eat along the way? I am particularly concerned about soy sauce, which contains wheat. Is it in everyting? I don't mind bland food, so is it always easy to ask for dishes before the sauce is added, or are most meals pre-prepared?
I could certainly feed exclusively on sushi, but are these relatively affordable and available anywhere?
Are the mountain areas affected by typhoons as well?
Is september a good month to visit Japan on a bicycle? I don't mind some heat, but much dislike the rain!
Does anyone know the Jianshui to Kunming bus schedule? What time do buses stop running for that route? I'd like to know so that I don't miss the last bus of the day from Jianshui back to Kunming.
Next week i'm in Guangzhou on a stopover (7 hours) to New Zeland. I'm meeting a friend at Tianhe Sports Centre metro at 9pm for a drink. I'm trying to work out on the horrid Guangzhou Metro website (cs.gzmtr.com) how long it'll take, and what time the last train back is.
As far as I can tell, it's about 30 minutes from the Airport to Tiyu Zilu, then I guess a minute or two 1-stop to Tianhe S.C. And the last train of the night leaves Tiyu Xilu at 2300, getting to the airport around 2330. Is that correct?
My flight is 0030, so I'll probably aim for an earlier train, but it's good to know what time the last one is. Is "Airport South" station in the airport? Is it walking distance to the international area? I presume "Airport North" will open when they build another terminal.
I've been to Guangzhou a few times in the past, but my memories are a little vague. My flig... more »
Looking for a clean and safe place in an energetic part of the city for October. I will stay a few days then travel a bit and then a few days at the end. This is my preliminary search so please be patient.
I'm in a bit of a dilemma. I will be travelling to Yunan in a few months to see the scenery and do things backpackers usually do. I have a month to do all this. But, my plan is to travel down into Laos. I was in Laos in 2002 and I want see how the country has changed since then. From there on I want to go onto Bangkok, another place I haven't been for years (and a city I love to hate :-)).
Still, this might be too big of a bite for just one month. Of course I can cut my time in Yunan but this may mean I will miss out on some wonderful things to see.
Any thoughts on this anyone?
Hi guys! I've been reading the tattoo posts and wanted to follow up with my own specific questions.
I'm travelling to Japan alone in mid-November for my 4th time and thinking about finally going to Hakone. What the heck - looks beautiful (is it?) and I've yet to visit an onsen. In past trips I have been to Tokyo, Nikko, Kamakura, Kyoto, Nara, Takayama, and Shirakawa-go.
A few questions:
1) I am a very friendly, modest, extremely un-intimidating-looking 40+ year old woman with 2 full sleeve tattoos (that's 2 full arms of flowers and Buddha, plus a full calf of flowers and trees). I'd like to visit an onsen and could not in a bazillion years be mistaken for yakuza or even a "cheap" woman. The argument that tattoos in Japan are still strongly or exclusively associated with yakuza seems so outdated given the huge popularity of tattoos with Japanese youth; I know of no other count... more »
...so finally we bought the tickets for what in the beginning we thought was our best option.
arriving in Shanghai, and going coming back home from Beijing.
what we didn`t realized was that the GOLDEN WEEk is going to take us in our last days in Beijing :(
(we need to take the ariplane on October 4TH at 4pm.) important to mention is that we can`t change the this flight.
reading about the mass and the crowds in the touristic sites is giving us strange feelings you know what i mean?? like ooohh no we will never make it for the great wall;;;; oooohh no the temples is going to be possible to go in, and this kind of ideas.
the original route was, shanghai-fenghuang-yangshou-chengdu-emei&lhasa- xian- beijing, for this we have 28days.
do you think is gonna be better and only to avoid the crowd, make it this way: shanghai-beijing-xian-chengdu-emei&lhasa-yangshou... more »
A friend and I are going to be in Japan for 16 days in August and want to do a 4- ish day hiking trip. We were hoping for something slightly remote/not busy with people. I currently have the lonely planet hiking guide to Japan but can't find something like this.
At the moment we start our trip in Tokyo, work our way to Kyoto then Hiroshima and end in Osaka (Yes I know this is right by Kyoto but our flight goes from there).
We looked at possibly doing part of the 88-Temple pilgrimage in Shikoku or the Japan Alps, however both these options seem very busy with people. We would prefer the Shikoku or the area around Hiroshima/Kyoto/Osaka but are open to the Alps as well. We are considering Kumano-Kodo pilgrimage but not sure this wont be packed either...
Both of us are relatively experienced hikers, looking for an adventure and to experience a bit of rural Japan (T... more »
I am planning to do an Asia trip starting in Mongolia at the end of August. I am thinking I will stay in Mongolia 1-2 months and then head south to China / Vietnam. I am currently looking for a travel partner for all/part of the trip. Ideal trip length will be 6-12 months.
If you're interested just send me a message.
If you want to know who I am here is my couchsurfing: http://www.couchsurfing.org/profile.html?id=DAYGCLF
We are planning a three day hike in Kamikochi, with a return travel to Matsumoto at the end of the hike. If we finish early enough, we were thinking to go to HIrayu Onsen for a detour stop back to Matsumoto. As it is not on the way, looking for recommendations if the public spas are worth it? I looked for a place to stay, but everywhere was sky high, so any budget accommodations would be appreciated too.
i am looking for partner\s for around 12 days in the area of Lhasa including a 5 days trek.from 1 of September 2013
i got already few offers from tibetian agencies.
I'm hoping to spend some time in China. In fact, I did last year. I got a 1 month tourist Visa from the UK. The Chines consulate require you to have a return flight booked which was a problem because I wanted to possibly stay longer than 1 month. I had arranged with a school to study with them (not a language school) and that once out there they would get my Visa changed which they did and I stayed there for almost 5 months in total. So, I purchased a ticket with a set return date but one which was possible to change the return date. The ticket was more expensive and I had to pay an additional £100 admin cost to change the date. It was also very difficult to get through to the ticketing office and the waiting cost quite a bit too. What I would like to know is.....how could I get around this? I would like to go for a month again and might stay longer but the problem is with th... more »
Hey Fellow Travellers,
I am currently living in UB Mongolia and would love to make a trip to Bayan-Olgii at some point during my time here to do some hiking (not really the type to want to spend lots of a time in a car even if it means I have to pick and choose what I get to see).
My fantasy would be to fly one way and do a road trip (renting a car/van...although I myself don't drive..hummm) the other way, but that's up for discussion...
I have a week going spare in July or mid-October at some point. Could also be in September.
Is anybody else also planning to head that way in the next few months. Somebody who would be up for an active trip of hiking and things.
What is the best thing to do concerning costs and exchange rate?
- Do we take cash euro’s with us and change them in Japan?
- Do we purchase Japanese yen in Belgium?
- Do we withdraw cash with visa at domestic ATMs?
Thanks in advance for your reply
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