Off to China in August with my girlfriend for 3 to 6 weeks. We are wanting to go and see the main tourist attractions like the Great Wall, Terrocotta Soliders. We are wanting to see both the modern and the old China and see some of the natural beauty as well in China. Any tips, information, guides etc.. Would be wonderful.
Get in touch with SeaWolf. He lives there and was offering his services as a guide recently. His post is here
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Minty have you checked out the China travel guide on this site? A lot of members have put time into developing the guide for this country and there's some really good information and advice.
where do you fly in to mate? best place to see the great wall is obv beijing but dont go to the really touristy bit..its called badling or baldling or sumat...its hugely over crowded and full of chinese trying to sell you a whole world of shite, and believe me they dont take no for an answer. the best bits take around 3 hrs on a bus, thers various sections that cater to various levels of fitness (its bloody steep ). From beijing me and my girlfriend took the overnight train to Xi'an where the terracotta warriors are, we went hard sleeper which is 3 bunks on each side of the compartment...no doors, curtains or anything, just you and a train full of locals! its good fun and the train is only 12hrs.
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Three to six weeks is enough to see what you mentioned:
Beijing & Xi’an for you to see the Great Wall and Terracotta Warriors (of course much more than that);
Shanghai is a city to show you its past and modern glory;
Some of the southern cities such as Hangzhou, Guilin, Yangshuo show you the natural beauty in China;
Hong Kong is a paradise if your girlfriend is a shopping lover
I lived in Shanghai for 6 months and would highly recommend it. Since you'll be in Beijing it will be worth it to make a trip to see Shanghai and compare the two mega-cities. A train ride between the two cities is quite lengthy, but a plane ride is only 2 hours. Shanghai is great for seeing both the old and new and also a bit of European flavor (from the colonial period). The Pudong area is a great example of modern architecture and the economic success of modern China. Shanghai also has great bars, night life, and shopping. It's definitely worth a couple days. I would recommend trying to find a place on the Bund or Huaihai Road. That's where the action is.