Post # 1
so we are getting married in september this year and have a really tight budget so the honeymoon will have to be under $3,000. we have both really wanted to go to china but i cant seem to find much on peoples experiences from going there… plz anyone with a story share it with me! how much? how did you find the experience? are the people nice or is it dirty/dangerous for westerners? we are from australia so we have to take into acount our airfares from sydney or brissy. THANKS BEES! 🙂
Post # 3
Are you planning on going yourself or on a tour group? I was there a long time ago, but on a tour group. If you do that, they will mostly take you to popular modern clean places. In the big cities, it feels much like any other city, but as in any crowded poorer place, be very careful of pickpockers. Other than that, it felt very safe. And as usual, I never drank the tap water.
As for the places I went…
Xian (terracotta soliders) – this was kind of neat, but out of the way. i’d skip it if time was tight.
Great wall at ‘badaling’ – the wall is an amazing site, a must see. you cant explain or capture in pictures looking out into the mountains as far as you can see, and seeing this giant wall on it.
Shianghai – Modern city, theres an ‘old shanghai’ thats kidna neat
Hong Kong – Crazy crowded city, kind of reminds me of Melbourne, just lots of eating and shopping
Post # 4
I know 2 people who went and both went on tours. I’m not sure if I’d venture that far away on our own. They loved it, took great pictures and such, but again, they were on a tour group and had escorts to certain places.
Post # 5
I lived in Shanghai for a year and have traveled a lot around the country. It isn’t as cheap as it used to be (places like Thailand or the Philappines are cheaper and have better beaches). China is defintely not for the faint of heart. The people for the most part can be pushy (especially with obvious foreigners) and if you don’t know the language it will be difficult to get around on your own. It really just depends on the type of traveling you like to do. If you are more adventurous or if you are willing to stick to a tour, China could be great–but I wouldn’t say it’s a place big on relaxation or romance. It’s also a really BIG place so you can find a lot of different types of vacations in China. If I were going to honeymoon in China, I would try to stay out of the big cities (like Shanghai or Beijing) which tend to be polluted and overrun by tourist and pushy local city-dwellers unless this is really the only time to you plan to go to China (then it would sort of be like visiting the US and not going to New York). If you want some really good places that would be a little bit slower-paced and really get you into the more traditional side of China I’d recommend heading to places like Guilin/Yangshou (typical Karst-peak idyllic China) or head to Lijiang (ancient city which is now a UNESCO world heritage site) in Yunnan province. Both have absolutely stunning scenery, and I’m sure you could find tours that would go to either pretty easily. They will also have more English than typical countryside locales that don’t see any tourists. Like I said though, traveling in China is not relaxing, but it can be a lot of fun if you don’t get easily stressed.
Post # 6
very interesting. we are not interested in the whole lovey dovey honeymoon scene but want to have some advanture for the most part and maybe relax in a nice hotel for 2-3 days. we live near the most beatiful beaches and i dont think anywere could compare to that, also we can go to the beach anytime so not worried about that. i guess its safer with a guide.. but i hate the whole touristy tour guide people lol if that makes sence…
Post # 7
Have you thought about volunteering for a project over there? The FH and I are considering going over next year with a water project. My bosses son has a philanthropy project over there and they provide water purification systems to communities over there. We are trying to work it out that we can go over and help, get a great adventure out of it, and it will all be tax deductible.
Post # 8
wow that would be amazing! how do i find all the info on that?
i was also thinking maybe vietnam could be good. i want to immerse myself in culture and leave all the ipods, laptops and electronic stuff here for a while!