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September trip 2011

Brighton
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September trip 2011

My wife and I are planning a trip to China in September 2011 .Our current itinerary is as follows:

Day 1. Arrive Beijing 9.30 am . Afternoon rickshaw hutong ride. Houhai Lake

Day 2. Great Wall - Mutianyu. See Olympic Stadium on way back.

Day 3. Morning around Forbidden City. Afternoon at Summer Palace.

Day 4. Morning at Temple of Heaven. Overnight train to Xian.

Day 5. Wild Goose Pagoda, city walls, Muslim Quarter.

Day 6. Terracotta Warriors.

Day 7. Early flight to Jiuzhaigou. Visit National Park.

Day 8. Visit Huanglong National PArk.

Day 9. Second day in JZG National Park.

Day 10. Fly to Chengdu.

Day 11. Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre. Visit Leshan. Evening (19.20) flight to Guilin. Transfer to Yangshuo.

Days 12-13. Motorised raft on Li River. Bamboo raft on Yulong River. Chill.

Day 14. Fly to Shanghai.

Day 15. Explore a bit of Shanghai.

Day 16. Fly home

My questions are:

1. Any comments on the itinerary?

2. The mid-autumn festival is on the 12th, so I guess tourist sites will be especially busy then. Would it be best to avoid being in Beijing and Xian on that date?

Thanks in advance

Dave

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1. Re: September trip 2011

I don't think you need to avoid anywhere because of mid-Autumn day. Beijing day 3 is rather busy whereas day 4 is very light - suggest you switch the Summer Palace to day 4. You have plenty of time to decide.

Edited: 22 June 2010, 12:39
Sherbrooke, Canada
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2. Re: September trip 2011

That' s a lot of moving around.

In Yangshuo there is no point doing both river trips. Bamboo raft on the Yulong River is enough. Rent a bicycle and ride around going to places like Moon Hill.

Beijing, CHINA
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3. Re: September trip 2011

Hi Dave,

September is the best time for tourists in China especially Jiuzhaigou.

NO need to avoid during mid-autumn festival. IF have a chance or you ask, arrange you and your wife visit Chinese family and get to know how/what Chinese people do on the mid-autumn day. Learn the history and eat MOONCAKE. That will be your unforgettable part of trip.

Day 1 Arrive Beijing 9.30 am . Sightseeing Beihai Park and walk around the TOP5 of China’s Five Most Beautiful City Districts: Shichahai Park.

Day 2 sightseeing Mutianyu Great Wall at morning and Bird’s Nest/Water Cube at afternoon by private car whole day.

Day 3 Sightseeing Temple of Heaven at earlier morning and Summer Palace at afternoon.

Day 4 Tiananmen Square, Tiananmen City Tower, Forbidden City at morning and Jingshan Park (overview Forbidden City from the top of Jingshan), rickshaw hutong ride at afternoon. Then take by night train starting at evening from Beijing and arriving at morning to Xian (1200km) lasting about 12 hours.

Day 5/6 sightseeing the Terra Cotta Soldiers, Huaqing Hot Springs Park, the Old City Wall, Shaanxi Provincial Museum, Grand Wild Goose Pagoda and Xian Muslim Quarter & Grand Mosque. At late afternoon fly from Xian to Chengdu.

Day 7 sightseeing E'mei Mountain and Leshan Giant Buddha.

Day 8 visit Chengdu Panda Breeding Centre and at late afternoon fly from Chengdu to Jiuzhaigou.

Day 9/10/11 sightseeing Jiuzhaigou/Huanglong. At afternoon of Day11 fly from Jiuhuang airport to Chengdu after visiting Huanglong then transfer in Chengdu airport to Guilin.

Day 11/12/13/14 Sightseeing Longji Terrace Fields 1 day, Lijiang River 1 day, hiking by bike around Yangshuo 1 day and Guilin 1 day. On Day 14 fly from Guilin to Day Shanghai.

Day 15/16 Explore Shanghai and depart to HOME.

Travelingislife

Edited: 22 June 2010, 13:20
Brighton
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4. Re: September trip 2011

Thank you very much for those helpful replies

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5. Re: September trip 2011

It does sounds like a very packed and busy schedule! Not much time for relaxing.

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7. Re: September trip 2011

The Summer Palace is quite a large area and it usually takes nearly a full day to see it properly. The Forbidden City is one of those places where you might spend 3 hours, 1/2 day or a full day - you won't know until you arrive.

If it were me I would follow Qupnicely advise and swap the Summer Palace to day 4. That way you are not commited to having to leave the FC if you don't want to. If you do leave after a few hours you can head to the nearby Qianmen (opposite Tiananmen Square) & Dashilar area. It's a really pleasant old part of Beijing to wander around and do a bit of shopping.

Or head over to the Lake and Drum Tower areas for a look at the Hutong sections of the city.

Day 4 - Arrive at the Temple of Heaven in the morning & then go to the Summer Palace.

You might find you would benefit from another day in the Jiuzhaigou area or Yangshuo .

To do this cut down on Xi'an. If you are taking the sleeper train this is easily done with just the one night stay. All the places you want to see can be done in one day. Also try & stay in a hotel within the old city walls and you can walk to the Muslim street area at night which has great atmosphere. You wont need a whole day to see the warriors - you will only spend a couple of hours there.

Re Jiuzhaigou -This is a big area and Huanglong is small. Time wise you would be best to head straight to Huanglong (allow 1 to 3/4 of a day) and then use the rest of your time to see Jiuzhaigou.

Brighton
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8. Re: September trip 2011

Brilliant advice as ever, Annie. Many thanks

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9. Re: September trip 2011

Your welcome. You have a nice well balanced itinerary :-)

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