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> Advice appreciated on my China itinerary
post Jun 13 2010, 07:35 PM
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I've worked all throughout HS and college to save up a bit of money in the hopes of taking a trip out to China one day. But now that I have the funds and the time, I'm completely lost where to start or how to budget or even which places to go visit.

The definites so far are as follows:
  • Depart early July
  • Spend 3 weeks
  • Eat/live/travel as cheaply as humanly possible

I can budget about 2K for the trip. Which is way more than enough, I think. I mean, I backpacked through Europe after HS and spent A LOT on alcohol, and still stayed under $60/day, which came out to $1,800 for an entire month. And I'm sure China's cheaper than that. If I'm smart, I think I can manage under 1K for the entire trip!

Now, I'm going to do some research to find out more about local customs, cultural traditions, essential phrases, etc. But I'm confused about how I should plan this trip out to see the MOST out of China within 3 weeks. I mean, it's so big that I think I might have to target just one specific region, like the South or the North, in order to fully appreciate it.

Ideally, I'd like to see Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. However, I looked up the distance on Google Maps...and it's like 750 miles from Beijing to Shanghai and 950 from Shanghai to Guangzhou. So I think this is probably unreasonable within the time constraint.

So hey, I would really appreciate your tips and suggestions on how to plan this itinerary out. Anything, and I mean ANYTHING, would help!
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