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.?
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:
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!!
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...