My husband and I are planning a trip to China. We are deciding if better to pre-book with a travel agent or go direct over the net, any suggestions? We are flying into Shanghai from Sydney and out of Shanghai.(already booked) We have 2 weeks 11-24 August. We thought we would have 11-13 Aug in Shanghai and do a tour of the Yu Garden, Jade Budha Temple and the Bund and also see an acrobatics show. Then fly to Xian for 2 nights 13-15Aug, and do a tour of the Terracotta Warriors and the Hot Springs, and a Tang Dynasty Dinner & Show. Then fly to Beijing Where tour the Summer Palace & Lama Temple and the Great Wall & Ming Tombs from 15-21 Aug. Then back to Shanghai until the 24 Aug. We thought to do shopping and Zhouzhuang Excursion. Anybody have suggestions on cheapest way to do this ? Is it worth to see these sites on tours or easy to do by yourself? Are these sites worth seeing, or anybody have any better suggestions? Any hotel recommendations and where to book? Internal flights, where to book and saftey? Airport Transfer recommendations? Restaurant reccomendations ? Shopping recommendations? We are middle age travllers 50..and well traveled, just not in China. Any recommendations are much appreicated.