China for a month - what are the essentials?
Replies: 20 - Last Post: Jan 13, 2011 3:18 AM Last Post By: drumbrake
Jan 5, 2011 1:22 PM
China for a month - what are the essentials?Hi all,
I'm heading to China in April, flying into Shanghai. I'll have about a month or so before leaving overland to Vietnam. Has anyone got any suggestions for my itinerary? Any places off the beaten track that I shouldn't miss, or any recommendations for accommodation, restaurants (I'm a veggie so any advice on this would be particularly helpful) etc?
Jan 5, 2011 2:28 PM
1You must see the Wall.
That is the only must.
But arriving Shanghai, exiitng to Vietnam?
OK. Shanghai 4 days, incuding a visit to SuZhou and surrounds. Maybe a night in Qingdao, then on to Beijing for 5 days (at least).
Consider Datong, then go to Pingyao, and on to Xi'an for an overnight. Xi'an to Chengdu
after this is a choice. Chengdu to Kunming, and on to Vietnam somehow, or, Chengdu to Yangshuo, maybe stopping off at Guiyang. Yangshuo is definately worth a few days.
People in Yansghuo will help you get to the border, perhaps take in Nanning on the way.
One beautiful part of China (Or Vietnam, as both countries claim onership) is the Detian Falls that straddle the border.
Jan 5, 2011 3:41 PM
2One month is enough for a quick glimpse of a few of the highlights of the country. Here are a few suggestions from my experiences.
1. Ride the maglev from Pudong airport. Likely the fastest land ride of your life (431 Km/hr.). For accommodation I prefer hostels. The people at hostels are the best resources for understanding what to do and see. Dorms are cheapest but rooms are more private and comfortable. hostelworld.com is my favourite for making reservations.
Overnight trains is my favourite way to travel when possible. See: Train Search on TravelChinaGuide and Google Erath display of train schedules for planning.
Suggested locations to visit:
Shanghai: The Bund and Yuyuan Garden Chinese Market.
Suzhou: a garden.
Beijing: Forbidden City, Great Wall, Summer Palace.
Xian: Terracotta Army.
Guilin: Rice terraces, Lute Reed Cave, Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
Yangtze River Three Gorges cruise and visit Three Gorges Dam.
Go to English Corner and meet the people in Shanghai Peoples Park 10AM - 4PM Sundays; Nanjing Gulou Square, 7PM - 10PM Saturday; Beijing Renmin University 7PM - 10PM Friday; Nanning, Park across the street from People's Congress building on Min Zu Da Dao Sunday 10AM - Noon. Listening to Chinese people is the best way to understand the country.
Jan 5, 2011 5:08 PM
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Jan 5, 2011 9:13 PM
5Li River cruise to Yangshuo.
cruise from Li River to Yangshuo
NO!!!!! Only a self interested tour guide would reccomend this.
The boat tour from Guilin to Yangshuo costs ¥300 and takes 3 hours. The only scenery is in the last 30 minutes. The boat is chocka block full of noisy Chinese tourists.
What you do, is get the bus (from the bus station, not the train station), pay ¥13 and get a 1 hour and ten minute air-conditioned ride into Yangshuo bus station. Scenery, including the condom factory, lasts all the way.
You can go on any number of boat rides once in Yangshuo.
Jan 5, 2011 10:29 PM
6chinatouronline posts pretty much the same advice to anybody thinking of going to China, including the breathless hyperbole. I assume it's a copy and paste from their brochure. You can safely ignore it.
If I could find the Report button that LP claim is "all over our web-site", I'd report it.
Jan 5, 2011 10:44 PM
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Jan 5, 2011 11:41 PM
8If I could find the Report button that LP claim is "all over our web-site", I'd report it.
At the top right of each post (on the same line as the post number) are 5 buttonlooks like a s. The first one looks like a flag, the second one an arrow decending to the left, the third one a little printer, the fourth one is an envelope, and the last one resembles a trophy or wine glass.
Click on the first one.
Jan 6, 2011 1:33 AM
Jan 6, 2011 4:16 AM
10Thanks everyone for your help, I'm glad you all think I have enough time to cover all the must see bits. I was planning to spend much longer in China and teach out there, but at the moment this seems very difficult, as I only want a 3 month contract and I'm arriving and leaving in a semester. If anyone has any good ideas on job hunting out there, that would also be very much appreciated!
Jan 6, 2011 7:43 AM
11You can try to find out Shanghai, Yunnan (Lijiang and Dali) and Sichuan (Panda, Jiuzhaigou and Emeishan) if Beijing and Xian out of the range. Huangshan is also a good destination and very close to Shanghai and Hangzhou.
For job hunting, there are much opportunities listed on the internet, you can search the city directory and find it very easily.
Jan 6, 2011 7:41 PM
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Jan 7, 2011 12:10 PM
14How easy is it to get into Tibet? I just applied for my Chinese tourist visa (and was incredibly impressed by the efficiency of the Embassy - in and out in under 5 mins!) but I didn't mention on my visa app form that I was planning to visit Tibet. Does that matter?
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