laura_p

laura_p

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    How can I prepare for a 3 week trip to China?

    Read a great book about the country. If you're into food, try Fuschia Dunlop's "Shark Fin and Sichuan Pepper." Into history, try a book by Jonathan Spence. Into the environment, try Elizabeth Economy. Make sure to download some kind of phrasebook app or bring a good actual phrasebook. If you're going to need a taxi anywhere, like to your first hotel, make sure you have the address in Chinese characters! There are lots of things to see. Sticking to big cities like Beijing and Shanghai will help you avoid culture shock (if you don't look Chinese, you'll run into a lot of pointing and staring). Click around on Wikitravel to see what looks the best to you. If you want to see lots of sides of China, try a week in a Western part (say Xinjiang or Tibet) a week in the South (HK, Sichuan, or Yunnan) and a week in a big coastal city (Beijing, Shanghai). over 7 years ago

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    Going to Chengdu in early November for 3days

    Don't miss 担担面 (dan dan noodles), 麻婆豆腐 (ma po doufu) etc. I loved the noodle place on Renmin Bei Lu Yi Duan 人民北路一段, across from the Chengdu Sports Center. You can find a lot of Chengdu eating recommendations on eatingasia.typepad.com, just look at their "chengdu" category. over 7 years ago