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I'm heading to Shanghai in May. thinking of hitting Beijing, the great wall, perhaps Xi'an, and maybe some hiking in the yellow mountains. I think this is a lot for two weeks, but I'm not sure if I should plan more. Also, I'm really looking forward to the food. Any suggestions?

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Mar 25, 2010
Tianjing is a pretty nice town that is accessible by bus from Beijing ... the Food Street and Art Street are great areas to visit.
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Aadil D. says :
Mar 26, 2010
Must see places are Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Guilin and Li River cruise on the small bamboo rafts from Guilin to Yangshou. You can also visit Hangzhou, Chengdu, etc. for some more interesting places to visit in China. Do eat at the Quanjude Peking Duck restaurant, even though it is a bit over rated!!! Visit the Great Wall at Badaling where you can get a cable car to go up if you are not interested in climbing up all the way and come down walking!!! Visit the Terracotta warriors near Xian for one of the most wonderful sights there.
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Mandi G. says :
Mar 25, 2010
In Beijing, my two recomendations would be to see The Great Wall (the Mutianyu Section- as there is a cable car to get up there and you can do these little sled things to go down and it is stunning up there) and Quanjude Roast Duck Restaurant for Peking Duck which is out of this world. Found out about it from my Lonely Planet but have seen it on several travel shows.
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Wing L. says :
Apr 3, 2011
You should also visit Jingxu and Hangzhou becuase it is very near to Shanghai.The scenery there is very great.You can also go to Xi'an,it is one of the historical city in China.If you have more than two weeks,i think it's enough to go these cities.But,if u want to be relaxed,don't plan too much.It's very big in china.You will see many things in a city.
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Joe A. says :
Dec 9, 2010
Huangshan (Huang=yellow, shan=mountain) is absolutely spectacular, but as far as I know, there are no leisurely hikes up the mountain. You will follow a trail of thousands of people up the mountain. When I climbed it, the weather was cold, the wind was blowing like a hurricane, and it was pouring rain. And I tell you the trails and everywhere else, was packed with people. I would spend at least one day at the great wall and another in the forbidden city. I haven't been to Xian, but I hope to. You should also visit the summer palace if you get a chance.
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Jo T. says :
Sep 1, 2010
2 weeks are more than sufficient, and also depending if you are doing via domestic flights or rail? when in Shanghai, don't miss out on a day trip to the watertowns of Suzhou.
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Susan B. says :
May 11, 2010
Go to Datong, 6 hours from Beijing by train. hanging monastaries, nine dragon screen, and budha grotto.
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Cheeky C. says :
May 11, 2010
China is such a vast country. Instead of hauling ass around the country take 1 week busy Beijing and 1 week easy Guillin/Yellow Mountains...
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Weimin H. says :
Apr 22, 2010
well that will give you good 2 weeks. Try not to go to BaDaLing a tourist place. if you want to see the real Great Wall go to MuTianYu. You can easily arrange a car with drive for a day for like 500 -600 RMB. Da Dong Roast Duck is the best,I wouldn't recommend the famous QuanJuDe. Every cab drive will bring you there(or ask hotel concierge where it is).
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Apr 18, 2010
Here is what I would do in 2 weeks. 4 days in Beijing, 3 Days in Shanghai, 2 days in Xi'an, 1 day in Hangzhou, 2 days in Nanjing, then head back to the city of departure.
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Darshna C. says :
Apr 9, 2010
In Beijing I highly reccomend the Tianqiao Acrobatic Theater. It's amazing, and the cheapest seats are in the front rows! The Great Wall is a nust see, and the Ming Tombs are not that far from there. You can get the two done one day, since the Ming Tombs would probably take an hour and half at the most (we went around it with a guide and were out of there under an hour.) There is a LOT to see in Beijing, Temple of Heaven, Summer Palace, Tian'anman Sq, Forbidden City - when we went we saw all of these in one day. It was definetly worth it.
