(Closed) Has anybody gone to China before?

posted 6 years ago in Travel
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

DEFINITELY worth the visit! I went for 6 weeks in college and loved it! The people are all so welcoming and nice too!

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Ditto TigerFan! It will be the trip of a lifetime. I spent only 6 days in Beijing (not even CLOSE to enough), but SO and I explored our little section of town. We saw temples galore, most of the standard tourist locals, palaces, hiked on the Great Wall, city parks, etc. Having lived in upper-middle class suburbia most of my life, it was an amazing (and welcome) shock to my system. The food was great, the people were lovely, and everything is pretty cheap so you’ll save lots (especially if you get out of the main touristy areas). Definitely make time for the Imperial Summer Palace, one of the city parks (they are gorgeous!), and walk through a hutong (small neighborhoods) or two. If you have time (and energy) to hike the Great Wall, there’s a half day hike that covers sections of the Wall that were built in the 1300’s and then renovated portions as well. It’s strenuous, but AMAZING. Feel free to message me for more info!

Word of caution: get used to the idea of peeing in a hole in the floor. Most places don’t have sit toilets, and many shops/restaurants/homes don’t have their own plumbing; you use public bathrooms, and some of them don’t have stalls. Just communal holes in the floor. Yeah…

Post # 6
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Blushing bee

I went for school in 2007 – ditto on the toilet on the floor! I thought my Dad was kidding when he said to pack toilet paper – he was not. Had to buy some in the drug store. If you can ignore my stupid college comments, here is the travel blog I wrote – at least gives you some sense of places we visited if you have the time to peruse: http://www.travelblog.org/Bloggers/Steff/

 

It was definitely worth a visit.. I loved Lhasa, Tibet as well if you have the flexibility/time. The smaller, more rural areas were much more interesting and beautiful to me than the larger, Americanized cities although I did enjoy eating Pizza Hut after 2 weeks of chopsticks. Ditto, if you have specific questions to PM me and I can dig around in my memory 🙂

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I would actually suggest NOT visiting Guangzhou.  It’s pretty far from the other areas you’re visiting and you’re actually not seeing anything special in this part of China.  It’s been pretty industrialized so you’re pretty much just going to a city that you could see anywhere else in China.  The only reason I could see why you would go there is that it’s a gateway city from Hong Kong but I would just fly out from HK to Shanghai or Beijing.  

Be careful of pickpocketers while in China.  I know it sounds pretty hokey but I would get the special travel packs where you keep your important documents (passports, credit cards) close to your body.  When I visited China with my husband who’s half Asian, we definitely got noticed and were followed by pickpocketers a few times.  Luckily we had local people point them out to us the first time and then we were much more diligent after that.  Even if you’re full Asian, there’s a huge difference between locals and tourists and tourists are very easily spotted.  

With that being said, a lot of the locals are very friendly people (and curious!) and many are eager to practice their English so they’re very willing to speak with you – especially the younger ones.  In Shanghai, please skip the aquarium.  Such a waste of money.  But it might be worth visiting some of the World Fair exhibits that are still up.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Believe me, the amount of pointy-talky that was needed to get me through my first experience was highly amusing. Some lovely women who were using the “facilities” saw my look of poorly concealed abject horror, pointed to the coat/purse hook on the wall, the empty hole in the corner, the toilet paper, and then carried on with their business. I found wearing skirts with leggings underneath was the best solution; you can preserve any modesty with the skirt and then the leggings make the outfit conservative enough to wear in public. As a culture, I found that skin showing was not common (although this is also due to weather/pollution) and PDA is almost non-existent. SO and I were so excited every night to get back to our apartment so we could kiss/hug. The most we saw was some younger couples holding hands!

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I went to China and Japan with my family when I was a bit younger but I loved it. Definitley make the trip to the Great Wall!

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