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1. Posted by trixie88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi All

So me and a friend are planning to travel to Oz about Oct, but stopping in China and then Japan first. Our plan is to start in Hong Kong for a few days, then take the train to Shanghai for 3 or 4 days. After that we are taking the train to Xi'an and then the train to Beijing for a few days. After Beijing we will head to Tokyo for 3 or 4 days before heading to Oz.

Can anyone give me an idea of how much money and time will be enough for each place? Just an approximate amount at the moment. We have looked at train prices which aren't too much. And also how much time will be enough in each place, we want to see the main sights but not have to rush around.

Any thoughts are welcome.


2. Posted by madpoet (Respected Member 415 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Your train journeys are going to be quite long. You could probably get an inexpensive domestic flight from Shanghai to Xian, or Xian to Beijing, and save a couple of days of travel.

There are some worthwhile daytrip/overnight trips from Shanghai: Suzhou, Hangzhou and Nanjing especially. For Shanghai itself, I would recommend no more than 2-3 days.

For Beijing: at least 3 days (including 1 day to see the Great Wall). You might be able to get really cheap accommodation, if you haggle well, but remember that BJ is a huge city, and if you save money by getting accommodation far from the city center, you'll just spend what you've saved on taxis getting downtown. When I visit BJ (about once a year) I usually spend 240-280 yuan ($35-$40) at one of the small hotels just west of Wangfujing Street, which is walking distance to shopping, restaurants and the subway and not far from the Forbidden City. It's worth it.

In Xian, aside from the Terracotta Warriors and the old city wall, there's not much to see. I'd suggest 2 days. Accommodation and food are much cheaper there than either Shanghai or Beijing. This part of China is known for it's noodles, which are cheap, delicious, and very filling. Try the small noodle restaurants- they're cheaper and just as good as the large restaurants.

3. Posted by david.B (Budding Member 32 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Tokyo is a wonderful and famous city of Japan. I really like Asakusa, Shinjuku, Shibuya and Harajuku in Tokyo. I think the best way to travel around Tokyo in a short span of 3-4 days is to hire a guide. He will help you to best utilize your time and to explore the city in a much better way.

4. Posted by SA-Tokyo (Budding Member 31 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Hi , I'm an office worker in Tokyo !!
& Japanese & live in Tokyo:)

Have you already decided when you will visit Tokyo ?
I think if you come to Tokyo in spring , you had better enjoy Cherry blossoms Festival.
Japanese really love Cherry blossoms !!!!
So beautiful.

Please ask me whatever you want to know about Tokyo

5. Posted by trixie88 (Budding Member 2 posts) 7y Star this if you like it!

Thanks, do you know the cheapest airlines to use in china? We will hopefully be going in October as that is when we plan to start our travels. Although need to really start saving!

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