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Jeff S. says :
Apr 7, 2010
Hiking in the Yellow Mountains may be aggressive if you are going for only two weeks and want to get to Shanghai, Beijing & Xian. Each of those cities/areas could take more then a few days depending on all you are looking to see and visit. Shanghai will also have the World Expo this summer. You may also want to take a side trip to a city like Suzhou that is also worth of a few days itself. It really depends on all you want to do and how well you plan your time. As for food, I would definitely recommend the dumplings in Shanghai & the duck in Beijing. Both cities also have plenty of other international options.
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Anna L. says :
Apr 6, 2010
Hostels in Xian definately great, as is the street food in its Muslim quarter - amazing & cheap kebabs cooked on the streetstands. After seeing the soldiers can move on pretty fast though. Shanghai - big and buzzy. I found the train system very good - always clean, on time, and very friendly Chinese co-passengers. 2 weeks should be fine for these 3 cities.
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Marina R. says :
Apr 4, 2010
You'll definitely have enough time. TRY to go to Mt Huashan and hike up...it's pretty amazing. We did this while in Xi'an but had to rearrange our schedules due to the weather. DEFINITELY go to Xi'an. The warriors are worth it. I don't think you'll have a problem with the food. My friends and I LOVED it. Their food is very flavorful and yummy. When I was there we went to Beijing, Xi'an, Shanghai and Hong Kong with a 4 hr side trip to Macau. We went to the non-touristic part of the Great Wall. You actually spend the night in one of the towers and wake up to see the sunrise over the wall. You don't see people for HOURS and it's a 10K hike through 39 towers. It's amazing and a MUST. It's about an hour drive from the touristic part but awesome. Message me for more info or if you want to see pics of Huashan moutain or the other part of the wall. Have Fun!
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Elyse D. says :
Mar 29, 2010
its doable... but plan to fly. the train system isnt great, and the language barrier is pretty difficult if something goes wrong, plus flights are just as inexpensive... go to hongkong if you get a chance... its worth another couple of days. The roasted sweet potatoes you can buy off the side of the road in almost any city in china are delicious.
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Kate H. says :
Mar 29, 2010
I haven't been to Shanghai, but considering what I saw in China and Tibet in 30 days I think you can see all of these places in 2 weeks. It might cost a bit more, but to make seeing all of these cities worth the travel time, I'd recommend booking overnight sleeper trains to get between cities (will still take 15+ hours!) so that you don't miss out on any day-time hours. On some occasions we even found flights that were 75% off and were half the price of a train ticket and only 2-3 hours, so flights can be worth looking into, but I'd recommend doing this when in China. The HI hostels in Xi'an had the discount flight rates posted at the front desk and would book the flights for you. I hiked the Jinshaling to Simitai section of the Great Wall. It's a full day trip from Beijing, but it was worth it to go a little further out of Beijing to avoid the crowds. We went in March and only passed 2 other people hiking. It isn't as reconstructed as some other parts of the wall, but the views are incredible and at the end you have the option to hike down to the bus pick-up point or take a flying fox cable down over the lake. There's also a hostel at the Simitai end of the wall, so you can even consider spending a night there. While in Beijing, see an acrobat show if you have the chance....it's incredible what people can do! In Xi'an definitely go see the Terra Cotta warriors, and also consider taking a day or two to hike Mount Huashan. It is worth the very long drive to get there! You can hike to the top, or take the cable car (that's what I did). It's an amazing place!
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Zach L. says :
Mar 27, 2010
Shanghaqi, Beijing and Xian are really far away from each other. I'd cut one out unless you want to spend all your time on buses or all your money on flights.
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Tony D. says :
Mar 25, 2010
You should plan for a full day at the Great Wall, the ride to Mutianyu that Mandi recommended is the nearest section of the wall, although its still several hours. There are plenty of places to see in Beijing, shopping, Olympic sites, siteseeing attractions, etc. I would say at least three days in Beijing as well.
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Enzo L. says :
Mar 25, 2010
you need not less than 3 days only in Shanghai.... do not miss Huaihai rd., Nanjiing rd.,Xintiandi at night, Lujiazui, the old town, Taikan rd., Xujiahiu, Hegshan rd., Maoming rd.,Hongquiao Tianshan, ect.
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