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1. Posted by aussie_jil (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

myself and my best friend are planning to go to asia, in november for around 3 months, as like a graduation present to ourselves, and we are wondering what advise would you give to us?

We will be based in Shanghai mostly but we want to see as much as we can, and being teenagers, we arnt art gallery and lots of museum type girls. (more theme park and shopping girls)

So can anyone recremend places for us to see, websites for cheap flights around asia, and any advise?

we were thinking: Beijing(i have a friend that lives in shanghai and she is taking us on a road trip to beijing), Japan, South Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan.

we both have little experience in languages ( my best friend speaks japanese and i know the tinest bit of mandarin) so any advise?

thanks Jillian xxoo

2. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

Japan and South Korea are both excellent choices, but Japan is expensive and even Korea is still moderately expensive by Asian standards, so as a genral bit of advice I would say it might be an idea to try to spend part of your time in a cheaper country like Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam, etc.

You know your budget better than me so maybe cheapness isn't an issue, but I went to Japan for two months a few years ago and I spent more there in two months than I do in five months in South East Asia. Having said that Japan was totally excellent though, so I would still definitely say include Japan in your trip but maybe just for 2-3 weeks.

Also, maybe try to learn katakana before you get to Japan. I felt a bit weird when I first got to Japan not being able to read anything (like even in France I can read what things say, even if I don't know what the word means), so once I learnt katakana it was really satifying being able to read a few words.

3. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

Also, for places to visit in Japan I would say Kyoto was my favourite city, but Hiroshima was also very interesting.

In South Korea I loved Seoul and met loads of sound people there, but the rest of the country was occasionally hard work as I didn't meet a single other backpacker when I was travelling around. I still enjoyed seeing the rest of South Korea, but with the benefit of hindsight I would probably have done a few mini-trips out of Seoul and then back to Seoul again, rather than the way I did it which was just to travel for for a few weeks.

4. Posted by aussie_jil (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

thanks for the advice...

the thing stopping us from all the travelling we want to do is not knowing the price of airfares within the asian countries. because we have been told they are fairly cheap but we cannot find anything about them on the net.

my friend went to japan on a school exchange, and she is fluent in japanese and katakana - so that is a good sign!!!!

any particular places anyone would recommend to go??? we were thinking about hong kong disney, but i have being to both disney world and disneyland so i dont know if it would be worth it??

5. Posted by Hien (Moderator 3906 posts) 8y

Quoting aussie_jil

any particular places anyone would recommend to go??? we were thinking about hong kong disney, but i have being to both disney world and disneyland so i dont know if it would be worth it??

If you've been to both Disney World and Disneyland, the one in Hong Kong is going to be a disappointment for you. It's small compared with the others.

6. Posted by HaadRinGuide (Travel Guru 542 posts) 8y

There are a few budget airlines in Asia (airasia is probably the biggest) but unfortunately they don't fly to any of the countries on your itinerary. I found that flights to Japan and Korea weren't all that cheap. The cheapest way to get from China to Japan might be by ferry.

[ Edit: Edited on Feb 29, 2008, at 8:33 PM by Emmett70 ]

7. Posted by huri (First Time Poster 1 posts) 8y

The City near Shanghai named SuZhou does have a special Theme park i don't know if you've heard about.... But i think it's fun .and we chinese guys especailly shanghainese will tend to spend our limited free time to go that kind of place for amusement. It's cheap(go there by train) and fun ... www.szal.cn。。。。 This is the website and you can take a look...
I m a College students in shanghai (Tongji University) . I got a bunch of friend who love travel very much...

So If you have any specific questions about Shanghai or how to travel around shanghai. i m willing to answer

8. Posted by aussie_jil (Budding Member 6 posts) 8y

well i will actually be based in Suzhou...that where a family friend lives...so we will be going out to things from there :)

9. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 8y

I lived in Shanghai for a year and outside of Beijing for a year. I would say if your looking for amusement parks and the such Chinese ones might scare you. In general they tend to be old and falling apart. Shanghai has a decent water park and a wild animal park.

But they can really only entertain you for about a week. And even temples in China start to get very repetitive unless you know a lot of about Chinese Art history. One thing China does have to offer you might be into is lots of natural beauty. If you want to stay in the shanghai area Bodhi Bikes offers mountain biking tours that are pretty cool. But the big appeal is going west. Jumping trains and buses and get out to some of the more remote areas and its very pretty and clean. The western provinces has many excellent national parks and is very different from the East Coast. And if you want to go to beaches Hainan is the place to go. Shanghai has no good beaches near by. And the few islands that do have beaches in the area tend to be super crowded in the summers.

Hope this helps

Michael

10. Posted by Lavafalls (Travel Guru 155 posts) 8y

oh for airfares look at www.elong.net it has most of the discount tickets for Domestic Chinese airlines.