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Trip Report

First time in China

Solo travelling for 2,5 weeks in China

by lucasAbout Me:happy person traveling around the world read more

China11 days / August 2019

Highs & Lows

Beijing duck will be sure the best one you had in your life

English spoken in China is not on very good level in most places

Itinerary Overview

Beijing, it's a typical Chinese city where you don't see so much of the western impact. Everything you will see there is authentic and kept in the original style. The first day I have spent hanging out in Nanluoguxiang which is typical Hutongs area. You will find unique architecture there and beautiful narrow streets filled with cozy restaurants and stores. During my stay in Beijing I have checked out parks like Beihai Park, Tiantan Park, Ditan Park and Summer Palace. Be sure to not skip those places because you will be amazed with the nature there and the great Chinese constructions you will pass on your way. My favorite attraction in this city is Forbidden city for which you should reserve much time  as it’s the biggest complex of the palaces in the world.

Xian was the next city I have visited in China during my trip. The thing that is a total must-see and must-do is the Terracotta Army. You can take the bus from the city there or just buy an organized tour. Check out also the Giant Wild Goose Pagoda and go on top of that. You will get a great panoramic view of the whole city. It is also really nice to rent a bike and cycle around the fortifications of Xian. It took me less than one hour to cycle around the whole fortifications and taking few pics on the way. 

Shanghai it’s probably the most European city in China in the terms of architecture because of being the British colony back in the day. Even though there are many similarities with EU cities, you will find this city much different.  Here are the tallest skyscrapers in China and the biggest metro web in the world. Go to the Bund and you will have a great view of the business center along the river. You will also fin here beautiful historic buildings of Shanghai and many places to go shopping or just have lunch. During the night this area  is becoming a party vibe so if you are into partying definitely go there. It’s really nice to go on the top of Shanghai Tower and see the sunset with the view of the city from the 600 m above. Yu garden it’s really nice place if you want to chill out and escape for a bit from the big city vibe.  

  • 5 Nights: Beijing
    Culture, history
  • 2 Nights: Xi'an
    History
  • 4 Nights: Shanghai
    City vibe, fun

Q & A

  • What would you have changed?

    Nothing

  • Anything go wrong during the trip?

    I missed my departure flight to Hong Kong because I went too late to the airport (my fault). Be sure to have enough time to get to the airport, Shanghai it's really huge city.

  • How was the food?

    Go to some near restaurants around Bund area. You will find great traditional Chinese food and all the international cuisines.

  • What tips would you give a friend?

    Enjoy your time in Shanghai. People love foreigners and here English spoken it;s already way better than in other parts of China. You can have one of the best parties here.

  • Packing tips?

    Get a a lot of comfortable clothes.

  • Transportation Tips?

    Transportation in Shanghai is more than great but iit's also huge city so make sure to have enough time to get place at the time.

  • Any surprises?

    Not really.

  • Booking details?

    Use booking.com or airbnb in the terms of accomodation. Rest you can arrange at the spot or you can rely on websites like tripadvisor etc.

Lodging