I'm considering going to south China for 2 weeks in December with a chinese-speaking friend. We will fly in and out of Hong Kong airport, unless its recommended otherwise. Can anybody recommend a good route of places to visit, and the best way to travel between places, possibly including Guilin?
There are super fast train lines in China, so you could visit places like Shanghai and Beijing. Check out http://www.seat61.com for more info.
Could use fast train to Guilin, yes. There's a Dong peoples New Year celebration around middle of December - that could possibly include Sanjiang, which is close. If you could make a large(er) jump, go to Yunnan - easy advice is Lijiang (should probably use plane). The rest depends on how much you want to travel and how much you want to stay -
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I was in Hong Kong, Macao (both extremely famous), Guangzhou (important metropole, base of foreign traders in earlier centuries) and Guilin (famous mountains) when I was there last time in 2004. More to the west are the interesting cities of Nanjing (former capital, grave of Sun Yat Sen the famous politician) and Hangzhou (famous lake) which I also visited in 2004. In between a little bit to the north are the 3 Gorges (famous part of Yangtze river) and also Chengdu and Chongqing. I have never been to Yunnan with its capital Kunming were many minorities live but I hope to see it later. More to the west is famous Lhasa (Tibet) which I also visited.
High speed railsways have increased very much since my last visit in 2004 but besides that busses and planes are also an option. In 1995 I even took an overnight ferry between Guangzhou and Hong Kong on the Pearl River (but I don't know if it still exists) and a boat through the 3 Gorges.
As guid book I always use "Lonely Planet" but there are many others available as well.
Leshan Giant Buddha is in my opinion an often overlooked highlight in China. If it is possible to squeeze it in please think about it./Ake
I can definitely recommend visiting Shenzhen. You will be impressed by amazing people, delicious food and nearby nature. It is the city of the future, so if you are a fan big cities, you will love it too. Guangzhou is worth a visit as well.
If you like temples and similar stuff, I recommend visiting Xiqiao Mountain in Foshan. It is a wonderful national park with 250 feet Guanyin statue. If you like to swim in a sea, I can recommend Huizhou coast that has a lot of beautiful beaches.
You can read about my trip to Guangdong at <snip>
Feel free to ask.
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