Sorry if this post isn't in the appropriate forum. I didn't know whether to post in China or Mongolia so settled on both.
I am looking to take this train route in June, preferably on or around the 27th June, when I believe there is a train. I want to book this in advance, as it's the busy season. Can anyone recommend any travel agencies for purchasing tickets, or advise me of the best way to buy?
Any help would be much appreciated!
Do you know the name/location of this restroom, with these red lady-shaped sinks?
The restaurant was located just outside the west side of the Forbidden City in Beijing (China).
The photographer "redhawk1700" took the photo some years ago and doesn't recall the name of the restaurant anymore.
Thanks for your help!
Hi, Where can I buy animation / action figure in Shanghai?
Are there any places like Akihabara or Nagano in Japan where there are a lot of shops?
Also, do we need to bargain? (In Japan, we do not bargain...)
Thank you very much for your advices.
I'm travelling to Sanya in July and I i want to visit some other city that would be interesting to see and quite close to Sanya. I'm on budget, so a definite no to star cruises to Vietnam. Hong Kong would be perfect, but I have no clue how to get there. Any suggestions?
Hi, i shall be arriving to Beijing International Airport on 18Th of June together with my wife and daughter i like to know about the best way to transfer to Shangri-La Hotel and also best places for shopping.
How can I reach to West Lake from GongShou? Can I use bike or public transport? I don't know Chinese. I can speak English
I'm gonna be traveling to Yangshuo in mid-July and want to know if I should book a hotel in advance. Can anyone who's been there tell me if this is necessary? Will I have a problem finding a place upon arrival if I don't book in advance?
Hi, Below is my itinerary for Beijing. Will be going with my parents (both senior citizens). No tour bookings, was thinking of traveling by public transport because of budget constraints. Will surely love suggestions/recommendations!! Thanks!!
Breakfast budget $15
1. Temple of Heaven
Opens at 8AM. Entrance fee 15RMB/person = 45RMB/$8
2. Pearl Market (just across the street and close early in the evening) Shopping Budget $30
3. Lunch Lunch Budget $30
4. Lama Temple Entrance fee 30RMB/person = 90RMB/$15
5. Beihai Park Through ticket 20RMB/person = 60RMB/$10
6. Dinner Da Dong Roast Duck in Dongsi Dinner Budget 400RMB/$65
1. Breakfast Breakfast budget $15
2. Mao Memorial
3. Tiananmen Square (5:56am flag raising time)
Walk north through the Tiananmen Tower
4. Forbidden City 80RMB/person = 240RMB/$39
5. Silk Market Lunch Budget $30
6. Silk Market Shopping Budget $30
7. Bird’s Nest/Olympics Budget Combo Tickets for Bird and Water: 80RMB/person = 240RMB/$40
8. Dinner Xiao Wang’s Home Restaurant Budget $30
1. Breakfast Budget $15
2. Car Rental $100 for car + $20 for tip
Mutianyu Great Wall Entrance fee: 140RMB/person = 420RMB/$70
3. Lunch Lunch Budget $30
4. Back to Hotel
5. Dinner Budget $45
6. Beijing Acrobatics 7:15PM
Entrance: 85RMB/person = 255RMB/$42
1. Breakfast budget $15
2. Summer Palace 60RMB/person = 180RMB/$30
3. Lunch at Xibei Xibei Cai $45
4. Qianmen Street Shopping Budget $30
5. Wangfujing Street Shopping Budget $30
6. Dinner Budget $45.
7. Go to hotel to pick up bags.
8. 9PM Airport
I am planning to take a day excursions near Xi'an. I understand that it is possible to do a day trip to Luoyang (Longmen grottoes and shaolin temple in a day). Would it be better to arrange a tour through a Xian tour operator or contact a Luoyang based operator? Much appreciate also if anyone can recommend a good tour operator that you have experienced with in the past. Thanks.
