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1. Posted by ELIZ_L (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y

Hi and nice to meet you all!
My name is Eliza from Hong Kong.

I love travel, and I selected to work with travel. (I am really working in a worldwide travel agency as a travel consultant ^^)

I planned to go the below in the coming half year =P

22Jan – 26Jan Tokyo
02Apr – 06Apr Beijing
22Jul – 27 Jul Kota Kinabalu

Although I am going to visit a 3 different Asia country in this year, I am still thinking about to go Europe during the Christmas 2010 or Chinese New Year 2011, but the duration only 9 days. Is it too short to visit Europe? It is ok for me if only visit one country for 9 days to know more about there, but I have no idea where is most suitable for a young girl to go…? I want to go London, Florence, Lyon, Vatican and Rome etc. I know that it is too much since I only have 9 days ….could you please give me an advice?

just look around the post here, I want to be like yours can visit a lot of different place more than month, but the financial pressure from family is killing me…>_<

Please forgive my English is not very well to explain what I want to say ….

PS: If you have a question related to Hong Kong, Taiwan and China, I can try to help ^__^

Eliza

2. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 6y

Hi Eliza, welcome to travellerspoint!

Obviously you can't get a good overview of Europe in 9 days, but visiting two cities (either in the same, or in different countries) in such an amount of time is quite doable (flying or training between them, depending on distance), and should give you a decent impression of what they're like.
Do be aware that winter is generally a pretty miserable time of the year to visit Europe (cold and grey), and that daylight hours will be short. Because of that, I'd recommend not going to London; cities like Rome, Florence, or maybe Barcelona would be more likely to be at least pleasant to walk around, even if the weather is unlikely to be really nice.

[ Edit: Edited on 13-Jan-2010, at 07:30 by Sander ]

3. Posted by ELIZ_L (Budding Member 35 posts) 6y

Hi Sander,

Thanks for your suggestions and nice to meet you ^__^

Since I have to apply my annual leave with the public holidays to getting the longest holidays…
If I changed the traveling date to Easter holiday would be better?
(I think that most of the shop will be close since Easter?)

I am still looking for the cheapest air ticket from Hong Kong to Europe; it will be fine for me if Apr 2011 would be better …

At the mean time, I can try my best to have more saving…

I heard before , someone said French and Italian are not willing to speak English, is it hard to having a communication with them? Let say, ask the information when I got lost?! (It is most probably to be happened…I lost myself in Hong Kong always….)

Thanks,
Eliza

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4835 posts) 6y

Quoting ELIZ_L

Since I have to apply my annual leave with the public holidays to getting the longest holidays…
If I changed the traveling date to Easter holiday would be better?
(I think that most of the shop will be close since Easter?)

Around Easter is a wonderful time of the year to be in Europe for. Here in the Netherlands, for example, the flowerfields will be in full bloom. I'd avoid Rome, since it's an absolute madhouse due to the religious nature of Easter, but any other city should be fine. It's true that in many (?) countries stores will be closed on Easter Monday (and as always on Sunday), but I think you can plan around that.

I heard before , someone said French and Italian are not willing to speak English, is it hard to having a communication with them? Let say, ask the information when I got lost?! (It is most probably to be happened…I lost myself in Hong Kong always….)

The amount of people who speak English in France and Italy isn't as high as it is in northern European countries (e.g. Scandinavia, Germany, Netherlands), but unwillingness to speak English is in my experience more myth than reality, and then mostly based on adversity toward Americans/Brittish - I really doubt you'd have any problem because of it, particularly if you learn to say "thank you" (merci beaucoup) and/or "Do you speak English?" (Parlez vous Anglais?) in the local language, to show that you're at least making an effort. (No idea what either is in Italian, but a lonely planet or google translate should be able to tell you.) :)

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3720 posts) 6y

Hi Eliza, welcome to Travellerspoint. Hope to see you around!

6. Posted by archery01 (First Time Poster 1 posts) 6y

Hi Eliz..

Enjoy your travel and have fun! ;)

7. Posted by Caz_H (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y

Heyy! Nice to meet you here! Im from hongkong and new to this site too :P x