Help please, I am flying to Beijing on the 28th of March and I am trying to plan and book my trip online to save money using the advise of trip adviser for hotels, tours and internal flights. So far with the help of trip adviser forums my plan goes like this, arrive Beijing on the evening of the 28th of March. Fly out of Beijing to Chengdu the afternoon of the 1st of April arrive in Chengdu ( to see and hold a panda) leaving Chengdu on the night of the 2nd of April arriving in to Guilin on same night, to travel and stay in Yangshou for 3 days leaving to fly to Shanghai on the 6th of April where we will depart for home in Perth the following evening. My external flights in to Beijing and out of Shanghai are all ready set. I am trying to be my own travel agent and have never been to China before so my questions are as follows: 1. Does this seem like a good plan? do I need more time or less in any of these places? ( I have alreday dropped Xian from my plans due to previous advice)
2. Should I book my tours once in the country to get them right for us and to save money? or pre-book on line?
3. As there are several options to fly in and out of Shanghai and Beijing - which airports should I be using?
4. What is the weather likely to be like at this time of year? (This is to help me pack the right clothes for this trip)
Thanks you or help and advice is greatly appreciated. Deb