Travel Date: March 2005
Trip Location: China
Places Visited: Beijing & Shanghai
discover. Beijing and Shanghai are must see-cities. They are safe and surprisingly clean. Great food everywhere. Overall the people are friendly, although English is not widely spoken. Smoking is allowed in all public areas (hotels offer nonsmoking rooms, but restaurants do not have nonsmoking areas).
Travel Advice for Shanghai : Shanghai is a shopping paradise (make it your last stop, as domestic cialis experience flights only allow 20kg). The merchants at knock-off markets are extremely aggressive,
so be prepared! (Start bargaining at 25% of the asking price.)
Beijing : Capital Hotel – personal rating of 4 stars
Shanghai : Shanghai Hotel – personal rating of 3 ½ stars
Favorite Places: Beijing is considered “old China ,” and touring around Hutong by pedi-cab was a wonderful way to experience the Beijing ‘s old district. In contrast, Shanghai is considered “modern China ,” and as a cosmopolitan city, the skyline with its skyscrapers is breathtaking. Shanghai traffic is crazy!
Local Cuisine: Each area in China
specializes in its own unique cuisine. Overall the food was great. In Beijing , we enjoyed a delicious Peking duck dinner at the Quan Jude Roast Duck Restaurant.
Sites Not to Miss: In Beijing , visit the legendary Tiananmen Square , The Forbidden City and The Great Wall. In Shanghai , visit The Shanghai Museum, The Bund, The Old Town and The Shanghai Acrobatic Show if you can.
Best Time of Year to Travel: The best time to travel to China is in the Spring or Fall, in order to miss the high heat of the summer (peak tourist season) and the sub-zero temperatures (especially in Beijing ) in the winter.