China, who has been? travel suggestions?

RFTCRFTC Posts: 717
edited March 2012 in All Encompassing Trip
just booked 10 days for the summer (beijing 6 nts, shanghai 3). looking for some insight for some of the non-touristy options. will be travelling w/wife and 8 year old kid so underground sex clubs are not an option. if your aware of any 10c members in either city, lemme know, i think Byrnzie is over there?
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  • photogirllizphotogirlliz Posts: 2,491
    edited January 2012
    Awesome! Hope you have a great time! Is there a reason you're going, or is it just for fun?

    As far as non-touristy things to do...I would start Googling and looking at travel forums and such. There is a lot of useful information out there for the 'adventursome' traveler. :) I would be sure to check out common places such as The Travel Channel, National Geographic, Trip Advisor, Frommer's, Fodor's, etc...you'll surely find lots of useful information in all those places.

    Have you ever been to an Asian country before?
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  • 8181 Needing a ride to Forest Hills and a ounce of weed. Please inquire within. Thanks. Or not.Posts: 58,276
    cat taste like chicken....be careful. :?















    i kid







    but seriously...if you want to say thank you in chinese......say shit really fast twice. no joke


    i think china would be a cool place to visit. maybe check out that super damn they built?
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  • WildsWilds Posts: 4,320
    edited January 2012
    It's touristy but so what. Go here.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simatai

    I loved it.

    Also did the pekking duck of course, and rented a bike. Might as well see Beijing like a local. Smog and all.

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  • redrockredrock Posts: 18,335
    I would say get in touch with Byrnzie here on the board. He's been living there for a few years now and has also been travelling around.
  • PureandEasyPureandEasy Posts: 5,253
    No but I have a Chinese neice (by marriage) and she's a sweetheart :D

    I love how excited she gets when she finds something she likes - like pancakes, I guess they don't have those in China. :?:
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  • 8181 Needing a ride to Forest Hills and a ounce of weed. Please inquire within. Thanks. Or not.Posts: 58,276
    No but I have a Chinese neice (by marriage) and she's a sweetheart :D

    I love how excited she gets when she finds something she likes - like pancakes, I guess they don't have those in China. :?:


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  • RFTCRFTC Posts: 717
    redrock wrote:
    I would say get in touch with Byrnzie here on the board. He's been living there for a few years now and has also been travelling around.


    thanks for the replies, i pm'd byrnzie and he has already replied w/some suggestions (gotta love this board). i have been to Taiwan and S Korea but most of my lifetime (intl) travels have been europe and lat america. china, india, and southern africa represent my bucket trips and i am cashing mileage/hotel points to make this one happen.
    San Diego Sports Arena - Oct 25, 2000
    MGM Grand - Jul 6, 2006
    Cox Arena - Jul 7, 2006
    New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - May 1, 2010
    Alpine Valley Music Theater - Sep 3-4 2011
    Made In America, Philly - Sep 2, 2012
    EV, Houston - Nov 12-13, 2012
    Dallas-November 2013
    OKC-November 2013
    ACL 2-October 2014
    Fenway Night 1, August 2016
  • photogirllizphotogirlliz Posts: 2,491
    RFTC wrote:
    redrock wrote:
    I would say get in touch with Byrnzie here on the board. He's been living there for a few years now and has also been travelling around.


