Asia - North-East Asia
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I am looking for recommendations on what to read before a 3 week tour of China. What are your favorites?
I would like to see one, if I can manage to be invited (I'm not intended to impose if i'm not welcome).
Who might I ask, in a moderately-sized Tibetan city, about when there will be one - i.e. would someone at the monastery know? What time of day are they usually held? I know how to ask where the sky burial site is (though not in Tibetan - what's the correct pronunciation of the Tibetan name?); what is the next step to actually witnessing one?
How severe is it? I was planning to go into the TAR in the next few days; is it going to be crawling with police?
I know there are some places where it's at least possible to get by without a permit in normal circumstances (i.e. in and around Lhasa, anecdotes about people hitching, etc.) Is this probably no longer going to be the case for some time? Will permit checks on the train also likely be stepped up?
Does anyone know which days of the month the Wase market is open? I think I have read two different schedules in guide books.
Im keen to get out of the city and find a little solitude in the mountains. I have treking gear and would like to get out on a trail for 2-3 days (2 nights out camping.) Wilder the better!
Been to a few Shans, Huashan was good in the middle of the night, but I'm not into the crowds of tourists, cablecars, paved walking tracks etc. I See in my LP that Jinggang Shan has a large area, great scenery and most important the chance to get on to some small dirt trails on my own.
1) Really apreciate if anyone out there has been to the area, knows anything about the place, can you really escape the crowds there? Where is the best place to get a map for treking the area?
2) In general in China is there a good place to get maps? Detailed enough to show minor treking trails etc.
3) Any other sugestions for trekking in the area, must escape the crowds and ... more »
Is it hard to make a resevation at Jean George Shanghai.
How dressed up is the place?
Anyone heard of any story about people with US passport getting hassled upon entering China because the birth place is Taiwan?
ive just been reading this new situation in tibet, i am arriving 9 may for 13 days, am i understand correct i will not be able to leave lhasa? or i can still organise a group trip elsewhere (ebc)? if i am unable to leave lhasa does that include just the city or are there areas around lhasa i could visit in those days(13 days in lhasa i assume is a long time for the city) i already have permit and tickets booked so im coming anyway.. would love to hear updates as people get them....
thank you all
Iam considering travelling to Japan this June to visit some freinds in Osaka and Tokyo. I live in Melbourne, Australia and Iam considering flying jetstar (as it is cheap, even though it's reputation on punctuality is bad) to Osaka. My question is should I go in the june holidays or should I wait until next February when it is low seasonish. My reasoning for waiting would be due to the fact that the australian dollar is gradually buying more japanese yen in the exchange rates each day and at the moment $1 aus= 97.70 jpn yen which is quite attractive for the traveller. My hope is that by next year the australian dollar will buy more than 100 yen. What is your advice for me on when i should travel and any relevant tips, info. All comments most valued and apreciated! :)
Any feedback on the 2/3 day horse trek from Songpan? I want to go to Huanglong, songpan, and Jiuzhgou...what is the logical way to move about these three places, taking into account high altitude? Is the 6-day trip organize by sim's cozy guest house ok..or better to fly and organize locally to save time. Thanks for any feedback
First let me thank everyone who has responded to any of our many questions over the last few months during the planning stage of our trip. We have a good plan with plenty of room for changing our minds once we get there if necessary and you have all helped with that.
My husband and I are an interracial couple, he's black, I'm white, and we just have the cusiousity as to whether this will garner any additional attention besides just being a couple of tall foreigners. We are from Los Angeles and never get any odd attention here, but that's LA. Has anyone had experience with this?
As I said it is more curiousity than concern. I'd love to hear your thoughts.
We'll be in China in a week! WOOHOO!
Hi all !
I'm preparing my trip along Silk route in Xinjiang (i leave for there next week!!) but i still have a lot of doubts.
I don't know how can i reach Bayanbulak lake, wich city must i leave from and how long the way is by bus.
I've read somewhere that may is not a good season to visit Xinjiang because the sandstorms. If somebody's been there in may please i ask him/her to tell me something about it.
I want to take the southern route between Kashgar and Urumqi visiting Yarkand and Hotan. I suppose is better choyce to hire a car because you can stop where you want, but i travel alone and probably it will be very expensive just for one person. Does it worth doing the route by bus?
Thank you all for your friendly help!!!
(Sorry, if my english is not as good as i would like. I'm from Pamplona, Basque country-Spain)
Hi folks could someone please tell me where in Hong Kong I can purchase train tickets for China. I am travelling Guangzhou to Kunming and as I am arriving in Hong Kong late the night before I have asked a friend to buy the ticket for me but they cannot find a place that sells them.
Has anyone recently come across an economical one way ticket from Canada or Europe to Hongkong or Guangzhou?
Can anyone tell me if I am going to Yangshuo (and maybe Longsheng) in May, do I need to worry about getting malaria pills?
I tried some of the world health websites with info on China and what CDC says, it's iffy:
"China: Travelers to cities and popular tourist areas, including Yangtze River cruises, are not at risk and do not need to take chemoprophylaxis. Risk exists in rural areas only of the following provinces: Hainan, Yunnan, Fuijan, Guangdong, Guangxi, Guizhou, Sichuan, Tibet (in the Zangbo River valley only), Anhui, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangsu, Jiangxi, and Shandong. In provinces with risk, transmission exists in rural communities <1,500 meters (< 4,921 feet) only during warm weather: north of latitude 33° N, July-November; between latitude 25°N and 33°N, May-December. South of latitude 25°N, transmission occurs year-round. Hong Kong S.A.R. (China): No risk. Mac... more »
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