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1. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hey everyone,

I'm planning on spending the month of December in China. I'm hoping to fly into Beijing and work my way down towards either Myanmar or Vietnam.

The country is so big I'm a bit all over the place trying to decide routes, etc. Can anyone advise on a good route to take over the space of about 4 weeks.

I'd like to see Beijin and the Great Wall, after that I'd like to get off the beaten track a bit, but travelling alone, I'm not sure how wise/safe this is.

Would be grateful for any advice.

THanks,

E;)

2. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

December is not the best season in Beijing. It`ll be cold and barren. The wind over the great wall is strong. As I said in another post, the great wall has a length of nearly 10,000 miles, crossing several provinces in China. There`re some parts in Beijing. Badalin is the most visited part but it`s comparatively new, built only 2-300 hundred years ago, so I personally don`t think it`s the best part.However it`s the most convenient to reach.
My parents spent six weeks in following the silkroad route in four western provinces last summer, and they got exhausted.I`m afraid four weeks is not possible to cover many places here. Let the others know what kind of things you wanna see so that they can advise accordingly.Difference bt each part of china can be great.
Good luck and welcome to Beijing!:)

3. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Get off the beaten track is not so easy to do in China. Not unless you can speak Chinese. The linguistic shock is frustraing to even the most season travellers to China.

China is such a big country, and this causes foreigners to visit more than once.

You can do a day trip from Beijing to the Great Wall. The weather in December is icy cold.

4. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Oh, and it`s safe but you`ll have to take good care of your lugguage. Don`t take devious route when you have other choices...but it should be ok.

5. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

You should be aware also that in many places, foreigners are still not allow to stay in Chinese hotels.

6. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

Wocca, really? I didn`t know that. But I was refused to enter a Muslim temple as a Han last weekend in Beijing. How come there be so many limits.

7. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

It's changing, Zhou. However, when China first opened up, there were just a handful of designated, government-approved hotels in which foreigners could stay. There's usually an embossed plaque in the reception area which shows that the hotel is endorsed. Whenever I've been away with a Chinese girlfriend, I get her to show her ID card and check in. First reason is because the room rates are much cheaper. Foreigners usually don't understand or can't communicate when it comes to doing business with the Chinese.

A couple of weeks ago, I shared a hotel room with a colleague. He is fluent in Chinese. He mentioned that when he travelled with some Chinese friends in this particular area previously, he had been refused lodgings and the police told him to go elsewhere (at 1am in the morning). Perhaps the police were just being sticklers for the rules that evening. When foreigners (caucasians) go into everyday Chinese towns, they really do stand out. Most local folk have never seen a foreigner before, so word quickly spreads. Could get a bit hairy for a lone woman.

We were taken on a mini-tour by the university we work for, so we were treated as international ambassadors / dignitaries

8. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

So just how cold can BEijing get in December. I actually dont mind cold climates at all as long as its not cold and wet.

Have my very sexy thermal long-johns and shirt from skiing last year so I'm not too worried about it - just interested to know what the temperatures will be like.

Thanks,
Ev;)

9. Posted by Zhou (Full Member 126 posts) 11y

In the early December, the temperature is about 0-5 centigrade in daytime. It can be 5 below 0 in late December.The temperature difference bt day and night is around 6-10 centigrade.It winds often, making you feel chilly. But everywhere inside, there`s central heating.

Beijing can never be wet.It`s becoming a city surrounded by desert.The biggest problem is the air is too dry all year around, taking away most of water from my skin. And the static is another headache in winter.

For travelling, coldness might not be a problem, but the secenery is not that good unless you like that style.Beijing looks different in different seasons.I personally think winter is the worst time even though it does has sth special.

10. Posted by Wocca (Inactive 3745 posts) 11y

Quoting samsara2

So just how cold can BEijing get in December. I actually dont mind cold climates at all as long as its not cold and wet.

Have my very sexy thermal long-johns and shirt from skiing last year so I'm not too worried about it - just interested to know what the temperatures will be like.

Thanks,
Ev;)

The north of China is icy cold in winter. There's also very nasty winds to contend with