Trip to China in late May

Old Aug 19th, 2009, 07:10 AM
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Trip to China in late May

Hi, we are in very early stages of planning two week trip to China. We are considering
May 17 to 31 dates and planning to fly in Shanghai and make our way to Bejing. I will be reading posts in this forum, but how the planned dates look?

Regards, Mike
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 07:48 AM
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We visited China in May this year and the weather was very nice, mostly sunny days with warm but comfortable temperatures 24-28 deg C.

We did Beijing, Xian and Shanghai over 14 days.

Have fun planning your trip.
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Old Aug 19th, 2009, 08:22 PM
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We are leaving for China tomorrow and visiting Shanghai-Tong Li-Xi'an-Beijing (and Tianjin for school) over two weeks.

I'll post back after our trip. HappyMom's report helped me a lot on planning ours as well as many other knowledgeable posters here.

Do a search and you can read for hours. Have fun planning!
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We did Shanghai Xi'an and Beijing the latter part of May. It was HOT over 90F which 28C equals each day. I would move your trip back to April or March. Do not go around May 1 or Oct 1 because it is China's national holiday.

Our first trip we did a small group tour. This past trip I organized myself and bought what various services through chinahighlights.com. You do not need a tour guide in Shanghai or for the most part in Beijing. However, I would buy a package for Xi'an, because the terracotta soliders are out in the country. My husband and I travelled with a young associate from my office and that qualified us as a small group. In Xi'an, it was only the three of us in a mini van.

Also for the lunches, we went to small local restaurants with no westerners but us, and the guide translated the menu for us. On our first trip, we had our lunches in big tourist type restaurants with westerners.

We booked drivers to us each airport. (you do need to fly between the three cities). On chinahighlights.com always pick the cheapest flight because there is no difference in the service. In Beijing because our friend had not been to the great wall, I booked him an inclusive package. My husband and I, we do not like box hotels, stayed at a cool courtyard hotel in a hutong, did our own thing during the day and then met up with our friend for dinner.
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Hi, I'm planning a trip, with my son, to China. Staying for 14 days the last two weeks of Oct. Would love to know your favorite coutyard hotels and any restaurants you enjoyed. Thanks
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