ushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2932 posts, RR: 17 Posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1970 times:
after finishing graduate school and before taking on a new job, I have a one week period to travel.
I am finding good deals to China. Since I have never been, I would like to take a short trip over there, I believe.
So, what do you guys recommend?
Looks like I will be arriving Tuesday and leaving Sunday. I can choose between staying in Beijing and going down to Shanghai/Guangzhou. I would take that trip by train, since that way I'd get to see more of the counrtyside.
gabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 2811 posts, RR: 13 Reply 1, posted (4 months 2 weeks 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 1957 times:
That's like saying "I have 6 days in Europe/North America/South East Asia, what should I do?"....you might as well throw a dart at an World map, and just go there, as the chances are there'll be something interesting and new to see. CHina is a massive country, with a million and one things to occupy yourself with.
However, to answer your question, with just 6 days, i'd reccommend basing yourself in Beijing (plenty to see for 3-4 days), and a night trip to Xi'an to see the Teracotta Warriors.
Alternatively, do Beijing and a few days down in Yangshuo (near Guilin) if you'd rather countryside than more city.
For a tourist, Guangzhou isn't great, and I much prefer Beijing over Shanghai.
aklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 830 posts, RR: 0 Reply 4, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1836 times:
I agree on Beijing and Hong Kong. Guangzhou and Shanghai are mostly business destinations. Big cities with limited tourist appeal. Since Beijing and Hong Kong are so big, if you added one more I would recommend one smaller (by Chinese standards) city if you had the time. Hangzhou and Guilin come to mind. You can take a nice one day Li river cruise in Guilin. Hangzhou has a very pretty lake in the heart of the city. Lots of people go to Xian to see the terra cotta soldiers, but to my taste it is overrated.
reifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1264 posts, RR: 1 Reply 5, posted (4 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1801 times:
You can also fly to Schenzhen rather to HK if this is too expensive, and get to HK from there.
Keep in mind that if you want to reenter China after your stay in HK you need a multiple entry visa (or in this case at least 2 entries). HK is not considered as China from immigration point of view.
Given the short time I would recommend booking an open jaw. i.e. Fly out to Beijing, stay a few days there, then fly to HK or Shanghai, stay a few days there, then fly home from there, and not coming back to Beijing.
Rara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 1965 posts, RR: 3 Reply 7, posted (4 months 2 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 1775 times:
My (emphatic) advice would be to make this a Beijing trip rather than a China trip, and I definitely advice against going to the south of China or even Shanghai in those six days. These are entirely different places altogether. Even Hong Kong merits its own journey and shouldn't be tacked on to a one-week trip to Beijing.
Six days would be just enough to get a good look at Beijing and its sights. If you want to get away from the city and look at the countryside as well, you could, for instance, travel to Cuandixia, which is a lovely Qing dynasty village ca. 100km from Beijing. Cuandixia is quite touristy nowadays, but you can hike to other villages in the area from there, which would really be off the beaten path. Best way to get there is to take subway line 1 all the way to Pingguoyuan and hire a driver from there. Best done as an overnight trip.
For a longer trip, you could consider Wutai Shan, one of the sacred mountains of China. It's a seven hour train journey from Beijing. I'd take the night-train going, and the day-train returning. The mountain is littered with monasteries, and you can hike between them (it's a traditional pilgrimage destination for Buddhists). You'd have to arrange train tickets straight after arriving in China, because they sell out days before the trip, especially the sleeper cars.
If there's anything more specific you're interested in, just ask. But in general, my advice would be to do less rather than more.
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