5 Replies Latest reply: May 28, 2015 3:18 PM by ramoneur RSS

3 week tour of China with my wife

ramoneur Platinum
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I have been traveling throughout China since 2007 for business.

Having the luxury of speaking/reading some Chinese I have been doing this fairly independently.

 

Now, planning a sort of "renewed honeymoon" with my wife in 2017, I am a bit at a loss what our itinerary should be for a 3 week trip.

I am planning to use as much as possible of my Marriott account points for the stays, so my preference for the hotels would be Marriott.

 

My last destination, for a few days, would be Shanghai, since I sort of gotten to know this city.

However, regarding what to do/visit in the 2,5 weeks before we end up there, I still have no clue.

 

Since this will be her only time for a long time past - and to come - to taste a bit of freedom (since she is a stay at home mother and we have two young daughters...) the pressure of making this a "once-in-a-lifetime" holiday/memory is a bit high...

 

My wife likes reading, music, history and culture.

Early 30's when we will have this trip.

 

So I am thinking about the following travel plan:

[3 days] fly to Beijing, visit the old palace, TianAnMen, etc.

[2 days] take night train to ChengDu, visit some panda's, etc.

[3 days] go to Chongqing, visit museums, etc.

[2 days] take train to KunMing, visit museums (Flying Tigers, etc.)

[2 days] drive/train/boat to the Three Gorges Dam, visit museums, etc.

[3 days] take boat (YangtZe River Cruise) to ?

[2 days] go to SuZhou

[2 days] go to HangZhou

[3 days] Shanghai

 

Do you guys/gals have any other ideas, tips, advice, etc.?

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Shanghai, China Renaissance Hotels Renaissance Shanghai Yangtze Hotel
  • Re: 3 week tour of China with my wife
    CariJ Marriott Associate Member
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    That sounds like a splendid trip, ramoneur. Though I've never been to China myself, I'm eager to hear what other Insiders have to say on this subject.

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  • Re: 3 week tour of China with my wife
    mrgeee Platinum
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    First of all, if you have not stayed at the JW @ Tomorrow Square in Shanghai, you are missing out..... it is a fabulous hotel.

     

    As for what else to do? a short day trip by Bullet Train and taxi to the City of Wuxi and the "Lingshan Scenic Spot". This is an absolutely amazing place, including a giant bronze Buddha larger than the Statue of Liberty. Google it and look at photos.

     

    A quick search brought up this site, which has a very good description:

    http://www.travelchinaguide.com/attraction/jiangsu/wuxi/lingshan-buddha.htm

     

    My wife and I visited here with our daughter and son in-law. Other than a couple from Holland, all of the other thousands of tourists were Chinese. My Language skills are almost non-existent yet we did quite well. My comment to people as I "try" to explain the place, is that I felt as if I were at Disney World, but it was all real...... I would recommend this to everyone as a "don't miss" place. Note the size of the people in the photos I took below for comparison.

     

     

     

     

     

    I also note you do not include a trip to Xian, and the Terracotta Warriors.....

     

    I hope you enjoy the trip!!

     

    Mark

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    • Re: 3 week tour of China with my wife
      iahflyr Platinum 26 Reviews
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      Those are wonderful pictures and the trip does sound really fun and informative.

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    • Re: 3 week tour of China with my wife
      brightlybob Platinum 10 Reviews
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      Thanks so much for this. The missus has a ton of Virgin miles to blow and I'm thinking about redeeming for a Marriott travel package with 100k Virgin miles and we had kind of dismissed Shanghai as an option out-of-hand. This will be a late honeymoon, (next year) so I think I will sit down with her and we'll give Shanghai a closer look...

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    • Re: 3 week tour of China with my wife
      ramoneur Platinum
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      ..you are right; I forgot Xian;

      been there myself in the past;

      it is indeed a must-see location; thanks for reminding me :-)

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