We have 2 weeks to spend in China.... we are currently trying to work out where to go and what to see!
We are currently thinking;
Arrive HK - explore for a couple of days
Fly Shenzen to Shanghai (for a few days and hopefully visit Hangzhou - if its not too far)
Fly Shanghai to Chengdu (For the Pandas, Leshan Giant Buddha and Jiuzhaigou and Huanglong - maybe 3 days?) Would like to go to Jiuzhaigou but it seems too far away?
Fly Chendgu to Guilin (spend about 4 days around Yangshuo)
and then fly back to Shenzen and make our way back to HK for flight to next destination.
Does this seem like a good plan? is there anything i'm missing or should i spend more/less time in each place. Any advice would be most appreciated.
Thank you for your time.
Hi, it seems to me that is wasting time to fly to HK and then from Shenzhen to Shanghai and then back to Guangdong (Guilin) once again. There are direct BA flights from London to Shanghai, so IMHO it is better to fly to Shanghai directly.
Shanghai photos - https://picasaweb.google.com/palych/ChinaShanghaiScenes?feat=directlink
In Shanghai you must visit Jazz bar at Peace Hotel (Nanjing Rd.)
Nanjing Rd. photos - https://picasaweb.google.com/palych/ChinaShanghaiNanjingLu?feat=directlink
Staying in Shanghai (3 days) you can easily reach Hangzhou and Suzhou by car or bus (you must have 1 day free for this trip).
Hangzhou photo gallery - https://picasaweb.google.com/palych/ChinaHangzhou?feat=directlink
Suzhou photo gallery - https://picasaweb.google.com/palych/ChinaSuzhou?feat=directlink
From Shanghai you can go to Xian to see the Terracota Army (1 day - https://picasaweb.google.com/palych/ChinaXian?feat=directlink) and to Loyang (Shaolin monastery) and then if you wish you can go to Chengdu, to Guilin and back to Shanghai.
But it leaves Beijing for your next trip.
Good luck almost 7 years ago
Thank you for your answers.
Our flights our London to Sydney with a stopover in Hong Kong. With this we wanted to make the most of our 2 week stop over and have been looking at the places we would really like to visit without having to travel too much and spend too much. I just wanted to know whether my plan seemed ok (based on our time and our arrival point) and if there was anything else id missed, particularly if it is close to the places we plan to go to. Or should i reroute completley?
Also can anyone suggest a rough daily budget? We are aged late 20s and do not mind basic accommodation. Most of our travel will be prebooked so it will just be for accommodation, food and sites and souvenirs!
Many thanks almost 7 years ago
I highly recommend you stay in the south for this trip, go back for Shanghai/Beijing and other great places another trip. Spend more time in Sichuan province- far north and far west (very tibetan). Dont miss Yunnan province (my favourite province in all China) Dali, LiJiang and ShangriLa - beautiful side of ancient China, and great attractions (tiger leaping gorge).
Because China is SO big I think it is a good idea to reduce the distance you travel so you can see more! almost 7 years ago
Shanghai as a modern city is the future of China, while only Guilin and Lijiang can offer you a real rural life. Shenzhen, Chengdu, Guilin and Yunnan belongs to the south of China which are not far away from each other(you don't need fly to shanghai to waste more time and money). I strongly suggest you change your plan. Herein more info to you.
good luck! almost 7 years agoAnswered by alliance via WorldNomads.com