I am planning a holiday to Japan and China from December 2007 - End of January 2008. I am travelling from Brisbane,
Australia and have found that most travel agents I talk to are glorified receptionists! They dont have a clue about anything
that isnt listed in a travel brochure or available on their computer.
I am seeking for help from the general travelling public! I want to know a few things:
a) I am not overly concerned as to which country I travel to first, nor do I care which city I land in, I just want the
cheapest way to get there and back. Does anyone know which country is the cheapest approximately?
Will it be cheaper to book a return ticket to one country, for example China and then travel by ferry or maybe another
plane to the other country... Japan, eventually making our own way back to China again?
c) One travel agent suggested getting a return ticket to China with a stop-over in Japan, but she wasn't sure if this would
be cheaper or if they would allow up to a month stopover in Japan; does anyone have any ideas?
d) Last but not least, in China we are hoping to travel to the following destinations, Shanghai, Beijing, Xian, Chengdu
Gualin in any particular order, arriving last in Hong Kong. Do you think it would be better to do this via tour, or on our
own accord, we couldn't find any tours operating in December - January that do all these destinations; we are assuming due to the
unfavourable Yangzi River conditions so if you know of any tours that do this I would LOVE the name!
I am appreciative for any and all help that you guys can give me,