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Old 06-20-2012, 01:42 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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I spent about 3 weeks in China in December 2006. Went to Hong Kong, Fujian province, Beijing, Xian and Chongqing so similar to you. I would say a month is probably doable, and unlike December the weather should be a bit kinder in Beijing. It was all awesome, I couldn't pick anything that stood head and shoulders above the rest but I really did enjoy Xian. I would've liked to have gone to Shanghai as well, especially Suzhou/Hangzhou, I'm sure you'll get to see quite a bit of China.
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Old 06-20-2012, 08:53 AM
 
Location: Whittier, CA
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Can you guys comment on the language barrier... I usually carry a phrasebook with me and it works but Mandarin seems like a different animal here since the accent is ridiculously hard!
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Old 06-20-2012, 02:16 PM
 
Location: Out there somewhere...a traveling man.
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We had no language problem. Most of the people we ran into or did business with spoke english quite well. Especially all the tourist guides and most everyone at all the tourist spots. Even the cab drivers understood english directions. I don't think you'll have a communication problem.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:24 PM
 
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We had no language problem. Most of the people we ran into or did business with spoke english quite well. Especially all the tourist guides and most everyone at all the tourist spots. Even the cab drivers understood english directions. I don't think you'll have a communication problem.
As long you stay in main foreign tourist areas you can manage with English. If you go to areas that don't get many foreign tourists (rather only Chinese locals/tourists), you might encounter taxi drivers who don't speak English. You can always ask a bilingual speaker to write your destination in Chinese on a piece of paper to show the taxi driver.
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Old 06-20-2012, 03:41 PM
 
Location: State of Transition
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It's official, I will be spending 3-4 full weeks in China starting mid September to mid Oct. So far I have identified a VERY rough itinerary that will go like this and would like some feedback...

Beijing -> (Great Wall) -> Pingyao-> Xi'an -> (Hua Shan day trip from Xi'an) -> Chongqing -> (Yangtze cruise maybe?) -> Yichang (Three Gorges dam) -> Luoyang -> Nanjing -> Shanghai

I think I would need 4 weeks at least otherwise it would be very tight since I am planning 4 full days in Beijing and at least 3 full days in Shanghai.

One concern that I have is that my trip will be over the Oct 1-7 holiday season... what can I expect during this time and how can I prepare for it? What exactly will be closed during this time?
I'm gonna go out on a limb and shake things up a little, itinerary-wise. Why Yangtze cruise (PBS had a documentary on those. The cruise boat conditions and staffing didn't look like anything I'd want to be involved with)? Why 3 Gorges Dam? If you're going to be in the area of Xi'an, why not go to Chengdu, for some Tibetan culture, something off the beaten track? Somewhere north of Chengdu there's a Taoist mountain monastery that makes for an interesting visit. Fly from there to Yunnan, for spectacular scenery and more minority culture. That's what I would do. Then from Yunnan to Nanjing and Shanghai.
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