Things to do on our China trip
March 18, 2010 3:48 AM Subscribe
We're visiting China (Shanghai, Beijing and Tai Shan) for a couple of weeks at the start of April. Any suggestions for things to do?
posted by A Thousand Baited Hooks to Travel & Transportation around China (16 answers total) 6 users marked this as a favorite
So my girlfriend and I are going to China in a couple of weeks. Our itinerary is: Shanghai for a few days, then by train to Tai Shan, then Beijing for a week.
Our plans include the Summer Palace, the Bund, the Great Wall and the top of Tai Shan. Other than that, we're not sure. Any ideas? Especially things that are interesting but not the big tourist attractions.
Us: we're both Australians around 30. I'm interested in eating strange and unusual things (obviously I will try Beijing duck in Beijing, as it's likely to be a bit better than you can get here in Canberra). She's a vegetarian who hates fake meat, though, so if there are any good non-fake-meat vegetarian restaurants around that would be nice to know.
Fortunately, she speaks Mandarin (at what she describes as a good conversational level, although a bit rusty). She's also lived in China for a while, including in Beijing, although that was several years ago and everything is probably different now. My knowledge of Chinese is limited to being able to guess what the occasional sign or menu item says based on a rudimentary knowledge of Japanese kanji (i.e. I will be relying on English).
I've read some of the previous going-to-China AskMes, but the ones I could find are all a few years old so I thought I'd ask again. Thanks!