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Six Days In China - What Must I See  
User currently offlineushermittwoch From Germany, joined Jan 2004, 2999 posts, RR: 14
Posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 4020 times:

Hi guys,

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.

Please, let me know what to do!  

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User currently offlinegabrielchew From United Kingdom, joined Aug 2005, 3781 posts, RR: 9
Reply 1, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 23 hours ago) and read 4007 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.

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User currently offlinedavidho1985 From Hong Kong, joined Oct 2012, 376 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (2 years 9 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3947 times:

Beijing (historical) and Hong Kong (modern, shoppiing, eatting!!!

2 very different cities in China.

You may route your air ticket XXX->Beijing->Hong Kong_> XXX

User currently offlineFallap From Denmark, joined Jan 2009, 690 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3916 times:

Six days seems way to little for a country like China, two weeks is the absolute minimum IMO.

You could go to the Republic of China (Taiwan) instead?  

User currently offlineaklrno From United States of America, joined Dec 2010, 1252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 3886 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.

User currently offlinereifel From Germany, joined Feb 2005, 1563 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 3 hours ago) and read 3851 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.

User currently offlineRussianJet From Belgium, joined Jul 2007, 7805 posts, RR: 21
Reply 6, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 3843 times:

The guy has a week. He obviously knows this is a short time, hence the question. There is absolutely no point in replying by telling him that six days is too short.

Quoting gabrielchew (Reply 1):
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.

This is the best advice so far.

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User currently offlineRara From Germany, joined Jan 2007, 2507 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 3825 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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