    thanks for the replies, i pm'd byrnzie and he has already replied w/some suggestions (gotta love this board). i have been to Taiwan and S Korea but most of my lifetime (intl) travels have been europe and lat america. china, india, and southern africa represent my bucket trips and i am cashing mileage/hotel points to make this one happen.
    LOVED Taiwan!!!
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  • jmurrayjmurray Stratham, NHPosts: 3,536
    Touristy but I liked Yuyuan Garden in Shanghai. Be prepared for the aggresive sales pitches on the streets, it was constant. The subway was easy to use.
  • RFTCRFTC Posts: 717
    byrnzie has me in stitches now, i have lengthened trip 2 nights to include xian, and hangzhou. thanks for the responses, i am 4 months out but love the pj feedback. have they ever played china?
    San Diego Sports Arena - Oct 25, 2000
    MGM Grand - Jul 6, 2006
    Cox Arena - Jul 7, 2006
    New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival - May 1, 2010
    Alpine Valley Music Theater - Sep 3-4 2011
    Made In America, Philly - Sep 2, 2012
    EV, Houston - Nov 12-13, 2012
    Dallas-November 2013
    OKC-November 2013
    ACL 2-October 2014
    Fenway Night 1, August 2016
  • awilkinsawilkins Posts: 908
    I lived 45 minutes outside Beijing for a summer; went into the city daily and flew to Shanghai for a weekend. I'll dig out some pics and suggestions tomorrow when I'm not so 'mind-altered'.
  • ZiggyStarZiggyStar Posts: 14,328
    Byrnzie has been living there for years I believe (or maybe he's back now?). I think he's from the UK? Maybe send him a PM and ask some questions. I'm sure he'll be happy to help.
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  • TravelarTravelar Baltimore, USAPosts: 3,027
    I took a day trip up fro Hong Kong once. We visited the city of Guangzhao. While I just barely scratched the surface, it was a good experience. And honestly, our guide sucked, so I can't name anywhere we went. But we visited a traditional market, a temple, a zoo, and had a 7 or 8 course meal. There were a couple of other stops too. And we almost didn't make it back to the border before it closed for the night. We had like 2 minutes to spare.
  • chadwickchadwick up my assPosts: 21,152
    byrnzie himself doesn't know this yet but sometime i am going to be living w/ him while i visit the land china. he does not know it yet but he will be my tour guide and whatnot
    byrnzie and i have work to do, this he knows already
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  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
    Sorry I missed this thread before.


    As I told RFTC in pm's, the places that I'd immediately recommend are:

    Guilin - http://wikitravel.org/en/Guilin
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    Huang Shan (Yellow Mountains) - http://wikitravel.org/en/Huangshan
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    Hangzhou - http://wikitravel.org/en/Hangzhou
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    Xi'an - http://wikitravel.org/en/Xian
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    Beijing - http://wikitravel.org/en/Beijing
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  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
    Also, a couple of other places I'd recommend, but that I've not been to, are Chengdu in Sichuan Province, and Dali & Lijiang in Yunnan Province.


    Chengdu has a lot of sights - temples, parks, museums, e.t.c, and you can also hang out with some panda's at the Panda reserve there. http://wikitravel.org/en/Chengdu
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    And Lijiang - http://wikitravel.org/en/Lijiang and Dali - http://wikitravel.org/en/Dali are both popular attractions - both small traditional style towns - in amongst the mountains, and where a lot of ethnic minority people live.

    Dali
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    Lijiang
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    And if you like hiking then you can hike along Tiger Leaping Gorge, near Lijiang - http://wikitravel.org/en/Tiger_Leaping_Gorge
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    "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." - Bruce Lee

    "Don't ride on me man, ride with me" - Byrnzie on LSD

    "Ed Vedder? He sounds like the song of the North West sung by Chief Broom in the body of R.P McMurphy." - Byrnzie
  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
    chadwick wrote:
    byrnzie himself doesn't know this yet but sometime i am going to be living w/ him while i visit the land china. he does not know it yet but he will be my tour guide and whatnot
    byrnzie and i have work to do, this he knows already
    :mrgreen:

    Sounds good to me dude. 8-)
    "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." - Bruce Lee

    "Don't ride on me man, ride with me" - Byrnzie on LSD

    "Ed Vedder? He sounds like the song of the North West sung by Chief Broom in the body of R.P McMurphy." - Byrnzie
  • redrockredrock Posts: 18,335
    Byrnzie wrote:
    and you can also hang out with some panda's at the Panda reserve there.

    Sending my daughter to yours (but behave!). Hanging out with Pandas... her dream. She's studying wildlife conservation so that would be her 'field trip'!

    All looks so beautiful Steve. Still have time to travel around?
  • ByrnzieByrnzie Posts: 21,037
    redrock wrote:
    Byrnzie wrote:
    and you can also hang out with some panda's at the Panda reserve there.

    Sending my daughter to yours (but behave!). Hanging out with Pandas... her dream. She's studying wildlife conservation so that would be her 'field trip'!

    All looks so beautiful Steve. Still have time to travel around?

    That's not a bad field trip.

    I've not done any traveling here for a long time. I'll be going to a couple of places over the next two months though.
    "It's not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential." - Bruce Lee

    "Don't ride on me man, ride with me" - Byrnzie on LSD

    "Ed Vedder? He sounds like the song of the North West sung by Chief Broom in the body of R.P McMurphy." - Byrnzie
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