When NOT to travel to China, and the solution if you are

Sep 08, 13 When NOT to travel to China, and the solution if you are

You did what? Booked a trip to China during one of the major holidays, are you mad?!

This could be a likely reaction from someone who knows China well when told you are traveling around May 1 or October 1. Why? Because it should, for your sanity and health, simply be avoided.

You know there will be a lot of people in China, and you sort of prepare for that. Some travelers prepare so much that they almost get disappointed when they don’t experience the tidal wave of Chinese they were picturing. I’m honestly not sure what exactly they were picturing, but I have heard the question, “Where are all the people?” more than a few times.

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What to expect when you fly in China

Aug 23, 13 What to expect when you fly in China

To see most of China, you need to move around and visit the different cities and provinces. While I personally prefer to take the train, I do see the practical side of flying. After all, China is the third biggest country in the world, and sometimes you need to get to a place faster than the 12 hours the train ride takes.

So what can you  expect when you fly in China? Read on…

 

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72 hours in Shanghai

Jan 08, 13 72 hours in Shanghai

China allows for visa free stay up to 72 hours, if you arrive in Beijing or one of Shanghai’s two international airports. If I had three days in the Pearl of the Orient, the Paris of the East, this is what I would do!

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72 hours in Beijing

Jan 06, 13 72 hours in Beijing

From January 1 2013 China allows for visa free stay up to 72 hours, if you arrive in Beijing or one of Shanghai’s two international airports.

72 hours = 3 days. Not long, but you will be surprised to see all you can do within those hours. If we don’t take jet lag, luggage, money and Beijing traffic into consideration, this is what my 72 hours would look like.

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If you choose only one sight to see in Beijing…

Dec 02, 12 If you choose only one sight to see in Beijing…

Make that the Temple of Heaven. The mix of ancient architectual structures, a huge, green park and thousands of locals treating it as their retirement club makes it a perfect place for sightseeing and people watching. The round altar and temples are beautiful in their simplicity, but most enjoyable is watching all the old folks getting together to exercise, dance, sing, play cards and domino, or just catch up on the latest news.

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