DLPMMM From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 3612 posts, RR: 11
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 1982 times:
Quoting Runway23 (Reply 2): Anybody been to Chengdu or able to spare some light as to if it is really worth it or not?
The panda preserve was prety cool (and if you bribe the caretakers, you can pet and get your picture taken with a live full grown panda).
There were a few other tourist-type attractions, but nothing to write home about.
Sanya on Hainan Island was a nice beach resort type of get-away with great seafood restuarants (big aquariums where you pick your seafood out, get it weighed, and then they cook it for you in the style of your choice).
Nan Jing Liu is the main pedistrian shopping street in Shanghai, with a nice Sofitel Hotel in the middle of it.
CPH757 From Denmark, joined Sep 2005, 684 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 1966 times:
There are lots of exciting sites in China, but it depends on what you aer looking forward. If you primary interest is major cities and cultural history, I would strongly recommend a visit in the old Nationalist capital of Nanjing at the Yangtze - only 3 hours by train from Shanghai. In the Shanghai area there are the beautiful cities of Suzhou and Hangzhou as well. Both with ancient Chinese buildings, lakes, canals and pagodas. Definitely worth a visit.
For experiencing nature and the less modern Chinese, go west. Chengdu is a calm (by Chinese standard) city, and a good base for exploring sites as panda preserves, and especially the amazing mountains of Emei (Emeishan), where you can hike to the top through a beautiful scenery, and eventually taking the night break at a lonely monastery.
You might also take a look at the Yunnan province. the regional capital of Kunming has lots of beautiful scenery nearby, and it is a great base for visiting the astonishing mountain cities of Dali and Lijiang, which host yet more beautiful nature, and are the homes of some of China's minorities.
As another one suggested, the Guilin area has spectacular landscapes. If you choose to visit, head for Yangshuo just south of Guilin. The boat ride between offers amazing scenery comparable with the three gorges, but it is heavily touristed. Stay in Yangshuo to rest for a few days. Rent a bike an take a trip in the countryside among the big Karst hills and the rice paddies.
All the above mentioned places are easy to get to. They are all reachable by train and most by air.
I you have any questions, feel free to ask
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