I'm going to china trip. Can you advice?
We began our trip in Beijing, then off to Xian, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Thailand. Fabulous. Loved the Ren Hotels!
Which hotel in Xian?
I have made 5 trips to Shanghai, and continue to find it and the nearby cities fascinating and friendly. But my one trip to Beijing convince me that if you can only go to one place in China, it should be Beijing. The historical sites there are incredible, and all easily reached by inexpensive public transportation (including the Great Wall). The JW Marriott nearest Tiananmen Square is a Category 2 rewards hotel - an incredible bargain.
I've never been, so I can't say... But here are some threads that may be of interest:
Re: Xi'an China, terracotta warriors, etc.
Ideas for Day Trips from Shanghai?
Re: 3 week tour of China with my wife
I probably should not have voted since I was only in Beijing. When we went to Beijing our daughter was working there and we stayed with her. She was in a great location told us how to get around and we had fabulous time. We saw all the historic or important temples, the Forbidden City, the Olympic Village and The Great Wall (which is a must). We did a side trip to Xian, the (Terra Cotta Warriors) and all in all it was a trip of a lifetime. We were going to go to Shanghai, but weather related issues forced us to cancel that side trip. Also, we took the Metro system everyday and everywhere. You could not beat the price and ease of using it this transportation system. I should warn you that the trains are packed (it seemed like it was all the time) like you just left a sporting event and everyone is trying to get on the train. If you do take taxi's we were told that to stand on the side of the street that you want the taxi to go forward on (they do not make U-turns). The traffic in Beijing is horrendous, so be prepared and give yourself plenty of time to get to your destination. Also, I use to take my IPAD and have our destination page open on it so the driver can see the address in their language (not all speak English or a different language). If you go to the Forbidden City and hire a tour guide that speaks English, be selective. Best of all have fun and I am sure you will enjoy either city.
One more tidbit. Beijing has a population of 15 to 25 million, but I am convinced they do not have a clue as to how many people live there.
Have to say I have not been to S but have been to Beijing. Liked it so much that we are heading back with the short set in a couple months. Got 6 nights for 2 rooms for 160K points. That is an incredible deal.
The M Beijing is right across the street from the Ritz. Also about half the points, and from what I can tell not in any way inferior. Great CL, lots of food and alcohol.
We had the concierge to get us a private car and tour guide, since we were there for only 3 days. The guide took us to the Great Wall, leaving the hotel at 7:30 am. Friends thought we had the wall to ourselves since there was no one else. Only started to see people arrive when we were leaving.
I really wanted to see the Terra Cotta Warriors, but that city is a long way away. There was 1 of the warriors in the Forbidden City, which was very cool.
Also in Beijing, since it hosted the Olympics, the subway is very good and all the signs are in English as well. That was a big help. the point from above about having the hotel name/address in a screenshot on your phone is a must. No cabbies speak English, but show them the screenshot and you are good. We took the submit almost all (except to/from the airport), much easier than cabs.
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