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12 day trip to China (July) where to start ???

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12 day trip to China (July) where to start ???

Any suggestions...wanting to start in Shanghai....3 nites...then where to ??? Never been to China before. Thanks in advance. Travelling with partner (60th birthday & 13 yr old son) both like adventure/food/ meeting locals /off beaten track a little..

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1. Re: 12 day trip to China (July) where to start ???

See the "Top Questions about China" in the China forum at the upper right of the page. Read through it and come back with your itinerary for us to comment on. China in July will be HOT and humid, but seems you are used to it as I saw on TV (Australian Open). Expect about the same conditions in Shanghai - 35-40C during the day and high humidity.

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2. Re: 12 day trip to China (July) where to start ???

If this will be the only China trip you will take, then:

shanghai+Suzhou or +Huangzhou, 4-5 days;

Beijing, 2-3 days;

xian, 2 days;

Guilin, 2-3 days.

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3. Re: 12 day trip to China (July) where to start ???

First time and for 12 days, I can assure you that you will not be going off the very well beaten track. Normally you should cover Beijing, Xi'an and Shanghai and surrounding area.

No point going to Beijing 2 days. You need 4 or 5.

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