Our trip planning is a work in progress. We’d love your recommendations on towns, excursions, restaurants, lodging, or anything you think would be helpful during our stay in China.

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  • Java

    I
    think apart from Beijing and Shanghai as springboards to the rest of
    China, they should really explore the less traveled regions. Two
    possible paths across China (i) across the North; and (ii) across the
    south (similar to the U.S.). They should check the weather because
    during certain times of the year/and political season, certain regions
    of China is “impassable”.

    North
    path: One continuous path could be to follow the former “Silk Road”
    west from Beijing to Xian to the Dunhuang Buddhist caves to the highland
    plateaus of Qinghai province and Xinjiang province (towards Central
    Asia). Or the reverse… they can explore all the “-stans” Tajikistan,
    Kazahstan, etc. and enter China from the West to East.

    South/Southwest:
    Tibet, into Sichuan province, south into Yunnan province – where you
    get a diversity of geographic, climates and people from 4300m tall
    mountains down to tropical jungles and ravines where many of China’s 53
    minority tribes live. From Yunnan, you work your way across to Guangxi
    (for rugged mountainous region) and Guangzhou where Guilin resides.

  • Carina

    We just went to China in October and November. Loved Xi’an’s Muslim Quarter. From Xi’an, we did a day trip to Hua Shan, one of the Dao’ist holy mountains, and were among the only Caucasians there (always good to get away from tourist stops). Great Wall of course can’t be missed. I ended up loving Chongqing (pronounced Chong-ching). The food was insanely good, the city felt so real and not touristy, but the smog was bad. I need to post more about it on my blog. I’m new to your blog and just looked up China by destination since it’s one of my favorite places and figured it would be a good introduction to your blog. I’m guessing you’ve already been.