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China- Need ideas!

Wanting to go to china, but need some ideas if its worth it.
12 years ago, January 2nd 2011 No: 1 Msg: #125683  
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My partner and I are organising a holiday to a few places around the world, and China is on that list!!!

I was wondering if anyone could give me some tips regarding China?
Is it safe to go? ..ive had a look at the australian travel advice and it says its ok.. but is there anywere in particular you wouldnt suggest me going? Im 20 years old, and it will be with my 23 yr old boyfriend..
Anyone recommend tours?.. we would prefer tours so were in a big group..

were thinking Hong Kong, Shang Hi.. basically we wanna see a REAL panda, terracotta warriers, the fobbinen city, the temple, the great wall.. im sure theres more but thats all i can think of at the moment.

Im not a "clubbing" .. "party" person. So if we did tours they'd have to be tours not focused on partying.. like not like contiki for example.
We also DONT wanna back-pack it either. Prefer hotels..than hostels..
Can anyone give me adivce on the top places weather they are worth going?..
Were into sight seeing.. so museums, old jails, art gallaries aquariums, zoos.. etc.. not sure if these places have these, but yeah. more into the nice locations and sightseeing than winerys.. clubs.. pubs. Reply to this

12 years ago, January 2nd 2011 No: 2 Msg: #125704  
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with your interests you will find China to be a great country to travel. It is a safe country, and very organized so easy to travel. Prices are overall very low. Hong Kong is not strictly part of China, and is good as a gateway to China, there are not a lot of historical sights there but some good museums and there is the Ocean Park with aquariums and pandas. The places you may want to consider are Beijing (Forbidden city, Great Wall), Xian (terracotta warriors), Shanghai for the modern city. China is a huge country and Shanghai alone has around 20 million inhabitants, Beijing 12 and Xian 6. It takes around 2 hours to fly between the above cities. A cruise on the Yangtse river is a great introduction to China.

You can easily travel on your own, and it will be much cheaper than going on a tour. But you need to do your homework, make a plan unless you will travel for months. There is a good travel site on travelchinaguide (google!), they have lot's of details on everything from train schedules to museum opening times. There are several Chinese tour agencies that I have used, they have all been very professional and the program and guides have mostly been great. If you choose a foreign tour they will still collaborate with a Chinese agency, and basically the only advantage (or disadvantage depending on how you see it) is that you will travel in a group with your compatriots. In a tour with a Chinese agency you will be teamed up with other nationals. If you are interested in the names of Chinese agencies I have used send me a private message. The tours are geared towards history, culture and nature and there is no partying, at most a dance show.

Still, I think the best experience is travelling on your own, but you need to be well prepared. You can book hotels and flights, and get local tours on site. For example in Shanghai you don't need any tour at all, it is a rather compact city and you can easily get around by taxi or by metro. In Hong Kong English is spoken everywhere and again it is a compact city, with excellent bus and metro city (and helpful tourist information).

Best wishes
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12 years ago, January 2nd 2011 No: 3 Msg: #125711  
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Thanks for the reply Inga! :D

I did Chinese when i was at school up until year 11. so i learnt alot about it. So i am interested in that country. I knew they had alot of animal type things there, and i knew it was a perfect place to go. Were definatly travelling to America, England and NZ. It was just the question of, China, Russia, or all of Europe, and im now thinking China is the go for my interests!!

I did hear of terroism and fights not long ago with their prime minister.. or president.. i cant remember .. and my mum was always like no its not safe to go don't go, but you never hear much about China! It's always the middle eastern places, or the arrests in indonesia and bali places, so personally it didnt bother me and i didnt feel unsafe travelling to China at all. 😊

Thank you! thats exactly were i was going to go.. Hong Kong, Shang Hi, Beijing and Xian! 😊

Thanks heaps! 😊 Reply to this

12 years ago, January 12th 2011 No: 4 Msg: #126470  
Hey, it is good to know that you are planning a tour to China. China is vast and have many beautiful places to visit. Like Guilin, Qingdao and Kunming. I think you and your boyfriend should be perfect to join a<snip>China group tour. Group tour can save your money, and you will have more money to visit the more places in China.

You mentioned that you want to see real panda. The perfect place to see panda is the panda breeding and research center in Chengdu city Sichuan province.

Except the cities, the natural wonders in China are also worth seeing. Like Jiuzhaigou, Zhangjiajie, Mt. Huang, Mt. emei etc.
To have a <snip>Yangtze river cruise, it can bring you unexpected experience.

Travel in China is definitely safe, but you should be ware of your wallet. Some pickpockets love you guys. However, this thing happen rarely.

Anyway, hope you have a nice trip in China.
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12 years ago, March 5th 2011 No: 5 Msg: #130494  
China has so much diversity; but best seen by taking an area at a time and spending most of your time there. Since you are young you will enjoy the major sites in Beijing....Great Wall at Mutianyu, Forbidden City, Hutongs, Summer Palace and then go to Xian and a day out at Huashan mountain, LiJiang, over to Guilin and then to Shanghai. In Guilin you can take the Li River Cruise to Yangshuo. Great River Show there at night with over 900 local people participating and great place to bike in too. Reply to this

12 years ago, March 11th 2011 No: 6 Msg: #130838  
Hi,my friends,
This is Allen,or you can call me Dongdong as well.I have seen your travel information on the website,i am a English-speaking tourguide in Xi'an,the hometown of Terra-cotta Warriors.Actually,you can do a lot of things in China.But i would like to reccomand several places in China for you to visit.Beijing,Shanghai,Xi'an,Guilin and Tibbet.Those are the most attractive places for tourists both at home and abroad,in Beijinng ,you may visit the Great Wall,the only man-made structure can be seen from the moon,Summer Palace,which used be the imperial park in the Ming and Qing dynasty;the Forbbiden City ,which is the largest imperial palace in the whole world;Xi'an,another famouse ancient capital in China with a history more than 3000 year,you can visit the Eighth Wonder in the world--Terra-cotta Warriors,the Big Wild Goose Pagoda,one of the most renowned buddist temple all around China,and also,you may do the hiking on Huashan montain,which is much fun;Guilin,is the place where the most beautiful scenery is located,including the Liriver and gorgours moutains,it's the place for physical and spiritual relexation;Shanghai,the biggest financial center in China,you may really surprised to see the tremendous changes happend in China in the past 30 years;Tibbet,the most misteriors place in China with the beautiful natrual scenery and traditonal Tibbetan culture.
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11 years ago, January 1st 2012 No: 7 Msg: #149638  
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11 years ago, March 20th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #153509  
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hi friend, your mom is wrong, China is safe, you've made the right decision. :-) Reply to this

11 years ago, March 26th 2012 No: 9 Msg: #153719  
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Unlike Malasiya Singapor...,Self-help Traveling in china is diffculty.
1)most chinese don't speak or good at english
2)many barrier waiting for you.at last,which not easy for foreigner

Few foreinger finanlly finished the self help traveling in china,often only to feel it's tired and the cost is expensive than joining the travel team,

generally speaking china is safe place.don't worry especially.

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11 years ago, March 26th 2012 No: 10 Msg: #153773  

You are safe in China. I have been there 52 times without a large group and find it just fine. You do need guides however to get around so you should have a customized private tour to enjoy the country to its fullest. Reply to this

10 years ago, February 28th 2013 No: 11 Msg: #166819  
It' s quite safe for you two travel in China <snip>
), where the must-see attractions on your list should include Beijing Forbidden City, the Great Wall, Shanghai Bund, Xian Terracotta Army and Shanghai Happy Valley.
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