Trip to Shanghai & Beijing
Replies: 11 - Last Post: Sep 19, 2012 2:39 AM Last Post By: nehapathak
Sep 13, 2012 12:32 AM
Sep 13, 2012 1:06 AM
17 days can only cover Shanghai and Beijing. Specific on your interest would be helpful to give a more detialed itienrary.
The below is the main attractions in these two cities:
Beijing:3-4 days for great wall (mutianyu is less crowded than Badaling) , summer palace, Forbbiden city,temple of heaven, markets, etc
1-2 days for Yuyaun garden, Jade Buddhism Temple, the Bund, towers(world financial or oriental pearl), french concession, shanghai musuem.
If time availble and you are into traditional garden and canal town ,day trip to Suzhou and Tongli is also doable.
Sep 13, 2012 1:52 AM
Sep 13, 2012 4:28 AM
Sep 13, 2012 8:45 AM
Sep 13, 2012 6:51 PM
In your short time frame, try to avoid the too many long distance desitantions and two destiantions would be enough, or else there is no much time left for your actual tour after cutting the travel time between the destiantions.
Where are you going to leave China? If it is Beijing, you stilll have time for it after backing from Shanghai section. Usually for the capital city, Beijing offers more interesting and character attractions and deserve more days. The essence sights like the great wall and forbiddden city,temple of heaven and summer palace will fill 1.5-2 days up. And the optional sights like markets, hutong area, shopping streets, shows(kongfu,opera) can still keep you occupied for 1-2 days.
If it is Shanghai, besides the Shangha city tour, you can combine the 2-3 day trips to Shanghai neigbourhoods like Suzhou and Hangzhou and the watertowns.
Sep 13, 2012 8:32 PM
Sep 17, 2012 12:00 AM
7My work sends me to Beijing and Shanghai quite often, and I agree wit johnlau on how Beijing has more attractions that are characteristic of China. I last stayed at Fraser Suites Beijing, great location, near a scenic park, busy streets and a short drive from the Forbidden City. So one can actually squeeze in a bit of sightseeing in between.
Sep 18, 2012 8:18 AM
10Shop for what? Shanghia has all the finest luxury boutiques and designer stores in a a few key malls, mainly on Nanjing West, like Plaza 66, or just south in Xintandi, or the mall at Jing An Temples. All along Nanjing East from Jing An to Plaza 66 and the Ritz Portman to Shanxi is endless shopping from fine watches to designer shops.
Near Xintandi is Fuxing Park, take a stroll here, its very nice park.
If you want to shop for fabric and clothes to be made, then the two Fabric markets, one is near Yunnan Gardens, and one is further south, you can have a shirts, dresses, blouses, jackets, coats and suits made, thought the quality of a mens suit is just so so.
In Pudong just across the river from the Bund, is two very nice and large malls, one is IFC, the other I forget but you cant miss it, just exit by the Ritz Carlton and walk around the Apple store and the other walkway east.
If you want to knock offs and fakes, all under one roof instead of the various stores selling who know what, then head to the Line 2 and the Science and Technology stop, the mall is underground with the trains, its has everything from shoes, bags and also a entire section Pearl Market, as well as jewelry and also another tailoring market more geared to suitings/professional clothes, as well as golf clubs, toys and luggage, you want it, they got it.
For the knock offs, like bags and clothes, take the asking price and take off 75%, start there with your bargaining, dont pay more than 50% of the asking price, promise, quality will get steeper discounts.
Otherwise, for cute little boutiques and mainly womens shops, the popular area is in a charming area of the French Concession, at the intersections of Shan Xi Nan Lu and Changle Rd. Ground Zero for nice day for the girls to shop, if you Google "Garden Books Shanghai" on Changle Rd, you will get the location. There is also a large mall just south on Shanxi at Fuxing Lu, and more boutiques, Fuxing Lu is a nice street to walk in either direction.
There is also a huge mall that is outdoor, at the Nanjing East Line 2, the New Apple store is there, this a huge promenade that is packed with Chinese and tourist shoppers non stop, both Chinese brands and international brands are here, like Nike/Adiddas etc. You could walk west from here to Peoples Park or vice versa.
There is also many nice high end designer boutiques near the Bund, and a very exclusive small mall attached to the Peninsula Hotel. Behind here they are just remodeling some grand old brick warehouses for cafes and shops too.
If you want down and dirty Chinese brands at wholesale, not for the faint of heart, but there is a area north of Shanghia from the Bund/Nanjing East stops that you can head to. This area where all the mom and pop stores buy their inventory, usually in bulk, like a full size run of dresses/shirts/denim etc, and the complex is a series of buildings that are swarming with merchants from far and near, the shops and stalls go up and close down by the season, inventory fluctuates as the seasons change, many are factory direct, many of these same factories produce designer clothes, but this product is either left over fabrics, knock off cheaper fabrics made in same style as the designer, but obviously cheaper, and lot of endless crap, but there are some gems in there, I know clothes and what to look for. You need to allow a good 3-4 hours for the halls and 5 floors just for the womens contemporary mall, there is a different building on this huge complex for different items, one building is womens dresses, then next is womens casual, the next is womens knits, the next is womens sleepwear, the next is infant, then Childrens, then boys, then modern denim, then mens dress, its hard to do more than 1 building a day/
Its located at the Line 10 Taintong stop. Also nearby is a similar area known as Qipu Street, another mall on itself...
You can not try on the product usually, some you can, you have to ask, you may have to change right there, but 98% of the womens mall is teens working, and they could careless are not modest to say least. its all in plastic from the factory, you can bargain depending on the item, time of year, and mood of the sellers, as they normally deal with big orders. They have a sample of everything in a hanger and rack, you can unpack your size. But, If you only have a few days in Shanghai, this is the last place I would go. in two visits I found my wife Mui Mui, Prada, Burberry and even some DVF.
Overall, retail is on steroids in China, and there is no shortage of shopping, any label on the international scene, has a location in Shanhgai, and Beijing. if not, you are missing out on the party.
Sep 19, 2012 2:39 AM
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