i think beijing is a really nice place to visit. is this ur first time in china? if it is, i think beijing is a good starting point. if u like history, u can combine beijing with xian. of all the chinese cities i visited so far (ok lah, there aren't that many i visited
), i like xian best.
but when is ur honeymoon? beijing gets sand storms fr mongolia in certain seasons.
no i haven't been to china before...
my honeymoon will be in may/june next year... do u know whether it is suitable to go beijing during that time? where is xian? i'm now looking in the newspapers for china packages, but i can't find one that mention xian...
have u been to yunnan, jiuzhaigou, harbin? heard that these places are quite nice too...
wonder what attracts u to xian? besides sightseeing and shopping, what else does china offer?
no problem, glad to share my china travel experiences.
may/june r good times to visit beijing. i went in dec n it was really cold at tiananmen.
if u r going to take a tour fr sg, try to extend a few more days to explore on ur own. tours tend to bring u through forbidden palace n other sights quite quickly. u can use the extended stay to linger in those sights.
xian is read xi(1)-an(1) in chinese. it's the former chang-an n its geographical location is in the middle of china. it's where the terracota warriors by qin-shi-huang r located. i like xi-an for lots of history. when we were there, we had a terrific guide who could recite the 3000 yrs of history that occured n point out the little traces of those events. n he could describe to us the uniqueness of xi-an.
i had friends who spent 13 days in xi-an alone n loved every mintues of it. they also hv dumplings or jiao-zhi, which tastes really gd. but these come in huge proportions that non-locals like me couldn't finish. imagine, when waitresses take orders, they ask how many "jin" u want.
never been to yunnan, juizhaigou n harbin. my friends who visited hv great praises for these places too! i've only been through the guangzhou-guilin-xian-beijing route, the shanghai-suzhou-hangzhou-wuxi route, n the chang jiang route.
china offers plenty of history (fr b.c. to a.d.), famous dishes (wuxi ribs, peking duck, xi-an dumplings etc), quaint cities (e.g. suzhou), lovely mountains (guilin, huangshan etc) n rugged scenery (jiuzhaigou, silk route). different regions of china offer vastly different experiences. there's lots of culture to be seen. i remember seeing narrow roads, rivers with drooping willows n small bridges in suzhou, n mi(2)-mi(2)-meng(2)-meng(2) scenery in guilin. it was v. pretty. it's also a country that's not stagnant. u also get the feeling that the place is being developed. n if u visit some of the most vibrant cities, e.g. shanghai, a few yrs is all it takes for the city to change significantly.
my wedding n honeymoon is already over. we went to tunisia, which is a northern african country, n stopped by london for a few days. we chose tunisia for a different experience. our next destination is going to be china.
i went to sichuan 2 yrs back. i arrived in chengdu, a very vibrant city and went to jiu zhai gou, huang long and er mei shan. the scenery were terrific and impressive. especially the waterfalls at jiu zhai gou. if you r the kind of person who loves scenery, you would love this place. the negative point is you have to travel 9 hrs by small coach from chengdu to jiu zhai gou and it's not an easy trip as the altitude is very high . the airport at jiu zhai gou is not ready yet.
if u r an adventurous person & loves scenery, i highly recommend jiu zhai gou in sichuan. =) but there wont be much shopping.
wonder if this thread can still be active. I'm thinking of going to Beijing in Mar/Apr, any comments on the weather and place at that time of the yr? How many days would be enough and how much would it be (estimated)? Are the guided tours in English?
I have been to Beijing in May last year for about 5 days. Weather to me is still quite cold. I travelled by CAL about $700 +. The guided tour is in Mandarin. It's a nice city and dun forget to climb the Great Wall. It's a must !
Yes, what potpie said is true. I just went to Sichuan and Chengdu in December, the scenary in Jiuzhaigou is really eye catching and impressive. I really love the environment there. The people there are friendly as well. The building structure looks traditional and nice. But too bad, till today, the airport in Jiuzhaigou still not ready to use. Else we can skip travelling to Jiuzhaigou for more than 8 hours. Overall it is worth going as honeymoon.
went BJ for HM last Oct. Clashed with their National day (1 week PH for them) so everywhere was extremely crowded. however, tHanks to the crowd that we felt less boring as we had no other companion other than one guide. (speical request) We moved around in a car.
Spent a great afternoon at the great wall of china cos we went up without the guide. It was quite romantic actually thou panting a lot.
That guide is a young chap who speaks good english. The driver is good too. If you have some concern abt tour guide, i can refer him to you. We were so well taken care off by the driver and guide tt we requested for their contact number which might comes in handy again one day.
I have been to Yunnan too. It's a beautiful place.
Before deciding on HM place, I suggest u know your preference first...whether sceneries , buzzling cities or historical buildings.
Anyone been to Huangshan? Heard so much about the terrific scenery... would like to spend maybe 2 or 3 days there. What type of tour package would you all advice if I would like to go for a week tour to China? Which are the areas near Huangshan??
I have been to HuangShan in 2002... that was part of the package which I went Beijing -> HuangShan -> ZhouZhuang(Water Village) -> Hangzhou -> Shanghai...
Went there in may then... scenary not bad... but you gotta be prepare for the long walking trails.. I went there with my in-laws then, think they cannot really take the walking, it was a few kilometers, a lot of steps also.. =P
Plus that day was drizzing, temperature around 10C.. but I thot it was pretty cooling then.
Hmm... not sure about now, but during that time, after ariving at the Nanjing Airport, we took a coach (~6hrs) to Huangshan, which is really a very "bouncy" ride.. there was no proper roads there... most of the time you are travelling thru mountainous areas... imagine that you can see paddy fields and small towns alongway...
Think during then, they were trying to build better roads or railways to HuangShan.. not sure if those has been completed by now..
Usually tour agencies may bundle in places like Nanjing, Wuxi, Huangshan, Suzhou, Hangzhou or Shanghai together as they are all of the "southern" region...
I planning to go Guang Zhou for shopping. However, I have not been there before. Anyone can advise where to go shopping and where is a good, cheap location to stay? How many days will be enough? What to buy? Thanks.
I am certain you can find a honeymoon location that has better toilets and food.
As much as I enjoyed my 2 trips to China, I've tru;y experience better places. How about Hong Kong, Singapore and Bangkok? A lot more Westerized and sanitary.