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China/Vietnam or Japan for next big trip in Asia?

Old Mar 25th, 2019, 02:58 AM
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If you have more days to travel then go for china
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Old Aug 30th, 2019, 04:35 PM
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If you want a bit of both Japan and China, the answer is actually Taiwan. Your husband can practise Mandarin there. If he is only learning Simplified Chinese characters, he might not grasp the Traditional Chinese characters.

As a former Japanese colony in the first half of 20th century, the Japanese influence is still widely visible.

In terms of timing, this winter/spring would make a good time to visit Taiwan. The PRC Government has recently announced restrictions on Chinese citizens to visit Taiwan (which coincided with the upcoming Presidential election). This would bring side benefits- curb overtourism in major Taiwanese cities, e.g. Taipei!

On Hong Kong, the air fare and hotel rates are at recent lows.
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Old Aug 31st, 2019, 11:59 AM
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It would be easy enough to add a few days in Beijing to a visit to Japan, especially if you are using FF miles. See a few of the main sights and go out to see the Great Wall at Mutianyu. That is what I did. It was interesting to see the contrasts.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2019, 05:09 AM
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An update on plans - we have tickets for Hong Kong and China at the end of March for a month's trip. We fly into HK on Cathay Pacific, so we are going! The tickets were purchased just before the demonstrations began and they're not refundable. So, fingers crossed, we will manage the first few days in HK and then fly into China, starting in the southwest (Yunnan province, Guilin/Yangshuo) and then on to Xi'an, Beijing, and Shanghai.

I'm more than a little anxious over the travel plans now, but am taking a 'wait and see' view. Following this issue on different travel boards, I do see that tourists are still managing to travel in HK and sightsee, and while there are some inconveniences, it does seem that people are managing.
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Old Sep 3rd, 2019, 06:50 PM
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Good luck, progol!
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Old Sep 3rd, 2019, 11:40 PM
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It would be easy enough to buy an onward ticket, or change one you already have, if things are still messy when you arrive in HK. I've changed plans last minute in Asia several times, including from HK, for one reason or another, simple to do so don't bother being anxious. Just arrive early at your next destination & make it an adventure rather than a problem.
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I just came back from Asia, and it was a wonderful trip! I have been in China and Japan, liked it a lot.
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Old Sep 4th, 2019, 04:13 AM
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Thanks kja! I appreciate it!

MmePerdu, Many thanks for your suggestion. We’ve got tickets on Cathay Pacific with the included stopover in HK as part of the fare. Worse comes to worse, I can see if they will change the ticket to fly on to the mainland sooner than scheduled.

I’ve been following other travel boards, and am somewhat reassured by what I’m reading - that is, for the most part, tourists are able to sightsee and there is limited impact on their travels in HK due to protests. That is no guarantee, of course, that it will be okay when we go. The situation is in such flux that, sadly, it could get a lot worse. Or not. I just have to watch.

Another “Option B” others have considered is to go on to Macau and return to HK for the flight. I just have to wait and see.

bluesky, thank you for your suggestion. I do plan on getting a VPN for our trip.,
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