David Cowley

David Cowley

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March 2012

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    How many days do you recommend for a first time tourist to Beijing and Shanghai each.

    For a first time tourist, depending on how much time you have for your visit, I would recommend about 3 days for Shanghai and at least 4 or 5 days for Beijing. Places to see? In Shanghai, the Pearl Tower and the history museum at its basement, the Shanghai Museum, Nanjing St (do not go with any girls or young people here who want to practise their English in a tea shop or any who say they are art students. Both are notorious scams). A trip along the river is good and the Bund at night is a must. There is a lot to see in and around Beijing, more so I think than Shanghai. You must take time to see the Great Wall (Badaling or, even better I've heard, is the Mutianyu site). The there is Tiananmen Square and opposite that is the Forbidden City. There's the temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace and the Lama Temple. Don't forget to try to see the Olympic site at night time when it is all lit up. I travelled mostly by the underground rail systems in both cities and both are excellent. Shanghai is slightly more expensive (4 RMB per trip I think) but Beijing is only 2 yuan per trip. I bought a travel card for 20 and put and extra 20 on it to make travelling on the train really convenient, sort of like Hong Kong's Octopus card. Just swipe on entry and swipe on exit and it calculates the cost and deducts it automatically for you. I hope this helps. Have a good time!! Oh, and don't forget to take a trip on the Maglev train from Shanghai Pudong airport to Longyang rail station. Cost is about 50RMB (one way) but it reaches speeds of over 400km per hour. It's fantastic! From Longyang you can either catch a taxi or transfer to the Shanghai metro. about 7 years ago

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    Is $1999 a good deal to go to china Beijing for 7 days it includes hotel stays all nights all fees to main tourist attractions daily meals

    Does this include airfares too? If it doesn't then I think it is way too expensive as Beijing hotels can be very inexpensive compared to western hotels. I lived in China for over three years and have been to Beijing many times, most recently only 2 weeks ago. I paid no more than $80 per night for 4 star accommodation on my 2 week trip to Qingdao, Taiyuan, Datong and Beijing. Meals are extremely cheap in China (except of course the hotel restaurants which are much more expensive then the ones locals go to) but I paid in one hotel about $40 for 3 persons including drinks. That was considered by my Chinese friend expensive. about 7 years ago

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    Can anyone help me out..? Im travelling to bangkok from 2nd feb to 5th feb.Can I visit tigertemple on 5th and return to airport by 5:30pm

    If you leave early from Bangkok, you should be able to make it. I did a day trip to Kanchanaburi by bus, visited the Kwai River bridge plus a couple of museums, the war cemetery plus the tiger temple (about 35 km away) and got back to the hotel in Bangkok by about 6.30 pm. You will need to find your way to the bus station (taxi) get the bus to Kanchanaburi and I hired a motor bike taxi guy to drive me everywhere, even the return trip to Tiger temple (I think I paid him about 250 - 300 baht, but not too sure). If all you go to see are the tigers, then you should make it back easily. over 6 years ago