My boyfriend and I are planning a 12-22 month round the world trip to India, Southeast Asia (Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam), China and Australia and are looking for some advice (see full thread at forum.virtualtourist.com/Asi.... We're planning to leave mid Sept. and visit the destinations in the above order, starting with India.
I had originally planned India Sept. '13 - Jan '14, China Feb - Mar, Southeast Asia Apr - Jul, followed by Australia for 2-12 months, but several people have suggested to switch around China and Southeast Asia, as China would be too cold in Feb/March and Southeast Asia too hot Apr-Jul. Hence we're now planning to fly to Bangkok from Chennai at the end of Jan '14, spend 4 months in Southeast Asia and then fly into China from Hanoi. After 2 months in China (June & July) we're planning to fly out to Australia from Beijing. - Does this sound like a good plan? I'm a little concerned about spending July in China, having read that plenty of rain sweeps the country during this month - is this a big issue?
I have compiled a list of regions and places that we'd be interested in, obviously we won't be able to visit them all due to time constraints, but which would you recommend? We're interested in culture, landscapes, wildlife, national parks, cuisine, beaches, some hiking (not trekking), adventures, photography. Also, they look very spread out, is there a logical route, and where best to start?
- Jiangsu (Suzhou)
- Zhejiang (Hangzhou)
- Shanxi (Datong, Pingyao)
- Shaanxi (Xi'an, Mt Hua Shan)
- Anhui (Hongcun, Xidi, Huangshan)
- Henan (Kaifeng, Shaolin Temple)
- Jiangxi (Wuyuan)
- Hunan (Fenghuang, Dehang, Wulingyuan)
- Guangxi *must see (Guilin, Yangshuo, Dragon's Backbone Rice Terraces, Li River Cruise)
- Guizhou (Chishui)
- Yunnan (Yuangyang, Lijiang, Tiger Leaping Gorge, Lugu Lake)
- Sichuan *must see (Chengdu, Jiuzhaigou)
- Gansu (Labrang Monastery)
We also have some specific questions:
- Getting around: Which is the best way of getting around to see the above regions, and how best to book tickets? Are budget flights a good option, in addition to trains and buses?
- Visas: Since there's a lot of places we would like to see in China maybe it would make more sense to extend our stay to 3 months (to arrive one month earlier in May), cutting Southeast Asia from 4 to 3 months - but am I right in assuming that while it is easy to extend an L Visa from 30 to 60 days, it is very difficult to extend it to 90 (we are one German and one UK national)? We will be in Southeast Asia before travelling to China, where is best to apply for it (Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam)?
- Budget: I've used www.budgetyourtrip.com to find average daily costs and it suggests around ¥ 156/£16.50/US$ 25 per person for budget travel in China (including Accommodation, Food, Water, Local Transportation, Entertainment, Communication, Tips and Handouts, Intercity Transportation, Souvenirs, Alcohol) - is this realistic?
Any additional tips/advice regarding independent travel in China would be much appreciated!
Many thanks Nicole & Stu
I saw this photo when I was googling 'bridges' in Zhangjiajie and this one came up. They call it a moon bridge, and I'm wondering if it's really real and if so, whereabouts is it? I'll be in the area in September this year. And the chinese name if you know it, please!
Is there any direct Shenzhen-Fuzhou high speed rail? Is it very frequent each day? How long? Easy to buy the ticket on the spot? I might enter Shenzhen from HK so what's the best way from HK to Shenzhen to catch this rail? Thank you!
Check out time in hotel is 12NN
Flight is 1AM
Will be going to the airport at 9PM. Where can I leave/store my luggage safely as I go see other sights? Will leave them from 12NN to 9PM.
Please advise. Thanks!
Hello everyone, I'm travelling to China from Europe and am arranging my visa application.
I have not yet booked all my accommodation and I was wondering if for the visa where I am asked for the locations of where I am staying do I need to have booked a hotel.
I am going to book in advance but am applying for visa now and haven't booked a hotel yet....
(flying in to Hong Kong btw. any recommendations also welcome! young married couple 2/3 day stay in HK)
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