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Most memorable experiences in China

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1. Posted by Wills (Budding Member 5 posts) 9y

Hi all,

I was wondering what people thought about China on whilst travelling around there. In particular, would love to hear about what your most memorable experiences were, and places that really stood out for you.

Many thanks,

Wills

2. Posted by Degolasse (Travel Guru 823 posts) 9y

China in general was my most memorable travel experience and my favorite country I've visited. Places that stood out for me were Yangshuo, Dali, and Lijiang. Hong Kong is also my favorite city on the planet.
But oddly enough, my most memorable moments in China came when riding the trains, because it was there that I had the most contact with China's greatest asset - the people. I found that despite the fact that I couldn't communicate with them hardly at all with the language barrier, they made a huge effort to make us feel welcomed and at home. I remember on one train ride there was a local guy who spoke English, so about 20 people crowded into our berth and asked us questions about our home and about what we were doing in China for this guy to translate. But my favorite ride was the hard seat train between Dali and Kunming when my girlfriend and I were sitting with a group of about 10 older ladies who insisted on us trying every snack they had. I dont know what half the stuff was, but it was it was a great feeling to have them share with us and be so happy that we would visit their country. About 4 hours into that journey, an old lady about 80 years old came walking up from the far end of the train and stopped at our seat. She placed two peaches on our table for us and with a big grin said "Welcome to China". I recon she had been practicing that line for the whole ride.

Of course there were other times that the language barrier made travelling in China the most frustrating and challenging (even far more than in India) experience I've ever had, but it was well worth it and I can't wait to do it again.

3. Posted by Mel. (Travel Guru 4567 posts) 9y

Hello Wills:)

I was in Shanghai, around 8 years ago.

What I liked most about it, was the old town, inside the city walls. It is old and beautiful, while other parts of the city look more modern. The tea house is an especially nice place, to sit, for a few hours.

I also loved the jazz band, at the Peace Hotel. The hotel is beautiful and old, but not in the old town. Every night a jazz band plays there. They had been playing together for around 60 years, when I was in China. They were persecuted, by the government, at one time in China, and went ungerground, but now they can play in public again. I dont usually like jazz, but they sound so good. I used to go there every night, when I was in Shanghai, to listen to them.

Also, I was fascinated to see that the yellow sea is in fact yellow coloured.

Mel

4. Posted by worldwideG (Respected Member 117 posts) 9y

hi wills, i had an awesome time in china. have a read of my blog for my thoughts on beijing, xian, and chengdu. i still need to write up my experience of guilin, yangshou, tiger leaping gorge, yading national park, zhonghdian and kunming. All were fantastic. Great food, interesting people, some really remote places and amazing scenery. enjoy china, pete ;)