Im looking at taking a trip round the world but due to work commitments I only have in 5 weeks in which to do it! I have devised a list of the places I must see:
I was thinking about spending a week in each city in china and Japan then doing the US in the last week but it seems a shame to just fly over china when I could go overland maybe by boat?. Has anyone had this experience? Or can someone suggest a better way?
Has anyone done these destinations before and could you advise me on the best time of year to do it? (im thinking of May at the moment?)
I appreciate all the help I can get
I dont know if this helps any but l think that 5 days is plenty in Beijing - you will fit in all the major sites - t'ianamein square, forbidden city, temple of heave, summer palace, trip to great wall!
In San Francisco - we spent around 7 days there but that included trips out to the wine region around Napa and shopping days too! So a few days 3 maybe should be enough to fit in the major sites!
Good luck l think you should fit it in fine - surely its better to get a flavour of a country than nothing at all! Your lucky you can get 5 weeks my other half is having to fight for 4 weeks off (he has the available vacation time) next Feb (08)!
For your itinerary, I reckon 5 days in Hong Kong would be plenty. In Beijing I reckon 8 days would be good if you wanted to explore a little further afield and do the spectacular day hike from Jinshaling-Simatia section of the Great Wall which is an 18km walk (very good compared to the main touristy section). I think a combined 2 weeks for Japan would be good, because apart from Tokyo and Kyoto, you also have places like Nara which is very close to Kyoto and is worth a full day in itself as well as Osaka and more places if time permitted. Then you could spend 4 days in San Francisco and 4 days in New York.
You could spend a day less in Hong Kong and add that to Beijing which would allow you to really see things well, but I spent 5 days in Beijing and felt I saw things fairly well but could have done it a little better had I spent a couple of days longer.
Best time of year to go for Japan has to be when the Cherry Blossoms are on. That is such a nice time to visit (about late March-Early April). It makes Kyoto and Tokyo very beautiful places to go and shows an added side to the Japanese culture that you wouldn't see at other times of the year. It'd be worth arranging the rest of your trip just to be in Japan during that period of time.
Thanks very much for the advice people its all booked now and im off in 2 weeks!