2 Weeks in China - best route to take?
Replies: 10 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 8:20 PM Last Post By: joolz2
Nov 22, 2012 7:40 PM
2 Weeks in China - best route to take?Hi all.
I usually know what I'm doing, but with a change to my schedule I'm a little stumped as to how to best use my time in my trip to China. 16 Days in January. here's a brief outline.
12th -17th January Beijing - Xian - Lhasa
Fly into Beijing at 00:20. Things I really want to see. Forbidden City, Summer palace, Tienanmen square, Mao's tomb, Great wall. Xian - terracotta warriors.
Either fly or get the train to Lhasa. Do you think I'll still have enough time here if I get the train?
18th-21st Lhasa - Chengdu
Booked a tour of Lhasa for 2 days. Hoping my permit comes good!
This is where it gets a little sketchy. Originally I was only supposed to have a couple of days here, so it wasn't a big deal. But now I'm more open to suggestions for what to do. Explore Chengdu and the surrounding areas? Go back to Beijing and spend more time there? Go somewhere else?
27th Flying out from Beijing again at 19:10
Whats the best route I should take? When should I take the train and when would it be best to fly?
Any suggestions or advice is welcome. Thanks guys.
Edited by: bsloe_badger
Nov 22, 2012 11:02 PM
1If you're going all the way to Lhasa I'd spend longer in Tibet. The train will take two days to get there - why would you only spend two days there?
There are a few things to see in the Chengdu area, such as Emei Shan, Leshan Giant Buddha, Bifengxia Panda Sanctuary.
Try and take overnight trains where possible to maximise the time you can spend sightseeing.
Nov 22, 2012 11:15 PM
Nov 22, 2012 11:20 PM
3Agree with the above - you're going all the way to Tibet for 2 days? Definitely stay longer - or even make it the main destination for this trip.
I've just spent 4 days in Chengdu - I day in Langzhong, a long half day (ie I got back to Chengdu at about 3.30pm) at the Grand Buddha in Leshan, half a day for the Giant Panda Breeding Centre & all the half days eftover I spent in Chengdu. With one more day I could've fitted in Emei Shan, which is only 45 kms further than Leshan. If you skip Langzhong, I'd say Chengdu is worth 2 days, with & 3rd day to get to the Buddha.
Nov 22, 2012 11:27 PM
42 days in Lhasa is almost enough time to get acclimatised to altitude then you're planning to leave.
Nov 22, 2012 11:52 PM
5Firstlly, i need to say, visiting Lhasa is forbidden in January by governments because of the territorial condition, harsh weather and serious altitulde sickness in January. So you should deduct the Lhasa section from your trip.
For Chengdu: "But now I'm more open to suggestions for what to do. Explore Chengdu and the surrounding areas? Go back to Beijing and spend more time there? Go somewhere else?"
---Chengdu is a must-have for a perfect China travel. For discovering all the highlights of Chengdu, 2 days is required. It could be drafted as follows:
"Whats the best route I should take? When should I take the train and when would it be best to fly?"
--For Beijing-Xian, a soft overnight sleeper train is suggested, which is much wallet-friendly.
For Chendu-Beijing, it is a long way, so flight sound much workable.
Since you 2m weeks are at your disposal, a visit to the Ice Festival in Harbin is also suggested, which would reward you much.
Hope it helps.
Nov 23, 2012 12:49 AM
6pPeople do visit Tibet in January!! Not as many due to weather but they do go. The only time travel there is forbidden is when the Chinese Government decides there is a sensitive time due to politics.
The big problem currently would be finding enough fellow travellers holding the same passports to form a group.
Nov 23, 2012 12:50 AM
7Hi guys thanks for all the advice. The Ice festival sounds great. I'll look it up. With regards Tibet, I would love to stay longer but it would be too expensive for me at the minute. Just getting there is an accomplishment I think. I do hope to go to Nepal in the future, so maybe I can come back. : )
I noticed a cheap flight from Chengdu to Beijing. Thinking about getting that, or if I get the train, is there something along the way I should stop and see?
Nov 23, 2012 2:25 AM
8The rules, in China, are fluid at the best of times. #5 could be right. But then so could someone saying the complete opposite. What you can and can't do depends on who you talk to and who they know
I was in Xi'an recently and made some enquiries about Tibet tours only to be told that the powers that be weren't issuing permits to foreigners at the moment. The tour opperator told me that there had been a blanket ban on foreigners up until April which had been lifted but the authorities just weren't issuing permits. If, however, you look at the "Tibet Permit" thread, it seems that quite a number of people have been there recently.
The train from Chengdu to Beijing goes through Xi'an so you could, if you wanted, fly from Beijing to Tibet, train to Chengdu, to Xi'an, back to Beijing. Harbin is miles out of your way though.
Nov 28, 2012 7:54 PM
9Thanks for the advice guys. Here's an update of my itinerary.
12th January Fly into Beijing at 00:20, hostel pick up.
14th - overnight train to Xian
17th Train to Lhasa 06:44am
18th Arrive in Lhasa 16:50 approx.
19th Lhasa Tour
20th Lhasa tour
21st Lhasa - train to Chengdu 12:4.
23rd Arrive in Chengdu 07:55 approx
24th Chengdu - flight to Beijing 12:20 - Arrive 14:50
27th - Beijing - Fly home 19:10
Not much time in Chengdu, I make a mistake and thought the train there didn't take so long. Thinking about changing my flight on the 24th to the 25th.
Anyways, what do ye think. Fairly busy and jam-packed, but thats me. What do you think I should see in each place with the time I have there?
Nov 28, 2012 8:20 PM
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