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feedback on china itinerary for March?

by missbirdie Online Now Jan 24, 2013 at 12:51 PM

Arrive Late Mar 3
Mar 4-6 Shanghai (daytrip to Hangzhou or Suzhou or Tongli?)
6-9 Fly to stay with friends in Dalian (3hr drive to non-touristy great wall)
10-13 Beijing
13-15 Overnight train to Xian
15-18 Meet friends in Guilin/Yangshuo
19-21 More time alone in Yangshuo, etc. (ideas?)
21 fly Guilin or Guangzhou (CAN) to Ho Chi Minh
(or cut from Shanghai early in trip and return to Shanghai to fly to HCM)

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    Re: feedback on china itinerary for March?

    by cal6060 Online Now Jan 24, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    You could spend few days in Jiuzhai Valley National Park and Huanglong National Park. U can flight direct from Xian, then catch a flight or train from Chengdu to Guilin.

    More information:

    jiuzhai.com/language/english...

    http://www.huanglong.com/
    Or see more photos:

    "Jiuzhaigou (九寨沟)" - Jiuzhaigou by cal6060

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    Re: feedback on china itinerary for March?

    by wabat Online Now Jan 24, 2013 at 8:15 PM

    Hi

    This looks doable to me. How you getting from Xian to Guilin/Yangshuo.... you have only 14th (post overnight train trip that you might not sleep very well on) and part (?) of 15 in Xian. On the basis that you will want to see terracotta warriors its not much time for everything else- if you can delay seeing friends in Guilin for even a day that would make big difference. CAl6060's recommendation is a good one but personally I wouldnt want to add anything to what youve got. As say its doable but very tight.

    Albert

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  • Re: feedback on china itinerary for March?

    by 1funs8 Online Now Jan 25, 2013 at 9:40 AM

    I can give you a little feedback on your potential day trips from Shanghai. We did a day trip to each of Suzhou and Hangzhou. Suzhou is much larger than it appears on the map, it took us quite a bit of time to go from place to place, even hiring a rickshaw to take us around. We especially liked the Humble Administrator's Garden there. We walked from the train station to there stopping for lunch along the way (very very inexpensive and delicious) and shopping along the pedestrian walk way. It was worth a day trip because we enjoyed the experience, but we weren't able to hit even a 1/4 of the tourist stops we had hoped to due to the size of the city. On our day trip to Hangzhou we took a local bus from the train station to the famous West Lake. It did not disappoint, very beautiful. Had lunch in that area and spend a solid hour waiting for a bus we could cram into to get back to the train station. The area is super congested. So it would be tough to decide on just one, but hope this helps.

    Enjoy!

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    Re: feedback on china itinerary for March?

    by wabat Online Now Jan 25, 2013 at 11:35 AM

    Of the shanghai day trips I've just been to Suzhou and thoroughly ended it. Train acces is relatively easy.

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    Re: feedback on china itinerary for March?

    by mikelisaanna Online Now Jan 27, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    In Yangshuo, rent a bicyle and do some riding through the surrounding countryside. The scenery is beautiful. You seem to be spending a lot of time in Guilin and Yangshuo, relative to the other places. I would shave a day from them and add it to your SHanghai stay, so you have more time for Shanghai as well as either Suzhou or Hangzhou.

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