In the same level of wow factor? Is it worth the lopng journey from Beijing?
I've already seen the Warriors up close.
Where else in China do you recommend, besides Shanghai. How long in Shang Hai and Bejing do you recommend for each?
Combine the trip to see Taiwen/Taipei? How far and easy is it to get there from, I'd presume Shanghai?
Already visited Hong Kong and Macau.
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Are you interested in beautiful natural scenery? If you are, then you can pay a visit to Yangshuo, a small county close to Guilin, in Guangxi Province. Take a cruise on Li River and enjoy the gorgeous water-side landscape or do some biking on the country roads. Or pay a visit to Longshen Rice Terraces, a 2-or-3-hour-ride away from Guilin. The Terraces are fantastic in May, June, October, when they are fully irrigated.
I suggest you stay in Beijing for 3 or 4 days. Pay a visit to the Great Wall and do some hiking there. If you want to avoid the touristy parts of Great Wall, you may try hiking from Jinshanling to Simatai. Then the Forbidden City, the Summer Palace, the Temple of Heaven, ect. And you may stay in Shanghai for 2 days.
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I love hiking and nature and biking in Viet Nam was incredible and the fields in THailand were wonderful so I think your suggestions will be put to good use!
Need to persuade my boss to maybe get 3 weeks off and also do the Trans-siberian Expressway
Besides the terracotta warriors, Xian has the Bell tower and city walls. I remember a temple as well. There are also another set of terracotta warriors some distance away, about 18 inches high in a small museum. I found them in a Lonely Planet guide and the taxi driver had to ask his way a number of times. I remember a temple as well.
But if you have seen the warriors up close, it is a LONG way so maybe too far. I found 2 days in Shanghai to be ample for a look around the city, the museum, tea garden, etc. You could do it in one full day if rushed.
Shanghai Tourism and Tourist Information: Information about Shanghai Area, China
Beijing has lots and lots to see and deserves at least a week if you can spare it. The central subway is easy to use and a street map is a great asset.
Beijing Tourism and Tourist Information: Information about Beijing Area, China
When I went to Taipei, I had to fly from Hong Kong as they did not do direct flights from China. You can now fly from Shanghai (book early online). Street signs can be a little confusing as the spelling doesn't always match what is on a street map. The central area is easy to walk around. Don't miss the museum or the film studios. There is also a stamp museum if interested.
Great, which airline for cheap tickets?
I don't know if this is too late for you but I was in Xi'an last week and really enjoyed it there. Apart from the smog it I found it a pretty pleasant city to spend a few days. The Bell and Drum towers are nice places to visit, the bell tower offers nice views of the city, there are also free musical performances in both towers every hour or so. The parks that follow the city walls on the outside are worth a look if the weather is decent. The Muslim quarter and the Great Mosque are also good places to visit here. Check my blog to read a bit about it.
Im in Chengdu at the moment and would say its definitely worth a look, The Grand Buddha in Leshan was incredible, as was the park/garden complex its set in.