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1. Posted by jooksing (Full Member 48 posts) 10y

Hi Fellow Brave travellers whom have been to China, we are thinking of travelling to China to the following cities, in no particular order: Guilin, Hangzhou, Luoyang, Xi'an, Beijing, and Shanghai. I wanted to know if anyone has any good suggestions on which Travel tour to join or what is the best way of touring through these cities. Thanks

Jooky

2. Posted by jooksing (Full Member 48 posts) 10y

sorry forgot to add that I am situated in Hong Kong and will be joining tours from HK.

3. Posted by citybell (Full Member 419 posts) 10y

I think you should add small but beautiful cities like Suzhou, Wuxi, which are nearer to Shanghai.

4. Posted by SKR (Full Member 47 posts) 10y

Hi Jooksing,

My first tip is to travel independently of an organised your - it's a challenge (if you dont speak/read Mandarin or Cantonese ?) but you'll come away with a real sense of achievement.

As for itinerary, you should check out Yangshuo instead of Guilin - it has the same stunning scenery and is also on the Li River but is a small town whereas Guilin is a small city. To get there you'd catch the twin from Guangzhou to Guilin and then get a bus for two hours to Yangshuo - the buses go from outside the train station in Guilin, cost 10Y, and there are plenty of accommodation options in Yangshuo itself.

I didnt go to Suzhou or Wuxi but have heard that they are particularly beautiful, especially Suzhou with it's ancient gardens.

The best way to get around is by the extensive and modern train network - train lines link all the places you've mentioned going. The soft sleeper class of carriage is very comfortable but about twice as expensive as hard sleeper, so if your train is only one night then hard sleeper is good enough - any longer and the smoke, noise and crowded conditions will drive you nuts ! :)

Cheers,
Simon

5. Posted by ellyse (Full Member 195 posts) 10y

How much time do you have for this trip? When are you planning to travel? Do you have any specific points of entry/exit? Must you enter and exit China from the same city? (Not including Hong Kong) If you can provide this information, I'll be in a better position to give you a good answer.

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