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1. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Hi

I have been studying the lonely planet guide and have a fair idea of my intinery which i not overload with detail but can you tell me is this a route that will reduce backtracking.

Beijing to pingyao then from there to Xian from Xian to chengdu then chongquing to yichang from there to shanghai then from shanghai to guillian and yangshuo.

I want to go to tiger leaping gorge should i go from chengdu to Kunming ?

Should i go to shanghai from Xian?

Wanted to see Hong Kong. Would it be expensive to go from shanghai?

I feel i could get this intinery tighter. I have around 6 weeks before leaving from Nanning to go to vietnam.

2. Posted by durbanbay (Budding Member 17 posts) 7y

Hi There, Probably more sensible to go Beijing, Shanghai, Chongqing, Xian, Chengdu and then from Chengdu fly to Lijiang (Tiger Leaping Gorge needs two days). From Lijiang head down to Dali and from Dali to Kunming (worth the stop). From Kunming fly to Guiling and take the boat from Guiling to Yangshuo.

I don't know where Ping Yao is but that seems the most sensible route to me. We went the other way when we did it (check my blog). We went Guiling, Kunming, Dali, Lijiang, Chengdu, then North into Gansu and accross to Beijing.

Whatever way you go, do enjoy.
Paul

[ Edit: Edited on 15-Sep-2009, at 22:41 by durbanbay ]

3. Posted by Gartt (Full Member 31 posts) 7y

Pingyao is about halfway between Beijing and Xi'an and its the way I went through to Chengdu after Xi'an (Xian is awesome by the way, so much to do). But this is where I had a problem, I wanted to do the Three Gorges Cruise, through to Shanghai but I also wanted to do Yunnan and Tiger Leaping Gorge. and Chengdu is pretty much in the middle unfortunately so after hearing some not so great things about Shanghai I decided to head West instead.

I flew to Lijiang from Chengdu, it was very cheap and only took an hour. Im extremely happy I chose it as I ended up staying in Lijiang for over a week after only planning to stay 2 nights, I did the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek (it was absolutely mind blowing and one of the best things Ive ever done).

From there it was an overnight bus to Kunming and then a train to Guilin and Yangshou. From there its another overnight bus to Hong Kong

Its going to be difficult to do both Yunnan and Shanghai on a budget due to the distance. I picked Yunnan and dont regret it for a second.

4. Posted by Annie0 (Full Member 128 posts) 7y

Quoting Gartt

Pingyao is about halfway between Beijing and Xi'an and its the way I went through to Chengdu after Xi'an (Xian is awesome by the way, so much to do). But this is where I had a problem, I wanted to do the Three Gorges Cruise, through to Shanghai but I also wanted to do Yunnan and Tiger Leaping Gorge. and Chengdu is pretty much in the middle unfortunately so after hearing some not so great things about Shanghai I decided to head West instead.

I flew to Lijiang from Chengdu, it was very cheap and only took an hour. Im extremely happy I chose it as I ended up staying in Lijiang for over a week after only planning to stay 2 nights, I did the Tiger Leaping Gorge trek (it was absolutely mind blowing and one of the best things Ive ever done).

From there it was an overnight bus to Kunming and then a train to Guilin and Yangshou. From there its another overnight bus to Hong Kong

Its going to be difficult to do both Yunnan and Shanghai on a budget due to the distance. I picked Yunnan and dont regret it for a second.

Garrat i have been recking my head trying to figure out how i could make it to shanghai and to be honest im not a big city lover apart from NYC haha so im thinking something has to give and to be honest TLG just looks amazing. i want to do the three gorges which is possible if i go from chengdu. Did you do the three gorges? Could you advise if you went to pingyao from beijing? I am travelling alone and dont fancy doing TLG on my own is there any good guides you would recommend? Any other info would be so appreciated. I have six weeks to go from beijing to be in vietnam for the 23rd November.

Thanks

5. Posted by Gartt (Full Member 31 posts) 7y

I didnt get to do the Three Gorges, as it was going to take me towards Shanghai and I wouldnt have been able to track back across to Yunnan. Also after spending the previous 3-4 weeks in large Cities I needed to get out a bit, the pollution was absolutely chronic and started affecting me in the way of dizzy spells. Lijiang is at altitude and there was very minimal pollution and had blue skies (!).

As for TLG, if you stay in a hostel for a few nights in Lijiang Im almost positive you'll find someone to trek with, as its the base point for the trek. A guide isnt really a necessity as its pretty straightforward and a well defined path. There are also hand painted markers telling you how far you are from the halfway village and accomodation (epic scenary at the halfway lodge). It would probably be an idea to find some people to tag along with though as its very remote up there, especially the second half and if the weather turns, gusts of wind can knock you off balance.

I went straight into Pingyao via overnight train from Beijing. It was something like 12 hours.

I think it might be prudent to plan two or three itineraries, branching off at Chengdu if thats your route and then decide when you get there whether to go east or west, if by that point youre tired of pollution and sprawling grey cities head west or if you feel Shanghai calling head east. Its your trip, see where it takes you. :)

When are you getting into Beijing, we arrived in Feb this year to snow storms. The Forbidden City covered in virgin snow was an incredible sight.