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Aug 1st, 2005, 07:38 AM
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This has been tremendously helpful, especially ToniL's advice.
Questions-- First, does anyone know anything about a bus from Huangshan to Hangzhou?
Second... Can you get to all the sites around Hangzhou on bike? is everything just situated around the West Lake? Thank you!
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Aug 1st, 2005, 12:46 PM
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We are taking a tour of Beijing, Xian and Shanghai where everything is taken care of. It includes a city tour of Shanghai on Oct. 12. The rest of the trip (fly home from Hong Kong Oct. 19) we are planning to book our flights (preferred over trains for time) and hotels after we arrive in China.

If we wanted to go to Suzhou, should we do a day trip from Shanghai or make a stop on the way to Guilin.

I was thinking that once we arrived in Guilin we would be able to schedule the Li River cruise and a side trip to Yangshuo/Longsheng. Is this the way that most people do it?

Should I wait to get to Guilin to book my tickets to Hong Kong or would I get a better deal to book the flights together in Shanghai?

Thanks!!!
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Aug 1st, 2005, 04:09 PM
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alison22 - There is definitely bus service between Huangshan and Hangzhou. But I don't know about specifics.

suzanne97 - Suzhou doesn't have commercial airline service, so you need to go back to Shanghai to fly out regardless.

As for your Guilin-Hong Kong flight, I don't think you'll find it cheaper to buy in Shanghai. However, you may still want to do that rather than wait even if you need to spend more. That's because there are only 2 flights a day on this route, so they may be full by the time you get to Guilin. Or you can wait and fly Guilin-Shenzhen as a backup. 5 flights a day on that route, though all arrive very late.
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Aug 1st, 2005, 06:59 PM
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rkkwan - Thanks again for the help. When you say "As for your Guilin-Hong Kong flight, I don't think you'll find it cheaper to buy in Shanghai" are you meaning that it won't be cheaper than booking ahead from the US or it won't be cheaper to buy in Guilin? I am trusting Peter N-H's advice on waiting until I am in China to purchase tickets. BTW, do you mind sharing where you are from/living?
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Aug 1st, 2005, 08:25 PM
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suzanne97 - I mean buying in Shanghai will not be cheaper than buying in Guilin. Both will definitely be much cheaper than buying in the US.

However, the difference you save for any China-to-Hong Kong flight won't be as large as domestic Chinese ones. And as I said, because there are only 2 flights a day on KWL-HKG, you should at least learn about the Shenzhen alternative.

I grew up in Hong Kong and live in Houston now. My parents travel to China at least twice a year, and I'm very interested in air and train travel myself. However, I haven't travelled to China much in recent years (except Hong Kong), so I can't give you specific information like which travel agent to use in China.
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Aug 2nd, 2005, 10:10 AM
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rkkwan - Thanks again for the great advice. I will book the flights from Shanghai. I hope you are able to visit China soon.
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