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1. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member, 29 posts) 27 May '08 16:33

Hello from Buenos Aires!

I will be heading to Shangai soon for 3 weeks traveling in China. I have a flight out of the country from Hong Kong and was thinking to spend 1 week there. As I am thinking to travel by train, which cities should I visit after Shangai, on my way to Hong Kong?? I need to get a visa here in Buenos Aires and want to be as prepared as I possibly can so to minimise chances to get turned down by the Chinese ambassy.

Many thanks for tips and advice...

2. Posted by sunj (Budding Member, 16 posts) 12 Jun '08 00:50

hangzhou,suzhou,guilin,yangshuo,dali,lijiang,then back to kunming, fly from kunming to hongkong diretly price is around 2000RMB, they all r good place to go,

3. Posted by 617jetset (Budding Member, 32 posts) 27 Jun '08 19:04

I just came back from a 2.5 week study trip in China. It was absolutely amazing! My boyfriend is Shanghainese and Hangzhou is his favourite place in the whole country so I would have to tell you it is a must (even though I did not make it there myself this trip). With 1 week in HK you will still have 2 weeks in the mainland so other than Shanghai and Hangzhou I would recommend you go to Beijing. I have heard mixed reviews on Beijing but I really loved it. It was my favourite city of the trip (we went to Shanghai, Xi'an and Beijing). Shanghai is a world-class city with an interesting history in its own right but Beijing really is a must if you are interested in Chinese history. There is such a great mix of modern and traditional China and its a great time to visit right before the Olympics as everyone is in that mode. The Olympics are a one-shot deal so you will never be able to see Beijing in this mode ever again. Also, there is SO much to do there. Xi'an was also lovely as the Terracotta Warriors should be on every history buff's 'must see' list but it may be too much to squeeze that in (it is a bit out of the way) with only 2 weeks since there are places closer to Shanghai that you want to see. SO, I would do 3-4 days in Shanghai, 2-3 days in Hangzhou, at least 5 days in Beijing (Summer Palace, Forbidden City, and Great Wall are ALL MUSTS and each take up a good portion of each day). Then fly to HK from Beijing. You will be left with a few extra days that I'm sure you can find something to do with in some towns closer to Shanghai. I heard Nanking (another former capital and it's not too far from Shanghai) is nice to see also although I haven't been there myself. Heard nothing but complaints about Guangzhou (Canton) from both my Chinese boyfriend and numerous Chinese and American friends who have been there but I can't make judgement since I haven't been there either. Again, Beijing is in the northeast of the country and Shanghai is on the central east coast so they are not very close to each other but I have to stress how amazing Beijing is. I mean would you really want to go all the way to China and NOT walk on the Great Wall??? I don't think so. Hope I was at least a little help. Have a great trip! China is one place you will never forget!

4. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member, 29 posts) 1 Jul '08 22:37

Thanks... I wish I could change my flight and go to Beijin instead of Shanghai... oh China is easy and good to travel by train so... I'm reading lots about it and CAN'T wait to be there... I am in very western world ustralia at the moment, it's nice and easy but a bit boring if u know what I mean... CHINA ... I'm coming!

5. Posted by Makalu (Budding Member, 2 posts) 8 Jul '08 01:44

Nice plan!
I think that you can tour around more places such as Chengdu, Kuming these west cities not only Beijing or Shanghai. There are more original culture and more spectacular nature sight, snow mountain, Tibet-Qinghai plataeus, valleys.
China is too huge, too many various sides, probably you need more times to travel in it and know it deeper.
Have a good journey!

6. Posted by light wind (Inactive, 1 posts) 9 Jul '08 02:22

I suggest you spend 4 days in Beijing and travel down to Xian by overnight train. Stay there for a couple of days will be quite enough and travel further down the south by overnight train to Shanghai where you better spend a week of time. 3 full days in Shanghai is enough and another 2 days in Hangzhou(1.5 hours by train from Shanghai), one day excursion to Suzhou from Shanghai by train(50 minutes) . Then I suggest you visit Yellow Mountain which is 45 minutes by plane from Shanghai. In Yellow Mountain area you could spend 3 days with one day visiting the ancient street in Tunxi that is almost at the foot of the Yellow Mountain. Both Yellow Mountain and Tunxi Ancient street are world heritage sights. You can well manage the rest of your time in China to see other interesting things.

Have a great trip in China

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8. Posted by Swept Away (Travel Guru, 1113 posts) 9 Jul '08 08:43

Are you considering what the Olympics can do to Tourism in China?

Higher prices and train tickets selling faster than light. Hostel and accomodations will be fully booked.

Anyway, Beijing and the GREAT WALL is a must.

Shanghai, I was there for a week... I did nothing but go clubbing. Its boring! It is just another Chinese city.

HK, you dont need a week there, if you hail from the 1st world. If you want something more exotic, hit Guilin and Yangshuo. Or go to Yunan province.

9. Posted by LucaUK (Budding Member, 29 posts) 9 Jul '08 11:15

I love Shanghai, it's world class... the bill tonight was world calls too though.. went out with 3 Chinese people, very nice and sophisticated, well educated etc... well my bill was 1460 yuans... I'll have to live on water and fried rice for a few days I guess... China is amazing though..

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