Asia Forums

Start a new topic Change Forum
Advanced search

Advice on China Itinerary

Jump to last reply

Hi there,

I am starting to plan a trip to China in April. We are already booked to fly in and out of Hong Kong, as we have friends there to visit. Aside from that, I have the following places on my wish list. You will note that I am not including Beijing, and while I know there will be those that say don't miss it, I have other places I'd rather do (no Shanghai either).

My husband and I are fairly experienced travelers, and prefer slightly off the beaten path experiences. We would most likely fly between cities if possible to minimize travel time, but trains are a possibility as well, especially if they're overnight ones.

Jiayuguan/Dunhuang - Great Wall, Mogao Caves (3-4 nights)
Xian - Terracotta Warriors (2-3 nights)
Chengdu - Pandas, Leshan, Emei Shan (3-4 nights)
Guillan/Yangshou OR Lijiang area - Torn between these two (3-4 nights)

We have 13 nights total for these destinations. I am trying to figure out how long and how hard it will be to travel from place to place, especially as we're in and out of Hong Kong. I am especially interested in feedback on the last dilemna, but also any advice on getting to the Jiayuguan/Dunhuang area (round trip from Xian I am thinking). This part of the Great Wall sounds great since we're missing Beijing, plus the other interesting sights/off the beaten path feel, even though I know this is a haul.

In general, we like interesting architecture, beautiful natural scenery, good food, and hiking/walking. I am anticipating that this trip will have more stops than some prefer, but am willing to give up a little relaxation time in order to see more.

As always, I appreciate your help. I always receive such helpful feedback from the forums, which makes me feel bad that I haven't done trip reports lately!

26 Replies |Back to top

| Add a Reply

Sign in to comment.

Recent Activity

View all Asia activity »
  1. 1 Plans for Nepal/Bhutan continued: how does this sound??
  2. 2 Suggestions for bike tour operators that offer smaller tours (4-5 days)
  3. 3 Bali and Java - 24 September to 23 October 2014
  4. 4 Touristic places in India you wouldn't like to visit
  5. 5 Ideal itereneray for Nepal
  6. 6 Tibet and Nepal in 2 weeks?
  7. 7 India for 2 weeks in December/January
  8. 8 First trip-India--12 days including to/from and 3 day conference
  9. 9 India International Tour Companies recommended
  10. 10 Souvenirs/shopping in Thailand
  11. 11 Travelling in China at Christmas
  12. 12 meeting at beijing airport
  13. 13 One week in Tokyo
  14. 14 Sri Lanka vacation with 4 year old.... 10 Day Itenerary Review Help...
  15. 15 Pai in N. Thailand? Worth it?
  16. 16 Day trip by car from Kyoto?
  17. 17 Confused about where to stay in Tokyo
  18. 18 Trip Report Mad Dash Across Too Much - Sri Lanka Not Bangladesh
  19. 19 Hotel in Singapore
  20. 20 Any new BKK hotels or with new mgt. worth checking on?
  21. 21 Trip Report Cooking in Chiang Mai & Driving Around Northern Thailand
  22. 22 Trip Report Our favorite hotels and restaurants of Bali – Ubud, Amed, Pemuteran
  23. 23 Bali - January 2015
  24. 24 Guide/Driver for Mumbai,
  25. 25 Visa Cambodia
View next 25 » Back to the top