Shanghai for 2013 Chinese New Year Help
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Feb 12, 2013 12:15 AM Last Post By: chrisj
Jan 22, 2013 11:44 AM
Shanghai for 2013 Chinese New Year HelpHello!
I am also looking to travel to Shanghai from Qingdao via flight for the Chinese New Year. I have heard the city is a ghost town but lots of popular places are open... do you think it would be possible to book a tour during this time? I plan on arriving on the 6th and staying until the 11th. Afterwards I would like to book a bullet train to Hangzhou and then on to Guangzhou.
Also, are there any good hotels (not too expensive) I should try and book? I would like to be close to the city, but I am willing to take a short bus ride.
Any help/suggestions would be appreciated.
p.s. I have to travel during this time..my school's vacation is the 3-25th and there will be no one on campus. Travel buddies are more than welcome!
Jan 22, 2013 4:39 PM
16-7 hours by fast G train from Qingdao to Shanghai. I'd probably do that rather than fly.
Shanghai - should be quieter but isn't that a good thing? Enjoy the city without the crowds. Nearby Shanghai there are lots of places to visit - Hangzhou, Suzhou, Nanjing, Yangzhou, smaller places such as Tongli and Xitang,or further afield such as Huangshan. Lots of places t stay at all budgets. Look for hostels if you need to save money and you need English speakers.
Guangzhou - not sure if I would travel there for my holidays. Guilin perhaps - and Yangshuo - although February is not the best time of year.
Jan 23, 2013 7:03 AM
2I travelled the same route last year. The G trains to Shanghai Hongqaio were running and there were still seats to Hangzhou. But from Shanghai South train station EVERYTHING was sold out. And I do mean everything. So I caught a sleeper bus to Wenzhou, overnighted there, then caught another sleeper bus from Wenzhou to Guangzhou. Kaiping & Hainan (25c) were a nice break from the cold. I then went to Guilin & Yangshuo. 4c-18c Again no darn trains for 6 days so I flew back. There was an airline ticket seller outside Guilin train station. The domestic flight stops at Shanghai Hongqaio which is only a 7 mins walk from the bullet train station. No doubt there are domestic flights from Guilin to Qingdao also but probably fewer than Shanghai so book & pay early.
Jan 23, 2013 7:07 AM
3Forgot to mention that the long distance bus station is right beside the South Shanghai train station. You go down or up a level. Can;t remember which. A similar setup exists at Shanghai Hongqaio, with the airport, bus station, & train station all within a few minutess walk of each other, & all under cover.
Feb 1, 2013 7:30 AM
5I lived in Wuxi which is on the high speed rail link from Shanghai to Beijing. 10 mins from Suzhou. Only about 40 minutes to S'Hai HongQaio. A taxi from S'Hai HongQaio to Shanghai South station was about 65 yuan. If staying in Shanghai, the Bund area is nice. Captain's Hostel or one of several others in that area.
Feb 7, 2013 6:16 PM
6I'm new in China and live in Wuxi...will travel to Hangzhou or Guanzhou. If anybody in the area please let me know.
Feb 12, 2013 12:15 AM
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